Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy
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Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability

http://www.ted.com Brene Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a dee...

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UCLA News|Week: Treating illness with compassion

UCLA News|Week: Treating illness with compassion | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
Dr. David T. Feinberg on UCLA Health System's approach to patient care. Plus: Species extinction data still alarming, and faculty expert James L. Gelvin weighs in on Obama's speech on Mideast.

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Facebook Tackles Conflicts With Love | News about Free ...

Facebook Tackles Conflicts With Love | News about Free ... | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
“Compassion Czar” Arturo Bejar will reportedly lead the group, which is developing workflows for better communication and exploring ways to help users resolves conflicts and promote more empathy within the Facebook user base.

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BG 233: Where Science and Compassion Meet

BG 233: Where Science and Compassion Meet | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

We’re joined this week by Dr. Kelly McGonigal, to discuss her work at Stanford University, where she is teaching compassion-based practices from the Buddhist tradition, taught in a way that pulls from scientific research and appeals to a secular sensibility.

 

As part of her work with CCARE she shares some of her background with Stanford as well as her long-standing Buddhist practice, which pulls from both the Zen and Tibetan traditions. We close the discussion by exploring some of the difficulties with teaching meditation in a secular context, as well as some of the benefits that come through framing the teachings in scientific and psychological terms.


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Authentic Happiness: 3 Simple Steps to Find the Courage to Be Yourself

Authentic Happiness: 3 Simple Steps to Find the Courage to Be Yourself | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

We all have flashes of inspiration. Sometimes they appear as quiet whispers in the night, as fleeting thoughts in the morning shower or as huge "a-ha!" moments. The question is: Are you giving enough attention to the clues that your inner voice is sending?

How can you get more attuned to the inner directives? Here are three ways to get started.

Randy Taran - Founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Project Happiness http://projecthappiness.com


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How does the compassionate brain, measured in the lab, predict what occurs in real life?

How does the compassionate brain, measured in the lab, predict what occurs in real life? | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are launching a new series of studies to understand how laboratory measures of virtuous qualities such as compassion relate to their behavior in the real world.

 

Dr. Richard J. Davidson, founder of the UW's Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM), at the Waisman Center, has received a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to develop laboratory and real-world measures of virtuous qualities such as altruism and compassion.


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Reform UK Politics Now: 'A widening circle of compassion', Albert Einstein and the Charter of Compassion

Reform UK Politics Now: 'A widening circle of compassion', Albert Einstein and the Charter of Compassion | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

"A human being is part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space.

He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion - to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security." Albert Einstein

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The Chemicals of Care: How Self-Compassion Manifests in Our Bodies

The Chemicals of Care: How Self-Compassion Manifests in Our Bodies | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

The power of self-compassion is not just an idea; it's very real and actually manifests in our bodies. When we soothe our own pain, we are tapping into the mammalian care-giving system.

 

In my work I have defined self-compassion as having three main interacting components: self-kindness, a sense of common humanity and mindfulness. Self-kindness refers to the tendency to be caring and understanding with oneself rather than being harshly critical or judgmental. Instead of taking a cold "stiff-upper-lip" approach in times of suffering, self-kindness offers soothing and comfort to the self. Common humanity involves recognizing that all humans are imperfect, fail and make mistakes.

 

by Kristin Neff


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The Empathy Gap

The Empathy Gap | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
Poor people, living in their comfortable hammock?

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Empathy: The Most Valuable Thing They Teach at HBS - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

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Empathy: The Most Valuable Thing They Teach at HBSblogs.hbr.org (blog)by James Allworth | Comments These probably aren't words that you were expecting to see in the same sentence — Harvard Business School and empathy.


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The Four Myths of Self Compassion

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If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others. – Dalai Lama

 

We are conditioned to put the other person ahead of ourselves, sometimes to the detriment of our own ability to be kind to ourselves. Why is this?

 

Dr. Kristin Neff was teaching a workshop I recently attended about self-compassion. She had the workshop participants get into pairs and sit facing our partners. Then, one person closed her eyes while the other looked at her and silently repeated a loving-kindness meditation Dr. Neff shared with us.

I didn’t know the person I was paired with. But, as I looked at her and silently directed the meditation toward her, I felt waves of compassion and kindness and even love for her.

 

By Bobbi Emel


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Study: Self-Compassion Increases Self-Improvement Motivation

Study: Self-Compassion Increases Self-Improvement Motivation | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Can treating oneself with compassion after making a mistake increase self-improvement motivation? In four experiments, the authors examined the hypothesis that self-compassion motivates people to improve personal weaknesses, moral transgressions, and test performance. Participants in a self-compassion condition, compared to a self-esteem control condition and either no intervention or a positive distraction control condition, expressed greater incremental beliefs about a personal weakness approach to personal failure may make people more motivated to improve themselves.

