Developing (Cultural) Empathy

Empathic concernEmpathic concern goes beyond simply understanding others and sharing their feelings; it actually moves us to take action, to help however we can (

Positive Empathy (and the avoidance of antipathy) can be taught! •The main roadblock to be removed is the distraction from paying attention. Motivate yourself to be more empathetic by knowing how important empathy is to personal (private and career) and collective well-being!

Emotional hypersensitivity •Emotional hypersensitivity does even sense covered negative emotions (Rozell, E., & Scroggins, W., 2010); Overdoses of negative feelings and pain of others may be a burden for anybody exposed to it (Young, E., 2016)

Misuse of empathyEmpathy can be for the good or the bad, e.g., not only for help, but for manipulation, bullying, and exert cruelty where it harms others most (Fairbairn, 2017)

Emotional contagion •Empathy for the physical and psychological suffering of others, can spread across a team. This is a relevant phenomenon for work places to address as it can cause depression and sickness. Some organizations, therefore, introduce stress-free zones (Young, E., 2016).

Social amplification of risk •Media plays a crucial role in reminding people of threats, coalition challenges, and feelings of uncertainty, which results in increases of the proclivity for prejudices against out-group members.

Empathic imagination •Imaginative empathy is one of the great gifts that humans have and it means that we can live more than one life. We can picture what it would be like from another perspective. – Dan Chaon


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Independent researcher, artist, social entrepreneur, and leadership and strategy advisor I was born in Zurich in 1975 and grew up in Switzerland. The last six years I lived in Tokyo, and currently, I’m staying in Pune/India. I love open-minded people everywhere and the passion to working relentlessly for developing human potential, which is an overarching theme throughout all his work. I have extensive experience in leadership and management, organizational psychology research, and learning & development practice. I have worked as a teacher, a leadership trainer, as well as a senior manager responsible for client relationships, counseling, and virtual teams around the world. Also, I’m a social entrepreneur and serving as a strategy and leadership advisor in different ways. My goal is to inspire with interdisciplinary, innovative, and cross-cultural approaches to personal and professional development for the people’s individual well-being and common good alike. Continuously learning himself and keen to help, I appreciate any questions or feedback you may have at any time. Please connect here on any social media, as well as per direct email
  • This is very beneficial information. I think a lot of times we only define empathy as the last one (imagination), but it’s far more.

  • Deb says:

    At times when reading callous feeds in social media I have wondered, where is the empathy? Can it be taught? It is not difficult to ask ourselves, how would I feel if that were me? However, when people are lacking human to human interaction and hiding behind screens can empathy be taught?

    • mathias sager says:

      Good questions, thank you! I think empathy and compassion come from within. If we know the human side of ourselves, we know what is important of others too. On that basis, we can cherish humanness. The problem is that we get too much distraction (advertisements, opinions, and other transactions) from listening to our soul, the soul that is part of the universal soul.
      As an experiment, can you feel the energy I’m sending you? The real way we all are interconnected is not via the Internet (although it helps to communicate with our five senses) but through our consciousness:-). All the best!

  • tjbego says:

    … I am seeing imaginative emphaty is taking over the scene in the current new era of Light on earth. … the awakeners–we are here to assist the prevailing of the new notion and recallibration of humanity’s psych …in love TJ

    • mathias sager says:

      Dear TJ. You are so right. Indeed, imagination is the focused energy that sets the future. The more empathic, the better for all. Thank you!