In this episode Jake discusses the emotion of Contempt. Contempt is an emotion felt towards others that puts the person in an inferior, lower status position. The other person is regarded as being less in some way that the person feeling contempt considers themselves important.
The person is seen as being bad, for example when they have transgressed values, in which case the Contempt may be associated with disgust and other strong negative emotions such as anger and hate. Because contempt requires a mental position of superiority, the person feeling this may experience a certain pleasure.
Empathy and contempt are polar opposites. Empathy involves caring about others feelings and concerns. Contempt is arrogance, “I know best”, disregard, dismissal and no regard of other’s concerns. Empathy nurtures relationship bonds; contempt invites relationship problems.
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