Improve empathy in the workplace by increasing self-awareness

Being empathetic starts with improving your self-awareness, according to new research from the University of Missouri

 Often we associate empathy with selflessness, but according to the MU News Bureau, recent research out of the University of Missouri in Columbia suggests the opposite might be true. Instead, MU researchers have determined that individuals who have a higher sense of self-awareness are more prone to feeling empathy.

Researchers used MRI scans of peoples’ brains and found that those who felt more empathy had increased function in the segment of their brain that was associated with a sense of self. So, increasing your self-awareness might result in an improved ability to empathize with those around you

by: Katlynn Beck