New study identifies a more user-friendly empathic practice: Implications for mentors

Posted by Bert Gambini

Advising someone to “walk a mile in their shoes” as a way to get them to empathize with others may be bad advice for their emotional health, according to a new study.

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Researcher urges more talk with youth about emotions

rotary-691528_1280Written by Shelly Leachman-UCSB

Children should learn about navigating their emotions from an early age, says sociologist Thomas Scheff.

He refers to emotions as “internal events,” intangible cues working as “signals that alert us to the state of the world … Read the rest

Creating a culture of belonging: New study shows how mentors help reduce rejection sensitivity

Screen Shot 2013-03-28 at 8.44.31 PMby Jean E Rhodes

In his excellent new book, “Helping Children Succeed,” author Paul Tough notes that a caring connection is a prerequisite for learning. Teachers who create warm, … Read the rest

What do boys want?: A conversation with Professor Niobe Way

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 2.34.35 PMNiobe Way, a professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at N.Y.U.’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, discussed her book with New Yorker columnist, Vanna Lee. Her edited version of their conversation appears below.

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Empathy adds “powerful, positive spark” to philanthropic giving

Screen Shot 2013-03-09 at 12.10.23 PMEditor’s Note: In a recent NYTimes opinion piece, Jamil Zaki, an assistant professor of psychology at Stanford University, argues that, although some forms of philanthropy may affect more lives than others, philanthropy based purely on rational decision making will be Read the rest

What is toxic stress and why does it matter for youth mentoring programs


By Venessa Marks and Julie Novak

This blog is part of a three-post series on toxic stress.

The first post explains what toxic stress is and why it matters for youth mentoring programs, the second highlights what professional staff Read the rest

The many benefits of charitable giving: Prosocial Spending and Happiness

Screen Shot 2013-10-05 at 5.55.06 PMA new study that shows the benefits to both adults and children of prosocial spending. These are observable in brain activity. 

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