An excellent place to start on the path to inclusion is with empathy. However, empathy alone is not sufficient and, on occasion, may even be utterly insufficient. The argument against empathy advances the justification that disparities in power dynamics prevent people from truly understanding another person’s lived experiences or putting themselves in their shoes. When people interact with people who lead significantly different lives due to intersections of race, gender, or socioeconomic status, among other factors, these power dynamics are made worse.
Empathy or being empathic enables one to relate to others by genuinely putting one’s own thoughts, feelings, position, and image aside. They are actually able to connect with people by doing this and demonstrating their love, concern, and well-being on a deeper level.
Empathy is a crucial talent that people may use to work toward greater inclusiveness now more than ever. Understanding the world through another person’s perspective is empathy. Put simply, empathy is the process of placing oneself in the shoes of another person.
Why is inclusion such a challenge?
Since inclusion is the more difficult of the two, We are all different; this is just how it is; diversity is something that exists naturally. However, in order to embrace diversity (and ensure a diverse workforce), we must excel at inclusion. This is where things get challenging because, as humans, we simply struggle with inclusion.
Why is it difficult to be Empathic?
The foundation of creating genuine social bonds is empathy. However, some people could find it difficult to develop it. Even though their experiences are different from our own, being aware of another person’s feelings and experiences may help us respond in a positive way and control our own emotions.
Empathy is the capacity to see or comprehend another person’s needs, wants, or intentions, even though you do not share those conditions. Sometimes it entails taking action based on that knowledge, such as providing assistance. But not always, empathy results in action. Your level of empathy may play a role in this.
Why Are Empathy and Inclusion Such A Challenge?
I’ve always been in awe of folks who can effortlessly make the rest of the world view things from their perspective. It is challenging because there is frequently conflict involved; when others don’t see things the way we do, we often become defensive, hostile, and, worst of all, dismissive (we sideline them because we are driven by an urgency to win – to prove ourselves right). However, some people manage it with such amicability that you are left wondering how.
The worst thing you can do to someone is alienate them by leaving them out of an experience (emotional or intellectual) that they want to be a part of but that you feel territorial about. I believe this is one of the most important things I’ve learned over the years. You attempted to explain, but they didn’t immediately understand. Do you get what I’m saying? Maybe we go into survival mode and, as soon as we notice an intellectual or emotional disconnect, we isolate ourselves for a while.
If you want someone to genuinely comprehend something, include them in it, I recall hearing someone say (I forget who said it or when). That is the finest way to put it, I have to admit. Complete comprehension results from inclusion.
I recall one of my friends telling me that once she began informing her boyfriend about her pals—people she would spend more time with than him—”everything changed.” She told me, “He started to grasp that we have a long history together, and he started to feel familiar when I started revealing things about them.
Maybe it has to do with the idea of only embracing things when they have been made clear. It makes it simple. There is very little likelihood that you would attempt to grasp what is going on around you if you feel uncomfortable.
I suppose that while inclusiveness and empathy are difficult to find, anger and resentment are simple weapons.