In a study commissioned by Mattel, the maker of Barbie, researchers observed 42 children play with Barbie dolls and tablet devices. While playing with the dolls, a part of the brain in the children was activated, which is associated with social information processing, such as empathy. It was activated “far […]
America’s overdue reckoning with racism and police brutality has already taken down some abusive, powerful people, and has also brought about unprecedented popular support for criminal justice reform. Such reforms include arresting and imprisoning far fewer people, and eliminating punitive sanctions on those who have already paid their debt to […]
Top companies like Hyatt, Fidelity, and Hilton are increasingly using virtual reality in vital areas of the workplace. In the realm of social change, Hyatt in particular uses VR for a community initiative that helps recruit youth from diverse backgrounds. Fidelity and Hilton use VR to promote empathy, both within […]
A common trait the world’s best leaders exhibit is love, says billionaire philanthropist Melinda Gates. The same can be true of workplace managers who create loving environments and empathise with their staff, Gates told Business Insider US Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell. Gates described how she created a positive work environment during […]
In a fight, it’s easy to let emotions take over and turn a minor disagreement into an hourlong conflict. We spoke with two psychologists who explained the key to quickly resolving a fight. They said you can end a fight in under a minute by keeping a friendly tone, having […]
MicrosoftCEO Satya Nadella bought all the members of his senior leadership team a copy of the book “Nonviolent Communication” in 2014 when he took over the company. At the time, Microsoft was known for having a culture of hostility, infighting, and backstabbing. “Nonviolent Communication” preaches compassion and empathy in communication, […]
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to identify and manage your and others’ emotions. Research suggests that high EQ helps people succeed at work and in relationships. There are plenty of easy ways to improve your EQ right away. For example: Learn what sets you off, assign specific names to […]
Some people have very high levels of empathy. But if they take on everyone else’s baggage all the time, it can lead to an “empathy burnout.” This is essentially like running out of fuel to care. To stop this, they need to learn to be discerning and build strong boundaries. […]
Narcissists sometimes recruit people to help them tear down their victim’s self esteem. These people are called “apaths” and they are completely indifferent to the victim’s suffering. Sometimes they genuinely don’t care, and other times they go along with the abuse because they don’t want to be the target themselves. […]
Whether it’s laughing at fail videos or relishing those times when a rival sports team lost the big game, we all enjoy watching other’s misfortunes. There’s actually a word for this. It’s called schadenfreude. Literally, it means “enjoyment obtained from the trouble of others.” It sounds twisted – and it […]
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the social-media platform is increasing empathy between people. That’s because people can bond over shared interests, Zuckerberg said. Some experts disagree: One professor said Facebook actually encourages us to hold more strongly to our beliefs. Other experts agree that Facebook fosters empathy by exposing us […]
Empaths and narcissists are often drawn to each other. This is because empaths have a lot of compassion and understanding to give, while narcissists thrive on someone worshipping them. But this isn’t a good match, because empaths tend to forgive everything the narcissist does. This results in them being completely […]
People who are very receptive to the emotions of others are known as empaths. They are also very sensitive to noise, smell, and being around people. This means they are overwhelmed in crowds, and get exhausted in social situations. Psychiatrist Judith Orloff, an empath herself, works with others to help […]
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