Empathy™

Adjectives that describe you include: compassionate, benevolent, appreciative, kind, sensitive, and understanding.

The Way I See It

Going Deeper

Empathy™

You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their feelings are your own. Intuitively, you are able to see the world through their eyes and share their perspective. You do not necessarily agree with each person’s perspective. You do not necessarily feel pity for each person’s predicament—this would be sympathy, not Empathy. You do not necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand. This instinctive ability to understand is powerful. You hear the unvoiced questions. You anticipate the need. Where others grapple for words, you seem to find the right words and the right tone. You help people find the right phrases to express their feelings—to themselves as well as to others. You help them give voice to their emotional life. For all these reasons other people are drawn to you.

On the Shadow Side

God created Strengths. The devil can tempt you by the overuse or over-reliance on your strength. This is the shadow side of strengths. With this you may face some risks or temptations. Examples:

  • You feel everyone around you and are distracted and even incapacitated because you can’t turn it off
  • You carry burdens that you’re not meant to carry
  • You trust your feelings too much
  • You don’t value those who process more logically or deliberatively

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