Empathy overkill…

by CBT Psychology ~ April 9th, 2010. Filed under: Blog.

If you can’t watch horror films without ‘feeling the pain’ then you might have ‘extreme empathy’. The mirror neurons in the brain are responsible: they fire when we perform an action and when we see someone else perform the action. The brain can mirror the physical and the emotional aspects of other’s pain. As always, each of us is somewhere on the continuum between inability to put onself in someone else’s shoes (for example autistic people and psychopaths), to hyper-empathy, which makes it very unpleasant watching a horror film…(New Scientist, 13/3/2010)

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