Do They Care? The Difference Between Sympathy, Empathy and Gloating

People signal their true intentions during troubled times.

Human beings are social animals who interact and create bonds. When people in our group experience troubles, we use sympathy, empathy, or epicaricacy to acknowledge their pain. Although we all use the words “sympathy” and “empathy” to talk about human interaction, many of us struggle to understand the difference between these two. We also don’t realize that there is also another emotion called epicaricacy that can show up when trouble arises.