Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Zero Degrees of Empathy

Zero degrees of empathy means you have no awareness of how you come across to others, how to interact with others, or how to anticipate their feelings or reactions. It leaves you feeling mystified by why relationships don't work out, and it creates a deep-seated self-centredness. Other people's thoughts and feelings are just off your radar. It leaves you doomed to do your own thing, in your own little bubble, not just oblivious of other people's feelings and thoughts but oblivious to the idea that there might even be other points of view. The consequence is that you believe 100% in the rightness of your own ideas and beliefs, and judge anyone who does not hold your beliefs as wrong, or stupid.

Reference: Baron-Cohen, S. (2011, March 27). The science of empathy. The Observer. Retrieved March 29, 2011, from http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/mar/27/the-science-of-empathy

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