Empathy and sympathy are quite different. Sympathy disconnects us from the other person, while empathy encourages bonding and closeness. Sympathetic phrases are, “Oh. Sorry that your dog died. But, at least you can go adopt another.”
Empathy is feeling, hearing and seeing as the other person does – trying to step in their shoes. Saying things like “I am so sorry your dog died. You must be devastated,” demonstrates empathy.
Empathy and active listening are invaluable but are particularly important in building relationships. The best way to become a better communicator is to practice.
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