Selective Empathy

The term selective empathy’ is almost a tautology because researchers in this field explain that empathy is by its very nature geared toward people we see as being like us.

We can overcome this natural tendency to limit our circle of empathy either by calling on increased compassion (which is not naturally restricted to people like ourselves) or by changing our relationships with ‘them’ so that they become part of ‘us’.


 by Rabbi Zalman Kastel