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“What are you thinking?”

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“Empathizing is about spontaneously and naturally tuning in to the other person’s thoughts and feelings. A natural empathizer not only notices others’ feelings but also continually thinks about what the other person might be feeling, thinking, or intending.”

I’ve known for some time that I fall heavily (off the scale, perhaps?) in the empathizer camp, and it’s one of the reasons I’m drawn to marketing/communication/getting inside your head as a career. The last line hit home, as I am constantly taking inventory of the thoughts/ feelings of the people around me. I think it’s one of the reasons I find it hard to be extremely close to many friends at once, because it takes so much energy to constantly monitor their mood. Perhaps I should make an effort to tone down the temperature-taking to increase my social circle…

From the book Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters by Alan Miller and Satoshi Kanazawa – thanks to Ben Casnocha for the highlights

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Life is Short…

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“Life’s short and we never have enough time for the hearts of those who travel the way with us. O, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.”

Henri-Frederic Amiel

Love this quote, and the story that went along with it on Gretchen’s blog