Health professionals needs to be skilled in understanding what the other person is going through, so they can respond appropriately.
With more demand on doctors and nurses and a push for quicker consultations, clinical empathy is being dwarfed by the need for efficiency.
Being understanding of where your partner is coming from can be both good and bad in a relationship.
For over two decades, psychologists and communication scholars have been seriously studying the degree a person is able to correctly understand another’s unsaid thoughts or feelings.
Researchers have examined whether it is possible to increase empathy through formal training.
Some people are good at understanding the emotions of others but not at feeling them or commenting on them. So can we teach people the parts they lack?
It’s argued art helps people cultivate empathy.
Empathy is associated with being drawn to the arts, but do they actively promote it or merely appeal to already sensitive souls?
Many animals might show signs of mimicry or emotional contagion to another animal in pain.
While we need empathic skills to relate to others sometimes, too much empathy can be a bad thing.
Students ponder the meaning of Jinamoom by Peggy Griffiths at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.
Jodie Hutchinson/Ian Potter Museum
Can empathy be taught to students in the healthcare professions? A groundbreaking project is using visual art to ensure they pay attention to the whole person, not just the disease.
Sulphur-crested cockatoos form long-term pair bonds, perhaps explaining their emotional intelligence.
For a long time it was not believed that animals were even capable of feeling pain, let alone complex emotions. We now know that is far from the truth.
William Westall’s drawing of the body of an Indigenous man shot at Blue Mud Bay (1803).
National Library of Australia
The English navigator had a habit of fair-mindedness. But did it affect the way he related to local Aboriginal people as he circumnavigated Australia?
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If police officers are sent to museums to train observational skills, shouldn't literary texts be used to teach empathy?
Seek to truly connect with each other at Thanksgiving.
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After such a difficult political experience, empathy is the key not only to feeling connected, but feeling understood – and understanding others.
People need spaces in which they can speak honestly about their pain and anger.
Universities are so busy trying to make ends meet that there's no time to listen to their communities' stories. It's crucial to develop safe spaces where tough conversations can happen.
Children learn to share and show concern from an early age.
Children feel sympathy for others from an early age. Two development psychologists explain how children can learn, based on feelings of sympathy, how to act more thoughtfully.
Melancholic or moved?
People who are compassionate may be 'rewarded' by experiencing pleasure from sad music.
A different approach to children's behaviour could improve relationships and resilience.
A poster of Gretchen Carlson, who is suing former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.
People who experience trauma often don't discuss it until long after the incident has occurred. A lack of empathy is part of the reason.
Paul Hakimata Photography
Why we can't help feeling affection for babies, puppies, dolls, teddies and even miniature products.
A little girl in Sudan gets treated by physiotherapist Fatima Mohamed.
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Many medical disciplines have started encouraging their students to embrace lessons from the arts and humanities. Physiotherapy is lagging behind.
Tolerance develops when empathy is encouraged, because it allows a child – or adult – to enter the shoes of another.
EPA/ Georgi Licovski
With vast numbers of people migrating around the world, understanding how racial tolerance is created – and encouraging more of it – is more important than ever.
Aldebaran’s Pepper robot is designed to respond to human emotion.
Building genuine empathy into artificial intelligence is harder than it looks. It might be a while before we see the genuine article in robots.
Some argue that morality is everywhere, or maybe nowhere, in our brain.
There's no single region in the brain responsible for all moral decision making. But neuroscience research has shown specific brain regions are involved when we're faced with moral dilemmas.