The Many Faces of Empathy – World of Psychology

While empathy doesn’t come in as many varieties as are found in the cereal aisle, it is no more uniform than it is universal. Empathy is generally understood as the ability to appreciate the ideas and feelings of another, even if those ideas or feelings are different from one’s own.

It is also volitional — I have to put on someone else’s shoes to be able to walk around in them awhile.

Empathy is generally understood as the ability to appreciate the ideas and feelings of another,

even if those ideas or feelings are

different from one’s own.

 

By SUSAN DONNELLY