What is the empathy paradox? | Curio

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What is the empathy paradox?

13 mins | Aug 5, 2022
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Welcome back to Wake Up with Curio! We're excited to bring you our revamped show. Every morning journalist Paula Akpan will help you go beyond catchy headlines, and get valuable insights on a recent story from two angles, followed by a helpful life hack to keep the positivity flowing. In today's episode... Empathy plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives, enabling us to relate to different perspectives, sense emotions and connect to the people around us. We typically think of it as a positive cognitive response, but could it also have some downsides? This morning we discuss the three identified forms of empathy: affective, cognitive and somatic and consider, despite the various ways they allow us to regulate our social connections, whether there are any potential limitations. You can listen to "Through the eyes of another" from Aeon on Curio; just search for them on the app.