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The intellectual identification of the thoughts, feelings, or state of another person

Capacity to understand another person's point of view or the result of such understanding

There is a Wikipedia article on empathy which talks about "Empathy (from the Greek εμπάθεια, transliterated as empatheia, meaning "physical affection, partiality") is commonly defined as one's ability to recognize, perceive and feel directly the emotion of another. Since the states of mind, beliefs, and desires of others are intertwined with their emotions, one with empathy for another may often be able to more effectively define another's mode of thought and mood. Empathy is often characterized as the ability to "put oneself into another's shoes", or to in some way experience the outlook or emotions of another being within oneself, a sort of emotional resonance.

So a need for empathy is more than a need for understanding as understanding is basically the transmission of factaul information

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