Empathy’s Ugly Cousin: what is the real difference between empathy and sympathy

Empathy is a wonderful trait. It allows us to connect with people, experience their emotions, share common ground and foster a compassionate approach toward them.

Real empathy is selfless, giving, understanding and accepting. To be all of these things, and to see the effect they have on others, is incredibly nourishing.

In fact, of our nine fundamental human needs, three relate directly to empathy: affection, understanding and identity. We need to feel that we’ve been heard, that we are understood, that we are important and that we are loved.

Via Garrick Transell