Wisdom Wednesday – Empathy Versus Sympathy

Empathy says ‘I feel you, we’re the same’.

Sympathy says ‘I understand what you’re feeling but that’s separate from me’.

Sympathy invites pity.

Sympathy leads to imbalance; an attitude of a superior position that says, ‘I’m OK, you’re not OK. You have a problem, I don’t’.

Empathy invites acceptance.

Hug-Someone

Empathy means equality; empathy says, ‘I get it. We’re the same. Let’s share that problem and work through it’.

Empathy shows up, hugs and spends time.

Sympathy sends a card.

Remember to hug someone today. You might make them smile or you might smile.

By Brian Nadon

www.VaticFoundation.com

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s