Empathy is an essential part of delivering a competent and ethical psychiatric nursing practice. Empathetic understanding is an interpersonal skill that creates connection and facilitates shared emotions between two individuals. Let us expand on this concept.....
Presented by: Christine Sydorko Gurmider Toor
Empathic understanding is a form of understanding achieved by having a deeper sense of knowing and connectedness to a person's experiences (Roy, 2010). It is when we become highly aware and sensitive of another person's situation. As Roy asserts, it is to look at the circumstances in the viewpoint of the other person without any judgment (2010). Demonstrating empathic understanding foster development of therapeutic relationships.
In addition, It is when we feel at one with another regardless of stigma, illness, personal values or perception (Balzer Riley, 2017). The relevance of demonstrating empathic understanding in one's personal and professional life is significant as it builds rapport and enables feelings of acceptance. As Balzer Riley insists, being empathic can provide reassurance and validation that can foster relations and bonds that are therapeutic (2017).
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