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How to Think Like A Wise Person, by Adam Grant

How to Think Like A Wise Person, by Adam Grant | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it

Wisdom is the ability to make sound judgments and choices based on experience. It’s a virtue according to every great philosophical and religious tradition, from Aristotle to Confucius and Christianity to Judaism, Islam to Buddhism, and Taoism to Hinduism. According to the book From Smart to Wise, wisdom distinguishes great leaders from the rest of the pack. So what does it take to cultivate wisdom?


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John Michel's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:50 PM

Wisdom emerges not from experience itself, but rather from reflecting thoughtfully on the lessons gained from experience.

The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 20, 2013 9:06 PM

From the Article:  Wisdom emerges not from experience itself, but rather from reflecting thoughtfully on the lessons gained from experience ... Cultivating wisdom is a deliberate choice that people can make regardless of age and intelligence.


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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal

When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal | Revitalize Your Mind & Life | Scoop.it
A new neuroscientific study shows that compassion training can help us cope with other people's distress.

 

Empathy can be painful. Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research. When we witness suffering and distress in others, our natural tendency to empathize can bring us vicarious pain.

 

Is there a better way of approaching distress in other people? A recent study, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, suggests that we can better cope with others’ negative emotions by strengthening our own compassion skills, which the researchers define as “feeling concern for another’s suffering and desiring to enhance that individual’s welfare.”

 

“Empathy is really important for understanding others’ emotions very deeply, but there is a downside of empathy when it comes to the suffering of others,” says Olga Klimecki, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany and the lead author of the study. “When we share the suffering of others too much, our negative emotions increase. It carries the danger of an emotional burnout.”


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Pamir Kiciman's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:18 PM

Such an important topic and distinction. I've been teaching this to my Reiki students for years and years. I'm glad there's now research being done about it. We can help others without causing harm to ourselves! We can help and still remain functional.

Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, August 24, 2013 12:40 AM

empathy works best when paired with compassion