"Compassion is contagious," Professor Scott Plous says. "We talk about paying it forward; the idea that if you do something good for another person [...] it sets off a kind of chain reaction." Hanna Barczyk for NPR hide caption

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The Science of Compassion

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Switchtracking, as defined by author Sheila Heen, is when "someone gives you feedback, and your reaction to that feedback changes the subject." Hanna Barczyk for NPR hide caption

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Trying To Change, Or Changing The Subject? How Feedback Gets Derailed

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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

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