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Empathy is not always good or moral

brontoraptor
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6/4/2016 8:31:04 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
Empathy is good and bad

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AnnaCzereda
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6/4/2016 10:03:58 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 6/4/2016 8:31:04 PM, brontoraptor wrote:
Empathy is good and bad

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Or in other words neutral.

In a nutshell, empathy is simply an ability (mostly intuitive) to see through other people, to understand how they are emotionally wired, how they "click." Empathy is not the same as compassion and can be used to help or harm other people.

For example, this article shows how empathy can be used to manipulate others:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com...

But empathy is not always used in the service of good. Two papers last month highlight this idea through evidence that people use empathy to use other people, manipulating them through a savvy understanding of emotions.
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matt8800
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6/4/2016 10:51:03 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 6/4/2016 8:31:04 PM, brontoraptor wrote:
Empathy is good and bad

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Saying that empathy is bad because global perception is good is like saying water is bad because you need food. You need both and then you need to weigh them against each other. Many people have one but not the other and both are undesirable.