Empathy or Sympathy ?

Can they be used interchangeably ?

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Empathy or  Sympathy ?
Beth R.
em 26 de Julho de 2020

Whenever foreign students see words in English that are similar to their own languages they think: " Which word to use and when ?"


Several terms can be confusable as well since they may suggest an "inaccurate" meaning that will not match with the contexts or situations in which the correct word must be used.


Empathy and Sympathy are two terms that can cause some confusion, can't they? They both refer to the feelings people have towards other people but they cannot be used as synonyms.

After reading this text https://www.dictionary.com/e/empathy-vs-sympathy/, click on the link below the pictures to watch a short video that complements the text and explanation given by the dictionary, ok?

Then you can create your own sentences and print them at the bottom of this post, can't you? 






Nowadays many people are trying to practice empathy during the Covid19 Pandemic. How about you? Is it easy or difficult to practice empathy while you are staying home to prevent the spread of the virus? If you do not know how to do it , read https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-practice-empathy-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-4800924 in which researchers have shown not only that empathy is an emotional skill that can be learned but they have also suggested some things we can do to try to stay empathetic ( even when it feels like staying in touch with other people is more difficult than ever).




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