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EMPATHY ≡ OUTROSPECTION V INTROSPECTION

I was very interested to read the following article in the Oxford Timesduring 

a visit to see Linnie's mum in Yarnton, around the time of its publication.


"The word "introspection" has been in use for the knowledge of psychology

we obtain by studying our own mental states, but there was no word to

indicate the knowledge of psychic phenomena we obtain by observing

others. Needing such a word. Professor Patten employed the word

altrospection, to mean the knowledge of psychology we can obtain by

observing the impressions that excite other people to mental activity, as

judged by their reactions against their impressions."


Roman Krznaric, by contrast …says most personal development and self-help

books are based on ideas from philosophy, psychology or religion, while none

drew on the lessons of history - “how people have actually lived, rather

than utopian dreamings of what might be possible.



He considers empathy - the ability to truly put oneself in the shoes of

another - to be a vital but neglected human capacity. “I absolutely believe

that empathy can be taught,” he says, citing the success of a programme

for Canadian schoolchildren called ‘Roots of Empathy’. He would like to see

something similar in British schools. He writes a blog about empathy called

Outrospection' and plans a book on the subject, and even a museum.

by Jenny Lunnon


Interview with Roman Krznaric Oxford Times December 29th 2011

I suppose that my subsequent comment on Roman Krznaric's blog, entitled

Why creativity is not about originality - just about summarises my own

experience of LIFE ...

Your reference to Michelangelo is well chosen, particularly in the context of his fame at the time for the outward appearance of the human body, which has coloured the majority of our status-quo collective mindset in this new millennium; juxtaposed to 'the bastard ' Leonardo, whose truly creative and brilliant 3D like drawings, of the internal workings of the human body, are still used today, because of their 'realism', during the instruction of surgeons in where and how to cut.

 

 

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