com200Week 4 – Discussion 1

In this week’s readings the author discusses emotional intelligence, a concept which measures people’s ability to understand emotions and express them appropriately. As you have learned, this ability is crucial to communicating effectively in interpersonal relationships. One of the major components of emotional intelligence is the ability to empathize with others. First, describe in your own words what it means to have empathy. Second, share an example of a time when you found it difficult to empathize with someone. How did you handle the situation? What could you have done differently to empathize with them?

Your initial response should be 150-200 words in length and is due by Thursday, Day 3. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Monday, Day 7. (You must create one initial post and at least two responses, for a minimum of three posts for this discussion.)




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Empathy is an act of comprehending another person’s situation from based on their perspective. In this situation, a person is in a position to feel what the other person is feeling. Through empathy, an individual is in a position to assist other people in need that they come across (Decety, 2012).

Situation when I was unable to empathize with someone

             There is a time a close of friend of mine lost his father as a result of domestic violence. On the day his father died, he had come home very drunk and began beating his wife mercilessly. The wife seeing that his life was in danger, grabbed a knife which was lying on the floor and stabbed him several on the neck. The man died instantly. My friend was very grieved by the death of his father a lot …

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