The Power of Empathy
No empathy. No understanding.
“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
The only way to live fully is to be yourself and allow others be themselves. Once you can accomplish this, the world will be a much happier place. Put yourself in their shoes. Would you like to be held back from being who you are by others negative judgements? Without empathy, people feel misunderstood, which leads to aggression, which leads to confrontation.
How will this help you?
By being empathetic, you can avoid creating greater conflict. If you try to understand and connect with someone, you may find they are just as human as you are. In high school, this can help you deal with difficult classroom situations, handle social media more appropriately, and aid in how you manage yourself in the work place in the future. Everyone is capable of mistakes, how will you handle it?
How to start the change for the better
Let the person know that you understand where they are coming from or what they're going through.
Tell them that you can relate to their problem. You have been in their position or similar positions or you know someone who has been in their position.
State that, although you might not know what to say, you are glad they told you or expressed how they feel. From here, you can move forward together.