And there I was thinking I was one of the two people you were going to mention! 😉

I love that animation from Brene Brown. One of my friends shared it with me many years ago, and it helped me understand the difference. How we relate to others - whether well, or not - comes down to practice. It took me many many attempts to say something that was empathetic, not sympathetic. Now I cringe slightly when I hear sympathy offered because, as you say, it creates distance, rather than connection.

Your practices will really help your readers tune into empathy and how to offer it.

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That's very useful. I've had a similar lack of understanding about the real distinction here. The Brene Brown animation was really good and helpful too.

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