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Empathy versus Sympathy

Brain Medial and lateral view of the PFCThe video below demonstrates in a funny way Brené Brown‘s way of explaining the difference between empathy and sympathy.

The definition of empathy is “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another” while the “feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune” is the one for sympathy. 

Did you ever experience that unpleasant feeling when you are telling someone your deepest emotions and their response was sympathetic?

How was it when someone was really just there with you when you expressed what is going on for you? 

May this video contribute to more connections in our times of vulnerabilities!

According to neuroscience empathy is closely related to the mirror system in the brain.

Photo Credit: Empathic accuracy on Wikipedia

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