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Exchange Exemplar: Exploring Empathy And Where It Comes From

How would you describe empathy? Emotion, trait, skill, process? It does prove helpful for human beings to connect with one another; having some sense of what another person is feeling is a good step toward meaningful communication.

But the term gets used a lot, and its use comes with some eye-rolls these days, kind of like "self esteem" did for an earlier generation. Cris Beam, a journalist, talked to people from many fields for her study of empathy and its origins and uses, I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy.

Extreme?" No one got hurt in this interview from 2018.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.