The relationship between empathy and creativity has been a long and complicated one. Whilst some creative practitioners choose to stray away from empathetic creative practice, we are here to tell you why it’s a great way to work.
1.You won’t offend anyone
Ok so we can’t guaruntee this one, but you are way less likely to offend someone when making your works and creating empathetically as opposed to being absorbed in a one track mindset; disregarding the feelings, opinions and histories of many around you.
2. You make your work relevant to a wider audience
Empathy is the only human superpower – it can shrink distance, cut through social and power hierarchies, transcend differences, and provoke political and social change.
– Elizabeth Thomas
Having this “superpower” allows your work to translate to many different contexts and ideologies when being an empathetic creative practitioner. Chances are when your work is being conscious of another culture (or PC), it’s likely that it’s awareness and empathy will translate across multiple cultures in the same sense. It allows for a more open reading of your work.
3. It enables you to grow and become a better practitioner (and person).
An integral part of being a creative is to be aware, in-tune and open to your surroundings. Practicing empathy is just an extension of this and being empathetic, whilst can be emotionally draining, allows you to learn and grow more from your experiences; ultimately making you a better person.