Empathy makes it easier for people to comprehend someone’s else problems. In recent years, it was revealed that empathy has seen a decline due to social media. Despite this, empathy can still be found in many wholehearted people. We look at six characteristics that empathetic people harbor inside.
Always opening up to people
Empathetic people have no problem with opening up about their experiences. To them, their experience can help the other person comprehend the situation better. It also makes it easier for people to ask them for advice. “You’re able to put yourself in their position and then clearly and objectively provide insights and guidance to help them to deal with whatever they may be encountering,” writer Stacey Laura Lloyd told Reader’s Digest.
Big crowds are their weakness
Crowds can be too much for a normal person. Walking through a mall on Black Friday or a convention can lead to some jitters. Those with copious empathy have a tougher time amongst an ocean of people. Being around too many people can drain their energy in a quick fashion. “The reason crowds of people exhaust me is that I am constantly trying to read and understand the feelings and motivations of those around me,” writer Chad Fowler told Lifehacker.
They’re very sensitive in life
Sensitivity is discovered more in empathetic people. This can lead to them holding back on certain scenarios. “Sensitive people get torn between speaking up for what they feel is right or sitting back because they don’t want a violent type of reaction [from others]. They’re very sensitive to environments where they’re being judged for their sensitivity or for anything else,” author Elaine Aron told The Huffington Post.
Always lending a helping hand
Empathetic people love helping out their fellow man. Whether it’s giving directions or handing out a few dollars, it makes them feel good. This behavior can have a negative impact on their well-being, though. “Empaths are big-hearted people and try to relieve the pain of others. A homeless person holding a cardboard sign, ‘I’m hungry’ at a busy intersection; a hurt child; a distraught friend. It’s natural to want to reach out to them, ease their pain. But empaths don’t stop there. Instead, they take it on. Suddenly they’re the one feeling drained or upset when they felt fine before,” author Judith Orloff said on her blog.
They listen to music differently
With listening to others, empathetic people will take in every single detail. A recent study determined that high empathy plays a part in listening to music. “When we listen to music or engage in music, it’s essentially social engagement. Higher-empathy people, who are more sensitive to social stimulus, hear music as if in the virtual presence of another person,” researcher Zachery Wallmark said in a press release. While most people hit the skip button on something they hate, empathetic people do the opposite.“Our interpretation is that when high-empathy people are listening to music that they don’t like, they’re putting the brakes on their negative emotions and trying to give the music the benefit of the doubt in a way that people who are lower in empathy don’t,” Wallmark also said.
They can tell when you’re lying
Many empathetic people can spot a liar from a mile away. They can easily detect when someone is fibbing through body language and usage of words. “Being empathetic means spotting the front that people sometimes put up and trying to understand why it’s there. The true test of empathy then comes in understanding why someone is lying and not just labeling them as ‘a liar’ without explanation,” author Cherie Burbach told Reader’s Digest.