“Rarely can a response make something better. What can make something better is a connection.“
“What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities”.
Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone. It is pitying, degrading, shaming someone for feeling the way that they do.
“Your ex raped you? At least he wasn’t holding a gun to your head. At least you have a great boyfriend now. (That fixes everything, right?”
Empathy is understanding and supporting.