Empathy, Sympathy, and Apathy

Source: Teachthought Published: April 2020

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