Do shared life experiences make it harder to understand others?

Understanding each other’s thoughts and feelings is a vital component of successful relationships. For example, when we’re discussing emotional or stressful situations with other people, our intuition may tell us that someone who has gone through a similar experience is better at understanding what we’re going through. But a new study, led by Annenberg School for Communication’s Yoona Kang, has found compelling evidence to counter that assumption.

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