I'm re-posting this post of Jane's because it moves me and a number of people responded to it. Also I want to see it here under this new category of What is Empathy?
I am wondering if empathy implies viewing the other person with a kind of respect which "elevates" the other. IE seeing the best in the other person....is this aspect present in all or most times that we feel empathy ???
I'm thinking that sympathy for me usually does not contain that kind of respect...and also does not have the same benefits as empathy.
Contemplating the visits I'm having with my elderly mother lately which have become very sweet, and I'm not sure what is going on for us [trying to understand it] but we seem to "enter a space" together, spend a little time there and then I leave and we both feel really happy and nourished.. Is this empathy ???????????