Empathy and Compassion Development
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Empathy and compassion in the spiritual and scientific realms
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The Science of Compassion

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Empirically speaking, does the experience of compassion toward one person measurably affect our actions and attitudes toward other people? If so, are there practical steps we can take to further cultivate this feeling? Recently, my colleagues and I conducted experiments that answered yes to both questions.

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Empathy types - cognitive, emotional, and compassionate - Buschman Consultancy

Empathy types - cognitive, emotional, and compassionate - Buschman Consultancy | Empathy and Compassion Development | Scoop.it

"And finally there’s compassion-based empathy. This is when we understand not only the thought processes of the other person and experience the inner world of that person, but we also feel the urge to help them. If this doesn’t come naturally to you, you can train this, for example, by consciously holding the door open for someone, helping someone carry their bag, or simply by asking how you can help the other person. There are so many occasions at work or in private situations when you can do something meaningful for someone else.

 

The challenge this time has something to do with this aspect. Take a good careful look around you to see how you can help someone without wanting to get anything in return. Then do that and give the recipient a smile. I’ll be interested to know what kind of impact that has on that person, but also the impact it has on you."

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The source of compassion in the wake of mass shootings

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A Christian Science perspective.(The source of compassion in the wake of mass shootings http://t.co/DVsINFSq...)...

 

Could this spiritual sense of compassion be a practical response? A recent New York Times op-ed described a study undertaken by a social psychologist who wanted to test whether the “spiritual understanding of compassion was also scientifically accurate.... [D]oes the experience of compassion toward one person measurably affect our actions and attitudes toward other people?”

 

The short answer to that question turned out to be yes. The study showed that the spiritual understanding of compassion’s value and power is correct. But while acknowledging the wisdom of the Torah, Jesus’ sayings, and the Dalai Lama’s teaching, the article presented compassion in almost Pavlovian terms – as a hardwired physiological response to predictable stimuli rather than a divine, incorporeal healing force in life.

 

The author concluded that learning to mentally recategorize one another in terms of “commonalities” would “generate greater empathy among all of us – and foster social harmony in a fairly effortless way.” For example, if we would consciously acknowledge that we go to the same market as someone of a very different background, we would behave more compassionately.

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