June 19th, 2008

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Recommended link; article I'd like to discuss with you...

My thanks to Douglas Dee for alerting me to a story titled "Empathy deficit disorder -- do you suffer from it?",
by Amanda Robb; its original source was O, The Oprah Magazine and it's online now at
http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/personal/06/18/o.empathy/index.html .

I'd like very much to discuss this one with you, if you're willing. Here's a brief sample:

"When Lisa was offered a job at an organization she did not want to work at, I said, 'Oh, that's a tough spot to be in.' When my boyfriend was invited to study abroad, I said, 'How do you feel about that?' What I really felt was: 'Lisa, that job pays a ton of money, but I guess you can turn it down because your parents are loaded.' And, 'You selfish bastard, I'll kill you if you go to Europe without me.' Still .... I had taken the first step to becoming empathetic -- which is faking it."

Over to you...