Compassion is a deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.
Genuine compassion is based upon sincere respect for another person, and having genuine concern.
Compassionate care, with dignity and respect, is paramount to the well-being of a person.
Empathy is a core emotional intelligence (EQ) skill — being one of the 18 skills in the Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI 2.0) created by Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis. They define it as “sensing others’ feelings and perspectives, and taking an active interest in their concerns.” It is a crucial skill for developing many of the social skills listed in the ECI fourth quadrant, labeled “Relationship Management” (or “Social Skills”).
Empathy is a selfless act, a desirable skill beneficial to ourselves, others and society.
Empathy has been described in different ways: walking in another’s shoes, entering into another person’s frame of reference or having the ability to experience life as the other person does by entering the person’s world of thoughts, feelings and emotions.