Even though the term ’empathy’ was first used as early as 1848, by the German philosopher Rudolf Lotze, I personally started quite late to actually include it in my vocabulary. Maybe because I always thought of myself as very ’empathic’, however, I perceived this trait as rather negative in my youth; at that time, ’empathic’ was for me so strongly associated with ‘only giving’, ‘always considering, ‘little assertiveness’ and I did not want to be characterized exclusively with this trait.
With the process of digitalization, the outbreak of the pandemic and global warming, the term ’empathy’ has also changed – suddenly ‘being emphatic’ is one of the most important problem-solving skills – in 2020, empathy was one of the marketing goals for companies. 👉Empathy is considered a key component of emotional intelligence,, a crucial skill to have as a leader. After a year like 2020, empathy is also a fundamental emotion that marketers need to show in 2021 to do their jobs effectively, says the Marketing Insider Group.
Is humanity awakening to new awareness?
F i n a l l y – before it’s really too late. Covid-19 shows so much that we can only move forward together and with a lot of empathy – everything is connected, we are one.
I am happy about every person who perceives this realization not only with his head, but rather in his heart and thus helps humanity to find sustainable solutions together for the challenges on our planet ‘Mother Earth’ – Viktor Frankl sums it up as follows:
“The feeling can be much more sensitive than the mind can be perceptive.” (Viktor Frankl)
P.S. Do you want to know how emphatic you are? ;-) 👉 http://www.empathie-lernen.de/empathie-test
JU’s 3 questions for November are:
👉In what context did you first encounter the term? What situations do you associate with the term?
👉Are there any role models for you who inspire you with their gift of ‘being emphatic’?
👉Empathy is an important key to solving the greatest challenges of our time – to what extent have you already experienced this yourself?
👩🏻🇦🇹🇺🇸🇪🇸 Maria Kornfeld
Maria and I first met at HTL 3 Rennweg in the fall of 2018 – Maria studied teaching English and Spanish, is currently on educational leave, and is pursuing additional education in sports management.
I am very grateful to have such a sympathetic, humorous, emphatic colleague – I admire Maria for her beauty, for her compassionate and cooperative nature, and for her reliability.
Spain is like a second home for Maria and she loves dogs more than anything, meeting people from other cultures, sports and quality time with family&friends.
was born and raised in the county of Yorkshire, but more recently she has relocated with her husband Paul, to County Down in Northern Ireland.
Annette has finished her working role 13 years ago after 27 extremely fulfilling years in Education, Leadership and Management (as a Primary Head Teacher to becoming an OFSTED Inspector). We both met in 2011 during a Lesvos vacation and reconnected on Facebook a while ago. I am very thankful for this reconnection, as I enjoy seeing Annette’s beautiful and very creative posts and heart filled comments – I feel a natural connection with Annette and admire her for her preciseness, creativity, professionalism and love for humanity. Annette loves music, travelling around the globe with her husband and spending time with family&friends.
🧑🏻 🇺🇸🇩🇪🇦🇹🇧🇪Craig R.
Still dreaming of my first USA-trip in summer 1995 it has been a big surprise for me to meet a cool, young American language assistant at business academy Donaustadt in October ’95. Craig and I immediately connected and kept our connection through the years by visiting each other in Vienna, Cologne, Niagara and reconnecting on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Craig originally comes from Buffalo/New York and has lived in Vienna, Berlin, Cologne and moved to Belgium in 2011 where he now lives and works as subject matter expert for supply chain visibility. He loves Golf, Cooking, playing his guitar and is fan of Armin Wolf and Peter Filzmaier.
I apprechiate Craig for his ingenuity, big knowledge and interest for political topics, his very good taste in music and his loyalty.