Establishing empathy can lead to better communication and responsiveness. Neuro-Linguistic Programming teaches 'mirroring' or matching body language, posture, breathing, predicates and voice tonality.  This can be a 'harmonious dance', an extension of natural skills, but not mimicry.

Developing empathy allows us to resolve conflict effectively and develop tolerance for others differing views. It can be very stressful when we take positions over issues and refuse to see any other possibility.

It can help to explore the following viewpoints:

Witness consciousness – watching yourself and observing yourself and others in a detached or dissociated way.
Bystander  – observing as if you were an uninvolved person witnessing the situation.
Universal – going as big picture as possible and noticing all the other factors that may not have been obvious up close.

The above views allows us to dissociate from our own position enough to truly step into the other persons shoes and consider their perspective. By taking on the physiology of this person we can increase our connection to this.

Obviously, it takes practice.

--Dave
 


Tatiana Kolchanova
11/08/2012 11:47pm

"When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighbouring communities and so on. When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to de­velop inner happiness and peace."
Dalai Lama

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