Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
The Empathy Exams
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
From personal loss to phantom diseases, The Empathy Exams is a bold and brilliant collection, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction PrizeA Publishers Weekly Top Ten Essay Collection of Spring 2014Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another's pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting painreal and imagined, her own and others'Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territoryfrom poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarcerationin its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
meagankc21
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Pickpick

This was a smart collection of essays that covers the question: what's the difference between empathy and tragedy voyeurism? The essays cover topics like sympathy for those suffering illness, even made up ones, tourism, and wounded women. Great read! #halfbloodbingo #essays #bookbingo

blurb
meagankc21
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

For #bookbingo "a book of essays" I chose the empathy exams by Leslie Jamison. Still reading the titular essay but it's incredibly well written so far. #halfbloodbingo #readingchallenge #nonfiction

2 likes1 stack add
blurb
Erin01
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

getting a few pages in before work this morning 📖

blurb
kmwiley2
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

Not too bad so far.

blurb
AshleyS
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

This is an ideal way to spend the evening. I'm burning the christmas at the burrow candle from frostbeard and listening to the harry potter scores playlist on spotify to drown out my dudes videogame.

blurb
bookandcat
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

Awkward selfie with Leslie Jamison! My favorite serious essayist (Sloane Crosley is my favorite humor essayist).
#morristownfestivalofbooks #mfob

36 likes1 stack add
blurb
Booksnob
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

Two more essays to go till the finish line. Thank god there is not a test.

21 likes1 stack add
blurb
m.galehuxley
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

It‘s 2:30am and I can‘t sleep. So I‘m going to continue reading The Empathy Exams. I read the titular essay in college and loved it, so I‘m excited to read the rest of the book.

I am however a bit annoyed because the books I ordered (and am super excited about) were delivered and can‘t be found anywhere in my apartment complex. I get wayyyy to pumped to receive and read new books. The annoyance I feel now may be a little dramatic. 😂

tracey38 I hope you find the books! 1y
m.galehuxley @tracey38 Thank you! They‘re still lost 😣 1y
tracey38 @m.galehuxley I'm sorry! I hate when things go missing in the mail. 1y
28 likes3 comments
review
tholmz
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Pickpick

Much different than I anticipated, but Leslie Jamison gave me so much to think about.

review
everlocalwest
Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Mehso-so

I read this after reading Dead Girls because I wanted more amazing personal essays and this is a highly lauded collection that I never got aound to, but it did not resonate with me in the same way. Jamison is a fantastic writer and the opening essay is great, but where Bolin was engaging with media to make points about culture through the personal, Jamison seemed to be mining the pain of others for what often felt like empty points about empathy.

mauveandrosysky Yep. I was also pretty underwhelmed by this. 2y
30 likes1 comment
blurb
4ravens
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

more research reading 📚

CarolynM This one sounds interesting 2y
4ravens @CarolynM it is an interesting read 2y
2 likes2 comments
review
mrozzz
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Mehso-so

Feeling pretty apathetic towards this... luckily I had the audiobook so I could passively listen to it when I couldn‘t care enough to follow along. I really liked the quality of Jamison‘s writing and the first essay about her time as a practice patient for young doctors & how she tied it into her real medical history— but the other essays seemed like too much of a stretch comparing real world events to her personal experiences writing or drinking.

blurb
mrozzz
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

1) Twitter somehow... 🤔 OH. It must have been a link to the BookCon website or Book Riot.

2) I didn‘t initially, but now I track quite regularly with Goodreads book challenge. 📚

3) YES IN THE BEST/WORST WAY. 💸💸💸💸💸💸💸💸I have, fortunately, found a few ways to get more free books (I‘m looking at you Net Galley).

4) Tagged. I have mixed feelings on this although I like the writing style.

KathyWheeler There were some things I liked about The Empathy Exams and some things I didn‘t. It‘s been awhile but it seems I remember thinking the author made a lot of things about her that shouldn‘t have been. 2y
mrozzz I totally agree with that... @KathyWheeler it‘s weird because I feel like I can‘t believe everything she says because the references to herself are SO different? That first essay was amazing. Waiting for another to get on the same level. 2y
KathyWheeler @mrozzz That is exactly how I felt. I loved the first essay but didn‘t like any of the others nearly as much. 2y
See All 6 Comments
Chellebearss I just started with Netgalley as well. Are you enjoying it? 2y
mrozzz Yes! @Chellebearss I‘m a tad overwhelmed because I‘m pulled in so many directions between my owned TBR, library books, and the ARCs from Net Galley but it also increases my pace because there are so many good books available to me right now and I have to get through them all! ☺️ 2y
Chellebearss @mrozzz I‘m trying to pace myself with what I take from netgalley so that I don‘t take more than I can read. It‘s hard though as there are so many great ones 2y
72 likes6 comments
blurb
WanderingBookaneer
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

