Empathy


Did you guys hear about what that guy did to Mikey Rankowski?

 

I like Mikey, he’s on my lacrosse team. No, I didn’t hear. What happened?

 

That really bad dude at the school beat him up for no reason, although some people say he did it because his dad was just put in jail.

 Mikey’s dad’s in jail?

No, not Mikey’s dad, the bad guy’s dad. He was put in jail for something serious. And I hear he used to beat up his kids and wife, too.

That’s terrible. I feel bad for Mikey… and for the mean kid.

I actually don’t think we should be saying “mean kid” and “bad dude.” The truth is, he’s just another kid who had bad things happen to him and now he’s taking it out on someone else. What’s his name, anyway?

I don’t know. He’s just known as the bad guy. The bully. Someone to stay away from.

Sounds like this kid has a lot of reasons to be angry, none of which make it right to beat up on someone. But, Steve and Nicki, you both seem very empathic towards the situation.

Empathic? What’s that?

Empathy, being empathic, is a trait that people have that helps them understand how another person is feeling. Let’s explore this a little more because empathy is a feeling with which we are all born, but some people have it more than others. Empathy is one of the most important emotions for people to foster (develop). Why? Because empathy connects us to each other – it speaks to our common humanity, which, when things get really busy, we can sometimes forget.

You might be surprised by how this one personality trait – empathy – can make such a huge difference in your life and the whole world.

You will read and learn about:

 

What Is Empathy?

Why Is Having Empathy Important?

Why Are Some People Empathic and Others Aren’t?

What You Gain By Being Empathic

Your Brain and Empathy (we couldn’t resist)

How Can I Work on My Empathy?

More Ways to Work on Empathy

How Can I Have Empathy For Someone Who Is Mean?

 

Post Question: Do you think you are empathic? If so, how much? A lot, a little, needs work?

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48 responses to “Empathy”

  1. WLKHS215 November 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm
    WLKHS215

    I think I am very empathetic because I try to understand the feelings or emotions the person who is having a difficult time is facing. Once I understand their viewpoints I try to help them resolve their problem or just feel better about a specific topic. If the scale was 1-10 of how empathetic I am I would rate myself a 7 or 8.

  2. WLKHS0105 October 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm
    WLKHS0105

    Honestly I do not consider myself empathic. I wouldnt say im just mean but im not nice.

  3. WLKHS0109 October 28, 2016 at 1:56 pm
    WLKHS0109

    I believe that I am very empathetic, as I think and try to understand the feelings, emotions, and actions of my friends, enemies, and strangers. And if I cannot comprehend someone else using the information I already have, I directly ask them, “Why do you feel this way?” about a certain topic or situation, even if I do not agree with them.

  4. WLKHS0111 October 28, 2016 at 1:56 pm
    WLKHS0111

    I think that I am very empathetic, I care for people but I do not think there was any reason for the kid to beat up the kid for nothing that he did.

  5. WLKHS0106 October 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm
    WLKHS0106

    I think i am empathetic kinda but what ill really feel bad for someone or care if i really care about that person

  6. WLKHS0110 October 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm
    WLKHS0110

    I think I am quite empathic, I let my friends know that I am willing to listen to their problems and comfort them whenever they need it

  7. WLKHS0113 October 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm
    WLKHS0113

    I think I am very empathetic because I always attempt to put myself into others shoes, and imagine how they are feeling in a certain situation where they are at loss.

  8. WLKHS0106 October 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm
    WLKHS0106

    I think i am empathetic kinda but what ill really feel bad for someone or care if someone is happy if i am close to someone

  9. WLKHS0101 October 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm
    WLKHS0101

    I think that I am an empathetic. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate myself at a 7. I say this because there are sometimes when I am not emapataic when I should but for the most part, I am empathetic.

  10. wlkhs0104 October 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm
    wlkhs0104

    I think I am empathic. While sometimes I don’t show it to the world, whenever I feel it is necessary I show it to the person. I should work on being more empathic than I currently am.

  11. WLKHSCB October 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm
    WLKHSCB

    I do have empathy, for people who deserve it and are empathetic to others. I find myself very empathetic because i care for other

  12. cbwhs21 October 18, 2016 at 8:13 pm
    cbwhs21

    I personally think i am empathetic because i like seeing others happy the majority of the time.

  13. WLKHS3319 September 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm
    WLKHS3319

    I am sorta empathic i only really feel bad for the people i care about no one else really.

  14. WLKHS0310 September 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm
    WLKHS0310

    I think im empathetic towards people in certain situations like if they’re sad or went through a break up i like to make them feel better and make them smile.

  15. WLKHS301 September 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm
    WLKHS301

    I am always empathic to family and friends but not always others because I cant understand them like I can with my family and friends.

  16. wlkhs0302 September 27, 2016 at 4:42 pm
    wlkhs0302

    when someone is mean is for a reason no one is mean just to be mean but you shoe that you’re mature and show them that they’re not handling things correctly

  17. wlkhs0302 September 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm
    wlkhs0302

    empathy is important because it shows that you have feelings and care for people and at the end of the day when you help someone you feel better about yourself

  18. WLKHS0321 September 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm
    WLKHS0321

    I am empathic. I think I am very empathic because I understand they way people feel and understand the situation and will help make things better.

