Empathy-art

Empathy-art

drawing of a woman comforting a man

We can choose to put ourselves in situations where we will feel empathy — the experience of understanding and actually sharing the feelings of someone else — or we can choose to avoid such situations. Penn State psychologist Daryl Cameron is studying how we make that decision, and whether we can be encouraged to be more empathetic.

IMAGE: Getty Images/Nadia Bormotova