Monday, October 3, 2011

Mind:  The Limits of Empathy

In one experiment in the 1970s, researchers planted a dime in a phone booth. 87% of the people who found the dime offered to help a person who dropped some papers nearby, compared with only 4% who didn't find a dime. Empathy doesn't produce anything like this kind of effect [a temporary burst of positive emotion].

For more, see The Limits of Empathy by David Brooks, September 29, 2011 at NYTimes.com.

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