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

Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous: Does It Make Sense?

By Emily T. Troscianko on February 17, 2018 in A Hunger Artist
I analyse the ABA literature to explore whether or not the translation from alcohol addiction to eating disorders results in coherent and constructive principles and practices.
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Mother Anna Young and the House of Prayer

By Joni E Johnston Psy.D. on February 16, 2018 in The Human Equation
What is it like to grow up in a destructive religious cult? Two children tell it like it was.

Saying, and Hearing, the "Thing Which Is Not"

Recent brain imaging studies have revealed that distinguishing between truth, deceit, and irony requires the activation of distinct neural networks.

Physicians’ Humility

Humility can be so important to a patient’s treatment and recovery that academic physicians believe it should be part of medical students’ education.

Life-Changing Moments

It doesn't take long to have a life-changing experience. Sometimes a weekend workshop will do it. Sometimes a chance encounter is sufficient. Sometimes a moment...

Standing at the Edge: The New Book by Roshi Joan Halifax

By Mark Matousek on February 15, 2018 in Ethical Wisdom
In her new book, Standing At the Edge: Finding Freedom Where Fear and Courage Meet, medical anthropologist and Zen master Joan Halifax investigates "moral distress" and burnout.
Virginia Woolf in 1902 photographed by George Charles Beresford, Wikipedia

Follow the Sound

By Laura Otis Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Rethinking Thought
Imagining the ways that other people experience sights and sounds can lead us out of our caves into the light.

Talking to Kids About Shootings

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Peacemeal
Help kids deal with tragedy through four suggestions for empowerment and support.

The Death of Empathy

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on February 14, 2018 in Am I Right?
So much bad news makes wears on our capacity for empathy.

Improve Your Relationship In Twenty Minutes!

By Mark O'Connell L.C.S.W.- R. on February 14, 2018 in Quite Queerly
The greatest challenge for each half of a couple, is to walk in the emotional shoes of our partner. Here's a short and sweet tool to help you do just that.

Checking into Heartbreak Motel: Broken Heart Syndrome

"The best way to heal a broken heart, it turns out, is to find a way to move past the hurt". -Mary Kay Andrews

The Illusory Nature of the Objective

By Michael Bar-Eli, Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Boost!
Subjective perception and interpretation are imperative to understanding and assessing human behavior and performance—both others’ and our own.

Radical Changes in Psychiatric Diagnosis Are on the Horizon

Psychiatric diagnosis is still in the 20th century, but rapidly evolving tools leverage machine-learning and "big data" to begin to sketch out future advances.

How to Keep Jealousy From Sabotaging Your Relationship

Can jealousy be a positive thing? What if it could actually improve your relationship and bring partners closer together? Here's how psychologists say it can.
F.J.Ninivaggi MD

"Asmita": An Eastern Perspective on Narcissism

Narcissism exists in the Himalayas as "asmita." Who knew?

Mind Your Presence, It Matters

Do you wish to make a contribution to the world? Working on your presence and the way you connect with others can go a long way.

10 Reasons to Celebrate Darwin Day

Today is Darwin’s 209th birthday, and he is still pretty much right about everything. Here are 10 reasons to celebrate his life and ideas.

How Psychoanalysis Helps

By Leon Hoffman M.D. on February 11, 2018 in Beyond Freud
Why do people seek a talking treatment?

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Can a Narcissist Truly Love?

Empathy is the necessary ingredient for giving and feeling love.

Complaints Are Highly Underrated

Many of us have resistance to voicing complaints. Even during those times when we are in touch with our dissatisfaction.

Meditation Does Not Make You a Better Person

Many people think of meditation as a magic bullet. But in reality, the evidence on meditation is mixed.

What Underlying Brain Dysconnectivity Causes Mental Illness?

Stunning neuroscience research reveals a potential common cause for psychiatric illness identifiable in adolescence, and suggests avenues for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

More Empathy for the Privileged?

By Jennifer Baker Ph.D. on February 06, 2018 in For the Love of Wisdom
Can we solve the problem of racism by "showing up" and "doing the work?" The limits of Brené Brown's approach to racism.

Empathizing With a Partner’s Emotional Ups and Downs

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Attraction, Evolved
New research suggests that our relationship quality is better if we empathize with our partner’s negative and positive feelings.

Democracy Depends On Promoting The Common Good

Can the United States discover the need to promote the common good over the interests of the rich and powerful? It may require the establishment of a new political party.

The Benefits of Arguing

By Jennifer A. Samp Ph.D. on February 04, 2018 in Conflict Matters
Hate conflict and arguing? Focusing on conflict as an opportunity for growth may change your mind.
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Addicted to Thrills

By Elizabeth Young on February 04, 2018 in Adaptations
“Whoa!” Rocco exclaims. Eleanor looks away. Ed flinches. India maintains her smiling gaze, but I see her back press against her wheelchair, braced against that speed.

Valentine's Day: The Real Truth Behind the Hearts and Candy

Ironically, the history of Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly romantic; in fact, this lovesick holiday has some very dark and twisted history.
Alex Pattakos

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Meaning

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on February 03, 2018 in The Meaningful Life
Are you living a happy life or a meaningful life?

Have Scientists Found the Brain's "Engine"?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on February 03, 2018 in ExperiMentations
Studies of brain activation in monkeys tells us about how ancient deep brain areas control the overall level of activation in higher brain regions.