They seem to have a mechanism for caring similar to ours.
- A new study demonstrates that a rat will respond to another's pain.
- Freezing in place as another rat is shocked is one of empathy's visible indicators.
- The rats' mechanism for feeling the distress of others seems to be similar to our own.
The discovery could lead to improved treatments for chronic pain.
- A woman in Scotland was found to feel virtually no pain and report zero trace of any anxiety or depression.
- Her body also seems to heal injuries very quickly, leaving little or no scarring.
- Humans feel pain as a warning before serious injury occurs, so it's not necessarily desirable to feel absolutely no pain.
The formula for resilience? Hope, grit, and amnesia.
- Shaka Senghor spent 19 years in prison, seven years of which he was in solitary confinement – a punishment designed to drive a person crazy after 90 days.
- In his most adverse moments, Senghor took inspiration from the memoirs of great minds, learning resiliency from their words and stories.
- Resilience boils down to 3 ingredients: Optimism – you have to acknowledge it's a dark period with light at the end; resourcefulness – find aspects of your environment you can use to help you cope; and memory loss – stop replaying memories inside your head. It only holds you hostage.
The psychological disconnect between humans and other animals puts all forms of life at risk.
- As part of the EU Withdrawal Bill, British MPs refused to recognize animal sentience.
- Yet it is well-documented that animals feel a range of feelings, including pain.
- The delusional idea that only humans experience emotions has lead to a variety of catastrophic problems, such as mass factory farming
Who you let into your mental space matters.
- Wanting to be a "nice person" often stops people from establishing the boundaries they need to protect their mental space from toxic people.
- For Shaka Senghor, self-pity and pessimism are two traits that turn relationships toxic. Consider that people may not know what they are doing: "[T]hey're just repeating the cycle of hurt people hurting people," says Senghor.
- It takes courage to confront a problem head on, but an honest conversation is often the best way for things to change – and if nothing improves, value yourself enough to walk away.
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