*The ability to understand share the feelings of another.
The word originated from Greek, from the word Empatheia which means Em = In and Pathos = Feeling. So in a nutshell, empathy is being IN FEELING.
Sounds so simple, and it IS simple, but simple doesn't equate to easy.
When one lives in this world, one sometimes guards themselves so much - that being in the feeling of another seems out of reach. Seems almost like a boundary crossed. It is frightening. Vulnerable. In a way, it is intimate.
I exercise the gift of empathy daily.
I believe that's the heartistic work of the actor:
To empathize with a character, and thus to echo a human experience.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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