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Women Happier in Relationships When Men Feel Their Pain

Women Happier in Relationships When Men Feel Their Pain | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Believing your partner is trying to be empathetic more important to relationship than actual empathy, according to new study.
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Sooo . . . guys, you can do this! Just make her believe you feel her pain. How hard can that be?

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Alcoholic men demonstrate a deficit in empathy and distorted view of irony

Emotions are often implicit undertones to our communication interactions, and decoding them requires substantial social and cognitive abilities. A study of the ability of chronic male alcoholics to recognize the emotional component of irony in relation to their empathic abilities has found a clear deficit.

 

More specifically, the alcoholics demonstrated: a deficit of empathic functions; a specific impairment of the "social skills" component of empathy; a disturbed comprehension of irony; difficulties in recognizing the emotional dimension in communication; difficulties in identifying speakers' emotional states and intentions; and an overestimation of positive emotions and a misunderstanding of the negative connotation of ironic situations.

 

[Of course . . . hard to know which came first. It's entirely possible that their low levels of empathy and resulting relationship difficulties led to the chronic alcohol abuse to begin with.]

 

 

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Anette Due Rosenzweig's comment, November 12, 2012 9:02 PM
I tend to agree with the last statement!
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» Specific Brain Region Tied to Empathy - Psych Central News

» Specific Brain Region Tied to Empathy - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

An international team of researchers has demonstrated, for the first time, that a particular area of the brain — called the anterior insular cortex — is where human empathy originates.

 

Over the past decade, scientists have used powerful functional MRI imaging to identify several regions in the brain that are associated with empathy for pain. The current study, however, firmly indicates that the feeling of empathy originates in the anterior insular cortex.

 

“Our findings provide strong evidence that empathy is mediated in a specific area of the brain,” said Gu, who now works at University College London. “The findings have implications for a wide range of neuropsychiatric illnesses, such as autism and some forms of dementia, which are characterized by prominent deficits in higher-level social functioning.”

 

The research suggests that behavioral and cognitive therapies can be developed to compensate for problems in the anterior insular cortex and its related functions.

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Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity

Why Thinking of Others Improves Our Creativity | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Research indicates we're better at solving problems and being creative when we're thinking of others instead of ourselves.
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Rachelle Capo's comment, July 28, 2012 7:37 PM
This article goes really well with that "Angry? Be a Fly on the Wall" article. If you can step outside the moment when you're upset, and pretend someone else is in your situation, it seems like you might have a better chance at keeping calm and coming up with a good solution/plan of action.
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The Mind-Reading Hormone: Your Brain's Key to Empathy | Psychology Today

The Mind-Reading Hormone: Your Brain's Key to Empathy | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A dose of oxytocin improves mind-reading. By Joshua Gowin, Ph.D.


Via Sakis Koukouvis, Romylos Pantzakis
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Gina Stepp's comment, March 4, 2012 5:51 PM
This must be why moms always know what their kids are thinking . . . those extra oxytocin receptor cells we got when they were born.
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Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research suggests

Modern parenting may hinder brain development, research suggests | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research.

 

Studies show that responding to a baby's needs (not letting a baby "cry it out") has been shown to influence the development of conscience; positive touch affects stress reactivity, impulse control and empathy; free play in nature influences social capacities and aggression; and a set of supportive caregivers (beyond the mother alone) predicts IQ and ego resilience as well as empathy.

 

The United States has been on a downward trajectory on all of these care characteristics, according to Narvaez. Instead of being held, infants spend much more time in carriers, car seats and strollers than they did in the past. Only about 15 percent of mothers are breast-feeding at all by 12 months, extended families are broken up and free play allowed by parents has decreased dramatically since 1970.

 

Whether the corollary to these modern practices or the result of other forces, an epidemic of anxiety and depression among all age groups, including young children; rising rates of aggressive behavior and delinquency in young children; and decreasing empathy, the backbone of compassionate, moral behavior, among college students, are shown in research.

 

According to Narvaez, however, other relatives and teachers also can have a beneficial impact when a child feels safe in their presence. Also, early deficits can be made up later, she says.

Gina Stepp's insight:

This is not "one"  study. It's a body of research by many scientists across several different fields of research.

More of the story can be found in these two clusters of articles:

 

Born to Connect:
http://www.mom-psych.com/Articles/Attachment-Theory/index.html ;


Core Competencies for Positive Youth Development
http://www.mom-psych.com/Articles/Family-Relationships/Child-Development/Competencies-Overview-GS1008.html  ;

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, January 8, 2013 1:23 PM

This is not "one"  study. It's a body of research by many scientists across several different fields of research.

More of the story can be found in these two clusters of articles:

 

Born to Connect:
http://www.mom-psych.com/Articles/Attachment-Theory/index.html 


Core Competencies for Positive Youth Development
http://www.mom-psych.com/Articles/Family-Relationships/Child-Development/Competencies-Overview-GS1008.html  

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Parenting: Why Empathy is Not Indulgence

Parenting: Why Empathy is Not Indulgence | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
What is the role of empathy and understanding in good parenting? Have parents become too concerned with children’s feelings and not concerned enough with their behavior?
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Savvy tots to grown-ups: 'Don't be such a crybaby'

Savvy tots to grown-ups:  'Don't be such a crybaby' | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Children as young as three apparently can tell the difference between whining and when someone has good reason to be upset, and they will respond with sympathy usually only when it seems to be truly deserved, according to new research.

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Brain size may determine whether you are good at keeping friends

Brain size may determine whether you are good at keeping friends | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Researchers are suggesting that there is a link between the number of friends you have and the size of the region of the brain -- known as the orbital prefrontal cortex -- that is found just above the eyes.
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