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


Doing for the Greater Good: What's Needed from Professors

What is generally rewarded in academia is the enhancement of one's status and prestige. Being a good citizen is rarely rewarded. In fact, it can work against promotion and tenure.

Can Exponential Tech Enhance Early Childhood Education?

By Tim Leberecht on December 12, 2017 in The Romance of Work
When it comes to AR, Blockchain, or AI, most of us feel like pre-schoolers. So I learned a lot at a recent weekend that brought together education experts with tech leaders.

When Students Talk About Wealth and Class

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Listen Up!
Are our kids better at talking about wealth and class than we are?

Two Cheers for Empathy

By Robert J King Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Hive Mind
Paul Bloom has recently (and one suspects slightly provocatively) called for a rejection of empathy. But he has left us little grounds for his alternative "rational compassion."

Tis the Season to Be

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on December 12, 2017 in Brain Waves
Tis the season to be jolly. Is the act of forgiveness the key?

Understanding Your Child's Behaviors in Context

When it comes to children, how can you tell the difference between a discipline problem and a mental health diagnosis?

The Movie "Wonder" Demonstrates the Power of Kindness

Here are five tips to teach your children to accept those who are different.

The Many Mini Ways to Show You Care

It doesn't take a grand gesture to show someone that you care. With a "micro" act of kindness, according to new research, the payoff can be surprisingly high for both of you.

How to Avoid War with North Korea

Is war with North Korea inevitable? Psychology offers crucial insights.

Celeste Headlee on Relearning to Listen

By Isaac Lidsky on December 08, 2017 in Mastering Your Reality
No, you don’t know how I feel, but I’m trying to tell you.

The World Responds to Our Emotions: Evidence from Physics

Albertus Maximus: the world responds to our emotions.

How to Be a Secure Base of Attachment for the Holidays

By Hal Shorey Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in The Freedom to Change
Does the thought of the family holiday gathering stress you out? Attachment theory can teach you to be a "secure base," lower everyone's anxiety, and enjoy your family and friends.

Why Empathy Is the Golden Rule of Couples Communication

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
It's only logical that to get your partner to hear you the way you want, you first need to emotionally connect with them. Yet that’s almost never what happens.
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Study Shows Generous Behavior Leads to Increased Happiness

Helping others can lead us toward a brighter tomorrow.

"How Can I Stop Being in Love with Someone who Abuses Me?"

If you are trapped loving an abusive partner, this article can help you understand what is going on and how to get out.

A Good Apology Is Hard to Find

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on December 04, 2017 in Mindful Anger
Right now, it’s men’s apologies that are in the news. But, we can all take this moment to brush up on our apologizing skills, and recognizing when we have things to apologize for.

The Key to Becoming the Most Wonderful Version of Yourself

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Feeling It
We all strive to be successful, or "good at" our work, parenting, athletic or whatever your favorite hobby is. But one thing we don't think about is how to be wonderful.

The Dark Side of Outing Men’s Sexual Misdeeds

The vast majority of men I deal with in therapy say, “If she doesn’t want it, it totally turns me off.”

The Two Channels of Empathy

By Lydia Denworth on December 02, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is empathy an instinctive sharing of emotion? Or is it understanding how other people feel? According to the latest scientific thinking, it's both.
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Lessons in Leadership

By Craig Dowden Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in The Leader's Code
Lessons in leadership. Great leaders set the tone.

Are Women Harsher in Judging Single Women Than Single Men?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Living Single
Are women especially judgmental and mean about single women, as the “catty women” caricature would suggest? Scientific studies provide a consistent answer.

The Paradox of Conflict

By Mikhail Lyubansky Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in Between the Lines
Dominic’s big idea is that conflict is neither undesirable nor dangerous and that the danger lies not in the conflict itself but in ignoring or attempting to repress it.

How Do I Ask My Grandma to Stop Being So Techy?

Using social media to connect across generations sounds like a good thing, but how do we respond when our good intentions cause embarrassment to our youth?

Male Sexual Misconduct and the Testosterone Curse

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
In assessing present-day perpetrators, it's important to consider testosterone—the "ethics-free" chemical of desire—as being the organic culprit of their objectification of women.

#MeToo: Insights From Psychological Theory and Research

The psychological and physical impact of sexual harassment on its victims is damaging and often long-lasting. #MeToo has rekindled questions about why and when it occurs.

Is Your Family a Forgiving Community?

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Families can reduce the tensions in the home and create greater harmony between partners and among children, if forgiveness becomes part of the norm for healthy family functioning.

Child Sexual Abuse Declared an Epidemic

Child sexual abuse epidemic acknowledged by WHO.

How Attachment Style Affects Sexual Desire And Satisfaction

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on November 28, 2017 in ExperiMentations
New research deepens our understanding of how attachment style affects sexual and relationship satisfaction in more diverse and real-world study populations.

Control Freaks and Approval-Holics (Part 2)

By Dale James Dwyer Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Got a Minute?
What do you think influences how trustworthy we appear to others or they appear to us?

Get Your Students to be More Engaged

Break up your teaching into smaller chunks, and provide your class with feedback about how well they are understanding the material.