For questions relating to affect and its relation to cognition and behavior, the neurological basis of empathy, atypical empathetic responses due to psychopathology, and the role of empathy in psychotherapy and organizational settings.
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person's frame of reference. (i.e. the capacity to place oneself in another's position.)
Empathy has different definitions that encompass a broad range of emotional states, including caring for other people and having a desire to help them; experiencing emotions that match another person's emotions; discerning what another person is thinking or feeling; and making less distinct the differences between the self and the other and the ability to feel; and share another person’s emotions.