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Post by eddie on Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:19 pm

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Re: Are you an empath? Take the test

Post by Guest on Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:35 pm

Gave it a try:


Your Results:

Your Super Serious Title is: The Rainbow Goddess Empath

Your Total Score: 64 out of 80
Your Out of Control Healer Score: 9 out of 10
Your Protection Tools Score: 18 out of 25
How Much You Mirror Others Unconsciously Score: 11 out of 15
Your Appreciation for Nature Score: 10 out of 10

You scored pretty high on the overall results. It is highly likely that you are an empath.

You are pretty intuitive and can usually tell when people are lying. You may want to look into getting energy work and healing done on your second chakra. Usually people that prefer to be around water have blocks in their second chakras. You love nature and unconsciously understand its healing effects -- which is a general, but strong indicator that you are an empath. You have a deep love and appreciation for nature. You recognize the sacred expression of all beings. You are truly wise. But you have a gift for influencing the moods, energies, atmospheres, and environments around you.

You need to work on differentiating other people's energy from yours. Learning how to run your energy will help. You scored toward the middle of the "Mirroring Others Unconsciously" portion of the quiz. This means that you mirror other's sometimes and you would benefit from learning some more advanced energy protection tools.

You scored toward the middle on the "Has Protection Tools" section of the quiz. This indicates that while sometimes other people's energy gets into your aura and body, you mostly have things under control. Good Job. You are so caring and loving that you put others before yourself -- to your detriment. You are most likely an out of control healer. You would benefit from energy work and empath tools for releasing guilt and responsibility.



That last sentence is spot on, saw a counsellor at one point, he said I feel responsible for everyone and guilty if I can't help them.

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Re: Are you an empath? Take the test

Post by HoratioTarr on Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:50 pm


Your Super Serious Title is: The Moon Goddess Empath

Your Total Score: 74 out of 80
Your Out of Control Healer Score: 10 out of 10
Your Protection Tools Score: 24 out of 25
How Much You Mirror Others Unconsciously Score: 14 out of 15
Your Appreciation for Nature Score: 10 out of 10

You scored extremely high on the overall results. You are definitely an empath.

You are highly intuitive and can almost always tell when people are lying. You may want to look into getting energy work and healing done on your second chakra. Usually people that prefer to be around water have blocks in their second chakras. You love nature and unconsciously understand its healing effects -- which is a general, but strong indicator that you are an empath. You have a deep love and appreciation for nature. You recognize the sacred expression of all beings. You are truly wise. But you have a wonderful ability to sway and change the moods, energies, atmospheres, and environments around you.

You are your own person, other people's energy doesn't effect you. You scored extremely poorly on the "Mirroring Others Unconsciously" portion of the quiz. It looks like you have a tendency to mirror other people and their energy. Your score indicates that you would benefit from learning to recognize your own energy vs other people's and cord removal most likely.

You scored extremely low on the "Has Protection Tools" section of the quiz. This means that your ability to protect yourself energetically is really bad. Your empathic abilities are causing you grief. You are no doubt an out of control healer and would benefit from energy healing, cord-removal, and visualization tools for releasing responsibility. You are a wonderful and loving person. You are also what is known as an "out of control healer!" You would benefit immensely from energy work and empathic tools for releasing guilt and responsibility.

The last para might have been true ten years ago.
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Re: Are you an empath? Take the test

Post by Guest on Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:56 pm


Your Super Serious Title is: The Planetary Healer Empath

Your Total Score: 78 out of 80
Your Out of Control Healer Score: 10 out of 10
Your Protection Tools Score: 25 out of 25
How Much You Mirror Others Unconsciously Score: 13 out of 15
Your Appreciation for Nature Score: 10 out of 10

You scored extremely high on the overall results. You are definitely an empath.

You are highly intuitive and can almost always tell when people are lying. You may want to look into getting energy work and healing done on your second chakra. Usually people that need to be around water all the time have blocks in their second chakras. You love nature and unconsciously understand its healing effects -- which is a general, but strong indicator that you are an empath. You have a deep love and appreciation for nature. You recognize the sacred expression of all beings. You are truly wise. But you have a wonderful ability to sway and change the moods, energies, atmospheres, and environments around you.

