Empathy and Sympathy – What a Difference

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Empathy

em•pa•thy

noun \ (ĕm′pə-thē)

Empathy: The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts and experience of another. Either of the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.

Empathy loves to help people understand more about who she is. Many get her confused with her cousin Sympathy, who is just as lovely as Empathy, but they are very different. For example Sympathy might feel bad for someone, but doesn’t have a personal connection to what that person is feeling. She only knows she wouldn’t want to be in that person’s shoes. While Empathy not only feels badly but also has a personal understanding of what the person is feeling and going through and can easily put herself in their shoes. Sympathy is more about what she is feeling about the situation and Empathy is more about what the other is feeling or going through. Now that may make it seem like Sympathy is selfish but that really isn’t the case at all. Sympathy may not want to see another in distress and feels sad about it, just as Empathy does, it’s just that Sympathy has never had a similar situation happen to her or doesn’t have that full connection of actually understanding and feeling the other person’s woes. Empathy really hopes this helps to clear up, how she interprets, the differences between herself and her cousin Sympathy. She loves her cousin and knows what it feels like to have people mistake you for someone else. You can learn more about Empathy and how she founded Mittlesville |Here|. Hugs & Love to all from all the Mittles of Mittlesville [ Read more about our dear Empathy Mittle Here ]

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