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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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...
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.
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.
A few reasons why people sometimes lack empathy include:
There are some signs that show that you tend to be an empathetic person:
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 anoth...
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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.
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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