Empathy occurs when we suspend the
single-minded focus of attention on
our own needs and instead adopt a dual-minded focus of attention that includes
the consciousness of another individual.
If our attention lapses back
into a single-minded focus empathy
has been turned off.
When we shift our attention back to a dual-minded
focus we switch empathy back on.
For empathy to be active we must use
our ability to identify what someone else is feeling and to respond to their
emotions with the approriate emotional response. When we engage in empathic
response we validate the other person.
"The compassion of life that Edwin Wilson has named
biophilia, and our natural empathy toward other
human beings, is ultimately irrepressible because we are life and life is us."
- Charles Eisenstein
" The brain has these amazing curcuits,
circuits, which are actively firing and activating motor and visual
circuits simply as simulations of other people's activities. That suggests the
brain itself is manufacturing empathy circuits that allow us to participate in
rich and complicated ways in the sensibilities, actions and motivations of
other people." - Richard Powers
"Empathy is central to our humanity. We must
balance the forces of emotion and rationality. In order to do that, we have
to know a lot about how both operate. Thanks to progress in
behavioral economics, and neuroscience, we now have much of that
knowledge. Together with empathy, our
system of rational and logical thought can now extend our moral concern to
people further from our private lives, but equally deserving." - JD Trout
Finding our place in the human social network and tracing our
connections to others who experience joy and suffering due to our personal
activities constitutes real personal moral progress as we can then modify our
personal activities to increase the joy and reduce the suffering
distributed to others.
Empathy honors a moral sense to advance
moral principle. Empathy
responds to the effects of a violated
moral principle. Empathy
is alert to the humiliation and indignity of being treated differently for
reasons that are morally irrelevant.
psychopaths every human, has
to some degree, empathy.
Children normally begin to display the
fundamental behaviors of empathy by having an emotional response that
corresponds with another persons emotional state of mind - comforting others or
showing concern for others as early as 24 months of age.
between the ages of seven and 12 are naturally inclined to feel empathy for
others in pain.
The basic capacity to recognize emotions is innate and
subconsciously achieved in most
cases by most people unless empathy is consciously or
There is an interesting aspect of empathy that even empathetic
individuals occasionally forget.
You can only concentrate on doing one
thing at a time. If I am trying to describe or explain something to you I must
pause for a moment and study your facial features to see how you are reacting.
If I get too caught up in my rhetoric then I fail to observe your reaction and
at that point in time my empathy is not functioning.
First thing we need to do: slow down,
look carefully and
People typically exhibit an increased empathetic
sense after experiencing traumatic life
events. Anyone who has recently been divorced, experienced the death of
someone close, experienced the miracle of birth, been in a life-altering
accident or witnessed a
horrific act of violence is going to have an increased sense of
Social cultures that strive for
dominance must continuously crush individual empathy to keep the class
stratification in place that re-enforce the social envelopes that contain and
support the divisions of labor.
These social cultures develop into police states.
police state scoffs at human
empathy as it finds
empathy not at all conducive to the facilitation of
conscious mind must be conditioned
by the compartmentalized
police state to believe that
individual suffering can not be alleviated and
there are always those that
deserve to suffer.
Those that most likely
deserve to suffer may be the Japanese at Hiroshima, the
Germans at Dresden, the insurgent
Salvadoran, the Taliban,
Hezbollah, the Shite Iraqi footsoldiers of Muqtada al-Sadr,
poppy farmer, the Peruvian coca grower, the Northern California grower of
Cannabis indica or the even more despised illegal generic pharmaceutical drug
Anyone and everyone singled out by the Corporate Revolution
deserves to suffer. After all, they failed to follow the on-screen
mind must become enured into rejecting empathetic emotional responses which
are now felt only as a slight uneasiness when walking by the homeless beggars
instead of the sharp pain of a commonly felt empathetic sorrow at another
human beings obvious
Once it becomes acceptable to
demonize neighbors then the homeless, the mentaly ill and the disenfranchised
in the midst of the social
culture can be safely ignored without apparent and obvious
conscious effort. It is not only
acceptable but expected that Americans as individuals ignore the plight of
those less fortunate. Should we chose to become engaged many times the only
option is charitable giving to non-governmnet entities with stuffed executive
is dependent on the upper classes - investment bankers, lawyers, credit swap
facilitators, politicians, derivatives brokers, executives, insurance issuers,
etcetera - to retain and maintain their elevated economic positions. The vast
lower class are fed an endlessly stream of glimpses of the life styles of those
upper classes which suggest elevated income levels are easily attainable. This
class envy works to smother empathy. To
attain an elevated position one must not concern oneself with another's
For any group to live in extravagance the
division of labor of the
social culture must be such
that a large percentage of the lowest paid workers creation of value through
his or her production is siphoned off by
the purchaser of the
Disparity of wealth creates
envy among the disenfranchised of the
social culture which can only
be tamped down by police state
For police state
means to be acceptable to the population at large it is required that
most of the enfranchised agree to the severity of
the degree of force allowed to be used to create compliance.
