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Choosing Empathy | Edge.org

Choosing Empathy | Edge.org | cognition | Scoop.it
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What is empathy, and where does it come from in our intellectual landscape? The term, empathy, [was] generated by German aesthetic philosophers. The term in German is Einfühlung, which is when you "feel yourself into" an art object. The term originates from Theodor Lipps, following Robert Vischer, another aesthetic philosopher. They both believed that the way we make contact with art is not by assessing its qualities in an objective sense, but by feeling into it, by projecting ourselves emotionally into a work. That was translated into English 106 years ago by Titchener, into the word empathy.

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RSA Animate - The Power of Outrospection

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselv...
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Sarah Blaffer Hrdy - Mothers and Others

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy presents a new vision of human evolution and to argue that our capacity to understand, engage and empathise with each other stems from our status as a cooperatively parenting species.

 

 

NB: Due to copyright issues, the RSA has substituted other images for those actually used in the lecture. 

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Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy: Scientific American

Novel Finding: Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy: Scientific American | cognition | Scoop.it
The types of books we read may affect how we relate to others
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When they read excerpts of genre fiction, such as Danielle Steel’s The Sins of the Mother, their test results were dually insignificant. However, when they read literary fiction, such as The Round House by Louise Erdrich, their test results improved markedly—and, by implication, so did their capacity for empathy. 

 

...Literary fiction, by contrast, focuses more on the psychology of characters and their relationships. “Often those characters’ minds are depicted vaguely, without many details, and we’re forced to fill in the gaps to understand their intentions and motivations,” Kidd says. This genre prompts the reader to imagine the characters’ introspective dialogues. This psychological awareness carries over into the real world, which is full of complicated individuals whose inner lives are usually difficult to fathom.

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

A Question for the Holiday Season: Who among Us Identifies with All of Humanity?: Scientific American | cognition | Scoop.it
Psychologists discover a new element of religious—and political—impulses
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Quote: Ascale 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.

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RSA - The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

RSA - The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People | cognition | Scoop.it

Cultural historian Roman Krznaric reveals how the art of empathy can not only enrich one's own life but also help to create social change.

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