Empathy vs. Sympathy

I just stumbled across this video that discusses on sympathy vs. empathy.

Up until a very short time ago, I was under the impression that it was impossible to have empathy if you don’t have first-hand experience. I could have all the sympathy in the world, but not empathy. I eventually learned, as I did with ‘perspective’, there are other ways to experience the ‘unknown’ without doing it first hand. I really do find ways to connect and have empathy for all of my students so that I can better cater to their learning…and perhaps this is a good visual to share for teaching this learner attitude.

This video does a great job of showing this whilst tying in connectivism and real life scenarios with creative graphics. Thanks for this new #perspective, @BrenéBrown! 🙂



2 thoughts on “Empathy vs. Sympathy”

  1. Another great find Melinda – A good reminder for not only finding ways to connect and empathise with our students but also our parents and colleagues.

    A good take away – Empathy is feeling WITH people it fuels connection.

    I see Dr Brown has a number of short clips of interest. Thanks for sharing.

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