Empathy, Is It All It's Cracked Up to Be?

 

The idea of valuing yourself less is so critical to being a good person.

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Empathy, Is It All It's Cracked Up to Be?

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Empathy is typically seen as wonderful, central to cooperation, caring, and morality. We want to have empathic parents, children, spouses and friends; we want to train those in the helping professions to expand their empathy, and we certainly want to elect empathic politicians and policy makers. But empathy has certain troubling features, and questions have begun to arise about just how useful empathy really is and how it might be different from related capacities such as compassion.

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