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Culture of Empathy Builder:  Ane Axford


Ane Axford & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Highly Sensitive People & Empaths

Ane Axford specializes in working with genetically highly sensitive people (HSP).  She hosts websites, a Facebook page, podcasts, workshops and other resources on this.  


Ane says honesty is her most important and value. Honestly sharing your own feelings is a part of being of empathic. For her empathy is like a compass, creating a container for intentional and safe connection for two people to come together on purpose.

How to build a culture of empathy?

1. Know where you are coming from with your energy, your focus, and your sensations. Understanding if you are more introverted or extroverted, more analytical or more feeling based, more sensitive or more hardy can allow you to know where you are starting from, where others are starting from, and so where you can come to meet.

 2. Self-Empathy and Self-Compassion. Remember that HSPs must practice empathizing with themselves and showing compassion toward themselves in order to really bring that into experiences with others. Otherwise, they just feel overwhelmed by other's feelings.

3. Sometimes the best one can do is to know that they don't know what it's like to be in someone else's shoes, rather than judging or blaming or forcing it, just opening to the unknown can be of value.

Sub Conference: Empaths




Ane Axford & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Highly Sensitive People & Empaths





  • 00:00 Introduction

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  • (Video Transcriptions: If you would like to take empathic action and create a transcription of this video, check the volunteers page.  The transcriptions will make it easier for other viewers to quickly see the content of this video.)




  • Definitions of highly sensitive people, empath, empathy, etc.

  • What is a highly sensitive person?

  •  How is that different or similar to being an empath?

  • Is experiencing empathy different for highly sensitive people than people who are hardier?

  • Are there any unique challenges or advantages?

  • What tips would you give to hardier people to help them empathize with HSPs?

  • What tips would you give to HSPs to help them empathize with hardier people?

  • Tips for HSPs to empathize with other HSPs?