3 Ways Having Empathy Can Actually Be EXTREMELY Dangerous

We can get angry, we can feel guilty. We can be frustrated or anxious. We can grieve or feel sadness, regret or resentment. But none makes a statement about who we are as a person or about the nature of the human race like empathy does.

It’s the glue that binds a family, the bond that helps two people resolve a conflict. It’s a salve for pain and an essential ingredient in resilient romantic love. If you’re a parent, you must have it for your children in order to raise them to be healthy and strong adults.

Study after study has shown empathy’s surprising power. Empathy can motivate a wife to protect her husband, spur a man to care for his elderly mother, and even reduce the pain of an electric shock. Therapists know that when they can feel a patient’s feelings, it is a healing force for positive change.

Most people would never think of it, but there are times when empathy is a problem. This best part of the human spirit can turn against us and, unchecked, it can damage both the empathizer and the recipient.

Being aware of the risks of empathy-gone-bad is both incredibly important and vastly helpful. Here are 3 times when empathy is a problem:

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Kathleen Notes: Empathy is truly a double edged sword..



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