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I Don't Feel Your Pain: Overcoming Roadblocks to Empathy

I Don't Feel Your Pain: Overcoming Roadblocks to Empathy | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Why empathy is import at home and work and how to be better at it.

 

Neuroscientists have recently discovered that humans are wired to experience empathy through multiple systems of mirror neurons in our brains. These mirror neurons reflect back actions that we observe in others causing us to mimic that action in our own brains.  When we observe someone in pain or when we are with someone happy, we experience that to a certain extent. These mirror neurons are the primary physiological basis of empathy. They create a neural Wi-Fi that connects us to the feelings of people around us. 

 

Many people seem to be naturally empathetic. Others are not.  The good news is that research shows that empathy can be learned. There are however a few potential roadblocks to empathy that must be overcome.

 

by David F. Swink


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Did you know that those who negotiate with hostage-takers are trained to "fake" empathy?  Read more to see what happens!

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Did you know that the training for negotiating with hostage-takers includes "faking" empathy--and that those being trained actually come to feel some empathy for someone they despise?  Good article about how we can learn to develop our empathy for improved relationships.

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Empathy is a key skill to dealing and interacting with people in a manner that produces positive outcome and builds healthy relationships.  The article does a good job explaining what emphathy is, as well as giving some tips to improve in this area.  It also includes facts to support the assertion that empathy matters at work, "Empathy is also important in the workplace. A study conducted by the Center for Creatively Leadership investigated 6,731 leaders from 38 countries. Their results reveal that empathy is positively related to job performance. The study concluded that managers who show more empathy toward direct reports are viewed as better performers in their job by their bosses."

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Using empathy to reduce conflict

Using empathy to reduce conflict | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to de-escalate a conflict is to listen to and empathize with the other person.
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"One of the best ways to de-escalate a conflict is to listen to and empathize with the other person."

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Leah Weiss Ekstrom & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion

Leah Weiss Ekstrom & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

Leah Weiss Ekstrom is a Contemplative Educator whose research and teaching focuses on the application of meditation in secular contexts.

Currently, Leah is Director of Compassion Education at Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).


Leah directs the CCARE: Compassion Training Course (CTC) professional education program as well as other educational initiatives such as the application of compassion meditation in schools "The Compassion Training Course is a nine-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. 


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Edwin Rutsch interviews Leah Weiss Ekstrom, Contemplative Educator and director of education program at CCARE.

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The dangers of empathy

The dangers of empathy | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy isn't enough to propel you forward, and it may be holding you back!
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"Compassion demands that we consider the needs of others, and act in their best interest."

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The surprising psychology behind why some people become environmentalists: Empathy

The surprising psychology behind why some people become environmentalists: Empathy | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

It may not seem immediately apparent why empathy for other humans translates into concern for the environment, where issues (like air pollution) often affect humans but other times focus on animals, plants or nature itself. Empathy for a tree and empathy for a person do not initially seem as though they would be the same thing.

Nonetheless, the study found a small- to moderate-sized correlation between this measure of empathy and environmental values — as well as environmental activities.

 

For instance, reported the authors, “the stronger a participant’s dispositional compassion the higher the chance that they would donate to one or more nature or environmental organizations.”

The study didn’t stop there. It also tried to test the “causal relationship” between empathy and environmentalism.

By Chris Mooney


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Caring for the environment IS caring about people--of course!

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12 Pieces Of Buddhist Wisdom That Will Transform Your Life

12 Pieces Of Buddhist Wisdom That Will Transform Your Life | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
 
1. Live with compassion
Compassion is one of the most revered qualities in Buddhism and great compassion is a sign of a highly realized human being.
Compassion doesn’t just help the world at large, and it isn’t just about the fact that it’s the right thing to do. Compassion, an
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For those who want to promote peace an happiness in themselves and those around us . . .

 

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Practicing Compassion, a review

Practicing Compassion, a review | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Rogers is a teacher of applied compassion at Triptykos and professor of spiritual formation and narrative pedagogy and program director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology, CA.
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"Rogers is a teacher of applied compassion at Triptykos and professor of spiritual formation and narrative pedagogy and program director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology, CA."

 
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Restorative justice helping crime victims in Limerick

Restorative justice helping crime victims in Limerick | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

The report, launched by Le Chéile’s Restorative Justice Project in Limerick this week, identified that following the programme young people displayed a significant increase in their levels of empathy towards victims after engaging with the project, as well as reporting better family relationships and less contact with the Gardaí and court system. Parents also reported positive outcomes for family life and improved relationships.

 

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The project works with young people through the Probation Service, using a range of restorative justice models including face-to-face meetings, and victim empathy programmes.

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by Anne Sheridan


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Empathy turns out to be key for victims recovering from crimes committed against them.

