Empathy Essays

Altruism Is Ultimately Selfish

Discuss the proposal that pure selfless altruism does not exist. Bartel (1976) defines prosocial behaviour as ‘behaviour that intentionally helps or benefits another person’. Batson (1987) defines altruism as ‘helping another person for no reward, and even at some cost to oneself.’ This definition of altruism seemingly depicts the behaviour as selfless, however there is a wealth of research which suggests that this is not the case. Dawkins (1976) also provides evidence that altruism is ultimately selfish. He separated individuals…

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Empathy_ Definition, Nature, and Reality

Empathy and sympathy are both concepts associated with feeling and understanding other people which are oftentimes interchanged and misused (Coulehan & Block, 1999; Eisenberg & Strayer, 1987; cited in Mathiasen, 2006). As opposed to sympathy, which pertains to a state wherein one is affected by another person’s condition causing the former to feel emotions similar to the latter’s (Mathiasen, 2006), empathy can be explained as the feeling of understanding a person’s feeling and situations and showing it through expressions of…

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_how to Tame a Wild_ Tongue

In paragraphs 27 through 34 of Gloria Anzaldua’s essay “How to Tame a Wild Tongue”; she subtly conveys her own disgust at the invariable destruction of her Chicano culture by using the rhetorical strategies of organized syntax, narrative flashbacks, and the incorporation of her “native tongue”. Between paragraphs 27 and 30, the syntax conveys Anzaldua’s deep emotions about her lingual identity using mostly balanced and declarative sentences. The perfect balanced in noticed in excerpts such as “Until I can take…

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_am I Blue_ Summary

In the essay, “Am I Blue?” from Living by the Word in 1986 by Alice Walker, Walker explains how animals can display similar emotions to that of humans. She brings attention to her readers on how to understand that an animal can experience the same emotions as humans do. Walker compares her emotions to a horse by the name of Blue. Feeling ‘blue’ is also known as feeling sad, which is one of the emotions Walker recognizes in Blue. Walker…

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Interpersonal Communication Skills

Emotion: The word emotion includes a wide range of observable behaviors, expressed feelings, and changes in the body state. Emotions are feelings. Emotional communication, then, refers to the act of communicating your feelings. This is also known as “emotional intelligence” or “social intelligence.” There are six principles of emotion and emotional messages. 1. Emotions may be primary or blended: A primary emotion is a basic emotion. These would be the eight basic emotions: joy, acceptance, fear, surprise, sadness, disgust, anger…

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Empathy Exercise

It all started when they moved in at our place. I have this impression formed that she was such a liberated, crazy and irresponsible woman. A woman who always thinks of her boyfriend. She was so obsessed with her relationship with him. She was so possessive that she even gets jealous with us, her neighbors. I really hated and disliked her for that. When I found out that she shot her boyfriend in bed, my grudge against her was just…

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The Building of Rapport

The building of rapport is often considered one of the most important aspects of a Hypnotherapists work, discuss. Introduction; Rapport Rapport is about the ability to relate to others and develop a trusting and understanding relationship. It is about being in “sync” being on the same “wavelength” as the person you are talking with. It is considered to be the most important aspect in a hypnotherapist work, as a strong rapport built with a client is the key to a…

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Empathy

Empathy means physical affection or partiality is commonly defined as a person’s ability to recognize, perceive and feel directly and deliberately the emotion of another person as well. Since the states of mind, beliefs, and desires of others are intertwined with their emotions, one with empathy for another may often be able to more effectively define another person’s mode of thought and mood. Empathy is usually described as the ability to “put oneself into another’s shoes”, Or might as well,…

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Empathy as a Communication Technique

The word empathy is a noun and means: Having the ability to imagine oneself in another’s place and understand the other’s feelings, desires, ideas, and actions. The use of empathy was an important part of the psychological counseling technique developed by Carl R. Rogers. (Empathy) Carl Rogers was born January 8, 1902 in Oak Park, Illinois and lived until1987. Carl Rogers is best known for his contributions to therapy. Rogers felt that if a therapist was to be helpful that…

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Self Disclosure

The main objective of human service professional is to help his clients. During assisting process, human services need to communicate very carefully with his/her client to establish the trust so that they can build up good relationship as a client and helper. It is obvious to client to disclose information about themselves to the human services with the hope to get solution for their problems. In such situation, as a human service professional, it is highly recommend to express warm…

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A Dollar a Day Language Analysis

Recently, in the Daily Telegraph Angus McDonald wrote an opinion piece about how Indian children are being exploited for cheap labour and how the government is not dealing with the problem as Angus believes they are accountable for the responsibility. This issue has recently blown up in the media, due to the recent information about the average day of a child labour living in India. Angus McDonald uses emotive language, logical evidence, case studies , appeals to a sense of…

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Concept Analysis of Empathy

Different authors have varying definitions of empathy and have described its nature and applications to different fields such as nursing, medicine, research and education. Empathy is an important characteristic that should be reflected in medical practice for the benefit of both the patient and the medical professional. The difficulty lies on the elusive nature of the concept, the various interpretations that arise from the use of the term in different fields, the presence of various levels and forms of empathy,…

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Empathetic Listening

1. Provide your summary of how to listen empathetically. Summary of how to listen empathetically First of all, in order to listen empathetically to someone else you have to know yourself, be very caring, open minded and have the ability to put yourself in their shoes. Kerem et al. (2001) states that, “Empathy goes literally to the heart of the matter. It is understanding and entering into another’s feelings, a sense of shared experience, including emotional and physical feelings. Empathy…

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Empathy in to Kill a Mockingbird

In the grand scheme of things, each of us is working hard to see ourselves prosper. When we are fighting for survival, why should any of us take the time to feel for our fellow human beings? In her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee implies that having the ability to feel for others or to show empathy not only benefits others, but can lead to personal gains as well. This is best demonstrated through the characters of Atticus,…

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The Horror of War in ‘disabled’

Wilfred Owen portrays the horror of war by using dramatic contrasts, powerful imagery, devastating irony and by generating a strong feeling of sympathy for the subject of the poem. The contrasts between health and illness feature heavily in the poem and give a before and after picture of the subjects life. Before the war the boy in the poem had played football, “After the matches.” “It was after football” and now he does not even have the equipment to play,…

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