In Difficult Times, You Are as Empathic as You Believe You Can Be
Empathy lies at the heart of social connection, promoting pro-social behavior and paving a pathway for an enriched, purpose-filled life. Unfortunately, however, the perceived costs (e.g., time, money, emotional effort) of acting empathically can encourage us to turn a blind eye to those truly in need. Recent research from Dr. Karina Schumann, Professor Jamil Zaki and Professor Carol Dweck at Stanford University suggests that our beliefs about the concept of empathy itself (whether it is fixed or malleable) may be a key to unlocking empathy ― particularly when it is effortful.
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