Empathy – Scientifically Speaking
Even though many know that empathy has been researched on a scientific level it still amazes me how many people tell me they just don’t believe it or think that it points to a medical problem. I know, I know…that is like saying it is a bad thing to be able to relate to people more deeply when most people would agree that socially speaking it is probably considered healthier and more socially acceptable to be able to empathize more. Else why would they have many many classes and programs related to being more empathetic, especially for the medical professionals.
I have been asked in the past how I can PROVE the abilities I say that I have by skeptics. Although I understand where skeptics are coming from by asking that question of course the question bothers me a little. For me, when they ask that question what I hear is “Prove you exist. Prove you are real.” I admit that I just want people to take my word for it, of course isn’t that easier than feeling like you have to prove yourself and of course everyone wants to be believed and accepted so it’s not a surprise that that question bothers me. Don’t get me wrong though…feel free to ask that of me because I do think on the positive side it is a chance to open up communications and make people more aware of empathy and the people who live with it all their lives. So I say ask away. lol.
That leads me to the reason for this post. I want to have a post that contained links to scientific material regarding empathy. Take some time and take a look at what the scientist have discovered about empathy.
How your brain handles love and pain – Scanners reveal mechanisms behind empathy and placebo effecthttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4313263/
Empathy for Pain Involves the Affective but not Sensory Components of Painhttp://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/303/5661/1157
Empathy is hard-wired into the mind, study finds
Empathy and the brain
Mirror Neurons in the Brain and Empathy
Rare neurons linked to empathy and self-awareness discovered in monkey brains