Ep 005: The Power of Empathy
“Research shows that negative feelings like anxiety and depression, unlike positive emotions, make us more self-centered. In contrast, positive emotions boost our inclination to connect with others in productive ways.” -By Emma Seppälä, The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success. Her website is emmaseppala.com.
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Amazon Book link: Social, The Power of Relationships
Disclaimer, We’re not saying you are a self-centered jerk if you have depression or anxiety. It only means one feels inclined to think more self-centered when feeling negative emotions. When we feel more positive emotions it compels us to connect with more people.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. A Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran explains the intriguing functions of mirror neurons. These neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors. The foundations of human civilization Stand on our ability to use these neurons to learn complex social interactions.
We can look at someone and get a good idea of how they are feeling because of these mirror neurons, also known as empathy. They help us to recognize emotions.
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – by Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
When you have a hard time feeling empathy you can strengthen it through meditation.
When your empathy is too strong and it clouds your ability to take action it’s best to define who you want to focus on.
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Link to the book on amazon Social, The Power of Relationships.