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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} Sympathy (from the Greek words syn "together" and pathos "feeling" which means "fellow-feeling") is the perception, understanding, and reaction to the distress or need of another human being.<ref name="Decety 2010 886–899">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> This empathic concern is driven by a switch in viewpoint, from a personal perspective to the perspective of another group or individual who is in need. Empathy and sympathy are often used interchangeably. Sympathy is a feeling, but the two terms have distinct origins and meanings.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> Merriam Webster defines empathy as "the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions : the ability to share someone else's feelings."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Their definition of sympathy is "the feeling that you care about and are sorry about someone else's trouble, grief, misfortune, etc. : a feeling of support for something : a state in which different people share the same interests, opinions, goals, etc." <ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> See professor Paul Bloom on empathy.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

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