Articles on Empathy

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Trolls tend to downplay the impact of their abusive online behaviour on their victims and seem to relish the mayhem they cause. Let’s use this to help them lift their game. from www.shutterstock.com

How empathy can make or break a troll

Trolls tend to know the impact they'll have, but don't seem to care. So, how do we use our new findings to help stop this seemingly pointless, harmful behaviour?
People protest at a demonstration in Market Square, in Cleveland. The demonstration was organized in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration order. AP Photo/Tony Dejak

What motivates moral outrage?

A lot of moral outrage has been expressed lately – over Trump's travel ban and other issues. The expression of such outrage is more than a response to perceived injustice.
Health professionals needs to be skilled in understanding what the other person is going through, so they can respond appropriately. from shutterstock.com

Are our busy doctors and nurses losing empathy for patients?

With more demand on doctors and nurses and a push for quicker consultations, clinical empathy is being dwarfed by the need for efficiency.
It’s argued art helps people cultivate empathy. Heather/Flickr

Do art and literature cultivate empathy?

Empathy is associated with being drawn to the arts, but do they actively promote it or merely appeal to already sensitive souls?
Students ponder the meaning of Jinamoom by Peggy Griffiths at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Jodie Hutchinson/Ian Potter Museum

Friday essay: can looking at art make for better doctors?

Can empathy be taught to students in the healthcare professions? A groundbreaking project is using visual art to ensure they pay attention to the whole person, not just the disease.

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