empathy vs sympathy :

empathy or 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.

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  • n  understanding and entering into another's feelings

  • 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
    the two of them were in close sympathy
News & Articles

  • Empathy and Disgust Do Battle in the Brain
    Empathy and Disgust Do Battle in the Brain
    June 15, 2013 - Scientific American via Yahoo! News
  • UHV assistant professors earn $10,000 summer research grants
    Two University of Houston-Victoria assistant professors will use $10,000 summer grants from the university to advance their research about the use of social media and empathy in moral decision-making.
    June 15, 2013 - The Victoria Advocate
  • Your Dog May Be Smarter Than You Think
    Can a dog empathize with human emotion? According to researchers, they are one of the few species that can express empathy, and thanks to Dr. Brian Hare it’s possible to discover more of what’s hiding behind your dog’s puppy eyes.
    June 15, 2013 - CBS Miami

  • Sympathy no part of who wins, loses in sports
    A Stanley Cup would do wonders forthe moods of Boston residents still recovering from the Marathon bombings. However, fans here shouldn't feel bad about rooting for the Hawks to beat the Bruins any more than Diamondback fans felt bad about beating the Yankees in 2001. There's a separation of sports and sympathy.
    June 20, 2013 - Daily Herald
  • Michelle Malkin: No Sympathy For Media Just Now Realizing Obama ‘A Serious Threat’ To Free Speech
    On Thursday, conservative columnist Michelle Malkin joined Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy where she dug into the ongoing scandals and controversies that have engulfed President Barack Obama’s administration. Malkin noted that some in the media who had previously supported the president are now more leery of the administration. She said she had little sympathy for those members of the media who ...
    June 20, 2013 - Mediaite
  • Why all the sympathy for Phil Mickelson? He didn't deserve to win
    Kragthorpe: Why all the sympathy for Mickelson? He didn’t deserve to winPhil Mickelson’s latest U.S. Open experience hardly fits into any certain category. Saying that another second-place finish in the Open makes him a tragic figure is misguided, because he had his chances to win Sunday. Criticizing him for poor decision-making is wrong, because he played creatively but not recklessly. Justin ...
    June 18, 2013 - The Oakland Press