Empathy in Engineering
There is an interesting article found on myEWB about a study done at Linköping University in Sweden. Researchers directed a questionnaire to 200 hundred students in six different study areas to measure the individual’s level of empathy. Surprisingly, or not so, engineering students tended to be less empathetic than their counterparts. The entire paper is accessible only with a full subscription to the website, but the abstract is sufficiently informative:
What does this mean for the workplace? Does the lack of empathy in engineers limit their full potential? Have you encountered any situations at work or at school where empathy was an important factor? Is there a difference between men and women engineers with respect to level of empathy?