EXPRESSED EMPATHY VALIDATES THE WORTH OF OTHERS AND FOSTERS A SUPPORTIVE INTERPERSONAL CLIMATE.
Expressed empathy validates the worth of others and highlights our consideration for their thoughts and feelings.
The following examples illustrate empathic communication: “I can understand your feelings about it.” “It appears as if you really feel uncomfortable with your job.” “You appear quite secure in the relationship.”
Empathy doesn’t necessarily denote agreement; rather, it conveys over the acceptance of other people and the recognition of their peculiar perspectives.
We foster a supportive communication climate by looking beyond differences and communicating that we respect the other person.
Communication that projects superiority disconfirms the worth of the other person and puts him or her on guard. Examples are: “Is this the best you can offer?” “Your experience is not on par with mine.”
A supportive interpersonal climate is enhanced by communication that fosters equality and confirms the worth of the other person. Equality in attitude respects the contributions of others in an interaction.