“Dulling Pain May Also Reduce Empathy”

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Seeing others in pain may engage some of the same neural pathways as experiencing pain yourself, according to a new study covered by ScienceNow. “This study provides one of the most direct demonstrations to date that first-hand pain and pain empathy are functionally related,” neurobiologist Bernadette Fitzgibbon told ScienceNow.

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1 COMMENT

  1. From my experience people who are resistant to suffering are less likely to be emphatic. Psych drugs numb people’s emotional responses and they also kill empathy. Antidepressants can also kill love:
    http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jul/30/health/he-antidepressants30
    Feelings are there for a reason.
    I’m not a Christian but I’ve learnt to understand and appreciate the Christian ideas on the value of suffering. It has the power to transform you into a better, wiser human being.