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I was very excited for this week’s discussion post because empathy is one of my favorite topics! I remember at my EQ class I attended in Singapore the teacher showed us a great video by Brene Brown that taught us the difference between empathy and sympathy. Here is the link to the three- minute video that is definitely worth the watch… ? v=1Evwgu369Jw&t=2s . Research by Dondi et al. (1999); cited in Baron (2001) showed that newborns show more distress when responding to other infants crying than their cries. They hypothesized that this might be the epitome of empathy. Empathy is the ability to recognize emotions in others and understand those feelings while experiencing those feelings in ourselves (Baron, 2001). Psychologists agree that infants responding to other infants' cries with more distress might mark the capacity for empathy and this increases during the first two years of life (Baron, 2001). The reason being that during the early stages of life our cognitive development allows us to understand that we are different from others and form theory of mind allowing us to understand that people have feelings that differ from our feelings (Baron, 2001). I remember seeing my niece comforting her brother when he is upset by hugging him. It’s the cutest thing in the world. During recess, if a child gets hurt we often see another child running to a teacher to get help. As the years go on empathy develops and as we grow older we start to feel guilty if we upset someone else and cause distress in others. The purpose of empathy is for prosocial behavior - in other words, we want to help someone even if we do not gain anything in return (Baron, 2001). When a psychologist can gauge their client’s emotions, understand, and perceive the events of their client’s lives they would be experiencing empathy for their client. When it comes to a relationship with the client and being empathetic, a psychologist should for the time being forget about their values and beliefs and see things through a nonjudgmental and understanding view through the client’s eyes (Rogers, 1980; Pomerantz, 2013). Psychologists empathizing with clients is very important because when they do so accurately and communicate empathy effectively it has a positive impact on the client (Pomerantz, 2013). Being empathetic helps clients understand and see their feelings with more clarity and they also tend to have more confidence in experiencing their emotions (Pomerantz, 2013). I remember when I went for therapy the therapist always summarized what I was feeling and experiencing and I felt valued and supported by her when she did so. I felt like I was being heard when she repeated what I

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