Empathy: A Way, but not My Way
O.E.D. – Empathy / einfuhlung
- “The power of projecting one’s personality into (and so fully comprehending) the object of contemplation”
- “to feel oneself into it”
- “the feeling-out of other minds”
- “a form of imaginative identification of self with non-self, a feeling-into”
Feeling out, feeling into, projecting one’s experience in order to absorb the experience of another. “In and out of one another’s bodies” (Maurice Bloch), “intersubjectivity” (Daniel Stern).
Notebooks full of conjuring, I’ve dreamt and striven to elucidate or embody, to caress and coerce language to convey or carry-like-a-message the interpersonal convergence, experiential agreement we might be signifying with the syntax and semantics of empathy.
There were moments, instants, it seemed evident, nearly obvious – as when a child ran itself across a brittle late-summer yard, lodging a prickled sticker in the pad of its heel, and hearing…
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