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muni



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 10:50 am    Post subject: sympathy and empathy Reply with quote

what is the differance between sympathy and empathy?
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Sympathy" both parties share a common understanding, normally through shared experiences.

"Empathy" one party imagines what it must be like to be the other party. Experiences are not shared.

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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, sympathy is usually more of an emotional response, while empathy is usually more of an intellectual response.

Your best friend is probably sympathetic when you feel bad.

A torturer or a psychologist would be empathic in their work.
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