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Narcissism Can Be Deadly

Narcissism Can Be Deadly | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Unhealthy narcissism leads to elevated stress hormone in men. 

 

Narcissists exist throughout society. Self-absorbed. Entitled. Lacking empathy. In mild forms, narcissism can help men succeed. More unhealthy forms can affect relationships and lead to aggression. Around one percent of the population suffers from narcissism severe enough to be classified as a personality disorder.


The effects that narcissists have on those around them are easily noticeable. Less clear, though, is the damage that they do to themselves. A new study of 106 undergraduate students in the U.S. shows that unhealthy narcissism in men is strongly related to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This connection was 2.5 times greater than what was seen in women with the same type of personality

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Low empathy levels: Self-absorbed men may be ruining their health, study says

Low empathy levels: Self-absorbed men may be ruining their health, study says | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Narcissism is characterized by grandiosity, low empathy levels and a sense of entitlement, the researchers said. Narcissistic men, it turns out, release more cortisol — even when they're not in stressful situations....

 

The study noted that "the level of narcissism is rising in American culture, and that narcissism tends to be more prevalent among males." It's a trait that includes "an inflated sense of self-importance, overestimations of uniqueness and a sense of grandiosity."
 

 By Lois M. Collins 

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January 25, 2012 11:40 AM
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Chimp empathy & morality, without religion (Frans De Waal)

Morality is hardwired into animals.

 

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http://bit.ly/jn2OTe


How can we build a culture of empathy?

I think it is important in society, especially at the moment. Now that we have come out of this period where greed was so good. I think it is important to emphasize that there are alternative ways of looking at society. A society where solidarity is important and caring about others is important.

 

The other things, that I'm not an expert on, is education and culture of course. A cultural and educational change that emphasizes empathy more. I would also warn that empathy is not invariably positive. People think that empathy is automatically a positive characteristic. Empathy can be used for bad purposes also.

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January 24, 2012 4:45 PM
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The Human Spark | PBS - Hardwired for empathy and to help

In "The Human Spark," Alan Alda visits dozens of scientists on three continents -- and even undergoes an examination of his own brain -- to find the answer to one question: What makes us human?

 

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January 23, 2012 6:33 PM
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Yawning: Is it a Sign of Empathy? | Video Library

Yawning: Is it a Sign of Empathy? | Video Library | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Italian researchers say that contagious yawning occurs at a faster rate among friends and family than strangers. Their study, aimed at advancing the understanding of empathy between people, also uncovered similar findings among other primates.
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January 24, 2012 11:25 AM
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WRNI: This I Believe Archives: "I believe in Empathy"

WRNI:  This I Believe Archives:  "I believe in Empathy" | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

To most adults, it seems to go without saying that children are self-absorbed. Whether because of developmental inevitability or deeply-rooted cultural messages, children seem to be instinctively preoccupied with their own wants and wishes. And then there are those remarkable exceptions. Thirteen-year-old Fiona Carey reminds us with her youthful wisdom how important it is to care about others.

 

Fiona Carey is an eighth-grader at Paul Cuffee School in Providence. Fiona lives in Providence with her parents, Russell and Rebekah, and nine-year-old sister, Grace. She is passionate about reading, piano, dance, travel . . . and empathy.

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January 23, 2012 11:40 AM
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MIT Neuroscientists Study Brain Activity to Learn About Empathy

MIT Neuroscientists Study Brain Activity to Learn About Empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

MIT neuroscientists are studying the patterns of brain activity that correlate with empathy. They hope to use their findings to determine how well people respond to reconciliation programs aimed at boosting empathy between groups in conflict, since compassion for others suffering often fails between members of opposing conflict groups.

 

MIT postdoc Emile Bruneau has long been drawn to conflict — not as a participant, but an observer. In 1994, while doing volunteer work in South Africa, he witnessed firsthand the turmoil surrounding the fall of apartheid; during a 2001 trip to visit friends in Sri Lanka, he found himself in the midst of the violent conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan military.

