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Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other

Pet Therapy: How Animals And Humans Heal Each Other | Nurturing touch | Scoop.it
Dogs, cats, birds, fish and even horses are increasingly being used in settings ranging from hospitals and nursing homes to schools, jails and mental institutions. A growing body of scientific research suggests interacting with animals can make us healthier — and benefits them, too.
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How to teach kids empathy

How to teach kids empathy | Nurturing touch | Scoop.it
Empathy is a character trait that must be nurtured. Start teaching children when they are young and they will grow up being able to understand others who are struggling.

 

Discuss empathy in everyday situations

When you first begin to teach your young children about empathy, you will have to explain what it means. For example, if your toddler hits a playmate and takes his toy, discuss with her how she would feel if a friend did that to her. Point out people who are feeling sad and discuss why they might feel that way. Ask your children what they could do to help. If a family member is sick, encourage others to help him or her in little ways.

 

Making your children more aware of times they should be empathetic will help them learn to feel empathy on their own. Be open to the things and experiences they discuss with you.

 

They will have disagreements with friends and feel wronged. Help them see both sides of the situation and apply empathy.


By: Amy Peterson, 


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Powerful and Coldhearted - It’s hard for powerful people to feel empathy.

Powerful and Coldhearted - It’s hard for powerful people to feel empathy. | Nurturing touch | Scoop.it

It’s hard for powerful people to feel empathy.

 

The human brain can be exquisitely attuned to other people, thanks in part to its so-called mirror system. The mirror system is composed of a network of brain regions that become active both when you perform an action (say, squeezing a rubber ball in your hand) and when you observe someone elsewho performs the same action (squeezing a rubber ball in his hand).

 

 

Our brains appear to be able to intimately resonate with others’ actions, and this process may allow us not only to understand what they are doing, but also, in some sense, to experience it ourselves — i.e., to empathize.

 

 

In our study, we induced a set of participants to temporarily feel varying levels of power by asking them to write a brief essay about a moment in their lives.

 

 

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Does this mean that the powerful are
heartless beings incapable of empathy?
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by Michael Inzlicht is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. 


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Much research has been done into the benefits of safe nurturing massage for children. Massage can relax a child's mind and body, increase their attentiveness...
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Combining storytelling and massage is a wonderful way to connect with young children.

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