This Woman Can Feel the Pain and Joy of Others—Literally
What if you could literally feel the joy and pain of others? Carolyn Hart is a masseuse with a condition called mirror-touch synesthesia, which allows her to actually feel what people around her are experiencing in their bodies—like pain from a cut on their skin . While it may not seem ideal, Carolyn chooses to see the positive—after all, she can literally empathize with others when they describe their pain. At the same time, she can also take part in beauty or joy when she witnesses something like a ballet dancer twirling, and feel and experience it just as vividly as if she were dancing herself.