Metaphors of Empathy -
What is your metaphor of empathy?
Metaphors sorted by the different aspects or parts of Empathy.
Empathy is like:
A fountain or spring flowing freely
Strings tuned to the same frequency.
Empathy Is Like Surfboard Riding;
"Empathy, I would say is
presence. Pure presence to what is alive in a person at this moment,
bringing nothing in from the past. The more you know a person, the harder
empathy is. The more you have studied psychology, the harder empathy really
is. Because you can bring no thinking in from the past. If you surf, you'd be
better at empathy because you will have built into your body what it is about.
Being present and getting in with the energy that is coming through you in the
present. It is not a mental understanding."
Question: "Is it speaking from the heart?"
Rosenberg: "What? Empathy? In empathy, you don't speak at all. You speak with
the eyes. You speak with the body. If you say any words at all, it's because
you are not sure you are with the person. So you may say some words. But the
words are not empathy. Empathy is when the other person feels the connection
to with what's alive in you." Marshall Rosenberg:
Ike Lasater - Empathy is like a Reflecting Mountain Lake
Empathy is like a sixth sense in that it presents us with
Larry Rosen - Empathy is like a Magic Mirror
Standing in someone else's shoes.
Looking through someone else's eyes.
Empathy is like reading someone else’s story: being one with the
characters and events and feeling the emotions of the main character. It is
living life with others with a certain mindfulness: observing, listening, and
Empathic Creativity and Action
Feel Of Empathy
Metaphors of what does empathy feel like as a felt
The Effects of Empathy
Empathy is like going on a journey with the other person, a
journey where neither of us knows where we are heading and where we will be
when we arrive.
Trying to observe the slow shift from self-centeredness to
like trying to watch grass grow. — Neal Maxwell.
Empathy is like
gravity: its effects on a small scale are apparently modest, but observed on a
global scale, the effect is so overwhelming as to create the environment that
houses every other interaction. To study the effects of empathy upon
individual survival without fully understanding the effects of empathy upon
the survival of the species is like running meticulous crash tests but
ignoring road conditions.
Empathy is like jazz. Jazz requires listening to the experience,
rather than just hearing the instruments
When empathy is at its best, the two
individuals are participating in a process which may be compared to that of a
couple dancing, the client leading, the therapist following: the smooth,
spontaneous back and forth flow of energy in the interaction has its own
ascetic rhythm (Raskin and Rogers, 1989, p 157)
Like two galaxies coming together,
which represents two souls coming together.
Like the Universe - Edwin Rutsch
cornucopia, Edwin Rutsch
Social Glue that binds us together. Edwin Rutsch
Like disco balls reflecting each other.
Each person is like a disco ball with hundreds of mirrors that reflect
the outside world.. When we become fearful some of the mirror start to
shut down. Edwin Rutsch
Casting loose from the moorings to
enter the deep waters of the other person
to have enough confidence - this is were
differentiation comes in
studies show that people who have pores
boundaries actually have a hard time sustaining empathy
it's like Goldilocks and the 3 bears
not to hot, not to cold, not to close, not
to distant - it's the sweet spot that promotes empathy
So to enter the deep waters of another
persons thoughts, feelings, complex dynamics - wow, you've got to have
some confidence that you're not going to get swallowed up and never
come out alive.
Dante's inferno - the angel
Virgil goes into hell with Dante
it's like a companion that goes with you.
they have an arm on your shoulder and they
look out with you at the world
instead of sitting across from you looking
over at you
I see the landscape of the mind is like
lovely flowers and dark and smelly bogs.
One way of doing empathy is to look over
and say I see it
Another way is to jump over with the other
person, put your arm on their shoulder and look at t
Dominic Barter - Empathy is like a Super Food
Terry Lamb - Empathy is like Infinite Mirrored Images
Jeff Richardson - Empathy is like a Chameleon and Ice Cube
David Belden - Empathy Boats in the Pit of Chaos
Skip Robinson Empathy is like Moccasins v Reptile Brain
Karen Junker - Empathy is like a Birds Eye View
Mikhail Lyubansky Empathy is like a Kangaroo v Lion
Jack Lehman - Self-Empathy is like Listening
Patrick Siebert Empathy is like a Common Breath
Kerry Tepperman - Empathy is like Leaving the Door Open
Shoshi Morginn - Empathy is like Making Love
Aftab Omer - Empathy is like a Tapestry v Mush
Chip Baggett - Empathy is like Jazz Players
Joseph McCormick Empathy is like Wolves & Dolphins
Alexa Hauser - Empathy is like Hearts in Hands