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Against Empathy from Boston Review. Most people see the benefits of empathy as too obvious to require justification.
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. There are many definitions for empathy that encompass a broad range of emotional states.Types of empathy include cognitive empathy, emotional empathy, and somatic empathy.
As a very empathic person (a VEP :)), I have spent a lot of energy over the last few years learning how to manage my overactive empathy and establishing better energetic boundaries with those around me.
Caruso "During empathy one is simply 'there for' the other individual, when experiencing their own feelings while listening to the other, i.e. during sympathy, the listener pays attention to something about themselves, and is not 'there for' the client."
Well, the difference between sympathy and empathy seems rather confusing to me as I don’t think I’ve heard it quite that way before. But that aside, I guess that I usually hope to show sympathy or empathy unless it is enabling bad behavior.
Sympathy essentially implies a feeling of recognition of another’s suffering while empathy is actually sharing another’s suffering, if only briefly.Empathy is often characterized as the ability to “put oneself into another’ shoes”. So empathy is a deeper emotional experience.
HOW TO CITE THIS BRANCH ENTRY (MLA format) published March 2012. Greiner, Rae. “1909: The Introduction of the Word ‘Empathy’ into English.”
I’ve noticed (with my clients and myself) that the more stressed and under pressure we are, the less empathy we (usually) are able to feel. It stands to reason that the enormous stress and pain of the economic downturn would have similar effects on many people.
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR EMPATHY. We have already established that it is in our nature to have empathy. We were born with it. Unfortunately, there are people who have less empathy than others.
I know this is strange, but I actually have this mirror-touch synesthesia. I have always had it and just thought it was normal until, now in my 30’s, I am realizing this is a unique phenomenon.