A Question for the Holiday Season: Who among Us Identifies with All of Humanity?

Psychologists discover a new element of religious – and political – impulses

Do you feel for everyone? (Image: iStock/lionvision)

A scale developed by psychologists Sam McFarland, Matthew Webb, and Derek Brown at Western Kentucky University measures the degree to which people identify with all humans, not just their kin, local communities, or other assorted in-groups. The Identification With All Humanity Scale (IWAH) builds off of work by the towering figures Alfred Adler and Abraham Maslow and attempts to measure active willingness to help those in need. […]

(Source: Sarah Estes & Jesse Graham, Scientific American, Dec 11, 2012)

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