Meditation’s role in making individuals better people is limited, new research suggests. The findings run counter to claims that meditation can change how we behave towards others and make us more compassionate. Scientists at Coventry University in the UK, Massey University in New Zealand, and Radboud University in the Netherlands, reviewed more than 20 studies… Read more

Self-compassion is a key part of recovery for people with eating disorders, University of Queensland researchers report. The study reviewed the use of compassion focused therapy (CFT) in the treatment of eating and weight concerns. CFT, which has grown over the last two decades, encourages self-compassion to alleviate suffering that is created by an individual’s… Read more

The word “nice” has an unusual history in the English language. Originally a term for “foolish”, its meaning over the centuries has morphed from “wanton” to “reserved” to “fastidious”. These days, it has become a somewhat bland and opaque description of personality: “she’s really nice.” But its common usage hints at the characteristics that matter… Read more

Seeing a child steal a toy from a fellow playmate. Watching a stranger cut in line at the grocery store. When we witness something unjust, our emotions often shape our behavior both toward the person wronged and the wrongdoer. But why we help the victim in some cases or punish the transgressor in others isn’t… Read more

Behaving aggressively is not always about anger or feeling personally threatened. Sometimes certain circumstances, empathy or compassion can predict aggressive behavior, according to new research. Why? Two neuro-hormones seem be one of the mechanisms in this counterintuitive reaction. Neuro-hormones are chemicals that act as hormones in the blood stream and as neurotransmitters in the brain… Read more