Naturally Not Compassionate

I am teaching a class in pastoral care and counseling at seminary. I decided to roleplay a hospital visit. I had one student to roleplay having a back injury with uncertain prognosis. Then I roleplayed a rather poor pastoral visit. I am pretty good at poor pastoral visits--- I just have to do what comes … Continue reading Naturally Not Compassionate

Empathy and Altruism

What is Empathy? "Empathy" was first used as a technical term in psychology by E. B. Titchener in the 1920s. It was developed from the Greek word "empatheia" meaning "feeling into." In practice it is commonly used to express a person's ability to "perceive the subjective experience of another." <Goleman, 98> A more technical (and … Continue reading Empathy and Altruism