March 4 – empathy

March 4, 2019 =========

☆  empathy  共感


Empathy is the ability to share another person’s feelings and emotions as if they were your own. I often talk about the difference between empathy and sympathy, as in the translation it can be confusing which one is being used.

Sympathy is when you feel compassion, sorrow or pity for the hardships that another person is going through. Empathy is actually putting yourself in the shoes of the other person and feeling the way they do.

For example:
Sympathy – It must have been very difficult when XXX happened to you.
Empathy – I know what it feels like to have XXX happen. (Because XXX has also happened to me)