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Psychologist Kristin Neff draws a distinction between self-pity and self-compassion based on whether you recognize that your suffering is part of a shared human experience.

 

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Interesting at least for some Americans:

http://www.ted.com/talks/j_d_vance_america_s_forgotten_working_class

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J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence. In a searching talk that will echo throughout the country's working-class towns, the author details what the loss of the American Dream feels like and raises an important question that everyone from community leaders to policy makers needs to ask: How can we help kids from America's forgotten places break free from hopelessness and live better lives?

 

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AGAINST EMPATHY

http://meaningoflife.tv/videos/37456

Don't look at it with prejudices based on the title!!! ;) 

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Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero) and Paul Bloom (Yale University, Against Empathy, Just Babies)

Paul’s brand new book, Against Empathy  

The damage empathy can do  

The difference between empathy and compassion  

Why our moral intuitions aren’t so moral  

Are low empathy people more likely to hurt others?

Empathy as moral jet fuel  

The costs and benefits of feeling other people’s pain

 

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This video doesn't fit the title here (but I don't want to prolong the title every time I find a new source of great videos ;) ), but it doesn't matter.

It's a really great talk (38 min.) + a discussion. I recommend it to everybody, there are so many topics that it would be impossible to tell "what you should be interested in when you decide to listen to it". And it begins with a hilarious humour! :D 

 

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