Does Empathy Have Limits?

C. Daryl Cameron, Michael Inzlicht, and William A. Cunningham: Some scholars have recently come out against empathy, saying that it is overhyped, unimportant and, worse, dangerous. They make this recommendation because empathy appears to be limited and biased in ethically problematic ways. As psychologists who study empathy, we disagree. Based on advances in the science of empathy, we suggest that limits on empathy are more apparent than real. While empathy appears limited, these limits reflect our own goals, values, and choices; they do not reflect limits to empathy itself.

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