What can better explain the difference between sympathy & empathy than this short animation of a talk by Dr Brene Brown?
As she states at the end – empathy is all about the connection. It’s difficult to be honest & admit that we can’t change or ‘fix’ the situation – and even if we could, that wouldn’t help. What is important is being vulnerable – sharing in that moment with the person.
You can watch Dr Brene Brown’s full talk on the Power of Vulnerability below – I’ve flagged it to listen to soon!