Empathy isn’t a Vegetable: Part 1

Over lunch on the Upper East Side, Maia Szalavitz, science blogger for Time.com and co-author, with leading child trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, of Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential – and Endangered, explained why empathy needs better PR, and how we can make that happen….


Ada Calhoun: Yes, I think empathy needs better PR.

MS: We underemphasize how fun and cool it is to connect with other people, and how actually our greatest joys in life are about connection and empathy. Let’s say you’re the most successful person in the world but you have nobody to share it with—it’s pretty bad, right? That most of our joys are relational and not material, again underlines the importance of this. We feel like empathy is a vegetable and it’s like something that we have to do because it’s good for us or like exercise or something, but actually it’s the root of all fun.


by Ada Calhoun



Maia has done some great work on empathy.. here’s more about her work with links to some of her many articles about empathy as well as an interview we did with her.