You, Me, Empathy - Episode 52: Empathy Will Change the World with Danni Starr

On Episode 52 of You, Me, Empathy, Danni Starr and I explore what being an empath means, the need for listening and validating the stories of others, and why empathy is the thing that will change the world.

We also talk about Venus in retrograde, how we develop awareness of our mental health (where are these emotions coming from?!), the feeling that we’re just feeling “too much,” and how people can make us empathic people feel like we’re being too sensitive or dramatic.

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Hot tip: We’re not too sensitive. We’re not dramatic. We feel a lot. We are feely humans!

On that front, we talk about feeling like we don’t belong, and feeling like we just need to shut down our feelings and lock them away. During times of tragedy, like Columbine or 9/11, Danni was so impacted she couldn’t eat or get out of bed for a week. How do we reconcile these feelings? How do we wrap our brains around the idea that someone could cause so much pain? How do we as feely humans approach that? How do you?

Lastly, we delve into boundary tips for empaths, why asking for help doesn’t make you weak, the essential need for listening and validating others’ stories, Danni’s postpartum anxiety and depression, and how America is gaslighting black people and people of color as a whole by invalidating their experiences with insensitive and blatantly racist “you’re just playing the race card.”

How do you think that impacts her mental health, let alone her humanity, identity, agency? (That’s rhetorical. Let’s do better.)

Scroll down for links! Thanks for listening, and thanks for empathizing with us!