Rich people from humble origins are less sensitive to the challenges of poverty than those born rich
Just because someone has been in your shoes, doesn’t necessarily mean they care about you.
Are people more willing to empathize with animals or with other humans?
When people are deciding whether to engage in empathy, context matters. This new research could have important implications for how new environmental policy messaging is framed.
Why firms find collaboration between national divisions difficult
In our globalized world, cooperation between citizens of different countries should actually be a matter of course. But around the world, people prefer to cooperate with their own fellow citizens rather than with foreigners.
Empathy may be in the eye of the beholder
Empathy is often portrayed as a desirable personal quality, but what happens if you show empathy for a white nationalist, or "anti-vaxxer"? Is empathy a social signal that shows what you stand for?
Conservatives and liberals motivated by different psychological factors
Psychological research on the different motives underlying support for liberal versus conservative leaders and agendas can help to explain why one group is much more focused on promoting equality and social justice than the other.
Empathy prevents COVID-19 spreading
The more empathetic we are - which can be induced by stories of real people suffering - the more likely it is that we will keep our distance and use face masks to prevent coronavirus spreading.
Why obeying orders can make us do terrible things
War atrocities are often committed by “normal” people “obeying orders.” Recently we have seen US border protection personnel in the US inflict needless pain on peaceful demonstrators in Portland. Why?
Yes, your dog wants to rescue you
Humans have come to expect rescuing from their canine companions. Simply observing dogs rescuing someone doesn’t tell you much, the difficult challenge is figuring out why they do it.
The best way to support stressed out friends and family
Too often we try and console people by using language that is more about us than them. The person in an anxious, stressed or depressed state is not concerned with what you understand or know.
"Feeling obligated" can impact relationships during social distancing
In a time where many are practicing ‘social distancing’ from the outside world, people are relying on their immediate social circles more than usual. Does a sense of obligation—from checking on parents to running an errand for an elderly neighbor—benefit or harm a relationship?
Stress may drive people to give, as well as receive, emotional support
One of the greatest causes of burnout among professionals and others is the increasing depersonalization of the workplace and life in general. Can stress actually connect us with other people?
Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork
I find that when I’m working, I’m usually humming or whistling a tune that’s been around in my head for a while. Sometimes it’s classical, or from opera—Gilbert and Sullivan, Franz Lehar or Bizet usually—and at other times folk or country and western. I have often wondered about the relationship between music and work.
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