Do you have the empathy gene?

12 02 2009


empathy

Originally uploaded by this is emily

Everyday I read in the media the result of some research, some of it is so obvious that I wonder why they spend money on it, some other will be contradicted by another research within weeks and sometimes there is some research which is some food for thought.
This is today in The Daily Telegraph.
Researchers believe that the ability to understand and share the feelings of others is at least partly innate and built into our bodies at birth.
I don’t know whether it is a gene or not but I’ve often wondered why some people are totally unable to see things from another person’s perspective even with all the facts there in front of them. There are very few things that irritate me more that people saying “He/she should have done that, if things went wrong they are entirely to blame because they did not do what I’ve would have done” even when the their situation is completely different and the options they have were not available to that person.

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