I’m trying to rub the sleep from my eyes…

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The following was extracted from “No Impact Man”‘s blog.

Yesterday I watched a video of Harvard psychologist Daniel Goleman’s talk at the 2007 TED (you can watch it here). Goleman discussed brain research which says we are hardwired for empathy and compassion. If we see someone in pain, we automatically want to help.

Unless we aren’t paying attention.

Goleman said that we get so wrapped up in our own lives and preoccupations that we can walk past an injured person on the street without stopping to help. The problem, though, is not our lack of compassion. It’s our lack of attention. It’s not that we don’t want to help. It’s that we literally don’t see the pain.


Written by amynee

February 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm

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