Tag: connection and empathy online

V&E Words: Empathy

What is Empathy? I explore the eymology, psychology, physiology and spirituality behind the concept in an attempt to answer this question. How do we feel the other? How do we know the difference between our feelings and the feelings of the other? The three major components of empathy seem to be: knowing, feeling and responding compassionately. We read books to gather knowledge of things we do not have the time or space to learn first hand. Tuning our empathy has the same effect but for emotions. We can connect with other humans and simulate experiences we have never had. In doing so we expand our awareness and are better able to live ethically and effectively with our fellow humans.

5 Ways to Binge Watch a TV Show for Catharsis

How can binge watching TV shows can be good for your mental health? Through cathartic emotional purging and empathetic observation, you can use your time in front of the TV to work through your issues, and here’s how… Catharsis According to Aristotle’s Poetics catharsis is the purification of the emotions by vicarious experience. The psychotherapy definition is

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Untold Stories and Acceptance

loss, grief, trauma, writing, sharing, courage, bravery, internet, safe spaces, feeling safe, untold stories, acceptance, storytelling, compassion, connection, bloggers, blog, girls, friendship, trust

This morning I was struck by the realization that while the internet can be a volatile and scary place, there are some people who have discovered safe little corners where they can connect with others and feel safe enough to share their lives and their stories. I find sharing online tremendously difficult and often feel embarrassed by it,

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