The difference between empathy and sympathy

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Paul Levy
Paul Levy, Host of (Not) Running a Hospital

By Paul Levy

First Posted at Not Running a Hospital on 12/19/2013

Paul Levy, Host of (Not) Running a Hospital
Paul Levy, Host of (Not) Running a Hospital

As I head off into a blogging break through New Year’s Day, I pass along this view by Dr. Brené Brown of the difference between empathy and sympathy, a distinction that those of us in the health care world would be wise to understand. “Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection.”

Animation by Katy Davis.Happy New Year!

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is such a well done animated video. Dr. Brown’s cadence and humor combined with Ms. Davis’ graphic animation is stupendous. Happy to share.

  2. Love this 3 minute video with simple,yet important take aways, such as you rarely make things better with a remark that starts with “at least” – as in response to my marriage falling apart, a friend says “at least you have a marriage!” Thanks, Paul for sharing this.

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