Empathy: A History

bySusan LanzoniRead bySuzanne Toren

November 27, 2018|
Empathy: A History by Susan Lanzoni
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A surprising, sweeping, and deeply researched history of empathy - from late 19th-century German aesthetics to mirror neurons

Empathy: A History tells the fascinating and largely unknown story of the first appearance of “empathy” in 1908 and tracks its shifting meanings over the following century. Despite empathy''s ubiquity today, few realize that it began as a translation of Einfühlung or “in-feeling” in German psychological aesthetics that described how spectators projected their own feelings and movements into objects of art and nature. 

Remarkably, this early conception of empathy transformed into its opposite over the ensuing decades. Social scientists and clinical psychologists refashioned empathy to require the deliberate putting aside of one''s feelings to more accurately understand another''s. By the end of World War II, interpersonal empathy entered the mainstream, appearing in advice columns, popular radio and TV, and later in public forums on civil rights. Even as neuroscientists continue to map the brain correlates of empathy, its many dimensions still elude strict scientific description. 

This meticulously researched book uncovers empathy''s historical layers, offering a rich portrait of the tension between the reach of one''s own imagination and the realities of others'' experiences. 

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Moliere, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of C...
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Title:Empathy: A History
Format:Audio Book (CD)
Product dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:6.75 X 5.25 X 0.5 in
Published:November 27, 2018
Publisher:Brilliance Audio
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781721367047

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