empathy vs sympathy : Common Errors in English

About empathy vs sympathy

If you think you feel just like another person, you are feeling empathy.If you just feel sorry for another person, you’re feeling sympathy.Sometimes people say they “emphasize” with someone when they mean they “empathize” with him or her.

empathy Meaning(s)

  • (n) understanding and entering into another's feelings

sympathy Meaning(s)

  • (n) an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
  • (n) sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish)
  • (n) a relation of affinity or harmony between people; whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other

empathy in News

  1. Need Something To Do Thursday?

    When it comes to Schadenfreude, it can be tough to tell if the queasy feeling in your stomach is one of sadistic pleasure or a spasm of empathy. In the case of a flesh-reddening belly flop, hearing the smack of skin on water is pure sadism.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Boise Weekly

  2. Deputy Clerk juggles accounts, clients

    Barbara Crittenden, Chief Deputy Clerk for the Clerk of the Lowndes County Superior Court, is more than just an accountant or a bookkeeper; she is a woman with a flair for empathy.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Valdosta Daily Times

  3. War and mental illness

    Support our soldiers The Seattle Times interestingly juxtaposed an editorial condemning Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales [“Throw away the key,” Opinion, June 9] and a syndicated column calling for greater empathy and treatment for those with mental illnesses [“Politicizing mental healt
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Seattle Times

sympathy in News

  1. Babies have sympathy for bully victims, study suggests

    Babies may be able to show sympathy before their first birthday, according to a new study in which 10-month-olds preferred the victims rather than the aggressors in a bullying encounter
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Fox News

  2. U.S. Open live updates: Phil Mickelson on top at three-under

    Mother Nature might have shown some sympathy for Tiger Woods at the U.S. Open.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Chicago Tribune

  3. Infants express non-verbal sympathy for others in distress

    Infants as young as ten months old express sympathy for others in distress in non-verbal ways, according to new research.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Science Daily

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