How does one define rigorous empathy? I don't even know where to begin. What does it mean? On their own I know what each word means, but I know it's a lot deeper than that.

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    What if any evidence do you have that anyone else knows what "rigorous empathy" means? The two words are semantically orthogonal (if not actually contradictory). You might as well ask what sleep furiously means. It's subjective, and thus Off Topic. – FumbleFingers Apr 2 '14 at 13:55
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    Context, please. – Preston Apr 2 '14 at 14:07
  • Where did you hear or see that expression? Context would definitely help here. – Kristina Lopez Apr 2 '14 at 15:01

You don't need context for such term. Simply defining the meaning. What I came up with is this:

We can define rigorous empathy as a thorough observation and the desire to understand the trials and tribulations of a group of people. It is a a complex attempt at removing your own shoes and stepping into those you are trying to understand.

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