The Empathetic Profiler and Ethics: Trauma Narrative As Advocacy

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Profile Pieces: Journalism and the ‘Human Interest’ Bias, 2016, pp. 211 - 226
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A definition of empathy in its simplest form is to imagine ourselves in another’s shoes. This chapter posits the near impossibility of attaining that within a trauma narrative interview, implicitly because of the trauma and attendant horrors, and that impossibility informing a response beyond empathy. Trauma narrative tends toward an almost fundamental form of the profile, as it usually interrogates the rawest of moments in an individual’s life – often life changing, with intense ramifications, commented upon not just by the subject but those around the subject.
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