From the latest issue of Bullybusters Bytes, newsletter of the Workplace Bullying Institute, this interesting commentary on workplace bullying and compassion:
Targets of bullying experience rejection by cowardly co-workers, indifference from HR and senior management, and limited tolerance by friends and family. Why aren’t people more compassionate? Why don’t they see the pain and help more? Brand new research suggests that we humans are wired to quickly and empathically react to the physical pain of others. For example, watching someone break an ankle and step on it triggers pain centers in our own brains nearly immediately. However, social pain or the mental anguish of others takes longer to trigger a response and that reaction requires much more brain work.