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Empathy or Sympathy?

In a beautifully animated short video using an audio clip from a Brene Brown RSA talk, the noted author and psychologist talks about the difference between empathy and sympathy.

The illustrations are exquisite, and convey the meaning of Brown’s words very clearly.

Empathy or Sympathy?

Sandra Kiume

Sandra Kiume is a mental health advocate from Vancouver, Canada, and the founder of @unsuicide. Along with maintaining Channel N, she contributes to World of Psychology.

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APA Reference
Kiume, S. (2015). Empathy or Sympathy?. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 15, 2018, from


Last updated: 4 Jan 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 4 Jan 2015
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