Unlike intelligence and physical attractiveness, which depend largely on genetics, empathy is a skill that can be learnt. Comment.

Empathy is an ability to put one self in other person’s place to understand his pain and sorrow. It involves deeper relation than being sympathetic.
Intelligence and physical attractiveness are qualities one is born with generally, which can be enhanced with education, and other cosmetic products. Empathy is a virtue one acquires in his lifetime through his experiences, environment and upbringing.
A child in school can be taught to not bully those weaker than him, help people who are in need empathetically he would eventually acquire this virtue with time. At home he can learn these values from his elders. Teaching children to avoid being selfish and comprehend and share the feelings of others will help them to understand and identify those who are suffering.
Intelligence and physical attractiveness are inherent qualities while empathy is a value which is learned and applied throughout one’s life. It is not an event rather a habit which one inculcates with regular practice. Daniel Goleman, a psychologist and author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence, revealed how having more empathy can lead to better relationships. Emotional intelligence is a deciding factor in interpersonal relationships.

Question for UPSC Mains:
Unlike intelligence and physical attractiveness, which depend largely on genetics, empathy is a skill that can be learnt. Comment. {150 words, 10 marks}

Published: September 30, 2017 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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