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.

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Faking It

Even though students claim to, they often don’t know what educators mean by ‘critical thinking’.

What's So Bad About Bribing Your Child?

Cooperation is too complicated to be shaped by a simple habit, since it's driven by emotions and how connected your child feels to you at the moment.

How to Talk to a Vet

By Robert Dingman Ed.D. on July 18, 2017 in Mind Matters
So many veterans feel distance and alienation from their civilian compatriots because they conclude that we really don’t want to know or can’t understand how they feel.

Bridging Relationship Distress

Is it possible to cut each other free from the conflict?

No, Empathy Isn’t a Universal Value

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
Which countries score the highest on empathy?

Privilege, Responsibility, and Nonviolence

When enhance my capacity to hear the contents of what people from marginalized groups share about their experiences, regardless of how it’s presented, two things happen.

As a Lover, Are You a Giver or a Taker?

Giving back and receiving are fundamental components to human interactions. New research shows when you’re likely to give back, and who’s like to give back to you.
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Is Your Mother an Exhibitionist Narcissist?

If you have ever wondered if your mother was an Exhibitionist Narcissist, this article may help you decide.

Some Forms of Compassion Are More “Acceptable” Than Others

Everything is a matter of perception, including empathy and compassion.

Do Dogs and Cats Have the Same Emotional Responses?

Although both cats and dogs show basic emotions, new data suggests that cats are less likely to show complex emotions than dogs.

Fathers-and-Sons-in-Law: When Things Go Well

By Geoffrey Greif Ph.D. on July 11, 2017 in Buddy System
What helps sons-in-law to be drawn to fathers-in-law?

What Everyday Situation Can Drain Your Empathy for Others?

By Meg Selig on July 11, 2017 in Changepower
Would you stop to help someone in trouble? The surprising everyday situation that can destroy your compassion for others—and nine easy ways to make things better for everyone.

I Feel Your Pain—Is That a Problem?

Empathy is one of the greatest triumphs of humanity. Or is it? Find out why empathy is both great and terrible.

Rallying the Troops Versus Quieting the Indignation

By Gregory R. Maio Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in Attitude Check
Is open-mindedness enough to make us more tolerant of other groups?

Why the Apology You Didn't Get Matters

Questioning ourselves for being “oversensitive” is a common way that women disqualify our legitimate anger and hurt.

Baby Care: 3 Rs for Raising A Happy Child

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Depression is epidemic and even touches babies. How do early life's 3 Rs: recognition, resonance, and respect, mitigate against depression--for all of us?

Lost in America

Compelling reflections of a deceased homeless man.

Trauma-Informed Care and Why It Matters

Individuals’ coping reactions to trauma remain poorly understood, even by many of the people who are in the best positions to offer support and treatment to victims.

10 Reasons Why Teams Need Emotional Intelligence

Why your team needs better EI for better productivity and alignment.

Theory of Mind: Understanding Others in a Social World

When do we develop an understanding of the beliefs, emotions, and intentions of others? How does this understanding set us up for success in other areas of life?

Language, Geological Time, and Evolution

Language is one of the most important revolutionary advances of human beings. We will explore language with its individual development and relationship to emotions and cognition.

Your Biases And Beliefs Are Impacting Your Decision-Making

A line must be drawn when the beliefs of one person or a group of people harm another person or group of people.

Four Different Biotypes of Depression

Psychiatry lacks biological tools to assist in diagnosis and treatment. New research on brain network "biotypes" is a major step forward in developing biomarkers for depression.

The One Good Deed A Day Approach to Happiness

Being rude to others fosters immediate gratification in most cases but in the long run it does nothing for your well-being.

Creativity Goes With Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI) famously predicts all kinds of positive attributes. A recent study shows that high EI goes hand in hand with creativity. Here’s why.

Good Sex Starts Outside the Bedroom

If the rest of your relationship lacks respect or affection, then your sex life is likely to reflect this.

A Better Understanding of Betrayed Spouses

Do therapists sometimes treat betrayed spouses in unhelpful ways?

Putting an End to Tantrums

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on June 28, 2017 in The Dolphin Divide
Understanding the lifecycle of bad behavior. Displays of distemper may be distasteful – but there are ways to quiet them for good.

What's In a Face?

Human faces exhibit more diversity than any other physical feature and more than other species. This fact tells us of the social evolution of our ancestors.
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Raising the Awareness of Child Traumatic Stress

By Amber A. Hewitt Ph.D. on June 27, 2017 in You, Empowered
Did you know that June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Day?