What's the difference between 'sympathy' and 'empathy'?
When do we use the two?
Thks for your help.
If you just feel sorry for another person, you are feeling sympathy.
If you think you feel just like another person, you are feeling empathy.
e.g.I feel sorry for you [sympathy]
I understand [or know] how hard all of this has been for you [ empathy]
The person who empathizez can feel the distress on a personal level, whereas sympathy is less personal.
I offered my sympathy when I learned that Ann`s father died.
I can empathize with how Ann is grieving over her father`s death. I know exactly how she feels, because I went through the same thing when my father died.