I always struggled with empathy even before sz. I am not mean just indifferent about others. I force myself but it doesn’t work, it has to be natural.
I guess I am being too hard on myself, I should just accept who I am.
You can try the “fake it until you make it” method.
You wont be empathetic, if you cannot relate to them.
To understand and be in others position and provide a response that will make their feelings lighter. We can do that whenever we can and make ourselves lighter.
Someone once told me they used to be cold and immune to other people’s hardships, until they got a dog. Apparently the dog taught them some empathy.
I don’t fully believe the story, but who knows right?
I’m interested in what you think and not so much in what I think because I already know that.
So. Be kind because others may have done life so much harder than you. Never assume so find out how they tick so to speak. Find out what makes them think or act like they do so always ask questions and listen…
Being empathetic is putting your sense of self to another’s story and understanding how they come to being who they are.
Don’t be patronizing. Don’t be cruel. Just be understanding and then your getting to empathy.