Empathy and the WE Experience

In empathy, we reflect back to the person an expanded awareness that includes the experience they are having, without immersing ourselves in thei

 

 “But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.” — Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

 

Empathy is defined as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.”

 

We are all empathic. Some people are more aware of this aspect of the human experience than others.

Often, when growing up, children feel the emotions of parents and family members without knowing they are not their own. If a parent is often angry, then the child may take on that emotion and assume it is his or her feeling. The child will feel angry without knowing why. If a parent is very fearful, then the child will receive the fear signals and run these emotions through his or her own physiology.

 

Children are naturally and noticeably empathic, as they have not placed filters on this innate nature. Over time, children may develop strategies to cope with untoward and unidentifiable emotions.

 

By Melissa Joy Jonsson

Sourced through Scoop.it from: wakeup-world.com

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