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Neural basis for benefits of meditation

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Mindfulness meditation training in awareness of present moment experience, such as body and breath sensations, prevents depression and reduces distress in chronic pain.
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Among the most important predictions is one that could explain how gaining control of alpha rhythms not only enhances sensory focus on a particular area of the body, but also helps people overcome persistent competing stimuli, such as depressive thoughts or chronic pain signals.

To accomplish this, the model predicts, meditators must achieve proper control over the relative timing and strength of alpha rhythms generated from two separate regions of the thalamus, called thalamic nuclei, that talk to different parts of the cortex. One alpha generator would govern the local "tuning in," for instance of sensations in a hand, while the other would govern the broader "tuning out" of other sensory or cognitive information in the cortex.

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Woman Has Part Of Her Brain Removed, Develops 'Hyper Empathy'

Woman Has Part Of Her Brain Removed, Develops 'Hyper Empathy' | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

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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Her empathy seemed to transcend
her body 
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Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Relationships

Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Relationships | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

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)


Author Elliott, RobertAuthor Bohart, Arthur C.Author Watson, Jeanne C.Author Greenberg, Leslie S.


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What Doctors Don't Know about Inflammation - Life Extension

What Doctors Don't Know about Inflammation - Life Extension | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Inflammation, chronic inflammatory insults, black cumin seed oil, Managing Arthritis, Asthma, Colitis and Gastro-Protection, Cardiovascular Disease, optimal inflammatory balance

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From the article: Target the Inflammatory Imbalance of Aging with Black Cumin Seed Oil


  • Aging changes the way your immune system functions, increasing inappropriate inflammation while suppressing appropriate immune responses.
  • The result of this inflammatory and immunological imbalance is a host of chronic, age-related diseases that contribute to early death.
  • The components of black cumin seed oil have unique properties that restore a youthful and optimal inflammatory balance to the immune system's components.
  • Through this mechanism, black cumin seed oil has the potential to mitigate—and even reverse—chronic diseases such as arthritis, allergies, asthma, colitis, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Studies show that it is possible to achieve a better overall immunological balance, one that promotes health and defeats inflammation, by supplementing with black cumin seed oil.


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From the article: Target the Inflammatory Imbalance of Aging with Black Cumin Seed Oil


  • Aging changes the way your immune system functions, increasing inappropriate inflammation while suppressing appropriate immune responses.
  • The result of this inflammatory and immunological imbalance is a host of chronic, age-related diseases that contribute to early death.
  • The components of black cumin seed oil have unique properties that restore a youthful and optimal inflammatory balance to the immune system's components.
  • Through this mechanism, black cumin seed oil has the potential to mitigate—and even reverse—chronic diseases such as arthritis, allergies, asthma, colitis, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Studies show that it is possible to achieve a better overall immunological balance, one that promotes health and defeats inflammation, by supplementing with black cumin seed oil.


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Neuroscientist: 'Compassion is best learned as a skill'

Neuroscientist: 'Compassion is best learned as a skill' | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
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.


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“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,”

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Understanding The Effects Of Hierarchy In Society

Professor Robert Sapolsky's baboon studies offer insight into the negative effects of hierarchy in society: "So what do baboons teach the average person, don't bite somebody because your having a b...

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, April 4, 10:58 PM

Sapolsky is a world-reknowned primatologist who notes an important empirical observation of an instance in which a fiercely hierarchical baboon society was able to re-arrange itself into a more egalitarian, less conflict-ruled social structure.

Peter Skillen's curator insight, April 5, 9:15 AM

Professor Robert Sapolsky always makes me think deeply about what we assume to be 'the way it is'. But, it doesn't have to be that way.

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Interesantísima experiencia del Profesor Robert Sapolsky acerca de los efectos negativos de la jerarquía en la sociedad. ¿Qué pasó en una comunidad de mandriles cuando los machos alfa maltratadores estaban y cuando dejaron de estar? Sorprendente!

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Does Nature Select for Nice?

Does Nature Select for Nice? | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

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.


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Selflessness, after all, has some

incredible benefits. With selflessness

comes compassion and empathy,

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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 |


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Realizing empathy in the creative process: Seung Chan (Slim) Lim at TEDxWellesleyCollege - YouTube

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.


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his recent research into the intersection
between empathy and the creative
process of "making."

