Two people talking to each other, with a mirrored person in their head. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

Seeing things from the other perspective

From cognitive research on mirror neurons to walking in other people’s shoes – we can learn a lot from seeing things from a different perspective

Empathy as change of perspective

Drawn story by Frits Ahlefeldt. MuseumOfPsychology.org

There is a unique way of gaining understanding, that can sometimes be both mind-blowing and even impossible, depending on the circumstances. It is to see things as the one we are facing see them

Sometimes it can make things better, sometimes not so much. It is closely connected to both empathy and identification. In some ways it makes it easier for us to relate, in other ways it can actually make it harder.

Two people talking to each other, with a mirrored person in their head. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Seeing from a mirrored perspective can help create a better understanding

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