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Empathy is the abillity to emotionally understand what other people feel. see things from their point of view, and imagine yourself in their place.
essentially, it is putting yourself in someone else's position and feeling what they must be feeling.
There are some signs that show that you tend to be an empathetic person:
Having a great deal of empathy makes you concerned for the well-being and happiness of others. It also means, however, that you can sometimes get overwhelmed, burned out, or even overstimulated from always thinking about other people's emotions.
There are different types of empathy that a person may experience:
Humans beings are capable of selfish, even cruel behavior. A quick scan of any daily newspaper quickly reveals numerous unkind, selfish, and heinous actions.
The question then is why don't we all engage in such self-serving behavior all the time? What is it that causes us to feel another's pain and respond with kindness?
There are a number of benefits of being able to experience empathy:
A few reasons why people sometimes lack empathy include:
Sometimes the way people perceive the world around them is influenced by a number of cognitive biases. For example, people often attribute other people's failures to internal characteristics, while blaming their own shortcomings on external factors.
These biases can make it difficult to see all the factors that contribute to a situation and make it less likely that people will be able to see a situation from the perspective of another.
Many also falll victim to the trap of thinking that people who are different from them also don't feel and behave the same as they do. This is particularly common in cases when other people are physically distant.
For example, when they watch reports of a disaster or conflict in a foreign land, people might be less likely to feel empathy if they think that those who are suffering are fundamentally different from themselves.
Sometimes when another person has suffered a terrible experience, people make the mistake of blaming the victim for their circumstances.
This is the reason why victims of crimes are often asked what they might have done differently to prevent the crime.
This tendency stems from the need to believe that the world is a fair and just place. People want to believe that people get what they deserve and deserve what they get—it fools them into thinking that such terrible things could never happen to them.
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