What “putting yourself in another person’s shoes” really means

Posted by: alisrowe, March 14, 2020

There is normally some confusion over the phrase, “to put yourself in another person’s shoes.” It is confusing because it can be taken in two ways: 

Way 1) To imagine yourself in the other person’s situation

Way 2) To imagine being the other person in their situation

A lot of people seem to do number 1, but number 2 is actually the better way to get close to someone.

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