Empathy and the Role Empathy May Play in Music, Arts and Films.

IT’S is all about emotions; and the Role Empathy May Play in Music, Arts and Films.

 An integral part of the Emotional Content that we share as human beings.

 Empathy is how two hearts feel each other

an illustration if two heats connecting through empathy and the words :Empathy is how two hearts feel each other.

So what is empathy by definition?

The ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation source:  https://dictionary.cambridge.org/

In simple words is putting yourself in other people shoes

it’s imagining what they must be feeling or feeling the exact same ,

 it’s the driving force for everything art related whether its music, films, stories, novels,

 they all depend on it to convey the message across to an audience and to feel that connect with it.

an image of a woman comforting a man with the text : Empathy is putting yourself in other people shoes

Can people who understand the emotions of others better interpret emotions conveyed through music? 

A new study by Southern Methodist University suggests so.

And what applies on music applies on every from of art that exist but specially films, TV series and novels.

The southern Methodist University study summary is:

  People who are more accurate at reading another person’s emotions are better able to understand 

   what a musician is  trying to convey through their compositions. 

   Additionally, those with higher empathetic accuracy are better able to feel the emotions conveyed through music.

So What is empathy?

Empathy  : is the ability to sense how other people may feel, to see things from different perspectives

To put your-self in their position.

It’s basically putting your-self in someone else’s shoes and experiencing what they’re going through.

 

Empathy is the ability to sense how other people may feel, to see things from different perspectives, and to put your-self in their position

When you observe someone suffering, you may be able to imagine yourself in their places and empathize with their situation.

because Empathizing with the other people is a personality trait

And some people just more empathetic towards others.

 But as humans in general we empathize the most with the people we love and care about, our families, friends and loved ones.

Empathy encourages people to help others.

 So When you feel empathy for other people, not only are you more inclined to engage in helpful behaviors, but other people are also more likely to assist you.

The greatest storytellers on the world,
the most amazing Writes
are the one that has the most empathic features in them,
and that can tap into their inner emotions
and the emotions of others.

words : The greatest storytellers on the world, the most amazing Writes are the one that has the most empathic features in them, and that can tap into their inner emotions and the emotions of others.

Empathy in music:

We all have been there hearing this love music track 

 And feeling in love although we have no one, 

Or we listen to this motivational music and suddenly we feel as if we can concur the world.

And it all has to do with how music effect human emotions.

The In A research study by Benjamin A. Tabak, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Social and Clinical Neuroscience Lab (SCN) at SMU (Southern Methodist University)

Along with Zachary Wallmark, assistant professor of musicology. 

Affiliated faculty at the Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. It concluded that:

“Empathy is most often thought of in the context of social interactions,
but there are many other forms of social communication,
including music,” Tabak said.

Music can convey meaning and emotion and also elicit emotional responses

 But the mechanisms responsible for its emotional power are poorly understood.”

A girl holding her phone and listening to music

In the study they tested  their theory about empathy and music.

For the purposes of this study, they measured the ability to correctly understand others’ thoughts and feelings (empathic accuracy) 

and the extent to which one feels the emotions that another feels (affect sharing).

 

“We thought it would be interesting to study whether people who more accurately understand others’ thoughts and feelings might also be more accurate in understanding what musicians are intending to convey through music,” Tabak said.

 “Similarly, we wanted to know whether people who tend to feel the emotions that others are experiencing also tend to feel the emotions conveyed through music.”

 

Empathy in Films:

“The movies function as an empathy-generating machine”. A quote from Roger Ebert

It enables you to gain a better understanding of various ambitions,

 aspirations, dreams, and worries. 

It allows us to connect with those who are travelling with us.”

“Cinema has a unique ability to communicate viewpoints, exchange experiences, and tell significant tales.”

 

And At least one character with whom I can relate in each of novels, plays, and films. And it all starts with the empathy the actor feel in a screen play to be able to convey this emotion.

 

The love of a particular actor and your celebrity obsession
can make you empathize more with a films
or characters that he plays.

Two hands reaching for each other

Because you are experiencing a similar experience, 

you may connect with her character.

And More consciously, consider a situation comparable to the one the character is in and attach the emotion you felt to the character.

Empathy in Art / Novels:

Empathy is an integral part to storytelling in novels.

Empathy is so integral to the writer’s work that he or she would be unable to function without it. 

It’s difficult to come up with a better way to describe the writing process. 

Writing and reading stories forces us to go outside of ourselves 

And into the shoes of another, putting words to their ideas, feelings, and emotions.

The greatest storytellers on the world,
the most amazing Writes
are the one that has the most empathic features in them,
and that can tap into their inner emotions
and the emotions of others.

Empathetic writing is one of the most effective methods a writer can use to create a world.

And people that elicit true feeling. Of all, emotion is a delicate thing, 

and it’s critical to consider compassionate storytelling as you approach empathic writing.

 

Conclusion:

Empathy is a great and noble human feature that we all need to have to some extent.

As humans in general we empathize the most with the people we love and care about, our families, friends and loved ones.

Empathy is a unique and specific quality when it comes to art, music, films and novels.

It’s the trait of all artists and it’s something that is mostly felt but can be taught especially to young children.

To sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. Is a power that you should have.