Gregory J. Depow: Strategies for Coping With Empathy | Doing Well #13

In this episode, host Lu Ngo is joined by Gregory J. Depow, an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in the Psychology department at the University of Toronto

Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. It serves as a fundamental basis for ethical behavior, nurturing meaningful relationships, and achieving professional excellence. So, how can you cultivate empathy? This episode with Gregory J. Depow will provide you with insights and various strategies!

Meet Gregory J. Depow

Gregory J. Depow, an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in the Psychology department at the University of Toronto. He is a rockstar in the field of psychology, focusing on understanding how individuals perceive and engage with the thoughts and emotions of others and how this affects their overall well-being. With a wealth of experience in both laboratory and real-world research, he is a true expert in his field.

About the episode

In this episode, hosted by Lu Ngo together with the esteemed guest, Gregory, they explored the nature of empathy and then shed light on its importance and its connection to one’s overall happiness.

Gregory discussed how empathy encompasses sharing emotions, displaying compassion, and adopting others’ perspectives. He said that empathy was not limited to mere understanding but also involved genuinely caring about the emotions of others.

Furthermore, he discussed subjective well-being and the misconception that one’s well-being is fixed. According to him, through mindfulness practices and self-reflection, individuals could gain greater control over their well-being by challenging negative thought patterns and cultivating a more positive mindset.

Gregory highlighted the significant role of empathy in driving pro-social behavior. By cultivating empathy, a person can understand and share the feelings of others, motivating them to engage in actions that benefit others’ well-being.

He also mentioned some examples of pro-social behavior, such as volunteering, providing emotional support, and contributing to charitable causes, illustrating how empathy fosters a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

In conclusion

Empathy serves as a fundamental component of human interaction and plays a pivotal role in one’s well-being. Understanding, sharing, and caring about others’ emotions could eventually lead to profound personal growth and enhance subjective well-being. 

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