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Mind-Body Training Boosts Medical Students' Self-Compassion

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Teaching medical students about mind-body approaches could help boost their compassionand decrease their stress, according to a small study from the Boston University School of Medicine

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Published in the journal Medical Education Online, the study showed that medical students who underwent a mind-body class -- where they not only learned about the neuroscience behind techniques like meditation and yoga, but also how to do them -- had improved self-compassion, as well as slight decreases in stress and increases in empathy.


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This study demonstrates how learning about mind-body approaches can increase medical student empathy and self-compassion and decrease stress.

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Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion - Science Daily (press release)

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Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion Science Daily (press release) May 22, 2013 — Until now, little was scientifically known about the human potential to cultivate compassion -- the emotional state of caring for people who are suffering in a way that...
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Increasing evidence that meditation can increase compassion.

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Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion | Video on TED.com

Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule ("Do unto others..."), why we sometimes ignore it and why there’s hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it.
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A great talk outlining the evolutionary basis of compassion which demonstrates how natural it is but also compassion's limits unless it is nurtured...

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How ‘self-compassion’ trumps ‘self-esteem’ | News | National Post

How ‘self-compassion’ trumps ‘self-esteem’ | News | National Post | Compassion in Family Medicine and General Practice | Scoop.it
It was the 1970s and adults were looking for a way to raise confident, go-getter children, ones who would celebrate the person they were to become.
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Highlights the difference between self-esteem and self-compassion.  The important difference being that focussing on self-esteem can lead to being harder on yourself and others whereas self-compassion does the opposite.

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Mind-Body Training Boosts Medical Students' Self-Compassion

Mind-Body Training Boosts Medical Students' Self-Compassion | Compassion in Family Medicine and General Practice | Scoop.it

Teaching medical students about mind-body approaches could help boost their compassionand decrease their stress, according to a small study from the Boston University School of Medicine

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Published in the journal Medical Education Online, the study showed that medical students who underwent a mind-body class -- where they not only learned about the neuroscience behind techniques like meditation and yoga, but also how to do them -- had improved self-compassion, as well as slight decreases in stress and increases in empathy.


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This study demonstrates how learning about mind-body approaches can increase medical student empathy and self-compassion and decrease stress.

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Baby steps toward empathy - Winnipeg Free Press

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The Roots of Empathy program was implemented provincewide in the 2002/03 school year and 35,000 kindergarten to Grade 8 students have experienced it.
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One of my heros...Mary Gordon whose program Roots of Empathy is having a worldwide impact on school age children.

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Effectiveness of empathy in general practice:... [Br J Gen Pract. 2013] - PubMed - NCBI

PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
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This systematic review concludes that physician empathy correlates with patient satisfaction, decreased patient anxiety and better clinical outcomes.

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The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier and Healthier | TIME.com

The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier and Healthier | TIME.com | Compassion in Family Medicine and General Practice | Scoop.it

There’s a reason why being kind to others is good for you — and it can now be traced to a specific nerve.

 

When it comes to staying healthy, both physically and mentally, studies consistently show that strong relationships are at least as important as avoiding smoking and obesity. But how does social support translate into physical benefits such as lower blood pressure, healthier weights and other physiological measures of sound health? A new study published in Psychological Science suggests that the link may follow the twisting path of the vagus nerve, which connects social contact to the positive emotions that can flow from interactions.

 

By Maia Szalavitz


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Meditation that promotes social connection increases vagal tone with positive emotional and health benefits.

 

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Marilyne Kubath's curator insight, May 24, 2013 7:59 AM

I think this is true if you do something nice and decent you do feel a bit better about, but if do something a bit mean you feel a lot worse.

Abigail McNeely's comment, June 3, 2013 2:21 PM
I find it so interesting that we in the West need physical evidence to really start believing in something. Not that it's wrong to want evidence, after all that's what critical thinking is about. Thank goodness technology is now helping us catch up with folk wisdom.
Marilyne Kubath's comment, June 3, 2013 2:32 PM
I agree all governments need to relearn this.
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How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation | MindShift

RT @newtechnetwork: How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation http://t.co/7lzl1ImzI4 via @MindshiftKQED
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This article outlines one way researchers are exploring how we can teach the "perspective-taking" aspect of empathy.  This ability allows us to understand the perspective of others and is a critical component of compassion.

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