Today, I decided to finally get a grip on it, to understand the meaning and when to use it.
The dictionary defines empathy as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person.
So, empathy is compassion and caring which is the display of kindness and concern for others. WRONG!
Empathy is not just to care or to sympathize with someone, it is to understand and feel another’s feelings.
Ok, I got it.
To feel empathy is to feel along, it is to be able to identify with someone because you've been there.
To be compassionate is when you haven't been there; it means that you don’t necessarily feel their feelings.
- Now I understood the difference.
"Empathy is to bring you back into an experience through another person. To understand and not just to express a sentiment." - Mauricio Fraga-Rosenfeld