There are five steps in the evolution of our thought process.
The first step is processing memories while awake. This ability is a huge advantage, although not always successful. The most common failures in the processing of memories while awake is in the accuracy of the memory, and not being able to differentiate a memory from present reality.
The second step is imagination; the ability to pull memories apart and put them back together in new and different ways. The most common failure in the use of imagination is not being able to differentiate imagination from reality.
The third step is to be able to process emotional images, both memory and imagination, while awake. Failure in processing emotional images is displayed by people who cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality. (Fantasy being emotional imagination, both positive and negative.)
The fourth step in the evolution of our thought process is the ability to separate our reasoning from others. We all have a unique perspective with a unique purpose. Thus, we must accept that we will all have unique reasoning.
The fifth step is the ability to separate our emotions from those of other people. Emotions are very important in our daily live and most people do not realize how empathic they really are. The measure of a successful empath is the ability to choose who and when they connect to other people emotionally.