AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractCompassion has become a major focus for international research in prosocial behaviour. This paper explores the evolutionary origins of caring and how recently evolved cognitive competencies create human compassion. While some see compassion as linked to an emotional or affective state, others root compassion in an evolved motivation and social mentality. The paper will briefly explore fears, blocks and resistances to compassion, how compassion can be understood as a social mentality and the increasing focus on compassionate mind training.
CitationGilbert, P. (2019). 'Explorations into the nature and function of compassion'. Current opinion in psychology, 28, pp. 108-114. DOI: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2018.12.002.
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
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