Updated: Mar 30, 2022
Empathy is at the heart of all healthy relationships. It's the foundation of constructive communication, connection, and cooperation. It's what binds communities together and what inspires us to care for one another. Without empathy, everyone would care only for themselves, and society would collapse because our survival depends on working together and helping one another.
In this article, we'll discuss what empathy is, why empathy is important, and 6 ways how we can increase our empathy.
What is Empathy exactly?
Empathy is the ability to imagine oneself in someone else's place, to be able to see things from another person's perspective, to understand another person's emotion, and to relate to what they feel.
Empathy is at the foundation of all healthy and productive relationships. Where there's empathy there is greater understanding, caring, cooperation, collaboration, communication, and progress. Empathy helps us to connect, cultivate intimacy, and to build trust as well as to resolve disagreements, tensions, and avoid conflicts altogether.
When empathy is lacking, we become disconnected from one another. It can lead to conflict, hostility, and hatred. Without empathy relationships fall apart, families, communities, and entire societies can collapse.
Empathy is inherent in all of us, except psychopaths who only make up a very small percentage of the population. But for the rest of us, which is most of us, empathy is a natural human trait. However, several factors can cause empathy to become diminished.
Many things in life can cause us to become increasingly closed off and insensitive to others. Just as our empathy can become concealed, it can also be uncovered. We can get more in touch with our natural empathy, and we can open up in such a way to influence how we engage with others.
6 Ways To Increase Empathy