Sympathy vis-à-vis Empathy

by Patrick O'Brien

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 Empathy is the power of understanding, or identification with, and imaginatively entering into another person’s situation, feelings, and motives.Image 2012 © Silouxa

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“The opposite of anger is not calmness, it’s empathy.”

~  Mehmet Öz  ~

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I decided to sort out my confusion with the difference in meaning of Sympathy and Empathy. So, some definitions from a free on-line dictionary:

• Sympathy n. [sĭmp(ə)-thē] — a mutual understanding or affection arising from an affinity or relationship with another person.

• Empathy n. [ĕmp(ə)-thē] — the power of understanding, or identification with, and imaginatively entering into other people’s situations, feelings, and motives.

And, a selection of references on Empathy that I’ve posted to my Wall at Google-Plus:

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