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Understanding The Effects Of Hierarchy In Society

Professor Robert Sapolsky's baboon studies offer insight into the negative effects of hierarchy in society: "So what do baboons teach the average person, don't bite somebody because your having a b...

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, April 4, 10:58 PM

Sapolsky is a world-reknowned primatologist who notes an important empirical observation of an instance in which a fiercely hierarchical baboon society was able to re-arrange itself into a more egalitarian, less conflict-ruled social structure.

Peter Skillen's curator insight, April 5, 9:15 AM

Professor Robert Sapolsky always makes me think deeply about what we assume to be 'the way it is'. But, it doesn't have to be that way.

Lia Goren's curator insight, April 23, 1:31 AM

Interesantísima experiencia del Profesor Robert Sapolsky acerca de los efectos negativos de la jerarquía en la sociedad. ¿Qué pasó en una comunidad de mandriles cuando los machos alfa maltratadores estaban y cuando dejaron de estar? Sorprendente!

El link de la Fundación P2P tiene otras referencias acerca del tema.

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7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Surprisingly, it can be the little things that have an outsized impact on our day-to-day happiness levels.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, February 19, 2:55 PM

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  1. Be Busy, But Not Rushed
  2. Have 5 Close Relationships
  3. Don’t Tie Your Happiness to External Events
  4. Exercise
  5. Embrace Discomfort for Mastery
  6. Spend More Money on Experiences
  7. Don’t Ignore Your Itches


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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, February 21, 10:13 AM

I resonate with the last 2: spend money on experiences and follow your dreams. When we got married I turned down the diamond ring that I probably would have lost years ago in favor of a 2 week honeymoon. We still talk about it some 30 years later.

 

It's taken me longer to follow my dreams, but I have started a new career in my late 50s as a health coach helping America get more healthy through developing and executing corporate wellness programs.

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24 Thought Provoking Questions You Need To Answer To Know Yourself Better

24 Thought Provoking Questions You Need To Answer To Know Yourself Better | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Voltaire, the writer, philosopher, admonishes us to judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. Here are 24 Thought Provoking Questions.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, April 1, 11:21 AM

A good start to leading a self-examined life.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 3, 8:04 PM

These questions remind me of the Parker Palmer quote: "Who is the [person] that lives this life?" It is the last one we attend to.

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Reverse Aging & Natural Anti-Aging Program -- End Of Old Age Barron Report

Reverse Aging & Natural Anti-Aging Program -- End Of Old Age Barron Report | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Learn which anti aging treatments and health supplements are critical to healthy aging, anti aging nutrition and even help to reverse the aging process.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 14, 2013 6:12 PM

Supplementing with carnosine may be one of the best things you can do to "turn back your biological clock.

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Living an Inspired Life

Living an Inspired Life | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
How do you live a truly inspired life? The foundational elements consist of four “well-balance” points.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 5, 6:01 PM

You will find that this playing in the sandbox of life attitude will affect the bio-chemistry of your system nurturing health and fostering happiness.


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The Foundational Elements


1)  Happiness and enjoyment
2)  Activity – both mental and physical
3)  Being comfortable in your body
4)  Having a sense of humor


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Sandi Cornez's curator insight, March 19, 12:35 AM

Play is an inherent piece of who we truly are. Children have a wonderful sense of being in the moment through play. When you keep that child like quality, you too can have an inspired life.

 

This www.scoop.it/t/zestful-living site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more great healthy food tips and wisdom @http://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

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Elephants Show Empathy and Console Each Other (Buzz60 Video)

A new study examines how elephants console one another in times of stress and show empathy. 


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Why Cultivate Compassion

Why Cultivate Compassion | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

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), 


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3 Things Happy People Understand

3 Things Happy People Understand | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
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....

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, May 28, 10:30 AM

If you can string together a bunch of beautiful moments, you'll have an incredible day. And if you string together a bunch of days like that, you'll have an amazing life.

—Ally Hamilton


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The Exquisite Healer: Forgiveness – BioSync Research Institute

The Exquisite Healer: Forgiveness – BioSync Research Institute | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
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.

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FROM THE ARTICLE:  The beauty of forgiveness is that we are the ones who can take charge and make the necessary changes in our lives. From the grandest perspective, there really is no one to blame or even to forgive. We use the act of forgiveness to release our hold upon the limitations and painful memories both personal and societal, that we have become attached to.


