Empathy is awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people. It is a key element of intercultural understanding as it provides a bridge between self and others.
It allows us to comprehend what others feel as if we were feeling it ourselves. When we empathise with others we can feel their joy, their pain and their sadness. Empathy is more than sympathy which implies ‘feeling for’ someone else.
When we empathise we use our imaginations to feel with’ that person, we may weep with sadness or tremble with fear.
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