Empathy vs Sympathy


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Sarah's friend just lost a family member and is having a difficult time. She says to her friend, 'I'm sorry for you.' Sarah is expressing _____ in this scenario.

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1. Jason's friend Mike is going through a very difficult time. Jason focuses on really trying to understand what his friend is going through and put himself in Mike's shoes. Jason is expressing _____.

2. Which of the following is true about empathy and self-actualization, according to Carl Rogers?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet test your knowledge of empathy and sympathy through your ability to recognize these concepts in hypothetical scenarios. These assessments also ask you to correctly identify specific facts about empathy and sympathy. Earn a perfect score by selecting the correct answer for each multiple-choice question.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet, you will be tested on your ability to review questions then do the following:

  • Determine whether empathy, sympathy, human centeredness, understanding, kindness or open-mindedness is being expressed
  • Pinpoint Carl Rogers' belief about empathy and self-actualization
  • Identify the name of an approach based on the importance of empathy in patient-therapist relations

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding sympathy, empathy and similar concepts then interpret it correctly when reviewing hypothetical scenarios
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding empathy and self-actualization
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to a answer question about the therapy approach that emphasizes the importance of empathy in patient-therapist relations

Additional Learning

Review the lesson associated with this quiz and worksheet called Empathy vs Sympathy to learn more about the following:

  • Relationship between sympathy and empathy
  • Carl Rogers' role in humanist psychology
  • Psychologist who developed the term 'self-actualization'
  • What Carl Rogers theorized is needed for people to reach their highest potential