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#14662 - 01/15/01 01:45 AM Re: Person lacking empathy...
wsieber Offline
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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 1027
Loc: Switzerland
...not sociopath either. Not what I'm seeking. Not that extreme.

Hi again,

Frankly, I am rather glad that traits less severe than sociopath haven't yet found their way into the doctor's textbook. Introverts risk to be perceived as less empathizing than extroverts. My capacity to empathize may also depend on my mood and on other fleeting circumstances..
BTW, the German language doesn't offer a wider choice of terms in this field. The recent emphasis on empathy most certainly originated in the Anglo-saxon culture (Rogers and followers).

#14663 - 01/15/01 07:24 AM Re: Person lacking empathy...
Chickie Offline

Registered: 01/05/01
Posts: 35
I think "insensitive" covers it. Thanks. Since there doesn't seem to be a technical term, that comes closest to the definition I'm seeking.

"Adversity is the whetstone of creativity"

#14664 - 01/15/01 08:30 AM Re: Person lacking empathy...
belligerentyouth Offline
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Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 1055
Loc: Berlin
tsuwm wrote: translated early last century from the G. einfuhlung, maybe German has something for the lack thereof as well....

Well German's easy in that respect innit:
empathy = Einfühlung(svermögen)
a lack there of = Einfühlungsdefizit

Other synonyms:

btw .. while we're at it ...what's the difference (if any) between sympathy and empathy?

#14665 - 01/15/01 11:43 AM Re: Person lacking empathy...
tsuwm Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10538
Loc: this too shall pass
>what's the difference...

if you have sympathy you merely feel sorry for someone's plight, if you you have empathy, you've been there and done that -- it's a deeper feeling and understanding.

#14666 - 01/22/01 10:59 AM Re: Person lacking empathy...
bikermom Offline

Registered: 01/12/01
Posts: 96
Loc: Ohio, USA
YOU WROTE ON MON, JAN 15--"while we're at it ...what's the difference (if any) between sympathy and empathy?"
Well ther is a huge difference, and also they are on the same level, relatively speaking!!!
SYMPATHY is just expressing your feelings to someone who is in pain, sometimes it is the right thing to do, sometimes it is what everyone else is doing and sometimes you really mean it when you say it because you have experienced the same thing-----and that is when it is really called
EMPATHY---when you really feel deep down, what the person is going through---there is an American saying--"One cannot not really know another person, unless they have walked in his moccasins (shoes)." And that means empathy, because they have experienced the same thing, whatever it may be!!!! Did I explain this right??? I hope.


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