“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection ― or compassionate action.”
—Daniel Goleman, from Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
ironic on tumblr. but also refreshing on tumblr.