The Case Against Empathy

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Annie Spratt (CC0)

Original Air Date: 
January 22, 2017
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If people were more empathetic, the world would be a better place, don’t you think? If people learned how to be more aware of, more sensitive to the suffering and pain of others, they’d be kinder and gentler, treating others with more compassion. Or maybe they’d just burn themselves out. Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom recently startled a lot of people by coming out with an argument against empathy.