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Brené Brown – The Power of Vulnerability – On Empathy vs Sympathy

Brene Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

Roman Krznaric – Six Habits of Highly Empathetic People

Fr. Benigno Beltran, from the Philippines, has shared today on Facebook this very interesting article.

Here is the list of the six habits:

Habit 1: Talk with strangers

Habit 2: Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities

Habit 3: Try another person’s life Continue reading “Roman Krznaric – Six Habits of Highly Empathetic People”

David Brooks on the Limits of Empathy

David Brooks became a New York Times Op-Ed columnist in September 2003. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly, and he is currently a commentator on “The Newshour with Jim Lehrer.” He is the author of “Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There” and “On Paradise Drive : How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense,” both published by Simon & Schuster. His most recent book is “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,” published by Random House in March 2011.

I like a lot David Brooks. He often makes a lot of sense and is of those journalists that are still upholding values at a time when everything becomes relativised. In a recent article in New York Times he does a serious analysis of the much praised, but often overvalued, virtue of empathy. Here are a few excerpts, to motivate you to read the entire article. Continue reading “David Brooks on the Limits of Empathy”

Jeremy Rifkin – The Empathic Civilisation

Bestselling author, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.

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Rifkin’s relatively optimistic view of humanity may not stand very well with the overly pessimistic anthropological perspective of the neo-reformed, but it makes lots of sense to me.