You need to learn how to recognize and differentiate other people's energy from yours. Learning psychic/empathic meditation tools will help. You scored fairly poor on the "Mirroring Others Unconsciously" portion of the quiz. It looks like you have a tendency to mirror other people and their energy. Your score indicates that you would benefit from learning to recognize your own energy and learning to run it through your body, rather than running your friend's or family's energy.

Sorry, but you scored the lowest on the "Has Protection Tools" section of the quiz. This indicates that you are definitely an out of control healer and you would benefit immensely from energy work, cord-removal, and protection tools. You are a wonderful and loving person. You are also what is known as an "out of control healer!" You would benefit immensely from energy work and empathic tools for releasing guilt and responsibility. 
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    Well, that stayed true to form; hadn't taken this one test for well over 10 years but it read the same ...near as I can recall. 
Yipper, my "Protection Tools" ...I've become ill just by given reflex massages therapy for some people that had 'issues' that were unaware.  Walking into a room of filled with seriously ill/terminal people can put me out for days! Shocked


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Re: Are you an empath? Take the test

Post by Miffs2 on Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:58 pm


Your Super Serious Title is: The Planetary Healer Empath

Your Total Score: 76 out of 80
Your Out of Control Healer Score: 10 out of 10
Your Protection Tools Score: 23 out of 25
How Much You Mirror Others Unconsciously Score: 14 out of 15
Your Appreciation for Nature Score: 10 out of 10

You scored extremely high on the overall results. You are definitely an empath. 

You are highly intuitive and can almost always tell when people are lying. You may want to look into getting energy work and healing done on your second chakra. Usually people that need to be around water all the time have blocks in their second chakras. You love nature and unconsciously understand its healing effects -- which is a general, but strong indicator that you are an empath. You have a deep love and appreciation for nature. You recognize the sacred expression of all beings. You are truly wise. But you have a gift for influencing the moods, energies, atmospheres, and environments around you. 

You need to learn how to recognize and differentiate other people's energy from yours. Learning psychic/empathic meditation tools will help. You scored extremely poorly on the "Mirroring Others Unconsciously" portion of the quiz. It looks like you have a tendency to mirror other people and their energy. Your score indicates that you would benefit from learning to recognize your own energy vs other people's and cord removal most likely. 

You scored very low on the "Has Protection Tools" section of the quiz. This means that your ability to protect yourself energetically is poor. You are like a psychic sponge. You would benefit from energy healing and empathic protection tools! You are a wonderful and loving person. You are also what is known as an "out of control healer!" You would benefit immensely from energy work and empathic tools for releasing guilt and responsibility
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Re: Are you an empath? Take the test

Post by HoratioTarr on Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:58 pm

Aren't we all wonderful?
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Re: Are you an empath? Take the test

Post by Miffs2 on Mon Jul 11, 2016 10:59 pm

HoratioTarr wrote:Aren't we all wonderful?
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Re: Are you an empath? Take the test

Post by eddie on Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:01 pm

Hahahahaha I got the same as Horatio, moon goddess.


I think, empaths, are women in general. Cool

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Re: Are you an empath? Take the test

Post by veya_victaous on Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:16 pm


Your Super Serious Title is: The Atlas Empath (Planetary Healer)

Your Total Score: 72 out of 80
Your Out of Control Healer Score: 9 out of 10
Your Protection Tools Score: 23 out of 25
How Much You Mirror Others Unconsciously Score: 13 out of 15
Your Appreciation for Nature Score: 10 out of 10

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Re: Are you an empath? Take the test

Post by Guest on Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:21 pm

veya_victaous wrote:
Your Super Serious Title is: The Atlas Empath (Planetary Healer)

Your Total Score: 72 out of 80
Your Out of Control Healer Score: 9 out of 10
Your Protection Tools Score: 23 out of 25
How Much You Mirror Others Unconsciously Score: 13 out of 15
Your Appreciation for Nature Score: 10 out of 10

    WELL DONE, Veya ...

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Re: Are you an empath? Take the test

Post by Lord Foul on Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:36 pm

Your Results:

Your Super Serious Title is: The Atlas Empath (Planetary Healer)

Your Total Score: 74 out of 80
Your Out of Control Healer Score: 10 out of 10
Your Protection Tools Score: 23 out of 25
How Much You Mirror Others Unconsciously Score: 15 out of 15
Your Appreciation for Nature Score: 10 out of 10

You scored extremely high on the overall results. You are definitely an empath.

