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

Are Self-Esteem and Creativity Connected?

By Jennifer Haupt on September 27, 2016 in One True Thing
Sustaining creative work requires respecting yourself, honoring your life, and the humility and faith to keep going despite the ambiguity...

Divorce: American Style

The single-most reason marriages fall apart.

Continue to BE Uncomfortable

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on September 25, 2016 in Catching Homelessness
On the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and confronting racism in constructive ways.

Why TSA Agents Need Therapy Skills Training

By Goal Auzeen Saedi Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Millennial Media
In the age of TSA, travel has become more stressful than ever before. Could training agents in basic therapy skills such as empathy and thought distortions help?

Suicide in Children — What Every Parent Must Know

Only about one-third of children or young adolescents who died from suicide told anyone that they intended to kill themselves. Do you know the risk factors?

How to Make Things Better by Making Them Worse

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Think Well
While it's counter intuitive, sometimes to make things better we first have to make them worse. Here's how to understand and use the power of paradox to solve many problems.

Witness My Life

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in iAge
How witnessing--the act of affirming one's presence and passage in time--can be the love we seek.

Interview: The Hidden Life of Trees

By Rachel Clark on September 19, 2016 in Mothering Nature
"To regulate the destruction of nature by law is not half as effective as loving nature." ~ Peter Wohlleben
flickr image by Harold Heindell Tejada

Re-Envisioning Commitment

Many of us seek commitment in order to create safe, lasting relationships. But a deeper inquiry might suggest that we need to fine-tune what we're actually committing ourselves to.

Exercising our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 9

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Groups working to maximize their collective understanding of societal problems need a space where they are free to exercise their intelligence.

The Man Who Did Not Feel Well

How much has medicine changed since I was a boy?

How to Overcome Feeling Insecure in Your Relationship

When insecurity is present, we live and relate from fear. Fear is toxic to intimacy.

The Challenge of Connecting Dots

By Miki Kashtan Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in Acquired Spontaneity
What I realized in a moment of sharp and instantaneous insight that came from nowhere and hit me at the core was utterly simple: the Waltons and I see a different reality.
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Understanding and Choosing Better Coping Skills

When it comes to better understanding and treating addiction, we can learn a lot by looking at a person’s coping mechanisms.

Understanding Bipolar Disorder

By Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D. on September 15, 2016 in Brain and Behavior
There are many misconceptions about bipolar disorder, a lifelong disorder characterized by episodes of often persistent, highs, and often persistent, lows.

7 Ways to Make Conflict Healthy

By Amie M. Gordon PhD on September 15, 2016 in Between You and Me
It's not whether you fight, but how you fight that matters. Bringing understanding into your fights can transform them from negative experiences to positive ones.

How One Pilot Calmed His Passengers With Just a Few Words

By Meg Selig on September 14, 2016 in Changepower
This pilot used 4 simple communication skills to soothe the minds of his passengers. While not a "Miracle on the Hudson," he made life better for a planeload of people.

Understanding Shame: Symptoms and Prevention

Shame is insidious, corrupting our self-knowledge, inhibiting our self-love. What are shame's consequences? What can we do to prevent it's toxic bite?

Age as a Factor in Sexual Orientation and Attraction

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on September 13, 2016 in Finally Out
Sexuality research focusing exclusively on genital sex to the exclusion of attraction, affection and affiliation falls short in our understanding of sexual orientation or identity.

Why Do We Wince When We're in Pain?

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Beastly Behavior
The recent discovery that all mammals make the same pain-face begs the question, why? One reason could be that wincing is a facial expression intended to communicate danger.

Helping Children Through Transitions

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in Between Cultures
7 ways parents can help children navigate the challenges and rewards of mobility.

An Unforgettable Tale About Forgiveness

By Harriet Lerner Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in The Dance of Connection
Here is a moving Hassidic parable about forgiveness and healing broken connections.

How Eye Contact Brings You Together (or Pulls You Apart)

Science explains why making eye contact can be a friendly social signal or challenge another person.

Can You Read Your Partner’s Mind?

By Madeleine A Fugère Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Dating and Mating
The ability to accurately read your partner’s thoughts and feelings may enhance your relationship.

King Oedipus and the Good Life

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in One Among Many
Once we know what the good life is, will we be happier?

7 Ways to Listen

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on September 09, 2016 in Wander Woman
You may be able to get more from your conversations if you consider your purpose for listening. Choose from the following reasons before you meet.

Remembering Mother Teresa: Now Saint Teresa of Calcutta

By Debbie Joffe Ellis on September 05, 2016 in Tried and True
People who inspire us by their efforts in helping others remind us of the privilege and fulfillment of providing care, compassion, kindness, and helpful deeds for people in need.

A Neuroscientist on How to Really Read to Kids

By Erin Clabough Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Neuroparent
Tired of speeding through fairy tales? Do bedtime in a different way tonight.

Colin Kaepernick, Beyoncé, Chappelle and Black Lives Matter

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on September 04, 2016 in Full Living
Few folks want to be accused of being racist. And hating certain protests and protesters isn't proof of racism. Failing to see the need for racial discrimination protest is proof.

Can we do too well in grief?

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in Good Mourning
Can we do too well after a loss? We need to acknowledge resilient grievers.