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    • Join Date: Jun 2008
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    Empathize vs Sympathize

    What's the difference in usage between Empathize and Sympathize? Thank you very much for your assistance.

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    Re: Empathize vs Sympathize

    Tough question...

    I think empathy tends to be used when two individuals have been in a similar situation to one another, and so there is a sense of shared experience.

    Sympathy is more a feeling of pity, sorrow or compassion for the suffering or distress of another individual, whether or not you have had a similar experience.

    But then, I have seen them used synonymously. I wouldn't get too worried about it. Hope that helps a bit.

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    Re: Empathize vs Sympathize

    See here for a full discussion of the differences:

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