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Why Empathy Matters; Tapping Into the Creative Mind Through Hypnosis

Oct 26, 2015

Empathy, the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to get a better understanding of what they're feeling or thinking, is a key ingredient to successful relationships. But studies show that being empathetic doesn't just improve relationships -- it reduces prejudice and racism, decreases bullying, encourages us to help others, and promotes tolerance and emotional well-being.

On this show we talk with Roman Krznaric who is an international expert on the topic, and believes that the development and practice of empathy is key to making the world a better place.

A little later we explore the practice of hypnosis, which has been used to curb behaviors like smoking and overeating, and managing conditions like depression and chronic pain. The practice has been somewhat controversial since it first gained widespread use in the 1800s -- but today it's being used more and more in mainstream medicine. We talk with New Haven psychologist Dr. Mel Roy who's been practicing hypnotherapy for more than thirty years.

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GUESTS:

  • Roman Krznaric – author, Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution
  • Mel Roy – psychologist

MUSIC:

  • “Gne Gne,” Montefiori Cocktail
  • “Modul 15,” Nik Bartsch's Ronin
  • “Line,” Portico Quartet
  • “Hypnotized,” Fleetwood Mac