Empathy: An Important Life Skill

What is empathy?

Empathy is the ability to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from their point of view. According to American author Daniel H. Pink, “Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes”. It is the ability to detect other people’s emotions, combined with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.

Empathy is a vital component of Emotional Intelligence, the link between ourselves and others. To go far, one must cultivate empathy. This is confirmed by Daniel Goleman. He said, “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand if you don’t have self-awareness if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far”.

Classification of empathy

Empathy is classified into three.

  1. Emotional empathy – which is sometimes called affective empathy is the ability to share the feelings of someone else. Some have depicted it as “your pain in my heart.” This type of empathy encourages you to build emotional links with others.
  2. Cognitive empathy – Cognitive empathy is fundamentally having the ability to put yourself into someone else’s place and see their perspective. To understand how an individual feels and what they might be thinking. Cognitive empathy improves our communication skills and It is very useful in negotiations.
  3. Compassionate empathy – is the same as what we usually understand by sympathy. Like sympathy, compassion is about feeling concerned for someone but goes beyond just understanding others and sharing their feelings. It moves us to make a move, to help any way we can.

Characteristics of empathic people

Empathic people are free of judgment

Individuals with a high empathetic quotient are freely non-judgemental. They think that it’s hard to see things clearly and permit incalculable shades of grey. They know life isn’t simple for everyone.

Empathic people are highly sensitive

Empathic people are naturally giving, profoundly open, and good listeners. If you want a heart, empaths have it. Through various challenges, they’re there for you, world-class nurturers. But they can undoubtedly have their feelings hurt. Empathic people are regularly told that they are “excessively sensitive” and need to toughen up.

Empathetic individuals know when people are lying

They can easily understand people at a very profound level and tell whether the intentions they speak are valid. This can prompt disappointment for them as when individuals are lying or behaving misleadingly, empathetic people inherently know.

Empathetic people absorb other people’s feelings

They are highly receptive to other people’s moods, good or bad. Empathic people feel everything, sometimes to the last. They take on negativity such as anger or nervousness which is exhausting. If they are around harmony and love, their bodies take these on and flourish.

They have very solid and extremely accurate intuition

The “premonition” most of us have is often grounded and more accurate in empaths.

Empaths tend to be very creative

An empathetic mind is one that works continually, shifting between different projects and thoughts as necessary. This makes them incredibly inventive and creative people.

Why is empathy important?

Without empathy, individuals tend to go about life without thinking about how other people feel or what they might be thinking. Each of us has a different point of views. We all experience moods, agony, and hurt gladness, and sadness. And we are so limited when we only see our point of view. Without taking a minute to assess another, it is easy to make presumptions and jump to conclusions. This often leads to misconceptions, bad feelings, conflict, poor morale, and even divorce. People do not feel heard or understood. Everyone wants to feel like their feelings are understood and acknowledged, and being empathetic towards our friends and families is a phenomenal way to let them know that you care. By bringing more compassion and understanding into the world, we can create more concordance than ever.

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