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The difference between empathy & sympathy

“Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection.” 

One of the many positive effects of practicing mindfulness is that it leads to a rise in emotional intelligence and higher empathy. Especially in leadership, I feel, more empathy is very much needed. Instead of empathy, a form of sympathy is often being applied. But there is a big difference between the two, as this video perfectly displays:

Foto: TEDed, Brené Brown on Empathy