The Magic of Empathy

Theory and Practice

Non-Fiction - Relationships
96 Pages
Reviewed on 12/10/2019
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

The Magic of Empathy by Dr. Nicole Audet is nifty, necessary reading for anyone who needs to communicate with others. Wait! Isn’t that everyone? You bet it is, and regardless of whether you need to better communicate in your business or professional life or with your family and especially your children, you owe it to yourself and them to read this useful little book.

The Magic of Empathy is short, written in a concise and clear style. The first part of the book gets into the nuts and bolts of how to improve communication. As the author asserts: “Speaking to be understood and listening to understand are two skills that have the power to change the life of anyone who possesses them”. So true! Remember the adage, “Silence is Golden”? If you take away nothing else from this book, it will be that golden proverb. You will realize how and why being silent, listening, and waiting before speaking drastically improves communication. And if you’re not familiar with the difference between open and closed questions, through the explanations and exercises offered by the author, you will see how easily you can re-open previously closed conversations.

The second part of The Magic of Empathy is full of interesting anecdotes taken from the author’s own life that show how being an empathic listener can resolve issues one might have thought irresolvable. This allows readers to better understand why Dr. Audet suggests there is magic in empathy. At the end of the book, Dr. Audet, a successful public speaker, provides a comprehensive list of books for readers to consult further. As I said above, this is a very useful and necessary book. If you need to improve your communication skills, pick this book up today.

Edith Wairimu

The Magic of Empathy: Theory and Practice is an informative book about expressing empathy, written by award-winning author Dr. Nicole Audet. In one of the quotes included in the book, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply,” by Stephen R. Covey, it is clear that many times people do not communicate effectively since they fail to listen. Dr. Audet shows how, through empathy, a link can be established between the listener and speaker, which allows for effective communication and achieves a positive result. Other topics are explored related to the main theme and they include the use of open-ended questions instead of close-ended ones, paying attention to non-verbal language, and how to handle toxic conversations among many other enlightening topics.

In The Magic of Empathy, Dr. Nicole Audet draws from her experiences as a family doctor to show how, through empathy, a conversation can reveal the concealed issues a person may be struggling with. In one such scenario, she recalls how once through showing empathy and listening to a child who was reluctant to visit their father, she was able to identify the reason for the child’s hesitancy. Such accounts help in providing practical ways in which the advice in the work can be utilized. Diagrams are included to help explain the information in the book while crucial information is highlighted. Key points are listed, which helps in separating and recalling them. Exercises present in the book also make the information contained practical. The Magic of Empathy is an invaluable book for anyone who wants to enhance how they communicate with others and build healthy relationships.

Jessica Barbosa

Doctor Nicole Audet’s The Magic of Empathy: Theory and Practice is a noteworthy book about the importance of being an empathic communicator. This book talks about the correct way of handling a conversation. One of the ways is by learning to recognize one’s emotions and handling them properly and with care in order to help the other person with their problem. Another is by learning to listen and understand the things people are saying, not just listening for the sake of being able to give an appropriate response. Basically, listen to understand and speak to be understood. These are only a few examples of the things that you will learn to become a great, empathic communicator. If you’re interested in learning more about empathic communication, or you’re someone who has trouble when it comes to communicating or handling communication, this book is for you.

The Magic of Empathy: Theory and Practice is an interesting book. It showcases the value of empathic communication and provides many important and easy-to-understand points which will help people who have trouble with proper conversing. The longer I read the book, the more I flashed back to the moments when I had a hard time communicating with some people. Maybe I could’ve handled those situations better if I had only known the things I’ve learned after reading this book. As I read the experiences and examples that Doctor Audet shared in the book, I felt even more inspired to do more and put into practice what I have learned from this book. This book has motivated me to mentally keep a note of the lessons and try harder to do better in my conversations with other people. It showed me that being a more empathic communicator would be a win-win situation for me and the person I’m conversing with. This book is exceptionally good and life-changing. A fascinating read!

Sarah Scheele

The Magic of Empathy: Theory and Practice is an innovative book that delves deep into the psyche of human communication to help people improve their interactions. Author Dr. Nicole Audet uses her experiences in family medicine to help describe a framework for good relationships—Empathy. Empathic communication means that you approach the other person quietly and objectively, building trust through respectful behavior, sincere efforts to listen, and a lack of interruptions and self-centered reactions. The first half of the book details how to begin using the empathy practice during meetings, with family and kids, and at any time when the situation might be complicated. The second half contains examples from the author’s life of interpersonal and group communications under sometimes challenging or chaotic circumstances, giving anecdotal evidence of how this method creates real improvement.

The Magic of Empathy is really unique and gave me a lot of inspiration. After reading I had much more clarity on what causes flaws in communication and a full toolbox of ideas for how to handle other people harmoniously. Dr. Nicole Audet’s detailed but very clear instructions on how to use empathic communication are written with confidence. As the author states, “Emotions are contagious,” and the core theory of Empathy is made more effective by the author’s own open-minded tone while she advises the reader how to rethink their habits. Over the course of the days after reading The Magic of Empathy: Theory and Practice, I remembered clearly the methods and examples demonstrated in the book and began to apply them to situations in my life. With each step, Dr. Audet is systematically encouraging and this makes the book highly interactive with a real power to change lives.