Use these strategies to minimize unproductive conflicts, navigate uncomfortable conversations and build empathy with others:
Practice – Spend a moment trying to take someone else’s perspective. Imagine how you’d feel if you were in another person’s situation.
Challenge yourself – Try to imagine how a person with views opposed to your own, such as someone with differing political beliefs, might feel about the situation or subject matter under discussion.
Recognize your biases – Everyone has unconscious biases, which can prevent people from empathizing with others.