All About Empathy

Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Empathy is known to increase prosocial (helping) behaviors. While American culture might be socializing people into becoming more individualistic rather than empathic, research has uncovered the existence of "mirror neurons," which react to emotions expressed by others and then reproduce them.

Recent posts on Empathy

Treating Opioid Abuse: Focus on the Patient, Not Just Pain

"Drugs do not grab you and hold you in a bear hug"

No, Really, I'm a Good Patient!

You'll never hear a doctor call a patient Good or Bad. Why do patients call themselves one or the other all the time? What do they mean? Why should doctors know about this?

Does the Popularity of Emoji Mean We Are Getting Dumber?

The rise and rise of Emoji makes us more effective communicators in the digital age.
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Is Autism Really an "Empathy Disorder"?

People with autism may have been unnecessarily stigmatised with the assumption that they have impaired empathy.

The Choices We Make Create History, So Choose Wisely

One of the infinite number of choices we make is how we deal with conflicts and disputes.
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Mental Illness Splits Families

By Susan Noonan MD on May 18, 2017 in View From the Mist
Does mental illness in one person create anger and resentment in your other family members?

Freedom

What does freedom really mean?

The Personal Erotic Myth and the Rise of Fetishsexuality

A new sexual concept paves the way in understanding the role of the unconscious and psyche in exploring authentic sexuality.

Empathy in Literature and Film

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on May 18, 2017 in Hot Thought
Empathy in literature and film works by three modes of empathy: verbal analogies, physiological mimicry, and non-verbal simulation of chains of emotional experiences.

Real Love: A Conversation With Sharon Salzberg

By Mark Matousek on May 17, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg talks about the real meaning of love, and how to bring sanity—and compassion—to the turbulent landscape of our times.

You Can't Teach Men (or Anyone Else) How They Should Feel

How are you going to change my attitudes, or those of my sons and grandsons, so we don’t feel threatened by women’s success?

Happy and Resilient: Balancing Yourself & Your Relationships

Being happy in yourself and your relationships demands that you balance attending to them both.

Let’s Make an Effort to Be More Reflective and Less Reactive

We cannot be reflective while in a reactive state, because it interferes with our listening abilities and lends itself to misleading accounts and impressions.

Black Belt Listening

Happy couples are skilled in the art of attentive listening. They allow themselves to be penetrated by each other’s words and feelings.

The Habit Replacement Loop

Replace your bad habits with good ones! New research on habit formation offers information on how to improve student success by establishing a new normal in learning.

How to Deal with Narcissists in the Workplace

By Ray Williams on May 13, 2017 in Wired for Success
What do you do if you have to work with a narcissist, particularly the boss?

Understanding Difficult Workplace Relationships

As we attempt to understand conflicts in the workplace, it is important to recognize how much of creating a healthy environment lies with each of us.

How a Suicide Attempt Can Affect the Brain

Following a failed suicide attempt, acute CO poisoning causes serious mental health problems due to the death of neurons in vulnerable brain regions.

This Conversation Can Protect Your Relationship From Stress

Are you feeling stressed out and lonely in your relationship? A few adjustments can go a long way.

The Firing of Comey and the Empathy Gap

Are you as perceptive as you believe?

Quarks, Quasars and the Mind: Stranger Than We Suppose

Any account of the mind that conveniently dovetails with our common sense should be met with skepticism.

What do Teenage Relationships Really Look Like?

How can you give teens the space they need to explore the more ambiguous, complicated aspects of their relationships? An open mind and willing heart could make a difference.

Understanding Metastatic Breast Cancer

By Lucy O'Donnell on May 08, 2017 in Cancer Is a Teacher
I find it so odd that people do not know the startling differences between breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer

The Victim Is To Blame

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on May 08, 2017 in Am I Right?
There is a reason why some blame the victim: it is a matter of their moral system.
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Are You an Empathetic Person?

Have you ever wonder if empathy is learned or innate? This article will show you that empathy can be learned and in fact, is in high-demand now. Also included are journaling prompt

Why Is It So Hard to Be Altruistic?

Cooperation and generosity are the norm, not the exception.

Trumpcare: When Is Health Insurance Not Really Insurance?

Who benefits when people can't afford to seek out and use health care services and at what cost to our country, its economy, and our society?

How to Identify and Avoid Toxic People, via Trump's Tweets

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on May 06, 2017 in Finding Love
First step to a happy life: Know how to recognize toxic people and situations and do your best to stay away. Here are four warning signs.

Loving or Having Sex with a Woman Who's Been Raped

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on May 05, 2017 in Insight Is 20/20
If a woman you are with romantically or sexually tells you that she has been raped, don't treat her like a lab specimen or museum exhibit.

Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents and Mother’s Day

How do adult children of narcissistic parents celebrate Mother’s Day? Here are 10 tips to help with emotional triggers and avoid an emotional collapse.