Social Studies - Why Do We Help Each Other?
Helping others is one of the things that makes humans human. It’s a simple concept, but one with surprisingly complex roots. Compassion is a highly evolved social response. And it is one that we still don't fully understand. What we do know is that compassion is a limited resource. Our capacity to care can be overloaded. It’s not always rational. And, ironically, it's not always helpful. Our etiquette and human behavior expert Robin Abrahams helps us understand why we help each other, and how we can avoid compassion fatigue.
Recommended reading from Robin on this subject
An article on compassion fatigue from the New York Times
"Helping" by Ed Schein, at MIT