The Difference Between Being an Empath Or Codependent

codependentDr. Judith Orloff – We live in the world with many people. Some are heartfelt and uplifting to be around. Others are more difficult. It’s important to find a comfortable way of relating to people so that you can develop a harmonious interdependence rather than being codependent.

When you’re interdependent you have a healthy reliance on others in your personal life, at work, and in the greater world. You depend on each other for support, respect, and to perform particular tasks such as collaborating on a project, raising children, participating in team sports, or hiking with a group. In contrast, codependency is an unhealthy form of dependency.

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Things You Can’t Hide From An Empath

empathSusan Mullen – Empaths come into the world already experts of nuance and what isn’t revealed. A true empath can discern which way is up with others, but it doesn’t mean it is fun for an empath. It’s often quite the opposite.

It isn’t easy for them to call out a friend, relative, or colleague on being dishonest on a ‘hunch’. Because for them, it is never just a hunch. They don’t just hear truth or dishonesty, they feel it.

They are connected to the unseen field of consciousness via their extra ordinary open senses, the first one being their intuitive sense, a.k.a. the sixth sense, but it is really our first, original sense. Because of this, they will almost always surround themselves with a close-knit circle of like-integrity and like-vibe people who share in an uplifting, supportive, peaceful give and receive way of being, without the heaviness of the toxic energy of expectation and demand.

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Empathy & Compassion — Help Others Without Being Judgmental

judgmentJudging others puts you in a position of superiority that no human being can boast to have achieved. If you exercise empathy in all life situations you meet, you not only allow yourself to judge others, but deny them the much needed support to get out of their circumstances.

The first step to helping another is to refuse to empathize with them

It is noble to want to place yourself in the shoes of another person, feel their pain and experience life from their point of view. This is what is called empathy — a much needed trait in humanity that has the power to transform the world. Continue reading “Empathy & Compassion — Help Others Without Being Judgmental”

The Importance of Teaching Empathy To Children

empathyAlexa Erickson – At its simplest, empathy is the awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people. It goes beyond sympathy, which is often thought of as feeling for someone, and instead, is feeling with that person.

When we are empathetic toward someone else, we think before we speak or act, and instead, find a way to make them feel supported, loved, cared for, or even just simply understood.

Practicing empathy can be as deep and as challenging as being there for someone during rough times, or as surface as making an effort to be kind to the people and things we come across in our own little worlds each and every day. This mindset entails the basic necessity of respect and the knowledge that we must treat others as we want to be treated ourselves. Continue reading “The Importance of Teaching Empathy To Children”

True Empathy and the Myth of Self-Esteem

Alexander Light – The definition of empathy is simple. Is the ability to feel what others feel.

FuturamaParadoxically, the simplicity of this concept has led it to be absurdly misunderstood. Here you will find why, will find what true empathy is, and when self-esteem becomes only a panacea.

Maybe you remember that episode of Futurama when Bender was implanted with an integrated circuit (nailed into his head with a hammer) in order for Bender to feel what Leela felt. It was funny.

This plot constitutes a faithful portrait of the standard concept of empathy – that somehow it’s an ability that people gain that can be attained as easily as tuning frequencies in a device.

Misuses of the empathy concept

In our occidental and capitalist culture, many concepts and ideas have been adapted to the production lifestyle. Spirituality itself has in some instances become an industrial product driven by supply and demand. There are gurus, lecturers, authors, YouTubers, and a whole world of trends related to geek spirituality, mostly directed to motivate people and inspire them to success, triumph and ego worship. Continue reading “True Empathy and the Myth of Self-Esteem”