Finished under the gun! #24in48

GarthRanzz Way to go! 👏 2y
saresmoore Woohoo! Congrats! 2y
catebutler So awesome!! Congratulations!! 🎉🎉 2y
See All 28 Comments
Jas16 🙌🏽📚🎉 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Congratulations!🎉🎉 2y
Wannabe_Quijote Amazing!! 2y
theshrinkette Woot woot! ♥️😍🎉 2y
LibrarianJen Congrats! 🎉 2y
niha923 woooo congrats 🎉🎉🎉❤ 2y
JacqMac Yay! 🎉 2y
JessClark78 🎊🎉🎊🎉📚 2y
Mollyanna Congratulations 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
NCNY 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
Eyelit 👏🎉👏🎉👏 2y
ghosthost Yes! 🙌 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations!! 2y
merelybookish Wow! Rock 🌟 2y
DebinHawaii Awesome!! 🎉📚🎉Congrats! 2y
UrsulaMonarch Bravo! 2y
LeahBergen 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
GypsyKat Congratulations!!!👏👏👏🎉📚 2y
Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
mariaku21 Amazing! 2y
Librarybelle Congratulations! 2y
hes7 Yay! 🎉 2y
MissAimz_55 Great job!!! 2y
Andrew65 🎊🎉🥂👏🍾🙌 2y
Bookzombie Yay!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
155 likes28 comments
review
AKinderman
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
Pickpick

An interesting and thought-provoking read.

blurb
AKinderman
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

Shadow wanted his own shelfie

CatLass007 Beautiful 😻😻😻😻😻😻 2y
AKinderman @CatLass007 Thank you! 2y
11 likes2 comments
blurb
AKinderman
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

Throwing some nonfiction in between my dystopian trilogies for a palate cleanser.

BookMaven407 I have this on my tbr list. 2y
8 likes1 comment
quote
megnews
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

“She has the grace to imagine her way into the minds of people who won‘t imagine hers.”

quote
megnews
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

“Empathy requires knowing you know nothing.”

blurb
SubwayBookReview
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

Melissa: "I've read the first half in about 12 hours. What's interesting is that we can practice empathy in many aspects of life. A few minutes ago I saw someone drag a suitcase up the stairs and a stranger helped them out. I thought that was really great. I don't think I help people enough. I think it comes from a fear of me coming across as awkward. It's better to act on impulse. When someone needs something, just help out. Don't overthink it."

69 likes5 stack adds
blurb
Laalaleighh
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

After a long thought experiment with the bf, we have come to a working theory that evil is the absence of empathy.

I'm curious as to whether anyone has any thoughts on the topic?

This has been on my mind a lot lately.

BookishFeminist I generally agree and have lots of thoughts on this. At the very least, lack of empathy for those that aren't extensions of themselves. Many people we see as "evil" seem to lack empathy for others but might show it toward family, for instance. I also think it stems from unwillingness to see "sameness" in other people that they simply perceive to be different. Have you read Tribe by Sebastian Junger? He talks about tribalism & our political divide. 2y
DrJAdMerricksson I can agree with this statement. People are hardwired to dislike that which is different. Many are intelligent enough to see beyond instinct, and that despite different cultures, skin, religious beliefs, etc., We are actually the same. They take the time to turn the unknown into the known. Then there are those who choose not to, and it is a choice of willful ignorance. These people think violence against difference is the answer. 2y
riversong153 Agreed. I feel sorry for people who lack empathy because they can't see how their actions affect people. 2y
See All 10 Comments
ReadingEnvy It is empathy, yes, but also the impulse that would lead you to seek understanding in the first place. What is that called? 2y
drokka I wonder if lack of empathy is really enough to define it. (For the record, I'm not a believer in 'evil' I believe people choose to do/be good, or don't and that these are generally defined by the surrounding society but will use the term for sake of argument). I believe that beyond a lack of empathy, there must also be intent. You can be without empathy and yet not be evil. 2y
Shortstack This makes sense to me as I don't believe in real evil but think psychopaths/sociopaths are as close as we get. 2y
RaimeyGallant What @drokka says makes sense. Just because someone doesn't have the ability to empathize doesn't make them inherently evil. They may choose to follow the golden rule regardless. This said, people who lack empathy are the ones who have damaged me the most. 2y
BooksForEmpathy Yes, I think that to be evil, one must lack empathy. Empathy is something that is built though, and so I do believe that a person has the ability to change and nurture curiosity, love, and empathy for other human beings IF they have the motivating factor to do so. I do not believe people are born evil, but evil grows if we are surrounded by it and if the people around us do not question it and we lack resources to learn from. It's so complex!!!! 2y
Laalaleighh @BookishFeminist @DrJAdMerricksson @riversong153 @ReadingEnvy @drokka @Shortstack @RaimeyGallant @BooksForEmpathy thanks for all your responses! You all make some interesting points! I'm still working through my thoughts on the subject but your replies have helped me give it more shape and given me more to consider! Thank you!! (edited) 2y
53 likes10 comments
blurb
Apinlibraryland
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

Book haul!

