An Animated Lesson on Empathy – And Why It’s More Supportive Than Sympathy

Do you know the difference between empathy and sympathy?

In this animated RSA Short, Dr. Brené Brown shares a simple – yet insightful – lesson on the difference between the two. Watch the beautiful illustrations by Katy Davis (aka Gobblynne) and learn how to connect with and help ease another person’s pain.

Sharing connection through empathy is essential for recognizing and addressing the suffering of marginalized groups. Next time you come across someone else’s experience with oppression, keep these lessons in mind, and you might be surprised by how helpful you can be.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism

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Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Brené is the author of three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. You can learn more about her work at her website and follow her on Twitter @BreneBrown.

The RSA is a non-profit organisation working to meet 21st century challenges by showcasing ideas, undertaking innovative research and building civic capacity around the world. To learn more about the RSA, visit: