/Compassion

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

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 [...]

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

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

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

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.   [...]

Low testosterone, men’s empathy can determine parenting skills

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. [...]

Preschoolers with low empathy at risk for continued problems

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 [...]