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.
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”