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Compassion noun - sympathetic pity and concerns for the sufferings or misfortunes of others



So, I know it's the Internet and most of you don't have hearts... But in the real world, can you teach someone to be compassionate? Is it a character trait that can be learned?
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A sociopath knows how to be compassionate, the issue is that he may not truly feel compassion.

So yes, compassion can be taught and learned.
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How about a compassionate person turned bitter by society? The opposite? Like how you used to care for people when you were young, but as you grew older and had to deal with people you hardened on the outside.

I thought kids naturally were feral and had to be taught compassion by their parents.
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It can be taught and it can be learned provided the person being taught can feel it.
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Archmechanite wrote:

How about a compassionate person turned bitter by society? The opposite? Like how you used to care for people when you were young, but as you grew older and had to deal with people you hardened on the outside.

I thought kids naturally were feral and had to be taught compassion by their parents.


I wouldn't go as far as to call that person bitter when they just sought after what they were deprived as a result of putting to action compassionate behavior. I think where sociopaths win is that they don't let compassion disarm them and they would much rather use it in a way that favors their end goal.
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I'll answer that if I ever feel it. 35+ years and still nothing.
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MysticGon wrote:


Compassion noun - sympathetic pity and concerns for the sufferings or misfortunes of others



So, I know it's the Internet and most of you don't have hearts... But in the real world, can you teach someone to be compassionate? Is it a character trait that can be learned?


You teach compassion by showing compassion and rewarding compassion.

Whether you can teach someone to actually feel compassion is another matter. I personally think that emotions and morals are a form of insanity, they often make us act against our best interests. I am not sure if you can teach someone to do something that feels right but may actually be counterproductive.
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I'll answer that if I ever feel it. 35+ years and still nothing.


Most people would hide that fact lol. They'd just put it in a corner..just in case they get into trouble one day and the police start looking for a motive.

Though, psychopaths never really get into the sort of trouble sociopaths get into.

Not that i'm saying that you might be a psychopath
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I_am_DJ wrote:

A sociopath knows how to be compassionate, the issue is that he may not truly feel compassion.

So yes, compassion can be taught and learned.


Exactly
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Most people would hide that fact lol. They'd just put it in a corner..just in case they get into trouble one day and the police start looking for a motive.

Though, psychopaths never really get into the sort of trouble sociopaths get into.

Not that i'm saying that you might be a psychopath


I've been told by many people they think I am. It's amusing to say the least. Though I will say I have no issue dealing with what most people consider "bad."
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So you can't teach someone to jump on top of a live grenade to save their comrades. It just happens. Makes sense, it does contradict our survival instincts in a pretty big way.
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severticas
Most people would hide that fact lol. They'd just put it in a corner..just in case they get into trouble one day and the police start looking for a motive.

Though, psychopaths never really get into the sort of trouble sociopaths get into.

Not that i'm saying that you might be a psychopath


I've been told by many people they think I am. It's amusing to say the least. Though I will say I have no issue dealing with what most people consider "bad."


Oh well, the terms are just made up anyway. We all must champion one another., all we've got Bloody aliens, when will they come?!

Oh btw, i think you gave your age away xD.
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Unless they have some kind of mental blockade preventing them from doing so, almost everybody can be compassionate.
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Oh btw, i think you gave your age away xD.
Logic bomb mate, logic.

I'm kidding, don't kill meh.


Oh it's no secret I'm a bit older than the whipper snappers around here. I've never given my exact age out though. I usually just tell them I've been doing my line of work longer than some have been alive here.
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