One thought on “Word of the Month Video for May: Empathy

  • May 7, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    Thank you, Ms Jacqueline!
    Em-pathy the ability (practice) to feel suffering/pain either within or without.
    A-pathy would be inability to feel into.
    Though I like the other word, a-lexi-thymia, literally meaning: no word from the heart. (Though I like most words with Thymos in them!)

    The English word empathy is derived from the Ancient Greek word ἐμπάθεια (empatheia, meaning “physical affection or passion”). This, in turn, comes from ἐν (en, “in, at”) and πάθος (pathos, “passion” or “suffering”).

    Alexithymia is a word used to describe a deficiency in understanding, processing or describing emotions in oneself as opposed to in others. This term comes from the negation of two Ancient Greek words: λέξις (lexis, meaning “speech”) and θυμός (thymos, meaning “the soul, as the seat of emotion, feeling and thought”). This combined word is then modified by an alpha privative (prefix a-; that is, “not”). Thus alexithymia literally means “not having speech for your emotions”.

    Peace be with you,
    Deb

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