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Why Do Dogs Yawn? The Neuroscience Of Empathy

Why Do Dogs Yawn? The Neuroscience Of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We certainly need to do more research into the MNS in dogs. We need to get Greg Burns to invite his FMRI trained dogs back into the lab and see how their Brodmann’s area responds to con-specific and hetero-specific contagious yawning and empathy type behaviour.


This MNS has motor respresentation which could explain certain imitation behaviours particularly those rooted in survival mechanisms. Perception of another animals emotional state and being able to mentalize other peoples behaviour is shown to activate BA9. This gives rise to motor empathy and then this develops into cognitive empathy as we grow and develop. Then, higher cognitive functions come into play (dogs do not develop much past a two years old- The Goldsmith Study on Emotional Contagion was originally designed for young children). So Contagious yawning is really just a functional substrate of empathy. Why is it, that animals yawn when there are no other beings around? Perhaps only its root lies in social signalling, I guess people talk to themselves when no-one is around!

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Turning Empathy into Action

Turning Empathy into Action | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How the nature of design thinking complements and strengthens collective impact frameworks.

As it turns out, the creative, collaborative, and empathic nature of design thinking complements collective impact frameworks, and gives leaders tools to engage and empower community members as designers of their own solutions....


In follow-up surveys and conversations, many participants of the Design Impact program said that they particularly enjoyed learning the skills of empathic interviewing, observation, and persona development. As one participant reported: “We now apply the empathic approach regularly. ....


While design thinking offers collective impact funders and practitioners new approaches to complex social challenges, its focus on empathy and inclusion make it a particularly powerful tool for community engagement and empowerment.


 by Kate Hanisian and  Shiloh Turner

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School massacre and rampage killing averted in Roanoke, Texas

School massacre and rampage killing averted in Roanoke, Texas | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What should a Texas community have done when it discovered a 13-year-old fantasising about a rampage killing?


What then, should the terrified children and their parents be doing? The better alternative should be obvious. The psychological buzzword of recent years is empathy. Virtually all anti-bullying and social skills programs assert that they develop empathy. All types of organizations are promoting empathy. The media is bombarding us with the need for empathy.


People love the message of empathy. It’s because they think, “Finally other people will become empathic towards me and my children.” Few people think, “I am so glad that I will be taught how to be more empathic.” 


If we want to see an increase in empathy, it must begin with ourselves. 


Israel “Izzy” Kalman is Director of Bullies to Buddies, a program that teaches the practical application of the Golden Rule to reduce bullying and aggression and solve relationship problems. 

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What the World Needs Now is Empathy By Ernie McCray

What the World Needs Now is Empathy By Ernie McCray | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I look around me,
breathing in deeply
as I reflect on the totality
of what I see.
Before me, a man lays sleeping
on a downtown street
that jumps with a crisp
four/four time Hip-Hop beat,
bouncing from an upbeat retreat,
where folks hang out,
chillaxed to the max
as it’s the “Thank God it’s Friday,”
day of the week.
The man is wrapped up in a
tattered army sleeping bag lined with a bed sheet
that had long ago given up on the idea of being a sheet
and the forecast calls for snow or sleet
and a passerby pinches her nose with her
forefinger and her thumb,
thinking why doesn’t somebody arrest this bum?


Empathy, I’m thinking on the run,

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Biz Stone on 'the 100-year journey toward mankind’s unity' - build technology that fosters empathy

Biz Stone on 'the 100-year journey toward mankind’s unity' - build technology that fosters empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This sounds eye-rolling and optimistic, but what we’re trying to do at a very philosophical, head-in-the-clouds level is build technology that fosters empathy, because that’s the beginning of the 100-year journey toward mankind’s unity.This is our crack at it.


People will say, "Oh God, look at this hippie from Silicon Valley, thinking he can create empathy from this stupid app.” But that’s what we’re trying to do.

