Prerequisites for Empathy: the RuPaul Rule

Empathy is predicated on self-efficacy. If we don’t have a baseline confidence in ourselves, if our resting state is one of shame, fear, or insecurity, if we can’t allow ourselves to be vulnerable, to be seen, then there’s no way we’re ready to let others in, to offer or receive compassion, or to belong in community with others (which is, of course, the only kind of belonging there really is).

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