On a Sex Worker Outreach Night

Sophie Hemery | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Sophie Hemery

As we drove around the borough after dark - car stacked with Kit Kats, coffee and condoms - I wondered if I'd even met a sex worker. I've read a lot, sure, but my grasp of the visceral reality was, like most people's, minimal.

Some Thoughts on Encouraging Reflective Self-Critique for Human Rights Activists & Advocates and Seekers of Social Justice

Noam Schimmel | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Noam Schimmel

I find myself asking these questions and being concerned with the issues they raise in relation to my human rights advocacy and social change efforts and those of others.

The Refugee Crisis and the Spider-Goat: Editing the empathy gap

Bex Felton | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK
Bex Felton

The boundary of Human Possibility is a soft-edged thing, really. It changes for all of us, at different rates, as our personal universes expand and co...

Do You See What I'm Saying? The Link Between Visual Culture and Empathy

Debbi Evans | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Tech
Debbi Evans

People who are actively engaged in social media - and young people in particular - are constantly aware of their audience and their role as entertainers. Images leave much unsaid and open to interpretation, so their meaning and intention can be defended in line with audience feedback and the threat of social shame.

It's a Small Small World

Elaine Benton | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

A few weeks ago, a member of my family was taken into hospital for an operation. Although thankfully not life threatening surgery, I desperately wanted to jump in the car there and then, and drive straight to the hospital. Frustratingly in my physical condition this was unrealistic. I couldn't go anywhere, and a few words of comfort over the phone was all I could offer.

How the Toddler Uses Her Words to Help Her Baby Sister

Lucy Gaskin | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Parents
Lucy Gaskin

When The Baby's noises show an emotion, particularly a negative one, The Toddler will usually get involved. She will report The Baby's feelings to Mummy: 'The Baby is sad.' She will offer reassurance to The Baby: 'Don't worry, the Baby!'

Getting Women on Board

Mandy Garner | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Parents
Mandy Garner

There has been a lot of fanfare this week around the reaching of the 25% target for women on boards. Lord Davies set this voluntary target for FTSE 100 companies back in 2011. It's clearly a good thing that boardrooms are getting more diverse and having a target has meant the whole issue has been in the news for the last few years.

Understanding Emotion

Araceli Camargo | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

The truth is that there are still many questions and confusion on the definition of emotion, both from the science and business communities. There is a lot more research that needs to be done to understand their full role and function, however, there is already a lot of compelling research that allows us to form a general picture on what an emotion is.

Why We Need to Reconsider How We Engage With Bereaved People

Leigh Kendall | Posted 05.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Losing someone you love is difficult enough, living without someone you love is heartbreaking enough, living day by day is exhausting enough without the added frustrations and torments contributed by those who exclude and patronise those living with grief. The patronising comments and exclusion are usually unintended, I know. That knowledge does not make the sting any less, though.

Entropy to Empathy: Leaving Theoretical Physics for Wearable Tech

Fotini Markopoulou | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Tech
Fotini Markopoulou

For great design you need to do a lot of research, a lot of fleshing out ideas, testing and reiterating, pulling together conflicting needs and breaking complex situations to their essential aspects. These are the same skills you hone in theoretical physics.

Europe's Greatest Challenge? Understanding Its Mandate

Ben Gwalchmai | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Gwalchmai

Understanding its mandate & not kowtowing to financiers or extremists. For the political leaders of the European Union, it's easy to lose perspective...

The Kindness of Strangers: Why Do Human Beings Do Good Things?

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor PhD

Many acts of kindness may be motivated by self-interest. But is it naive to suggest that 'pure' altruism can exist as well? An act of pure altruism may make someone feel better about themselves afterwards, and it may increase other people's respect for them, or increase their chances of being helped in return at a later point.

Can we really mourn the deaths of people we barely know?

Dale Lately | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dale Lately

My dad passed away last night, the post in my newsfeed said. I stopped and looked it over. Should I comment? Was that appropriate? Part of me was begi...

Why I Have to Believe in the Human Capacity for Empathy...

Alison Powell | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Powell

Empathy is the act of putting yourself in someone else's position, feeling what they feel, seeking to understand what they're experiencing, as opposed to sympathy which always feels to me more of a passive act.

Cancer Survivor Designs Empathy Cards She Wishes She Had Received

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Being diagnosed with cancer is inexplicably tough. But it can also be equally hard-going for those around you, who haven't got a clue what to say ...

Selective Empathy: You Were Charlie... Why You Are Not Garissa

Brigitte Sesu Tilley-Gyado | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Brigitte Sesu Tilley-Gyado

Lack of empathy, as history has repeatedly shown, is the breeding ground of every atrocity and indifference.

To the Bouncer That Shocked Me to Tears...

Jen Grieves | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jen Grieves

I'm upset that you got to me; but you did. I can't say I remember encountering anyone who has ever made me feel like my condition was an inconvenience to their life. And who has such a right? Yet you somehow managed it, and very quickly too.

"What's wrong with these people?" - Part 2

Dominic Irvine | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Those of you with bad habits - like buying a chocolate bar when you fill up the car with fuel, or in the habit of drinking every night, will testify how hard it is to break the routine.

Why The Differences Between Empathy and Sympathy Matter

Leigh Kendall | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

Grief is entirely individual, and the grieving person has to respond to their grief in a way that is relevant to them. How they respond may change over time. The difficulty with the platitudes detailed above is that they infer a judgement about how the person is grieving, the time they are taking over their grief, or how they are feeling.

Does This Picture Make You Shiver? If So, You Might Suffer From This...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's nothing worse than watching someone plunge into an ice-cold pool. They resurface, shivering, and - despite being pretty cosy yourself - you be...

Cultivating Love in the Face of Terror

Alice Grist | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Decide not to fume and vent against the world, the window cleaner, your boss or the kids. Just be. Be still. Allow life to arise around you, and if you invest yourself in anything, let it only be things that bring love to the surface of your heart and soul.

How to Be Better at Rowing

Sarah Berry | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Berry

Most couples have rows. Even therapists who know a lot about relationship dynamics row with their partners (yes that includes me!) But if you feel you're always rowing, you spend a lot of time feeling resentful, or you never really make up following a row, then here are few ideas that might help you.

Why Are We All So Judgemental?

Toni Welch | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Toni Welch

I sat at the table finishing my meal as fast as I could. Sitting in silence trying so hard not to cry. Feeling like a bad mum and so incredibly guilty for eating while my child was upset. The restaurant was pretty much empty, but I was certain the few people who were there were definitely judging me.

How Dapper Laughs Has Got It All So Wrong

Ronnie Joice | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Ronnie Joice

What my biggest problem is is that there is no redemption with Dapper Laughs. He never puts himself in any situations that undermine him. That's a big problem in comedy and I think a big underlining statement about the real man behind Dapper. He clearly sees this guy as extension of himself.

Towards Peace and Justice: The Transformative Potential of Empathy - Part 1

Noam Schimmel | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

The psychological state of empathy and its ongoing practice - in which we imagine ourselves in the position of someone else or of another group of people - is often difficult to summon.