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What does empathy mean?
Empathy is the ability or practice of imagining or trying to deeply understand what someone else is feeling or what it’s like to be in their situation.
Empathy is often described as the ability to feel what others are feeling as if you are feeling it yourself. To feel empathy for someone is to empathize. People who do this are described as empathetic.
Some people use the word empathy interchangeably or in overlapping ways with the word sympathy, which generally means the sharing of emotions with someone else, especially sadness. However, others distinguish the two terms by emphasizing the importance of having empathy for others (feeling their pain) as opposed to having sympathy for them (feeling sorry for them).
Example: Having faced many of the same challenges, Nyala has empathy for immigrants and what it feels like to go through those challenges.
Where does empathy come from?
The first records of the word empathy come from the late 1800s from the context of psychology. The word comes from a translation of the German term Einfühlung, which literally means “a feeling in.” It ultimately derives from the Greek empátheia, meaning “affection” or “passion,” from em-, meaning “in,” and path-, the base of a verb meaning “to suffer.” In contrast, the sym- in sympathy means “with” or “together.”
While having sympathy for someone often means pitying them or feeling bad for them, having empathy is feeling or attempting to feel and understand exactly how a person feels and what it’s like to be them. When you have empathy for someone, you identify with them—as if you were them. In other words, empathy is the ability to feel and understand what it’s like to be “in someone else’s shoes.” Empathy usually involves showing kindness and having compassion—the desire to do something to help a person and reduce their pain. People described as empathetic or empathic due to being very sensitive to the emotions of others are sometimes called empathists or empaths.
A less common and more specific sense of empathy refers to the process of projecting one’s feelings onto an object. This is especially used in the context of art to refer to artists embedding their emotions in their work.
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How is empathy used in real life?
Empathy is often used in discussions about how people should try to have more of it.
#Empathy means using your experience to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, so you can listen w/some context & best understand & support the other person.
It does not mean using your experience to yap back “I know exactly what you mean. There was this time when I…” pic.twitter.com/klF7Ru0vVl
— Lisa A. Kirkman (@Mamakind420) June 24, 2020
Try using empathy!
Which of the following actions is an example of having empathy?
A. Feeling sorry for someone
B. Ignoring someone
C. Imagining how someone feels
D. Complimenting someone
Example sentences from the Web for empathy
It’s understandable that people would lack the empathy or the foresight to realize parents have a particular set of challenges.The complaints of the entitled workers of Silicon Valley|Adam Lashinsky|September 8, 2020|Fortune
I hope this drive towards human empathy continues well beyond this moment in time.How this year’s 40 Under 40 are surviving the pandemic|jonathanvanian2015|September 7, 2020|Fortune
Instead, she proposed approaching anti-maskers with empathy.
The post-pandemic focus on employee safety wasn’t just because of a wave of CEO empathy.
That has a lot to do with the company’s strong sense of empathy.A first-time manager’s guide to empathetic leadership|Celeste Mora|August 20, 2020|Quartz
You write a lot about celebrities and with a lot of empathy.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Men's Rights Activist "I have a lot of empathy for men, and the pressures that they go through."The Beyoncé Manifesto: Quotes on Nihilism and Feminism|Amy Zimmerman|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The book thus has an attractive double “empathy,” a word that appears in all four parts.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe|Tom LeClair|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Presumably, those who share the campaign are doing so with empathy in mind, though they may lack the funds to contribute more.Only in the Age of Crowdfunding: $40K Potato Salad|April Siese|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It has a lot to do with empathy and prejudice—the potential to avoid an escalating conflict through the ability to be empathetic.
That initial greeting with its disarming undertones of empathy and innocence had accomplished its purpose.Assassin|Jesse Franklin Bone
They will ask questions for more information, express sympathy or empathy, and begin to offer suggestions.When You Don't Know Where to Turn|Steven J. Bartlett
But although nowhere so fostered as in the contemplation of shapes, Empathy exists or tends to exist throughout our mental life.The Beautiful|Vernon Lee
Perhaps the fascination of fire is empathy of a similar sort; for fire is power.Psychology|Robert S. Woodworth
But I won the Twenties too, remember, also without knowing a thing about empathy at the time.Planet of the Damned|Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for empathy
Derived forms of empathyempathist, noun
Word Origin for empathy
Medical definitions for empathy
Other words from empathyem′pa•thet′ic (-thĕt′ĭk) null adj.
Cultural definitions for empathy
Identifying oneself completely with an object or person, sometimes even to the point of responding physically, as when, watching a baseball player swing at a pitch, one feels one's own muscles flex.