2. Why Participate?

This gives an overview of some of the benefits of taking part in an empathy circle. 

Implementation


  • Easy to do

Do it anywhere and anytime. No requirements or prerequisites.  

    • Free: It requires no money investments whatsoever. 
    • Easy to learn and teach: the basic practice is easily learnable. With a short instruction, 2 or more people can begin within a few minutes.
    • Multiple purpose: it can be used for personal goals like solving a conflict in families, or it can be a facilitation tool for trainers, etc.
    • Most benefit for least amount of effort: get significant results in the minimal amount of time.
    • Multiple contexts: A circle can be started quickly in any context: family, friends, work, community, school, churches, book clubs, politics, etc.
    • Anyone can do it: no need for a PhD in psychology to get to the core of important issues. 

  • Easy to reproduce

Empathy circles can be easily learned and implemented which means they can spread rapidly.


  • A Gateway Practice
    This practice is a gateway or foundation for many other practices or processes.
    For example practices like: NVC, Focusing, Motivational Interviewing, Mediation, Human Centered Design, etc

  • Expandable
    The basic empathy circle can be expanded on. Like a container it can strengthened.
    For example, you can build on the basic empathy circle by adding different exercises such as intention setting, check in, at the beginning of a circle.  


Personal Benefits

  • Nurture an empathic way of being
    You become more open, authentic, caring, trusting, grounded, stronger, and able to see the humanity of everyone. It enhances quality of life and overall well-being.


  • Build empathy and other skills

    • Empathy skill: Empathy is a skill that can be learned and needs to be practiced, an Empathy Circle gives you a structure to do it.

    • Other skills: communication, reflective listening, empathic listening, cognitive, conflict management, emotional intelligence, etc.


  • Build closer relationships

Develop trustful and deep relationships with empathy circle participants and others.


  • Bring clarity

Get a clear understanding of your own and others perspectives.


  • Share and purge in a safe space

A place to safely 'purge' your pent up feelings. When participants come into a circle, they often have pent frustrations and up need to express themselves and feel heard and seen. The circle offers a space for that.


  • Allow space for creative solutions

Once participants feel heard and seen, they feel more space for creative thought. They are able to create they own solutions.



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