Empathy Is Tearing Us Apart There are people who believe that the political polarization now afflicting the United States might finally start to subside if Americans of both parties could somehow become more empathetic. If you’re one of these people, … Continue reading Polarization vs. empathy
How Narcissists Conduct Psychological Warfare Narcissists often lack a conscience, so climbing in the ring with one is like bringing a knife to a gun fight. Wielding cruelty and abuse like it’s their right, the narcissist easily wounds a person … Continue reading Safe from narcissists
Guess what neuroscientists found when they studied the brains of football fans North American football is the most popular sport in the United States. While popular, it’s also undeniably one of the most violent. For years now, concussions have been … Continue reading Empathy or apathy?
Why We Try So Hard to Escape Our Humanity In my mind one of the defining elements of being human is the ability to care about others — not merely to say that we care, but to truly experience that … Continue reading Do we get better at looking away?
Class is still written into our psychology – working class folk are more empathic, selfless, vigilant and fatalistic Social class may seem different today than in the early 20th Century. Former British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott’s comment in 1997 … Continue reading The working-class identity
Residents of racially diverse neighborhoods are more likely to help others What do you look for in a community? How about helpful, giving residents—people who are eager to lend a hand? Recently published research suggests you’re more likely to find … Continue reading Racial empathy
Policy Insights from The Neurocritic: Alarm Over Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen Blocking Emotion Is Overblown Just in time for Valentine’s Day, floats in a raft of misleading headlines: Scientists have found the cure for a broken heart. Painkillers may also mend a … Continue reading Do painkillers kill empathy?