The term Empathy derives from the Greek word emphateia which means passion. Therefore, Empathy undoubtedly represents a unique form of communication with others that is based on sincere affection.
To soundly base this post on universally accepted principals and mark my personal opinion, I've used Wikipedia's definition. "Empathy definitions encompass a broad range of emotional states, including caring for other people and having a desire to help them; experiencing emotions that match another person's emotions; discerning what another person is thinking or feeling; and making less distinct the differences between the self and the other(...) The ability to put yourself in the place of the other that develops through empathy helps to better understand someone else's behavior in certain circumstances and the way someone else makes their decisions."
As we can discern from Wikipedia's definition, the fundamental lack of empathy invariably arises from the absence of affection for others. And more frequently than not, from excessive affection for ourselves! Our own well-being, our familiar comforts! Especially personal interests!
It is equally perceived that, excess inevitably generates lack. If I'm completely focused on myself, I will not recognize others significant difficulties...
This is admittedly a transversal reality of modern-day society as a whole. Without exceptions, of social class or specific age group...
Without empathy, the identification and psychological understanding of other individuals are compromised. This is admittedly a topic that comes up in many conversations, where personal development is worked on with focus on emotional management. I naturally notice that the less empathic we are, the more conflicts we feed and deflagrate, whether these be internal or external.
In a chaotic world in turmoil, psychologists and teachers try reducing our younger generation's emotional difficulties by intentionally introducing them to practices like meditation, yoga and personal management.
These incipient programs are helping in preventing bullying and also furthering in the social construction of aware individuals with a "non-conflict" emotional structure.
All these preventative measures have become necessary and urgent, because in general terms, family and society have radically shifted priorities.
We educate competitively. We over protect. We do not allow our children to learn how to adequately deal with frustration. And this leaves no space to experience the possible happiness that comes from helping to alleviate the suffering of others.
From children being bullied to those who take pleasure in hurting, there is a huge pleiad of degrees and variations! If it's not part of our baseline characteristics, we dearly need to practice empathy. Become aware and to naturally regard the emotional needs of others.
Sincere compassion, is to feel your troubles as my own.
Emotionally, I will grow
and Someone was not alone in their suffering.
Who knows, maybe it hurt a little less!
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