Reviewsbylola Excited for Goodbye Vitamin! 2y
9 likes1 comment
blurb
Oryx
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

#onthenightstand This is the night stand in my guest bedroom. I filled it with short story collections and books you can dip into (because maybe guest forgets book, and wants something to read in bed -at least he/she can finish a short story or two). Anyway, I'm not sure anyone has actually read anything yet, but if I were a guest, that's what I would like. #aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading

TheKidUpstairs This is amazing! I would love this if I was a guest 😊 3y
KarenUK What a lovely idea 💕📚 3y
IamIamIam That's some excellent planning!!!! 😄 3y
See All 10 Comments
JazzFeathers That's just amazing. If l were a guest, l'd spend the night leaving through those books ;) 3y
AlaMich You are the best kind of host!! 😊 3y
Jess_Read_This What a thoughtful gesture for your guests! 3y
Redjewel_7734 💜💜💜 3y
Bibliogeekery That is so sweet! 3y
EvieBee What a great idea! Lovely. 3y
Lmstraubie That is such a beautiful idea. 💖💖💖 3y
71 likes10 comments
review
bookandcat
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Pickpick

This essay collection is powerful and stays with me even 2 years after I first read it. Leslie Jamison is a treasure
 @Liberty #READATHONESSAYS

15 likes2 stack adds
quote
ComradeMao
Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

2017, Book 17 "Maybe moral outrage is just the culmination of an insoluble lingering. So prepare yourself to live in it for a while. The great shame of your privilege is a hot blush the whole time. The truth of this place is infinite and irreducible, and self-reflexive anguish might feel like the only thing you can offer in return. It might be hard to hear anything above the clattering machinery of your guilt. Try to listen anyway."

6 likes3 stack adds
review
annakait
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Pickpick

I haven't read an essay collection in ages, and this one reminded me everything that I love about them. Each essay had its own center, but the emotional resonance traced through them all. It had so much to say about how we experience pain and emotion, and how we relate to others--this book definitely made me wish I hadn't checked it out from the library, because my copy would be absolutely filled with underlining and notes!

blurb
chaoticgoodhufflepuff
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

I made a pie for #piday #pieday, and while I was waiting for it to set, I started reading. Six hours later, and it is a soup pie instead of a pudding pie. 😂 #marchintoreading @RealLifeReading

13 likes1 stack add
blurb
chaoticgoodhufflepuff
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

#blameitonLitsy #blameMrBook This has been on my list for a while now, but when @MrBook posted a picture of this cover, I had to have it. #marchintoreading @RealLifeReading

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻!!! Love to hear your thoughts when done. 3y
15 likes2 comments
blurb
Bookishcassie
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
review
malloryomeara
Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Pickpick

I don't usually highlight things in books, but this collection had sentences that knocked me flat. I adored most of these essays and recommend them for anyone.

blurb
MrBook
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

#TBRtemptation post! This is an award-winning essay collection that seems to be ubiquitous nowadays, which is a good thing considering the subject matter confronted. How should we care for each other? How do we feel each others pain? Is it important to gauge empathy to determine a person's goodness? She looks at poverty tourism, phantom diseases, street violence, reality tv, illness, jail. Definitely worth a read! #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

SapphiresHaze Recently took an actual empathy test to find that I got a 27 out of 80 🙃 3y
haileybean I'd be curious to see where I end up on that empathy test @SapphiresHaze. I joke that I'm a robot. 🤖 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
81 likes16 stack adds4 comments
review
Bry
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Pickpick

Overall, I enjoyed this wide-ranging collection of essays about our feelings when faced with the injustice, poverty and suffering of others (and also how we want others to react to our own suffering). It brings up questions like: why do people volunteer for gruelling ultra-marathons?; what is it like, as a prisoner, to have visitors who can come and go while you remain confined?; why do we watch documentaries about people being treated unfairly?

review
CandycaneBelle
Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
Pickpick

Finally finished. There were definitely some essays I liked more than others but the interesting thing about this collection is that this was never a "how to be empathetic" how to. Jamison tells stories from her own experience and then the reader decides where to place empathy. Overall I enjoyed how different it was from my normal! #trumpedupreadinglist

quote
CandycaneBelle
Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
blurb
Nikki725
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

How I determine if the Kindle version is the right format to read a certain book: 1) Is the hard copy too big/heavy to fit in my purse? 2) Is my hard copy signed by the author? (If yes, I don't want to ruin it). And in the case of "The Empathy Exams" 3)Will I be underlining/hi-lighting every other sentence? Seriously, you guys these essays are so good!