 

More on Emile Bruneau
http://bit.ly/yfi9te

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January 23, 2012 12:11 AM
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On Mirror Neurons or Why it is Okay to be a Couch Potato

On Mirror Neurons or Why it is Okay to be a Couch Potato | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Mirror neurons are active when someone observes a movement as well as when someone performs the act himself. The same is true for the facial expression of emotion, which is why links have been made between mirror neurons and empathy. Also, researchers now have come to realize that mirror neurons as such probably are not a type of cell in the brain. Instead, mirroring is thought to be an emergent property of the network structure of the brain. We therefore sometimes also talk about the mirror system.

 

The brain area of interest to the Italian researchers is the premotor cortex, a brain area involved with the planning of our movements. The premotor cortex is connected to the motor cortex which controls our muscles and therefore movements. Thanks to the work of a famous neurosurgeon, 

 

by Daniëlle van Versendaal

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January 25, 2012 9:11 PM
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Defining empathy for Wordia

by Roman Krznaric
understanding and imaginatively entering into another person's feelings.
more at http://bit.ly/yogvQs

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January 22, 2012 6:41 PM
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Are We Hard-Wired for Greed or Empathy?

Find out more at http://www.floatinguniversity.com/lectures-bloom Experiment footage of toddler altruism courtesy Felix Warneken and Michael Tomasello.
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January 21, 2012 6:14 PM
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Edwin Rutsch & Marc Bekoff: Dialogs on Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion

Edwin Rutsch & Marc Bekoff: Dialogs on Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

E. I'm looking at How do we build a culture of empathy and compassion in the largest sence? It seems that looking at how do we have empathy and compassion for animals is a part of that. Do you have thoughts about How we can go about building a culture of empathy?


Marc: I think about that a lot, in fact a book that I just sent off that will be out next year called, "Ignoring Nature No More: The Case for Compassionate Conservation". I see a lots of ways that we can build a culture of empathy, and given my own interests I see "Compassionate Conservation" as being almost like a social movement. It's acting like a collective, people with common interests to pursue them and to pursue them and act on their feelings of empathy, if you will. It's really hard to find people who don't empathize with animals or care about animals.
explain to people - show them by example how empathy and compassion can be cased out in terms of actions for animals.

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January 21, 2012 12:19 PM
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Empathy with the Ayatollah | Atlantic Council

Empathy with the Ayatollah | Atlantic Council | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

“Empathize with your enemy.” It is the first of eleven lessons offered by the former US Secretary of Defense Robert MacNamara in the award-winning 2002 documentary “Fog of War.”


In that film, a feisty MacNamara laments how a talented US foreign policy team lost the war in Vietnam by failing to understand the nature of conflict and the motivations of the enemy.

 

Empathizing with the enemy is not easy, but it is wise. To do so, let’s go into the mind of the Ayatollah….

 

by Jeff Lightfoot

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January 20, 2012 11:43 AM
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Bullying Prevention For Kids: 4 Steps To Raising An Anti-Bully

Bullying Prevention For Kids: 4 Steps To Raising An Anti-Bully | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Building an anti-bully, on the other hand, means fostering empathy and compassion among young children, to also increase the likelihood they stand up to bullies or stand up for those who are being bullied.

 

Empathetic kids are able to take the perspective of someone else, even a stranger. Children who lack empathy can turn into hardened, apathetic adults. A 1999 study by Daniel Nagin and Richard Tremblay published for the Society for Research in Child Development found that "aggression in the school environment can inhibit learning and create interpersonal problems for children. Moreover, a high level of childhood aggression is problematic in the long term, as it is a significant predictor of adult criminal behavior and other anti-social behaviors." We see them as kids and adults all around us. They don't care about others, only themselves. When they encounter someone in need, they look away.

 

So what can parents do?

