Are We Wired for Empathy?

Are We Wired for Empathy?

What do mirror neurons teach about us about our empathy? Throughout our brains, says neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni, we have a type of brain cell that “mirrors” what we perceive from others. This recent discovery may be the biological basis of empathy — and a key to understanding the social brain. This week, leading neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni visited with Six Seconds’ Master Class in Pajaro Dunes, California, for an…

Empathy vs. Sympathy: Understand the Crucial Differences and Why Empathy Drives Connection

Empathy vs. Sympathy: Understand the Crucial Differences and Why Empathy Drives Connection

Want deeper, more satisfying relationships? Social psychologist Brené Brown suggests one key to growing deeper relationships is to understand the differences of empathy vs. sympathy. Because while they’re similar and definitely related, there are crucial differences that lead to very different outcomes. Polar opposite outcomes, actually. According to Brown: “Empathy fuels connection, and sympathy drives disconnection.” Empathy vs….

How to Increase Empathy in Children

How to Increase Empathy in Children

If you want your kids to be happy, the most important thing to focus on is helping them develop strong, lasting relationships. And what will help them build those connections, now and later in life? One essential component is mastering the art of empathy, because it’s empathy, more than anything else, that helps us relate, respond to and connect with others. Here are 5 tips, based on the latest research, for how to increase empathy in…

Increase Empathy in the Six Seconds Model of EQ

Increase Empathy in the Six Seconds Model of EQ

“When you increase empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.” ~ Stephen Covey Increase Empathy Definition: Recognizing and appropriately responding to others’ emotions. Importance: By actively practicing empathy, people are empowered to deepen their relationships with others. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in…

How to Increase Your Empathy

How to Increase Your Empathy

Empathy is the ability to imaginatively step into someone else’s shoes and understand their feelings and perspective – and if you haven’t noticed, we could use as much as we can get these days. From political polarization to racial tension to wars throughout the world, we seem to be at rock bottom in terms of this crucial skill. So what can we do about it? Well, first and foremost, you can work to increase your empathy

EMPATHY ADVENTURE

EMPATHY ADVENTURE

Empathy is one of the vital competencies of the 21st century. Empathy is related to collaboration, building trust, problem solving, health, and peaceful resolution of conflict. It is an essential component of leadership and critical to success in business and education. Empathy and compassion may even be key to the survival of the human race. Empathy can be viewed even more broadly as compassionate action. So we’re inviting you to this Empathy

Parents, Want Less Conflict with Your Kids? Try Empathy

Parents, Want Less Conflict with Your Kids? Try Empathy

  Imagine, 20 years from now, your child is talking with friends about their parents. Based on your behavior in the last two weeks: What might your child say about you? “He got angry a lot.” “She was too busy for me.” “He loved being my Daddy.” “She was my greatest ally.” Is that what you want? What’s your ideal answer? And how can empathy help you get there? I remember leaving for a trip when my kids were around four and six years old….

The Neuroscience of Empathy: Wired to Connect – Updated 2017

The Neuroscience of Empathy: Wired to Connect – Updated 2017

Humans are wired to connect with one another Empathy is the ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes and understand how they feel- to be them, even for a second. It’s the link between self and others: how we connect, heal, and relate. Considering its importance in every aspect of our lives, we are taking a deeper look at the neuroscience behind it all – starting with this basic question about empathy. Is empathy

Learning to Connect… The Gift of Empathy

Learning to Connect… The Gift of Empathy

In the wee hours of that Thursday morning, 15 hours before he passed away, I was alone with John in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. With just the sounds of medical machines gently beeping around us, I had an unforgettable “conversation” with John. He never regained consciousness after his surgery. But I quietly looked at him while he rested, and then I said to my only brother of 40 plus years – “John, what happened to all those years?”…

Parkinson’s diagnosis: Sympathy versus Empathy?

Parkinson’s diagnosis: Sympathy versus Empathy?

Guest post by Shabbir Latif Shabbir is a Six Seconds EQ Advanced Trainer and Practitioner, who’s life experiences are highlighting the important difference between sympathy versus empathy. Have you ever met somebody who is facing a serious challenge (either health or any other) and don’t know how to respond? May be you are facing a serious challenge. How do you feel about other’s responses? How would you like people to respond? I have…

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