  19. WLKHS308 September 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm
    WLKHS308

    I think I am very empathetic because I am able to easily understand how someone is feeling

  20. WLKHSO315 September 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm
    WLKHSO315

    Yes, sometime I feel empathy. It depends on who is the person, and if I know what the situation is and if I can relate to it.

  21. WLKHS318 September 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm
    WLKHS318

    I think i am empathetic, This is because when i am thinking about a certain situation i put myself in that persons shoes to understand exactly what they feel.

  22. WLKHS0305 September 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm
    WLKHS0305

    i think i am emphatic because when something happen to someone and i can relate to it or understand what their feeling. I can feel really emphatic when i know exactly what their going threw.

  23. WLKHS303 September 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm
    WLKHS303

    I think I am empathetic , before judging someone I try to understand where they’re coming from and why they might act the way they do

  24. WLKHS0309 September 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm
    WLKHS0309

    I am empathic in some situations it depends if I have expierienced the situation or not. If i did experience the same thing as another I am empathic, but if I have not then I need some work when it comes to being empathic.

  25. WLKHS313 September 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm
    WLKHS313

    I think I am empathetic depending on the situation because I try to put myself in their shoes and see how they feel.

  26. WLKHS0314 September 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm
    WLKHS0314

    I think I am very empathic. I think this because I have gone through a lot of different things so I understand a persons feelings more. But I have to relate to them closely to understand.

  27. wlkhs311 September 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm
    wlkhs311

    I think I’m a little empathic. This is because I understand people’s emotions but sometimes I don’t try to help them.

  28. WLKHS316 September 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm
    WLKHS316

    I think I am empathetic because I understand what people feel. I ask them what is wrong and I help them get through what is wrong.

  29. WLKHS0306 September 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm
    WLKHS0306

    I am extremely empathic when it comes to various situations because I always listen and I take into consideration the opinions/thoughts of the other person.

  30. wlkhs307 September 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm
    wlkhs307

    I think i am empathetic but not as much as i should or could be because i do not always understand how people are feeling.

  31. WLKHS0312 September 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm
    WLKHS0312

    I think i am empathic in situations i can relate to. If i cannot relate to it then i dont feel as bad as i could. it also depends on the person because if i hate them i may not feel empathic towards them.

  32. wlkhs0302 September 27, 2016 at 4:30 pm
    wlkhs0302

    i think im very empathetic because if someones hurt or down im willing to help them and sometimes depending on what i can maybe relate to what they’re feeling

  33. WLKHS320 September 27, 2016 at 4:29 pm
    WLKHS320

    I am sometimes empathic, it just depends on the situation at hand. I can only feel empathic when I am aware of the situation and have a good enough grasp on it and the best way to find out is to communicate.

  34. wlkhs203 September 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm
    wlkhs203

    I am sometimes empathic. It depends on the situation that the person is in. The only time I could be empathetic is when i can relate to the situation

  35. WLKHS212 September 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm
    WLKHS212

    I think i am empathetic because i have feelings for others especially when they are upset or crying. I also think i am empathetic because i understand other peoples feelings.

  36. WLKHS213 September 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm
    WLKHS213

    I think I am empathic because I can usually understand how a person is feeling. I think that I have a lot of empathy towards people.

  37. WLKHS219 September 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm
    WLKHS219

    I think i am pretty empathic because i can understand how people are feeling to comfort them

  38. WLKHS210 September 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm
    WLKHS210

    I think I’m very empathic because if someone feels hurt I can understand what they are feeling.

  39. WlKhS211 September 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm
    WlKhS211

    I do think that I am empathetic. This is so because I know that I have helped people when they were going through some tough times.

  40. WLKHS201 September 27, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    WLKHS201

    I do think I am empathetic because I feel like I can relate do some topics that people tend to bring up. I am a good listener, as well as a good advice giver so I feel like I am quite empathetic.

  41. WLKHS202 September 27, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    WLKHS202

    I believe I am a little empathic because I feel for people in certain situations but if I don’t care about something I won’t pretend like I care.

  42. WLKHS204 September 27, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    WLKHS204

    I am emphatic because I am able to understand what people are felling and I can help people when they are hurt.

  43. WLKHS20 September 27, 2016 at 2:29 pm
    WLKHS20

    I am empathic because I now the emotions that other people have so i share the same emotions as them truth tough times

  44. WLKH5206 September 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm
    WLKH5206

    I think I am empathic a lot. I think this because I try my hardest to think of what everyone else is going through.

  45. RDonns September 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm
    RDonns

    I am emphatic because I am able to understand what people are felling and I can help people when they are hurt.

  46. wlkhs0214 September 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm
    wlkhs0214

    I think I am a empathic, but it definitely depends on the situation. If something happens to somebody I think positively of, I will probably feel empathy. So overall, I’d say I’m a little empathic.

  47. WLKHS207 September 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm
    WLKHS207

    I think that I am pretty emphatic. I am not overly emphatic towards people but I do not completely ignore peoples feelings.

  48. WLKHS0205 September 27, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    WLKHS0205

    I think I am very empathetic because even when I get mad at somebody, if they have other things going on in their life, then I am understanding and I don’t really give them such a hard time because of what happened to them and I might talk to them later about what happened.