Author: Deb Ellsworth

Empathetic Rats

A friend sent me a very interesting link to a report about empathy in rats. I was interested for 2 reasons–1) the question of whether animals as well as humans can feel empathy is...

The Science of Evil book review

I said back in May that the next book I would be reading was “The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty” by Simon Baron-Cohen. It took me till mid-August to...

Teaching Empathy in College

A faithful supporter recently sent me an interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education in which the writer asks the question: should empathy be taught to college students? The author, Richard Kahlenberg, asks:...

Facebook: the face of empathy today?

I read a very inspiring article in the New York Times about a new Facebook page that is connecting young Palestinians and Israelis. It’s called Facebook.com/yalaYL, the YL standing for “young leaders.” This site...

The GIft of Sharing Pain

I have a good friend who has cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall, had 3 surgeries, and has been undergoing a grueling series of chemo and radiation treatments that started in...

MILK for MLK Day

We just watched the movie “Milk” this evening, and it occurred to me afterward what an appropriate thing this was to do on this particular day. So many parallels between Martin Luther King Jr....

New Year’s Resolution: More Empathy

My New Year’s resolution might surprise some people. I resolve to be more empathetic. Yes, I am generally a pretty empathetic person. But I want to be less judgmental and more understanding of where...

Religious Intolerance Tsunami

I feel like there is a tsunami of religious intolerance sweeping the globe lately. In New York: The growing controversy over building a Muslim center a couple blocks from ground zero results in a...

follow-up to previous discussion

My son, Zack, sent me this e-mail in response to my query as to whether young people are really less empathetic than their predecessors: Without knowing the details of the study, it’s really hard...