|1.||See also identification the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person's feelings|
|2.||the attribution to an object, such as a work of art, of one's own emotional or intellectual feelings about it|
|[C20: from Greek empatheia affection, passion, intended as a rendering of German Einfühlung, literally: a feeling in; see |
empathy em·pa·thy (ěm'pə-thē)
Direct identification with, understanding of, and vicarious experience of another person's situation, feelings, and motives.
The projection of one's own feelings or emotional state onto an object or animal.
Identifying oneself completely with an object or person, sometimes even to the point of responding physically, as when, watching a baseball player swing at a pitch, one feels one's own muscles flex.