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What is empathy? Are you born with it or does it develop as you age?

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Empathy is a learned trait, the people who grow up to feel no empathy are born without it.  These children eventually develop empathy because they are taught. So basically empathy is learned it is not hardwired into our but learned through experience.

 How is empathy different from sympathy?

sympathy is feeling compassion, sorrow, or pity for the hardships that another person encounters. Whereas empathy is putting you in other people’s shoes.

How is the development of the brain linked to the development of empathy?

As a child’s brain grows it grows through experience same with empathy kids eventually learns it through experience. It is either taught or learned by themselves by friends or family and it’s like a plant slowly it gets bigger and more complex. Empathy “grows” just like a child and their brain.

How are the brains of males and females different?

Neuroscience of male and female differences is the research of the characteristics of the brain that separates the male brain and the female brain.  Gender differences are thought by some to reflect the interaction of genes, hormones and social learning on brain development throughout the lifespan.

Can empathy be learned?

Neuroscientists have recently discovered that humans are wired to experience empathy through multiple systems of mirror neurons in our brains. Many people seem to be naturally empathetic. Others are not. The good news is that research shows that empathy can be learned by experience.

What is “neuroplasticity”?

Neuroplasticity is the term used to describe the way the brain changes throughout an individual’s lifetime.  Research showed that many aspects of the brain can be altered even into adulthood. The way a brain is molded by learning and other situations.

Why is empathy important? What would life look like if none of us had empathy?
The ability to empathize is dependent on your ability to feel and identify your own emotions

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