I found this burned-out tree in Istanbul, just moments after leaving the vast and busy coolness of the Hagia Sophia. Its rich green leaves offers passers-by the much-needed relief from a relentless sun. At first, it appears welcoming and sturdy, but as you come nearer, you discover its hollow centre – just layer of outer bark... Continue Reading →
After Burnout, it is so hard to build yourself back up to health again .. Ask a coach to partner you, to help you find your way back to thriving again. Begin by building greater Mindful Resilience - this is the way our unconscious mind, brain and body communicate with each other and impact our... Continue Reading →
The changing role of women and men Both women and men are redefining their roles in the 21st century. With the 4th industrial revolution on hand, the disruptive, fast paced changes in technology, global business and the way we communicate today, means that everyone needs to redefine the way we thrive in this world. We live... Continue Reading →
Nana's life-hijack Years later, a young woman called Nana was referred to me by a client. She had been hijacked on her way home. She had undergone trauma counselling but they were concerned that she had became 'stuck' in an unproductive space. When I met with Nana she described herself as living in a bubble, as... Continue Reading →
Our amazing minds are out of date! The human brain is the most complex organism in the known universe, and yet the way it is wired is a millennium out of date! It is the one thing that we all have in common, regardless of culture and experiences. It's design and habits influence the choices we makes... Continue Reading →
Empathy is essential: The “soft skill” that engages the whole brain
When we talk about executive functions, we’re usually talking about distinct, discrete skills that are easy to get our arms around. Empathy, while often lumped in with executive functions, is not a singular skill, but a package of skills that pulls from multiple parts of the brain. Children who are empathetic can form and sustain friendships, are more likely to behave well in class, and are less likely to engage in aggressive, antisocial, or criminal behavior.
What is empathy?
Empathy is often defined as the ability to identify with the suffering of another. This definition, however, is only partly correct. Human beings have the capacity for three kinds of empathy:
Reflexive empathy – Every human is born with the ability to respond to the pain of others. When shown images of others in pain, a child will have a neurological response in the area of the brain that controls…
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