Friday, March 05, 2010

---pathy

I was talking to a friend and we were trying to figure out if a person could be both empathetic and apathetic.  Or would they simply be pathetic? So, being who I am, I decided to do a little research...

Empathy - The ability to identify with and understand somebody else's feelings or difficulties.
   em = put into

Apathy - Showing little or no emotion or animation;  Marked by a lack of interest;
   a = not

Pathetic - capable of feeling, to experience, suffer,

So - can you be both empathetic AND apathetic?  Not about the same thing at the same time.  And it doesn't just make you pathetic because then you'd still have feelings. 

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