Cathy Chambliss | Individual Therapy in Hermosa Beach
As I lay here tonight trying to relax before bed, my mind cannot stop thinking about those 50 humans who were viciously murdered last night in the Orlando night club. I feel overwhelmed with sadness for their families and friends dealing with the loss of someone so quickly and without notice. It is hard to make sense of these tragedies and certainly no one deserves to die like this.
I also try to make sense of how a human being could commit a crime like this and it makes me think of empathy . I wonder, if this man who killed all these people had been treated with more love and empathy , would he have turned out differently? Would killing people have been even a thought in his mind? I read an article on line that he was married for a short time and he beat his wife regularly. Is it possible that this man was also beaten or witnessed domestic violence in his life?
Empathy for the people in our lives is so important because it is a form of love. When you are able to empathize with someone they feel connected to you. Connection is a need that all humans have. Would more empathy reduce the bullying we see so frequently in schools ? Wouldn’t more empathy in marriages help reduce the divorce rates?
When we are able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and try to understand their feelings and experiences, we are empathizing with them. It helps someone to feel understood and cared about. That is such an important experience for us all to have on a regular basis. I feel so much empathy for the victims of this crime and their families and friends.
As I try to think about what I can do to make a difference in this world, I believe empathy for the people in my life and my clients can make a difference. I encourage all people to have love and empathy for themselves and for others. Let’s keep working to reduce violence and increase connection using empathy as a path towards this.
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