Empathy, or the ability to identify with others' feelings, often is considered an important relational skill. Previously, researchers had hypothesized that in order for individuals to be empathetic, they needed to be selfless.
However, University of Missouri researchers found just the opposite: individuals who were more self-aware had higher levels of empathy.
Using MRI scans of individuals' brains, the researchers found empathetic individuals had increased functioning in the part of their brains associated with their sense of self. Creating interventions that help individuals develop their sense of self may help them become more empathetic, the researchers said.
Guest blogger Glenn Whitman, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, suggests a scientific approach to manageable homework: students should do it without interruption, and schools shouldn't assign too much of it.
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
People with a strong sense of love and belonging feel they are "worthy". They have courage to be imperfect. Compassion to be kind to themselves first and connection as a result of authenticity. And then to others. Fully embraced vulnerability. What made them vulnerable made them beautiful.
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