Relationships are built on compassion. By cultivating compassion we can learn to build stronger connections, overcome periods of conflict, and create bridges with those we may at first oppose.
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A review of concepts related to empathy and compassion and the promoting of prosocial behavior
What we know about empathy
Empathizing and mentalizing have distinct processes. Empathy leads to more prosocial decisions while accurate mentalizing of situations increase willingness to help.
One day of training in compassion increases prosocial behavior
Parents who received a 2-hour training of Compassion Focused Therapy show less self-criticism, parental hostility, and verbosity, which correlate with significant reductions in child conduct, emotion, hyperactivity and peer problems
Men high in perspective-taking and empathic concern show an increase in forgiveness behavior, whereas empathic distress may increase aggressive behavior towards the fair and innocent
A new approach to creating social connection.
To survive turbulent times we need to listen more
Pro-social leadership is associated with compassionate goals