What a group of orphaned elephants can teach us about emotion and learned social skills.
- Empathy is defined as the act of recognizing, understanding, and being sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others.
- Sharing a story about young elephants at a nature preserve, William Shatner argues that empathy is a learned skill, not an inherited trait.
- "That has to be learned, and I don't think it's any different from a boy to a girl. You have to walk in the shoes to experience what the other person is experiencing."
A study looks at the chemistry of couples engaged in different activities.
- Leisure activities can help release more oxytocin, say researchers.
- Oxytocin is a hormone linked to social and sexual interaction.
- Couples who took art classes and played board games together released oxytocin.
Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.
- A new study finds that adults who feel their lives are meaningful have better health and life outcomes.
- Adults who felt their lives were worthwhile tended to be more social and had healthier habits.
- The findings could be used to help improve the health of older adults.
Research says we overestimate the risk of truthtelling.
- A new study looks at assumptions that telling the truth is dangerous
- Telling the truth and getting along are not mutually exclusive
- Being more honest can lead to more enjoyable, better relationships
Economic necessity and growing isolation are making some middle-class families try coparenting, explains author Alissa Quart.
- Economic necessity and growing isolation are making some middle-class families try coparenting, explains author Alissa Quart.
- Is the practice of sharing living spaces and parenting responsibilities across families a depressing trend or a "revolutionary" adaptation?