I was doing some reading for work today and cmae across some phrasing and vocabulary that I needed to look up. To make a long story short I was seg-wayed into differentiating between empathy and sympathy. I thought I knew the difference, but after looking the two up I was even more confused.
This is my basic understanding, so please make posts to clarify/agree/correct.
Empathy-- to understand how another feels and "feel" how that person feels in there feelings
Example: someone just lost their job and you understand what it feels like to be in there shoes?
Sympathy-- to feel pity or sorry for someone who has a hardship
Example: a friend's grandmother dies and not having gone through that yourself and unable to imagine how that feels you cannot empathize, but you feel bad that they are having a difficult time and therefore sympathize?