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EmpathyWorks: Keeping up with Empathy in Health Care

EmpathyWorks: Keeping up with Empathy in Health Care | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Want to keep up with the latest article or blog post that addresses Empathy in Health Care? Click here: http://www.scoop.it/t/empathy-and-healthcare


Edwin Rutsch is, as far as I can tell, the world's greatest purveyor, or "scooper" of empathy-related news. 


Edwin is a master at utilizing online resources to collect and link up with the those who conduct research, develop curricula or write about empathy, compassion and related topics. He uses "Scoop it!", a service for "scooping", organizing and sharing news and resources. See his page on Scoop it! - http://www.scoop.it/u/edwin-rutsch'

You can also get a eyeful by visiting his Culture of Empathy webpage: at: http://cultureofempathy.com/Projects/Conference/
or by visiting Edwin' facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/edwin.rutsch?fref=ts

Warning....if you visit on of Edwin's pages, plan to spend a big chunk of time exploring, reading and learning!


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Empathy--more important than you think!

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Louisville mayor receives national leadership award for compassion

Louisville mayor receives national leadership award for compassion | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

Citing his progress in making Louisville a globally-regarded city for caring and compassion, a coalition of international organizations has honored Mayor Greg Fischer with a City Leadership award for compassion.

Fischer received the honor last week during “Compassion Week 2014,” an international conference in San Francisco where he delivered one of the keynote addresses. The award was presented by Empathy and Compassion in Society, the Charter for Compassion International and GoodMojo.

In presenting the honor, the groups recognized Fischer for leading Louisville to be the first major city to sign on to the International Charter for Compassion, committing the city to a multi-year Compassionate Louisville campaign. They also cited his work with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to promote compassion in other cities and for creating the annual volunteer initiative, the Give A Day week of service. During the 2014 week in April, more than 144,000 volunteers and acts of compassion were recorded.


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The ManKind Project USA Supports the International Men’s Day on November 19

The ManKind Project USA Supports the International Men’s Day on November 19 | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Springfield, MA (PRWEB) November 18, 2014 -- National nonprofit men's support organization is dedicating men’s groups across the country to the recognition of International Men’s Day, standing with men and women from over 60 other nations around the world.
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"The ManKind Project USA believes healthy and emotionally mature men can help heal some of our most damaging cultural problems."

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Man feeds scores of abandoned cats in war-torn Syria

Man feeds scores of abandoned cats in war-torn Syria | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
An ambulance driver has taken it upon himself to feed scores of cats abandoned by their owners in a war-torn part of Syria.
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This, too, is compassion--sentient compassion in Paul Ekman's taxonomy of compassion.  Beautiful.

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Here’s A Beautiful Video Showing Why Empathy Is The Need Of The Hour.

So profound & moving. An eye opener. (RT @vindwar: Here’s A Beautiful Video Showing Why Empathy Is The Need Of The Hour.
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Wonderful video that demonstrates what it would be like to truly practice empathy.

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Mindfulness

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Mindfulness {Infographic} (Great visual re: Mindfulness {Infographic} via @pinterest http://t.co/aLjk9bB0ob)
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I especially like "Rake the leaves" on this list.
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The Racial Bias in Our Empathy

The Racial Bias in Our Empathy | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
So how do we all get a greater dose of empathy in all our lives? Well, we need to familiarize ourselves with the different races, nationalities and attitudes around us.
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"So how do we all get a greater dose of empathy in all our lives? Well, we need to familiarize ourselves with the different races, nationalities and attitudes around us."

 
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Help Create the Free Empathy And Compassion Curriculum! Center For Building a Culture of Empathy

Help Create the Free Empathy And Compassion Curriculum! Center For Building a Culture of Empathy | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

See the Front Page of the Empathy Cafe Magazine

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/NewsPaper/

 

 Let's collaboratively create; the biggest, most comprehensive, easiest to use, most useful, continually expanding, improving and deepening, empathy and compassion curriculum! Everyone is invited to contribute, especially; educators, researchers, writers, technophiles, etc. etc, that would like to work on this project. 


Search the internet and add any empathy & compassion lesson plans, activities and curriculum that you find to this page. Just clink on the POST button above and fill out the questions.

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Looking for empathy and compassion lesson plans?

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What the World Needs Now is Empathy

What the World Needs Now is Empathy | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Grassroots and Progressive Views & Community News
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A provocative and insightful poem written to kickoff the first annual Social Justice and Education Conference in San Diego. 

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A doctor's advice for inner happiness is so easy that I wasn't a believer until I tried it.

A doctor's advice for inner happiness is so easy that I wasn't a believer until I tried it. | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Honestly, just watching this made me feel better.
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"Help others feel safe and cherished"--good advice for any age.

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How can we suspend our empathy and just let people die?

How can we suspend our empathy and just let people die? | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
I’ve just kissed my daughter goodbye.
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"Just how many more mums will endure this unique, excruciating anguish before human beings learn there isn't a single life worth extinguishing in order to shape the choices of others? How many more."

