Beth Demme Blog

In Episode 48, Steph and I have an honest conversation about the difference between empathy and pity. Why do we feel sorry for people, and how do we communicate those feelings? How can we communicate empathy in a way that builds relationships instead of cutting off communication? Steph and I reflect on how it has felt to receive pity from other people (like the time a group of moms acted like my experience as an adoptive mom was less than their experience of giving birth). We also discuss how examining why we pity another person can produce self-awareness and personal growth.

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Click here to read more about the episode and get our Questions for Reflection.