put (oneself) in (someone's) shoes

(redirected from put oneself in someone else's shoes)

put (oneself) in (someone's) shoes

To imagine oneself in the situation or circumstances of another person, so as to understand or empathize with his or her perspective, opinion, or point of view. Before being quick to judge someone for their actions, you should always try to put yourself in their shoes. Everyone is human, after all. Put yourself in my shoes and then tell me what you would have done, Dan! It isn't as straightforward as you're making it seem!
See also: put, shoe
References in periodicals archive ?
In a June 7 New York Times op-ed, Paul Bloom talks about empathy and the valiant effort to put oneself in someone else's shoes, but how utterly we fail at it.
Previous studies had shown that a certain region of the brain - the place where the parietal and temporal lobes meet - is linked to the ability to put oneself in someone else's shoes in order to understand their thoughts and feelings.
Full browser ?