The Cost of Callousness and Losing Compassion

When people suppress their sense of compassion, there’s often a price to pay: Losing a bit of their commitment to morality.


Normally, people assume that ignoring their compassionate feelings — such as refusing to give money to a homeless person — has no effect, but researchers Daryl Cameron and Keith Payne, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suspected that wasn’t true.


“Compassion is such a powerful emotion. It’s been called a moral barometer,” said Cameron, …