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The Moral Dimensions of Empathy: Limits and Applications in Ethical Theory and Practice: Julinna C. Oxley

The Moral Dimensions of Empathy: Limits and Applications in Ethical Theory and Practice

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The Moral Dimensions of Empathy: Limits and Applications in Ethical Theory and Practice Hardcover – January 17, 2012


Does empathy help us to be moral? The author argues that empathy is often instrumental to meeting the demands of morality as defined by various ethical theories.


This multi-faceted work links psychological research on empathy with ethical theory and contemporary trends in moral education.

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We deployed the Empathy Tent today, Saturday, Mar 28 at the downtown Berkeley BART station

We deployed the Empathy Tent today, Saturday, Mar 28 at the downtown Berkeley BART station | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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We deployed the Empathy Tent today, Saturday, Mar 28 at the downtown Berkeley BART station. We keep designing and redesigning the Empathy Movement and Tent. We had added the empathy in the eyes test, which is very popular. People stop by and we give them the question sheet and they take the test. Join at https://facebook.com/events/550101135080912/


I brought a green sheet that we spread out to sit on. This has been a great addition as well since it gives a clean space to sit on the ground.. If you came, bring some pillows to sit on..

People take the test and we invite them to sit on the sheet and we go over the answers with them. Then when we are sitting down we tell them about building the empathy movement.


Jun and I are designing an Empathy Kit for people to take with them.. We have a prototype and ask for feedback and get a lot of creative ideas and make great networking connections.


The empathy tent is becoming an empathic co-design (human-centered design) space. It's a space where we can invite people to be involved in designing and taking part in the movement.


Warmly,
Edwin
Empathy Movement
http://cultureofempathy.com/OccupyEmpathy/

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Juicy Compilations about Big Empathy and Transformational Conversation | Random Communications from an Evolutionary Edge

Juicy Compilations about Big Empathy and Transformational Conversation | Random Communications from an Evolutionary Edge | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I have been studying empathy pretty intensively for about a year, inspired largely by the Credere “Empathic Individualism” Award I received last year.

I’ve now written many blog posts on empathy and co-intelligence and I just completed a “final” major paper on “Big Empathy”. It is accompanied by an edited mp3 of the talk I gave at the award ceremony – “Big Empathy: Creating a Wise Democracy and a Caring Economy” – and a graphic model to summarize the three main elements of big empathy.


In them I suggest that we need to expand our empathy in three ways:
1. widening our “circle of care” to include more beings of more species over greater time periods;
2. becoming better practitioners of empathy; and
3. embedding empathy in our cultures and social systems.

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Can Social Work Students Learn Empathy?

Can Social Work Students Learn Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Joelle Ruben, MSW - Social Work Today -Vol. 15 No. 2 P. 12

Instructors and students stress the importance of empathy in the classroom, even as researchers debate how—and whether—this trait can be learned.///

Both aspiring social workers, now undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, cite personal experiences—not their time in the classroom—for sparking their ability to "step into another person's shoes."...


The question of whether social work students can learn empathy is one of great debate and few definitive answers.


Neuroscientists believe they have discovered the type of brain cells responsible for empathy, but it's still unclear how much adults can alter their initial neural imprints. Some professors seek to understand reasons for varying student empathy, often with inconclusive results. Others set out to build empathy indirectly by teaching related skills like self-awareness and reflection. Even without a final verdict, educators say there is a professional imperative to teach and model empathy in the classroom—and social work students appear to agree.

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One Day Course: Compassion Fatigue Management

One Day Course: Compassion Fatigue Management | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The following course description and outline is focused on the issue of Compassion Fatigue as it relates to caregivers and/or social service professionals who work with challenging populations and who find it difficult to maintain the enthusiasm, acceptance, and compassion they once experienced. 


Compassion is quintessential to the establishment of trust, respect, and safety in any growth promoting relationship. As caregivers and/or social service professionals work with challenging populations, they are vulnerable to feeling undervalued, overextended, and isolated in their efforts to motivate and evoke change. During these challenging experiences, too often frustration and emotional exhaustion replace compassion, and the people within their care tend to endure an arrest of development and/or a regression. As a result, understanding and managing compassion fatigue is crucial to the longevity and efficacy of caregivers and/or social service professionals.

