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In order to be empathetic, you don't have to understand or agree with why someone feels the way they do; you simply need to connect with what someone else is feeling.
— Brittney-Nichole Connor-Savarda
Here are just a few handpicked books we believe to be great resources for understanding and developing empathy.
The Empathy Effect
Helen Riess, MD
A Revolutionary Guide for Understanding and Changing the Way We Connect. Dr. Riess presents a definitive resource on empathy: the science behind how it works, new research on how empathy develops from birth to adulthood, and tools for building your capacity to create authentic emotional connection with others in any situation.
The Zen of Listening
Rebecca Z. Shafir, M.A. CCC
Readers will be amazed at how simply learning to focus intently on a speaker improves the relationship, increases attention span, and helps develop negotiating skills. Learn the great barricades of misunderstanding, find out how to listen to ourselves, discover how to listen under stress, and boost our memory.
Marshall B. Rosenberg
"The book focuses on how to express ourselves in a way that inspires empathy in others, and how to listen to them empathically in turn. This system radically changed my understanding of human interactions, and using these techniques with myself greatly reduced my own level of self-judgment."
- William Eden
In this lively and engaging book, he argues that our brains are wired for social connection. Empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of who we are. By looking outward and attempting to identify with the experiences of others, Krznaric argues, we can become not only a more equal society, but also a happier and more creative one.
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