In This Corner – Empathy vs. Compassion

That is the call of compassion, “to suffer with,” and to strive to alleviate that suffering. To recognize the inherent dignity of the individual is to recognize what it is that causes his or her suffering. Compassion seeks to soothe and eliminate the suffering and cure the disease.

Empathy looks to understand and label the suffering while treating the symptoms, from as great a distance as possible.




[one view of the difference between empathy and compassion.  I don’t find it accuate with existing definitions.. here are mine

I hope to creat a dialog about this]