One of our main goals as teachers is to help our students become more empathetic in their communication. Students can often seem focused on self and the notion that their view is the only window to the world. This exercise is one step toward changing that perspective. In a supportive environment, this activity can help build humility, greater awareness of the needs of others, and improved communication skills.
Louis, Maureen M.
"The Empathy Description Exercise,"
Proceedings of the New York State Communication Association:
Vol. 2010, Article 17.
Available at: http://docs.rwu.edu/nyscaproceedings/vol2010/iss1/17