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Apathy, or effectively the feeling of "not caring" or putting it colloquially, "not giving a rats", is something that most of us get sometime or another in varying degrees.

My question is, what are the cognitive and neurological bases for apathy? Why is it that some experience it far stronger and more often than others?

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From look at the research I don't think anyone in psychology and neuroscience cares. :) –  John Jul 5 '13 at 13:57
    
@JohnChristie very punny, ha ha ha... but, you may actually be on the money there. –  user3554 Jul 5 '13 at 23:04
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You might find some relevant/related information under "flat affect"--which looks a lot like not giving a rats! –  Krysta Jul 9 '13 at 19:48

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In some cases, Apathy descends from dissatisfaction one has faced in his own life. An apathetic would generally be a man whose own desires to be loved have not been sated in the past. Generally such a person doesn't give a damn when he comes across someone in need.

Somehow he convinces himself "When nobody paid heed to me when I needed help, Why should I help anyone?". And as we all believe, We become what we repeatedly do. Thus, voice within him that guides him to help others goes on to become weaker and weaker.

Others, I suppose are too engrossed in fulfilling their own goals and pursuing their own interests that they don't have scope left to look into others' lives and their problems.

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I like the logic of this, it is prefered if you can offer some researched evidence to support ideas on this particular Stack Exchange site. cheers –  user3543 Nov 2 '13 at 12:05
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@Skippy, the first friend I found here on Stack Exchange is you. Thanks for your kind response. I just thought that here we could say what we feel, Of course, I will try to add some details if I have any... Thanks again –  user3747 Nov 2 '13 at 17:19
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It's a pleasure :) I have upvoted all your posts, as they are good arguments, it's just they usually will need some citations.. have a look at some of the upvoted answers here. :) And welcome, I hope you make more friends.. This site has been a bit quiet in the comments, you can always pop into chat chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/2250/the-axon-terminal I can't go into chat for a few days –  user3543 Nov 3 '13 at 2:05

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