Maia Szalavitz: Empathy isn’t a Vegetable

Over lunch on the Upper East Side, Maia Szalavitz, science blogger for 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. Check back tomorrow for part two of our interview, which focuses on how to cultivate empathy in children.


Ada Calhoun: What got you interested in empathy?

Maia Szalavitz: It crosses into everything from neuroscience, sociology, psychology, history… Virtually everything we do is dependent on our ability to read the mind of others