The difference between empathy and sympathy


And why empathy is magical, and sympathy needs to be used with caution. Watch the video to find out:




6 replies
  1. Barbara Howard says:

    At first I thought…Oh, I get this…I know about this…blah, blah, blah…But at the end when you talked about the need to RECEIVE empathy in order to be able to GIVE empathy, and the space created by receiving…BAM. This hit me like a sledge hammer. If you don’t receive it enough…it is very hard to give it. Sounds like common sense when you say/write it, but no…it is a deep insight. What a wonderful concept…having empathy buddies!! And you, Marianne, admitting that you need your buddies to be able to keep your heart open to others. Wow…that’s touching, and powerful. Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share this, to provide a wonderful role model that emphasizes the IMPORTANCE of receiving empathy!! Now…to find a “buddy”…or maybe even two!…wonderful goal…essential goal. I’m going to work on it ASAP. First by sharing this video!! Thanks!

  2. Marianne van Dijk says:

    Thanks Barbara I feel thrilled to receive this appreciation and also about your intention to find an empathy buddy. Keep me posted how it goes!!

  3. Larisa says:

    Hi Marianne!
    I just wanted to let u know that I recently discovered your channel.
    And I’m so glad. I can really relate to the way u explain the concepts.
    Thank u so much! You’re doing an AMAZING JOB!

  4. Mirek says:

    Dear Marianne,
    this video is valuable for me because of the thought “if we connect through our humanity (universal feelings and needs), our connection will be stronger than one made through thoughts (that may differ)”. The thought binds together many pieces of information I have on NVC, gives framework or purpose to them.

    I like the term “sympathy party”.
    Thank you for clear examples and your personal know-how on empathy.


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