Research says the answer is no. In fact, positive emotions and prosocial emotions are more contagious than any others.
They spread much more rapidly and collectively than the negative. This might be because giving and sharing feel good.
There are studies showing, for example, that if I share resources with you, I get a little activation in the reward circuit in my brain. My lab has found that if you can get people to feel compassion, they start to feel deeply connected to very different groups. In particular, they feel like they are similar to and share a common humanity with people who are really in need, who are really vulnerable. Cultivating this feeling of compassion makes people more attuned to who is in need and enables more altruistic behavior toward them.
The Compassionate Achiever
Well, researcher David Buss generated a lot of controversy when he surveyed 10, people from 37 different countries—heterosexuals at the age of forming romantic partnerships—and asked them: What is most important to you in a mate? Gender differences generated all the attention around this remarkable study.
- Compassion and the science of kindness: Harvard Davis Lecture .
- Compassion and the science of kindness: Harvard Davis Lecture 2015.
- The Compassionate Species;
- Darwin’s views on human compassion (you might be surprised) | fekoberobugy.tk;
But there was another result that no one talked about, and it was this: Kindness was found to be the most important criterion for a mate, and the single universal requirement across these 37 countries. People are looking for kindness as a mating strategy. Compassion is essential to our evolutionary history, it defines who we are as a species, and it serves our greatest needs as individuals—to survive, to connect, and to find our mates in life.
Darwin’s Touch: Survival of the Kindest
He is the author of The Power Paradox: Yes, I realize Dr. One comment on terminology: It is also used by Steven Pinker. That is really bad science: Note that none of this explanation immature new borns applies to Bonobos, who are possibly even more co-operative than humans. I was raised Catholic and relaly believe in a lot of the moral lessons I learned from Christianity.
However, for all intents and purposes, I am not an Atheist.
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Darwin’s views on human compassion (you might be surprised)
He is the author of The Power Paradox: Please provide a printable version of articles, like the New York Times does http: I like to save and read articles, but do not want to waste paper. In a professor mentioned that infants first smile at two months. Why do infants smile at perfect strangers, if they are not predisposed hard wired to be happy? Perhaps its more of a philosophical point. If you support the Greater Good by December 31, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
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