Compassion Amidst Repeated Mass Shootings: As the number of mass shootings increase, compassion tends to decrease.

As the number of mass shootings increase, compassion tends to decrease. Compassion is our ability to emotionally feel the pain of others combined with a desire to help. Our brains are wired to respond strongly to unexpected, surprise events.

Think about the difference between living in Washington D.C. vs. visiting Washington D.C. As a visitor, you’re awed by the monuments, history and sight seeing. But, as a local, the big city with its touristic draw loses its appeal. This psychological phenomena is called desensitization.


Blanca Cobb