(Closed) How empathetic are you?

posted 5 years ago in Emotional
  • poll: How empathetic are you?
    I am right there with you! Overempathetic!! : (20 votes)
    48 %
    I'm about average. : (16 votes)
    38 %
    I don't 'feel' as much as other people. : (6 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    532 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m weird, I’m very empathetic, but at the same time I’m not very sympathic or sensitive.

    Post # 5
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    532 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    The dumbest things EVER make me cry.  For instance the olympics is a weep fest for me, makeover shows, just anything touching sets me off. 

    But I am a VERY realistic person, so when someone creates a problem for themselves I have no empathy for them.  For instance if a friend has a boyfried and they suck, I’m not the friend you want to come complain about him with because I’ll tell it like it is, I’m not sympathic or senstive in that regard.  Does that make sense?

    Post # 6
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    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    @sweetdee522:  One can empathize with, say, Casey Anthony because losing a child and going through a trial is very difficult, but most would not sympathize because most think it is her own fault and she deserves it.

    ETA: you could only truly emphatize if you have shared in the experience before… so if you’ve thought you lost of child (or did lose one), etc.

    Thus, you cannot really emphatize with the victim in a horror movie; it’s unlikely you yourself have ever been hunted down by a deranged, masked killer or mutant human cave dwelling flesh eaters.

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I’m pretty empathetic in real life – like when someone around me cries, I usually cry. I don’t get too worked up over stuff on the internet though. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Oh jeez, I got teary-eyed too. Pictures of loving reunions between an owner and a rescued animal will do that to me. There was some test I took online once where you look at pictures of people’s eyes and try to guess their emotion. And I thought it was ridiculously easy, like to the point of being a joke! But when my FI and a couple other people took it they were like…wow this is hard. I’m like, really, you can’t tell the difference between flirtatious and suspicious!?! Anyway, I think I can pick up on what people are feeling pretty easily.

    I absolutely HATE horror movies. There is nothing fun to me about watching people be terrorized or hacked up – that’s the opposite of fun. I won’t knowingly watch anything with graphic violence. When I see someone being embarrassed, I want to crawl into a hole and hide.

    The weird thing is I come out a “T” on the Myers-Briggs typology thing, meaning a thinker rather than a feeler. I tend to trust logic and rationality more than sentiment, and yet I pick up on other people’s emotions easily.

    Post # 9
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    11234 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Aicyla22:  Haha, +1. I’m a big baby when it comes to all of that stuff you listed–I cry SO easily, but yeah, I find it hard to be sympathetic to people who create their own unhappiness.

    Post # 10
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    3078 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m a little bit of a crazypants when it comes to empathy.  I can’t stand to know that other people are unhappy, uncomfortable, sad, hurt, anything!

    Post # 11
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    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I always tear up during sports movies during the main character’s big match or game or whatever. I have no idea why, I’m the least athletic person in the world. There’s something about it, though!

    Post # 12
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    5221 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I admit that I’m not the most sensitive of people. It takes a lot to make me cry or to really ” move” me. I feel for people, I feel pride in situations, I help where I can… But I don’t necessarily show a lot of emotion or express them during those events. I wish I was a little more expressive (genuinely so, not forced) and looked at things and though , ” awww!” more ! 

    Post # 13
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    1891 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @sweetdee522:  I totally got tearful from looking at those pictures!

    I definitely consider myself (and other people consider me) quite empathetic.  I almost went into a career in psychology, but I realized I am probably too empathetic for a job like that, and taking on other people’s misery all day would make me pretty miserable as well.

    I read recently that the reason women cry so much more than men is because men are not as good at picking up on people’s feelings as women–so women evolved to cry more so that men would be like “hey, she actually is upset” whereas a man does not need to cry for a woman to know how he’s feeling.  Makes sense, right?

    Post # 14
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    443 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Wow I just looked at the webpage you posted. So amazing, I had chills the entire time! I consider myself fairly sympathetic, but it really depends on the situation.

    Post # 16
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    529 posts
    Busy bee

    I have seen those 21 pics before and some of them literally made me sob. Is it the ones where someone rescues the womans dog after it blows off a pier? Can’t look now because I am at work and don’t have time for a sob fest. I am sick of being so sensitive and crying over everything. As a mom it is super hard to not cry when my kids go through stuff like shots. I want to be strong but seeing them hurt is way too hard for me. I have gotten better at sneaky crying though over the years!

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