Pulling at Your Heartstrings: Empathy vs. Sympathy
Central Florida Health News|February 2021
Mary Joye, LMHC, PA, is a licensed mental health counselor with offices in Lakeland and Winter Haven. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit winterhavencounseling.com.
MARY JOYE

We have all heard the proverbial term “pulling on your heartstrings,” and it is more physically valid than you might imagine. When moved by emotions, our actual hearts do get pulled by our mythical “heartstrings”; better explained by the science behind it that involves vagus nerve reactivity. Few are aware of what it is or how it works, but it is significant in understanding why we impulsively react to emotional cues.

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