The Effect of Empathy in Others

Empathy is the ability to be able to connect with another person's emotions to be able to know how to correlate with that person in certain a situation.

Empathy is the ability to be able to connect with another person's emotions to be able to know how to correlate with that person in certain a situation.

Sydney Delgado, Staff Writer

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Empathy is the ability to be able to understand another person’s thoughts and feelings in order to know how to respond appropriately to the situation. An example of empathy can be feeling the same amount of excitement and joy in another person as they do when they tell you that they got a new puppy.

A lack of empathy in relationships can lead to the relationship becoming one sided and overall uninteresting.

Empathy is important because people who lack empathy from other people will develop low emotional intelligence and will not be able to fully understand the emotions of others. This could lead to the person lacking empathy to developing manipulative behaviors, the lack of regard for their safety or safety of others, and impulsive and hurtful behavior that could lead to unhealthy relationships.

A key part to a relationship is the empathy aspect of it. Empathy is an important value in all relationships because it allows people to connect with one another and try to understand each other and possibly come to terms with resolving a conflict. Empathy gives people common ground in order to allow one another to speak and be heard, it allows a space for someone to experience the emotions another person is feeling by their words, allowing the listener to imagine what it takes to be that other person in that situation.

Empathy plays an important interpersonal and social role, enabling sharing of experiences, needs, and desires between individuals and providing an emotional bridge that encourages social behavior. This capacity requires an intense interplay of neuronic networks and enables the person to grasp the emotions of others, and try to resonate with them emotionally and cognitively. This also requires the person to take in the perspective of others, and to distinguish between our own and others’ emotions to come to a solution.

The psychology of empathy is even more of a vital topic. In the field of psychology, empathy is described as a central concept. According to a piece of an article from the Lesley University website, “From a mental health perspective, those who have high levels of empathy are more likely to function well in society, reporting in larger social circles and more satisfying relationships. Lack of empathy, therefore, is one indication of conditions like antisocial personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. In addition, for mental health professionals such as therapists, having empathy for clients is an important part of successful treatment.”

Overall, empathy plays a very crucial role in human and social interaction. The study of empathy is an ongoing area of major interest for psychologists and neuroscientists in many fields, with new research appearing regularly. It is important to empathize with others in situations where it’s needed, for not only their well being but yours too.