Empathy Essential Reads

Krystine I. Batcho

Why Should We Grieve the Death of a Wild Animal?

It’s natural to mourn the death of a loved one or a beloved pet. But what would it mean to grieve the death of an animal we come upon in the wild?

My Partner Cheated on Me—Should I Try to Make It Work?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 12, 2017 in ExperiMentations
How do we decide whether to stay or go after someone cheats on us? New research sheds light on the decision-making process and helps us understand our own relationships.

How to Help a Grieving Friend

By Megan Devine on September 29, 2017 in It's OK That You're Not OK
Want to help a grieving friend, but afraid to say the wrong thing? A few simple rules can make things easier.

The Paradox of Confiding in (Near) Strangers

By Lydia Denworth on September 28, 2017 in Brain Waves
Think you only discuss important matters with your closest confidants? A new book suggests your inner circle is bigger than you imagine.

The Turing Test for Humans

By Yair Amichai-Hamburger Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in The Social Net
Are robots gaining the emotional advantage on us?
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Understanding Myths About Mistakes

Have you ever beaten yourself up for a mistake? There's a better strategy.

Do We Humans "Need" Tragedies to Bring Us Together?

By Saul Levine M.D. on September 22, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
During major cataclysms, differences and conflicts between us seem to dissipate, and we tend to reach out to each other with increased caring, empathy, and sense of community.

Trusting What Disabled People Say

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Trust
Why is it sometimes hard to accept what disabled people tell us about their lives, their values, and their experiences?

Cultivating Empathy

By Jennifer Verdolin Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Wild Connections
It seems timely to ask the question: What is empathy and how can we get more of it?
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Rich People’s Problems

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in This Is America
As they address their lifestyles, affluent urban folks emphasize traditional values. They deal with discomfort about privilege by managing influential affect and not inequality.

Empathic Limits in Action: Script for Leaving the Playground

Limits give children essential practice in shifting gears between what they want, and something they want more--which is to cooperate and contribute.

What the World Needs More: Social Interest

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on September 04, 2017 in Dawn of Memories
The Most Human Way of Being and Early Recollections
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How Failure Impacts Men

By Mathis Kennington Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Meaningful Change
Research shows us why men are too busy trying to solve problems to listen to their partners.

Should You Donate to Disaster Relief?

Disasters capture our attention and emotions, but we may do more good by ditching empathy as a moral guide.

Understanding Twin Interconnections

By Barbara Klein Ph.D., Ed.D. on August 29, 2017 in Twin Dilemmas
Finding meaning behind the twin relationship.

What Causes What?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Hot Thought
Deciding whether something causes a spike in disease or a pattern like global warming requires careful inferences.

Why Divorced People Are Key to Understanding Marriage

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on August 18, 2017 in Living Single
A study of 10,000 Dutch adults looked at the health of married people to see if it had anything to do with who got divorced. Did it ever.

Cause and Cure of Eating Disorders?

How the language of Eating Disorders has changed. Understanding causation and recovery has shifted. Options and Opportunities for greater understanding

Young Men and the Empathy Gap

By Philip Zimbardo Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Hero
We have an empathy gap when it comes to having compassion for the challenges boys and young men face, and we're going to lose a whole generation if we don't pay attention.

How Likely Is Your Partner to Cheat on You?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on August 14, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Are you concerned your partner may be seeing someone else when you've agreed to be exclusive? Researchers continue to study infidelity to better understand when and how it happens.
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Better Living Through Empathy

Want to better exercise your empathy muscle? Here are some tips.

How Our Screens Diminish Our Empathy

By Tim Elmore on August 01, 2017 in Artificial Maturity
A shocking video was recently taken by a group of teens as they watched a man struggle and drown in a local pond. The body of Jamel Dunn was not found for five days.

How Do Music and Poetry Become Expressive?

How do music and poetry make us feel things?

What Does Self-Actualization Really Mean?

Self-actualization, rather than being a mystical pursuit of personal grown and realization, is grounded in basic functional motives. Clear understanding helps us find ourselves.

The Secret of Raising a Self-Disciplined Child

Our children learn self-control from the limits we set. But -- and this is critical -- only if we set those limits with empathy.

The Hubris of Neuroscience

Pop neuroscience represents a reductionistic misapplication of knowledge, ignores differences between persons, and negates explanations of human conduct in terms of free will.

What To Do When Someone You Love Votes For Someone You Hate

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on July 25, 2017 in I Hear You
America's political landscape is deeply divided, and sometimes our families and friendships are, too. Here's how to talk to people whose political opinions you can't understand.
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Faking It

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

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.

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?