3 reasons to be an empathetic creative practitioner

 

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.

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  1. I think it’s incredibly important for creative practitioners to conduct ourselves with others in mind each time we create something. Whether this is by conducting in-depth research on the cultures or groups related and/or affected by our works or by asking someone else about whether or not it’s culturally or socially appropriate, we all need to take the necessary steps to be empathetic while we create. Rather than being set into one mindset, we should all open our eyes towards the wider world around us. I believe one of the main criticisms against being an empathetic practitioner would be that by doing so, one’s own vision or ideology will be lost. I think that it would be quite the contrary. Being an empathetic practitioner doesn’t equate to the destruction of your ideology but rather the widening of views and being able to create something which someone of another differing background could relate to despite the differences and lack of literal connection. Your article was very interesting! Keep up the good work.

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