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10 Reasons Empaths Are More Likely To Be Successful

10 Reasons Empaths Are More Likely To Be Successful

Empaths display the quality of empathy. According to emotion researchers, empathy and the display of such emotions by empaths is the ability to sense other people’s emotions and be intuitive to know what someone else may be thinking or feeling. This quality is synonymous with success as success is not simply personal but communal. Here is why empaths are more likely to be successful.

1. They are concerned about the success of others

Success cannot be attained without the support and help of others. Empaths do not only focus on their own personal success, they also focus on the success of others. They want other people to be involved and get rewards. When they do this there is a rebounding effect that also triggers their success.

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2. They can connect

Their sense of understanding and being in tune with the feelings and emotions of others affords them the opportunity to easily connect with the people around them. Their selfless offers an exchange that pushes others to react to them positively and help them attain their goals.

3. They can activate solutions rather than problems

They can discover and probe matters deeper. Empaths know how to see through us and find why things are going wrong. Rather than dwell on problems empaths seek for answers and possible solutions that will bring success to bear.

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4. They can communicate

Empaths know how to communicate clearly and say what needs to be done. They are easily understood just as much as they can understand others. They clearly exude the positivity and clear goals that they need to be achieved.

5. They are not selfish

According to studies, empaths are inclined to helping others. Helping others causes satisfaction and an accomplished spirit that cuts out their own self interested. Such energy to create a better place for others means they are better motivated than most people.

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6. They can impact sociably

Empaths want to reach out, something that our society needs and serves the purpose of a better society. They do not see any social, religious or racial divide that will stand in the way of attaining their goals. Actually being able to reach out and connect with people of all sorts helps them to reach their goals.

7. They are unconventional

They do not fit their ideals, values and perceptions into the mainstream approach. They are purpose driven and react to their environment by trying to improve it. Most times they do not have to wait for others to see things their way, they simply craft a pathway from the vision they can behold.

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8. They are open

Empaths have a rich imagination. They are free spirited. They love adventure and want to have a taste of the goodness the world has to offer. They are not rigid, but are open to new opportunities and road-maps that will cause the world around them to be more positive driven.

9. They can be great leaders

According to research, managers or leaders who show empathy have employees who report greater happiness and have better health. Since empaths can help their employees reach their personal and career goals, they create a better workplace culture and are better to handle the responsibility of being leaders.

10. They can accept responsibility

At the end of the day empaths are not people pleasers. They just want to have a better environment. Since they are sensitive to the feelings of others they are careful of how they treat them. If they have to apologize or say their “sorry”, they do it and they move on. Empaths can be responsible; they can be apologetic and are self aware. Holding a grudge could be hurting to them and this they know. Thus they can enjoy a personal well being and delight others to be more productive.

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The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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