Choosing Empathy

Empathy is the ability to recognize, understand, and share the thoughts and feelings of another person, animal or fictional character. Developing empathy is crucial for establishing relationships and behaving compassionately. It involves experiencing another person’s point of view, rather than just one’s own, and enables pro social, or helping behaviors that comes fromwithin, rather than being forced.

Some surveys indicate that empathy is on the decline in the United States findings that motivates parents, schools, and communities to support programs that help people of all ages enhance the maintain their ability to walk in each other’s shoes.

Empathy helps us cooperate with others, build friendships, make moral decisions, and intervene when we see others being bullied. Humans begin to show signs of empathy in infancy and the trait develops steadily through childhood and adolescence. Still most people are likely to feel greater empathy for people like themselves and may feel less empathy for outside of their family, community, ethnicity, or race.

Can you be too empathic, or not empathic enough?

People who regularly put the feelings and perspectives of others above their own may have feelings of emptiness or alienation and develop generalized anxiety or depression.

How do you know whether you’re a empathic person?

Empathy are often characterized as being highly sensitive and overly focused on the needs of others. They may benefit from time alone if they find it draining to be in the presence of other people. People who are very empathic are more likely to be targeted by manipulating individuals. For this reason, it’s important to create healthy boundaries in all relationships with energy vampires that are draining to empathy and non- empathy alike.

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