always in the best interests of those on the top of the social pyramid
to reduce any feelings of empathy the upper classes may feel for the
downtrodden disenfranchised lower classes at the base of the social
started down this road when they hired
Russell Herman Conwell, minister
and graduate of Yale law school to spread his "Acres of Diamonds" lecture
in 1888. Conwell was dismissed from the military after being charged with
deserting his post at Newport Barracks, North Carolina in 1864. On September
10, 1888, the Society of Christian Endeavor was organized as a
world-wide youth organization - the benefactor remains unknown.
of a compartmentalized
social culture creates the
need for the adoption of a guilt free attitude toward known evil committed by
the social culture
Those wrongs may come in the form of smart weapons,
waterboards, extra-legal executions; they may come in the form of baby formula,
peanut butter or bitter flavored water; they may come in the form of running
shoes, a child's toys or other deceptively advertised consumer products like
chemically modified tobacco (nicotine delivery systems) or they may come in the
form of incarceration
of unrepresented juveniles by judges for personal profit.
social culture must
transistion into a police state
to keep subconscious empathetic
responses at an absolute minimum. That social culture must have also have a
safety value that allows the individuals to feel they are supporting those
around them when in fact they are not - and this is what leads to
and the rejection of intuitive
living beings is not a weakness.
living beings is a biological
We are dependent upon life to
live ourselves. Spiritually
uncorrupt humans feel sorrow at
the end of a life, human or animal. Gardeners even feel
sorrow at the end of a perennial
plant life. Humans have cared for each other, animals and plants for time
"In the Gospel of
Thomas Jesus says: "lf you bring forth what is
within you, what you have will
save you. If you do not have that
within you, what you do not
have within you will kill
The Gospel of Truth
teaches to stretch out your hands to those who are sick and
to awaken those who are
asleep. It is the Will of the
Creator and Sustainer that all human beings come to
gnostic statements emotionally;
it's an image of the truth, illumination
and divine presence
to be found in every human being. It teaches that within every human life is a
bit of the divine
source, and everything comes from that source. All life is to be respected
as coming from God." - Elaine Pagels
"Humanity is given
dominion over animals, and has the
right to use animals for legitimate needs. Animal flesh can be consumed for
food; animal skins can be used for clothing; the
Torah itself must be written on
parchment, that is, animal hides. However, we are permitted to use animals in
this way only when there is a genuine, legitimate need, and we must do so in
the manner that causes the animal the least suffering. Hunting for sport is
strictly prohibited, and hunting and trapping for legitimate needs is
permissible only when it is done in the least painful way possible." - Mechon
The Earth is undergoing
the sixth big extinction in Earth's
history, Hundreds of the Earth's animal species are in imminent danger of
extinction, primarily in tropical mountains and islands in developing nations.
Only 10% of the Earth's landmass is afforded some environmental protection but
these efforts are not being focused in places that have the greatest
concentration of imperiled species.
- this one caused by humans.
At least 300 critically endangered
species of animals exist in unprotected areas as well as 237 critically
endangered and 267 vulnerable species. A critically endangered species is
defined by the World Conservation Union as having a 50% probability of
extinction within 10 years.
