The Empathy Paradox

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The Empathy Paradox:
Mastering Empathy for Others Begins With Knowing Yourself
By Michael Zakaras

Tahoe is my place for self-reflection – where is yours?

Empathy is ultimately other-regarding, but I’m convinced that mastering it begins with understanding yourself – your emotions, your desires, your flaws. And for me, it includes understanding how lucky I am to have Tahoe in the first place. In this way, empathy is hard: it takes awareness and perspective. It takes space. But in our world of relentless demands and distractions, it’s far easier to become self-absorbed than self-aware. Which is why it’s essential that we create this space for ourselves – in big ways and small – so that we can use our understanding of ourselves to better understand and serve others.  See on


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