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What Does Empathy Mean?

What Is Empathy?

What Does Empathy Mean?

According to Merriam-Webster, empathy is the following:

“the act of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing” – so the context is a reaction and feeling one has about another.

Merriam-Webster adds that one vicariously experiences “the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.”

what does empathy mean

empathy meaning


This definition is pretty intense, and we are all likely guilty of not using this word correctly and feeling empathetic when we perhaps have not met the full definition and terms.  One must vicariously share these feelings WITHOUT having them laid out to one explicitly as it says.  Are you naturally having these “empathetic feelings” or do you only react AFTER receiving a clear explanation as to what the experience was for that other person?

How often do you feel empathy?  What experiences do you have?

empathy definition

Empathy is not just developed through life experiences – it is also partly inherited from science

Results reveal for the first time that, in as few as two weeks, kids who played a video game designed to train empathy showed greater connectivity in brain networks related to empathy and perspective taking. from science



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