A recent study reveals unexpected similarities between the emotional lives of human and ape kids—bound together by the quality of parenting.
Their results, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveal strong similarities between the emotional development of bonobos and that of human children—especially about the relationship between mothering, emotional regulation, and empathy for others.
...study confirmed that emotion regulation is an essential part of empathy, in two primates who share 99 percent of the same DNA: bonobos and humans. =========
Compassion brings inner strength, and compassion also brings truth. With truth, you have nothing to hide, and you are not dependent on the opinions of others. That brings a self-confidence, with which you can deal with any problem without losing hope or determination.
Based on my experiences, I can say that when life becomes difficult and you are confronting a host of problems, if you maintain your determination and keep making an effort, then obstacles or problems become really very helpful, for they broaden and deepen your experience.
I’m thrilled to share this beautiful article written by Samantha Hammer, Research Manager at Reboot, a truly awesome social enterprise that worked with us to pioneer a Human Centered Design approach to policy-making in Nicaragua.
Empathy is a good place to start.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Channeling empathy into the policymaking process means intentionally seeking a deep understanding of the lived experiences of those a policy will affect to inform how that policy is designed.
The discovery, known as the racial empathy gap, shows that people, including medical personnel, assume black people feel less pain than white people and helps explain disparities in areas from health care to criminal justice.
Compassion makes us happy, but the internet makes us jerks. How to cultivate kindness in the digital age? A recent Stanford study sheds light on how compassion might cultivate good health and happiness.
...You know how Jesus said to love thy neighbor and Buddha urged compassion for all beings? Well, modern science agrees. Stanford psychologists recently found that cultivating compassion not only makes you kinder, it makes you happier—as well as less worried.
But compassion is having a tough time in the age of the internet. We’re more connected than ever, but also more distracted. We answer e-mail while talking on the phone, text one friend while having dinner with another...
Such multitasking erodes awareness, a key component of compassion.
"Empathy" has of late late become a kind of buzzword in both popular and intellectual culture. Part of this study will analyze the complex of reasons to which this should be attributed. It will also document various understandings of the term and probe the ideas of those who contest its very possibility...
Feeling for your friends when they're down actually causes you pain. -
"Our findings lend support to the theoretical model of empathy that explains involvement in other people's emotions by the fact that our representation is based on the representation of our own emotional experience in similar conditions," said study author Giorgia Silani.
Get to know what the folks you want to engage think, do, care about and hate via personas and this new Empathy Map tool.
The Empathy Map is a proven framework for strong connections with the folks you need to act—to give, to volunteer, to take whatever action you need to move your mission forward.
The Map highlights key elements of your supporters’ environment, behavior, concerns and aspirations, enabling you to hone your messages, tone and channels to what’s most important to them (and so most likely to be digested, and acted on). That’s relevance, and relevance rules.
We are hard-wired to feel empathy, which is mostly described as an inherent ability to think or feel like another. However, empathy can be many things. If it is not to feel understanding and compassion for another, it is a survival tool that has become an integral part of our nature. We use the soft, nurturing side of empathy to care for our newborn and our elderly, to tell compelling stories to transfer our knowledge and wisdom, to create and enjoy art, and to remain social beings by trying to understand and relate to others.
Neurobiological investigations of empathy often support an embodied simulation account. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we monitored statistical associations between brain activations indicating self-focused threat to those indicating threats to a familiar friend or an unfamiliar stranger
. Results in regions such as the anterior insula, putamen and supramarginal gyrus indicate that self-focused threat activations are robustly correlated with friend-focused threat activations but not stranger-focused threat activations. These results suggest that one of the defining features of human social bonding may be increasing levels of overlap between neural representations of self and other.
This article presents a novel and important
methodological approach to fMRI
empathy studies ========
, which informs how differences in brain activation can be detected in such studies and how covariate approaches can provide novel and important information regarding the brain and empathy.
Humans brains are very attuned to what others are thinking, feeling, and planning—but a new book explores when our “mindreading” powers can lead us astray.
....Quick judgments about people like these is what social-psychologist Nicholas Epley warns against in his new book, Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want....
Our tendency to exaggerate perceived differences between people based on little evidence can get us into trouble.
For example, researchers have found
that women tend to be more empathic
than men when given empathy tests.
But the difference is relatively small—in fact, much smaller than differences found within groups of men or women. Yet exaggerating this finding and making more of it than it merits can lead women to stereotype men as unsympathetic or “from Mars.”
================= In her forthcoming book The Empathy Revolution, Parmar identifies three cornerstones of empathy: =======
emotion ("make me feel something"),
reassurance ("make me trust you") and
authenticity ("show me that you mean it").
"Whether it’s social media or a big ad campaign, brands in this era have to deliver all three," she adds.
One marketer embracing the changes that female audiences are leading online, and the need to understand them, is Stephen Taylor, vice-president, brand and retail, Samsung. He has hired Lady Geek to deliver "empathy training" to his teams because the majority of spend on tech is now accounted for by women.