Poll: Which is more important?
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Sympathy
6 10%
Empathy
52 90%
Voters: 58.
#1
I was thinking about sympathy and empathy earlier, and how similar, yet different they are in certain aspects. So, Pit, which do you find is a better characteristic to have, and why?
In case anyone is unaware of the subtleties, empathy is putting yourself in another's position, and recognizing what they feel, while sympathy is to show concern of one's well being, that does not require the understanding of their situation.
#3
Definitely empathy, sympathy comes across as patronising as far as I'm concerned.
#6
Sympathy, cause I sure don't have any empathy for the Devil.
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#8
More like wympathy.
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#9
Empathy.
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#11
I think having one without the other makes either ineffective and circumstantial.
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#14
Probably empathy. But you can still empathise with a guy then suddenly say, "Hey, I feel you, Dick!"

But we don't want that because that sounds gay. Whereas if you are just sympathising, you'll say, "I feel bad for you, Dick."

Maybe both? But not so much sympathy because being too sympathising is irritating.
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#16
Empathy is probably better to have, but noone's ever gotten empathy sex, so it's better for other people to have sympathy.
#17
With empathy you can acknowledge how someone thinks, but still not give a single crap about it. Much better.
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#18
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I was thinking about sympathy and empathy earlier, and how similar, yet different they are in certain aspects. So, Pit, which do you find is a better characteristic to have, and why?
In case anyone is unaware of the subtleties, empathy is putting yourself in another's position, and recognizing what they feel, while sympathy is to show concern of one's well being, that does not require the understanding of their situation.
Empathy isn't recognizing the feelings of another, it's understanding the feelings. Who says one is more important than the other? Sharing concern for your neighbor is a good thing either way. Don't try and shit on it.
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Definitely empathy, sympathy comes across as patronising as far as I'm concerned.


This.

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#20
Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone.
Empathy is putting yourself in their shoes.
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