Instinctively Empathic

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”
– A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I’m beginning to think my brain has developed an allergy to thinking for itself, because right now it cannot even find first gear.

Perhaps it’s become a little weary and in need of a break, so please bear that in mind and accept my apologies as I re-blog another post from my dormant site Facts and Fiction. It might also be good idea to expect more of these.

Recently, my friend described me as having empathy for others. My immediate response was “Oh I do hope so.” And I was touched to receive the compliment.

Empathy is an emotion and can be as simple as being instinctively aware of how someone is feeling, reaching out to them with compassion and often without a word being uttered.

Sadly, I know of those who lack the empathic emotion, sometimes described as ‘not a people person’.

And so, if I could be a Fairy Godmother with the ability to bestow a gift upon someone, empathy would be high up on my list, as would basic instinct.

However,  I’m told that Fairy Godmothers have blue grey hair and are approximately three-foot six inches tall.

Damn… I’m neither of those, another ambition bites the dust!


(c) Sue W 2018

Linked to the previous word-prompt Instinct and linked the 2018 prompt Allergic

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10 thoughts on “Instinctively Empathic

    1. I’m a little puzzled by the question, but will attempt to answer.
      Acting on one’s understanding is showing that one understands the feelings of another. It can be an emotional response to how someone else is feeling, or can be as simple as patient listening and responding with a sympathetic reply.
      The lack of a response would indicate a lack of empathy and disinterest. I hope this has answered your query.

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      1. Ah, so you’re saying that you’d like more people to show their empathy?

        Empathy is an emotional response, like fear. Everyone has fear but people choose to demonstrate it differently. The cowards appear to have an abundance, while the courageous appear to have none.

        This is taking it to an extreme, but If we all constantly acted selflessly (always demonstrating our empathy), who would take care of us?


      2. I am surprised to find that a simple lighthearted little post such as this has caused such a reaction. As to your final question, I think you already answered it.


  1. Too many people are the other way inclined:
    ‘My dog got run over today.’ *sniffle*
    ‘So sad, You know, I have found the most amazing bargains lately. There were my favourite biscuits at only …’

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