More experiences make people less empathetic to the inexperienced, study finds

(Medical Xpress)—Children may actually be right when they lament that their parents don’t understand their problems.

“The big take-away from our research is just because at one time you went to your first concert or had your first heartbreak doesn’t mean you’ll know how someone else will experience their first concert or heartbreak,” said Troy Campbell, author of the study and a Ph.D. student at Fuqua. “For instance, parents don’t understand what it’s like to be a teenager, because they don’t feel the things teenagers feel anymore.”


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Empathy is hard to begin with,

and too much experience can

make it even harder.

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