Empathy vs. Sympathy

Trainer Tip •  1 - 2 minutes
Introductory Skill Level
Trainer Tip
1 - 2 minutes

Trainer Tip: When we sympathize, we relate an aspect of someone’s story to ourselves. When we empathize, we reflect the feelings and needs of the other. Empathy helps people connect more deeply to their own and another’s pain, and helps resolve issues with clarity and ease. Notice when you're giving someone sympathy rather than empathy.


Naturalizing NVC Language Series: Empathy vs. Sympathy

Video •  3 minutes
Intermediate Skill Level
Video
3 minutes

CNVC Certified Trainer Miki Kashtan clarifies the distinction between empathy and sympathy.


 
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