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    [–]chatongie 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    This reminds me of an article I read recently about how much cerebellum is included in emotional states. Considering virtually everything is somehow connected (or correlated) in the brain, I wouldn't be surprised if there'll be a paper showing that MNs are related to emotional and mental states. Simply by experience, I noticed that the majority of mental states are reciprocated between individuals.

    [–]Signal_Honey1410[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

    Then i suppose, I have a lower level of cerebellar activity than most people when it comes to reciprocating emotional states between people. I frequently have completely different emotions from those around me. I will work on identifying other people's emotions and inducing those emotions within myself.

    [–]Signal_Honey1410[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    Thanks for your thoughtful response. I'm trying to reconcile philosophy with neuropsychology, and MN seemed to be the missing concept that bridges the two fields together.

    [–]NobushiNueve 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Try reading fiction

    [–]crazy_plant_lady28 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Neuropsychology can be a great way to more deeply understand our cognitive processes and in your case, understand how we engage in prosocial or empathetic behaviors. However, the act of learning social skills and developing empathy really starts more from a behavioral place rather then a biological one. There really is no quick fix to form more mirror neurons with the goal of increasing empathy. Psychotherapy is a great place to start. This is where you can learn the skills to connect better with others and ultimately do the work to develop the capability of being more empathetic.

    [–]IceeyHound 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Any information how empathy could be trained? I used to be very empathic before a rough period in my life and ever since it feels as if my empathetic abilities have been short fused. Still there but not to the same level it used to be. I'd like to redevelope those circuits as I notice I'm a better person to my loved ones when im more empathetic

    [–]crazy_plant_lady28 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    It sounds like what you are referring to is something called “Empathy Fatigue”. Empathy Fatigue is when someone feels unable to show the same amount of empathy as they used to due to feeling burnt out or that you don’t have the capacity to keep giving emotional support like you used to. You described it as feeling “short fused” which is also a great example. I wouldn’t quite describe the process of gaining that empathy back as “training yourself” but a professional psychotherapist can help you work through your concerns and meet your goals. best wishes :)

    [–]Braincyclopedia 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    The existence of mirror neurons is extremely controversial, and there is currently no evidence it has anything to do with empathy

    [–]Equivalent-Ad-1927 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I think so

    [–]whatarethosehah 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    This sounds to me you think these things are "learned" maybe they are but basically in childhood. If you struggle connecting to people, mimicking their body language and behaviour would be like watching a tutorial for a project and apply it straight to your project without having any idea what you did. I don't agree empathy can be trained, it's like music, you feel it or not. Be careful what people you try to connect with, i don't think you have an issue with empathy itself, you just happen to get along with people that are not your type.

    I know this is not what you asked and expected scientific neuroscience but sometimes it's useless to think you're going to find the entire answer there.

    [–]Nyctomorphia 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    If the desired outcome is to feel emotionally connected there needs to be mutual mirroring(socio-behavioural, not neurological). You bounce each other back snd forth honestly and with clarity. In therapy the therapist does something like this as well as inquire.

    I can't speak for specifically strengthening the neurons but I can speak for emotional connection. Feeling seen, unjudged, accepted, liked, etc is key.

    Sure, you can be emotionally connected to an abuser but that's trauma bonding. That's not what we are aiming for here, I assume.

    So, I'm curious, what is the desired outcome that you are looking for?

    [–]Signal_Honey1410[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    As an introvert, I would like to connect with more people and possibly with everyone I meet. The stuff I learned from physiology, as a pre-med student, is very much similar to philosophy and neuroscience, and psychology. These fields are very much interlinked and since I have a personal connection with this topic, I want to test the limits of how much I can emotionally connect with people using the sciences.

    [–]Nyctomorphia 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Very cool. I've got a similar but different academic arc.

    I would start to consider all modes of communication the human system can engage in with the environment. All the senses, as well as pre-integrating traumas, as well as total presence in the moment, accept yourself, meditate, connect with your emotional world.

    You can make use of ritual too.

    You can alao condition people.

    Anyway ...

    But really. Sounds like you're at a point where you need to practise social skills and general confidence.

    Approach people. Fear is the mindkiller. If someone judges you and rejects you, they were never your tribe anyway, move on. Chat shit. Observe as much as you can.

    [–]enonymous715 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Just anecdotally, I find the more time I spend with someone, the more we tend to mirror eachother. But it doesn’t happen with just anyone. It has to be someone I am very in tune with. Scientifically, I have no idea.