“Feel Sorry For” vs. “Empathy”

I published this to Medium yesterday, where it was curated into the Life and Relationship topics.


“You’re just saying that because you feel sorry for me.”

“You just [action] because you feel sorry for me.”

“She [did good thing] because she felt sorry for me.”

I’ve heard several variations of this phrase.

Today, I want to share what I think “feel sorry for” means and its close relationship to empathy, sympathy and pity, which share roots.

Do you share the emotions of another?

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

When someone said to me recently, “You just feel sorry for me,” I answered, “No, I empathize. I don’t feel sorry for you.”

There’s a difference:

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