Ethnocultural empathy refers to the understanding of feelings of individuals that are ethnically and/or culturally different from oneself.
And importantly, you are taking the time to try and find out and that it is valuable to you.
To do this, practice the art of non-defensive listening and focus on being curious about your partner’s feelings. When you listen for your partner’s feelings with your whole being, it becomes a lot easier to understand their perspective. To attune to your partner requires the ability to experience their feelings on such a level that that you almost become your partner.
“Empathy lies in our ability to be [fully] present.” – Marshall Rosenberg 2. It’s easy to get swept away in the facts of what happened during the heat of a conflict discussion. They argue over who is “right,” and yet both views are valid. I related to the visual Brené Brown paints of a hurt partner being down in a dark hole, because I know when I am feeling sad or upset, I feel like I’m alone in a pit of pain. Empathy is so deeply connecting that it’s physical.
However, increasing research found that people usually hold different levels of empathy toward different individuals based on perceived psychological similarity.
Two primary factors influencing the psychological similarity are ethnics and culture.
Particularly, people usually feel more empathetic towards individuals who are in the same ethnic/cultural groups as they are than those who are not.