It’s almost always helpful to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and think about things from their perspective. How would you feel if you were them? How would you want someone to help you?
A great way to imagine how someone else is feeling is to pretend you’re an actor playing their life, even if just for five minutes. Putting yourself in their shoes can help you understand how the person may feel or why they act the way they do.
Strive to always treat others with respect. Imagining yourself in another person’s position can help you think of how you would want to be treated if you were them.
The next time you’re tempted to post an anonymous comment online, imagine how the receiver of the comment will feel when they read it. Remember that there’s always a person on the other end.
It can be an easy thing to forget, but the people you communicate with online are just as real as you are, with emotions just as real as your own. Before you send a message, consider imagining how it would feel to receive it.
Speak to transgender people like you would non-transgender people. Avoid comments that you wouldn’t say to non trans-people. Would you ask your cisgendered friend what it was like for them to be born a boy? Be respectful and don’t be intrusive.
If your friend is picking on someone in your class, consider saying, “Think about how___ must be feeling right now.”