Will our empathy unite us against Covid-19?

Will our empathy unite us against Covid-19?

Jeremy Rifkin[1] published his book, Empathic Civilization, the Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis in 2009. This monumental book traces human consciousness through the millennial years of human existence with each age leaving traces of its mythology,...
Hope in Times of Uncertainty

Hope in Times of Uncertainty

This past week Deepak Chopra with Oprah Winfrey released another of their free 21-day meditation series in keeping with the present global pandemic of the Coronavirus. This three-week meditation can be found in the twitter hashtag #HopeGoesGlobal, as well as on any of...
We Need Uncertainty

We Need Uncertainty

Have you ever noticed how often you see faces in clouds or in tiles on floors or marble walls? The brain needs to see patterns. We look for and find patterns everywhere in compositions, music, art, nature, conversations, and relationships. The brain wants certainty,...
The Upside of Uncertainty

The Upside of Uncertainty

There has probably been no time in history, whether world, national, familial, or even personal, that any of us has truly experienced the calm and peace of life without any concern, worry, or threat, except possibly during a few forgotten years of a safe childhood, a...
Unconscious Cognitive Biases can be damaging in the workplace

Unconscious Cognitive Biases can be damaging in the workplace

Peakon is the world’s leading platform for measuring and improving Employee Engagement. Its 2020 Heartbeat annual report focused on Employee Expectations. Its conclusion summarized the report: This report set out to uncover the emerging employee expectations for...
Cognitive Biases Challenge Our Human Rationality

Cognitive Biases Challenge Our Human Rationality

Frontiers in Psychology published an interesting article in their Cognitive Science section on September 02, 2018 that questioned our human rationality in our use of heuristic thinking. Heuristic thinking follows the neurological makeup of the brain, which sets up its...
Empathy and its neuroscience

Empathy and its neuroscience

Empathy is the new word in our recent popular vocabulary. It is used for a variety of different emotional settings such as compassion, sympathy, “walking in another’s shoes”, kindness, “doing unto others”, and charity. Recent studies done at the German Research Center...
Looking Inside Empathy with a Neuroscience Approach

Looking Inside Empathy with a Neuroscience Approach

Dr. Helen Riess[1] is a psychiatrist who developed an empathy training approach based on research in the neurobiology and physiology of empathy at Harvard Medical School and is Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital....
Empathy = Care, connect, communicate

Empathy = Care, connect, communicate

Daniel Siegel, M.D., wrote the forward to Mary Gordon’s singular book Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child,[1] in which Dr. Siegel capsules his understanding of empathy with “care, connect, communicate.” As a teacher himself, he suggests that empathy...
Empathy – Key to Belonging

Empathy – Key to Belonging

It was Abraham Maslow’s pyramid of needs in the mid 1900s that got human psychology well off the ground, because it was “so right on” with our everyday developmental experiences. The first two needs of physical wellbeing and security are tended to with adequate...

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