This film illustrates the difference between empathy and sympathy in a striking way. Empathy is empathy and is helpful to us when we are having a hard time. Sympathy is admittedly not negative, but does not involve emotional empathy, and is therefore not useful for those who have difficulty. 

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The video is summarized as follows on Youtube: 

What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr BrenĂ© Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. 

In the film, we get a good illustration of what empathy actually means and why it is this - and not just sympathy - we need when we are having a hard time. 




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