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The Roots of Moral Courage: initial results suggest empathizing with another does encourage more humane treatment of that person’s group

The Roots of Moral Courage: initial results suggest empathizing with another does encourage more humane treatment of that person’s group | A New Ecology | Scoop.it

Why do some people risk their lives to help others? Kristen Renwick Monroe has dedicated her career to finding out.

 

Whether this kind of limited intervention will foster the kind of heroic altruism found in World War II rescuers is another issue, but the initial results suggest empathizing with another does encourage more humane treatment of that person’s group.
Certainly, the rescuers I have interviewed demonstrated tremendous empathy toward all groups—Jews, Allied airmen, political resistors to the Nazis, even Nazis themselves—so their ethical treatment of others seems related to this sense of connection fostered by empathy.

 

This connection is also supported by research by Samuel and Pearl Oliner of Humboldt State University, who questioned people who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and found that empathy was key to their motivations, as well as by many experimental studies by psychologist Daniel Batson.


Without a doubt, the importance of empathy in our treatment of others seems worthy of further investigation.

 

By Kristen Renwick Monroe

 

 


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A Conversation With Jamie Holmes, Author of 'Nonsense,' About Humans' Discomfort With Uncertainty - The Atlantic

A Conversation With Jamie Holmes, Author of 'Nonsense,' About Humans' Discomfort With Uncertainty - The Atlantic | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
“Wanting and not wanting the same thing at the same time is a baseline condition of human consciousness.”
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The Six Stages of Mental Strength

The Six Stages of Mental Strength | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
  // Many people think that mentally strong people are simply born that way. That from the moment their feet hit the ground, they are simply endowed with some almost supernatural skill that allows them to face challenges bravely. Others think...
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Emotional Health Resources - Talent Development Resources

Emotional Health Resources - Talent Development Resources | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
Highly sensitive individuals make up 20 to 30 percent of the population. They “experience things more intensely, and therefore have had more difficulties learning to manage emotions because they become so overwhelmed by them.”

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You don't need empathy to support a depressed person

You don't need empathy to support a depressed person | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
When a friend was hospitalized for appendicitis, people flocked to visit him at the hospital. When I was clinically depressed, some who knew it avoided me like the plague. But I completely understa...

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World's beaches being washed away due to coastal development

World's beaches being washed away due to coastal development | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
From Florida to the Costa del Sol, costly sea defences are accelerating beach erosion and will ultimately fail to protect coastal towns and cities from rising tides, say experts Continue reading...
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Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
More proof that readers of fiction are a very special breed.
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Odor Landscapes in Turbulent Environments

Odor Landscapes in Turbulent Environments | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
A statistical-physics model provides an accurate description of how animals communicate via pheromones in a turbulent atmospheric environment.

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How to Deal With Anxiety, Tragedy or Heartache — 4 Steps From Research

How to Deal With Anxiety, Tragedy or Heartache — 4 Steps From Research | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
“You don’t remember me, but I was in your experiment a year ago. I just wanted to thank you. It changed my life.” James Pennebaker…
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Creation mythology and modern environmental apocalypse -The Common Sense Canadian

Creation mythology and modern environmental apocalypse -The Common Sense Canadian | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
Ray Grigg explains how Western Creation mythology subconsciously sanctions our careless attitude toward nature.
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The Innovative and Creative Power of ADHD

The Innovative and Creative Power of ADHD | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
A University of Pennsylvania psychologist argues that we should consider people with ADHD to be highly imaginative people rather than people with a learning disability.
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The Waters of Heterodoxy: A Review of Gerald Pollack’s “The Fourth Phase of Water” | Charles Eisenstein

In The Fourth Phase of Water, Gerald Pollack offers an elegant new theory of water chemistry that has profound implications not only for chemistry and biology, but for the metaphoric foundation of our understanding of reality and our treatment of nature. Let me emphasize that this is not a New Age book by someone of questionable scientific credentials. This is a book on chemistry, albeit one easily accessible to lay people. Pollack is a highly decorated professor at the University of Washington,
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Me, Myself and Us: Renowned Canadian psychologist tells us how our personalities shape our lives

