From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection; winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Instead of helping me to better understand empathy, it is the most self-serving piece of shit I've read in a long time.
Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How sho From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection; winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. The author loves to talk about all she has been through, and that would be fine if it were done in a way that helped us (or even her) learn something from it.
- The observer feels Sympathy = the observer still doesn't know how sad or painful it is to lose a relative, but can understand the grief of that person.
April 22, 2009, am I believe that sympathy is a feeling of sorrow for someones situation or condition.
The capacity to sympathize and empathize are considered vital for a sense of humanity — i.e., the ability to understand one's fellow humans and their problems.
People who lack this capacity are often classified as narcissistic, sociopathic, or in extreme cases, psychopathic.Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? She reminds you of that several times in case you forget. Instead, it's just a chance for her to use her past to show off an impressive writing style (being somewhat similar to Marilynne Robinson and Joan Didion).How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Like, if she has to get a pacemaker, like, she's so thin it would show under her skin. She must have just finished her MFA when she wrote it because it just drips with MFA-ishness: for example, say that "It was like something is XYZ, until it absolutely isn't" and then say that about something else a little later, and then say it again, except reverse the location of the is and isn't, and of course, don't forget to use the f-word, even where it is glaringly out-of-place, because every fucking writer should use the f-word, and be sure to describe the Mountain Dew soft drink as pee-colored. Way too heavy on the metaphors, though, to the point of turning them into metafives.Compassion recognizes the "me" in "you," the shared commonality of feelings between individuals.Both sympathy and empathy imply caring for another person, but with empathy, the caring is enhanced or expanded by being able to feel the other person's emotions."Empathy" was coined in 1909 by British psychologist Edward B. While the word's spelling borrows from an ancient Greek word, empátheia, which meant "passion," Titchener used "empathy" for the purpose of translating a German word (einfühlungsvermögen) and its concept of shared feeling.Interestingly, in modern Greek, empátheia no longer has positive connotations.However, these terms are only applicable if a person consistently lacks the capacity to sympathize or empathize with others.In general, there are many cases where people may not feel sympathetic or empathetic due to lack of knowledge or because their experiences are different; this does not imply abnormal behavior. Instead of helping me to better understand empathy, it is the most self-serving piece of shit I've read in a long time. Other people don't have that problem, but she totally would. The book starts out great, and the first 20% or so of it is has me seeing myself writing a review that says "This book nourished me and made me feel more human." But, before even another 20% had gone by I was ready to throw the book against the wall.