My blogging and social media is a mess! Despite seriously thinking about giving up blogging due to my chronic pain, I somehow have three blogs that I can't part with. I have this blog, The Self-Compassion Project, and two on ...
Nurturing the courage and conviction to transform these systems is just as important as developing more empathy in ourselves and others. The idea of radical connection captures this combination perfectly. It’s a visceral recognition that we are part of something larger that urges us to act for the whole community’s benefit, and not just for those few individuals with whom we empathize directly.
Cultivating more empathy among people with different interests and perspectives is certainly one part of this story: as social animals, human beings can mirror the feelings of others without much conscious effort, even if they have radically-different life experiences, values and beliefs. From a social justice perspective this is great news. As Caring across Generations and other campaigns have shown, it means that connections can be built and barriers transcended that might otherwise seem impossible.
But this form of empathy also has its limits. In a recent New Yorker Article, Paul Bloom shows how empathy can become a reflexive, reactive emotion that short-changes the actions and understanding required in the pursuit of social justice
On its own, empathy focuses attention on the story of an individual at the expense of the larger landscape of inequality. Embedding empathy in the individualistic cultures that dominate modern life makes it less likely that people will interrogate the systems, structures and institutions that affect the lives of individuals in different ways.
Sydney Morning Herald Paradise lost if compassion is not sacred to society Sydney Morning Herald We pose to you the same questions we do to Abbott. Is perspective such a foreign concept? Is compassion?
Bay Area Nonviolent Communication is offering a new telesummit on Growing Compassion. Participate in daily calls with twenty-one trainers and teachers of Nonviolent Communication throughout the month of September. Some sample talks are:
Miki Kashtan – Practices for Opening our hearts
Alan Seid – Supporting Compassionate Actions of Social Change Agents
Meganwind Eoyang – Transforming Self Judgments
Catherine Cadden – Empathy First Responder
Carol Chase – Compassion in the Face of Adversity
Newt Bailey – The Compassion Switch: Finding and flipping on the compassion switch
Mair Alight – Self-Empathy Core Competency- Practicing with Wisdom Circles
Roberta Wall – Growing Compassion
Roxy Manning – Authentic Dialogues: Growing compassion across sociocultural differences
Allso see: The International Online Conference on: How Can We Build a Culture of Empathy and Compassion?
has a sub conference on:
How to build a culture of empathy with Compassionate Communication or Nonviolent Communication (NVC) http://j.mp/KQZoVi
Way back in 1980, Bill Drayton recognized the power of an idea to change the world. As the founder and CEO of Ashoka-Innovators for the Public, he has led the creation of a global network of 3,000 social entrepreneurs.
There seems to be a talent crunch in the social entrepreneurship sector. How can youngsters be drawn in to the field?
No sector, including the citizen sector, is going to have change-makers , if we aren't producing them. Empathy is just like literacy and learnt language. If this generation of children and young people do not master empathy (cognitive empathy which is a foundational skill), team work, a very different type of leadership and change-making they are not going to be helpful to anybody in any sector. For India and the world, it is essential that every child and young person develops these skills. You can't be a change-maker by reading a book. This is the ultimate bicycle ride. You have to do it. We have to teach empathy as we do literacy
Ofri's books explore the "other world" of medicine -- emotions.
Riva Greenberg: As you wrote about in What Doctor's Feel, why do medical students lose empathy during their training?
Danielle Ofri: I think it's not about who we select to become doctors. Medical students come in with all the right traits. They're eager, caring, desperate to help, but then too often come out of medical school jaded. Oddly, their empathy seems to erode just as they're starting to work with patients in their third year. Empathy doesn't solve medical problems, but you can't solve them without it.
RG: Why do they lose empathy?
DO: The first two years of medical school are classroom years and the third and fourth are clinical
See how it compares with the results from our Compassionate Organizations Quiz.
Are you part of an organization—whether a workplace, religious congregation, or volunteer group—where people comfort one another and lend a hand when times are tough? Do your leaders seem to care about their members, and help with real-life challenges?
The answers to these questions aren’t just important for feel-good reasons. Recent research suggests that more compassionate workplaces reap substantive benefits when it comes to employee wellness, creative problem solving, productivity, and the bottom line.
As Moses begins his great closing addresses to the next generation, he turns to a subject that dominates the last of the Mosaic books, namely justice: I instructed your judges at that time as follows: “Listen to your fellow men, ...
Oliver was the primary organizer for working to make Cape Town a Compassionate City. He promoted the Charter for Compassion through all aspects of his life and work, especially through Cape Town's Interfaith Initiative ...
You can cultivate compassion and loving-kindness in the smallest ways. Start with someone specifically that you know and care about, and wish for their happiness, well-being, and freedom. Then think of a person you know ...
Teen's compassion benefits patients Colorado Springs Gazette Michael Gohde greets cancer patient Kay Andrews Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at the Penrose Cancer Research Center with a cancer care package he made for her and other patients.
Compassion Summer Research Institute Thanks The Watch The Science of Compassion Summer Research Institute, hosted by the Telluride Institute and Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, was successful in bringing...
The use of empathy and listening skills--empathic listening--sometimes leads to good relationships, emotional intimacy, and happy marriages. Their use may also lead to a conversation partner feeling like she or he is receiving a hug--a "psychological hug."
To help you decide if you want to continue reading, you may want to know my qualifications for writing the information on this site. I, Lawrence J. Bookbinder, Ph.D., am a former psychologist who retired after over 30 years of practicing clinical psychology. For more information about my qualifications, go to the last page of this site.
The Greater Good Science Center's inaugural summer institute last week drew some 60 teachers and administrators eager to explore the science and practice of social-emotional learning.
Mindfulness, empathy and resilience were just some of the topics unpacked at UC Berkeley last week as teachers, administrators, counselors and other pre-K-through-12th-grade professionals came together for a six-day workshop exploring social-emotional learning in the classroom.
Organized by the campus’s Greater Good Science Center — which researches the neuroscience, psychology and sociology of well-being — the inaugural Summer Institute for Educators welcomed some 60 education professionals from California, across the nation and countries including Argentina, Australia, China and India.
Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion SpeakingTree (blog) There is always some amount of empathy required to experience adequate sympathy and compassion. Compassion is really essential for all of us to live in harmony.
Learn to overcome self-defeating impatience with yourself.
ou may find that you sometimes lose patience with yourself. You want to think, feel, or act differently than you do; and so your inclination is to tell yourself to just be different in those ways. When this doesn’t happen, you become frustrated and try harder. Rather than making progress, you just end up being harsher with yourself. Despite your intentions, this approach won’t help.
What you are failing to take into account is the part of you that’s not ready to change. Whatever its reason is, it will probably just feel intimidated by your self-bullying. So, you need to approach it gently.
Raising children in today's world is a challenge, especially when it comes to instilling a sense of compassion in a world that seems increasingly apathetic. Helping your kids learn the importance of helping and feeling genuine ...
Eckhart on compassion: “Whatever happens to another, whether it be a joy or a sorrow, happens to me.” That's as fine a one-sentence definition of compassion as I've ever heard. What happens to another happens to me.
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