“In order to empathize with someone’s experience you must be willing to believe them as they see it and not how you imagine their experience to be.” ~Brené Brown~

Dr. Lauren Josephs

We have created a podcast series to provide accurate, helpful and relevant information about mental health concerns. Check out episode three of the OC MINDMATTERS podcast with Licensed Clinical Social Worker April Boykin who sheds insight on the importance of empathy.

**Note: the podcast episode works best using Google Chrome.**

Empathy is the ability to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from their point of view without our own interpretation, opinions or judgements. Empathy is the key to building social connections and relationships with others which research shows is important for physical and emotional well-being.

Do you consider yourself an empathetic person? Take the Greater Good Magazine self-assessment to find out.

Learn to improve your empathy skills by reading 5 Actionable Tips to Develop Empathy and Become a More Empathetic Person.