Empathy is, at its simplest level an awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people (feeling with that person or understanding from their perspective). It is a key link between self and others, it is how we as individuals understand what others are experiencing as if we were experiencing it ourselves. Empathy is a complex process that involves a number brain regions and is very different to sympathy. Sympathy might be considered as “feeling for or sorry for someone” without it being necessary to understanding someones experience.

 

 Are some people more empathetic than others?