Is it possible to show empathy, even in traffic? ⋆ The Costa Rica news

On social networks you can see everything, especially moments full Empathy between people and between people and animals.

A very special video was an initiative in the municipality of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in which several bus drivers learned what a cyclist suffers when a bus passes by at full speed.

The municipality of San Luis Potosi has undoubtedly given the drivers a lesson in empathy and is leaving a huge learning experience for the rest of the world.

The video received a comment from a Costa Rican citizen: “I like the example of empathy, I have lived the experience of riding a bicycle, alone as a passenger on a bus and as a driver in the opposite lane. The experience is terrifying as a cyclist and as a driver as they invade your lane. In San Jose, Costa Rica, I could see specific limits for bicycles and motorcycles. We all need traffic education to prevent accidents and therefore deaths. It is important to maintain the road design.

Another video example of empathy was an interview in which a young woman tells the interviewee that it is her first interview and gets a response from her character that, given that, they would make that the most amazing interview of all because she decides so-. The video published by Upsrosa was replicated on LinkedIn by Diego Dalman, a professor, international speaker and expert on emotional intelligence. Dalman said of the video: “Being kind and empathetic is free and good, it helps others. He who believes he can do it, the attitude and the way you deal with challenges influences the outcome. Believing it’s half the battle. The interviewee created an atmosphere of trust.”

Psychologist and emotional intelligence expert Martin Hoffman defines empathy as “an affective, effective response that is more attuned to another person’s situation than to one’s own,” and this emotional response constitutes a moral motive, which that is, a motive that contributes to the generation of emotions. prosocial behavior.

Prosocial behavior occurs when the individual acts to benefit others rather than themselves.

The National Institute of Mental Health emphasizes that people’s level of empathy as adults depends on the education parents provide as children.

Parents are the first empathic contact children have until they go to school and interact with other people outside the family circle, and yet empathy is believed to be eminently natural in children.

Did you know that Costa Rica is one of the 10 most empathetic countries in the world?

From a study published in 2016, in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology(which is still current) was a list of the most empathetic countries in the world, to name a few: Ecuador, South Korea, the United States, Taiwan, Costa Rica and Kuwait.

In the study, the experts measured each person’s empathy and basic personality traits, as well as individualistic tendencies (when lax social relationships and individualism are favored) and collectivist tendencies (when relationships in close-knit social groups with a higher degree of interdependence are favored) . ).

Furthermore, in response to their analysis, the experts concluded that in societies with greater empathy there are higher levels of collectivism, friendliness, responsibility, self-esteem, emotionality, well-being and greater attitudes towards society, and – that women are more empathetic than men, so that older people are more empathetic than younger people.

Other details about empathy

Finally, it is important to highlight other benefits of empathy, such as mental and physical well-being; children learn to make responsible decisions as they grow, taking into account their family and friends, their community and the world. Therefore, an empathetic person can be more self-aware and help others protect him from physical and psychological abuse. Although empathy contributes to social awareness and reduces bullying, prejudice and racism, there are limits to its practice. Anything that is too much is not good. It’s like anything in life: you have to have a balance, a balance when you practice it.

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