In recent research, Lisa Libby and I explored the phenomenon of experience-taking, the spontaneous process of assuming the identity of a character in a written narrative and simulating that character’s subjective experience (e.g., the character’s thoughts, emotions, behaviors, goals, and traits) while immersed in the world of the story.
This work demonstrates that experience-taking is a unique and powerful process that gives individuals the chance to live different lives, take on different identities, and have new and varied experiences, which can be quite unlike the ones they have had in their own lives.
Allstop told me she’s out raising another half million as she transitions Spill from an exclusive focus on campuses and students — it will soon be available at MIT – into a platform for anyone to receive or give support. She calls it “an engine for empathy.”
Spill is a peer support network where users can talk — spill — to someone confidentially about problems in their life. Users’ issues are screened by professionals and then referred to an anonymous peer who can talk through the problem and offer support.
by Walter Frick
Spill is a nationwide peer support network made OF and FOR college students. You can vent here, confidentially, about whatever is bothering you. Within 24-48 hours, we'll give you feedback from a handful of trained peers who can relate to your problem. https://spillnow.com
A GGSC-sponsored study found that compassion is less important for moving religious people to perform acts of kindness. But that doesn't mean they are less compassionate!
Last week, we reported the results of a GGSC-sponsored study about the relationship between compassionate action and religious belief. The results? People higher in compassion performed real world acts of kindness more frequently than those with less—which is no surprise....
I was invited to discuss the study on “The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann,” which titled the segment, “Who’s more compassionate… atheists or fundamentalists?”
Camp isn't all about learning how to build tents and identifying insects. Here's how summer camp can help kids develop empathy and reach out to others.
During Mental Health Month, we’re focusing on ways to improve our mental health and overall health. Summer camp not only helps kids learn, develop leadership skills and enjoy nature, but it can benefit their mental health as well by reaching out to others and helping to develop a sense of empathy.
Do you ever notice that when you yawn, those who are around you tend to yawn as well? And vice versa? Well that contagious expression even crosses the species barrier, as dogs are also capable of catching yawns from humans.
But why dogs catch our yawns has been a mystery, until now. A new study has found that dogs yawn even when they only hear the sound of us yawning, the strongest evidence yet that our canine companions may be able to understand us.
The study, presented at the National Ethology Congress in Lisbon, and to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Animal Cognition, found that nearly half of all dogs yawned when played a recording of a human being making such a noise.
Besides people and dogs, contagious yawning has been observed in gelada baboons, stump-tail macaques, and chimpanzees. Humans tend to yawn more with friends and acquaintances, suggesting that "catching" someone's yawn may be tied to feelings of empathy.
Similarly, some studies have found that dogs tend to yawn more after watching familiar people yawning. But it is unclear whether the canine behavior is linked to empathy as it is in people. One clue might be if even the mere sound of a human yawn elicited yawning in dogs.
Sexual pleasure among young adults (ages 18-26) is linked to healthy psychological and social development.
Among the young women, measures of self-esteem, autonomy, and empathy are positively associated with the three types of sexual pleasure. “These three developmental assets may enable young women, as well as young men, to experience higher levels of sexual pleasure,” said Galinsky.
Sexual enjoyment in the three areas is consistently associated only with empathy for the young men. “Our hypothesis is that empathetic individuals are more responsive to a partner’s needs, and thus initiate a positive feedback cycle,” said Galinsky.
(Empathy) Key to Better Sex Revealed in New Study http://bit.ly/LJJ3Et People who can better communicate and understand another person's emotions are more likely to have a satisfying sex life, new research finds....Empathy is the ability to take another's perspective, to see things from their angle and understand and respond to their emotions....
"Sexual health includes sexual well-being, and sexual enjoyment is an important part [of that]," said study researcher Adena Galinsky, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "How people interact and their ability to listen to each other and take each other's perspective can really influence the sex that they have."
Empathy supposes a fusion between self and other, between subject and object. In massage therapy and other healing professions, you also need to be able to withdraw from that connection and move on to another client.
Empathy can be a helpful dimension to your therapeutic practice. By nurturing it and keeping it in balance, you may be able to add to your effectiveness as a healer.