In a detailed series of population surveys
that combed virtually every square yard of England, Scotland and Wales over 40
years, more than 20,000 volunteers counted each bird, butterfly and native
plant they could find. They reported in March, 2004 issue of Science that
populations of bird and butterflies were in sharp decline of 54% to 71 %, with
some species gone altogether. Two surveys of 1,254 native plant species showed
a decrease of about 28% over the same period.
"This is the tip of the
iceberg. There is a window
of opportunity here. Many species across the face of Earth are hanging on to
little bits of habitat."- Ana Rodrigues
Ana Rodrigues identified sites
in the Andes, in Sierra Madre mountains in southern Mexico, on islands in
Southeast Asia, on Madagascar and in southern
India as areas of high biodiversity
and low protection. These regions are well known to international conservation
organizations for their importance.
"Mortality is a fact
of life that is hard to bear. Human beings are the only animals who have
to live with the knowledge that they
will die one day, and they have always found this vision of
extinction difficult to contemplate.
Most of us manage to find some solace in the
affection that is also part
of the human experience.
Some people simply bury their
heads in the sand and refuse to think about the
sorrow of reality, but this is an
unwise course, because, if we are entirely unprepared, the
tragedies of life can be
From the very earliest times,
women devised religions to help
them cultivate a sense that our
exisistence has some ultimate meaning and value. Sometimes the myths and
practices of faith seem like some incredible fantasy.
People then turn
to other methods of transcending the
sufferings and frustrations of daily life: to art, music,
We fall very easily into despair,
and we have to work very hard to create within ourselves a conviction that life
is good, as we see pain,
injustice." - Karen
comes by respecting individual life.
comes from following Natural Law.
before the vision Rachel Carson had of
a lifeless future comes to
"Everyone is born an empath. We all have the
physical equipment necessary to pick up on what other people are feeling. But,
for most of us, this ability will slowly fade away from lack of use." - Elise
empath has a highly developed sense of empathy and is able to sense the
emotions of others. Empaths are able to project their own emotions - wittingly
and unwittingly - affecting the emotions of those around them. For this reason
many empaths in American social culture
are locked up in mental institutions under
In the past empaths were given
frontal lobotomies to
control them. Today empaths are given
a chemically created frontal
lobotomy. Empaths are dangerous to a social culture in general as they tend to
point out the hypocrisy of
those in control of the social culture
and are dangerous specifically to the state as they are unwilling to accept the
crimes of the state as "business as usual."
Empaths have the ability to
read, understand and resonate with other peoples emotions.
abilities appear voluntarily (consciously) and sometimes
Empaths pick up
on other peoples emotional state of mind, naturally, unlike most
Most Empaths simply accept that they are emotionally
sensitive to others.
Empaths sense emotions that run deeper than those
portrayed in Delsarte
Due to the constant sensing of emotion empaths tend to walk
one of two very divergent paths.
Either they develop a very deep
intelligence or they hide their heart
away deep within a walled citadel.
commonly conditioned to hide
authentic emotional expression in complex
social cultures based on subdivisions of
labor that include multiple daily contacts with strangers.
an ability to see the emotions that
lurk behind that "civilized" mask.
Empaths have difficulty in that
most individuals want their hidden emotions to remain hidden.
Unfortunately for the Empath
subconscious hidden emotions are
clearly revealed. The Empath must be extremely careful to not reveal his or her
emotional knowledge at an inopportune moment as people may become very upset
when their subconscious hidden
emotions are so clearly read. Statements made by the empath may unwittingly
reveal the Empaths extent of knowledge of those hidden emotions which typically
causes consternation in the individual who has worked so hard to hide those
Empathy, like Reality, is not bound by
Time or Space. An empath can feel sorrow for past and distant victims of suffering, for
the end of animal and plant life on the
other side of earth as entire ecosystems are destroyed and for the needless
destruction of any and all types of life for unnecessary
short term OTC
Empaths have a
deep understanding of the emotional states and
thought processes that accompany
different human actions having searched deep within their own souls
for comparative situations.
practitioners of the daily
application of empathetic response become
compassionate, considerate, and
understanding of others.
There are varying levels of empathic strength or
related to individual self-awareness. These relate
directly to understanding the powers and drawbacks of being empathetic, and the
acceptance or non-acceptance of the expression of empathetic concerns by
associated individuals, including family and peers.
