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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal

When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal | CALM |
A new neuroscientific study shows that compassion training can help us cope with other people's distress.


Empathy can be painful. Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research. When we witness suffering and distress in others, our natural tendency to empathize can bring us vicarious pain.


Is there a better way of approaching distress in other people? A recent study, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, suggests that we can better cope with others’ negative emotions by strengthening our own compassion skills, which the researchers define as “feeling concern for another’s suffering and desiring to enhance that individual’s welfare.”


“Empathy is really important for understanding others’ emotions very deeply, but there is a downside of empathy when it comes to the suffering of others,” says Olga Klimecki, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany and the lead author of the study. “When we share the suffering of others too much, our negative emotions increase. It carries the danger of an emotional burnout.”

Via Pamir Kiciman
Dr. Amy Fuller's insight:

empathy works best when paired with compassion

Pamir Kiciman's curator insight, August 22, 2013 7:18 PM

Such an important topic and distinction. I've been teaching this to my Reiki students for years and years. I'm glad there's now research being done about it. We can help others without causing harm to ourselves! We can help and still remain functional.

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Bring Your Life Into Balance: A Free Self-Guided Program for Becoming a Healthier, Happier You

Bring Your Life Into Balance: A Free Self-Guided Program for Becoming a Healthier, Happier You | CALM |
Emotional Self-Help Toolkit: Bring Your Life Into Balance

A Self-Guided Program to Help You Relieve Stress and Take Control of Your Life

Do you feel overwhelmed by stress and responsibilities? Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or worry? Are mood swings interfering with your relationships at home and work? Or do you feel trapped in a negative cycle, repeating the same mistakes over and over? Then it’s time to make a change. By learning how to harness stress and manage your emotions, you can become healthier, happier, and have a more positive effect on those around you

Via Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian
Dr. Amy Fuller's insight: This is a rich and resourseful website with all sorts of tools for managing stress and creating calm. Enjoy! 

Jennifer Hoffmaster Christian's curator insight, July 10, 2013 1:36 PM

Great tools videos and exercises about befriending emotions and self-care techniques for stress.

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