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By On March 19th, 2014

Killer Empathy

After reading Andrew Solomon’s recent piece in the New Yorker, “The Reckoning,” detailing his interview with Peter Lanza, I sat and reflected on empathy.  I will come back to Solomon’s moving interview with Lanza, the father of Adam Lanza who killed his mother, 6 adults, 20 children and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Recently,…

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By On August 1st, 2013

Can Psychopaths Feel Empathy if They Try?

When we imagine sociopaths and psychopaths, we normally assume they are entirely unable to feel empathy. For a long time, this was the patent belief behind the two related conditions and much of the public still considers this trait the defining characteristic. But, according to research published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology, psychopaths do…

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