What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel, to hurt for them or to be happy for them?
Empathy is widely considered a universal and uniquely human trait. Science goes on to define empathy one step beyond shared emotions, towards a motivation to help others.
"Empathy involves getting inside the person's head, understanding how they're feeling, feeling that yourself, and finally being motivated to help them," said Lasana Harris, an assistant professor in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, in an interview with Frank Stasio on The State of Things.
Lasana Harris, an assistant professor in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, in an interview with Frank Stasio on The State of Things. http://www.dibs.duke.edu/research/profiles/115-lasana-harris ;
Jesse Prinz, a Distinguished Professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York,
Ralph Savarese, author of “Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption,