Monday, August 22, 2011

What is Empathy?

Wikipedia defines Empathy as:

Empathy is the capacity to recognize and, to some extent, share feelings (such as sadness or happiness) that are being experienced by another sentient or semi-sentient being. Someone may need to have a certain amount of empathy before they are able to feel compassion.

Empathy is the key cornerstone in genuine human relationships. Empathy is conscious. It means one with empathy feels compassion, while those without do not take into account other people's emotions.

Empathy is that feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when something happens to someone ELSE! It’s putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, trying to understand their thoughts and feelings, and really trying to “get” the person you are working with.

Are you an empathetic person? Here are a few quizzes to find out:
Tune in tomorrow to find out why being empathetic is so important for a good leader!

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