No Matter How You Say It: Empathy

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In Other Languages

Spanish – empatía​​​

French – empathie

German – empathie

Italian – empatia

Finnish- empatia

Polish – empatia

Zulu – uzwela


For other character qualities related to Empathy,
visit the Related Qualities page.

Word Origin

The origin of the word Empathy comes from German Einfühlung (from ein “in” + Fühlung “feeling”).

Can you see how Empathy is getting “in” the feelings of others?

Sign Language



Can you see how Empathy is the recognizing a feeling of the heart and Callous is a break from the heart?


Empathy Idioms and Phrases

  • All Ears
  • Be a bleeding heart
  • Be a friend in need
  • Be a good communicator
  • Be a good listener
  • Be a human sponge
  • Be a kindred spirit
  • Be a mind reader
  • Be a people person
  • Be able to relate to others
  • Be in tune with someone’s emotions
  • Be in your skin
  • Be non-judgmental
  • Be open-minded
  • Be respectful of others
  • Feel someone’s pain
  • Give a hoot
  • Have a good bedside manner
  • Have a heart for someone
  • Have a heart of gold
  • Have a sixth sense
  • Have emotional intelligence
  • I feel your pain
  • I hear what you are saying
  • Listen with your heart
  • Offer a shoulder to cry on
  • Pour One’s Heart Out
  • Put yourself in someone else’s shoes
  • Put Yourself in Someone’s Shoes
  • Relate to someone
  • See things from someone else’s point of view
  • See things from your side
  • See with someone else’s eyes
  • Show compassion
  • Soft-hearted
  • Walk a Mile in My Shoes
  • Walk a mile in someone’s shoes
  • Wear someone else’s heart on your sleeve