Physiological basis of empathy and emotionality in nursing practice
Gitonga, Pius G
Karani, Anna K
Kimani, Samuel T
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Empathy is a form of connection with a cognitive-emotive response that stems from the apprehension of another person’s emotional and physical state of distress. The physiological context of empathy as related to emotionality and related behavior in nursing is a motivating challenge into adventures of high-order mental functions. Since our responses are coordinated in the brain, understanding different contexts and processes complete the cycles of initiation, coordination, and memory is essential. The theoretical basis of Emotional Intelligence and Self Determinism for emotionality and empathy related behavior are applied. The pursuit of empathy as a centrally vital competence in healthcare is an interesting discovery and its regulation is a beautiful process. A conceptualized relationship model is illustrated to manifest a candid relationship between and among emotionality and empathy related behavior in nursing. Empathy builds on a likened emotional believe that humans have the capacity to demonstrate empathy or portray empathy-related behavior to self and other people. Emotions and emotionality rule our daily lives. We choose activities and hobbies based on the emotions they incite in us. We make decisions based on whether we are happy, angry, sad, bored, or frustrated. The decisions we make impact to us and to others in a considerable emotional measure. Empathizing means we leave our comfort zones and delve into our clients’ phenomena and socialize with them within their imaginary and actual realms. This zone is almost always vulnerable for nurses.
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