Throughout my years in private practice I have spent a lot of time teaching people about boundary setting. Knowing the difference between empathy and sympathy goes hand in hand with healthy boundaries. Preserving your self energy is key to help you be healthy. Learning how to be there for someone versus being in the thick of a struggle with someone is a very helpful tool. This video animating Brene Brown's words regarding empathy versus sympathy is an easy way to understand the difference. Enjoy!