How to Empathize: Resist Being a Problem Solver

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How to Empathize: Resist Being a Problem Solver | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Sensitivity (reading the fine print of a situation) is not the amygdala’s strong suit. So when we find ourselves feeling threatened not by a large bird with claws, but none other than our adult daughter standing before us upset about a non-large bird issue like, maybe, just for the sake of argument…having a stressful situation at work, it’s the amygdala showing up first that instantly makes us feel like our child’s distress is a fire to put out.

 

In those moments that call for empathy, compassion and soothing, the amygdala shouting fire! is more of the problem than the solution.

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