Empathy is intuitive
of an other using mirror
Empathy occurs when we suspend the
single-minded focus of attention on
our needs and instead adopt a dual-minded focus of attention that includes the
consciousness of another individual.
When attention lapses back into a
single-minded focus empathy turns
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
When we engage in empathic response we validate the other
"The love 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." -
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
"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 Lebeau
Children between the ages of seven and
12 are naturally inclined to feel empathy for others in pain but these natural
inclinations can be subsumed.
"At about age fifteen human beings are
meant to develop empathetic, holistic,
transpersonal modes of
cognition, abilities that violate the
dogma of the discrete and separate self. Primitive societies acknowledged
these abilities and fostered their development, providing both models and
methods for transcendence of
the limited, rational,
egoic self of the pre-teen. Not by accident,
many of these
ceremonies incorporate ritual reenactments of the birth process." - Charles
Empathy honors a
moral sense to
advance moral principle.
Empathy responds to the effects of a violated
Empathy is alert to the
and indignity of being treated
differently for reasons that are morally
Disparity of wealth creates
a need to
condition in the collective
consciousness the concept that
there are always those that
deserve to suffer.
Empathetic emotional response for
those less fortunate must be seen as either weak or traitorous.
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 workers
It is 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 pyramid.
1864 Russell Herman Conwell is dismissed from the military
after being charged with deserting his post at Newport Barracks, North
1888 Russell Herman Conwell, minister
and graduate of Yale law school is hired by Newport, Rhode Isalnd aristocracy
to spread his "Acres of Diamonds" lecture.
1888 Society of Christian Endeavor is organized as a world-wide
youth organization - the benefactor remains unknown.
Empathy for living beings is not a weakness.
Empathy for living beings is a biological
"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 you."The
Gospel of Truth teaches to
stretch out your hands to those who are sick and
to awaken those who are
asleep as it is the Will
of the Creator and Sustainer that all
human beings come to
Jesus the Tekton,
"I take 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, March 2004 Detailed series of population
surveys that comb virtually every square yard of England, Scotland and Wales
over 40 years show a sharp decline in populations of bird and butterflies of
54% to 71% with some species gone altogether. 1,254 native plant species showed
a decrease of about 28% over the same period.
- this one caused by humans.
300 critically endangered
species as well as 237 endangered and 267 vulnerable species exist in
unprotected areas having a 50% probability of extinction within 10
"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.
"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
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 devastating.
From the very earliest times,
men and women devised
religion to help them cultivate a sense that
our exisistence has some ultimate
meaning and value.
The myths and practices of faith may seem like
some incredible fantasy.
People then turn to other methods of
transcending the sufferings and
frustrations of daily life: to art,
We fall very easily into despair,
and we have to work very hard to create within ourselves a conviction that life
is good if we see pain,
injustice." - Karen
Empathtic abilities appear voluntarily and sometimes
Empaths has a highly
developed sense of empathy - the ability to read, understand and resonate with
the emotions of other people.
commonly conditioned to hide
authentic emotional expression in
cultures based on subdivisions of labor that include multiple daily contacts
People either develop a very deep
intelligence or they hide their
heart away deep within a walled citadel.
Empaths sense emotions that
run deeper than those portrayed in
Delsarte System to see
the emotions that lurk behind that
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.
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
emotions are so clearly read.
practitioners of the daily
application of empathetic response become
considerate, and understanding of others.
There are varying levels
of empathic strength or emotional awareness
related to individual self-awareness.
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.
but many empaths end up turning away from being healers as they tend to take on
too much pain from those they are trying to
Overwhelmed Empaths seek seclusion to
have strong creative streaks and a
known for multiple talents as
their interests are varied, broad and continually evolving, are often
poets, writers, singers, and artists
with a high degree of creativity and
Empaths interests are broad they typically hold a broad-minded
perspective unlike those that
have compartmentalized their
Animals are often dear
to the heart of empaths as they reflect the natural beauty of life.
Empaths are passionate towards Nature,
respectful of its bountiful beauty,
holding Nature in
Empaths are continually
drawn to Nature for
revivification as they
have a need for solitude in which to rebalance.
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 for the
Empaths are Gnostic they can see
the noumenon through
the Veil of Cognitive
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 reflections.
Empaths are Free Spirits that Seek Truth
as anything untruthful feels wrong and causes physic pain.
"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
At times, an
empath may feel physically ill or be unable to choke back the
They simply cannot
justify lack of concern for the suffering they feel and see.
types of people and animals are attracted to the warmth and genuine
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
"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.
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
signs that you are an
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
Do you ALWAYS know what someone really means?
Do people open up to you even if you don't
want them to?
the weak are all drawn
to the compassion an
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 be transformed into
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).
empaths make statements similar to the following: " ... it could be
* Functional Empaths are able to control the flow of information
so that it does not create emotional distress or uncomfortable physical
Functinal empaths may, at times,
spiral back down the empathetic
scale and become Impaired Empaths when under extreme duress.
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
(sympathy = empathy in 1851)
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.
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
illustrations of the
mode in which this agent acts, Adam Smith
these facts cited by Adam Smith, may be
added many others of like import; people - women especially - start or shriek
on seeing an accident occur; unpractised assistants at surgical operations
often faint; 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
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.
action of the faculty is equally observable.
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
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 as
anything but a sympathetic affection of
the instinct of personal rights -
a sort of reflex function.
Here lies the explanation
of those qualms of conscience, as we call them, felt by men who have committed
It is through
this instrumentality that we receive satisfaction on paying another what is due
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 slave-dealer's barbarities.
It was 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 -
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
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,
those who have the strongest sense
of their own rights, will have the strongest sense of the rights of their
The first illustration that
suggests itself is afforded by the
Ever since they appeared in the days of Charles I., the
members of that body have been remarkable for their determined assertion of
They have shown it in their continued résistance 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.
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
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.
Quakers too, who
years ago began publicly to exclaim against the injustice as well as the
cruelty of war.
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.
of our living writers puts it - the tyrant is nothing but
a slave turned inside
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.
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.
exceed all other owners (of slaves) in cruelty and
oppression," is a truth established on numerous authorities.
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
instinct of rights do not always co-exist in equal strength any more than other
Either of them may be present in normal amount, whilst
the other is almost wanting.
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.
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.
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
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
Our sentiment of
justice is really due to a sympathetic
excitement of impulse.
When each 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
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.
Researchers 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 each parent.
The study looked at the three
combinations of gene variations of the oxytocin receptor.
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
!! examples of empathy blocking exclamations
Downplaying - "It is not the end of the world
Cheer Up - "Let me see that smile !"
Reasoning - "It was an accident !"
Advice - "Modify your behavior !"
Expectation - "Why let it bother you ?"
Stealing the Thunder - "Now you know how I felt
Labeling/Diagnosing - "You are being overly
Positive Spin - "Perhaps it happened for a good
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