The Dark Sides of Empathy by Fritz Breithaupt

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Quick review for a DNF.

I’ll be honest I didn’t get very far in this book. I didn’t feel drawn to continue it for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it reads like an essay, a really long needlessly drawn out essay. Secondly, the conclusions Breithaupt was drawing early on felt inaccurate. For example, he opined that serial killers kill because of the empathy they feel with their victim’s suffering. I’m not a psychologist but I think that’s too simplistic and makes it seem as though all serial killers would be at least partly masochistic rather than just sadistic. The way it was worded made it seem as though empathy caused them to kill people rather than it being something else in their psyche that caused it and empathy was just a convenient emotion during the killing. Either way this book just didn’t feel like it had been written or edited as it should have been and it led me to stop reading. This book simply wasn’t for me.

But in case it is for you here’s the link The Dark Sides of Empathy

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