Personality shifts might also change your politics

"We saw that in these personality changes toward greater empathy, people placed a lot more importance upon more liberal ideologies..."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Sept. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: politics morality empathy personality featured society-and-culture beliefs

Families can support kids' mental health whether they're learning remotely or at school – here's how

Good mental health is the ability to adapt to changes and stress. Whatever school looks like, parents can help keep kids' social-emotional development on track in these four areas.

Erika Bocknek, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Wayne State University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: mental-health school psychology stress sleep adaptation child-development child-psychology k-12-education emotions empathy emotional-skills identity self-esteem pandemic-school-closures pandemic-parenting remote-learning bedtime-routine social-emotional-development prosocial-behaviors sleep-hygiene peer-relationships reciprocity remote-schooling

Interviews clarify tension between homicide detectives, bereaved

Criminologists observed homicide detectives and conducted focus groups with the friends and families of murder victims to identify sources of tension.

Jennifer French Giarratano-Georgia State • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: communication empathy society-and-culture crimes police-officers murder

Parents with depression report less empathy for their kids

"A parent's difficulty identifying and connecting with a child's emotions is particularly concerning during these turbulent times..."

Joan Brasher-Vanderbilt • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: depression parents childrens-health empathy featured health-and-medicine

The science of sleep: how sharing your dreams could help to improve your relationships

Listening to other people's dreams can help to improve your empathy levels.

Julia Lockheart, Senior Lecturer and Head of Contextual Practices, University of Wales Trinity Saint David • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  fiction  sleep  dreams  empathy  dreaming  sleep-study

How to listen to your loved ones with empathy when you yourself are feeling the strain of social distancing

When you're stuck at home during social distancing, it's only natural to feel on edge at times. So how do you listen to a loved one who's on edge, too?

Annmarie Caño, Professor of Psychology and Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Success, Wayne State University • conversation
April 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  social-distancing  coronavirus-2020  empathy  listening  thich-nhat-hanh

Social distancing increased over the course of human history – but so did empathy and new ways to connect

People have changed over time, growing ever more distant and isolated from others – while at the same time finding new ways and technologies that let individuals connect and feel with others.

Fritz Breithaupt, Provost Professor in Cognitive Science and Germanic Studies, Indiana University, Indiana University • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  human-evolution  social-distancing  social-connection  cognitive-science  empathy  novels  evolutionary-psychology  grooming  robert-koch  social-ties

Scans show less gray matter in brains of murderers

Scientists studied the brains of more than men in prison for homicide or attempted homicide and found differences from the brains of people convicted of other crimes.

Jack Wang- U. Chicago • futurity
July 24, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: brains empathy science-and-technology crimes

Compassion makes all the difference for HIV treatment

"Today, HIV is considered a chronic, treatable condition. However, this study found that many patients continue to view it as a death sentence."

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
July 15, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: hiv physicians communication empathy health-and-medicine medications stigma

Empathy is a skill. Here’s how to cultivate it

"Empathy is something like a muscle: left unused, it atrophies; put to work, it grows."

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
June 10, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: emotions empathy featured society-and-culture social-lives beliefs

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