Scientists conducted experiments on empathy in which pairs of people were shown pictures of maggots and puppies. The participants could see the stimulus to which their study partner was exposed. When one participant was confronted with the pleasant stimuli and the other with the unpleasant, the capacity for empathy from the former plummeted. The subjects who felt good themselves perceived their partner’s negative experiences to be less severe than they actually were….
Empathy is the ability to share and understand the thought or feeling of another. We now have a better understanding of the regions of the brain that are associated with it. This may explain why the decline in empathy parallels the time when we started becoming personally detached