You are highly intuitive and can almost always tell when people are lying. You don't need to be near water which means your second chakra is probably doing well. You love nature and unconsciously understand its healing effects -- which is a general, but strong indicator that you are an empath. You have a deep love and appreciation for nature. You recognize the sacred expression of all beings. You are truly wise. But you have a wonderful ability to sway and change the moods, energies, atmospheres, and environments around you.

You need to learn how to recognize and differentiate other people's energy from yours. Learning psychic/empathic meditation tools will help. You scored the worst on the "Mirroring Others Unconsciously" portion of the quiz. It looks like you have a tendency to mirror other people and their energy. This means that you give up your energetic seniority at the whim of the world's changing winds (in other words: other people are able to control or influence you too much on an energy level). You would benefit from learning to control your crown chakra and probably cord removal or healing work.

You scored very low on the "Has Protection Tools" section of the quiz. This means that your ability to protect yourself energetically is poor. You are like a psychic sponge. You would benefit from energy healing and empathic protection tools! You are a wonderful and loving person. You are also what is known as an "out of control healer!" You would benefit immensely from energy work and empathic tools for releasing guilt and responsibility.

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Re: Are you an empath? Take the test

Post by Cass on Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:47 am

Your Total Score: 72 out of 80 Your Out of Control Healer Score: 10 out of 10 Your Protection Tools Score: 23 out of 25 How Much You Mirror Others Unconsciously Score: 15 out of 15 Your Appreciation for Nature Score: 7 out of 10

You scored extremely high on the overall results. You are definitely an empath.

You are highly intuitive and can almost always tell when people are lying. Sometimes you need to be around water to heal. This indicates that you may need some healing work done on your second chakra. You like the city and nature equally, which is unusual for an empath, but definitely possible. You like nature and love to experience it's healing properties! But you have a wonderful ability to sway and change the moods, energies, atmospheres, and environments around you.

You need to work on differentiating other people's energy from yours. Learning how to run your energy will help. You scored the worst on the "Mirroring Others Unconsciously" portion of the quiz. It looks like you have a tendency to mirror other people and their energy. This means that you give up your energetic seniority at the whim of the world's changing winds (in other words: other people are able to control or influence you too much on an energy level). You would benefit from learning to control your crown chakra and probably cord removal or healing work.

You scored very low on the "Has Protection Tools" section of the quiz. This means that your ability to protect yourself energetically is poor. You are like a psychic sponge. You would benefit from energy healing and empathic protection tools! You are a wonderful and loving person. You are also what is known as an "out of control healer!" You would benefit immensely

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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:52 am

Your Total Score: 68 out of 80
Your Out of Control Healer Score: 7 out of 10
Your Protection Tools Score: 22 out of 25
How Much You Mirror Others Unconsciously Score: 13 out of 15
Your Appreciation for Nature Score: 10 out of 10

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Post by eddie on Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:08 am

I think it's safe to say the these is either stupid or some of us didn't answer properly....

Or.

We are the Empaths of forum land and we should form a supergroup and take over the world.

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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:12 am

eddie wrote:I think it's safe to say the these is either stupid or some of us didn't answer properly....

Or.

We are the Empaths of forum land and we should form a supergroup and take over the world.

We couldn't hack conquest, we'd be too worried about how everybody felt about it Smile

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Post by eddie on Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:30 am

Ben Reilly wrote:
eddie wrote:I think it's safe to say the these is either stupid or some of us didn't answer properly....

Or.

We are the Empaths of forum land and we should form a supergroup and take over the world.

We couldn't hack conquest, we'd be too worried about how everybody felt about it Smile


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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:33 am

eddie wrote:
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eddie wrote:I think it's safe to say the these is either stupid or some of us didn't answer properly....

Or.

We are the Empaths of forum land and we should form a supergroup and take over the world.

We couldn't hack conquest, we'd be too worried about how everybody felt about it Smile


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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:21 pm

eddie wrote:I think it's safe to say the these is either stupid or some of us didn't answer properly....

Or.

