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Thread: I hate my job

  1. #11
    I came back to work after 4 months. Even though I can walk albeit stiff, I look completely normal but trying to be the old me will never happen again. I have accepted the new me and know what I can handle. I refuse to work those long hours anymore. I rather be at home relaxing.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by miparson
    Your coworkers may at best "empathize" with your situation, but they will never "sympathize"– having the understanding that only the experience provides.
    think you got your definitions mixed up there (empathy and sympathy) but agree with your intent. empathy can only come from those who have experienced it. since my accident, my job and job interactions have never been the same or even similar.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by cass
    think you got your definitions mixed up there (empathy and sympathy) but agree with your intent. empathy can only come from those who have experienced it.
    Actually, no. You have the definitions backwards. Empathy is the ability to project oneself into another's situation without ever having experienced it personally. Sympathy refers to like feelings, similar situations.

    —Synonyms 1. concord, understanding, rapport, affinity.Sympathy, compassion, pity, empathy all denote the tendency, practice, or capacity to share in the feelings of others, especially their distress, sorrow, or unfulfilled desires. Sympathy is the broadest of these terms, signifying a general kinship with another's feelings, no matter of what kind: in sympathy with her yearning for peace and freedom; to extend sympathy to the bereaved. Compassion implies a deep sympathy for the sorrows or troubles of another coupled to a powerful urge to alleviate the pain or distress or to remove its source: to show compassion for homeless refugees. Pity usually suggests a kindly, but sometimes condescending, sorrow aroused by the suffering or ill fortune of others, often leading to a show of mercy: tears of pity for war casualties; to have pity on a thief driven by hunger. Empathy most often refers to a vicarious participation in the emotions, ideas, or opinions of others, the ability to imagine oneself in the condition or predicament of another: empathy with those striving to improve their lives; to feel empathy with Hamlet as one watches the play.

    C.

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