Personal Value Empathy Essay

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Empathy is not an easily skill or feeling to come back. In order to be empathetic to others, one must have had some joyful and traumatic experiences. Often the people who are the most empathetic are those who have experienced situations with similar intensity and context. In fact, that is a requirement for empathy -- one must have been there, through that or a comparable experience him/herself in order to exude and feel empathy for others. Life can be thrilling and exciting, but also scary and depressing. It is important to live a life without fear and without regrets to have a fulfilling life with intense memories and experiences. These experiences, good and bad, lend themselves to empathy. Without empathy, the world would feel much lonelier than it already does at times. Empathy can save a person from desperation and bring someone back from despair. Empathy is something just about anyone can offer. It is free and at the same time it is priceless.

Empathy was not a trait that came easy to me. I lived a fairly sheltered life. I had my share of ups and downs, but I had never experience real trauma or tragedy or loss. In a way, that made me lucky, but in a way, it also made me unprepared to be a real friend or confidante to another person. Friendship is a part of life that is really important to me and empathy is a crucial part of friendship. Not that I wanted to bring upon a horrible experience upon myself, but I was concerned, for example, when a good friend of many years had a parent who fell ill and it turned out to…

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