44 Empathy Statements That Will Make You The Greatest Listener

 / 

,
empathy statements that will make you greatest listener

“Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being’s suffering. Nothing. Not career, not wealth, not intelligence, certainly not status. We have to feel for one another if we’re going to survive with dignity.” – Audrey Hepburn

If you’ve ever watched the iconic TV show with James Lipton called Inside the Actor’s Studio, you know all too well the notorious question he asks during each interview:

“What’s your favorite word?”

I used to wonder what MY answer would be to this question if I were being interviewed on his show (a gal can dream, right?). Well, after some deep reflection, I think I’ve finally found it.

You see, I coach couples regularly on how to reignite their relationships for greater love, connection, and fulfillment. And the number one insight I offer is so simple, yet incredibly effective:

In every intimate relationship, empathy is the key to relationship success.

Related: If You Want An Intense Kind Of Relationship, Date A Girl With Hyper-Empathy

Showing your significant other that you have the ability to understand their experience—whether it be hurt, pain, longing, frustration, or something else—and make them feel heard is the greatest gift you can give. It sends the message, “Baby, you understand me.”

So here I am, back in fantasy land…being one of the top actresses of my time, on stage with James Lipton. And I’m not nervous at all as I gear up to answer the long-awaited question of the day. What’s your favorite word?

It’s empathy.

empathy in rerlationships

Here’s a list of empathy statements to have handy at all times. Use these with your partner regularly for a more intimate couple bond.

44 Empathy Statements That Will Make You The Greatest Listener

1. You’re making total sense.

2. I understand how you feel.

3. You must feel so hopeless.

4. I just feel such despair in you when you talk about this.

5. You’re in a tough spot here.

6. I can feel the pain you feel.

7. The world needs to stop when you’re in this much pain.

8. I wish you didn’t have to go through that.

9. I’m on your side here.

10. I wish I could have been with you in that moment.

11. Oh, wow, that sounds terrible.

12. You must feel so helpless.

13. That hurts me to hear that.

14. I support your position here.

15. I totally agree with you.

Related: 6 Ways To Increase Emotional Intimacy In Your Significant Relationships

16. You are feeling so trapped!

17. You are making total sense.

18. That sounds like you felt really disgusted!

19. No wonder you’re upset.

20. I’d feel the same way you do in your situation.

21. I think you’re right.

22. I see. Let me summarize: What you’re thinking here is…

23. You are in a lot of pain here. I can feel it.

24. It would be great to be free of this.

25. That must have annoyed you.

26. That would make me mad too.

27. That sounds infuriating.

28. That sounds frustrating.

29. That is very scary.

30. Well I agree with most of what you’re saying.

31. I would have also been disappointed by that.

32. That would have hurt my feelings also.

33. That would make me sad too.

34. POOR BABY!

35. Wow, that must have hurt.

36. I understand what you’re feeling.

37. You are making a lot of sense to me.

38. Okay, I think I get it. So what you’re feeling is…

39. Let me try to paraphrase and summarize what you’re saying. You’re saying…

40. I would have trouble coping with that.

41. What I admire most about what you’re doing is…

42. That would make me feel insecure.

43. That sounds a little frightening.

44. Tell me what you see as your choices here.

Related: The 3 Types Of Empathy And Why They Are Important

Which of the above statements really resonate with you? I recommend storing a few of them in your mind so you can offer them to your partner the next time he or she is in need of some empathy.

You’ll be amazed at how much of an impact even a simple empathetic statement can make.


Written By April Eldemire    
Originally Appeared On Couples Thrive 
empathy statements that will make you greatest listener pin
empathy statements pin

— Share —

— About the Author —

Leave a Reply



Up Next

6 Most Empathic Zodiac Signs: Are You One of Them?

Most Empathic Zodiac Signs: Do You Have The Super Power?

We all know what empathy is; it’s seeing things through the eyes of someone else, not just understanding their emotions, but feeling them too! And the 6 most empathic zodiac signs are natural at this!

These are the most compassionate zodiac signs owing to their innate zodiac traits. But before delving into what zodiac signs are empaths, let’s understand what is empathy first.

What Is Empathy?



Up Next

Are Empaths On The Autism Spectrum? Exploring Similarities And Uniqueness

Are Empaths on the Autism Spectrum? Important Similarities

Ever thought, “are empaths on the autism spectrum”? Let’s explore the shared traits and unique aspects of both. Discover the gifts and hurdles that come with being an empath or being on the autism spectrum.

Are Empaths on the Autism Spectrum?

autism and empathy

I often get asked the question “Are empaths on the autistic spectrum” because of their similar tendencies to experience sensory overload from noise, ligh



Up Next

Empath or Enabler? Truths About Toxic Empathy And 5 Ways To Break Free

How Toxic Empathy Is Ruining Your Life and What You Can Do

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be overly sensitive and emotionally drained by the problems of others? Can too much empathy be harmful? Is there such a thing as toxic empathy?

While empathy is considered a valuable trait that promotes understanding and compassion, there is a lesser-known phenomenon called toxic empathy that can have detrimental effects on both the empath and those around them. 

Today, let us explore what is toxic empathy disorder, what causes toxic empathy, can too much empathy be a bad thing, and learn strategies to deal with it.

What is Toxic Empathy?



Up Next

Empath Vs Empathetic: 7 Differences Between An Empath And Empathetic Person

Empath Vs Empathetic: Differences Between The Two

When we talk about feelings for others, two words often come up: “empath” and “empathetic person.” While they may seem similar, there are quite a few differences between these two terms. This article is going to discuss the differences between an empath vs empathetic person.

Think of an empath as someone who feels what others feel, like they can actually feel other people’s emotions. On the other hand, an empathetic person understands and cares about others’ emotions but doesn’t absorb them as their own.

Read on to know more about the spectrum of being an empath vs empathetic person.



Up Next

The Healing Power: How Empathy Boosts Your Immune System

How Empathy Can Improve Your Immune Response: Best Way

Empathy isn’t just about understanding others—it could boost your health too. Learn how empathy can improve your immune response and be a unique pathway to well-being.

How does empathy work on a biological level to boost your immune system? 

Research indicates that you can heal faster when your body receives messages such empathy, kindness, and tolerance. These trigger an initial immune response—then your body’s natural healing forces can kick in too.



Up Next

7 Surprising Triggers For Empaths: Identifying And Coping Strategies For Emotional Harmony

Hidden Triggers for Empaths: Understanding & Managing Them

Do you often feel overwhelmed by others’ emotions? Do their emotions suddenly change your mood for no clear reason? If yes, then it is highly likely that you are an empath, a person who is extremely sensitive to the energies and emotions of others. And that’s why you need to know about triggers for empaths.

Today let us focus on understanding emotional triggers for empaths, how empath anxiety triggers can impact your well-being, and what you can do to navigate these triggers in your everyday life.

Who is an empath?

An empath is someone who has high levels of empathy and is attuned to others’ energies and



Up Next

What Is Nonviolent Communication? 20+ Tips To Practice Empathy In Communication 

What Is Nonviolent Communication And How To Practice It

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where words escalated into conflict, leaving you feeling unheard and misunderstood? Communication is vital for human relationships, yet it often turns out to be a source of tension and discord. So let’s explore what is nonviolent communication (NVC) and how to practice NVC.

What is Nonviolent Communication (NVC)?

Nonviolent Communication is a powerful framework that can change our way of speaking and relating to others leading to understanding, empathy and peaceful resolution.

But exactly what is nonviolent communication? Developed by psy