We are the Empaths of forum land and we should form a supergroup and take over the world.
What ...did you expect this computer generated model to provide each of us with a 'factual meter' of who truly is / has the EMPATHIC capabilities ...naaaaaaa! 
Things like this are established with a hidden formula: if a person selects so many of answer 5, per line then I'll award them a __________ (fill in the descriptive with a stunning image and amusing fortune type of answer)!
Did you think some one was going to get a 'ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND - WHY ARE YOU TAKING THIS QUIZ'  response confused  Or LF would have caused the quiz to melt down/blow up/quit working Twisted Evil  

People are born with the ability to be 'EMPATHIC' ...
it's not some thing gauged by a questionnaire  cheers

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Post by eddie on Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:28 pm

So I'll bin my costume then. Sad

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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:37 pm

eddie wrote:So I'll bin my costume then. Sad
Oh, we can still plan a gathering ...just don't count on all the attendees being a TRUE EMPATH

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Post by Raggamuffin on Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:38 pm

I got a score of 51 so it's highly likely I am actually an empath - what a surprise. Apparently, I didn't score very well in the "Mirroring Others Unconsciously", whatever that means. I also have trouble determining when peoples words and feelings are in alignment. That doesn't surprise me as I like people to say what they mean, and to mean what they say. I don't appreciate nature much but I like cities.

Oh, and I seem fairly normal too. Laughing

You scored pretty high on the overall results. It is highly likely that you are an empath.

You have trouble determining when people's words and feelings are in alignment. You like water but don't absolutely need to be near it. Your second chakra does okay. You like the hustle and bustle of the city! This is highly unusual for empaths! Your appreciation for nature is lacking. You would benefit from meditating in the forest. But you seem fairly normal -- able to influence people at times.

You need to work on differentiating other people's energy from yours. Learning how to run your energy will help. You scored fairly poor on the "Mirroring Others Unconsciously" portion of the quiz. It looks like you have a tendency to mirror other people and their energy. Your score indicates that you would benefit from learning to recognize your own energy and learning to run it through your body, rather than running your friend's or family's energy.

You scored toward the middle on the "Has Protection Tools" section of the quiz. This means that sometimes other people's energy gets into your aura and body, but you mostly have things under control. Good Job. Sometimes you've got it under control, but you probably struggle more than most people.

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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:16 pm

Shocked   Independent thought and stop following the Pack Mentality ...   
OMG ...that was just far to easy, but quite enjoyable; but if there's ZERO validity in these 'WHAT IF' then there's ZERO TRUTH IN ANY OF IT ...
and you aren't anymore an Empath then my 2 dogs are! 

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Post by Raggamuffin on Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:21 pm

4EVER2 wrote:Shocked   Independent thought and stop following the Pack Mentality ...   
OMG ...that was just far to easy, but quite enjoyable; but if there's ZERO validity in these 'WHAT IF' then there's ZERO TRUTH IN ANY OF IT ...
and you aren't anymore an Empath then my 2 dogs are! 

To whom are you referring?

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Post by eddie on Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:02 pm

I really do soak up others' moods though, and I hate it, so I overcompensate by either trying to cheer people up (pointless when people are irritated or annoyed), or I retreat and hibernate within myself.

I'm an extremely sociable person but I have periods of time when I don't communicate intimately - I can chit chat - but I kind of hide away.

I can also pick up on people's vibes and feelings even online. Perhaps most of us can do that on forums - maybe people who frequent forums are pretty similar?

Can any of you pick up on vibrations online?

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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:50 pm

Can any of you pick up on vibrations online?
This is where the 'inherited HEP' that can't turn it off and just forget about those antenna buzzing sensations that there's someone in your range of people, mire acquaintances that are having issues. And since the WWW has opened up these avenues globally - it's been quite a learning process to know that it still has a connection/connectivity that far away! 


Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

By Roman Krznaric | November 27, 2012     
We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.
But what is empathy?
It’s the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions. That makes it different from kindness or pity. And don’t confuse it with the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” As George Bernard Shaw pointed out, “Do not do unto others as you would have them do unto you—they might have different tastes.” Empathy is about discovering those tastes.
The big buzz about empathy stems from a revolutionary shift in the science of how we understand human nature.

The old view that we are essentially self-interested creatures is being nudged firmly to one side by evidence that we are also homo empathicus, wired for empathy, social cooperation, and mutual aid.

Over the last decade, neuroscientists have identified a 10-section “empathy circuit” in our brains which, if damaged, can curtail our ability to understand what other people are feeling. Evolutionary biologists like Frans de Waal have shown that we are social animals who have naturally evolved to care for each other, just like our primate cousins. And psychologists have revealed that we are primed for empathy by strong attachment relationships in the first two years of life. 
But empathy doesn’t stop developing in childhood. We can nurture its growth throughout our lives—and we can use it as a radical force for social transformation. Research in sociology, psychology, history—and my own studies of empathic personalities over the past 10 years—reveals how we can make empathy an attitude and a part of our daily lives, and thus improve the lives of everyone around us.

