Week 5: Common Humanity


  • From Dehumanization and Objectification to Rehumanization, Fiske (2009). This is the research which describes different reactions people may have to others categorized by the perceived levels of their warmth and competence. Click to download.


The Power of Empathy by Dr. Brene Brown (3 min)
This is a brilliant (and short!) video/illustration of a talk by Dr. Brene Brown.


Why aren’t we more compassionate? TedTalk by Daniel Goleman (13 min)
Daniel Goleman talks about the importance of awareness and paying attention as the first step in being compassionate. He references ‘the good samaritan’ study and also brings an interesting notion of ‘compassionate consumerism’ and correlation between IQ and empathy.. or lack of there of ;).