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Children learn empathy growing up, but can we train adults to have more of it?

John Malouff, University of New England This article is part of our series on understanding others’ feelings. In it we examine empathy, including what it is, whether our doctors need more of it, and when too much may not be a good thing. “I just get so angry when he says he will call and… Continue reading Children learn empathy growing up, but can we train adults to have more of it?

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Understanding others’ feelings: what is empathy and why do we need it?

Pascal Molenberghs, Monash University This is the introductory essay in our series on understanding others’ feelings. In it we will examine empathy, including what it is, whether our doctors need more of it, and when too much may not be a good thing. Empathy is the ability to share and understand the emotions of others.… Continue reading Understanding others’ feelings: what is empathy and why do we need it?

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Breathe and focus

Keeping focus is essential for some tasks (Santa Barbara, Calif.)—If you think your inability to concentrate is a hopeless condition, think again—and breathe and focus. According to a study by researchers at the UC Santa Barbara, as little as two weeks of mindfulness training can significantly improve reading comprehension, working memory capacity and ability to… Continue reading Breathe and focus