The lack of empathy – Dec. 1

“Consider what happens inside us when we view the suffering of others. When we experience physical pain or emotional distress ourselves, a neural circuit becomes activated (anterior cingulate cortex—or ACC–and insula).  Neuroscientific research shows this same circuit gets activated when we see others suffer pain or emotional distress. So seeing the suffering of others causes us to suffer as well.” 

“Although this response is crucial for social interaction, it is indeed unpleasant. If that circuit is hit too frequently (excessive sharing of others’ negative experiences), it can lead to emotional burnout…. A crucial part of socialization is learning how to protect oneself from being overwhelmed by the suffering of others while still giving them the support they need and deserve.”

“Research suggests that the answer to this dilemma may be compassion training. Compassion is defined as a feeling of concern for the suffering of others (rather than experiencing distress in the face of the suffering of others.) Programs aimed at training compassion have been found to foster prosocial (helping) behavior while evoking a feeling of emotional well-being.”  https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/good-thinking/201406/why-some-people-seem-lack-empathy

“Someone who lacks empathy does not vicariously feel the experiences of another. It does not mean they are predatory. It does not mean they are irresponsible. It does not mean they are sadistic. Do not be persuaded into demonizing such people.”

”Contrary to being immoral, their social blindspot empowers them to avoid many moral pitfalls. Empathy frequently leads to morally bankrupt behavior. When a control group in an experiment were asked whether a ten year old girl with a serious illness should be allowed to skip a queue to get medical treatment ahead of children who needed it more, they appropriately refused. When the subjects were encouraged to empathize with her by being given her name, face and personal story, subjects overwhelmingly opted to move her to the front of the queue, consigning faceless children to death.”

”This is a phenomenon that salespeople, politicians, lawyers and every one with an agenda knows to exploit. I’m exploiting it in this very post, and you didn’t even realize it! Those who lack empathy have no such lever by which their thinking may be hijacked. They are more apt to make fair and rational judgments.”  https://www.quora.com/What-do-people-who-lack-empathy-act-like

“Lack of empathy, guilt, remorse or shame is one of the hallmark traits of the sociopath. It means that they can do practically anything, and then act as if nothing has happened.”

“Sociopaths have no fear. They do not care what others think of them (unless it involves being exposed, which would affect their ability to con further). A sociopath can do and say the MOST outrageous things, and then act like nothing ever happened.  Just like everyone else in society, all sociopaths are different and they all do different things but examples would be:

  • Compulsive pathological lying (outrageous ridiculous lies)
  • Deception and manipulation (conning)
  • Cheating and infidelity
  • Taking the victim hostage, and having full ownership possession and control (without them realising this)
  • Living like a parasite
  • Faking ‘love’
  • Theft (includes theft of anything, money, your life, your mind)
  • Threats, ruining and smear campaigns

 

“It never occurs to the sociopath that the person that they are deceiving or cheating, has their own rights, mind, and that everyone should have the ability to make decisions for themselves. To the sociopath, what they need and want is of paramount importance, and anyone else, is there for the taking.”

“The sociopath thinks only of himself, and if he seems to be ‘helpful’ this is usually because he has his own agenda to achieve. If he wants something, he will make sure that he obtains what he wants by using whatever means he needs to. A sociopath will go to extra ordinary lengths to manipulate and deceive. Giving a false impression of who they are to the victim, to obtain whatever they want.”  https://datingasociopath.com/sociopath-character-traits/lack-of-empathy-guilt-remorse-or-shame/

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines empathy as “the experiencing as one’s own of the feelings of another; also: the capacity for this.” Merriam-Webster defines sympathy as ” an expression of sorrow for another’s loss, grief or misfortune.” There is a difference between empathy and sympathy, and that difference may help us understand the difference between liberals and conservatives.

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines empathy as “the experiencing as one’s own of the feelings of another; also: the capacity for this.” Merriam-Webster defines sympathy as ” an expression of sorrow for another’s loss, grief or misfortune.” There is a difference between empathy and sympathy, and that difference may help us understand the difference between liberals and conservatives
http://www.forwardprogressives.com/empathy-vs-sympathy-the-difference-between-liberals-and-conservatives

 

“Researchers found that “consistent conservatives” were more likely to prioritize obedience and religious faith in particular, while “consistent liberals” emphasized tolerance, creativity, curiosity, and empathy for others. They were also significantly less likely than other respondents to rate “hard work” as one of the most important things to teach children—they ranked 13 percentage points lower than “consistent conservatives.”” http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/09/liberals-care-more-about-empathy-than-conservatives/380404/

“One might ask why conservatives have, or are perceived as having, too little empathy. Why do liberals have too much? A widely-credited explanation is in terms of competing world views.”

“Conservatives see the world as a challenging place in which there is always someone else who is ready to steal your lunch. Confronted by a potentially hostile environment, the best course is to take precautions and to ensure your own well-being and that of your family.”

“The liberal world view is mostly the opposite. Liberals take a more optimistic view of the world as being somewhat more benign. Government is a vehicle through which the citizens of a democracy can solve problems and improve the well-being and happiness of most people.”  https://braindecoder.com/post/politics-neuroscience-1282982492#

 

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One Response to The lack of empathy – Dec. 1

  1. positivagirl says:

    Um, I appreciate that you linked. But – you have just lifted an entire chunk of my work – the following? ….I did smile as I read it, as I immediately recognised my work. For me, when I read it, I see the pictorial description of what was happening at the time.

    Lack of empathy, guilt, remorse or shame is one of the hallmark traits of the sociopath. It means that they can do practically anything, and then act as if nothing has happened.”

    “Sociopaths have no fear. They do not care what others think of them (unless it involves being exposed, which would affect their ability to con further). A sociopath can do and say the MOST outrageous things, and then act like nothing ever happened. Just like everyone else in society, all sociopaths are different and they all do different things but examples would be:

    Compulsive pathological lying (outrageous ridiculous lies)
    Deception and manipulation (conning)
    Cheating and infidelity
    Taking the victim hostage, and having full ownership possession and control (without them realising this)
    Living like a parasite
    Faking ‘love’
    Theft (includes theft of anything, money, your life, your mind)
    Threats, ruining and smear campaigns

    “It never occurs to the sociopath that the person that they are deceiving or cheating, has their own rights, mind, and that everyone should have the ability to make decisions for themselves. To the sociopath, what they need and want is of paramount importance, and anyone else, is there for the taking.”

    “The sociopath thinks only of himself, and if he seems to be ‘helpful’ this is usually because he has his own agenda to achieve. If he wants something, he will make sure that he obtains what he wants by using whatever means he needs to. A sociopath will go to extra ordinary lengths to manipulate and deceive. Giving a false impression of who they are to the victim, to obtain whatever they want.”

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