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By Melanie Mar Chow

As a psychology major in college, I wish I seized the opportunity to take more sociology classes.  For my work with college students, one of the most perplexing experiences I have working with my students is observing how leaders get students out of the parking lot after the meeting to congregate for more fellowship over a meal.  What sociological advances can inform and educate not only me, but our student leaders to navigate group decision-making? Continue Reading »

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By Young Lee Hertig

While reflecting on the five dimensions of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, I am struck by the impending disruption of AI (Artificial Intelligence) that would replace large numbers at the workforce. Will we be vulnerable to artificial emotion?  It seems feasible sooner than later.  How then do we decipher authentic emotions from artificial emotions?  These issues merit a series of blogs for later but for now, I will reflect on human social skills. Continue Reading »

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By Ajung Sojwal

Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. Mt. 5:48 (The Message)

Like many before me, as a first-generation immigrant to this country, my journey has been more than the geographical distance travelled. From having to figure out what vitamin D fortified milk means to realizing that someone’s commend of “interesting” does not, in any way imply interest in you or your ideas. It has been, to say the least, interesting! Continue Reading »

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By Eun Joo Angela Ryo

His shifty uneasy eyes and the white knuckles from clutching the straps of his backpack too hard were sure signs that he was going into the fight-or-flight mode if he wasn’t there already. His tiny ten-year-old body was tense with mistrust and fear. I had taken my young adult group on a mission trip to New Mexico. Our main ministry was to tutor the Navajo children. We picked up the children from their homes and brought them to the mission center to teach them math and English and to love on them as much as possible. Continue Reading »

By Sarah D. Park

I have this idea for a book that I’ve been sitting on for some time. It’s inspired by my father and is in part, a dream of mine to publish some day, and in part, an attempt to develop empathy for my father. Continue Reading »

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By Maria Liu Wong

Empathy is the ability to be aware of the feelings and needs of others. It is seeing and understanding from the point of view of another. It involves not only understanding others, but being able to develop others, to serve them, to leverage diversity, and to be politically aware, as Daniel Goleman suggests in the context of emotional intelligence. Distinct from sympathy — which it is often confused with and involves instead feeling compassion for another — empathy is more personal, and requires stepping into the shoes of another. Continue Reading »

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

I still remember it was a great relief for me when I first read about empathy. I am not a person of many words, so I always felt inadequate when I couldn’t offer any brilliant solutions to the ones pouring out their problems and heartaches in front of me. Once I realized that what they really needed was someone to be present with them and to listen to them, I stopped trying to come up with clever words or ideas to solve their problems. Continue Reading »

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