Sympathy or Empathy

At a recent conference, Brené Brown has recently suggested that empathy is far more valuable than sympathy. The video, with a snapshot of her talk, has reached nearly one million and a half views on Youtube in a little over two weeks. There is obviously something appealing about the video, beyond the fact that is entertaining. 

I’ll try and sum up Brown’s main point, as I’ve understood it. I suggest, however, watching the video too, which takes a little less than three minutes. To Brown, we have an empathic attitude towards someone when we put ourselves at the same level as our interlocutor;