This is a great video short narrated by Brené Brown illustrating the differences between empathy and sympathy. The purpose is to encourage friends and family of those who are hurting or struggling with depression to respond well. Having empathy is incredibly challenging because it requires a person to share in the pain of their friend rather than attempt to make things better. It requires a willingness to help carry a burden and therefore spend time in the pit with another rather than quickly offer advise or kind words and move on to a more comfortable place. Empathy is uncomfortable and, therefore, incredibly loving.
"Because the truth is, rarely can a response make something better. What makes something better is a connection."
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