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Sympathy Issues Concerning Children

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Generally speaking, I’m not known to be a sympathetic person or empathetic for that matter. It’s just a personality thing… but I have an extreme lack of any feeling whatsoever for children (0-6 years old). I’m a tad bit concerned because I don’t believe it’s normal. I’m aware that teens in general lack empathy because that part of their brain (prefrontal cortex?) isn’t quite developed until adulthood, right? Am I overreacting? Is this something to be concerned about? Or is this normal?

Sympathy Issues Concerning Children

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I don’t necessarily think this is a problem. Perhaps you don’t know any children in that age range. If you had personal relationships with children, you may feel differently.

People typically feel empathy and sympathy in response to sad situations. In the absence of a specific event, there is no right or wrong way to feel about people in specific age groups. It is also difficult to have empathy or sympathy for strangers.

If a more specific problem should develop regarding this issue, please write again. Thanks for your question.

Dr. Kristina Randle

Sympathy Issues Concerning Children

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist and Assistant Professor of Social Work and Forensics with extensive experience in the field of mental health. She works in private practice with adults, adolescents and families. Kristina has worked in a large array of settings including community mental health, college counseling and university research centers.

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Randle, K. (2018). Sympathy Issues Concerning Children. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from
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