Empathogenic - a.k.a. Entactogenic - drugs are a wide-ranging group of compounds (e.g. MDMA) which produce experiences described as emotional communion, empathy or sympathy for others, oneness, relatedness, and emotional openness.
The term was first used in the mid 1980s, though many of the drugs concerned date from much earlier. (e.g. MDMA, 1920).
Several of the drugs are currently the subject of intense research to discover whether they may be helpful in treating disorders which have opposite symptoms such as antagonism and indifference (e.g. psychopathic disorder).
Details of how or why the drugs reliably produce such effects are entirely unknown.
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