Emotion III (podcast)
Empathy and sympathy are practically opposites. They move in different directions.
This is the third in my series on empathy.
Sympathy is an intellectual concept. It’s based on a contrast of values. It leads to an opinion first and a feeling second. Sympathy may or may not trigger a feeling. A person who has no feelings at all can still sympathize with others...
What passes for intellectual empathy is not empathy at all, it’s simply a verbal means of communicating feeling, but if there is no feeling, then it’s just verbiage.
“If you made a sadist more empathic, it would just lead to a happier sadist.”
— Paul Bloom