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On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 5:46 PM, Paul Kershaw <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> A briefer distinction: Sympathy is "I know how you feel" while empathy is "I feel your pain."

I'd draw the diametrically opposite distinction - empathy is
understanding the other's emotion, sympathy is feeling it. An not
entirely uncommon expression in my circles is "I can empathize but not
sympathize with X".

-- 
Andreas Johansson

Why can't you be a non-conformist just like everybody else?