Tell Me How You Really Feel
A psychologist warns that empathizing can do more harm than good.
by Paul Bloom
I'm a white man and (perhaps you've heard) my kind enjoys explaining things at great length to everybody else. I talk a lot, loudly. That's probably my most zealously cultivated talent: the ability to speak with an air of relaxed authority about almost anything. It has served me well, especially at work, even though in my profession—writing songs for the theater—you spend a lot of time trying to see the world from the