The art of understanding the others

The ability to infer the thoughts and feelings of others is called “empathy”.

The HashTag Magazine
4 min readApr 15, 2022


To a greater or lesser extent, we all possess the ability to be aware, understand, recognize, and appreciate the feelings of others.

The same ability generates a sense of sympathy, understanding and tenderness.

The skill itself is called “empathy” and is an essential interpersonal communication skill.

What is empathy?

Empathy is the solid understanding of the person’s problems in front of us. Said in a popular language, “it is to put yourself in the shoes of the other” consequently, empathy is fundamental to understanding in depth the message of other people and thus establish a channel of communication since we can emotionally “interpret” the other.

According to some scientists, empathy becomes something like our social conscience because, through it, you can appreciate the feelings and needs of others, giving rise to emotional warmth, commitment, affection and sensitivity.

The process of empathy

Acting with empathy does not mean agreeing with the other person.

It does not imply setting aside one’s convictions and assuming that of the other as one’s own.

Moreover, you can completely disagree with someone without ceasing to be empathetic and respect their position, accepting their motivations as legitimate.

The fact of observing and recognizing the needs of others, we can readjust our actions, and whenever we proceed with sincere interest, this will have an impact on the benefit of our relationships.

But this is something that we must be attentive to at all times because what works with one person does not necessarily work with another, or moreover, what at one time works with a person may not serve in another with the same.

Mahatma Gandhi said that “three-quarters of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world would end if people put…



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