What makes something better is Connection. {Viral Video}

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on Dec 14, 2013
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Empathy vs. Sympathy.

This Short Cartoon Will Show You the Power of Empathy Versus Sympathy and Make You a Better Person

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

Voice: Dr Brené Brown
Animation: Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne) www.gobblynne.com

Watch Dr Brené Brown’s full talk ‘The Power of Vulnerability’ here:

Dr Brené Brown is a research professor and best-selling author of “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead” (Penguin Portfolio, 2013).
She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

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5 Responses to “What makes something better is Connection. {Viral Video}”

  1. DormantDoormat says:

    I have no choice but to be this way. It's how I am wired. It doesn't really help anyone, it just creates 2x the suffering, There's no way to do it honestly without it disabling you emotionally as it builds up over time like a toxin. Eventually you can't around people any more. And when you have your own struggles, you don't share them for fear of hurting or affecting others they way you are affected. All you want to do is minimize the suffering.

  2. Just a guy says:

    What, then, when your empathy begins to weigh you down? As an emotional being, to truly connect to those I care for I must crawl down into the dark cave they're in. How does one set boundaries to remain uplifted and healthfully detached from the darkness of their emotional state?How do you sustain the formation of healthy boundaries?

  3. mahalo says:

    First and foremost. Im glad people like to comment, when they dont know the answer. This means there is more to creating emotions. When you accept that other persons energy into you, one must be able to know how to deal with it…transferring memories into places within oneself can help if the thought is imagined as a stepping process and energy within the body transference is simple as central nervous system practice including breathwork and concentration. The mind is only powerful if it allows for meaningful relationships and conflict resolution. Empathy situations can bring people together, but never use fear as the power. Love and Light, Mahalo

  4. erin says:

    That was beautiful. Thank you. I also see this as a life-enriching act. I'd rather understand more about life, suffering and the raw beauty of human connectedness than be comfortably detached.

  5. Kerry says:

    Most of the inner emotions are an imagined process through which empathy lies.