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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. “That’s because there are two routes to empathy and one of them is more personally distressing and upsetting than […]

Researcher urges more talk with youth about emotions

Written 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 inside and around us.” He argues that helping kids to learn and talk about emotions […]

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

by 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, empathic classroom environments can, as David Brooks, recently noted in his discussion of the book, “guide [students] back toward calmness,…teachers who motivate their students to show up […]

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

Niobe 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. VL: Why boys? NW: My interest in boys’ development grew out of listening to my younger brothers and […]

Empathy adds “powerful, positive spark” to philanthropic giving

Editor’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 neither sustained nor beneficial to the donor if it doesn’t connect to the donor at an emotional level. She critiques […]

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 need to know about toxic stress, and the third discusses recent programmatic innovations related to toxic […]

The many benefits of charitable giving: Prosocial Spending and Happiness

A new study that shows the benefits to both adults and children of prosocial spending. These are observable in brain activity.  From By Elizabeth W. Dunn, Lara B. Aknin, and Michael I. Norton3 Reprint of the article in Current Directions in Psychological Science February 2014 vol. 23 no. 141-47 Abstract: Although a great deal of research has shown that people with […]