The Love Is Viral Show Episode 76: Empathy = Survival with Samina Hadi-Tabassum

Note to viewers:

This episode was recorded prior to the murder of George Floyd. Racism, a heterogenous society and generational change are discussed in the last five minutes. Any references made to the state of the world at the time was referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are heartened to see the way the world has come together to create massive change. Host Jeanette Schneider made the comment that she has become aware that the change she wishes to see may not happen in her lifetime. She’s eating her words. #blacklivesmatter

Samina Hadi-Tabassum is a clinical associate professor at Erikson Institute where she leads the Child Life program and the online Masters in Early Childhood Education program. She teaches graduate courses in cognitive development, language development. Her research and publications focus on race, language and culture.

In this episode we discuss human survival, from mirror neurons to epigenetics and all the science in between. We dig into how humans have evolved, why we need empathy more than ever to ensure our survival, and the move to a heterogeneous society.  

I got goose bumps when Samina shared that the tribes that showed empathy were the ones who survived. Wrap your heart around that fact and get to spreading the love. 

You can find Samina at or on Twitter @SaminaHadiTabas

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Until next time – in the words of my grandma, “Love each other every day.”

In your ears, filling your heart.



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