Empathy is the ability for humans to recognize, understand, and share thoughts and feelings of another person, animal, or character. Developing empathy is an essential aspect of establishing healthy relationships and behaving compassionately throughout life.

Empathy allows you to experience another person’s point of view, feelings, or behaviors rather than just your own. Empathy comes from within rather than experiencing another person’s feelings or behaviors in a forced manner. There are different types of empathy that people can display.

Cognitive Empathy

Cognitive empathy is also referred to as perspective-taking, which is not what most people would consider empathy at all. Cognitive empathy is being able to put yourself into someone else’s shoes to see their perspective of various situations. This is a useful skill for many people especially those in leadership positions. Continue reading

We are not brought into this world knowing how to be empathetic to each other. Empathy is a skill that is learned as life goes on. We learn things such as “be kind to your elders.” The idea is giving empathy to elder people who are wiser.

“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.”  Anonymous

We know to not cross the boundary and to be helpful. However, not everyone knows or even feels empathy towards certain topics or people. Maybe they find it hard to feel bad for the homeless guy on the corner. Perhaps it even causes some anger towards that population. The following reasons are the best ways to finally feel some inner peace: Continue reading