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How can I increase my empathy?

How can I increase my empathy?

Empathy: Empathy is like a muscle, we all have the capacity but if it is not developed it is akin to not using a muscle and allowing it to atrophy. Empathy is the ability to understand and respond to the unique experiences of another.If you expand your empathy with practice you will be developing one of the most important abilities for personal and professional success. My best. ...Read more

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How can I teach my child to show empathy?

How can I teach my child to show empathy?

Empathy: By developing your own empathic range you will teach your child to model your behavior. Empathy grows and expands as we witness its powerful affect on others, as you show empathy to those in your life your child observes and develops his or her own empathic range. Best. ...Read more

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Can manipulative people feel no remorse or empathy?

Can manipulative people feel no remorse or empathy?

True: Manipulators ("con men" at the extreme) are often very good at figuring out ("knowing") what other people are feeling, or will feel, but they do not experience the feeling inwardly, themselves, mutually. That is, they lack empathy. They do not experience remorse because they do not feel the pain they inflict on others. They only experience pain that is inflicted on themselves. ...Read more

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Can kids with socialized conduct disorder feel empathy?

Can kids with socialized conduct disorder feel empathy?

Yes.: It's important to remember that within any diagnosis the individuals differ. Yes, children with socialized conduct disorder can experience empathy. Research has shown that children, in general, are very empathic beings. ...Read more

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Can you tell me docs, is empathy a natural human emotion or a learned emotion?

Can you tell me docs, is empathy a natural human emotion or a learned emotion?

Empathy: Interesting question. Empathy is not an emotion, as it's possible to feel many emotions through empathy. It's a quality that develops naturally when a child is cared for and responded to lovingly by empathetic parents. There can be mismatches between children and parents, though. Connection is necessary and healing in empathy. To learn more about empathy, see: http://tinyurl.Com/kjvgnlz. ...Read more

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At what age should a child start to show empathy? Our 4 year old little boy seems to have very little to none.

At what age should a child start to show empathy? Our 4 year old little boy seems to have very little to none.

Before 4: Children should have some empathic reactions, particularly parental emotions well before 4 years of age.But this may not be well developed.More specific examples would be helpful. ...Read more

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Could this be something serious? Reassurance, uncertainty, and empathy in response to patients' expressions of worry.

Worry: Not necessarily, sounds like it may be an expression of concern but you need to ask further questions for clarity. Don't hesitate as it is quite normal to ask for further understanding. Best. ...Read more

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What psychological problem can cause a person to constantly lose identity/ have empathy based on movies or television?

What psychological problem can cause a person to constantly lose identity/ have empathy based on movies or television?

Several issues: Any of us can become immersed in dramatic, evocative stories/movies, etc -- or can identify strongly with characters. But, does the person return to his/her own state afterwards -- or continue as the "other"? Some types of personality disorder can have difficulty with this, as can some people with dissociative disorders. Identity is not completely static, and gradually evolves throughout life. ...Read more

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What specific nerves/cells would be seriously damaged if you have complete loss of feelings emotions empathy inhibitions loss of electrical changes ?

What specific nerves/cells would be seriously damaged if you have complete loss of feelings emotions empathy inhibitions loss of electrical changes ?

Difficult to answer: The frontal lobes of the brain are responsible for inhibition and personality. An injury to this part of the brain could result in less inhibition and personality changes. This could also be do to a hormonal imbalance and not due to neuronal injury. I recommend you see your primary care physician for these symptoms. ...Read more

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If I have every single symptom of Asperger exept empathy (i fully recognize others' emotions, even beyond) could it be considered asperger's disorder?

If I have every single symptom of Asperger exept empathy (i fully recognize others' emotions, even beyond) could it be considered asperger's disorder?

It could be pdd: Nos: Asperger's and autism are subset or types of what psychiatrists and behavioral psychologists call the pervasive development disorders. Being autistic or on the spectrum has mild moderate and severe forms. Aspergers is a higher functioning form of autism. Pdd: nos or not otherwise specified is an extreme high functioning form of autism, its hard to say with out formal neuropsych testing. ...Read more

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If I have no empathy or remorse and can do awful things and not care, does it mean I am a sociopath. I'm curious but don't want help, as i love myself just the way i am.

Empathy: Difficult to assess if you are a sociopath or not simply from your description and i also don't know if in fact you have no empathy at all. If you truly have no remorse for hurting others this is a serious interpersonal difficulty which will prevent you from sustaining intimacy with anyone who has an ability to care. Seek therapy with a mental health professional to learn more about empathy. ...Read more

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Do those who have borderline personality have empathy?

Do those who have borderline personality have empathy?

Borderline Empathy: Yes, in fact sometimes people with this struggle have uncanny empathy but other times, when they are hurt, their empathy goes out the window as they seek justice for what they believe they have endured. In essence they can display the capacity for empathy on the one hand and at other times seem devoid of the ability to enter the other person;s world. Best. ...Read more

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What is empathy and how does it is associated with personality disorders?

What is empathy and how does it is associated with personality disorders?

Empathy: Empathy is the ability to understand another person's experience or situation from his/her perspective. You can put yourself into his situation, and feel along with him. It differs from sympathy or pity. Empathy is associated with personality disorders by its conspicuous lack -- especially in narcissistic and antisocial personality disorders. This can cause severe relationship distress. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my circumcision is why i'm so selfish and have little empathy for others?

Is it possible that my circumcision is why i'm so selfish and have little empathy for others?

No: Whether routine neonatal circumcision is wise is presently under debate, but you need to ignore the militants that claim it is at the root of most or all of human misery. I'm also glad you're looking at your own behavior -- and wonder whether you're really the rotter you describe, or whether you're simply being criticized by someone else for not meeting their (perhaps unrealistic) needs. ...Read more

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Can porn cause emotional bunting/inability to love a partner/empathy reduction/difficulty to be romantic?

Can porn cause emotional bunting/inability to love a partner/empathy reduction/difficulty to be romantic?

Yes: Pornography has shown to have adverse psychological effects when watched in excess. Reduced ability to love a real person is another symptom as no one can live up to the ideal on the screen. However, these issues are treatable with psychotherapy and seeking out a therapist who is experienced in this area is generally recommended. Watching as little pornography as possible also should help. ...Read more

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I lack emotional empathy and guilt, should I be concerned?

I lack emotional empathy and guilt, should I be concerned?

Yes, empathy and: Guilt are important elements in developing ratio ships and healthy interactions in the world. Consider speaking with a therapist and working on sensitivity training. ...Read more

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When do children learn empathy? How does it happen, neurologically speaking?

When do children learn empathy? How does it happen, neurologically speaking?

Repetitive influence: Cognitive learning develops by the experiences a child has. Repetitive experiences and interactions with others shapes a child's development. http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topics/getalong/getalong01 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_mind ...Read more

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Can porn cause emotional bunting/inability to love a partner/empathy reduction/difficulty to be romantic/difficuly in intimacy with the loved one?

Can porn cause emotional bunting/inability to love a partner/empathy reduction/difficulty to be romantic/difficuly in intimacy with the loved one?

Porn Q's: It's tough to answer all of these questions bc it depends. People have different emotional and physical relationships with porn. Some integrate into their intimacy and it works out. Others find it gets in the way of getting pleasure from their partner(s). I suggest working with a sex positive therapist who can help you explore these q's individually or with you and your partner(s). ...Read more

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