Clickbait: How Empathy Affects Us

Empathy, altruism, emotional intelligence... all different, nuanced phrases for our ability to relate to one another. This ability, to be able to see things from another point of view, is often overlooked or seen as a weakness or equated solely with emotions. What the ability to relate to others' experiences really creates is an understanding not only of the 'what' and 'how' of human behaviors, but the 'why'. Empathy makes us more human.

Emotional intelligence should not be underestimated. While it may seem that some individuals are more skilled at empathizing with others, everyone has the ability to self-reflect and improve their ability to connect with others. To see why others think that empathy is important and how you can increase yours, check out these resources below.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves The Art of Empathy by Karla McLaren Why are Some People More Altruistic than Others TED Talk
Empathy by Roman Krznaric I Feel You by Cris Beam Drive by Daniel H. Pink