Me, Myself and Us: Renowned Canadian psychologist tells us how our personalities shape our lives | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
If you've ever wondered why you act the way you do and whether you can change, it turns out it's
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Nadine Prada_The Creator's Journey #32 - Charles Gupton

Nadine Prada_The Creator's Journey #32 - Charles Gupton | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
Nadine Prada On Demystifying Art “When you know your why, you realize it’s so much bigger than you. It takes a little bit of pressure off of you, it becomes about so much more. It helps you understand why you need to show up, it helps you understand why you …
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Soul Spelunker » The New Consciousness

Soul Spelunker » The New Consciousness | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
The new consciousness that is emerging is, first of all, not a phenomenon we should view as yet another rung on what Saint John Climacus called the scala paradisi, or “ladder of divine ascent.” Western man is obsessed with climbing higher and higher, as in “climbing the corporate ladder, or “making it to the top.” In spiritual matters, the general consensus is that one draws closer to God if one ascends into the heavens. Why the preoccupation with an upward path? Why is heaven up and hell down? It is because we still view reality is terms of space, whether it is two-dimensional or three-dimensional. The West has been consumed with space since the advent of what Gebser calls the mental-rational mode of consciousness. One of the milestones of this obsession was when a human stepped out onto the lunar surface in 1969. The new consciousness will supersede spatial considerations. Three-dimensionality will be transcended to include the fourth dimension of time.

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We are caught in a wave together...the maelstrom of a new consciousness.

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Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology - The Creative Mind

Robin Williams: Intensity Is Not Pathology - The Creative Mind | A New Ecology | Scoop.it

The tone of many responses to the death of Robin Williams support the insidious "Crazy Artist" mythology: that artistic creativity depends on mental disorder.

 

But, as psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman commented, his “comedic genius was a result of many factors, including his compassion, playfulness, divergent thinking, imagination, intelligence, affective repertoire, and unique life experiences. In contrast, his suicide was strongly influenced by his mental illness. This romanticism of mental illness needs to stop.”


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Mindfulness and the Stress Threat

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RT @mindfuleveryday: 'Mindfulness and The Stress Threat' by Marvelline: http://t.co/ER4Xusf5qf
What happens when you experience stress in …
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The neuroscience of restorative justice

The neuroscience of restorative justice | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate?
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Envisioning a River of Air

Envisioning a River of Air | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
By the classification rules of the world of physics, we all know that the Earth's atmosphere is made of gas (rather than liquid, solid, or plasma). But in the world of flying it's often useful to think of air as a fluid.
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Michael Pollan explains what's wrong with the paleo diet

Michael Pollan explains what's wrong with the paleo diet | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
The celebrated food author dishes on how to eat well: less meat, more microbes, and cook it yourself.
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Coming to Our Senses on Education and Nutrition

Coming to Our Senses on Education and Nutrition | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
Taste and smell can be powerful tools in the classroom
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The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling

The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
Why, throughout human history, have people been so drawn to fiction?
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Mental Health: Entrepreneurs Living on the Edge | BC Business

Mental Health: Entrepreneurs Living on the Edge | BC Business | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
Successful entrepreneurs aren’t like most people. They’ve made their mark in the world because their thought processes don’t follow predictable paths. But at what point does “thinking outside the box” become a mental disorder? Local entrepreneurs who have skated close to that thin line share their stories
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Esse Est Percipere (To Be Is to Perceive)

Esse Est Percipere (To Be Is to Perceive) | A New Ecology | Scoop.it
1.“…he [William Blake] did everything he could to make his figures lose substance, to become transparent and indeterminate one from the other, to defy gravity, to be present but intangible, to glow without a definable surface, not to be reducible...

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