Here are the Six Habits of Highly Empathic People!

Habit 1: Cultivate curiosity about strangers

Highly empathic people (HEPs) have an insatiable curiosity about strangers. They will talk to the person sitting next to them on the bus, having retained that natural inquisitiveness we all had as children, but which society is so good at beating out of us. They find other people more interesting than themselves but are not out to interrogate them, respecting the advice of the oral historian Studs Terkel: “Don’t be an examiner, be the interested inquirer.”
Curiosity expands our empathy when we talk to people outside our usual social circle, encountering lives and worldviews very different from our own. Curiosity is good for us too: Happiness guru Martin Seligman identifies it as a key character strength that can enhance life satisfaction. And it is a useful cure for the chronic loneliness afflicting around one in three Americans.
Cultivating curiosity requires more than having a brief chat about the weather. Crucially, it tries to understand the world inside the head of the other person. We are confronted by strangers every day, like the heavily tattooed woman who delivers your mail or the new employee who always eats his lunch alone. Set yourself the challenge of having a conversation with one stranger every week. All it requires is courage.

Habit 2: Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities

We all have assumptions about others and use collective labels—e.g., “Muslim fundamentalist,” “welfare mom”—that prevent us from appreciating their individuality. HEPs challenge their own preconceptions and prejudices by searching for what they share with people rather than what divides them. An episode from the history of US race relations illustrates how this can happen.
Claiborne Paul Ellis was born into a poor white family in Durham, North Carolina, in 1927. Finding it hard to make ends meet working in a garage and believing African Americans were the cause of all his troubles, he followed his father’s footsteps and joined the Ku Klux Klan, eventually rising to the top position of Exalted Cyclops of his local KKK branch.
In 1971 he was invited—as a prominent local citizen—to a 10-day community meeting to tackle racial tensions in schools, and was chosen to head a steering committee with Ann Atwater, a black activist he despised. But working with her exploded his prejudices about African Americans. He saw that she shared the same problems of poverty as his own. “I was beginning to look at a black person, shake hands with him, and see him as a human being,” he recalled of his experience on the committee. “It was almost like bein’ born again.” On the final night of the meeting, he stood in front of a thousand people and tore up his Klan membership card.
Ellis later became a labor organizer for a union whose membership was 70 percent African American. He and Ann remained friends for the rest of their lives. There may be no better example of the power of empathy to overcome hatred and change our minds.

Habit 3: Try another person’s life

So you think ice climbing and hang-gliding are extreme sports? Then you need to try experiential empathy, the most challenging—and potentially rewarding—of them all. HEPs expand their empathy by gaining direct experience of other people’s lives, putting into practice the Native American proverb, “Walk a mile in another man’s moccasins before you criticize him.”
George Orwell is an inspiring model.  After several years as a colonial police officer in British Burma in the 1920s, Orwell returned to Britain determined to discover what life was like for those living on the social margins. “I wanted to submerge myself, to get right down among the oppressed,” he wrote. So he dressed up as a tramp with shabby shoes and coat, and lived on the streets of East London with beggars and vagabonds. The result, recorded in his book Down and Out in Paris and London, was a radical change in his beliefs, priorities, and relationships. He not only realized that homeless people are not “drunken scoundrels”—Orwell developed new friendships, shifted his views on inequality, and gathered some superb literary material. It was the greatest travel experience of his life. He realised that empathy doesn’t just make you good—it’s good for you, too.
We can each conduct our own experiments. If you are religiously observant, try a “God Swap,”  attending the services of faiths different from your own, including a meeting of Humanists. Or if you’re an atheist, try attending different churches! Spend your next vacation living and volunteering in a village in a developing country. Take the path favored by philosopher John Dewey, who said, “All genuine education comes about through experience.”