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January 23, 2012 5:29 PM
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Narcissistic men have higher levels of stress hormone

Narcissistic men have higher levels of stress hormone | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Men who are narcissistic are likely to have higher levels of a primary stress hormone called cortisol, a new study finds.

 

However, the same trend was not as strong for women with narcissist traits, according to research published Mondayin the journal Public Library of Science ONE.

 

“The more narcissistic, the more cortisol that men have in mundane situations,” said author Sara Konrath, who is the director of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research at the University of Michigan. 

 

by Madison Park

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January 26, 2012 1:07 PM
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Narcissistic men suffer from more stress

Narcissistic men suffer from more stress | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Narcissism, or excessive love of oneself, is not just an unattractive trait, it’s physically damaging for men too, scientists say.

 

Researchers at the University of Michigan found that men who have this personality trait — characterised by a sense of grandiosity, entitlement and low empathy — may also have to suffer in terms of their physical health due to more stress encountered in daily activities.
 

However, this does not appear to be the case for women, found the study, LiveScience reported.

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» Probing the Neural Networks of Human Conflict - Psych Central News

» Probing the Neural Networks of Human Conflict - Psych Central News | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Why do some human groups appear to hate each other? New research by a group of neuroscientists attempts to use brain imaging to determine how the brain responds to empathy and conflict-resolution.

 

Drs. Emile Bruneau and Rebecca Saxe of Massachusetts Institute of Technology are studying why empathy — the ability to feel compassion for another person’s suffering — often fails between members of opposing groups.

 

More on Emile Bruneau
http://bit.ly/yfi9te

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January 24, 2012 12:02 PM
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Why is a yawn contagious? Study tries to find out

Why is a yawn contagious? Study tries to find out | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

The scientists, from the Museum of Natural History and Territory in Calvi, outside Pisa, believe that yawn infectiveness can be a form of emotional contagion. They believe that humans, and other primates, transmit yawns more often and more quickly from family and friends than acquaintances and strangers.

 

These observations serve as new evidence that empathy - the ability to share others' emotions - plays a part in controlling contagious yawning...

 

contagious yawning may ultimately prove a useful tool in the field of mental health, according to Norscia, saying it could be used as a non-invasive method to help assess empathy disorders.

 

by Lindsey Tugman

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January 24, 2012 11:45 AM
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Gathering the Patient’s Story and Clinical Empathy

Gathering the Patient’s Story and Clinical Empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Until the past two decades, physicians (unlike other caregivers) have been skeptical about empathy, assuming that it would interfere with their clinical objectivity and effectiveness. This has shifted as research has shown that empathy plays a fundamental role in both diagnostic accuracy and treatment effectiveness. Repeated studies show that patients first give superficial clues about their histories until they sense empathy, and only then disclose anxiety-provoking information (as happened in the reported case).

  

Such disclosure is crucial for making the correct diagnosis. Empathy is also important for establishing trust, and trust is a powerful determinant of adherence to treatment and thus effectiveness of care.2

 

Even when clinicians need to deliver bad news, their empathic engagement matters, empowering patients to take earlier steps in organizing treatment and self-care....

 

by Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD

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January 23, 2012 1:39 PM
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Dalai Lama to visit SD universities in April

Dalai Lama to visit SD universities in April | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Executives from San Diego State, University of California San Diego and University of San Diego joined to announce the inaugural public visit of the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, to San Diego on April 18 and 19.

 

His April visit will consist of a two-day event and will be the second stop on his 12-day North American tour. The seminar, “Compassion Without Borders,” includes three major public events addressing themes of climate change, peace and justice and universal ethics. A private conference prior to the UCSD event will reflect on his passion for neuroscience and its relationship with consciousness and compassion.

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Seeking the neurological roots of conflict - MIT News Office

Seeking the neurological roots of conflict - MIT News Office | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
MIT neuroscientists explore how longstanding conflict influences empathy for others.

