Being a twin allowed me to become a compassionate designer

Strive for compassion, not just empathy

My twin and I did everything together growing up. We were so inseparable that our middle school decided it would be “healthy” for us to take separate classes. At the time I didn’t understand why separating us was so necessary. After all, I considered my brother a part of me — and thought that should be embraced more than scrutinized.

  • Empathy is solely defined as “the ability to identify with or understand another’s situation or feelings”. No where in the definition does it mention taking action on your abilities.
  • Compassion, on the other hand, is defined as “deep awareness of the suffering of another accompanied by the wish to relieve it”. Compassionate designers gather insights, take action, and do not stop until their users are happy.

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