This term refers to our awareness of the emotional state of another person, and our ability to share the experience with them. In this latter sense, we vicariously experience the same emotions. It is common to share emotions with our children, so that we feel pride when they feel pride, we share their sadness and their loneliness. Having empathy with another is more than ‘feeling sorry’ for them or ‘pleased for them’, it is a common sharing of the same pain, pleasure, anger, etc. When these emotions are painful, we are frequently motivated to act to relieve them. The empathy-altruism theory, for example, explains human altruism in terms of the shared pain we have with somebody in need. We are thus seen as helping them to overcome our own empathic pain.