Why are we able to function after mass tragedies? The answer is a defense mechanism in our mind that Dr. Paul Slovic calls the Arithmetic of Compassion. He explains how three components essentially numb our feelings to help us move on after traumatic experiences. Unfortunately, the Arithmetic of Compassion can also influence us to turn our backs on others who are suffering.
- Dr. Paul Slovic, Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon, President, Decision Research