Empathy is on the decline. This may not be as bad as it sounds. LinkedIn Weekend Essay

July 27, 2019

"I recently showed a YouTube clip to my class of 100+ college students, where a high-schooler complained bitterly about how hard he had to work. He claimed he would need to toil until 9 pm that night to complete his homework, and he doubted he could pull it off. The students in my class burst out laughing. Even the most sympathetic student in my class had a hard time expressing empathy, even though they believed the student’s suffering was sincere. Empathy is under pressure these days. This should come as no surprise." Fritz Breithaupt, LinkedIn Weekend Essay

 

 

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