Empathy Intervention- Nolan Binkele

Today my friend was not having a great day. Im not sure what happened, but the actions proceeding made me jump to conclusion on the type of person he is which was wrong of me. After one of our mutual friends was teasing him, he abruptly got up and left, slamming the door and punching a window shattering it into pieces. Immediately I was mad and judged him by thinking he had some sort of anger management or didn’t have thick enough skin to take a joke. But after thinking about it a little more I decided to approach him with a sympathetic approach, and what I heard changed my mind. As I already stated he was having a very rough day and did not mean any harm. He just thought in his mind I need to hit something to get my anger out. He usually never actually follows through, but the one time he did it went different as expected. I thought to myself, ‘ I have felt like this in the past, full of anger and stress wanted to take my anger out on something.’ Although I never due, I was able to come to the conclusion that we all feel this way, and it was simply a mistake. I can relate to him and the way he feels and I shouldn’t be so quick to judge.

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