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OW SERIES: Day 17 – Learning the different kinds of “pathy”

In the middle of working on my next conference “How to pass on a difficult message with respect and kindness?”, I’m interested in testing out your knowledge on the different forms of “pathy”: empathy, sympathy, antipathy and apathy.

If a friend says to me: “Adrien, I’m afraid that the lockdown will last for a long time” and I answer: “you have no reason to worry, it will end one day”, what kind of “pathy” is that and why?

The right answer is quite counter-intuitive (and that’s the whole point of the question). It is an example of antipathy: my friend shares his fear with me and I “counter” his emotion by telling him that it is not legitimate. I listened to him but I neither understood nor helped him. What can be learned from this riddle? A few things:

Some examples of other forms of pathy:

By Adrien Chignard

Adrien Chignard, Occupational Psychologist, Sens & Coherence [2]