Bridgetymology – Empathy

merriam webster definition of empathy

EMPATHY’S ORIGINS STEM FROM THE GREEK ROOT WORDS EM AND PATHOS.  EM MEANS IN AND PATHOS MEANS FEELING. THE ORIGINAL ROOT WORDS COME TOGETHER TO MEAN IN FEELING.

THIS TERM BRANCHED OUT INTO TWO WORDS VIA TWO DIFFERENT CULTURES, THE GREEK EMPATHEIA AND THE GERMAN EINFUHLUNG.  BOTH WORDS DEVELOPED INTO THE MODERN WORD EMPATHY, HOWEVER THE GERMANIC WORD WAS USED MORE WIDELY AT THE TIME OF ITS INCEPTION.

3 types of empathy in psychology

THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF EMPATHY IN PSYCHOLOGY; COGNITIVE, EMOTIONAL, AND COMPASSIONATE EMPATHY. THE MEANING IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FOR EVERY TYPE.

FIRST OF ALL, WHEN YOU HAVE COGNITIVE EMPATHY, YOU UNDERSTAND AND ARE AWARE OF ANOTHER PERSON’S EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE OR PERSPECTIVE.

WHEN YOU HAVE EMOTIONAL EMPATHY, YOU BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE THE SAME FEELINGS AS ANOTHER PERSON.

LASTLY, COMPASSIONATE EMPATHY IS THE COMBINED EXPERIENCE AND SENSATION OF COGNITIVELY UNDERSTANDING ANOTHER’S PERSPECTIVE, WHILE FEELING IT WITH THEM.

empathy vs. sympathy

A LOT OF PEOPLE GET CONFUSED AND EVEN MISTAKEN ON HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE EMPATHY AND SYMPATHY.  TO DESCRIBE THESE TWO WORDS, WHEN  PRACTICING EMPATHY YOU ARE EXPERIENCING THE EMOTIONS AND PERSPECTIVE OF ANOTHER PERSON, WHILE SYMPATHY IS FEELING FOR ANOTHER PERSON, BUT NOT IMMERSING IN IT.

am i an empath?

ACCORDING TO MULTIPLE PSYCHOLOGY JOURNALS, EMPATHS ARE DESCRIBED AS BEING HIGHLY SENSITIVE INDIVIDUALS, WHO HAVE AN INNATE ABILITY TO SENSE WHAT PEOPLE AROUND THEM ARE THINKING AND FEELING.

THE TERM EMPATH CAN ALSO BE USED AS A SPIRITUAL TERM, DESCRIBING AN INDIVIDUAL WITH SPECIAL, PSYCHIC ABILITIES TO SENSE THE EMOTIONS AND ENERGIES OF OTHERS.

good news!

EMPATHY CAN BE DEVELOPED. EMPATHY BEGINS WHEN YOU SET THE INTENTION OF LISTENING FOR EMOTION. MAKE AN EFFORT TO NOTICE THE SIGNALS PEOPLE ARE GIVING THAT CAN INDICATE WHAT THEY ARE FEELING. EMPATHY REQUIRES VULNERABILITY, BRAVERY, AND INTENTION. IT  TAKES PRACTICE AND PATIENCE, BUT REMEMBER IT CAN BE DEVELOPED!

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