In a strange case, a woman developed "hyper empathy" after having a part of her brain called the amygdala removed in an effort to treat her severe epilepsy, according to a report of her case. Empathy is the ability to recognize another person's emotions.
The case was especially unusual because the amygdala is involved in recognizing emotions, and removing it would be expected to make it harder rather than easier for a person to read others' emotions, according to the researchers involved in her case.
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After defining empathy, discussing its measurement, and offering an example of empathy in practice, we present the results of an updated meta-analysis of the relation between empathy and psychotherapy outcome.
Results indicated that empathy is a moderately strong predictor of therapy outcome: mean weighted r = .31 (p < .001; 95% confidence interval: .28–.34), for 59 independent samples and 3599 clients. Although the empathy-outcome relation held equally for different theoretical orientations, there was considerable nonrandom variability. Client and observer perceptions of therapist empathy predicted outcomes better than therapist perceptions of empathic accuracy measures, and the relation was strongest for less experienced therapists.
We conclude with practice recommendations, including endorsing the different forms that empathy may take in therapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)
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The neuroscientist whose research inspired the La Crosse Compassion Project visited the city on Monday to headline the "La Crosse Compassion Project Live!" event.
Before talking about his research to more than 500 people at Viterbo University’s Fine Arts Center, Dr. Richard Davidson visited the Pump House Regional Arts Center to take a look at the 6,000 6-by-6-inch art panels that depict what compassion means to students in the School District of La Crosse.
“It turns out when we express compassion, we actually recruit circuits in the brain that we know to be involved in the positive emotions and happiness,”
A new book argues that selflessness, not selfishness, creates more genetic success.
But according to physicist and science writer Stefan Klein’s new book, the idea that we are born to be selfish is dead wrong. In Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why It Pays to Get AlongKlein argues that selflessness, not selfishness, creates more genetic success, and that proof for this has been gaining momentum among scientists, gradually challenging the “survival of the fittest” model in evolution.
Selflessness, after all, has some
incredible benefits. With selflessness
comes compassion and empathy,
Selflessness, after all, has some incredible benefits. With selflessness comes compassion and empathy, the combination of which lays the foundation for vital survival skills that were required by humans to colonize the world—skills, for example, like the ability to learn to follow common goals. By Joseph Ferrell |
When we hear the word "connection," we often envision a line being drawn between two separate circles. In this talk, Seung-Chan (Slim) Lim shares stories and theories that arose from his recent research into the intersection between empathy and the creative process of "making."
In doing so, the talk intends to challenge the aforementioned model of connection, arguing for an alternate model, where connection happens not when we draw a line between two circles, but when we remove an artificial line separating an already connected circle.
his recent research into the intersection between empathy and the creative process of "making."
Compassion training extends beyond helping you feel more empathy and concern for others. It includes the development of:
The strength to be present with sufferingThe courage to take compassionate actionThe resilience to prevent empathy fatigue
These qualities support a wide range of goals, from improving personal and work relationships to making a positive difference in the world. Compassion training may also support your health, happiness, and well-being.Preliminary research suggests that the CCT course and similar programs can:
Thupten Jinpa, the senior author of CCT ( principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1985),
We're culturally trained to think in terms of milestones and markers. We'll be happy when we graduate from a good school, get a great job, meet the right person, buy a big house, lose those 10 pounds. The truth is, life is made up of moments....
The most magical power we have is our ability to forgive. It is the exquisite healer in all of us. Forgiveness is the key to releasing any emotional baggage we have continued to carry, our outdated and outmoded perspectives, and any other attachment that keeps us bound to the past.
We strive to touch the hearts of children and adults, and to help them create healthy, solid, and enjoyable relationships. Although there are many ways to ‘be with’ others, we feel that the empathy way is the best. New research shows that we are at our best when we feel understood.
Fostering empathy with, and in, our children will have many positive effects:
1. empathy calms and strengthens,
2. empathy activates the brain so we are ready to learn, engage, and create,
3. when empathy is developed at an early age, later troubling behaviors like bullying, rejecting others, depression, and even suicide, can be prevented.
Bonobo apes are great ambassadors for empathy.They are our closest genetic relative and share many of our traits like compassion, love, and empathy. Their emotional lives are very similar to ours, except they seem to be better at relationships. They live peacefully with each other and are quick to resolve conflicts when differences do occur. Look into their eyes and see who we are, and what we can become.
The most courageous act we can ever undertake is to love ourselves and life unconditionally. Each moment we have the opportunity to accept love and its perfection as our expression. Love from an unconditional standpoint, ensures the energy of life flows through us uninhibited and free of judgment.
This week, I’m headed to the Future of Storytelling summit, an unusual cross-disciplinary unconference exploring exactly what it says on the tin. Among the presenters is neuroeconomics pioneer Paul Zak, director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies and author of The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity.
this short film on empathy,
neurochemistry, and the dramatic arc
In this short film on empathy, neurochemistry, and the dramatic arc, directed and edited by my friend Kirby Ferguson and animated by Henrique Barone, Zak takes us inside his lab, where he studies how people respond to stories.
When you bring up the idea of empathy, you usually get one of two reactions or responses from people. "I think it's important, and I wish I were more empathetic" or "Empathy is unnecessary for humans to act morally." It's interesting to note that persons who have sociopathic tendencies or, more important, who have been diagnosed as sociopaths all, without exception, lack empathy. That is to say, they could not relate to their fellow human beings as persons, and as such were able to commit horrific crimes without any remorse. =================If we desire a better society, we might consider the need for empathy. ==== by Perry J. Greenbaum
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