Empathy

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BBeing empathetic involves self-protection as well, not taking on the unease or success of others, just being able to understand them deeply enough to intuitively comprehend why they think and act as they do. In our profession, this helps to convey their message faithfully or, if a psychologist, to find the entry point into their malaise and attempt to heal it. Of course, by definition, empathy is subjective, as paradoxical as that may seem. We all tend to analyze the events of life through the projection of our own reactions.

em·pa·thy

/ɑ̃.pa.ti/
"Empathy comes from Ancient Greek ἐμπάθεια (empatheia), "physical affection, passion, partiality" which comes from ἐν (en), in, at + πάθος (pathos), passion or suffering."