Can You Be Trained to Be More Compassionate?
August 14, 2018 | Hooria Jazaieri
Compassion is a resource that seems to be getting scarcer by the day, especially in the polarizing climate that seems to dominate our discourse today. We see how easy it can be to dehumanize others and attack them relentlessly, but is the uphill road back to compassion just as simple? Is it even possible for us to develop an increased compassion for others, or is it one of those things that you need to be born with? Current research, though in its nascent stages, suggests that our compassion can be effectively compared to a muscle. It is something that we can work on and grow, or, if left to sit and never venture outside, can wither and shrink away. New findings are suggesting ways that we can build our compassion muscle. [Continue reading]