Saturday, November 09, 2013

The Difference Between Sympathy & Empathy. #Stroke

Katie Allatt
A Rocky Stroke Recovery
November 2, 2013

This blog was inspired by Chris Evans’s BBC radio 2 show ‘pause for thought’ on Friday 18th October 2013.

An individual suffers a huge trauma, pain or loss.

So their friend either offers them,

Sympathy ie,
‘O that’s awful, terrible, dreadful… Shall I get you a cheese sandwich?’

Empathy ie,
‘That’s awful, I do (or usually), I don’t understand what you are going through, but I’m here for you, in every sense if the word, through your up’s and downs.’

Mother Therese once said,
“Compassion begins at home, and it is not how much we do but how much love we put in that action. Do not think that love has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”
Empathy and friendship may just mean something small, like doing your Aunties gardening once a week for her for 1/2 hr or taking her shopping or just sharing a coffee.’

Compassion is a human emotion prompted by the pain of others.

More vigorous than empathy, the feeling commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism.

Our resulting pain varies because not only are WE all different, but our lives map out quite differently too.


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