Recently Iíve found myself asking more questions about empathy, and my experiences of it, and Iím finding it slightly strange.
In a couple of other threads I posted these:
If I had to take a guess at what empathy is, I guess Iíd say that itís the subtle, intuitive, back-of-your-mind awareness of the vibes that other people put out.But, when I watched myself talking with others, I could sense a kind of intuitive 'seeing' into other people, their moods, vibes and so on.
It wasn't a touchy-feely thing, and nor could I do write-ups of the exactly what kind of person you might me. I also noticed that I found it more comfortable to let it be, at the back of my mind, and not try to force it. It just got tiring if I forced myself to use it.Iím just a little confused about this. Iím not sure how Ďnormalí these feelings are, what other people make of them, or how they can be explained Socionically. And itís really strange to have something so Ďthereí and yet so difficult to pin down, and so difficult to intellectualise about.I guess I was trying to say is what other people make of this idea of "empathy". The thing that really throws me when it comes to empathy is that, if I tried to be more empathic, in a way, I wouldn't know where to start. Because it's so obviously ĎthereĎ, but it's also quite back-of-your-mind stuff - it's difficult to express in actions how much you care, and sometimes it's difficult to know how much you take your empathy for granted and would miss it if it was taken away.
Any ideas would be really appreciated