VIDEO: Empathy Doesn`t Make You a Good Person
March 21, 2016, 6:11 pm     |   Source: theatlantic.com

Paul Bloom, psychologist and Yale professor, argues that empathy is a bad thing—that it makes the world worse. While we`ve been taught that putting yourself in another`s shoes cultivates compassion, it actually blinds you to the long-term consequences of your actions. In this animated interview from The Atlantic, we hear Bloom’s case for why the world needs to ditch empathy.

Authors: Caitlin Cadieux, Paul Bloom



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  • Jim Carrico
    May 27, 2016, 12:47 am
    Empathy tends to be more compelling in those with less developed analytic skills, that`s why people act irrationally and ineffectively from empathetic motives. Rationality may be sufficient for motivation to act morally in an environment that gaurenteed reciprocation or an all in the same boat scenario. But empathy is a motive that can impel a person to act against their more basic self-interest. This I think is key to reforming corruption and maintaining the integrity of institutions as well as acting morally in extreme or desperate circumstances. Shear rationality with out an affective motivation can also lead to immoral action in certain scenarios. This is the paradox of the prisoners game, where ones own self-interest leads to the degradation of the circumstances for all because they have no strong impulse of loyalty or honor.
  • Psico
    March 22, 2016, 9:42 pm
    all those research is waste of time and money
  • Filosof
    March 21, 2016, 10:16 pm
    Is it mater of personal moral if you do good or bad things. Empathy nothing to with this
  • Valweri
    March 21, 2016, 6:15 pm
    clever!
  • ZlatushA kRUSHAh
    March 21, 2016, 6:14 pm
    And does the lack of make you a bad one?
  • Christo
    March 21, 2016, 6:13 pm
    While we`ve been taught that putting yourself in another`s shoes cultivates compassion, it actually blinds you to the long-term consequences of your actions.