The definition of sympathy:
“feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.”
The definition of empathy:
“the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. ”
We are empaths, not sympaths. Empathy is having a high enough awareness to tap into the feelings of others. To listen a story being told so fully you experience it alongside the story teller.
It’s creating a space of comfort for someone because they know you have an understanding of their emotions. We all experience our own versions of shared emotions like sadness, excitement, anything.