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Although many people tend to confuse the notions of empathy and sympathy, these two are quite different.
While sympathy implies only the fact of feeling concerned about someone, empathy goes way beyond that and it might result in harming the person who is displaying and feeling it.
Empathy is the ability to share another person's emotions after having reached a good understanding of their suffering. There are three main types of empathy:
While empathy can make both you and the ones around feel better at times, there are also important dangers worth taking into account:
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