Communicating Truth with Kinesthetic Empathy: A Positive Intervention for Dyads and Groups
Relationships have been shown to be essential for well-being. The amount of data showcasing the benefits of relationships is not reflected in the number of positive interventions offered for cultivating these relationships. We communicate authentically in verbal and nonverbal ways to create and maintain social bonds. As we communicate, empathy helps us understand and connect with others, strengthening our relationships and improving our well-being. Currently in positive psychology, there are few interventions that aim to strengthen relationships, improve empathy, incorporate nonverbal communication, or include the body’s role in well-being. In this capstone, a new model of well-being, AVERDE, is presented emphasizing authentic communication and living in our own truth. This paper explores how our bodies communicate authentically, cultivate empathy, improve relationships, and encourage well-being. Kinesthetic empathy is a nonverbal, interpersonal process where movements evoke emotion. KEPI, a positive intervention grounded in nonverbal, interpersonal communication, is proposed; Through kinesthetic empathy, KEPI aims to increase empathy within dyads and groups, with an intention of strengthening relationships. Kinesthetic empathy may help unify mind and body, boost empathy, acknowledge arts and humanities with embodied responses, expand communication scope, build connections, and bring wellness strategies to populations who embrace nonverbal communication. Further evaluation is required.