It's like jaywalking, an offense that virtually everyone commits. There difference between the two is that speed laws are actually enforced (though quite selectively), usually to meet quotas.
Oh noes you were speeding 90 mph in the middle of the night on the interstate with no other cars within a mile what a danger to other citizens
The process of wasting time with another one is infatuated or sexually attracted to, usually of the opposite sex. Most of the time, this takes the form of typical 'small talk', boring activities such as going out to dinner or to the movies, et cetera. This is usually to distract each other from the reality that they have nothing on their own, though usually women are more oblivious to this due to cultural norms. In real relationships, this can just be a form of killing time, because it's not really needed for any meaningful interaction. Typically, this lack of deeper bond is the reason why relationships split up, but the distractions keep it going for awhile so it's a big painful shitstorm when one or both parties realizes that fairyland is a fake place and that you have to WORK for a REAL relationship.
Most 'dating' is highly predictable and a complete waste of time.
1. A true emotional problem often caused by repetitive, obsessive thinking and often spurred by drug use.
2. A label slapped onto an intelligent person by a psychiatrist who believes that they have a superior vision to the average Joe, who does not believe in the status quo, and also recognizes that they are above much of society due to thinking, intelligence, and intuition.
Mike suffers from psychosis; he was abused when he was younger and now abuses cocaine.
John is highly intelligent and understands himself to be a leader capable of great change, but since he does not agree with the status quo and refuses to be 'put in his place', he has been told that he suffers from 'psychosis' and 'delusional thinking patterns'.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Surprisingly, it's real. A fake ass 'disorder' pulled out of the asses of a small collective of psychiatrists working for pharma companies in order to maximize revenue. Of course, there is no 'authoritarian disorder', because the parents are the ones paying. Despite the seemingly 'funny' aspect of it, this is actually considered a real disorder by many psychiatrists, a scary happening and a looming indicator of what may come.
OMG, he has ODD, force drug him, it can't have anything to do with our ridiculously excessive punishments and restrictions!
Sympathy differs from empathy in the following ways:
With sympathy, the helper:
Helps within his/her comfort zone
Makes a cursory judgment of the person's needs
Often will get upset when it is explicitly revealed that their help is misguided or unwelcome (after a long buildup)
May feel as if he or she is the 'mentor', or the 'superior'
With empathy, the helper:
Relates to the person on a personal basis
Forms a deep emotional bond with the person on many levels
Learns to see the situation from the person's perspective
Sees the person more as an equal, and 'walks in their shoes'.
The two should not be confused. More often than not, sympathy is the form of 'caring' that is given to those in need, and can be quite misguided, especially in dire situations that most are not used to dealing with. Most therapists, teachers, and unfortunately parents will often give this kind of 'help' to a troubled or very upset person. However, if they were willing to step outside their comfort zones, they could learn how to relate effectively.
Despite these huge differences, many indeed DO confuse the two.
I don't want your sympathy, I've had just about enough of it.
A tool that can equalize the playing field between an arrogant big man and a scared little man.
Japan banned guns in the 1500s because peasants, who had little combat experience, were using them to overthrow the samurai caste with little effort needed.
A way to purposely ruin the reputation of someone who does not blindly follow the mainstream view of something.
Used by pro-establishment entities and political figures to enforce mindless conformity. Could also be used as an extremely useful tool for cover-ups, but this is not currently believed very much.
Many conspiracy theorists commit logical fallacies, but so do 'debunkers'. Some take things way too far. It's important to be logical, but also to have common sense and be open minded.
You think that corporations influence the government? ZOMG CONSPIRACY THEORIST