Against Empathy [...]

Empathy is sometimes touted as key to mutual understanding. But what if empathy were the problem?

Paul Bloom, psychologist and Yale professor, argues that empathy is a bad thing—that it makes the world worse. While we’ve been taught that putting yourself in another’s shoes cultivates compassion, it actually blinds you to the long-term consequences of your actions. In this animated interview from The Atlantic, we hear Bloom’s case for why the world needs to ditch empathy.


Torturers need high amounts of empathy to understand what is painful and what is not. The Empathy of Torturers
Compassion Fatigue argues compassion is a limited resource, often wasted on trivialities.

Online Disinhibition Effect argues that lack of face-to-face empathy is part of online disinhibition.

Empathy is tribal. See Red Team Switch