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Dehumanization

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 foreign land, people might be less likely to feel empathy if they think that those who are suffering are fundamentally different from themselves.

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Cognitive biases

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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What is empathy

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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Victim blaming

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.

This tendency...

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Bariers to empathy

Bariers to empathy

A few reasons why people sometimes lack empathy include:

  • Cognitive biases
  • Dehumanization
  • Victim- blaming.

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Signs of empathy

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

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

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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4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression

4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression

  • Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kind.
  • Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback.
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The identifiable victim effect

Psychologists point out that defining empathy as the act of stepping into someone's mind to experience their feeling can lead to some tricky moral dilemmas.

  • We are moved to open our hearts (or wallet) when presented with a case such as a charity campaign where a sing...

The empathy gap

The empathy gap

The empathy gap is a cognitive bias that causes people to struggle to understand mental states that are different from their own.

When someone is happy or angry, they struggle to understand the perspective of someone who is in a different mental state, whether that pe...

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