TALENT AND SKILL THESAURUS

EMPATHY



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HELPFUL TIP:

When planning a cast member's talents and skills, think about how genetics, personality traits (both positive attributes and flaws), past experiences, environment, and the character's roles (within a family, a community, and society) all factor into what strengths may form. These special qualities should tie into the story, not only to make the character interesting but also to help him achieve his goal.
DEFINITION:
Being highly attuned to the emotions and experiences of others

DESCRIPTION:
A character with this talent has the ability to place themselves deeply within another person’s experience to see their view of the world and better identify with their emotions, concerns, goals, and life struggles. Please note that this entry does not cover empaths, which involves more than learned empathy.

BENEFICIAL STRENGTHS OR ABILITIES:
Control over one’s emotions
Being objective and able to reject any personal bias that might get in the way of seeing life from another person’s view
Perceptiveness and knowing what questions to ask
Strong listening and communication skills
Openness to new experiences and ideas
Being comfortable enough to open up and share in kind
An approachable demeanor

POSITIVE TRAITS SUITED FOR THIS SKILL OR TALENT:

REQUIRED RESOURCES AND TRAINING:
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ASSOCIATED STEREOTYPES AND PERCEPTIONS:
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SCENARIOS WHERE THIS SKILL MIGHT BE USEFUL:
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