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Psychological Health & Support

SYMPATHY, DIGNITY AND HOPE — THE THREE PILLARS

  • Hope

Hope is the desire to cherish an expectation and anticipation. There are three things that make humans hopeful. The first is to approach life in a goal oriented manner. The second is to find different ways to get to the goal. Thirdly is to believe in one self that the goal can be achieved. Hope defines the pathway to achieve one’s goal through positive thinking and making pathways. Hope has the power to heal. An individual has the power and the ability to think both constructively and obstructively. An individual‘s determination to overcome obstacles of any form gives rise to hope and improves their life satisfaction and recovery process. World over hope is being used   in treatment programs in both physical and mind stages. It has been successfully used chronic physical and terminal illness. Hope is used as a supplement

  • Dignity

Dignity is the state of being worthy honored or esteemed. As a famous saying goes “Dignity of the human person is rooted in his or her creation in the likeness of God” Dignity of the human person is not only a fundamental right in itself but it must be respected and protected. Dignity of the human person is the substance even as per the International Human Rights Law.

Dignity of the human person whether gay, lesbian, transgender has to be maintained at all cost .Human dignity is harmed when groups and individuals are marginalized, ignored or devalued.

  • Sympathy

Sympathy is an abstract expression   which means fellow feeling. It is the ability to share someone’s feelings. This state gives people of different religions or color to share the same opinions or goals. Sympathy is a feeling that says that one cares without saying it. The expression may be read in the eyes, gesture or touch.

  • Empathy vs Sympathy

Empathy is the ability to experience the feelings of another person while sympathy is caring and understanding the feeling of others. In empathy it is a personal understanding while in sympathy it understands the experience of others. The feeling of sympathy starts from the recognition that another person is suffering where as in empathy the others pain or suffering is felt. Of the two, empathy is deeper but sympathy can also be honest and deep rooted. Empathy can serve a s a bridge  for greater communication between individuals. The basis for both empathy and sympathy is compassion. It is a blending of understanding and expanded by being able to feel the other person’s emotions. Sometimes empathy is confused with pity. The fact that pity is a feeling of discomfort

Basic emotions such as fear and anger are two of the six strong emotions in human beings. The other four are disgust, happiness, sadness and surprise. Being hard wired basic emotions  are automatic and fast and they trigger a behavior which we in human terms call impulsive. At time s complex emotions such as nostalgia or humility are never attributed to infants and animals.

MoreJanuary 30, 2016