 

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Zen Brain: Exploring The Connection Between Neuroscience And

Zen Brain: Exploring The Connection Between Neuroscience And | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
This is a Zen center that is inspired by the example set by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who nearly 30 years ago began a dialogue with Dr. Francisco Varela and myself that was to eventually become embodied in the Mind & Life Institute, ...

 

In the Zen Brain retreats, prominent scientists and Zen practitioners explore Buddhist, neuro-scientific and clinical science perspectives on topics like altruism, compassion and consciousness. Lectures and discussions with participants are embedded within zazen (meditation) practice throughout each day.


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Op-Ed: Self-Compassion

Op-Ed: Self-Compassion | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

We live in a culture that tells us we’re lazy and self-indulgent if we don’t criticize ourselves. Our media exposure and our peers at Stanford tell us we’re not good enough no matter how hard we try — we’re not smart enough, pretty enough, cool enough, studying enough, partying enough, even happy enough (yes, we can compete on everything, and we do!).

We all have something about ourselves that we don’t like, that we’re ashamed or insecure about. At the same time, we reject the patently true fact that imperfection is human. When we fail, we perceive that we’re alone in our failure — even though feelings of inadequacy and insecurity are part of living the human life. img http://bit.ly/ljnIZb


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Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges

Go Easy on Yourself, a New Wave of Research Urges | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
A new area of psychological research suggests that self-compassion, a measure of how kindly people view themselves, may be the first step toward better health.

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How Game Theory Economics Explain Human Altruism

How Game Theory Economics Explain Human Altruism | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
Probably the biggest generally accepted misconception is that humans – as intelligent animals – are selfish. They're really not...

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The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others | Marco Iacoboni

The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others | Marco Iacoboni | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Imagine you are out and about, perhaps doing some shopping, or planning an evening at the movies with friends. Lots of people are around you, coming and going, all busy with their own plans. You look at them, they look at you.


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Rewiring Your Brain for Healthy Empathy: Acquiring a Voltmeter | Psychology Today

Rewiring Your Brain for Healthy Empathy: Acquiring a Voltmeter | Psychology Today | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy's useful, done right -- like a voltmeter for relationships By Marsha Lucas, Ph.D....

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Chade-Meng Tan: Everyday compassion at Google

Google's "Jolly Good Fellow," Chade-Meng Tan, talks about how the company practices compassion in its everyday business -- and its bold side projects. One of Google's earliest engineers, Chade-Meng Tan is now Google's Jolly Good Fellow -- the head of personal growth at the groundbreaking

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Self-Esteem or Self-Compassion?

Self-Esteem or Self-Compassion? | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

As a student of the dharma and psychology, I get very excited to find that many recent research findings are remarkably consistent with dharma teachings. Recently, I published the following blog on my work website about research findings on self-compassion.

 

This is a term coined by psychologist and researcher Dr. Kristin Neff, a faculty member at the University of Texas in Austin. Self-compassion is very similar to the Buddhist concept of maitri.

 

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The cognitive neuroscience of creativity « Learning Science

This article outlines a framework of creativity based on functional neuroanatomy. Recent advances in the field of cognitive neuroscience have identified distinct brain circuits that are involved in specific higher brain functions.


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Self-Compassion, a Better Motivator than Self-Criticism

Self-Compassion, a Better Motivator than Self-Criticism | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Self-compassion matters as the new science of positive psychology illuminates. Caring and nurturing yourself is not self-indulgent, it's smart.

 

In a nation founded on the incredibly dogged and persistent work ethic, laziness is seriously frowned upon. Accepting our mistakes and treating ourselves with the same care and grace we show to a friend may seem quite frightening because if we do, won’t we eventually start making excuses and not giving things our all?

 

The answer is no. Research on self-compassion reveals that offering care and nurturing to ourselves when we make mistakes, embarrass ourselves, or come short of a goal we were hoping to achieve actually gives us motivation to try again. 


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Three Insights about Compassion, Meditation, and the Brain

Three Insights about Compassion, Meditation, and the Brain | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
What I learned at the recent International Symposium for Contemplative Studies.

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Does Self-Compassion or Self-Criticism Motivate Self-Improvement?

Does Self-Compassion or Self-Criticism Motivate Self-Improvement? | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

'New research finds that forgiving yourself works best. ..

 

The good news of this study is not just that self-compassion supports self-improvement. It's how easy it can be to shift from a self-critical or self-enhancing mindset to a self-compassionate mindset. Writing for 3 minutes? That's something all of us can do when we need a little encouragement and motivation. These studies suggest that you can choose a self-compassionate point of view, and this will help you recover from setbacks and pursue positive change.'

 

By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D....


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Self-Compassion Fosters Mental Health: Scientific American

Self-Compassion Fosters Mental Health: Scientific American | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
Research shows how to reap the benefits of self-compassion...

 

Being kind to yourself is a surefire way to improve your mental health and reach your goals, a growing body of work suggests. Now research has revealed an easy way to boost this self-compassion—by showing kindness to others.


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