One of the most important skills in life to create harmonious relationships, reduce stress and enhance emotional awareness is empathy. Being empathetic requires skill and can be tricky at times. When you relate to another person’s feelings and needs, you build connections. To truly be empathetic requires the ability to shed the need to blame, advise or fix. You simply listen and relate. When we feel empathy for others it gives us a perspective, a sense of peace and connects us to them.
Emotionally intelligent people are people who have experienced a wide range and variety of feelings. They have felt great depths of depression and heights of fulfillment. This enables them to be able to relate with many more people than someone who has not experienced or acknowledged their own feelings.
We often can be very empathetic to those we aren’t close to. Problems can arise when we have an emotional connection to the people or situation. When we feel threatened, stressed or emotionally triggered, we have trouble being empathetic.
Empathy is sometimes misunderstood. Empathy and sympathy are two different things. When we’re sympathetic, we often pity another, but maintain our distance (physically, mentally, and emotionally) from their feelings or experience. Empathy is more a sense that we can truly understand, relate to, or imagine the depth of another person’s emotional state or situation. Empathy, implies feeling with a person, rather simply feeling sorry for them. And in some cases that “person” is actually us.
When we are empathetic, we get into another person’s world and connect with them both emotionally and compassionately. We don’t have to agree with them or fully understand them to be able to empathize. We simply need to be present, and acknowledge what they’re experiencing.
The problem is that we often allow our egos, opinions, and judgments get in the way of our ability to experience and express empathy. It can be very easy to empathize with someone if you agree with them completely and see the world the way they do. It can be a lot more difficult if you don’t agree and have a different take on a situation, or believe that their reaction is unwarranted or harmful to themselves or to others.
Being able to empathize with others in all situations is essential to the health and success of our relationships and lives. It is a key element to our own emotional intelligence and well being. With the people closest to us, including ourselves, and the issues that mean the most to us, empathy is even more critical, but often more difficult for us to experience and express.
14 Inspirational Quotes On Understanding :
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.
Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
You don’t need strength to let go of something. What you really need is understanding.
Everyone hears only what he understands.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.
You do not understand even life. How can you understand death?
Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.
If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather what he does not say.
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