Posts Tagged ‘Empathy’

Yeah, There’s A Potential Joke Here, But I’m Actually Serious

November 23, 2022

When I was younger I didn’t like approaching people because I never got the sense that they liked me. It was only when I was older that I realized that, while I was technically correct, it wasn’t that they disliked me, they didn’t like me because they didn’t know me well enough to like me . . . or dislike me, for that matter.

That’s Progress, Right?

April 6, 2021

To show how I’ve changed over the years (and how I haven’t), today I found myself comforting a friend of mine who had set up a special surprise for someone, and when this person saw it, they basically said, “Yeah, whatever” and left. My friend was understandably upset, and asked me why I thought anybody would do something like that.

There was a time I would have said, “Because they are a horrible person and they will die alone,” but this time I said, “Because they are an awful human being and need sympathy and help . . . but will probably end up dying alone nevertheless.”

Be Equally Wary Around Either

February 3, 2020

From the outside a heartless sociopath is all but indistinguishable from a burnt out empath.

Mostly Infinite Variations On “I Am Unhappy”

July 25, 2019

Maybe the storm outside right now is overly influencing my mood, but some days it’s particularly hard for me to read news feeds, social media feeds, comments sections, etc. because all I end up seeing is what I read behind the actual words.

I’ve Got To Stop Reading The News So Early In The Morning

May 3, 2019

The light side and the dark side of empathy have the same face:  the realization there are more similarities than differences between you and them.

Today For Me It Was Lethargy

June 22, 2017

If the spectrum linking everyday depression to Major Depression sometimes hinders understanding of it, it also offers an opportunity for empathy. Because almost everyone, at some point, experiences feelings of sadness, of hopelessness, of emptiness, not to mention lethargy and irritability.

Gayle Forman

Empathy Still Works Better Though

February 1, 2017

In the absence of empathy, awareness of potential consequences can sometimes do the trick.

Also Known As The “Hitler Loved Dogs” Effect

May 16, 2014

As I recall, while the evidence does indeed support the idea that a person who is cruel to animals is extremely likely to be cruel to people as well, it’s my understanding this is usually explained as a demonstration of a general lack of empathy on said person’s part.

Unfortunately, however, it can not truthfully be said that just because someone is good to animals, they will, of necessity, likewise be good to people.

It’s Certainly Not In The Air

August 23, 2013

Y’know, as I look at the daily barrage of horrible news stories and even worse public reaction to them, I keep thinking day after day, ninety percent of these things could be avoided if everyone just had more empathy. Can’t put that in the tap water, though.

Matthew Phillion, self-described bitter (secular) Humanist