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Newsy Video: Psychopaths Able to Empathize, Study Suggests

Newsy Video: Psychopaths Able to Empathize, Study Suggests | Empathy | Scoop.it

Researchers in the Netherlands say psychopaths' empathic circuits were activated when they were asked to imagine how others feel.

  

More at Christian Keysers and Edwin Rutsch: The Empathic Brain - Chapter by Chapter Book Review, Christian Keysers is professor and group leader of the Social Brain Lab at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. The lab explores the biological nature and neuroscience of empathy.
Christian is author of 'The Empathic Brain: How the Discovery of Mirror Neurons Changes our Understanding of Human Nature'.http://bit.ly/parLOs


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Well, if this is true...it undose the belief that they can't help it. It would mean they had a choice, and chose not to be moral..ethical, and that is...ah... evil. Yup..

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Power robs the brain of empathy

Power robs the brain of empathy | Empathy | Scoop.it

Researchers have some new insights into how power diminishes a person's capacity for empathy. According to scientists, a sense of power shuts down a part of the brain that helps us connect with others.

 

For their study that builds on past information about how the brain operates, the researchers found that even the smallest bit of power - for instance from a job promotion or more money - can shut down our ability to empathize with others.

 

Sukhvinder Obhi, a neuroscientist at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada and his colleagues Jeremy Hogeveen and Michael Inzlicht, conducted an experiment that shows people in charge can lose their ability to be compassionate because power affects the mirror system of the brain.

By Kathleen Blanchard


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For their study that builds on past information about how the brain operates, the researchers found that even the smallest bit of power - for instance from a job promotion or more money - can shut down our ability to empathize with others.

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Cocaine users have less empathy

Cocaine users have less empathy | Empathy | Scoop.it

People who use cocaine get less enjoyment out of social interactions and have less empathy for others, a new study indicates.

 

After cannabis, cocaine is the most frequently used illegal drug worldwide, including throughout Europe. It is already known that chronic users of the drug are more likely to have problems with memory, attention and concentration.

 

Studies have also suggested that their social skills suffer. Researchers in Switzerland decided to look into this further. They found that people who use cocaine are less empathetic overall - they have problems seeing things from other people's perspectives and even find it difficult recognising emotions in other people's voices.

 

by Deborah Condon

 

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A touch of compassion: ‘We’re creating individuals who don’t know how to reach out to each other’

A touch of compassion: ‘We’re creating individuals who don’t know how to reach out to each other’ | Empathy | Scoop.it
A psychologist believes nurturing compassion is the key to solving personal problems and societal ills

 

Paul Gilbert, author of the best-selling self-help book Overcoming Depression, and, more recently, The Compassionate Mind, wants people to wake up to the value of compassion.

 

Gilbert, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Derby in England, defines compassion as a “basic kindness, with a deep awareness of the suffering of oneself and of other living things, coupled with the wish and effort to relieve it.”

 

“There has been a complete neglect of compassion in our world,” he says. “For example, humans are a very tactile species, and we respond to hugs and cuddles, yet the fear of paedophilia is creating a generation of children who aren’t touched [by people other than close family members],” he says.

 

 

Sylvia Thompson


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How can someone love you, if you don't?
Stop comparing yourself to others..  one will always lose. Then you are either a loser, or they are.. 
Don't be around people who play games with themselves by comparing, they will either act as if they have won internally or lost. 
And will always have something to prove. Self compassion is the root of compassion towards others. A critical self is critical of others.
"Make a fair observing  thinking space"
 

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Darwin revisited: Compassion key to our survival

Darwin revisited: Compassion key to our survival | Empathy | Scoop.it
For Stanford researcher Emma Seppala, it’s our connections with others that matter most.

 

“One telling study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure,” wrote Seppala. “On the flip side, strong social connection leads to a 50 percent increased chance of longevity. Social connection strengthens our immune system, helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life.”

 

She suggests that one of the best ways to make these kinds of healthy connections is by simply hanging out with compassionate people, a practice she says leads to “a state of elevation” and inspires a “chain reaction” of compassion.

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