Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Receptive empathy vs expressive empathy

It’s important to differentiate “receptive/perceiving empathy” vs “expressing/urge to act” type empathy.

One is simply “holding space and observe” type of empathy that informs us but are less likely to tire/drain us out. It gives us information. It’s “receptive/perceiving” in nature.  

One will cause an “urge to act” type empathy.  It motivates us to act.  It’s “expressive” in nature.  One can observe the action that stems from those emotions. This one may cause more “empathy/compassion fatigue”.   

Mindfulness of emotions can help to switch between the two.

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