Empaths that have
been blinded by social cultural
conditioning to their own empathetic abilities may develop digestive
disorders and lower back problems. The solar plexus chakra is based in the
centre of the abdomen and it's known as the seat of emotions. This is where
empaths feel the incoming emotion of another which can weaken the area of the
solar plexus chakra if not properly reinforced.
Empaths that do not
recognize their own empathetic abilities typically seek seclusion.
Empaths often get drained of energy, either from
energy vampires or just taking on too much
emotional pain from
others as empaths often become dumping grounds for everyone else's issues and
problems, which, if they're not careful can end up as their own.
Empaths are natural healers but many empaths end up
turning away from being healers as they tend to take on too much pain from
the one they are trying to heal. Overwhelmed
Empaths seek seclusion to recuperate.
Those who remain empathic grew up with empathic
tendencies. Empaths are conditioned and
disciplined by outside forces in an attempt to suppress any empathetic
connections they may develop. Many empaths learn to
build a wall around their psyches - a
fortress to strengthen and harden their resolute hearts.
once an Empath builds a perimeter wall
or a fortress they tend to lose the ability to read and understand others as
they have now relegated their empathetic talents to their
subconscious - subjugating it to
Empaths have strong creative streaks and a
vivid imaginations. Empaths are known for
multiple talents as their interests are
varied, broad and continually evolving. Empaths are often
poets, writers, singers, and artists with
a high degree of creativity and imagination.
Empaths are curious beings, interested in
human nature -
civilization (existing and
deceased), psyche, philosophy, sociology,
art, history, economics, literature,
music, nature and reality. As an Empaths interests are broad
they typically hold a broad-minded perspective unlike those that have
Empaths are passionate towards
Nature, respect of its bountiful beauty,
holding Nature in
awe. Empaths are continually drawn to
revivification as they
have a need for solitude in which to recenter their weary soul.
are often dear to the heart of empaths as they reflect the natural beauty of
Within Nature empaths
recapture the naturally balanced pace of life unlike
the hectic lives they are forced to live in MICE culture. Time to get away from
the social culture and
commune with Nature is essential to the
Empaths are Gnostic.
Empaths are highly expressive in
all areas of emotional connection, and talk openly, and, at times, cause
consternation in the listener in respect to their emotionally charged
This sometimes leads to Empaths being seen as
reclusive and apparently unresponsive to a neighbor's unperceived needs - needs
unperceived by distance through lack of personal contact.
interest in mundane tasks once proficient and find it impossible to engage in
activities which they fail to enjoy.
Empaths are Free Spirits that Seek Truth
as anything untruthful feels wrong and causes physic pain.
why Empaths avoid Narcissists and Psychopaths.
"Many people reading the signs that you are an
empath will likely think themselves empathic. I cannot stress the following
enough there is nothing fun about being an empath. It's often a very
draining and miserable existence in which you feel like you have to be entirely
alone in order to survive. It is not glamorous, it is not exciting, it is
painful more often than not." - Isabella Snow"In
general an empath is non-violent, non-aggressive and leans more towards being
the peacemaker. Any area filled with disharmony creates an uncomfortable
feeling in an empath. If they find themselves in the middle of a confrontation,
they will endeavor to settle the situation as quickly as possible, if not avoid
it all together. If any harsh words are expressed in defending themselves, they
will likely resent their lack of self-control, and have a preference to
peacefully resolve the problem.
Empaths are sensitive
to television, videos, movies, and news broadcasts. Violence or emotionally
charged dramas depicting shocking scenes of physical or emotional pain
inflicted on adults, children or animals can bring an empath easily to
tears. At times, an empath may feel physically ill or be unable to choke
back the tears. They simply cannot justify the lack of concern for the
suffering they feel and see. All types of people and animals are attracted to
the warmth and genuine compassion of
empaths. Complete strangers find it easy to talk to empaths about the most
personal things, and before they know it, they have poured out their hearts and
souls without intending to do so consciously.
It is as though on a
subconscious level that person knows instinctively that empaths would listen
with compassionate understanding." - Christel Broederlow
People who exhibit natural empathy are often targets for con-men!
