Empathy is an important virtue–“rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15)–but there is also a neurological condition in which individuals actually do feel what those around them feel. It’s called “mirror touch synesthesia.” This is the first I’ve heard of it, coming across the article excerpted after the jump, but supposedly 1%-2% of the population has it.
Which means that out of every hundred people, one or two people have this power. Which means that of you readers, who number in the thousands, there are lots and lots of you who can do this. If any of you have mirror touch synesthesia, please tell us about it.
Another curious thought is that this is also reportedly the percentage of people who have same sex attraction (2%)! So there are as many people with mirror touch synesthesia as are gay! And yet I’ve never heard of it. My impulse is to be skeptical, but it is apparently legit. Here is the Wikipedia article on this mysterious yet common super power. [Read more…]