In the age of nonstop bad news, it’s ok if you’re low on empathy
Quartz - 10/12/2017
Kristen Lee, lead faculty for behavioral science at Northeastern University in Boston, specializes in studying self-care and resilience. She agrees that we must be careful to watch for “insularity,” as she calls it, lest we hoard concern only for those “on our own little island.” Lee also says we should be careful not to project our own emotional experiences in the face of tragedy onto others. “What can happen sometimes is we can over-project, what we call white helping or the White Knight phenomenon, othering people, and treating them as though they don’t have the resources, that ‘they need me,’” she says.