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Empathy is one of Gallup’s Strengths:
Operationally, it seems connected with Social Intelligence in the VIA schema.
Greater Good Describes it as “a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.”
How does it work?
Want to Cultivate it? The Greater Good Society has outlined the Habits you need to engage in:
What’s your flow profile?
Don’t know the answer? Well there is a personality test to help you capture it. What is flow?
Csikszentmihalyi is credited with defining the experience as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
How often do people experience flow?
“If you ask a sample of typical Americans, “Do you ever get involved in something so deeply that nothing else seems to matter and you lose track of time?” roughly one in five will say that this happens to them as much as several times a day, whereas about 15 percent will say that this never happens to them. These frequencies seem to he quite stable and universal. For instance, in a recent survey of 6,469 Germans, the same question was answered in the following way: Often, 23 percent; Sometimes, 40 percent; Rarely, 25 percent; Never or Don’t Know, 12 percent.” (Source: Psychology Today)
Nakamura and Csíkszentmihályi identify the following six factors as encompassing an experience of flow.
Jamie Wheal has spent much of his adult likfe researching flow:
He explains his ideas in this compelling TED talk: Hacking the GENOME of Flow:
His colleague goes deeper in the Rise of Superman
Andrew Sokolovich has been busy creating short video descriptions–30 to 45 seconds– for the Strengthfinder Themes; 18 of the 34 are now available on Youtube with more to come. With great production values, these are wonderful snapshots for those interested in their strengths. Take Input for a wonderful example: