Basic features of empathy.
Why you need it and what it does for you.
There’s a colloquial definition of empathy as feeling what other people feel. That might get you somewhere if you knew what other people feel, but how could you? And what is “feeling” anyway?
Empathy is the glue for collective action and the foundation for synergy. It coordinates cooperation and sharing. Without empathy there is no feeling of cooperation. There can be a reason and strategy for cooperation, but without the underlying motive such blueprints are not stable.
To read a written version of this introduction, which has links to the Psychic Santa induction, visit my blog post here.