I work quite a lot with groups and through the years have found that I need to simplify more and more as it seems that most people don't actually see others the way that others see / are themselves. It is normal that we understand the world through that which we know, but if we are to empathise with others, it has to be in a way that others can freely accept ' others ' . One of the simplest ways that I work is to sit in a circle with everyone and ask people to say their name and what makes them happy. As we know, there are many things which make each of us happy, but in choosing what to share, in listening to others that share in ' our' given source of happiness, to hear things that make you laugh etc, etc, bring us all to a level of being human together without having to get into techniques, analysis, judgement etc . we simply are who we are together; witnesses to what it is to be human. We also do many different physical activities together so that we can see each other being good or not so good at things; indirect educational learning; in the kitchen, the garden, building, drawing, studying......make it less serious and then people show themselves in their own time; it can't be rushed as some / many are frightened to get involved; to show themselves, but if you aren't asking them to show themselves then they actually can show as they relax into it. We have all become very mental and less in contact with ourselves; but we are who we are; imperfect, trying to get somewhere and someone to share with who won't judge us or 'stab us in the back', or worse still, laugh at us or ridicule us. We are sensitive and delicate, then courageous !