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PSY/220 Personal Topics Paper 1 PSY/220 Personal Topics Paper Final Project
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PSY/220 Personal Topics Paper 2 Miesha K. Branch 8/1/2010
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PSY/220 Personal Topics Paper 3 Empathy, Love, Happiness, and Hope are all needed in this life to maintain a healthy physical and mental state. All of these elements go hand in hand. I have been able to use all of these elements in my own life and am going to continue to use these elements to better myself and my point of views on situations that may arise. Empathy Empathy by definition is being able to identify and understand another individual’s situation, feelings, and motives. Understanding empathy is being able to identify with another’s feelings. It is being able to relate to ones’ situations. (Bolt 2004) Having empathy is important in today’s world because so many individuals are suffering and need a shoulder to cry on or someone to relate to them. Individuals that show empathy feel very strong emotions. These emotions can be happiness, anger, sadness, or despair (Bolt 2004). Individuals that are empathetic are more likely to respond to a request for help, are usually more concerned with individuals wellbeing than an individual that is not empathetic. “Research suggests that empathy is an important source of pro-social action.”(Bolt2004). Empathy in a way is also the capability of being able not to be bias or prejudice. Empathetic individuals are less judgmental and able to see the “diamond in the ruff” or see that you “can’t judge a book by its cover”. Many individuals look at someone and think because they have a certain look that they must act a certain way. Some may also think that because an individual is late to an appointment they are irresponsible when indeed they tried very hard to get to the appointment but their car broke down. Empathetic individuals understand that things happen
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PSY/220 Personal Topics Paper 4 beyond our control.(Bolt 2004). If we could put ourselves in other individuals shoes we could be more understanding and try to see what they see or feel what they are feeling (Bolt 2004). Things may not always be as they appear or seem to be. A situation may seem one way and truly be another way. Before we chose to judge someone we should take the time to know the individual and try to see what the situation really is. Making a snap judgment on an individual can cause more issues. If a teacher thinks a student is irresponsible because they are constantly late but never asks why they won’t ever know that that individual really wants to be there on time but has car problems, issues with finding a ride to school, or that the bus they have to take only runs at certain times (Bolt 2004). By overcoming snap judgments it will be easier to embrace empathy in one’s life. Individuals can practice empathy by doing random acts of kindness, role playing, see
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