However, the basic capacity to recognize emotions is probably innate The human capacity to recognize the bodily feelings of another is related to one’s imitative capacities and seems to be grounded in the innate capacity to associate the bodily movements and facial expressions one sees in another with the ”Despite its linguistic roots in ancient Greek, the concept of empathy is of recent intellectual heritage.
Empathy continues without rest, it doesn’t go away. Empathic people are very strong, even though at times we feel so overwhelmed by it.
Thus, trying to shut it out can bring on emotional imbalance.
(2003): Empathy is about spontaneously and naturally tuning into the other person’s thoughts and feelings, whatever these might be [...]There are two major elements to empathy.
The first is the cognitive component: Understanding the others feelings and the ability to take their perspective [...] the second element to empathy is the affective component.
Then we realize we are putting ourselves in their shoes. With today’s herbalist it makes sense about the plants, in how they find ways to use the plants for medicines.
Empathy starts in childhood, and is carried throughout our lives. Yes plants have been used from the beginning of time, for our health and to nourish our bodies.
It almost looks like roots reaching from each side to the other.
This is what really helps us to understand what the other is feelings and experiencing.
Between….man, animals, all of their surrounding, to the land they trod on.
Then as time went on, people would go to empaths, and touch them, thinking by doing so they would be cleansed and healed, or cured from ailments or emotional takeovers.
In ancient Greece, philosophers expressed their understanding of “empathy” by the word empatheria, which implies an active appreciation of another person’s feeling experience (Astin, 1967).