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Empathy vs. Sympathy

A smart note about empathy

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Empathy comes from the Greek word, empatheia, or “into feeling” (Jamison, 2014, p.36). To be empathetic doesn’t mean just feeling sorry for someone. True empathy is about entering into a person’s pain, like entering another room or another country. True empathy requires movement … not just action. You might feel sorry for someone. You might send money…




Since taking Matt Ragland’s #90daynotes challenge in 2020, I’ve been sharing my smart notes on Instragram. This is a short form blog where I can share these notes to Medium audiences. Other contributors are welcome! Just shoot me an email or message.

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Lance Cummings PhD

writing professor & rhetorician — where philosophy, communication, technology intersect.

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