Definition of Empathy
Edwin's Basic Definition
Defining Empathy in the Context of an Empathy Circle.
It can be helpful to define empathy in the context of the Empathy Circle practice. This way we can more clearly point to actual experiences that happen and name them. Anyone can take part in an Empathy Circle and then can experience the different facet of an empathic way of being.
These definitions have the quality of sensing into.
Kohut  stated that empathy “is the capacity to think and feel oneself into the inner life of another person”.
Rogers  stated that empathy is “to perceive the internal frame of reference of another with accuracy and with the emotional components and meanings which pertain thereto as if one were the person, but without ever losing the ‘as if’ condition. Thus, it means to sense the hurt or the pleasure of another as he senses it and to perceive the causes thereof as he perceives them, but without ever losing the recognition that it is as if I were hurt or pleased and so forth”.