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Bring compassion to life | Charter for Compassion

Bring compassion to life | Charter for Compassion | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
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We believe a compassionate world is a peaceful world.  We believe a compassionate world is possible when every man, woman, and child treats others as they would wish to be treated--with dignity, equity, and respect.

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Jarek column: Wise people refrain from judging

Jarek column: Wise people refrain from judging | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
It might require a multitude of lifetimes before we master all the intricacies of relationships, but we can never go far wrong if we create a template based on kindness, respect and non-judgment.
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"It might require a multitude of lifetimes before we master all the intricacies of relationships, but we can never go far wrong if we create a template based on kindness, respect and non-judgment."

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'Empathy Museum' challenges visitors to start a revolution - Columbia Missourian

'Empathy Museum' challenges visitors to start a revolution - Columbia Missourian | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

Douglass High School and MU students and teachers collaborated to create the 'Empathy Museum,' an interactive experience to help people better understand what empathy is and how it can be taught.

 

MU freshman Ryan Layton stood in front of a board titled "What is holding us back from being empathetic?" and challenged people to answer questions about where in the world people are suffering from homelessness, poverty and hunger.

 

Imagine if everybody in the workplace or community displayed empathy," she said. "The world would be different."

 

by Elizabeth Brixey


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"Imagine if everybody in the workplace or community displayed empathy . . ."

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4 Unexpected (and Science-Backed) Ways to Develop Empathy

4 Unexpected (and Science-Backed) Ways to Develop Empathy | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

Read (Literary) Fiction

If you want to figure out how people think, take a Literature 101 syllabus and pick any of the assigned readings. That, in a nutshell, is the conclusion of David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, after they conducted five experiments on a group of 18- to 75-year-olds....

 

Meditate

Apparently, meditation isn’t just a mindfulness exercise anymore.  According to researchers from Emory University, it can also be used to inculcate compassion – and, by extension, empathy – in a person....

 

Join a Musical Group

You’re probably aware that music affects your mood. Apparently, it has an effect on how you interact with others too, judging from the results of a study conducted by University of Cambridge researchers....

 

Make Empathy a Habit

So far, we’ve discussed methods to increase empathy for a short period of time. But whether those methods have any lasting impact remains to be seen. At any rate, experts agree that anyone can be trained to be more empathetic, including psychopaths and narcissists.
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Jerissa 


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Does Literature Make You Empathic?

Does Literature Make You Empathic? | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

An article published last year in Science presented evidence that literary fiction makes readers more empathic than popular fiction; that is, it claims LitFic is better for you than mystery, romance, thrillers, or science fiction. Author Ransom Stephens offers a primer to prepare you to participate in Litquake's Does Literature Make You an Empath? event next week...

 

My aim here isn’t merely to convince you to mark your calendar; it’s to prepare you to participate in Litquake’s Does Literature Make You an Empath? event next Tuesday at the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco....


Litquake’s Does Literature Make You an Empath? panel is Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:30pm at the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco. For more information, visit litquake.org.


by Ransom Stephens



Does Literature Make You an Empath?
http://www.litquake.org/events/does-literature-make-you-empath  ;

 

Our panel of LitFic and genre authors plus experts on the science of empathy (and you!) will investigate why or whether high-brow lit cranks up empathy more than a good mystery, romance, or space opera. For reservations: (415) 393-0100; rsvp@milibrary.org

 

Litquake Panel

 

 

 


Does literature make you an empath?http://www.milibrary.org/milibrary/events/litquake-does-literature-make-you-empath-oct-14-2014 ;
Our panel of fiction and genre authors plus experts on the science of empathy (and you!) will investigate why or whether high-brow lit cranks up empathy more than a good mystery, romance, or space opera. What techniques do writers employ to evoke sympathy or distain? What does neuroscience say about how we “mirror behavior?” Join this provocative discussion!



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How do we know what others feel?  Literature--which is basically storytelling afterall-- is one good way to feel what others are feeling.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD BRAIN INSIGHTS: The Development of Empathy... An Essential Life Skill!

EARLY CHILDHOOD BRAIN INSIGHTS: The Development of Empathy... An Essential Life Skill! | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

"For daycares and schools to have an effective way to help children for success in life, is to have low teacher child ratios to increase the opportunity to foster relationships with every child. And then use the understanding that the brain is experience dependent t. Children in schools can be engaged collectively in a caring climate and create activities that benefit other human beings."


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"f we truly want to help children thrive in life ….and want to have an incredibly positive impact on our world, it is VITAL that we place the emphasis on the development of relationships with other human beings …"

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Nurturing a Kinder, Gentler Child With Empathy

Nurturing a Kinder, Gentler Child With Empathy | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Because we want big things for our kids - and our country (Nurturing a Kinder, Gentler Child With Empathy http://t.co/jPfVuK4qpb)
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Talking about feelings is a great way to start . . .
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