Empathy is really important and to be honest, it’s a fairly complex topic. Although the simplest definition of Empathy is putting yourself in other people’s shoes and seeing their problems through their eyes. A LOT of people easily confuse Sympathy and Empathy.
What is the difference between Sympathy and Empathy? I believe Empathy starts off as a feeling, this then leads to an action. A really good way to show Empathy is by discussing complications and connecting. Showing Empathy is as easy as caring for someone. Just by asking someone: “How are you REALLY feeling?” can make their day a whole lot better.
Instead of confronting the person and their situation, Sympathy is feeling sad for the person and what they are going through. It doesn’t exactly build a connection between people but rather makes the whole point of pity.
Empathy plays a big part in Tiaki Taonga, if everyone was empathetic, we would be living in a much better society and environment. Don’t you think?