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This is a discussion on Naturally empathetic? within the INFJ Forum - The Protectors forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; It is written in many INFJ descriptions that we are naturally empathetic. How are you empathetic? How would you describe ...

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Naturally empathetic?

    It is written in many INFJ descriptions that we are naturally empathetic. How are you empathetic? How would you describe it? Is it different from other people? How so?
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    ENFJ - The Givers

    I'm just contisitlly in other people shoes, which is why i dont like a bunch of people around because Its emontionally draining but I'm just understanding towards everything and everyone. Can't help it, its just there and I can't make it go away.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Hmm. I wonder if it's our intuition that helps us out with it.

    I think our intuition helps us know what the other person is really feeling despite what they say, so we can more easily put ourselves in their position.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Empathy should not be confused with sympathy - I was told. Empathy can be used for good, or evil.

    But, it also prevents me from going into certain professions. Because I empathize with others so much, I can never be a doctor, or - God forbid - a dentist. I would empathize too much with the patients. I would hate to cause someone pain.

    So, a lack of empathy is actually very desirable for such professions. I used to think that people with less empathy were less caring or loving. Not true. They just are able to detach from the emotions of others and do what is necessary in an emergency.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by StarryNightDave View Post
    Empathy should not be confused with sympathy - I was told. Empathy can be used for good, or evil.

    But, it also prevents me from going into certain professions. Because I empathize with others so much, I can never be a doctor, or - God forbid - a dentist. I would empathize too much with the patients. I would hate to cause someone pain.

    So, a lack of empathy is actually very desirable for such professions. I used to think that people with less empathy were less caring or loving. Not true. They just are able to detach from the emotions of others and do what is necessary in an emergency.
    Very very true. I know I can never work in many business professions because you have to be "rigid" in order to survive at times.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I would describe it as being permanently and consistently able to feel, sense the emotions of someone else - good or bad, and generally be affected by them. For instance, I would find it impossible to say "no" to someone who I sensed was in genuine pain or under misfortune, because I can literally feel their pain, like someone punching me in the stomach, or a twinge in my heart. If it's severe enough I will sometimes experience physical pain or discomfort, like a cramp. I don't have to try at all to understand how someone else feels in a given situation, and I find it little easier to distance myself or detach myself from it.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by Gracie View Post
    I would describe it as being permanently and consistently able to feel, sense the emotions of someone else - good or bad, and generally be affected by them. For instance, I would find it impossible to say "no" to someone who I sensed was in genuine pain or under misfortune, because I can literally feel their pain, like someone punching me in the stomach, or a twinge in my heart. If it's severe enough I will sometimes experience physical pain or discomfort, like a cramp. I don't have to try at all to understand how someone else feels in a given situation, and I find it little easier to distance myself or detach myself from it.

    Wow that is exactly how i feel and how i would describe it i just never really knew how to put it into words....but yeah that is absolutely it.
    About the professions thing I went to college with the goal of becoming a social worker and found that i physically and emotionally was unable to handle that type of job there was just to much pain and only so much i was able to do. It was heartbreaking and i had to walk away
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    ENTP - The Visionaries


    You all describe it as an emotional experience which is interesting. I don't know if I've ever thought of it that way. I definitely have the same high arousal levels that you're describing, but it's more like I'm "seeing" into the other person, rather than "feeling". Funny.

    Like you, always feel emotionally drained after dealing with misery for a long time. The waiting rooms at doctors' offices are the worst. You can just tell how unhappy everyone is just by being in their presence... I always have to take a shower afterwards.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by StarryNightDave View Post
    Empathy should not be confused with sympathy - I was told. Empathy can be used for good, or evil.

    But, it also prevents me from going into certain professions. Because I empathize with others so much, I can never be a doctor, or - God forbid - a dentist. I would empathize too much with the patients. I would hate to cause someone pain.

    So, a lack of empathy is actually very desirable for such professions. I used to think that people with less empathy were less caring or loving. Not true. They just are able to detach from the emotions of others and do what is necessary in an emergency.
    I could never be a dentist or a doctor for the same reason. Hell, someone telling me about something painful happening to them I cringe because I can almost feel the pain myself.

    When a walk into the room I can just feel sadness, happiness, fear, etc. even though I don't know where it is coming from.


     

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