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    Default Difference between "empathy/sympathy" and "love"

    Because sometimes we thought a person loves us but in reality they're just naturally nice and warm to everyone and just showing empathy. Others say that empathy could be a sign of love or at least you're important to a person.

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    You just answered your own question about empathy. And about love, when you love someone, you are willing to put yourself on the line for them, you always going to be there for that person.


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    Default Re: Difference between "empathy/sympathy" and "love"

    Empathy: the ability to recognize and feel what someone else feels
    Example: Feeling sad/happy/etc. when you see someone feeling sad/happy/etc. in a movie.

    Sympathy: standing with someone out of understanding their feelings or being concerned about them
    Example: supporting human rights, helping a distressed person out, etc.

    Love: feeling strong affection towards someone or something
    There are too many types of "love" to list examples. But it could be anything from loving abstract concepts, to loving something you enjoy, to loving family members or friends, to "falling in love", to "loving" someone in bed.


    Clearly, they are different things. Not that they do not overlap.
     

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    Default Re: Difference between "empathy/sympathy" and "love"

    Yep, I'm aware that they're all different, the main problem is, how would you know if it's true love or not. If the feelings of empathy and sympathy of the other person are just making a false hope in your mind about him/her being in love with you. I just typed 'sympathy/empathy' not because I think they're the same, but because I'm grouping them into one under the 'not true love' category.
    Last edited by FrostHeart; 05-28-2011 at 10:18 AM.

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    Default Re: Difference between "empathy/sympathy" and "love"

    Quote Originally Posted by FrostHeart View Post
    Yep, I'm aware that they're all different, the main problem is, how would you know if it's true love or not.
    Because true love is crap, spread by Hollywood and poorly written romance novels, that makes people all warm and fuzzy on the inside, but severely inhibits their common sense.

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    Default Re: Difference between "empathy/sympathy" and "love"

    A lot of people get Empathy and Sympathy confused, but they are not the same, as Aku no Hikari pointed out.

    I'll expand more later, don't have enough time to make a lengthy post.

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