Empath-What is it

An empath is someone who has a lot of empathy. This kind of person can actually sense & feel emotions as if they’re part of their own experience. In other words, someone else’s pain and happiness become their pain and happiness.

An empath is a person who is highly intuitive and excellent in emotional intelligence. They can read people well and feel what others are feeling. Empaths have a compulsion to make others feel better and provide them with love, care, and emotional support.

But this often proves to be counterproductive for empaths as they end up feeling drained by showering all their energies on others. And sometimes, they also unwittingly become an emotional punching bag for negative and toxic people.

Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another &feeling with the heart of another.

Empath-how to improve it
Our ability to be empathic to others is not fixed, far from being an immutable trait, empathy can be developed. There are steps people can take to acknowledge their biases and to move beyond their own worldviews to try to understand those held by other people. Here are 8 ways to improve your empathy:
  • Challenge yourself. Undertake challenging experiences which push you outside your comfort zone.
  • Get out of your usual environment.
  • Get feedback with open mind.
  • Explore the heart not just the head.
  • Walk in others’ shoes.
  • Examine your own biases.
  • Cultivate your sense of curiosity.
  • Ask better questions.

Empath-why to do it

Empathy is a necessary precursor to intimacy, trust, and belonging. It is also the feeling that makes it difficult to turn a blind eye to the suffering of others.

Interestingly, research does show that happier people tend to be less aware of negative emotions in others despite rating themselves as being more empathic.
You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.
Ruthie Regular


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