Angela’s ABCs – Empathy and Sympathy by Angela Caldin

I’ve been thinking for some time about how best to define these two words whose meanings are, for me, hard to pin down.  After much thought and consultation with friends, I’ve come up with the following: Empathy is the capacity to share in the feelings and identify with the emotions of others by knowing or imagining what it would be like to be in their situation: Years of working with victims of crime had given her deep empathy with them and the problems they faced. In his novels, Henry James showed extraordinary… Read More