The Most Valuable Personality Trait to Have, According to Psychology

Intelligence, perhaps, or maybe resilience? NO.

Jules

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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,” began Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem, ‘The Raven’.

Sure, we’re not talking ravens today, but let’s ponder something anyway.

Have you ever wondered what it is that sets the luminaries of our time apart?

In the cacophony of attributes that define human beings, one trait consistently shines through.

And no, it’s not their high IQ or their astounding physical prowess.

Interestingly, it’s something much more commonplace, yet extraordinarily impactful.

Empathy” — the jewel in the crown of human attributes, the linchpin of our social fabric, the fuel of our connections.

Empathy, More Than Just a Feeling

In the vast cosmos of human feelings, empathy stands as an underrated superstar.

Remember the time when you were engrossed in a book, living the characters’ lives as your own?

Your heart leaped at their triumphs and sunk at their losses.

And when you closed the book, you felt a strange mix of satisfaction and emptiness, as if you’d lived an entire life in those few hours.

This beautiful, intense journey was made possible because of empathy.

Because you could put yourself in the characters’ shoes and feel what they were feeling.

But why is empathy so important?

It’s because it facilitates a profound, genuine connection between people.

It’s the difference between a friend who simply listens to your problem, and a friend who understands, who feels your problem.

The latter makes you feel heard, validated, and cared for, doesn’t it?

Bridging Hearts and Minds

A candid chat over coffee, a comforting word during trying times, or even a heartfelt smile — empathy is the invisible thread that ties us all together.

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Jules

Psychology Expert | MSc Social and Cultural Psychology