- /em"peuh thee/, n.1. the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.2. the imaginative ascribing to an object, as a natural object or work of art, feelings or attitudes present in oneself: By means of empathy, a great painting becomes a mirror of the self.[1900-05; < Gk empátheia affection, equiv. to em- EM-2 + path- (base of páschein to suffer) + -eia -IA; present meaning translates G Einfühlung]
* * *Ability to imagine oneself in another's place and understand the other's feelings, desires, ideas, and actions.The empathic actor or singer is one who genuinely feels the part he or she is performing. The spectator of a work of art or the reader of a piece of literature may similarly become involved in what he or she observes or contemplates. The use of empathy was an important part of the psychological counseling technique developed by Carl R. Rogers.
* * *the ability to imagine oneself in another's place and understand the other's feelings, desires, ideas, and actions. It is a term coined in the early 20th century, equivalent to the German Einfühlung and modeled on “sympathy.” The term is used with special (but not exclusive) reference to aesthetic experience. The most obvious example, perhaps, is that of the actor or singer who genuinely feels the part he is performing. With other works of art, a spectator may, by a kind of introjection, feel himself involved in what he observes or contemplates. The use of empathy is an important part of the counseling technique developed by the American psychologist Carl Rogers.
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