Chartered Psychologist emphasises the importance of empathy

Simon Baron-Cohen has emphasised the importance of preserving empathy at a speech delivered at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. The expert - who is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society - showed he is committed to the humane treatment of those who exhibit maladaptive behaviour, the Guardian reports.

Mr Baron-Cohen has just released the book Zero Degrees of Empathy and he is aiming to increase awareness of the human emphatic system.

The newspaper noted Mr Baron-Cohen is keen to highlight the consequences that can occur when such a process malfunctions, adding he is anxious for society to move away from the practice of condemning individuals as evil.

Mr Baron-Cohen would instead like better understanding of why a person has acted the way he or she has.

He said that "at the risk of sounding aspirational", people should start using empathy to better their own lives.

Recent research from the University of Warwick found that men tend to leap to judgements and make decisions that are more black-and -white than their female counterparts.