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Study says laughing can bring brain waves into mock-meditative state

Study says laughing can bring brain waves into mock-meditative state | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Want the potential mental and physical health benefits of meditation without the work of chasing away all those intrusive thoughts and feelings? Try laughing, a new study suggests.
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The Power Of Social + Emotional Intelligence | Authentic Leadership International

The Power Of Social + Emotional Intelligence | Authentic Leadership International | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
What is Social + Emotional Intelligence? Find out why it costs $360 billon in lost productivity and why 65% of Americans would choose a new boss over a raise.

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The Power Of Social + Emotional Intelligence | Authentic Leadership International

The Power Of Social + Emotional Intelligence | Authentic Leadership International | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
What is Social + Emotional Intelligence? Find out why it costs $360 billon in lost productivity and why 65% of Americans would choose a new boss over a raise.

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The Empathy Way

The Empathy Way | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

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.


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when empathy is developed at an early age,

later troubling behaviors like bullying,

rejecting others, depression, and

even suicide, can be prevented.

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» Five Skills that Predict Success in Marriage Relationships - Neuroscience and Relationships

» Five Skills that Predict Success in Marriage Relationships - Neuroscience and Relationships | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

The science of love relationships has identified several specific behavior patterns of partners that succeed in creating healthy, mutually enriching couple relationships.


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From the article:  Whether it’s with soft startups, allowing influence, offering assurance, honoring one another’s dreams or maintaining a 5-to-1 ratio of positivity, you and your partner can discover how to consistently respond in ways that release Oxytocin response ...


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Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
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.

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The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.
—Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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The Neurochemistry of Empathy, Storytelling, and the Dramatic Arc, Animated

The Neurochemistry of Empathy, Storytelling, and the Dramatic Arc, Animated | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it

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.


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this short film on empathy,

neurochemistry, and the dramatic arc

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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.


by Maria Popova



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What Doctors Don't Know about Inflammation - Life Extension

What Doctors Don't Know about Inflammation - Life Extension | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
Inflammation, chronic inflammatory insults, black cumin seed oil, Managing Arthritis, Asthma, Colitis and Gastro-Protection, Cardiovascular Disease, optimal inflammatory balance

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From the article: Target the Inflammatory Imbalance of Aging with Black Cumin Seed Oil


  • Aging changes the way your immune system functions, increasing inappropriate inflammation while suppressing appropriate immune responses.
  • The result of this inflammatory and immunological imbalance is a host of chronic, age-related diseases that contribute to early death.
  • The components of black cumin seed oil have unique properties that restore a youthful and optimal inflammatory balance to the immune system's components.
  • Through this mechanism, black cumin seed oil has the potential to mitigate—and even reverse—chronic diseases such as arthritis, allergies, asthma, colitis, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Studies show that it is possible to achieve a better overall immunological balance, one that promotes health and defeats inflammation, by supplementing with black cumin seed oil.


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From the article: Target the Inflammatory Imbalance of Aging with Black Cumin Seed Oil


  • Aging changes the way your immune system functions, increasing inappropriate inflammation while suppressing appropriate immune responses.
  • The result of this inflammatory and immunological imbalance is a host of chronic, age-related diseases that contribute to early death.
  • The components of black cumin seed oil have unique properties that restore a youthful and optimal inflammatory balance to the immune system's components.
  • Through this mechanism, black cumin seed oil has the potential to mitigate—and even reverse—chronic diseases such as arthritis, allergies, asthma, colitis, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Studies show that it is possible to achieve a better overall immunological balance, one that promotes health and defeats inflammation, by supplementing with black cumin seed oil.


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Empathy: A Friend Of Democracy

Empathy: A Friend Of Democracy | ContemplativeNeurofeedback | Scoop.it
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. ====
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Eli Levine's curator insight, March 5, 10:06 PM

Indeed, how can you govern the other if you're unable to emotionally and mentally link up with the other that is subject to your actions?

 

And yet we're lumped with these folks, mostly conservative or ideological, who lack empathy and the ability to mentally and emotionally relate to the other when they interact with other people in general, let alone, when they are making significant and highly consequential choices for the other people who are living in their own society and the world as a whole whom they will never meet.

 

These conservative types can barely relate to their own families.  How are we supposed to expect them to relate to the whole rest of us in the US and the world?

Think about it.