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How do you describe the three essential components of empathy?

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November 25, 2008 6:13PM

A.............understanding of ones own heart and knowing the self. b.............Knowing the person we are extenting empathy to. c.............Knowing the generic nature of the situation that person is in. Of these points the first is everything and one must be able to look into our heart and to feel love, compassion and all the human emaotions. Then we must put our heart into the person involved and look into it there and understand the feelings in that situation. We must understand the environment we place our heart in for accessment. Failure to understand the nature of the other person will have us just feeling as we would in the different environment. It wont tell us how they feel, which is the essence of empathy. Without this knowledge of the other character we are merely projecting.