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Is age correlated with empathy?

I can see it going both ways... (1) age being related to experience engendering empathy for the different; or (2) youth being related to openness and a longer time horizon for decision-making, resulting in greater empathy

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  • Feb 15 2011: Empathy depeds on the amount of suffering one had in his/her life. Hence, older people and women are more capable of emphathy. Too bad mankind wastes so much time and money on immaginary gods instead of realizing that it's just us with no daddy to watch over us. We should take care of each other better than we do.

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