Most people are empathetic

Sensitive: 12 signs that you are particularly warm-hearted

Can you put yourself in other people's shoes, do you know what is going on in the other person, or in other words: Are you empathetic? A difficult question, there is no doubt about it, because it requires a good and honest assessment of yourself. Many therefore tend to own Empathy it is better to underestimate it, as it is difficult to measure anyway and one does not want to appear arrogant. But maybe you are more sensitive than you think ...

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

➠ Content: This is what awaits you

Be empathetic: an underrated skill

In the professional environment in particular, the only question that matters is how you can earn money with something, whether the processes are as effective as possible or whether the services of the individual departments are sufficient to generate greater profits. The human factor Unfortunately, this approach often falls by the wayside, although a sufficient number of surveys and studies have shown that employees not only feel more comfortable, but also deliver better results when the working atmosphere is right at the job.

Unfortunately, one searches in vain for sensitive candidates in job advertisements - even for executives. In business are mostly other key qualifications preferred: ability to work in a team, resilience, flexibility, motivation and of course the necessary specialist knowledge to do justice to the tasks of the position.

In doing so, empathy, especially in places that are characterized by contact with colleagues or customers, could be one important role take in. It strengthens the relationships between colleagues, creates a better mood and can also have a positive influence on business relationships with customers or other companies.

Can you learn to be empathetic?

By nature, properties are not evenly distributed among all people. The same therefore also applies to the Empathy.. While some people have already had it in their cradle, others find it much more difficult. The good news: If you are not yet empathetic, you can learn. The bad news: it's not that easy. These three tips can help you:

  • Watch your fellow human beings very carefully. Always keep your eyes open and watch your surroundings. How do your fellow human beings behave, how do they react and how do their facial expressions change? The more information you perceive, the better you can put yourself in the shoes of your counterpart.
  • Ask questions. If you want to learn something, you also have to ask questions. For example, if you have the feeling that something is depressing your colleague, speak to them about it and ask whether your feelings are deceiving you. This is how you can find out whether your assessments are correct.
  • Practice with people you know well. It's easier to understand the feelings of someone you already know well. For starters, you will find it easier to practice with someone in your family or friends.

12 signs that you are more empathetic than you think

At first glance, the question seems trivial: Those who are sensitive can put themselves in the shoes of others. That’s the obvious answer. The inevitable next step, however, is: How do you know whether you have this ability? At this point it gets more complicated because it is difficult to pin down to a single factor.

It is often said that empathetic people always take everything to heart. In most cases this is true, but it is hardly sufficient as a sole characteristic. We looked around and Collected 12 signs that suggest you are more empatheticthan you think. How many of them do you recognize in yourself?

  1. They often react emotionally

    It doesn't usually take much to elicit an emotional response from you? This could suggest that you are a sensitive person. A sad film on TV, a song on the radio or a nice memory - sometimes you just cry with emotion.

    While your fellow human beings hardly notice these little things, they trigger a whole truckload of feelings in you.

  2. You can tell immediately if something is wrong

    No, don't worry, I am not missing anything. You won't be fobbed off with such an excuse. You have a trained eye and immediately recognize when the other person is struggling with a problem but does not want to speak out directly.

    Even when you enter a room, you immediately feel what the mood is and whether it is happy Hello or a more careful approach is advisable.

  3. You are always friendly - to everyone

    You can understand how someone feels when they are treated unkindly. In order to spare your counterpart these negative feelings, you are basically always friendly. You would never deliberately offend anyone and a friendly tone is important to you in everyday life.

    It should go without saying, but the use of You're welcome and thanks is important to you. An attitude that you not only display yourself, but ideally also want from others.

  4. You can also stay alone

    Those who are empathetic do not always have to be surrounded by other people. In fact, the opposite is true. You also like to be on your own, because you feel insecure when working in a team, for example, through the assessment of others. Since you recognize negative tension early, you will gladly use this knowledge to avoid confrontation.

    Therefore, it is important to you to have a room where you can seal yourself off. In a positive and friendly atmosphere, on the other hand, you really blossom and therefore like to surround yourself with harmony.

  5. You are often asked for help

    Others also notice your empathy. For example, if you find that friends or colleagues keep asking you for advice, this may be an indication that you are more empathetic than you might realize.

    It is not without reason that others have the feeling that they can confide in you and that they are receiving the help they hope for.

  6. They also understand what is not said

    It is very difficult for those around you to hide something from you - whether positive or negative. Organizing a surprise party for you is therefore almost impossible. You can expose a lie faster than it was actually spoken and the body language of the person you are talking to also tells you a lot.

    In short, it almost seems like you can read minds. This is because you are very attentive to your surroundings and you are also quick to notice details.

  7. You are a good listener

    It is not always necessary to read between the lines and notice what is not said. Because you also feel very comfortable in the role of the active listener, which your interlocutors appreciate. You can hear what is bothering the other person, you put yourself in his or her position through what you hear and can recognize the difficulties the other is struggling with.



    At the same time, this makes you a good advisor, as you understand and understand the point of view of the other, where others usually only argue from your own perspective.

  8. You can be very persuasive

    Anyone who can empathize with others also understands their goals, motives, expectations, hopes and wishes better than others. These insights will help you to convince others of suggestions or ideas, because you know which points are of greater importance and what your counterpart is paying attention to and attaches importance to.

    In negotiations, these findings will help you to give your side an advantage, but at the same time to strive for a compromise with which your counterpart can also be satisfied, since his / her views have also been taken into account.

  9. You don't like to say "no"

    It can also be difficult to belong to the empathetic people at times. For example, you find it particularly difficult to refuse someone else's wish. But colleagues and friends also know this and will be happy to approach you if a favor is at stake. Unfortunately, many unpleasant tasks remain up to you because you just couldn't say no.

    The reason: They prefer to back off rather than offend others and hurt their feelings. If you can help someone, you will find it very difficult to turn down a request.

  10. You're a good storyteller

    Listening to them tell a story is a real joy. The listeners hang on your lips and eagerly listen to every word. This is primarily due to the fact that you succeed in integrating your feelings into the story and making it come alive.

    Your storytelling quickly turns a report about the holiday into the feeling of having been on the beach yourself. You have a sense of how you reach others emotionally and you can translate this into language.

  11. They try to please everyone

    Criticism? No thanks. With this motto you try to get through the working day. Understandably, it's hard to admit to yourself, but you keep trying to please everyone.

    You always adhere to instructions from the boss down to the smallest detail, your colleagues always want to satisfy you and if a customer has a problem, try to get rid of it as quickly as possible. In the long run, this behavior is of course very exhausting for you.

  12. You have a tremendous imagination

    A big reason for your empathetic nature is your great imagination. Not only do you understand what emotions your counterpart is feeling, you can imagine exactly what it feels like in their situation. You don't just use this ability when it comes to emotions.

    Your imagination naturally makes you very creative in all other areas as well. In addition to the countless ideas and suggestions that you develop yourself, you can also imagine every conceivable result and thus make a good decision in which all eventualities are considered.

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4th November 2020Author: Nils Warkentin

Nils Warkentin studied business administration at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen. In the career bible, he is devoted to topics related to studies, career entry and everyday office life.

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