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Why Empathy Is Important

verywellmind.com

What is empathy

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.

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Signs of empathy

There are some signs that show that you tend to be an empathetic person:

  • You are good at really listening to what others have to say.
  • People often tell you about their problems.
  • You are good at picking up on how other people are feeling.
  • You oft...

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Types of empathy

There are different types of empathy that a person may experience:

  • Affective empathy involves the ability to understand another person's emotions and respond appropriately. Such emotional understanding may lead to someone feeling concerned for another ...

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Uses for empathy

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 anoth...

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Bariers to empathy

A few reasons why people sometimes lack empathy include:

  • Cognitive biases
  • Dehumanization
  • Victim- blaming.

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Cognitive biases

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 difficul...

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Dehumanization

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 f...

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Victim blaming

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.

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