Is global empathy in decline?

Syrian woman and children, Aleppo, 2013Is global empathy in decline? Are our societies becoming less caring and more narcissistic? Have we become numb to media images of human suffering, such as photos of children traumatised by air strikes in Syria? In this article in the Guardian, I explore the recent decline of empathy in Australia, as well as other countries such as the UK and USA – and try to offer some innovative solutions for reversing the trend.

The article is based on my new book, Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution.

You can find information about my upcoming book events here, including talks in London, Oxford, Amsterdam and Zagreb. Hope to see you at one of them – come and say hello!

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  1. Posted 13 March 2014 at 7.01am | Permalink

    I am reading your book at the moment Roman, and I am so inspired with your work, and that of Karla McLaren (et al) that I am starting up a FB page “Empathy Conversations” to keep the discussion going. thank you!

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