Does Art Make You a Better Person?

The development of empathy in an individual from art mirrors the original derivation of the term; it is art that makes us empathic.

 

What about experiencing art? The concept of empathy began in 19th-century German psychology as a description of emotional and kinesthetic responses to works of art — engagement with works of art provokes empathic response. Empathy is how we know others’ minds and others’ experiences…

 

Starting early in our lives, with children’s books, then music, movies, novels, poetry, and visual art, we discover through art worlds that belong to others, and they immediately become our own…

 

by Brian D. Cohen