We’ve all heard of the word “introspection”, meaning the examination or observation of one's own mental and emotional processes. Opposite to introspection, outrospection is the examination of ourselves through developing empathy and meaningful relationships with others.
It is now more important than ever to develop our skills in understanding others. Not only does it help us become a better leader and follower, it makes us a better citizen of planet earth. The ideal of empathy has, as Krznaric states, “the power both to transform our lives and to bring about fundamental social change.” In order to break down political and social barriers that are damaging society’s development, we need to be able to shatter the lens of prejudice and work harder to empathize with others.
What are the different values that can be built from outrospecting?
The core values that I believe can be cultivated from outrsopection are: gratitude, altruism, compassion, empathy, happiness and mindfulness.
How can I start building these values?
Start with an open heart and mind. Listen intently when conversing with others and don’t be afraid to open up. No one is picture-perfect and we can always lend an ear.
Recognize the sources of goodness outside of ourselves. Acknowledge the people and things that have brought you satisfaction and happiness.
Challenge prejudices and labels that block us from knowing people. By thinking beyond our assumptions of how we think certain people are like, we may surprise ourselves learning what they have to offer.