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Source: Teachthought
Published: April 2020

Empathy, Sympathy, and Apathy

Circulated: July 10, 2020

Empathy

  • the ability to share and understand the feelings of others
  • taking the perspective of another, relating to what they are feeling
  • feeling with someone

Sympathy

  • feeling bad for someone; pity
  • does not require sharing or understanding the feelings of another
  • feeling for someone

Apathy

  • the absence of feelings for others or life activities
  • opposite of empathy
  • can be considered a medical condition

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