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Published: Tuesday June 20, 2017

Can you teach empathy?

A report published yesterday on an Malaysian online newsfeed centred on the response of a government official to the question of homelessness.

Responding to a comment by Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor,labelling the homeless community as “lazy”, Nurul Izzah Anwar stated that the comment evidenced a lack of empathy. She contended  “The issue of social justice and welfare should be at the heart of policy making”.

Similar accusations regarding lack of empathy are currently being levelled against the UK Prime Minister Teresa May over her failure to meet with survivors and concerned family members following a devastating fire in a London tower block.

Empathy is identified as a key aspect of effective interpersonal communication and a staple of both emotional intelligence and investigative interviewing courses. But can you really teach individuals to be empathetic? An article published by the Oxford Review proposes that it is possible. To read the full article Click here

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