Author: Deb Ellsworth

Are young people less empathetic?

I read about a new study that claims that college kids are about 40% less empathetic than their counterparts 20 or 30 years ago. This was a large study analyzing data on 14,000 college...

Gay stigma fading away

Good news on the empathy front! New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow reports on the Gallup research organization’s findings that the percentage of Americans who feel that gay and lesbian relations are “morally...

Empathy for Evil?

Are we required to have empathy for those who are evil? I recently watched the movie Hotel Rwanda. This is, of course, a very disturbing movie about true evil that was committed on a...

Haiti Vs. Congo

I was going to write about how the overwhelming response to the earthquake disaster in Haiti gives us clear evidence that empathy is alive and well in the human population. We see millions of...

Life in a Family without Empathy

How difficult is it to live with family members who are unable to feel empathy for you or each other? I’ve had a series of interesting e-mails from a woman who recently discovered the...

Babies are sociopaths

We all start life as sociopaths. Babies don’t much care that mommy is dead tired from getting up every two hours to feed them. Their cries say it all: “Feed me. Change me. Hold...

The Henry Louis Gates incident

The Henry Louis Gates incident is a situation crying out for an empathetic response. You have to ask yourself, if you are not a person of color, how would it feel to be automatically...

Help Wanted: Supreme Court Justice

Wanted: Supreme Court Justice. Must be empathetic and understanding. President Obama is going to appoint a replacement for David Souter, and his number one criterion for a candidate is empathy! When have you ever...

Children’s Culture Connection

I just read a newspaper article about an amazing organization that is fostering empathy between children of different cultures and countries in wonderful ways. It’s called Children’s Culture Connection. I spent the last hour...