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Sympathy & Empathy: In Our Hands Is the Human Heart. Caring for Others Is a Charge Both Personal & Professional.

Christofer spent 10 years in family counseling. Later he obtained a Psy. D.. His focuses: Health, History, Astrology, Politics and Fables

Sympathy and Empathy

When his finger hurts, the child lifts the wounded digit to his closest, nearest loved one, and searches for Sympathy. If nature has provided, he finds a loved one with Empathy and/or Sympathy, and succorance can happen.

Poetically speaking "sympathy" and "empathy" abide in us all to varying degrees for various observable reasons. The questions abound in our human hearts:

"Did I get or give enough "sympathy"? "Do I have or give enough "empathy"?

While we are carrying around in our heart -- hurts, sadness and anxieties, it might serve us to try to carry and understand the deeply felt burdens of our fellow human beings. Both Empathy and Sympathy conduct their activities every day in the human realm.

Having compassion for others, rich and poor and those in between; could help us bring comparative understanding to our own levels and degrees of observed and deeply felt pain.

Whether its Empathy or Sympathy, all around us, we see much suffering, or have "too little" pathos and concern.

"Pathos" Entered English in the 1500s

The Greek word pathos means "suffering," "experience," or "emotion." It was borrowed into English in the 16th century, and for English speakers, the term usually refers to the emotions produced by tragedy. "Pathos" has quite a few kin in English.

A "pathetic" sight moves us to pity. Empathy is a feeling directed toward the condition of another.

Without Empathy for her people and No Sympathy from her People, Marie Antoinette Met Her Fate!


Empathy Is Not Sympathy

Empathy Is Not "Sympathy" "Empathy" is the ability to care about the emotions of another. "Sympathy" implies stronger, more personal feelings. Though "pathology" is not literally "the study of suffering," it is "the study of diseases."

“Pathos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster,

English Language Learners Definition of pathos literary : "a quality that causes people to feel sympathy and sadness."

So, what is empathy? It’s the attempt to understand another person’s thoughts and feelings in a situation inside the realm of their own inside.

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How Does Empathy Differ From Sympathy? It differs from sympathy, where one is moved by the thoughts and feelings of another, but in so doing, a sense of partition is created.

The difference between sympathy and empathy is probably, from the simple reference to the word PATHOS. Empathy is a very large concept. Empathy doesn’t just happen naturally for many.

Emerging: New Professionals Caring with Intuitive and Conscious Empathy to serve a broader and broader group of constituents and patients.

In a sense, "Empathy" has become a modern word embraced by Professions; especially in the Healthcare Realm.

Empathy "asks" us to engage in meeting with others; to invest with a caring heart, moments that open up real connections with others. In many cases these "HELPERS" are filling in arenas in which technical skills, specialized knowledge, such as massaging and patient analysis, and new testing technologies create newer forms of reporting. In this way, new patient experiences lead to greater progress.

Empathy Involves Choices. It is therefore a choice that many professions are asked to engage in, but the more empathy is practiced, the more intuitive it becomes. So, one can work with the twin ideas that INTUITION and CONSCIOUSNESS GUIDE THE DAY.

There are Excellent Examples of Professional Care Givers Who Impart Concern, Professional Knowledge and Intuitive Insight to their Patients.

Lymphedema is a condition that is besetting many. Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis are well known to the public, and yet there are more people suffering from Lymphedema than either of these diseases alone. Parkinson's and MS get more "public attention" -- a factor that has several causes.

When a disease is more "obscure", and less "media attention" comes forth, less money and capital is spent around research and development, and technical training. Still there is a crying need for filling the ranks with Empathic highly trained candidates, who can help make suffering patients whole.

In the case of Lymphedema, the need for technical expertise, combined with empathic professionalism is deeply needed.

The expanding of Empathic Insight, along with the broadening of professional skill development will increasingly redound to the benefit of the American Public.

The Planetary Array Provides Ample Opportunity for Empathic and Sympathetic Insight


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