This beautifully animated RSA Short video empathy is explained and the difference with sympathy. Read other blogposts about empathy or get aan alternative approach by Voyance Suisse Mediums.
In order to get an experience of sympathy there are specific conditions that need to occur. These include: attention to a subject, believing that a person/group is in a state of need, and the specific characteristics of a given situation. An individual must first give his or her attention to a person/group. Distractions severely limit the ability to produce strong affective responses. Without distractions, people are able to attend to and respond to a variety of emotional subjects and experiences, you can find quotes which represent this emotions if you go to this page. Attention facilitates the experience of sympathy, and without giving undivided attention to many situations sympathy cannot be experienced.
Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.Dr Brené Brown is a research professor and best-selling author of “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead” (Penguin Portfolio, 2013). She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.