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Why do some of us show higher levels of empathy than others? One theory involves childhood experiences: research on the relationship between an individual’s childhood trauma and their adult empathy capacities has generally found that trauma is associated with a decrease in empathy. Recently, however, some studies have suggested that childhood adversities may in fact elevate empathy later in life. Though this ongoing debate is of general interest, the complex findings are usually discussed solely among academic psychologists. A more accessible platform for gathering information on interpersonal relationships and emotions is podcasts. This podcast therefore interviews researchers in the field to sort through the evidence and explore how differences in methodologies might cause discrepancies in the results. The way individuals react and adapt to their trauma is largely influenced by genetics and psychological diagnoses, which then play a role in predicting empathetic abilities.



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