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The Power of Empathy

SomersetScorpio

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Very effective video and describes the difference between sympathy and empathy very well.
 
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i'm quite an empathic person and find it hard not to feel it. i've learnt through experience to be careful who i empathise with. i've been used by friends to give comfort only to be stabbed in the back when i've served my purpose (empathy theives). i'm much wiser now (but still foolish) and can usually sense when i'm being played that way.

empathy can be a bad thing without compassion. many sense your pain and use that vulnerability against you. i'm quite detached most of the time to protect myself. i hate being cynical so i'm trying to work out how to make better use of empathy than i currently do.

sorry to be negative, it was a good video -- a reminder not to close myself off completely.
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i have BPD AND APPARENTLY MY PSYC SAYS I HAVE NO EMPATHY SODOES MY PARTNER BUT TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH I DONT NO IF I DO OR DONT
 
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i have BPD AND APPARENTLY MY PSYC SAYS I HAVE NO EMPATHY SODOES MY PARTNER BUT TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH I DONT NO IF I DO OR DONT
Actually, that's not true for me and i'm speaking as someone with the BPD label.
I have too much empathy, to the point where it becomes detrimental.

I don't understand how other people can lack such empathy. That's where the misunderstandings happen.
I presume everybody thinks like I do, and so take their actions very personally because I wouldn't dream of treating someone in the way i've been treated.
 
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I have too much empathy as well, but I have also learned to shield myself from it. I have has people in the past who have no empathy for others in my life because of mental illness and those times were very abusive circumstances towards me. JD when he was first developing his illness disconnected from reality and couldn't connect with his empathy in the worst of his disorganized states as well but he wasn't abusive just unable to connect. It's very strange to me how a person can function without some sort of empathy. It's very cold and lonely IMO.
 
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