Part-time faculty member Dr. David Hoisington’s paper, “Compassion Definition and The Inter-Subjective Experience,” has been officially accepted for the Psychology and the Other Conference in Cambridge, Mass., in October.

David has taught at CSJ for many years, mainly in the Psychology and Human Services Division.

He has also developed the beta-test version of the Compassion Measurement Tool (CMT). He is now gathering responses in order to do an analysis of the CMT and its features.

David’s paper tackles compassion as a phenomenon that involves entering a relational space. The compassion space can be seen as the inter-subjective experience that sits between self, the other and the search for a sense of well being. Defining how people understand the compassion space is related to how people understand compassion.

A survey of 410 respondents reviewed how people define compassion. The analysis led to a better understanding of The Theory of Compassion Development and the spectral nature of compassion phenomena. The research indicates that not only are there different ways that people define compassion, but also different ways that people may practice it.