Empathy: What it is and why it matters - an Interview with David Howe

A Rumor of Empathy

Apr 15 2015 • 56 mins


Join Lou Agosta for a conversation with special guest, David How, about David's book Empathy: What It Is and Why It Matters. We will inquire into the deep history of empathy in the evolution of the species; the empathic brain; how empathy develops in children – and in the community; individual differences in the level of empathy; what happens when empathy is absent or missing; the role of empathy in psychotherapy and the helping professions; empathy, morality, and pro-social behavior. We will explore the idea that empathy humanizes people and their relationships – that empathy is about our shared humanity. The includes but is bigger than the idea that an experience of feeling is communicated for the one person to the other. Without the other person, one loses one’s humanity. One is left without vitality, aliveness, or energy. In short, one is left depressed. This is the book I wish I had written. In empathy, one is simply in the presence of another person.