Empathy is a naturally occurring ability that can
be honed or trained to achieve varying degrees of intensity or accuracy
Anyone who says otherwise is a con-man!
signs that you are an empath
Do you feel overwhelmed in public but can not
determine the reason?
An empath who hasn't yet learned how to block other
people's emotions out can become overwhelmed in the bustle of public places.
Many empaths prefer to keep their own company living the life of a hermit as
dealing with emotional expressions of unhappiness can be a harrowing
Do you experience other people's physical
mirror neurons of
empaths are sometimes so finely tuned that they actually recreate the pain of
another within the body of the empath. This can be
Do you ALWAYS know what someone really means?
Do you feel compelled to care for anyone who
suffers, no matter who they are and what they've done to you?
A true empath cannot walk past someone suffering
and not feel an emotional need to stop and help that person. A true empath
feels compelled to go to anyone they who suffers, be it angst or something
physical. A true empath's compassion
will usually be accepted on the spot by suffering people and animals no matter
how they would normally react to strangers. They know,
instinctively, that their
suffering is shared.
Do people open up to you even if you don't
want them to?
The ill, the suffering, the weak are all drawn to
the compassion an empath emits. And
empaths emit it whether they want to or not. Empaths with the most profound
sensitivity sometimes break down inside having no other way of keeping other's
emotions at bay.
a basic categorization of empaths by Elise
* Non-Empaths have completely shut down their
empathetic skills and use other cues to get emotional information (such as
verbal and non-verbal indicators). Over time, they completely loose their
empathetic abilities and may eventually transform into Vampires (psychopaths)
or Zombies (mindless human automatons/corporately conditioned consumer
* Impaired Empaths might have some basic filters
but can easily get overwhelmed, especially in a crowded venue or during
emotional turmoil. They tend to experience emotional distress (i.e. feeling the
weight of the world) and physical symptoms (i.e. exhaustion, headaches,
depression). Impaired empaths make statements similar to the following: " ...
it could be worse"
* Functional Empaths are able to control the flow
of information so that it does not create emotional distress or uncomfortable
physical symptoms. Functinal empaths may, at times,
spiral back down the
empathetic scale and become Impaired Empaths when under extreme
Trained Empaths are
able to interpret complex emotional information accurately and use it for
specific purposes (such as an aid in healing work).
as defined by Herbert Spencer in
1851 The way to a solution of this difficulty has been opened by
Adam Smith in his Theory of Moral
Sentiments. The ability to derive pleasure from seeing pleasure, involves
the liability to derive pain from seeing pain: the
sympathy by which either of
these results is effected, simply having for its function to reproduce observed
emotions, irrespective of their kind. Sympathy prevents its possessor from inflicting
pain, that he may avoid pain himself, and which tempts him to give happiness
that he may have happiness reflected back upon him. It is the aim of that
work to show that the proper
regulation of our conduct to one another, is secured by means of a faculty
whose function it is to excite in each being the emotions displayed by
surrounding ones - a faculty which awakens a like state of sentiment, or, as he
terms it, "a fellow feeling with the passions of others" - the faculty, in
short, which we commonly call sympathy. As
illustrations of the
mode in which this agent acts, Adam Smith
quotes cases like these:
(sympathy = empathy in 1851)
|"Persons of delicate
fibres, and weak constitution of body, complain that in looking on the sores
and ulcers which are exposed by beggars in the streets, they are apt to feel an
itching or uneasy sensation in the corresponding part of their own
"Men of most robust make observe, that in looking upon sore
eyes they often feel a very sensible soreness in their own."
for the deliverance of those heroes of tragedy or romance who interest us, is
as sincere as our grief for their distress, and our fellow-feeling for their
misery, is not more real than that for their happiness."
"We blush for
the impudence and rudeness of another, though he himself appears to have no
sense of the impropriety of his behaviour."
