Effects of compassion on employees' self-regulation
Hyung Jin Choi (Hanyang University), Sangmin Lee (Hanyang University), Se-Ri No (Hanyang University), Eung Il Kim (State University of New York at Binghamton), 2016, 44(7), 1173–1190

Years ago, I was half-watching an episode of television’s favorite psychologist, Dr. Phil, on the topic of compassion. He made the statement that if your child was not demonstrating compassionate attitudes by age 3 (i.e., if he was still yanking on the dog’s ears with no remorse), it was time for the parents to step up with purposeful intent and do something about it. I still think about that comment. I have always been fascinated, and somewhat disturbed, by the disparity between individuals who display such self-sacrificing levels of compassion and those who function in apparent oblivion to the needs or plight of others.

In this article, the authors discussed rest or sleep and an environment of compassion as mechanisms for replenishing regulatory resources. I love the word “replenish.” It’s positive and uplifting. The researchers also predicted that compassion would make a positive contribution to the formation of self-esteem and alleviate burnout, anxiety, and other negative emotions. All in all, there are tangible benefits for the compassionate individual and that is what I’m happily taking away from this study.

Compassion is clearly an essential quality for interpersonal relationships and for the greater good. This quality moves the individual away from inherent self-centered attitudes and actions, which, when prevalent, corrode societies. In studies and conferences on the science of compassion, scholars have put out a call to accelerate this area of study and it will be interesting to see how it develops in the future. 

Patricia Prince | Operations Assistant
Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal