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The Perils of Empathy - WSJ, Paul Bloom, Dec 2016
Dr. Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University. This essay is adapted from his new book, “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion,” which will be published next week by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins (which, like The Wall Street Journal, is owned by News Corp).

Appeared in the December 3, 2016, print edition as 'The Empathy Trap.'
psychology  morality  empathy  WSJ 
july 2018 by pierredv
Home - Empathy and Compassion in Society
From the About page:

Empathy and Compassion in Society is a professional conference held by the Tenzin Gyatso Institute, an organisation established to advance the Dalai Lama's vision and principles, and a partnership of charities.

The Empathy and Compassion in Society conference presents:
= The latest research on how compassion can enhance our professional lives
= Universal tools for cultivating empathy and compassion
= Case studies of the efficacy of these methods
compassion  empathy  conference 
january 2018 by pierredv
These Things Called Empathy: Eight Related but Distinct Phenomena - C Daniel Batson - MIT Press Scholarship
C Daniel Batson
This chapter addresses two questions that empathy is supposed to answer and relate them to eight distinct phenomena that have been called empathy. The first is how one can know what another person is thinking and feeling and the second is what leads one person to respond with sensitivity and care to the suffering of another. The first phenomenon related to empathy is knowing someone else’s internal state, including his or her thoughts and feelings, also known as cognitive empathy. The second is adopting the posture or matching the neural responses of an observed other, or facial empathy. The third concept is coming to feel as another person feels while the fourth is intuiting or projecting oneself into another’s situation. The fifth concept, imagining how another is thinking and feeling, has been variously termed psychological empathy, projection, and perspective taking. The last three phenomenon have been described as “changing places in fancy,” projective empathy, decentering, personal distress, pity, compassion, sympathetic distress, or simply sympathy.
empathy  compassion  psychology 
january 2018 by pierredv
Empathy and compassion: Current Biology 2014, Singer and Klimecki
"In contrast to empathy, compassion does not mean sharing the suffering of the other: rather, it is characterized by feelings of warmth, concern and care for the other, as well as a strong motivation to improve the other’s wellbeing. Compassion is feeling for and not feeling with the other. Given the potentially very different outcomes that empathic or compassionate responses to others’ distress may have, it is of great importance to understand which factors determine the emergence of these different social emotions and to know more about whether and how such emotional responses can be trained and changed."
compassion  empathy  Tania-Singer  psychology  neuroscience 
january 2018 by pierredv
More empathy isn't the right prescription to heal the planet | New Scientist, Paul Bloom, issue 3111, 4 Feb 2017
"I JUST wrote a book called Against Empathy, ..."

"One issue is that people use the term empathy differently; if seen as synonymous with kindness and altruism, it seems hard to object to. But what about when we mean the capacity to share others’ feelings? This has its upsides, but as a guide for moral and political decisions, it is a train wreck. Empathy makes the world worse."

1. biased ("relatively easy to put yourself in the shoes of someone close... But empathy for your enemies [is] a lot less natural")

2. zooms in on the individual

3. malleable ("can be abused to sway people into backing all sorts of positions, including cruel ones")
empathy  compassion  NewScientist  morality  politics 
june 2017 by pierredv

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