What does empathy mean?
Definitions for empathy
ˈɛm pə θiem·pa·thy
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word empathy.
understanding and entering into another's feelings
the intellectual identification of the thoughts, feelings, or state of another person
capacity to understand another person's point of view or the result of such understanding
She had a lot of empathy for her neighbor; she knew what it was like to lose a parent too.
a paranormal ability to psychically read another person's emotions
Etymology: A twentieth-century borrowing of ἐμπάθεια (formed from ἐν + πάθος), coined by Edward Bradford Titchener to translate German Einfühlung. The modern Greek word has an opposite meaning denoting strong negative feelings and prejudice against someone.
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another's position. Definitions of empathy encompass a broad range of social, cognitive, and emotional processes primarily concerned with understanding others (and others' emotions in particular). Types of empathy include cognitive empathy, emotional (or affective) empathy, somatic empathy, and spiritual empathy.
Empathy is the capacity to recognize emotions that are being experienced by another sentient or fictional being. One may need to have a certain amount of empathy before being able to experience accurate sympathy or compassion. The English word was coined in 1909 by the psychologist Edward B. Titchener in an attempt to translate the German word "Einfühlungsvermögen", a new phenomenon explored at the end of 19th century mainly by philosopher Theodor Lipps. It was later re-translated into the German language as "Empathie", and is still in use there.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An individual's objective and insightful awareness of the feelings and behavior of another person. It should be distinguished from sympathy, which is usually nonobjective and noncritical. It includes caring, which is the demonstration of an awareness of and a concern for the good of others. (From Bioethics Thesaurus, 1992)
The ability to intuitively feel, know and understand what a person, collective or group is feeling and to listen and understand their feeling, experience, intention, perception, perspective and respond with a sense of unity, ethics, morality, privacy, respect and what is just and fair for everyone.
Empathy is a beautiful human attribute and quality that we choose for all of humanity to have and it is vital to the achievement of peace on earth.
Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2017
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The numerical value of empathy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of empathy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of empathy in a Sentence
The truth is you see it and its heartbreaking. And hes heartbreaking, and you know what happens in the movies when you have a world that lacks empathy and lacks love? You get the villain you deserve.
Empathy training is naturally self-rewarding, it gives [doctors] the love back.
That’s the sentiment, the public doing what they feel has been done to them by institutions, i know they’re all ‘random people on the internet’ but there’s a lot more empathy and community there than people realize.
For me growing up ... I was the only person that looked like me, and it made us a very close-knit family. It also taught me empathy. Also ... I had a big head as a kid. I had a speech impediment. I had messed up teeth. My last name rhymes with funny things, and it was something that I got picked on a lot and ... it made me realize 'Hey, the only thing that matters is what the people that you love think about you.'.
Speaking honestly, with empathy and directly to the public about Todd Zubatkin and Terry Moynihan administration will be among the key pillars in White House.
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Translations for empathy
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- التقمص العاطفيArabic
- empatiaCatalan, Valencian
- Empathie, EinfühlungsvermögenGerman
- κατανόηση, ενσυναίσθηση, συμπάθειαGreek
- iochd, co-fhaireachdainnScottish Gaelic
- compassio veraqueLatin
- сопере, сочу́вствие, сопережива́ние, эмпа́тияRussian
- đồng cảmVietnamese
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