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Old 08-21-2009, 05:36 PM
XYZ123 XYZ123 is offline
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For me it really depends on the person and situation. Most people tell me I'm empathetic. If I have feelings for someone, be they family ties, love or friendship, I am much more empathetic. To children I am empathetic most times because they just strike that nerve in me. With people I don't know well or don't have strong emotional ties to I find myself more sympathetic. I think it's because I know them less well and therefor can't "become" them for the moment. Also, if someone is in a situation I am opposed to and could never do myself (ex: my friend knowingly had unprotected sex but had an abortion during a stable period in her life as an adult with her long time bf) I cannot feel empathy but I can feel sympathy for the hurt they feel.
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