Adam Smith, Theory of Moral
facts cited by Adam Smith, may be added
many others of like import; such as that people - women especially - start or
shriek on seeing an accident occur to others; that unpractised assistants at
surgical operations often faint; that out of the soldiers drawn up to witness a
flogging, usually several drop down in the ranks; that a boy has been known to
die on witnessing an execution. We have all experienced the uncomfortable
feeling of shame produced in us by the blunders and confusion of a nervous
speaker; and most likely every one has some time or other been put into a
horrible tremor on seeing another at the edge of a precipice. The converse
action of the faculty is equally observable. Thus, we find ourselves unable to
avoid joining in the merriment of our friends, whilst blind of its cause; and
children, much to their annoyance, are often forced to laugh in the midst of
their tears, by witnessing the laughter of those around them. These and many
like evidences prove that, as Burke says,
"sympathy must be considered as
a sort of substitution by which we are put into the place of another man, and
affected in many respects as he is affected."
In tracing our benevolent
actions to the influence of such a faculty - in concluding that we are led to
relieve the miseries of others from a desire to rid ourselves of the pain given
by the sight of misery, and to make others happy, because we participate in
their happiness, Adam Smith puts forth
what seems to be a quite satisfactory theory. But he has overlooked one of its
most important applications. Not recognising any such impulse as that which
urges men to maintain their claims, he did not see that their respect for the
claims of others, may be explained in the same way. He did not perceive that
the sentiment of justice is nothing but a
sympathetic affection of the instinct of personal rights - a sort of reflex
function of it. Such, however, must be the case, if that instinct exists, and
if this hypothesis of Adam Smith's be true.
Here lies the
explanation of those qualms of conscience, as we call them, felt by men who
have committed dishonest actions. It is through this instrumentality that
we receive satisfaction on paying another what is due to him. And with these
two faculties also, originate that indignation which
narratives of political oppression
excite in us, and that gnashing of the teeth with which we read of the
elsewhere hinted, that though we must keep up the distinction between them, it
is nevertheless true that justice and beneficence have
a common root, and the reader
will now at once perceive that the
common root is - sympathy.
All the actions properly classified under the one, and which we describe as
fair, equitable, upright, spring from the sympathetic excitement of the
instinct of personal rights; whilst those usually grouped under the other, as
mercy, charity, good-nature, generosity, amiability, considerateness, are due
to the action of sympathy upon
one or more of the other feelings.
In support of the foregoing theory
much detailed evidence can be adduced. If it be true that men's perceptions of
justice are generated in the way alleged, it will follow that, other things
equal, those who have the strongest sense
of their own rights, will have the strongest sense of the rights of their
neighbours. And, by observing whether this is the case or not, we may put
the theory to the proof. Let us do this.
first illustration that suggests itself is afforded by the
Friends. Ever since they appeared in the days of Charles I., the members of
that body have been remarkable for their determined assertion of personal
liberty. They have shown it in their continued resistance to ecclesiastical
power; in the obstinacy with which they successfully defied persecution; in
their still-continued refusal to pay church-rates; and even in their creed,
which does not permit a priesthood. Observe, now, how the sentiment which these
peculiarities imply has manifested itself sympathetically. Penn and his
followers were the only emigrants of their age who made any acknowledgment to
the aborigines for the land they colonized.
Of this same sect were the philanthropists who commenced the agitation for
abolishing the slave trade; and who were most energetic in carrying it on.
Amongst lunatic asylums, the York
Retreat was one of the first, if not the first, in which a non-coercive
treatment of the insane was adopted. They were
Quakers too, who
years ago began publicly to exclaim against the injustice as well as the
cruelty of war. And, whilst it may be true that in business they are firm in
the assertion of their claims, it is not less true that on the whole they are
remarkable for dishonest
Conversely, we find that those who have not a strong sense of
what is just to themselves, are likewise deficient in a sense of what is just
to their fellow men. This has long been a common remark. As one of our living
writers puts it - the tyrant is nothing but
a slave turned inside
out. In earlier days, when feudal lords were vassals to the king, they were
also despots to their retainers. In our own time, the Russian noble is alike a
serf to his autocrat, and an autocrat to his serf. It is remarked even by
school-boys, that the bully is the most ready of all to knock under to a bigger
bully. We constantly observe that those who fawn upon the great are overbearing
to their inferiors. That "emancipated
slaves exceed all other
owners (of slaves) in
cruelty and oppression," is a truth established on numerous authorities. And
that where opportunity offers the submissive nature becomes a tyrannical one,
is further illustrated by the fact, that the negroes are frequently caught and
sold by their own kings.