3 likes1 stack add
blurb
Karen.reads
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

Productive visit to #HalfPriceBooks. Got $24 in trade so only had to pay $7 for all of these! 🙌🏼 Empathy Exams has been on my radar for a while and the Morocco guidebook is for an upcoming trip! #bookhaul

20 likes1 stack add
quote
CandycaneBelle
Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

"I will listen,even when I'm deep in my own sadness" I'm going out on a limb here and saying that being #generous and #empathetic aren't too distant neighbors. #generous365 #generous52

quote
CandycaneBelle
Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

Look at how poignant this is!

7 likes1 stack add
quote
CandycaneBelle
Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

Picked this up from the #library based on a review that says this book is "a necessary, brilliant antidote to the noise of our time" Remember friends, #dontdrinkthekoolaid

7 likes1 stack add
blurb
todd
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

The race described in this book (the Barkley Marathon) is insane. I know only one person who will do this with me. What say you @jeff ?

Soubhiville I recently watched the documentary about that! It's utterly crazy. 3y
jeff This race sounds about the right amount of insane to try @todd ! 3y
todd The starting gun is replaced with the red glow of a cigarette. Have to watch that documentary. @Soubhiville @jeff 3y
39 likes2 stack adds3 comments
review
TheThousandBookProject
Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Mehso-so

For a book about empathy, I found the writing surprisingly cold. Read more: https://thethousandproject.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/62-the-empathy-exams/

blurb
kait.corum
Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

So, it's about time I get around to making my first Litsy post! The semester is winding down, so now that I'm not drowning in my own essays, maybe it's time to take a shot at someone else's.

4 likes1 stack add
blurb
Julsmarshall
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
ReadingOver50 Nice! 3y
Eyelit 👍👏📚 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa The Sixth Extinction 👍 3y
68 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
BooksForYears
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Mehso-so

The concept of empathy is a common thread that runs throughout the book, especially seeing the humanity in others. While I generally enjoyed this collection of essays, I connected most with the pieces where the author seemed to take the most care and effort in trying to view a situation from another's perspective. I really enjoyed the writing style and the clarity of the author's voice throughout.
#NonFictionNovember #Essays #opencitizen

shawnmooney You expressed your feelings much more diplomatically that I did when I panned this book a couple minutes ago. Good for you! :-) 3y
ReadingEnvy I liked the pain essay, but that's the one I remember. 3y
Mcoun I waited for this book on hold for about 2 months. I think there were maybe two essays that I liked. The one I remember is the one about people with Morgillons Syndrome. 3y
See All 6 Comments
half_book_and_co I read it some time ago and still think about it. The writing style really resonated with me. 3y
Eyglo I just bought this book and had very high hopes...but at least it sounds like it has some good points! 3y
BooksForYears @Eyglo It's definitely a worthwhile read. It's rare that I love every essay in a collection, and this was no different. 3y
127 likes9 stack adds6 comments
blurb
Centique
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

And from the previous page: "Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing."

This feels so true. Takes me back to sitting with my friend coping with her sons cancer diagnosis that morning - and the new world she was entering with its different landscape and rules.

Zelma I am so sorry to hear this. 3y
Centique @zelma thanks Z. That particular story has had a happy ending so far. 👍 He is a little shorter than he should be and has a lot of scars but finished treatment & doing very well. 3y
19 likes2 comments
blurb
Ericareads44
Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

These essays should be required reading. For everyone. #empathy #theempathyexams #lesliejamison

review
shawnmooney
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Panpan

She's an amazing, insightful writer. The essays about med school patient roleplaying, Morgellons, & the quirky marathon were awesome. But her narcissism infects almost every other piece; she can't seem to stop from inserting the most unbelievably jarring me-me-me digressions into the midst of pieces about the deeply traumatic experiences of others, experiences with which she is supposedly trying to empathize!?!? I give these empathy exams an F.

mauveandrosysky Yup, agreed. All of the essays that weren't about *her* were excellent. Everything else just felt so self-absorbed. Glad I'm not the only one who felt that way! 3y
39 likes2 comments
review
deefig
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image
Pickpick

Tough book covering some tough topics. Essays make for great reading because you can breathe in between each topic. I took a lot of time to breathe while reading this particular collection. There are many sensitive topics discussed in the book, so if you are easily triggered - avoid this one.

MrBook Good review 👌🏻. 3y
9 likes2 stack adds1 comment
quote
shawnmooney
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image

quote
shawnmooney
The Empathy Exams: Essays | Leslie Jamison
post image