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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    What I HOPE in the debate tonight is that Obama empathizes with the suburban moms and those that are on the fence. He's been appealing to voters too far on the left, and although that's important, it does concern me.

  • rtb1961

    Empathy matters for the whole of human society. The core autonomic empathic response is essential to any social species, those shared feeling enable societies functions without them societies collapse.
    Narcissism is a true genetic dysfunction, the absence of an autonomic empathic response how much impact this has upon the behaviour of the adult depends upon how early the defect was recognised and what steps were taken to minimise the developmental dysfunctions that result.
    One step beyond Narcissism is psychopathy, where not only is there a lack of an autonomic empathic response but also extreme shallowness of emotions, where the psychopath does not feel the full range of human emotions within themselves, let alone react to the expression of emotion by others.
    Understanding the core impact of these two maladies upon the distortion of human societies, the disruption of democracy and as being the core drivers for the worst of humanity, war and crimes against others.