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    I found this definition of empathy in a handbook on palliative care:

    "the power of entering into the experience of or understanding emotion outside ourselves."

    I'm not sure what "experience of" refers to. "Emotion outside ourselves"? Perhaps there's a word missing after "of."

    "the power of entering into the experience of another or understanding emotion outside ourselves."

    Thanks.

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    Anyone? Does "the power of entering into the experience of emotion outside ourselves" make sense?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: Empathy

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    I found this definition of empathy in a handbook on palliative care:

    "the power of entering into the experience of or understanding emotion outside ourselves."

    I'm not sure what "experience of" refers to. "Emotion outside ourselves"? Perhaps there's a word missing after "of."

    "the power of entering into the experience of another or understanding emotion outside ourselves."

    Thanks.
    Yes, this seems to be a lapse by the writer.
    Also, I wouldn't use the term "emotions outside ourselves" to mean "the emotions of someone else".

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    Default Re: Empathy

    I believe the writer intended: "The power of entering into the experience of emotions outside ourselves."

    It's comprehensible, and perhaps syntactically correct, but the meaning of the sentence is still ambiguous. I suggest changing it to, "The power of experiencing other's emotions."

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