7 myths about empathy – Doug Johnson

Not just logic, but also EMPATHY. “What will distinguish those who thrive will be their ability to understand what makes their fellow woman or man tick, to forge relationships, and to care for others. Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind


“I’m not quite sure why I did it, but I volunteered to speak about empathy at the Global Education Conferencecoming up in a couple weeks. So I spent some time this weekend trying to learn a little more about the topic.I’ve been interested in empathy as a possibly teachable/developable skill since reading Pink’s A Whole New Mind book some years ago and thinking about how reading builds empathetic understandings.


What surprised me in my research, however, was not learning what empathy is – but what it is not. In trying to synthesize some things, here are a few “myths of empathy”: “