Empathy and personal development are very popular subjects!
“The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self-kind of understanding.” – Bill Bullard
After reading the above it is crucial to include the guidance of empathy and the continuous improving of it in every personal development curriculum.
What is a definition or meaning of empathy?
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Definitions of empathy encompass a broad range of emotional states. Wikipedia
Importance of empathy
Empathy, the most important human attribute that matters in every aspect of life, is particularly essential in health care. (Anna Ratka Empathy and the Development of Affective Skills) Empathy is important because it helps us understand how others are feeling so we can respond appropriately to the situation. The Conversation.com
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Signs of Empathy
The signs that show that you tend to be an empathetic person are the following:
- 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 often think about how other people feel.
- Other people come to you for advice.
- Often feel overwhelmed by tragic events.
- Try to help others who are suffering.
- Good at telling when people aren’t being honest.
- Sometimes feel drained or overwhelmed in social situations.
- You care deeply about other people.
- You find it difficult to set boundaries in your relationships with other people. Kendra Cherry
Be proud of yourself! 🙂
Types of empathy
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 person’s well-being, or it may lead to feelings of personal distress.
Somatic empathy involves having a sort of physical reaction in response to what someone else is experiencing. People sometimes physically experience what another person is feeling. When you see someone else feeling embarrassed, for example, you might start to blush or have an upset stomach.
Cognitive empathy involves being able to understand another person’s mental state and what they might be thinking in response to the situation. This is related to what psychologists refer to as theory of mind or thinking about what other people are thinking.
Source: Kendra Cherry verywellmind
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Why does the health care field and business demonstrate empathy towards patients and employees?
HEALTH CARE PATIENTS: Expressing empathy is highly effective and powerful, which builds patient trust, calms anxiety, and improves health outcomes. Research has shown empathy and compassion to be associated with better adherence to medications, decreased malpractice cases, fewer mistakes, and increased patient satisfaction.
BUSINESS EMPLOYEES: To many people, the most important business skill is not project management or multitasking, but empathy. it is increasingly making it to the top of the lists of “soft skills” that managers and leaders need. “Empathy should be embedded into the entire organization,” writes Belinda Parmar in the Harvard Business Review. “There is nothing soft about it. It is a hard skill that should be required from the board-room to the shop floor.” Source: Laserfiche
The video, Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care, has become a viral sensation, with 4,437,714 views on YouTube. https://youtu.be/cDDWvj_q-o8 (5 min) Source: MedicalGPS
Read also this article by Jean Decety & Aikaterini Fotopoulou: Why empathy has a beneficial impact on others in medicine: unifying theories
All spheres of life need empathy
YOU: In self-empathy, you love and accept yourself, but not because of your strengths. Admit where you’ve been wounded and how you’ve hurt others. You embrace the hard truth that you have failed and lost. Compassion for yourself is not only essential for a healthy personal life, but it’s also the secret to a successful counselling practice. Unless you face your brokenness, you remain powerless to help others do the same. Source: Don Welch Point Loma
THE UNIVERSE NEEDS EMPATHY AND IT AFFECTS:
- Health Benefits. By empathizing with others and the close bonds we form with others help us develop healthy coping mechanisms towards stress. Empathetic or compassionate people are often in better shape and have a stronger immune system, which leads to not only a happier but a healthier life.
- Communication Skills. Because empathy involves picturing how another person thinks or feels, learning how to have it can significantly strengthen your communication skills. Empathy can limit misunderstandings because we will be able to better gage what someone means when they say or write something.
- Work Benefits. Supervisors treat their workers with more compassion and lower-level employees respect their bosses–and all employees work harder towards their company mission. Empathy makes the office a happier place to be, where each person works not because they have to but because they want to.
- Prosocial Behaviour. We as human beings are all wired to need close, meaningful relationships. Anything that helps us form these bonds, benefits others and ourselves. The more you deliberately try to be empathetic towards others, the larger your capacity for empathy will grow over time.
- Decreases Negativity in World. So often when we read the news, we’re overwhelmed by the calamities of the world. All this pain is a burden too large for any one person to bear but showing compassion for others can help replace the bad things in the world with good things over time.