Learn why empathy is central to successful relationships and how strategies derived from scientific research and philosophical wisdom can deepen our capacity to understand others.
Empathy, the ability to understand another person’s feelings and thoughts, is at the root of all successful relationships. It is an ancient concept (“do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) and a focus of popular and scientific interest. Psychologist Michael Winters, Ph.D., reviews research and philosophical wisdom about empathy and shares strategies to better comprehend others and ourselves. This course also examines the role empathy plays in close relationships, like love and parenting, and in promoting cross-cultural understanding. This lecture-style class incorporates some discussion and in-class exercises.
Michael Winters, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Houston, former director of the Rice University Counseling Center and a frequent presenter at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. He is a diplomate in logotherapy—a meaning-centered psychotherapy—and has taught at Rice University, Purdue University, the University of Houston and other higher-education institutions.