The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy

January 21, 2015 — 5 Comments

“I had a miscarriage.”
“At least you can get pregnant.”

This is an example from the short video above on the difference between empathy and sympathy. There’s nothing worse than sharing something vulnerable with someone and have them come back with a comment like, “It could be worse”. Sure, things could always be worse. But a word of advice, if someone feels safe enough to confide in you and share their pain, don’t downplay it. Try to be sensitive and learn to empathize.

Are you aware of the differences between empathy and sympathy?


5 responses to The Difference Between Empathy and Sympathy


    I like this one!!

    Sent from my iPhone



    Thanks Lezlie for your thoughts on this subject. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIs might… Walter 


    This was a good reminder. Thank you Lezlie!


    Good to be reminded of things like this, so easy to get caught up in daily life that we forget how to do the right thing at the right time…great video, liked it a lot!!


    Thank you do much Lillian, I thought this video was a great reminder as well. Our words can have so much power.


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