Cell Phones Can Damage Relationships and Cause Lack of Empathy

(Exploring your Mind) During a conversation with someone, you’ve probably had to compete for their attention with a technological device and lost. Maybe the person in front of you diverted their attention to their latest “urgent” notifications. They’ve probably even interrupted your conversation to answer a call, answer a text message, or check their social media.

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Fans and Mirror Neurons

(Exploring your Mind) Fans have existed from the very beginning. There have always been leaders or figures who captivate other people and have a lot of followers. These fans follow them, admire them, and are sometimes even capable of making great sacrifices for them. Neuroscience has discovered that this phenomenon is related to mirror neurons.

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The Psychology of Social Media Trolls

(Exploring Your Mind) The origin of this personality disorder isn’t clear. There seems to be a genetic component that could manifest or not depending on how much affection an individual receives as a child. Experts also consider the hypothesis that the root cause could be found in damage to the frontal lobe due to malformation, illness, or brain injury.

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Five Ways Empathy is Good for your Health

(Elizabeth A. Segal, Ph.D.) This time of year, staying healthy gets a lot of our attention – we get flu shots, cold medicines go flying off the shelves, and hand-sanitizers are ever-present.  We all know that staying healthy is important.  So here is another health tip: empathy is good for your health.  How can this be?  Isn’t empathy about focusing on the other person – how someone else is feeling, what they might be thinking, what it is like to be in the other person’s place?  If empathy is about the other person, how does practicing empathy help me?

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