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Guess what? A “genetic predisposition” to empathy has been discovered in the brain!

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The areas in color represent some of the regions of the brain where greater activation occurs in HSPs/Art Aron

From ScienceDaily:

Do you jump to help the less fortunate or cry during sad movie scenes? If yes, you may be among the 20 percent of our population that is genetically pre-disposed to empathy, according to a study. The results provide further evidence that highly sensitive people are generally highly tuned into their environment, and provide evidence that especially high levels of awareness and emotional responsiveness are fundamental features of humans characterized as HSPs.

The study population was 18.

Well that just shows all you stupid people out there who think that empathy is something we learn over decades of human experience, witnessing and accepting suffering, and deciding how best to respond.

Dr. Aron believes the results provide further evidence that HSPs are generally highly tuned into their environment. He said the new findings via the fMRI provide evidence that especially high levels of awareness and emotional responsiveness are fundamental features of humans characterized as HSPs.

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Sure. Anyone familiar with life at ground level will recognize the type. Cried buckets of tears at Princess Di’s funeral, leaving family members and friends and other dependents, to whom she owed a duty of care, neglected. Couldn’t go to work, and left colleagues scrambling. Forgot commitments, leaving others high and dry. If female, this type attracts comments from other women like “stupid cow.”

Yeah, empathy.

Thesis: This “genetic predisposition” is amplified by reading celeb mags, available at supermarket checkouts everywhere.

Study: Bianca P. Acevedo, Elaine N. Aron, Arthur Aron, Matthew-Donald Sangster, Nancy Collins, Lucy L. Brown. The highly sensitive brain: an fMRI study of sensory processing sensitivity and response to others’ emotions. Brain and Behavior, 2014; DOI: 10.1002/brb3.242

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5 Replies to “Guess what? A “genetic predisposition” to empathy has been discovered in the brain!

  1. 1
    ppolish says:

    i must be part of the 20%. I cry when I think of the people with no free will. Sucks to be them waa. Easily distractible dangerous drivers with no free will waaaaa. Ok, I feel better now.
    Until I watched this waaaaa
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ata_player

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    Dr JDD says:

    These sorts of studies are merely moving further and further away from personal responsibility. Much like recent studies that showed that paedophiles have different activity in their brains than non-sex offenders that brings the conclusion that it is a disease/predisposition which is moving as with all of this “genetic” work to absolving humans of any responsibility for their actions.

    Its not your fault, its in your genes. You aren’t a rapist, you cannot help it. We must not punish, but cure…

    Etc…

  3. 3
    Dionisio says:

    Dr JDD
    A politician came up with a ‘brilliant’ idea to reduce the high crime rate in a city: redefine many crimes as something else! Soon the statistics showed the same city as one of the safest cities in the world.
    Pathetic, isn’t it?

  4. 4
    Querius says:

    The “constructive interpretation of perception” sounds so much more dignified than “lying through your teeth,” doesn’t it? 😉

    Another technique is “flexible skepticism.” Formerly this was known as “straining at a gnat, and swallowing a camel.” Some things are so inherently obvious that little or no scrutiny is warranted; other things are so divisive or controversial that an infinite number of studies will be required!

    -Q

  5. 5
    Mung says:

    Like I care.

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