How personal experience of adversity affects our feelings of compassion towards others

Researchers measured high- and low-adversity participants' feelings of compassion.

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Imagine seeing a photograph of a suffering child in the war-torn region of Darfur, in Sudan.

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Dictators and mass murders: Understanding 'malignant narcissism'

Most of us can't imagine wanting absolute control over a nation or feeling compelled to commit mass murders — so then what is it about a dictator's psychology that makes them different?

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  • The world over, dictators seem to share similar characteristics — a need for admiration, excessive paranoia, and ruthless brutality.
  • At the same time, a relatively healthy, "normal" individual will have a great deal of difficulty putting themselves in a dictator's shoes.
  • It's not enough to just chalk it up to evil: What condition could explain dictators' bizarre desires and behaviors?
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Sign of the times: School designed to limit impact of mass shootings

With little progress on other avenues to preventing mass shootings, one firm has employed architecture to save students.

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  • A school in Michigan is being remodeled in a way to minimize the effect of a shooter should the worst happen.
  • It features limited sight lines, bullet proof windows, and doors that can be locked at the push of a button.
  • Some research casts doubt on how effective the plans will actually be.
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Fame-seeking mass shooters get more media coverage, study finds

Is it time media outlets stop publishing the names and photographs of mass shooters?

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  • The study examined mass shootings from 1966 to 2018, finding that shootings have become more common and more deadly since 2000.
  • The results showed that fame-seeking mass shooters received significantly higher media coverage than their counterparts, with 97 percent of fame-seeking mass shooters getting a mention from the New York Times.
  • Recent research shows connections between the amount of media coverage on mass shootings and their likelihood to occur shortly after.
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What creates a mass shooter? It might be the conditioning of men.

When you combine feelings of resentment with the societal praise of leaving one's mark, it forms a lethal cocktail.

  • The common characteristic of mass shootings in America is that they are being perpetrated by men.
  • Masculinity, in the modern day, still entails that men fight and act on their aggressive impulses.
  • When men, who are taught to "leave their mark," experience isolation and loneliness, they often leave their stamp on horrendous atrocities.
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