Posts Tagged ‘Autism’

Can Empathy Be Learned?

A bit of a debate is raging in literature regarding whether the emotional intelligence skill we call “empathy” can be learned.  Empathy is the ability to sense and share the emotions of others, to “feel” what others feel.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines empathy as “understanding so intimate that the feelings, thoughts and motives of one are readily comprehended by another.”

Some people seem to be naturally empathic.  They easily sense what others are feeling and can put themselves in others’ shoes without difficulty.

Others seem to have a greater challenge with empathy and compassion. Read the rest of this entry »