Originally Posted by SoCal_Counselor
Recognizing how your spouse is feeling, and responding to such emotions is called compassion. Compassion is crucial to having a healthy relationship. It is essential if you want to have an eternal marriage.
Not disagreeing with your post but I'm gonna nit pick if that's ok. lol
Recognizing how someone is feeling is not compassion, that's empathy. Compassion is caring how they feel (no matter if you recognize it or they have to tell you). I agree compassion is crucial. Empathy, in my opinion, may not be. The meshing and confusing of these two words in marriage advice can have devastating effects as to the outcome of the well intended advice.
Yes I know I'm splitting hairs but from my experience they are VERY important hairs.