According to Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of “empathy” is “the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.” Author Leslie Jamison has sought to personify what it is to “feel” in her latest book “The Empathy Exams.”
The 29 year-old chronicles her adventures playing sick for med school students; surviving an assault on the streets of Nicaragua; understanding the past lives of inmates, and even our relationship with the word saccharine, and how its artificially sweet meaning translates well beyond food and drink.
I’ve been able to engage in all these questions
of can empathy be taught, and if so how
can it be taught effectively