Are You Suffering from Empathy Deficit Disorder (EDD)?
Not only are we becoming more disconnected from each other, many people are steadily becoming so focused on themselves that they don’t even notice others. According to this article, “EDD grows when people focus too much on acquiring power, status, and money for themselves. Nearly every day we hear or read about more extreme examples: people who go over the edge in their pursuit of money, power or recognition, and end up resigning their jobs, in rehab or behind bars”
Ask yourself: Can you think intuitively about other people? Do you understand people? Can you predict people’s behavior? How responsive are you to the feelings and needs of other people? Do you frequently stop what you are doing to check in with others with no other motive or objective? Are you socially adaptable and approachable?
When we feel underappreciated, at home or at work, it is hard to stay positive and productive. If you are in a relationship, or managing others, try turn up your empathy (by put down your phone first!). Build strength in your relationships by trying to feeling more empathy for the other person. It can take emotional stamina to connect like this, but it is worth it! If you are curious about how empathic you really are, try taking this Empathy Test!
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