What do you think about people being "empaths" or having personality traits that make them better at the job? Do people who are already tuned into their own emotions and the emotions of others automatically do better in social work and therapy roles? Or people who naturally have great soft skills? If you could, what skills would you pinpoint as markers of possible success in social work or therapy?

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I don't know if I believe that some people are empaths, but I do believe some people have or develop empathetic skills earlier or easier with others. But I also think someone without those skills could still succeed with the right support and training and be just as good at the job.

I would say that being a natural empath is not always advantageous. Yes, empathy is a gift in many ways but it has its downsides too. One can constantly get emotionally exhausted, overstimulated, or overwhelmed. However, I do believe that once an empath masters how to control it, it can be the most powerful skill a therapist can hold.

Hmmm very interesting perspective. I have always kind of thought that being an empath makes some better at the job than others. I can understand where you are coming from though.

I think there are advantages and disadvantages to being an empath. I believe that the advantage is they are already attuned to the feelings, emotions, etc of others. The disadvantage of that is it can get in the way, they get over-involved, overwhelmed, etc. I am an empath and it is extremely exhausting dealing with other people and their emotions as well as regulating my own at times. I am such a target for people to talk to me and I love talking to people but when I take things personally then I lose all control. But I love it when I am all in control and can help and listen to others.

Whenever I see the word empath now, I always think of some form of mysticism over it. I believe that it's a combination. Doing social work is emotionally tiring yes, but only if you cannot turn it off and take your work home with you. But then again it is easier said than done most times. A marker for success in this field is to be able to handle your emotions well and be ahead of the game.

I imagine that being an empath would only be a good trait for people in our line of work to have in theory, but in reality, it would make it a lot harder to form objective decisions and to not react emotionally. It's a powerful gift to those who have it, but I assume one would get drained and overwhelmed easily.

Yes, empathy and emotional iq are very important; at the same time, they are a little overwhelming and overestimating. You have to learn to focus all of this important information in to like a ray of healing for client.

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