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Doulaism: Sympathy Vs Empathy

Updated: Jun 25

I’ve had some interesting conversations about sympathy and empathy.

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The Empathy/Sympathy dichotomy is something I want to expand on someday, maybe in a book or even as a podcast series. Sound interesting to anyone but me??⁣

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Empathy is a RARE natural instinct. The world is not run by empaths. ⁣⁣

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The world is run on sympathy. ⁣⁣

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Maybe it’s because of reality tv. Maybe it’s our “millennial mindfulness” ⁣⁣

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Maybe it’s because we are emotionally interconnected via the internet.⁣⁣

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But why aren't we are more inclined to empathize our way through interactions with others?




If I’m discussing a serious life event, it isn’t uncommon for the other person to ask questions, impart analysis and help guide the conversation to a stable state.⁣

That is an empathetic conversation. ⁣⁣

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We've built entire social media platforms in which to do this through the written word and through images.⁣⁣⁣

t Sympathy Syndrome took over many of these platforms, exchanging in real-life influence for online sympathies, sorrow-porn and profile filters...that’s another post for another time…⁣⁣t Sympathy Syndrome took over many of these platforms, exchanging in real-life influence for online sympathies, sorrow-porn and profile filters...that’s another post for another time…⁣⁣

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The resurgence of empathy in our lifetime, to me, changes the course of the world’s future. ⁣⁣

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Cultures across the globe have pushed for global empathy as the truest form of survival for the planet and indeed for life on it. ⁣⁣

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In order for people to re-learn and distinguish empathy vs sympathy, I implore them to look at how they react to others’ suffering, joy, sorrow, pain, etc. ⁣⁣

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Do they disassociate and sympathize with their misfortune? Or do they empathize, feel their distress, and offer to enact a plan to guide themselves and the other person to balance and stability? ⁣⁣

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There are so many people that are comfortable in their sympathy. ⁣⁣




⁣⁣….Maybe you have reasons for being self-absorbed and self-preserving. Valid reasons lead to sympathetic people. ⁣⁣

But that doesn't excuse the utter lack of empathy throughout the world towards others.⁣

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