Empathy: The difference between carrying and caring

This thought of empathy came to me this week after reading an article someone had posted on Facebook about highly sensitive people. My understanding of the article was that highly sensitive people, or empathic people, can become overwhelmed by another person’s issues because they are so tuned into the emotions. From my experience with nonviolent communication the issue is more about carrying versus caring.

 

There is a big difference in the above two definitions regarding experiencing the others feelings. According to Marshall Rosenberg, empathy involves a respectful understanding of the others experience. This is exactly how I experience empathy when using nonviolent communication.