We all want to be heard! If we want to be heard and seen for who we are, we can start by hearing and seeing others. Too often we think of listening as waiting for the other person to stop talking so we can get our opinion, feelings, or thoughts expressed. Although this is a common habit, with your willingness and steady practice you can develop the very fundamental skill of listening into a true art form, one that conveys compassion for the other. Here I offer three simple steps to work with: Hearing, Absorbing, and Reflecting.
FREE LISTENING Workshop Embracing the Gift of Listening With Allison Goldstein of The FREE LISTENING Project of Puget Sound
"Silence is the training ground for the art of listening." -- Linda Douty
In a world that seems to move faster every day, we rarely have the time to slow down or take the time to listen to each other. There are so many sights and sounds vying for our attention that we have forgotten how to truly listen.
Presenter: Allison Goldstein, Founder of the FREE LISTENING Project of Puget Sound and the Managing Director of the Compassionate Listening Project.
It is unrealistic to expect compassion from others when we are abandoning ourselves. If you want to experience the power of being "grokked" by others, you first need to "grok" yourself!
The Oxford English Dictionary defines grok as "to understand intuitively or by empathy; to establish rapport with" and "to empathize or communicate sympathetically (with)."
It is gratifying for all of us to be deeply known -- to be "grokked." When we are feeling the very painful feelings of life -- the loneliness, heartache, heartbreak, grief, sorrow and helplessness that result from others' choices and from past and present life events -- it is profoundly healing to know that another knows exactly what we are feeling and has deep empathy for our feelings.
Ashoka: Innovators For The Public on Livestream. Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Bill Drayton talks about the importance of empathy.
The closeness that empathy can create can also feel like one of its problems. It might feel too close to your patient’s overwhelming traumatic experience. To truly get a sense of another person’s suffering can be overwhelming. But for many people, this is what draws us into the mental health professions. We want to understand someone else’s suffering, so we can help. But what do we mean by help?
Sometimes it means giving them an ear, letting them understand what it is like to have someone who cares listening to them.
Drawing on his sweeping and innovative research, philosopher and cognitive scientist J. D. Trout recruits the latest findings in psychology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience to answer the question: How can we make better personal decisions and design social policies that improve the lives of everyone?
Empathy prompts us to roll up our sleeves. Empathy for the risk and suffering of our fellow citizens can lead to moral outrage, more decent laws, and fairer policies. But new research on judgment and decision making has revealed that the human mind makes decisions that undermine the best interests of the individual and society alike.
Dogs can 'catch' yawns from humans - but it seems to work best when there's a bond between dog and man. Dogs yawn even when they only hear the sound of their owners doing the same, researchers have found.
In her report behavioral biologist Karine Silva, the lead researcher, said: ‘These results suggest that dogs have the capacity to empathise with humans’.
Dogs are compelled to yawn if they hear their owners do the same, a study has suggested.
Researchers claimed that dogs responded only to an audio cue such as a yawn even if they didn’t see the action taking place. The study found this was particularly noticeable when the dogs were listening to the yawns of people they knew.
Scientists suggested the findings, presented at the National Ethology Congress in Lisbon, showed canines had empathy to human behaviours.
“These results suggest that dogs have the capacity to empathise with humans,” said lead author Karine Silva, from the University of Porto, Portugal.
Yawn next to your dog, and she may do the same. Though it seems simple, this contagious behavior is actually quite remarkable: Only a few animals do it, and only dogs cross the species barrier. Now a new study finds that dogs yawn even when they only hear the sound of us yawning, the strongest evidence yet that canines may be able to empathize with us.
Online media is effectively creating a global living room by transforming how people across distances can share an experience. Video especially can pack a powerful punch of humanity. It can convey sights, sounds, and emotions in a different way than written word, audio, or other mediums. And web video is allowing anyone with an Internet connection to share a moment together, whether it is a Bollywood film, a Lady Gaga song, or a small glimpse into someone’s life. It allows us to identify via our interests rather than just our demographic. As media moves from being created and shared regionally to more open, international platforms, empathy and understanding follow.
The researchers aim to decode the mental processes of dogs by recording which areas of their brains are activated by various stimuli. Ultimately, they hope to get at questions like: Do dogs have empathy? Do they know when their owners are happy or sad? How much language do they really understand?
San Diego State University, UC San Diego and the University of San Diego were honored to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's first visit to America's finest city, April 17-19, 2012. This program is a taping of the conference at SDSU on April 19.