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A Child’s Sensorial Experience of The World

Another important part of the process is to begin to observe within which environment a child is comfortable in and which one he/she is not. This dimension is where we can observe the spatial, temporal, and social experiences of a child. Schools, daycare, community centers, stores, malls and other social spaces (particularly new contexts) that … Continue reading


Extract: The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker | Books | The Guardian

The human capacity for compassion is not a reflex that is triggered automatically by the presence of another living thing. As we shall see in chapter 9, though people in all cultures can react sympathetically to kin, friends, and babies, they tend to hold back when it comes to larger circles of neighbours, strangers, foreigners, … Continue reading

Spherical Harmonics: The evolution of the circle of empathy

What is the circle of empathy? Empathy, as we all know, is the capacity to feel (or at least recognize) emotions in other entities that have emotions. Many people believe that this capacity is in fact shared by many types of animals. The “circle of empathy” is a boundary within which each individual places the … Continue reading

Culture of Empathy Builder: Steven Pinker

“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 … Continue reading

Social Life: empathy is a double edge sword

According to psychologist Susan Meindl, empathy is the earliest form of communication: “Human beings communicate through empathic connection from birth. Mothers and infants accurately read each other’s emotional communications. This skill is never lost and we all use empathic understanding of other people’s feelings to round out and nuance what they say to us. We … Continue reading

It pays to have an eye for emotions — ScienceDaily

Attending to and caring about the emotions of employees and colleagues – that’s for wimps, not for tough businesspeople and efficient performers, right? Wrong! An extensive international study has now shown: The “ability to recognize emotions” affects income. via It pays to have an eye for emotions — ScienceDaily.

Look into my eyes: Children can be trained to improve recognition of other people’s emotions — ScienceDaily

Excerpt from  Look into my eyes: Children can be trained to improve recognition of other people’s emotions — ScienceDaily. Children can using training to spot crucial cues on someone’s emotional state, new research has shown. It is hoped the findings could lead to new or improved interventions for children and adults who have difficulty recognizing … Continue reading

Communication means effective listening | Dr Nicholas Jenner PsyD MA

excerpt  from Communication means effective listening | Dr Nicholas Jenner PsyD MA. I can honestly say that there are not too many people who have had a true influence (some fleeting) on my life but Stephen Covey is one of them. His practical way of looking at making life better has always struck a chord … Continue reading

Emotional Contagion: Being an “Emotional Sponge”

Empathy is a universal human ability. When it is genuinely missing or inadequate, such as in cases of autism or psychopathy, we describe it as a serious mental illness. Like most other human qualities however, empathy may be innately stronger in some individuals. It can also be consciously or unconsciously fostered or defended against. As … Continue reading

Highly Sensitive People and Emotional Contagion

Whenever we enter a human space we consciously and unconsciously tune into and are influenced by the emotions of others around us both positively and negatively. This inborn tendency to be emotionally “in synch” with the other humans around us is what psychological researchers call emotional contagion. We respond instinctively to the emotional tone of … Continue reading