RSA Shorts: The Power of Empathy

RSA Shorts - The Power of Empathy

In this wonderfully animated 3-minute RSA Short you will learn the difference between sympathy and empathy, as well as the four qualities of empathy: perspective taking, resisting judgement, recognizing emotion in other people and communicating that recognition. “The truth is, rarely can a response make something better — what makes something better is connection.”

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. I highly recommend her video talks and her books. Her latest book is: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.


The audio for this animated short was taken from Dr. Brené Brown’s 20 minute RSA Lecture Q&A session on The Power of Vulnerability.

Do you consciously practice empathy? Does empathy create a stronger connection to others for you?

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