After reading this thread the issue of empathy and sympathy started to interest me.
Here are some quotations from that thread about the subject:
So, explain it to me:
I think sympathy needs empathy, because how can I feel what other people is feeling if I don't have empathy? And if sympathy is something we are born with then how is it possible that empathy needs to be learned because there cannot be sympathy without empathy. Or can there be sympathy without empathy? But how can we know what other people are feeling (this is sympathy you all say) without knowing what they feel (this is what you all say it's empathy). How can somebody learn to be sympathic without being empahty if not learned empathy?