Does Empathy have limits?

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Does Empathy have limits?

In an essay published in the Conversation, Daryl Cameron, Michael Inzlicht, and William Cunningham discuss the nature of empathy, specifically asking if empathy has limits. In the essay, which is part book review of Paul Bloom's Against Empathy, Michael and his co-authors suggest that limits to empathy are more apparent than real; these apparent limits are not built into empathy itself, but reflect the choices we make. These so-called limits, in other words, result from general trade-offs that people make as they balance some goals against others.

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Have we been thinking about willpower the wrong way for 30 years?

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Have we been thinking about willpower the wrong way for 30 years?

Harvard Business Review discusses the changing landscape of research on self-control, including covering work by Michael Inzlicht, who suggests that self-control is not similar to a fuel tank that becomes emptied with use. Instead, Michael suggests that self-control is better understood as a motivational construct, with features that make it resemble an emotion. 

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Willpower might be overrated when it comes to achieving goals

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Willpower might be overrated when it comes to achieving goals

Business Insider covers a new lab study suggesting that effortful self-control might be relatively unimportant in reaching one's goals.  Achieving your goals, in other words, is less about exercising self-control; instead it's about avoiding temptation in the first place. Thus, against popular and scientific wisdom, effortful self-control does not appear to play a role in goal-pursuit, suggesting that the immediate positive consequences of exerting willpower do not translate into long-term goal success.

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The Edge of Restraint

The Edge of Restraint

Michael Inzlicht talks with Psychology Today magazine about his research on self-control, suggesting that effortful control is not based on some finite resource, but is instead determined by people's priorities and motivations. 

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Empathy Is Actually a Choice

Empathy Is Actually a Choice

Psychologists Daryl Cameron, Michael Inzlicht, and William Cunningham believe the “limits” of our empathy “can change, sometimes drastically, depending on what we want to feel.”

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The Paradox of the Free-Market Liberal

The Paradox of the Free-Market Liberal

Ariel Malka and Michael Inzlicht write in The New York Times about their cross-national research examining the influence of personality characteristics on cultural and economic attitudes.

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