When you feel someone else’s pain — literally

UK scientists are looking for people with a rare condition called mirror-touch synesthesia. This means they can feel what other people are feeling — physically and emotionally. It could help give an insight into how the brain processes empathy.

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  1. Without looking it up in a dictionary, define the word “empathy”.
  2. Write a short story through the eyes of someone with mirror-touch synesthesia. What would it be like to feel the same sensations as those around you? Is it a power or a weakness?