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Oakland Effect: Can a lack of empathy lead to violent behavior?

Oakland Effect: Can a lack of empathy lead to violent behavior? | Family violence | Scoop.it

Several months ago, I was talking to an Oakland police officer on the telephone, discussing a particular homicide investigation, when the conversation turned broad.

 

...science is increasingly showing us that repeated exposure to violence -- whether it's gang-related, domestic abuse, psychological torture, maternal separation or substance abuse -- has the long-term effect of dulling and in some cases eliminating the trait of empathy. This is key. Empathy is paramount to socialization, understanding social cues, conversing and communicating with others. It is one of the things that makes us most human. Conversely, a lack of empathy, or a dulled and stunted sense of empathy, is a crippling handicap, as well as a pretty good marker of someone bearing the traits of a psychopath.

 

By Scott Johnson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland,_California


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Budget Cuts Endanger Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims - Center For American Progress

Budget Cuts Endanger Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims - Center For American Progress | Family violence | Scoop.it
Budget Cuts Endanger Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims Center For American Progress Meanwhile, in Portland, Oregon, the American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, which operates a 24-hour crisis hotline to assist abused American...
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Domestic violence is not only on the rise, it is pandemic - Washington Times

Domestic violence is not only on the rise, it is pandemic - Washington Times | Family violence | Scoop.it
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Domestic violence is not only on the rise, it is pandemic
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According to the Maryland Health Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse and a 2011 U.S.
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Sexual Abuse Victim Compares Military Service to Being Trapped In 'Domestic ... - PRI's The World

Sexual Abuse Victim Compares Military Service to Being Trapped In 'Domestic ... - PRI's The World | Family violence | Scoop.it
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Sexual Abuse Victim Compares Military Service to Being Trapped In 'Domestic Violence Relationship'.
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Lou Agosta and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy

Lou Agosta and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy | Family violence | Scoop.it

Lou Agosta is on the faculty of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He practices psychotherapy in the Chicago. His area of concentration includes the dynamic containing and transforming of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse.

 

Lou is author of Empathy in the Context of Philosophy which is an exploration of the deep structure of empathy as a fundamentally human capability for creating possibilities of community and human relations. He also writes extensively about the nature of empathy on his websiteListeningWithEmpathy.com.


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