Empathy V Sympathy


This week we learned the difference between empathy and   sympathy.
Sympathy and empathy are both acts of feeling, but with sympathy you feel for the person; you’re sorry for them or pity them, but you don’t specifically understand what they’re feeling. Sometimes we’re left with little choice but to feel sympathetic because we really can’t understand the plight or predicament of someone else. It takes imagination, work, or possibly a similar experience to get to empathy.

Empathy is heartbreaking — you experience other people's pain and joy. Sympathy is easier because you just have to feel sorry for someone. Send a sympathy card if someone's cat died; feel empathy if your cat died, too.

Sympathy is from the greek 'to feel'
Empathy is from the Greek   'passion/suffering'.
"You don't truly know a man unless you have walked a mile in his shoes." That is empathy.
The capacity for empathy is believed to be innate in most humans.
Empathy typically appears in infants who will cry when they hear another baby crying. These stirrings of empathy must be nurtured by the parents in order for it to grow.

We also discussed how we should not hug people and how it is a decision we make with our interests at heart not the person we feel needs the hug. The group were not all in agreement with this.I had never considered   it before but I see it makes perfect sense now. I have never liked   to be touched when I am upset. Empathy is not communicated   by hugging. Reflection would   be much more useful. I find   it hard   though if someone had   died , my natural instinct would   be to hug the person grieving them as I would   feel so bad   for them but   deep down I feel that somehow I am relieved   that they are the ones suffering and   not me.

  Natasha Shortt WEEK 10

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