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Meditation’s Prosocial Effects Are Limited, Meta-analysis Finds

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 […]

Compassion Focused Therapy Shows Promise For Eating Disorders

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 […]

Politeness Versus Compassion

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 […]

Why Having Empathy Can Make You More Aggressive

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. […]