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Personally, I think that everyone shows empathy to one extent or another, and this will vary depending on who they are with and what they are doing. It seems a little strange to put yourself in a box and say "I am an empathic person". I'm not sure that pigeonholing people does much good
They had mental disorders associated with too much power and bad childhoods
They all truly believed that they could create a better world for their countrymen. This doesn't make them good people, but it certainly doesn't suggest they lacked all empathy.
Empathy is not always a good thing. Dr. Martin Hoffman, of New York University, points out that some people feel more empathy with those who are similar to themselves. This, in turn, can produce hostility towards others and has even been suggested as a possible basis for racism. Hitler could have been a case in point as he displayed signs of empathy with those who were like him and close to him, and utter contempt & disregard for those who were different.In extreme cases, empathy can lead to paranoia. Dr. Leslie Brothers, of UCLA, states that some people overempathise and read more into body language & facial expressions than is actually there. They perceive sinister intentions when none are present.Empathy can cause withdrawal from the world. Again, overempathising can cause some to perpetually feel down and despondent. As a consequence they tend to shut themselves away from the source.
asked a question above and no one bothered to answer me. SO I will ask this dude.Can being an Empath be mistaken for a lack of self worth? Or Is it possible to truly mirror the worthless feeling of others in your own self when you around them, or in this case constantly attract people like yourself who feel as you do
The Ultimate Empath is the Lord Jesus Christ
I'm sorry to say this, but some of the posts in this thread display ignorance about empathy on the part of the author.
What about egotistical despotes like Hitler, Stalin,Etc Etc??Alan
"I see where you wrote there is a close difference between empathy and depression and for a long time I thought I was just depressed, Ive taken medication, Prozac,up to 3 pills a day, thats 60mgs, When that didnt work I was on Zoloft, then Lexapro. Nothing worked. I have been taking nothing for the past 7 years because nothing has worked, the only time I get any peace is when Im alone, no tv, radio, never been one for crowds. And I was talking to my friend of 21 years on the phone, and she introduced me to another friend from her job and we got on the subject of when me and her went to the movies and I left the room, it was a scarey movie, when I see someone get cut, shot, ect... Its like I feel it for a second, I can literally feel the knife cutting me, and I cant bare it. and I started giving other examples, ect... Well her friend said it sounds like you are an empath! and ever since then I want to learn more which is what brought me here. Is there anyway to control it? Because if I am one, then its too strong, Sometimes I start crying for no reason,soemtimes I get a sick feeling in the pit of my gut, like guilt, but Im not guilty of nothing, im not perfect, but Ive done nothing seriously wrong. I know on some level some of you may think Im a little on the crazy size, but Im seriously not, Im as normal as they come. But I have no idea why these feelings take over my body like this. Dr.s cant figure it out, I cant figure it out, those closes to me cant figure it out, Its just Im at the end of my road here and all signs point to this being it, can I have somebody or anybody's opinion please? Thanx..."
Paul,Je ne répondrai pas à vos commentaires stupides. J'ai essayé l'ingore facilty, mais qu'unfortualtely ne travaille pas"With you it is like trying to dialogue with a lamp post"
These are my pricipals of life, and the question begs can one attribute even one to entities like Stalin or Hitler?Principal 1: Non -violencePrinciple 2: Kindness.Principle 3: HumilityPrinciple 3: IntegrityPrinciple 4: Selfless LovePrincipal 5: CompassionPrinciple 4: Originality (Creativity)Take CareAlan
MrsIstre I can try to help you dear as I have been down the same awful road. Contact me via Personal Message or by my emailIm not sure how to send you a personal message, Im new to this, but my email is firstname.lastname@example.org...