Hi, my name is Jacqueline, and Empathy is my number one theme. I love meeting and talking with my friends. When they tell me about their problems, I listen to both what they say and what they don’t say. So what do I mean by that? Well, Empathy is about putting myself in another person’s shoes and understanding their emotions better. Ultimately, it sends them a powerful message that “you are not alone.”
The Empathy theme is about a full range of emotions. That helps me to celebrate with people and experience their joyful moments. That also helps me to truly appreciate the fruit of people’s hard work and efforts. My Empathy theme helps me to build rapport and trust with another person, reminding them that they are cared for.
Because I interact with so many people, at home, in school, and in the community, my Empathy theme is at work daily. In essence, the reason why I love my Empathy theme is because it moves me to action. When I see an old uncle selling packets of tissue for a living, I find it hard to walk by without buying a packet from him. I’ll talk to the uncle, making sure he’s all right. Over the span of a few years, I’ve actually made friends with some of these elderly people who are braving the weather and working on the streets daily. It is such a delight being able to make another person’s day better.
At times, my friends think that I’m too emotional or that I trust people too easily. However, I believe it takes a lot of strength and courage to go through a difficult time with a friend and to treat the hard times like it is your own. At the same time, I do think that it is important to maintain healthy boundaries within the process.
Overall, with my Empathy theme, you can count on me to listen, to understand your joy and pain, and to be a reliable friend because I can fully appreciate your journey.
Presenting the StrengthsFinder ‘Empathy’ Talent Theme by Jacqueline Lee from Singapore, part of an exclusive video series brought to you by Strengths School™ Singapore.