SUPPORT AND SYMPATHY?

SUPPORT AND SYMPATHY?

There are many people who cannot differentiate between these two words, and some people use support on the place of sympathy. Those people have no idea that how are they effecting the person who is suffering from a tragic loss or any other bad state. I want to spread some knowledge about the above-mentioned topic because it is very important. I want to make sure that no one suffers just because of such people who used sympathy on the place of support.

SUPPORT

When we first talk about this word the first thing which comes in our mind is giving someone a source of comfort or encouragement.

We all know how great it feels to receive gifts. However, the joy of getting is short-lived. Our lives are richer when we share, and that great inner joy comes from helping others to better their lives.

Truly giving from the heart fills your life with joy and nourishes your soul. Giving provides an intrinsic reward that’s far more valuable than the gift. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “To find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.”

Giving takes you out of yourself and allows you to expand beyond earthly limitations. True joy lies in the act of giving without an expectation of receiving something in return.

Academic research and thousands of years of human history confirm that achieving meaning, fulfilment, and happiness in life comes from making others happy, and not from being self-centred. Mother Teresa is a famous example. She found fulfilment in giving of herself to others. She helped change the expression on dying people’s faces from distress and fear to calmness and serenity. She made their undeniable pain a little easier to bear.

The terms ‘support person’ or ‘supporter’ are used to refer to the primary person who is taking care of someone with anxiety and/or depression.

  • A support person could be a husband, wife, child, sibling, partner, flatmate, parent or close friend. 
  • Supporters provide ongoing support which may be in a social, emotional, physical and/or financial capacity. Sometimes, this may be to the detriment of their own employment, relationships, social life, physical and/or mental health.

Other family members and friends can play a major supporting role, too.

SYMPATHY

Sympathy on the other side are the feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune. In Hindi it means 1. सहानुभूति 2. दया

The ability to feel sympathy for others is a great part of what make us human, and it’s what compels us to reach out and offer help. So, have sympathy for people who confuse this word with empathy — they’re awfully close in meaning. Feeling sympathy means you feel sorry for someone’s situation, even if you’ve never been there yourself. Empathy is when you truly understand and can feel what another person is going though.

Sympathy means the feeling of sorrow or commiseration for the hardships, problems and pain caused to another person. It is often misconstrued with empathy which refers to an individual’s ability to understand what another person is going through, by perceiving himself in the same situation.

The development of theory of mind, or the ability to view the world from perspectives of other people, is strongly associated with the development of sympathy and other complex emotions. These emotions are complex because they involve more than just one’s own emotional states; complex emotions involve the interplay of multiple people’s varying and fluctuating thoughts and emotions within given contexts. The ability to experience vicarious emotion, or imagining how another person feels, is integral for empathic concern. Moral development is similarly tied to the understanding of outside perspectives and emotions. Moral reasoning has been divided into five categories beginning with a hedonistic self-orientation and ending with an internalized sense of needs of others, including empathic emotions.

So, the basic difference between sympathy and empathy is that while sympathy is all about feeling sorry for someone’s misfortune, whereas empathy implies acknowledging what another person is feeling.

EMPATHY

The word ’empathy’ has been recently added to the English vocabulary. It is a combination of two Greek words ’em’ and ‘pathos’ which means ‘in’ and ‘feeling’ respectively. It refers to feeling oneself in someone else’s situation, i.e. what another person feels in a situation.

So, in the case of empathy, we have that ability to imagine ourselves in the same situation, i.e. in their place and experience their sufferings, as if they are ours. In other words, it is a person’s capability to suppose himself in another person’s condition or position.

GENUINE LOVE AND SUPPORT CAN HEAL A PERSON, WETHER IT IS GIVEN BY FAMILY MEMBERS OR THE FRIENDS.

PEOPLE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON’T GIVE IT AS SYMPATHY, BECAUSE THE PERSON WHO IS SUFFERING CAN TAKE IT AS A SYMPATHY IN SIMPLE HINDI LANGUAGE THE PERSON MIGHT THINK THAT ‘YE TO HUMPE TARAS KHA RAHA HAI, KYA HAMARI HALAT ITNI KHARAB AUR BURI HAI?’

 

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