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The Selfish Power of Empathy

The Pensives

Whether you call it empathy, insight, or the ability to understand another person’s perspective, it doesn’t have a nice ring to it. It sounds like something your parents and teachers preached to you for the sake of keeping a civil playground, and like any repeated message, it goes in one ear and out the other once you’ve heard it enough times.

What they don’t tell you is that a person who masters this skill (I call it skill rather than trait because it’s something you must practice to become proficient in), is a person who will increase the probability of getting what they want by ∞. Of course, “manipulation” is not something that’s encouraged by those around you, but let’s face it, manipulation is an integral part of living.

Whether your goal is bettering relationships with partners/family/friends, ending tiring arguments, winning debates, advancing your professional career, or improving overall happiness, becoming better at empathizing will be one of the most valuable…

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Author: mikethepsych

He says he's a psychologist but aren't we all?

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