Thursday, September 2, 2021

Empathy: Don’t Show Fake Emotions

In social situations, it is never a good idea to fake our emotions or how we feel toward others. Of course, this does not mean we have full permission to start tearing into people and ripping them to shreds if we didn’t like their recent speech. But if you are not entirely happy about something in the group or feel anxious about something else, it is not a good idea to fake a smile or laugh just to appear happy. 

This "fakeness" will more than likely be detected which can offend others around you or even make them feel insecure. Instead, be honest about how you feel and show honest concern for your peers. Be tactful if delivering negative feedback and offers helpful tips for improvement or changes. Although they may not accept your true feelings at first and may even seem angry about it, in the end they will likely appreciate the fact that you were honest with them.

Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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