Empathy

@sutan74 (1113)
Philippines
June 30, 2007 11:27am CST
Do you believe this is a good quality to have in our character?? Would people take advantage of us if we are empathetic to others..... I often find myself being sensitive to others and their feelings. Because I think that this quality assists a person in recognizing, perceiving and feeling the emotions of others. Maybe I'm just a sensitive person..LOL
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@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
7 Jul 07
To me empathy is standing beside someone and seeing what they see, Sympathy is understanding some one has suffered a loss, and sensitivity, is being aware of someone that may be different from myself, be it physical, mental, or spiritual or different culture,color, race, gender. and my being OK with that.That way I can treat them the same as every one else, and to me that is the way I would be wished to be treated.I do believe myself to be empathetic, sympathetic,as well as sensitive as I have described and yes I do believe them to be good qualities
@sutan74 (1113)
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
Way to go Robin... I also believe this to be good qualities that I want to instill in myself.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Opening up and becoming empathic could allow you to know others more and much better. Possible to become hurt so be sure you know what you are doing. There is a possibility of being too sensitive which could drive others away. It must come from a place of strength for it to work well. Good luck with this.
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@sutan74 (1113)
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
Being sensitive to other's feeling can help us in understanding what that person is feeling or going through. But not all people are willing to open themselves up. Thanks for sharing
@kokopelli (4842)
• United States
4 Jul 07
when you have empathy, you're not only being good to others, but to your own self. why? because you get answers to your questions, you get to understand how other people feels, why they do things, why they act or react the way they do. sometimes we get puzzled, much more hurt, when people do things we don't expect. but if we can relate to them, how they feel, how they think, then more often than not, we'd feel better. we always hear people say "you won't understand it coz you're not in my shoes". with empathy you'd know how it is to be in someone else's shoes. then you'd understand, and then you'd care, and that could make someone else feel better, the same way you'd feel :)
@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
2 Jul 07
I am also very sensitive when it comes to other people and their needs and suffering. I always felt it to be a positive character trait, and as long as things doesn't get out of hand, and you don't let them take advantage from you, I am proud to have been like that all my life, and you should too.
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• Kottayam, India
1 Jul 07
Showing sympathy is a godly character may god help to roll out this.
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• United States
30 Jun 07
You are either sensitive, or not. Empathy comes with sharing the exact problem. You are who you are. If you have these qualities, be glad. Yes, you may be taken advantage by others, but these are wonderful characteristics to have. Stay as sweet as you are honey. Don't change.
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