Ironic but True: Being Empathic Can Have Serious Effects on Parents

By Denise Uychiat,


As much as everybody would love to have a parent who empathizes with you in any given situation, there are growing evidence suggesting that being an empathetic parent may be bad for the health. Apparently, being a good mom and dad can have unhealthy side effects on one or both the parents.


A research team from the Northwestern University found that there is a direct connection between parental empathy and chronic, low-grade cellular inflammation, as well as increased levels of stress hormone production. The team explained that while children are showered with advantages every time they face difficult situation, parents who empathize and relate to their concerns and hardships can have major health effects over time,refinery29 reports