Author of Cook, Talk, Love Cites Lack of Empathy as a Source of Conflict at Family Gatherings, Offers Solutions

A lot of conflict today is caused by an alarming decrease in empathy. A 2010 study conducted at the University of Michigan found college students had a 40% decrease in empathy compared to their peers 30 years ago, with most of the decrease occurring in the last 10 years. Empathy is the ability to recognize feelings in other people. Empathy is a requirement of compassion. Empathy is where the line is blurred between our feelings and that of another person. Without empathy, one doesn’t care what another is feeling. Without empathy, it’s all about that person and no one else. This lack of empathy hurts relationships.


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