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Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes| Let’s be empathetic

Empathy is understanding other people by using your imagination and experiences to feel something like what they are feeling, such as pain, sorrow, and other emotions.


Using your imagination is not dependent on your sensory information, but rather from your subconscious and experiences and it is truly a powerful tool in Psychology to have.


How can we improve a child’s imagination skills?


Role-play and make-believe can teach children crucial social skills, such as communication, empathy, and problem-solving. Imaginative play can encourage curiosity and creativity. These attributes contribute to the growth of the children and how well they will be able to put themselves in someone else’s shoes in the future and be more empathetic.


But why is empathy so important?


Empathy is a very important attribute to have. It allows us to understand how others are feeling so that we can respond appropriately to a specific situation. Often related to social behaviors, more empathy results in better social situations including psychological well-being.


Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is crucial. In fact, it is a necessity to life, or our reactions to many situations would just be chaotic. Understanding someone else’s perspective helps to better explain an individual’s certain way of doing things. We all have different cultures, norms and knowledge. Therefore before judging someone, think to yourself, what if I was in their shoes? Maybe they know something I don’t? Maybe they are used to something that you are not?


There is a lovely quote that we think is important to share with you all:


“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle that you know nothing about.”


Therefore be kind, be understanding, and put yourself in other’s shoes and we can assure you that despite whatever situation, your reaction and thought processes will improve and become less bias, and more understanding.


Can you think of a time where you reacted wrongly to someone or acted out inappropriately, simply because you have different norms, values or cultures? Do you think if you tried to put yourself in their shoes you would have responded better?


Reflect on this and let us know what you think.




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