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What is the difference between empathy and sympathy, and why does on bring us together while the other drives us apart? In order to empathise we must be able to meet the other person there they are. This means suspending judgments (easier said than done), and setting our behaviour to ‘receive’, rather than ‘transmit’.

Brené Brown says it much better than I can, and it takes her just over two minutes:

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Most depressions can be cured or substantially alleviated yet we still pretend that they can’t. Hand-wringing and attempts at sympathy don’t help, enlightenment and common understanding will. Treatment guidelines are explicit, brief problem-solving talk-therapy is a proven treatment.
We should be accepting and treating depression as the common ailment it is, not shrouding it in mystery and pretending that we don’t know what to do about it.

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