As always my story posts are opinionated and theoretical.
However, I create them according to my own personal research based on, credible studies and investigations.
Much of which can be found as factual documentation from experts, professionals, theologists, scientists, etc. who do study human life world creation as a career and who earn and hold degrees from renowned academic institutions that can be found and verified.
In other words, I do know a little about what I am writing about. LOL!
In this story, I would like to offer not only my own personal opinions but also my own life experience for Understanding what Empathy is.
And how to understand what an Empath (empathic/empathetic person) is.as it applies to the phenomena of the human connection.
So we begin with what can be adverse challenges and obstacles experienced by the sensitive child who has no psychological defenses for what is occurring around them.
To them, life can become unexpected, disoriented, and even shocking. This can create a life journey of confusion, hurt, and emotional under-development.
It is Healthy Emotional Development that is needed to cope with life's adversities effectively and healthily.
Unfortunately, an adult or child can feel hurled into chaotic, unstable, and fearful environments. Where the view of life is radical and inconsistent.
In the most violent conditions, there is greater opportunity to develop PTSD (Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder) a disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.
Symptoms may include nightmares or unwanted memories of the trauma, avoidance of situations that bring back memories of the trauma, heightened reactions, anxiety, or depressed mood.
Treatment includes different types of trauma-focused psychotherapy as well as medications to manage symptoms. Now there can be a theoretical debate on whether Therapy and Medication allow for greater empathy or blocks out memories and feelings to avoid triggers that may worsen their condition.
But I think the answer to this debate would lie in that "If" the victim could find forgiveness of themselves in cases where they may feel guilty, shameful, or responsible for what had occurred to them despite the harm coming from someone else.
Then there can be a realization (awakening) that this is a false belief that they were the cause of their own afflictions that are happening or have happened to them in the past.
And if possible to forgive the victim's abusers as well (yet never forgetting what they did of course). Tall Order! I get it!
But to make peace with the trauma they had experienced/witnessed, then over time perhaps all that harmful exposure becomes a compassionate and "Empathetic Wisdom"
But again and again, I will testify and profess that it can only be from the Love of Christ, The Father, and the Holy Spirit as one that was possible for me as is and was for Billions of folks on the planet.
It can be emotionally and spiritually harvested as a skill and shared with another victim who has suffered or is suffering from a closely familiar, traumatic experiences, on a level that perhaps years-long studied, behavioral scientists, may not be as able to do, as could a person who has actually "Been There, Done That".
But healing, and opening up channels take all kinds of positive collective support with many others in the many fields of human recovery.
Healthy, emotional development, creates rational, mature, decision making, and secure conclusions to deal with our lifetime of problems and personal concerns.
Healthy Emotional Development helps us to become manageable, organized, productive, and successful human beings. We can achieve and accomplish positive goals.
Which brings us back to the story post topic of Understanding Empathy as Empathy being Understanding for Understanding Empaths.
Yes indeed there is not only a connection between "Empathy and "Healthy Emotional Development" but they are critical when working together.
Together they may determine how our mental health in many areas allows the empath to be more focused, open-minded, and receptive to what is believed by many to be spiritual channels or metaphysical energies.
Now the chances of overcoming tragedy and trauma from desolated circumstances "alone" are very low. But what is common with those who do survive and overcome their traumas through recovery?
Two things are common. The life-changing (negative) journey left behind can leave one devastated. They may feel and believe their emotional damage is a permanent state of mind.
What they may not know is, (as I believe), that the God of my own understanding that unquestionably and without doubt saved me, is a God that Loves and Uses Broken hearts to testify to the healing miracles that only my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ can perform.
Survivors of trauma, through divine intervention, can also develop an amazing degree of wisdom from their own experiences, Perhaps from their worse. Their life journey that had caused so much pain now is an expansive and powerful sense of empathy.
Are you the type of person who cries at movies? Or when a friend is leaning on you after the loss of a loved one? Can you feel their feelings? For many their life journeys enhance and heighten the empath's sensitivity to another person's emotions.
As the person who is sharing their problems, issues, concerns, tragedies (as well as their joys), the empath can walk (closely by the side of the person sharing), but factually cannot walk in his or her shoes.
I believe that no one can fully have the exact same experience as another individual. Not even if they have seemingly identical experiences.
Now let's talk about what is known as "Physic abilities" and how Empathy plays a dual role in sensing other folk's experiences. (Chiefly in unproven science) psychic abilities are when a person is a conduit for the "Paranormal" activity to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual.
There are Billions of skeptical people that may not have a large presence of Empathetic or Psychic abilities perhaps because they do not, cannot, or will not, believe it is possible.
Although I believe that all humans possess sensory perception on a level in some way.
Theoretically, It may depend on the event happening such as an emergency situation that some folks may discover their own sensory perceptions.
It is said that sensitive humans are also able to sense and see certain energies such as spirts/angels/apparitions/ lost loved ones etc..
And again, this could be yet another story post for another time. One story seems to always leave questions for another if you a curious cat like me. And so far, I'm still alive! LOL!
Extrasensory perception (ESP) as it applies to an empath could also appear as Dreams or
De Javu. It could be when you are in a relationship and in love that you finish each other's thoughts and words. There is a connection between these two people.
And who hasn't heard the endless stories of the Mother/child connection? As an example when suddenly the Mother senses that her child is in danger she then stops immediately what she is doing!
In a panic, she runs to the phone or to her car driving to where she knows or senses where her child is. Such as at school, a playground, or a friend's house?
The Mother is sensing her child in peril. I believe this to be true because of the deep, deep connection of a Mother and child "living as one life" during pregnancy. Maybe even much more than that. Beyond life?
And if that bond is nurtured with love and a healthy and supportive environment it is more likely that bond may never be broken. Mothers' love may be one of the most evident examples of empathy.
Are many of us who connect and feel like one, unexplainably be known as Old Souls? Kindred Spirits?
Could it be that if we were all created from one infinite and omnipotent creator that we humans all are connected?
However, being a sensitive person can have its setbacks too. You may sense things that you would prefer not too. If you are overly sensitive you may tend to be easily offended or take on other folks' problems inadvertently.
Regardless of how sensitive a person who has the gift or curse of empathy is, in certain cases, I would advise seeking a positive and established support group.
There are exceptions for those who naturally identify themselves as an empath and have the ability to accept, control, and employ these emotional talents to heal others through empathetic understanding
These support groups of many kinds are gathering places for empaths who have overcome trauma. They most always find the power and knowledge that (I believe) only God's love can give us as we give God's love to each other.
Woo Hoo! Thanks again for letting me share. Love And Understanding Diminish Fear.🤩
The City of Hitchcock is located on Hwy 6 in Galveston County 10 north of Galveston and 30 miles south of Houston.
Hitchcock is a city in Galveston County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,386 at the 2000 census. Hitchcock was created as a station of the railroad between Galveston and Houston in 1873 and around the turn of the 20th century became a vegetable shipping center. The settlement's economy crashed in the 1930s after insect plagues in the surrounding areas, and the area stayed impoverished until the establishment of both an anti-aircraft training base and the Hitchcock Naval Air Station at the beginning of World War II.