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Helping your child develop animal empathy

Helping your child develop animal empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Shane Jordan, an Education Environmental Practitioner and a qualified Early Years Practitioner, explains the importance of young children developing empathy towards animals and how to provide nurturing experiences for them to be able to do so: 

To understand that nature exists in our own backyards and neighbourhoods can be a very fascinating experience for children. You can read to a child about nature and tell them to appreciate the animals and the trees in the natural world, but unless they physically interact with it themselves they will never truly learn. Environmental Education (EE) is such a necessary part of learning, especially in a child’s early learning years.
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We all need to develop more empathy but this is an excellent article about how we can start with our children! http://www.pedegru.com/discussion-topic/pets-may-help-cut-heart-disease-risk-american-heart-association

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One Day Course: Compassion Fatigue Management

One Day Course: Compassion Fatigue Management | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The following course description and outline is focused on the issue of Compassion Fatigue as it relates to caregivers and/or social service professionals who work with challenging populations and who find it difficult to maintain the enthusiasm, acceptance, and compassion they once experienced. 


Compassion is quintessential to the establishment of trust, respect, and safety in any growth promoting relationship. As caregivers and/or social service professionals work with challenging populations, they are vulnerable to feeling undervalued, overextended, and isolated in their efforts to motivate and evoke change. During these challenging experiences, too often frustration and emotional exhaustion replace compassion, and the people within their care tend to endure an arrest of development and/or a regression. As a result, understanding and managing compassion fatigue is crucial to the longevity and efficacy of caregivers and/or social service professionals.

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Feelings, Perspective Taking Theory of Mind, Empathy

Feelings, Perspective Taking Theory of Mind, Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Theory of Mind:
Understanding others’ knowledge and beliefs.


Baron-Cohen (1995) coined the term “Mindblindness” to Characterize the difficulty that people with autism have with reading the mental states of others: thoughts, feelings and beliefs. (Baron-Cohen, S. (1995). Mindblindness: An essay on autism and theory of mind.) The “Theory of Mind” is the ability to reason about the thoughts, feelings, and intentions of self and others. (Premack & Woodruff 1978)


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Seeds of Empathy

Seeds of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In my two-year-old granddaughter, Olivia, I can already see the development of compassion – seeds of empathy.


Olivia is often self-centered, as two-year-olds are. Occasionally, though, she will reach out and share a flower, or a block, or a piece of fruit with another....


Since empathy can be learned, or cultivated – the following are some seeds for growing more empathy.

Develop self-empathy

Having compassion for your self is an important skill. If you cannot acknowledge your own emotional vulnerability – it will be difficult to acknowledge others. Become aware of your emotions and allow yourself to be with those emotions with out censoring or voiding anything you feel. You can still hold yourself accountable for ACTIONS you take that may be acceptable or unacceptable to you – but let yourself be with your emotions.


Dr Michael Winters PhD 


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A Little Compassion and Empathy Can End Cyberbullying for Good

A Little Compassion and Empathy Can End Cyberbullying for Good | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The beauty of living a more empathic and compassionate life is that the more it's practiced, the more we will be filled with kindness and warmth -- for ourselves and others. And the more we will realize that suffering is a shared human experience -- you feel it, I feel it, we ALL feel it.


When one of us is singled out, each of us is too. We each need to play our part in acting with empathy and compassion.


Sandy Kiaizadeh 

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Facebook’s “Empathy Lab”: How Facebook designs for disabled users

Facebook’s “Empathy Lab”: How Facebook designs for disabled users | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
And accessibility doesn't only mean dealing with physical disabilities -- it also means addressing technological ones. Sethuraman said that the Empathy Lab also looks at how to design Facebook for different parts of the world, where screens may be smaller and the Internet connections a little slower.
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Biz Stone - Twitter Founder Wants Social Empathy

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone talks about his new app, