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January 18, 2013 / Jake Seliger

Life: Robert Trivers and the empathy deficit

“When a feeling of power is induced in people, they are less likely to take others’ viewpoint and more likely to center their thinking on themselves. The result is a reduced ability to comprehend how others see, think, and feel. Power, among other things, induces blindness toward others”

—Robert Trivers, The Folly of Fools


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  1. S. Thomas Summers / Jan 18 2013 7:52 am

    Obama? Politicians? Batman? It applies to all who possess power. Agreed.

    S. Thomas Summers
    Author of Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil War

  2. Kathy Walsh / Jan 18 2013 8:30 am

    Big typo in your header “emapthy” should be “empathy”.


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