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Debunking the Myths About Boys and Emotions

Debunking the Myths About Boys and Emotions | LittleBig Things | Scoop.it

Studies of infants have shown that neurologically, there isn't much difference between boys' and girls' capacity for empathy. Yet, according to neuroscientists, because girls are allowed to express their emotions, their ability to identify and understand both their own and others' emotions cultivates their empathetic skills beyond those of boys'.

Continuing into young boyhood, Stanford professor Judy Chu argues in her recent book When Boys Become Boys that it is culture rather than nature that incapacitates boys' social and emotional skills. Chu observed during her two-year study of six 4 and 5-year old boys--the age at which boys generally disconnect emotionally and relationally--that the boys were very astute at reading their and others' emotions. They also knew how to cultivate meaningful relationships, which they strongly desired.

 

 ...Way points out that social disconnectedness is prevalent throughout American society. She cites research that found the percentage of adults who have no close friends increased from 36 percent in 1985 to 53 percent in 2004 and argues that


it is our culture that distorts both boys' and girls' natural capacity for empathy and emotionally intimate friendships.  


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KarmaTube: Fantastic Fungi Paradigm Shift in Consciousness

KarmaTube: Fantastic Fungi Paradigm Shift in Consciousness | LittleBig Things | Scoop.it
Nature is a force of good. And good is not only a concept, it is a spirit. So says mycologist Paul Stamets. Along with mushrooms, all life has a language and an intelligence that we ignore at our peril.
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Happiness Comes From Respect, Not Riches

Happiness Comes From Respect, Not Riches | LittleBig Things | Scoop.it
A series of studies shows that wealth doesn’t make us happier—but the respect of others does.
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Beau Lotto + Amy O’Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included | Video on TED.com

TED Talks What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions.
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Five Lessons in Human Goodness from “The Hunger Games”

Five Lessons in Human Goodness from “The Hunger Games” | LittleBig Things | Scoop.it
The dystopian tale is really about compassion, empathy, and cooperation, argues Jeremy Adam Smith—and there's scientific reason for that.
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How To Be A Mind Reader - cognitive-based compassion training (CBCT)

How To Be A Mind Reader -  cognitive-based compassion training (CBCT) | LittleBig Things | Scoop.it

According to a new study published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, a form of meditation known as cognitive-based compassion training (CBCT) could be your ticket to being able to read others better.

 

 First, the skinny on CBCT: Instead of focusing on breath and awareness—like you do with mindfulness meditation—compassion meditation involves contemplating specific things, like your affection for other people, in an effort to refocus your attitudes toward the people you interact with on daily basis, says study co-author Jennifer S. Mascaro, a postdoctoral fellow in the anthropology department at Emory University.

 

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