Empathy, Cognition, and In-Group Preferences

The speculative post on empathy¬†generated a great set of comments over on Facebook, but I think the discussion was weighed down by the framing from the original article regarding “Extreme Female Brain.” Those (like Cordelia Fine) who have rejected the account of autism-spectrum disorders as “Extreme Male Brain” have largely done so because of the… Continue reading Empathy, Cognition, and In-Group Preferences

Can there be an excess of empathy? How would we know?

BPS has a gloss on this paper by Bremser and Gallup, which suggests that eating disorders and social anxiety may be an example of Extreme Female Brain: too much concern about what other people think and feel is associated with fear¬†of negative evaluations, which may be expressed through apprehension and distress over negative evaluations by… Continue reading Can there be an excess of empathy? How would we know?