The difference between Sympathy and Empathy perfectly Explained – MIND VIDEO

The difference between Sympathy and Empathy perfectly Explained - MIND VIDEO

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? The short animated film below, created by The RSA, brilliantly explains the difference between empathy and sympathy, and shows us how easy it is to change ourselves — and the world. … 
Everyone should watch this. It’s less than 3 minutes long, but the lesson will last a lifetime!… 

26 thoughts on “The difference between Sympathy and Empathy perfectly Explained – MIND VIDEO”

  1. Avatar of Sarah R Conkle

    What do you do when a person wont own up to what they did, are lying to themselves and others about how wronged they were, and is playing the victim in order to gain sympathy and empathy?

    1. Avatar of Annie Spalsbury

      Sarah i think sometimes people don't own up or admit things because they are afraid of losing people or of being looked at badly. So i feel like the best way to deal with this is to let them know that you love them and that as long as they are honest you will be there and help them. Let them know that by lying about something that you already know they are lying about they are pushing you away. Just keep telling them that you are here and that you expect honesty. Eventually they will be honest.

    2. Avatar of Bethany Zaremba

      Tell them to have a nice day and walk away. If/when they change, they will understand why you did that and will apologize. If they never change, you are better off for leaving them and moving on.

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    But do you have to have gone through the same experience to have empathy? My husband argues this with me. I often can see the pain in ones eyes, the heartache in ones voice and it actually has an effect on me. I am sure not as bad as what one is going through, but the feeling is there. My husband tells me that you must have gone through the same, trauma, rape, loss, depression in order to empathize. And that if I feel sad it's because I feel sorry for them..is that true? I do feel sorry that they are going through a hard time but I don't look at them with pity.

  3. Avatar of Greg Elman

    I've seen this about 100 times. I have shared it about 20. Time to share it again because I believe some people lack the ability to demonstrate their empathy (when they have it).

  4. Avatar of Debra Pry

    I have empathy because I feel things… Maybe it's because I've been through a lot or maybe it's because I was born that way, but I think it's a good thing to feel someone deeply, without judgement but with love <3

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