In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (1960) wrote, “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (p. 30). As a social worker, you are called upon to walk in the skin (or shoes) of your clients, understanding their lives and circumstances so that you can help them toward wellness. This empathic quality is a hallmark of the profession.
There is a difference, however, between empathy (feeling with the client) and sympathy (feeling for the client). Empathy promotes a relationship—in other words, a sense of togetherness—whereas sympathy indicates a separation.
In this Assignment, you reflect on a situation where others approached you with empathy or sympathy and examine the effect of that interaction.
Reference: Lee, H. (1960). To kill a mockingbird. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott.
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