Back in office catching up on my reading and came across this fascinating article from Professor Paul Bloom (@paulbloomatyale). The original posted on Boston Review can be found here >>> Against Empathy by Paul Bloom.
With the attention that has been given to emotional intelligence (a positive thing!) I wonder if we've lost sight of the meaning & consequence of empathy/anger compared to say compassion.
How informed is the narrative that we're sharing when we talk about emotional intelligence?
But we know that a high level of empathy does not make one a good person and that a low level does not make one a bad person. Being a good person likely is more related to distanced feelings of compassion and kindness, along with intelligence, self-control, and a sense of justice. Being a bad person has more to do with a lack of regard for others and an inability to control one’s appetites. So how much empathy do we really want in ourselves, our children, our friends, and our society? If you want to answer that question, it helps to think about a quite different emotional response—anger.