Empathy seems to have different facets.
A basic differentiation is how the empathy is experienced and the source of the empathy.
It can be experienced in a more cognitive or reasoned way. I imagine you must feel this way based on the situation you are in. Or in a more felt way. I imagine myself in your situation, and feel this emotion or state based on it. Often, there is a combination of both of these.
And it can come from a very human resonance. I recognize in myself what I imagine you feel, or what I would feel in the situation I imagine you are in. Or it can come from a perceived oneness where there is less or no separation. My center of being is more in the awareness that everything happens within and as, and the imagined separations has less charge to them. There is no real or substantial separation between you and me. Here too, there is often a combination of both of these. Even if we are not aware of the oneness that’s already here, and even if it’s covered up by a charged sense of separation, it’s still already here so it will have an impact on our experience.
So empathy can be more or less thought out or felt, and it can happen from a very human recognition or also from an intuitive or obvious sense of oneness and no real separation.
- types of empathy
- thought/felt: (a) cognitive/imagined, (b) emotional/felt
- oneness: (i) human recognition, shared experiences, know from oneself, (ii) perceived oneness, no separation, center of being in awareness that all happens within and as
Love – felt or from perceiving oneness
Thinking into, imagining into
Recognizing from oneself – thought + possibly felt
Always imagined, often from own experience
More or less feeling
More or less from recognized oneness (no separation)
There are different types of empathy.
To make it simple, we can say that empathy always have an imagination side to it. I imagine how it is to be in the other being’s situation.
Apart from that, here are some of the different types of empathy I find in my own experience.
It can be more thought or imagined. More emphasis on the imagination side.
It can be felt. Imagining the other’s situation brings up emotions, feelings, and states in me. (These are mine, and may or may not correspond to how the other actually experiences it.)
It can come from a perception of oneness. This sense of oneness can come from recognizing in myself what I see in the other. Or it can come from