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Communicating Compassion in an Era of Social Media


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Americans’ use of social media is on the rise as are their levels of stress, anxiety, and loneliness. On this episode of Defining Moments, Dr. Sarah Tracy discusses the importance of face-to-face conversation as it relates to individuals’ physical and mental health. She argues that humans’ capacity to respond compassionately to others’ suffering is key to individual well-being and the vibrancy of community life. Dr. Sarah Tracy is the Herberger Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She is an award-winning teacher and researcher whose work focuses on emotion, identity, compassion, and work-life wellness.

You can read Dr. Tracy’s recently published article on conversation, compassion, and social connections in Health Communication:

Her latest book can be ordered on Amazon:

Check out her YouTube channel on qualitative research methods: