Empathy is an inborn quality and is a skill that you learn through the way that your parents or carers modeled empathetic behaviors. Empathy is nurtured very early on in life, particularly in regards to the relationship that you had with your mother or primary caregiver. Your mental representation of the world was formed through that early relationship, and it became quite an influential force in the development of your empathetic behavior and the way that you regulate emotions. The maternal instinct is inborn and innate. relationships through attachment suggests that nature gives the mother through her physiological changes the ability to support the child’s empathetic development. imitation helps to create the child parent bond in the first few months. A very young child shows preference for its mother’s voice and can understand and react to her emotional state. Through this, you learn to perceive an emotion in the faces of others by the way that the emotion automatically signaled your own emotional circuits. You began to recognize emotions in others and copied what you saw. imitation becomes a complex, subtle and often unconscious process and automatic parts of your social functioning. The purpose of imitation is to understand the emotional states of others and to understand what they’re going through feeling sensing, which is vital for knowing how to interact with them. This learned empathy is a continuous automatic process. As humans, we are wired to connect us we’re social animals. Empathy helps you integrate into social groups, those of your family, friends and other people that you have to connect with.