Habit 4: Listen hard—and open up

There are two traits required for being an empathic conversationalist.
One is to master the art of radical listening. “What is essential,” says Marshall Rosenberg, psychologist and founder of Non-Violent Communication (NVC), “is our ability to be present to what’s really going on within—to the unique feelings and needs a person is experiencing in that very moment.” HEPs listen hard to others and do all they can to grasp their emotional state and needs, whether it is a friend who has just been diagnosed with cancer or a spouse who is upset at them for working late yet again.
But listening is never enough. The second trait is to make ourselves vulnerable. Removing our masks and revealing our feelings to someone is vital for creating a strong empathic bond. Empathy is a two-way street that, at its best, is built upon mutual understanding—an exchange of our most important beliefs and experiences.
Organizations such as the Israeli-Palestinian Parents Circle put it all into practice by bringing together bereaved families from both sides of the conflict to meet, listen, and talk. Sharing stories about how their loved ones died enables families to realize that they share the same pain and the same blood, despite being on opposite sides of a political fence, and has helped to create one of the world’s most powerful grassroots peace-building movements.

Habit 5: Inspire mass action and social change

We typically assume empathy happens at the level of individuals, but HEPs understand that empathy can also be a mass phenomenon that brings about fundamental social change.
Just think of the movements against slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries on both sides of the Atlantic. As journalist Adam Hochschild reminds us, “The abolitionists placed their hope not in sacred texts but human empathy,” doing all they could to get people to understand the very real suffering on the plantations and slave ships. Equally, the international trade union movement grew out of empathy between industrial workers united by their shared exploitation. The overwhelming public response to the Asian tsunami of 2004 emerged from a sense of empathic concern for the victims, whose plight was dramatically beamed into our homes on shaky video footage.
Empathy will most likely flower on a collective scale if its seeds are planted in our children.  That’s why HEPs support efforts such as Canada’s pioneering Roots of Empathy, the world’s most effective empathy teaching program, which has benefited over half a million school kids. Its unique curriculum centers on an infant, whose development children observe over time in order to learn emotional intelligence—and its results include significant declines in playground bullying and higher levels of academic achievement.
Beyond education, the big challenge is figuring out how social networking technology can harness the power of empathy to create mass political action. Twitter may have gotten people onto the streets for Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring, but can it convince us to care deeply about the suffering of distant strangers, whether they are drought-stricken farmers in Africa or future generations who will bear the brunt of our carbon-junkie lifestyles? This will only happen if social networks learn to spread not just information, but empathic connection.

Habit 6: Develop an ambitious imagination

A final trait of HEPs is that they do far more than empathize with the usual suspects. We tend to believe empathy should be reserved for those living on the social margins or who are suffering. This is necessary, but it is hardly enough.
We also need to empathize with people whose beliefs we don’t share or who may be “enemies” in some way. If you are a campaigner on global warming, for instance, it may be worth trying to step into the shoes of oil company executives—understanding their thinking and motivations—if you want to devise effective strategies to shift them towards developing renewable energy. A little of this “instrumental empathy” (sometimes known as “impact anthropology”) can go a long way.
Empathizing with adversaries is also a route to social tolerance. That was Gandhi’s thinking during the conflicts between Muslims and Hindus leading up to Indian independence in 1947, when he declared, “I am a Muslim! And a Hindu, and a Christian and a Jew.”
Organizations, too, should be ambitious with their empathic thinking. Bill Drayton, the renowned “father of social entrepreneurship,” believes that in an era of rapid technological change, mastering empathy is the key business survival skill because it underpins successful teamwork and leadership. His influential Ashoka Foundation has launched the Start Empathy initiative, which is taking its ideas to business leaders, politicians and educators worldwide.
The 20th century was the Age of Introspection, when self-help and therapy culture encouraged us to believe that the best way to understand who we are and how to live was to look inside ourselves. But it left us gazing at our own navels.
The 21st century should become the Age of Empathy, when we discover ourselves not simply through self-reflection, but by becoming interested in the lives of others. We need empathy to create a new kind of revolution.
Not an old-fashioned revolution built on new laws, institutions, or policies, but a radical revolution in human relationships.
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I don't know that I'm interested enough in random people to develop all that. Obviously, I'm interested in some people - ones who I meet and feel a connection with, or ones I talk to in the pub.

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I talk to total strangers all the time. I have a knack of drawing people out if they're shy or inhibited.

I don't think I'm gifted with a massive range of knowledge - I don't retain most factual information well, that is, - but I remember things about people.

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Love nature..      understand its healing effects..
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Why is a love of nature supposed to be such a great thing then? Nature's OK but it's just there really. Laughing

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