Are we hardwired for friendship? We just may be. One of the most defining features of humanity is our empathy and now, scientists have discovered why we may be hardwired to empathize.
The correlation between self and friend was remarkably similar,” said Coan in a news release. “The finding shows the brain’s remarkable capacity to model self to others; that people close to us become part of ourselves, and that is not just metaphor or poetry, it’s very real. Literally we are under threat when a friend is under threat. But not so when a stranger is under threat.”
The researchers have a theory as to why humans tend to exhibit this response, as well. People need to have friends and allies who they can side with and see as being the same as themselves. As people spend more time together, they also become more similar. In addition, this particular behavior has an evolutionary basis. Catherine Griffin