Defining Empathy
Typology Project

Defining Empathy: What is Empathy? What does Empathy Mean? What is the Definition of Empathy?

To discover and set forth the meaning of something, such as a word.
To state or describe exactly the nature, scope, or meaning of.
To show or describe something clearly and completely.

To explain the meaning of a word, phrase, etc.
To mark out the boundary or limits of.

A classification according to general type, especially in archaeology, psychology, or the social sciences.
The systematic classification of the types of something according to their common characteristics.
The study or systematic classification of types that have characteristics or traits in common.
Study of or analysis or classification based on types or categories.

The Problem: There is a great deal of confusion of what empathy means and this confusion is an impediment to developing an empathy movement. That is a movement to raise the level of empathy in society with the intention of fostering greater wellbeing for all. We need to create greater clarity with an Empathy Definitions Typology that is very easy and accessible for the average person to understand and use.

This is a project website for working on developing a typology of definitions of empathy. It will include the spectrum of definitions from academia, different fields, general public, etc. We are just starting on this project and use this website to organize the material we come up with. See the google doc below for more..


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Empathy Typology Definition