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Study: Receiving a Compliment has Same Positive Effect as Receiving Cash

Study: Receiving a Compliment has Same Positive Effect as Receiving Cash | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Compliments may not pay the rent, but according to new research, they help improve performance in a similar way to receiving a cash reward. Researchers recruited 48 adults for the study who were asked to learn and perform a specific finger pattern (pushing keys on a keyboard in a particular sequence as fast as possible in 30 [...]

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Compliments may not pay the rent, but according to new research, they help improve performance in a similar way to receiving a cash reward.

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Empathy--the ability to place yourself in another's shoes--may be the key to creating a more compassionate and peaceful world.
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Empathy Begins Here

Empathy Begins Here | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
                                                      In my granddaughter Mia’s preschool, five small white toilets are lined up along a tiled bathroom wall just around the corner from five conveniently low sinks for washing hands. The boys and girls in the Peacefulness classroom line up together to take turns on the toilets. Like many of her classmates, Mia is…
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What difference does empathy make?

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Is empathy the hidden motor of human history? | New Humanist

Is empathy the hidden motor of human history? | New Humanist | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Often depicted as a feel-good emotion and “soft” skill, empathy can be a powerful secular force for social and political transformation
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Simply put, empathy and reason typically operate in conjunction to create the foundations of human rights and social justice. They are not polar opposites but are in fact the best of friends, a democratic double act. Like knife and fork, ball and socket, Fred and Ginger, they work best when they work together.

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Does authenticity matter when it comes to empathy? - The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Does authenticity matter when it comes to empathy? - The Arnold P. Gold Foundation | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

In the past few months we at the Gold Foundation have noticed heightened discussion of the role of authenticity in medical practice. Here, we summarize four recent posts on this topic....

 

In September 2015, Rebekah Bernard, MD, addressed the question of authenticity on the popular blog Kevin MD in a post entitled, “Can you fake empathy until it becomes real?” 

 

Dr. Bernard details some of the factors that might contribute to an erosion of a healthcare provider’s compassion, then asks, “So if we know that empathy is critically important, but we just don’t feel empathetic, what are we to do?” To answer this question, she arrives at the same conclusion as Dr. Schueler:“

 

You don’t actually have to feel it, you just have to show it.” She goes on to talk about how studies show that acting empathetic can in fact lead to feelings of true empathy. In this way, her high school acting class was the foundation for developing  the interpersonal skills necessary to foster feelings of true empathy and compassion.

 

by Perry Dinardo


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"Can and should empathy be “faked” if it isn’t truly felt? Or does it really come down to needing authentic empathic feelings behind behavior? What implications does your answer have for medical education and humanistic practice?"

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Read The Pope's Address To Congress

Read The Pope's Address To Congress | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Pope Francis addressed Congress Thursday as part of his first visit to the United States, urging action on the refugee crisis in Europe, climate change and income inequality. Read the full text below, as
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The Golden Rule, in one form or another, can be found in most all the world's religions as well as humanitarian and existential philosophies.

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Can you learn empathy?

Can you learn empathy? | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
This human quality is sometimes in short supply, but here's how you can increase yours.
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"So empathy can be practiced and expanded. It's a choice."


Read more: http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/can-you-learn-empathy#ixzz3k7JaNMej
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Empathy Is Actually a Choice

Empathy Is Actually a Choice | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
It’s not that you can’t feel it. You just don’t want to.
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The “limits” to our empathy are merely apparent, and can change, sometimes drastically, depending on what we want to feel.

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How can we build better police forces? (+video)

How can we build better police forces? (+video) | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
A former Baltimore police officer emphasizes the need for empathy and criticizes the 'us vs. them' attitude common on police forces.
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Is empathy the answer?

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Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking

Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
While empathy is the first step in the design thinking process, keep your students focused on this necessary element as they move through definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing.
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A great approach to problem solving that begins with empathy.

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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.

Join the Free Online Empathy Curriculum Project
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What the World Needs Now is Empathy

What the World Needs Now is Empathy | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
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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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Being Compassionate Summary Slides |authorSTREAM

Being Compassionate Summary Slides |authorSTREAM | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Summary of the article "Being Compassionate" located in the Community Tool Box of the University of Kansas: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/spiritua..
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What does the Dickens’ character, Ebenezer Scrooge, have in common with the third century B.C. Tibetan Buddhist figure, Avalokitesvara--and what can they teach us about the meaning of compassion and how we can activate it in our communities? Read the article: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/spirituality-and-community-building/being-compassionate/main

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What does the Dickens’ character, Ebenezer Scrooge, have in common with the third century B.C. Tibetan Buddhist figure, Avalokitesvara--and what can they teach us about the meaning of compassion and how we can activate it in our communities? Read the article: http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/spirituality-and-community-building/being-compassionate/main

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Empathy Circles: a Blended Empathy Practice (Part 1)

Empathy Circles: a Blended Empathy Practice (Part 1) | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it

As of 2012, I have been working with Edwin Rutsch of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy to build a hands on, walking the talk, empathy practice. We designed the Empathy Circles as one way of practicing empathy.

 

The circles are based in science from many different disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, biology, philosophy and arts (i.e. dance and literature). One of the side effects of having so many disciplines studying empathy is that each discipline comes up with its own working definition of what empathy is. In general, three components can be distinguished: an emotional component, a cognitive component and an action-oriented component. We feel what others are experiencing, we imagine what others are experiencing and we become prone to act upon the experience of others.

 

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Imagine a world where people have greater empathy . . .

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Creativity and Resilience | Emotional Intelligence Applied

Creativity and Resilience | Emotional Intelligence Applied | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
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Can memorizing a poem add to your resilience? 

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Management jobs you can’t fill – because nobody wants them

Management jobs you can’t fill – because nobody wants them | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
“It is through this emotional capacity that leaders become effective at building teams that are both realistic and resilient rather than grandiose and unresponsive to patient needs.”
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“This is not a call for tears in the boardroom or team hugs, rather it’s the argument that delivering democracy at work requires managers to address the deep and often destructive emotions that we all carry in our jobs,” she wrote.

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Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
If everybody knows that test scores and grades aren’t the keys to success, how do we teach, and measure, the things that are?
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We are gathering more and more evidence to support the idea that emotional intelligence is crucial to a person's development--and that it is possible to teach and learn the skills of emotional intelligence.

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From apathy to empathy in just three simple steps

From apathy to empathy in just three simple steps | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy, which for years people believed was an attribute that you were either born with or lacked -- can be taught.

 

Developing empathy is not that difficult, if you know how. Here are the three simple rules to emotionally connect with the people around you.


Get curious, not inquisitiveBe non-judgmentalListen, and open up

 

Sanchita Sharma,


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Succinct!  Simple!

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Kindness Is Contagious | Charter for Compassion

Kindness Is Contagious | Charter for Compassion | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
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You can bring this lovely film to a theater near you! Read the easy steps on the website of the Charter for Compassion.

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Your Boss Probably Has a Lower Emotional Intelligence Score Than You

Your Boss Probably Has a Lower Emotional Intelligence Score Than You | Compassion and Empathy | Scoop.it
If you’ve seen any sort of TV show that features it’s characters living in an office, you’ve probably come across the cold-hearted boss trope more than once. It turns out that this stereotype of bosses being emotionally inept is true — sort of. New research from TalentSmart showed that emotional
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"Even though mid-level managers collectively hold the highest EQ scores, top performers at every level had high emotional intelligence scores."

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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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