 

MIT postdoc Emile Bruneau has long been drawn to conflict — not as a participant, but an observer. In 1994, while doing volunteer work in South Africa, he witnessed firsthand the turmoil surrounding the fall of apartheid; during a 2001 trip to visit friends in Sri Lanka, he found himself in the midst of the violent conflict between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan military.

 

Those chance experiences got Bruneau, who taught high school science for several years, interested in the psychology of human conflict. While teaching, he also volunteered as counselor for a conflict-resolution camp in Ireland that brought Catholic and Protestant children together. At MIT, Bruneau is now working with associate professor of cognitive neuroscience Rebecca Saxe to figure out why empathy — the ability to feel compassion for another person’s suffering — often fails between members of opposing conflict groups.

 

More on  Emile Bruneau
http://bit.ly/yfi9te

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Edwin Rutsch & Roman Krznaric: Dialogs on Building a Culture of Empathy

Roman Krznaric Author of: The Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live

 

see:  http://bit.ly/yogvQs

" I believe that empathy – the imaginative act of stepping into another person’s shoes and viewing the world from their perspective – is a radical tool for social change and should be a guiding light for the art of living. As I describe in this video definition of empathy, it matters not just because it makes you good, but because it is good for you"

 

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Steven Pinker on Empathy

Steven Pinker talks about empathy being one of  'The Better Angels of Our Nature' that is reducing violence.

 

"The third historical force has been called the expanding circle, this is a concept that was named by Peter Singer and first endorsed by Charles Darwin more than a century before. The idea is that evolution bequeathed us with a sense of empathy. Unfortunately, by default we apply it only to a narrow circle of family. Over the course of history you can see the circle of empathy expanding..."

 

From Book: The Better Angels of Our Nature:
Why Violence Has Declined

C-span
http://c-spanvideo.org/program/302562-1&start=2370

RSA
http://youtube.com/watch?v=GgNsmW_bAKI

 

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January 22, 2012 12:44 PM
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The Mirror in Us: Mirror Neurons & Workplace Relationships

The Mirror in Us: Mirror Neurons & Workplace Relationships | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Emotions and actions are powerfully contagious. When we see someone laugh, cry, show disgust and experience pain, in some sense we share those feelings. When we see a great actor, musician or athletic perform at the peak of their abilities, it can feel like we are experiencing something of what they feel.

 

In the 1990’s when a research team at the University of Parma, lead by neurophysiologist Giacomo Rizzolatti, made the serendipitous discovery of “mirror neurons,” a new revolution in our understanding of humans as social beings began. Since that time, neuroscience findings have helped us to appreciate the implications of the powerful sharing of experience.

 

Relationships are all about connecting with others. However, very few people consciously think about how relationships are formed. When relationships are working, there is a tendency to take them for granted and not think about how they’ve been established.

 

by Louise Altman

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Edwin Rutsch & Joe Brummer: Dialogs on Building a Culture of Empathy

Edwin Rutsch & Joe Brummer: Dialogs on Building a Culture of Empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

We discuss the article which was critical of empathy: Great Negotiators Think With Heads, Not Hearts - Empathy Can Subvert Human Well-Being - Forbes - by Victoria Pynchon. The article’s use of the word “empathy” not congruent with Joe’s understanding of the latest research from people like Frans De Waal, Author of “Age of Empathy” or Jeremy Rifkin, Author of the Empathetic Civilisation, or Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz the author’s of “Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered”

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Turning sympathy to empathy

Turning sympathy to empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
It was such a success that Capital has brought the concept back for a second year with a new issue: nutrition in America.


Through a range of experiences, students who were selected for the experiment will be challenged to deepen their understanding of the issue and walk a mile in someone else’s shoes for the next several months.


Guided by three community partners, students will be immersed in unfamiliar and unexpected environments where they will learn firsthand about nutrition and the choice people make in the foods they eat. To help, the school is partnering with Columbus City Schools, Columbus Public Health and Whole Foods Market.

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