Understanding People UMAT Construct (section 2) ‘Quick Tip’

Whenever you are watching a movie, or reading a book, in scenarios where deep emotion is experienced, ask yourself how individual characters feel in each situation, and what is the emotion overall in that situation. How do emotions change? Section 2 is all about being able to interpret the emotions, rather than simply read the literature.

Even watching the daily news is good, and asking yourself the same questions, but try to use the UMAT jargon. Examine the meaning of empathy, sympathy, jealousy, envy, compassion, concern, etc. in those situations. Finally ask yourself, how do you feel towards the characters in the given situation? Are you feeling sympathetic, or maybe empathetic? It is important to develop understanding of what such words mean, as often these terms can be confused and used incorrectly when attempting the UMAT.

Practice reading newspaper articles, health journals, TIMES magazine within say 1 minute – 2 minutes initially – close your book and verbalise the key points without looking.

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