Sympathy, empathy, and compassion

This morning I was thinking about empathy, it was triggered by a call I had with a friend yesterday where I could’ve been more empathetic. This made me also think about sympathy, and compassion.

I tried to think of my definitions of the three.

Sympathy is about identifying the existence and causality of feelings.

Empathy is having feelings because of someone else’s feelings.

Compassion is taking action/saying something to ease the pain.