Empathy vs. Sympathy

“Awww,” “I’m so sorry to hear that,” “My condolences.” These are statements that we often hear when there’s bad news presented. As Brené Brown once stated, “Empathy fuels connection, sympathy drives disconnection.” This article breaks down Empathy in comparison to Sympathy, as well as highlighting the differences with pity and compassion. When we want to connect, we need to work more on empathizing over sympathizing.