Compassion is one of the 12 traits of social responsibility. A compassionate person feels or shows sympathy and concern for others. A compassionate person is open-minded and tries to understand other people’s personal situations.

Fearless children show less empathy, more aggression, research finds

2018-04-29T12:27:59+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Compassion, Courageousness|

Preschool-aged children who demonstrate fearless behavior also reveal less empathy and more aggression towards their peers. This has been shown in a new study that was carried out at the University of Haifa's Faculty of Education.   "The results of this study show that fearless behavior in children can be identified and is related to [...]

Research shows bias toward adopting children of certain ethnic, racial backgrounds

2018-04-29T12:30:27+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Benevolence, Compassion, Courageousness, Fairness, Parenting|

As America continues to adopt more children internationally than any other country, hundreds of thousands of children in the U.S. - most of whom are children of color - sit in foster care awaiting adoption. Though some Americans express a desire to adopt non-white children, even they have limitations when it comes to adopting children [...]

Don’t want to raise a psychopath? Be sensitive to a child’s distress

2018-04-29T12:42:07+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Benevolence, Compassion, Health, Psychology|

How do you stop a child, especially one who has experienced significant adversity, from growing up to be a psychopath? Responsive, empathetic caregiving – especially when children are in distress – helps prevent boys from becoming callous, unemotional adolescents, according to a new Tulane University study of children raised in foster care.   The research, [...]

Empathy helps children to understand sarcasm

2018-04-29T12:42:20+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Compassion, Health, Psychology|

The greater the empathy skills of children, the easier it is for them to recognize sarcasm, according to a study in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology.   For children, sarcastic language can be difficult to understand. They generally begin to recognize sarcasm between ages 6 and 8, especially familiar sarcastic praise such as "Thanks [...]

Empathetic teachers enhance children’s motivation for learning

2018-04-29T12:42:41+00:00 February 12th, 2017|Compassion, Conscientiousness, Education, Psychology|

Empathetic teachers enhance children's motivation and academic skills, such as reading, writing and arithmetic skills. A positive atmosphere created by the teacher also safeguards and increases children's motivation for learning, according to the Finnish First Steps study currently ongoing at the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Turku.   [...]

UCLA imaging study provides clues about inability to imitate and empathize in autistic children

2018-04-29T12:42:49+00:00 February 11th, 2017|Compassion, Health, Psychology|

Imaging research at UCLA shows that impairments in autistic children's ability to imitate and empathize can be linked to dysfunction in the brain's mirror-neuron system.   UCLA scientists demonstrated a clear link between a child's inability to imitate expressions on the faces of other people and a lack of activity in the mirror-neuron system (MNS). [...]

Low testosterone, men’s empathy can determine parenting skills

2018-04-29T12:42:56+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Compassion, Parenting, Psychology|

As they age, men often get concerned about their testosterone levels dropping. And rightfully so—it affects their sex drive and other health factors.   But the hormone decline can also provide a window into men's parenting.   A University of Michigan study found that when men saw their infants in distress, it lowered their testosterone. [...]

Children are naturally prone to be empathic and moral, University of Chicago study shows

2018-04-29T12:43:03+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Compassion, Psychology|

Children between the ages of seven and 12 appear to be naturally inclined to feel empathy for others in pain, according to researchers who used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans to study responses in children.   The responses on the scans were similar to those found in studies of adults. Researchers found that children, [...]

Preschoolers with low empathy at risk for continued problems

2018-04-29T12:43:21+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Compassion, Cooperativeness, Education, Health, Psychology|

A toddler who doesn't feel guilty after misbehaving or who is less affectionate or less responsive to affection from others might not raise a red flag to parents, but these behaviors may result in later behavior problems in 1st grade.   The findings come from a University of Michigan study that identifies different types of [...]

Kansas State University child development scholar suggests strategies to build foundation for empathy, tolerance

2018-04-29T12:43:38+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Benevolence, Compassion, Fairness, Psychology, Respectfulness|

When a child feels valued, he sees values in others. When he realizes he has his own thoughts and emotions, he understands that others do, too. When his ideas and feelings are respected, he learns to respect them in others.   "As a parent, you want your child to understand and respect that other people [...]