Empathy is an important trait to develop because it will ultimately improve the quality of our relationships. Everyone faces some amount of conflict and emotional discord in their dealing and interactions with other people. If you want less of that, and more peace, understanding, and improved communication, then take care to practice empathy whenever possible.
Empathy is about having an awareness of how other people think and feel. Empathy lets us imagine what they’re going through, and what thoughts they have about it. Empathy lets us identify with someone else’s emotional reaction and understand why they might have reacted that way.
5 Ways Empathy Can Be Used For Good
1. Empathy can help us enjoy close relationships with family and friends
Emotional closeness is based on understanding, honoring someone else’s emotions, and acknowledging and respecting how they feel.
2. Empathy helps us become more flexible in how we think
We may not always agree with other people’s ideas and opinions. We also may not always be receptive to what other people want to do, or what they would like us to do. But practicing empathy helps us train our minds to see things in ways that we might otherwise have not.
3. Empathy helps us solve problems more quickly and easily
If we are able to see different perspectives and develop flexible thinking as a result of that, then we may also use our increased sense of empathy to solve problems. We can see things from different viewpoints, which means we can use that greater insight to find the answers when we need them.
4. Empathy helps us live more peacefully
Having insight into another person’s mind can help us reach an agreement with that person more quickly than may have otherwise been possible. People with high levels of empathy know that there is more than one way of looking at or solving a challenge, especially when dealing with other people. We can live more peacefully when we use empathy to help us arrive at compromises and negotiations with others that really help us meet them halfway.
5. Empathy helps us stay objective
Subjective thinkers tend to make judgments based on emotional reactions. Emotional immaturity and lack of empathy go hand in hand. People who emotionally react in the way that a child would have a lot of trouble shifting into another person’s perspective because they can’t get out of their own head. But people who have come to see that different people have different ways of looking at things are more likely to create peaceful outcomes to their life situations and challenges in dealing with other people.
Empathy helps us improve human relations. Having a strong sense of empathy for people’s feelings, and conveying that to them, will go a long way toward keeping our interactions and exchanges positive with that person.