Thus we find the
proposed theory to be supported both by direct and converse evidence. One
qualification must be made, however. There is no necessary connection between a
sense of what is due to self, and a sense of what is due to others.
Sympathy and instinct of rights
do not always co-exist in equal strength any more than other faculties do.
Either of them may be present in normal amount, whilst the other is almost
wanting. And, if devoid of sympathy, it is possible for a man who has a
sufficient impulse to assert his own claims, to show no corresponding respect
for the claims of his fellows. The instinct of rights being of itself entirely
selfish, merely impels its possessor to maintain his own privileges. Only by
the sympathetic excitement of it, is a desire to behave equitably to others
awakened; and when sympathy is absent such a desire is impossible. Nevertheless
this does not affect the general proposition, that where there exists the usual
amount of sympathy, respect for the rights of others will be great or small,
according as the amount of the instinct of personal rights is great or small.
And thus in the average of cases, we may safely conclude that a man's sense of
justice to himself, and his sense of justice to his neighbours, bear a constant
ratio to each other.
Sympathy can be strengthened only
by exercise. No faculty whatever will grow, save by the performance of its
special functiona muscle by contraction;
the intellect by perceiving and
thinking; a moral sentiment by feeling.
Sympathy, therefore, can be
increased only by exciting sympathetic emotions. A selfish child is to be
rendered less selfish, only by arousing in it a fellow-feeling with the desires
of others. Patience, self-denial, a sufficient insight into youthful emotions,
and a due sympathy with them, added to a little ingenuity in the
choice of means, will usually accomplish all
that can be wished. Only let a parent's actions and words and manner show that
his own feeling is a thoroughly right one, and he will rarely fail to awaken a
responsive feeling in the breast of his child.
Now it is by the growth
of those two faculties - the strengths of sympathy, and the instinct of
personal rights - which together originate what we term a Moral Sense. In
proportion to the strengths of sympathy, and the instinct of personal rights,
will be the impulse to conform to the law of equal freedom. And in the mode
elsewhere shown, the impulse to conform to this law will generate a correlative
belief in it. Only after considerable social advance, can there arise either
subordination to this law, or a perception of its truth.
The impulse to
maintain liberty of action which generates regard for the liberty of action of
others is explicable by an extension of Adam
Smith's doctrine of sympathy. Our sentiment of justice
is really due to a sympathetic excitement of such impulse.
individual possesses an active instinct of freedom, together with an active
sympathy - then will all the
still existing limitations to individuality, be they governmental restraints,
or be they the aggressions of men on one another, cease. Then, none will be
hindered from duly unfolding their natures; for whilst every one maintains his
own claims, he will respect the like claims of others. Then, there will no
longer be legislative restrictions and legislative burdens; for by the same
process these will have become both needless and impossible. Then, for the
first time in the history of the world, will there exist
beings whose individualities
can be expanded to the full in all directions.
oxytocin receptor geneResearchers have found compelling evidence that people who are
more empathetic possess a particular variation of the oxytocin receptor
Published in the journal Proceedings in the National Academy
of Sciences, the findings by researchers at the University of California,
Berkeley, support other research showing that oxytocin plays a major role in
countering stress. All humans inherit a variation of this gene or "allele" from
The study looked at the three combinations of gene
variations of the oxytocin receptor. The most empathetic - able to get an
accurate read on others' emotions - had two copies of the "G allele." In
contrast, members of the AA and AG allele groups were found to be less capable
of putting themselves in the shoes of others and more likely to get
stressed out in difficult
!! examples of empathy blocking exclamations
Downplaying - "It is not the end of the world
Reasoning - "It was an accident !"
Positive Spin - "Perhaps it happened for a good
Cheer Up - "Let me see that smile !"
Advice - "Modify your behavior !"
Expectation - "Why let it bother you ?"
Put Down - "You are jumping to conclusions
Labeling/Diagnosing - "You are being over
Stealing the Thunder - "Now you know how I felt
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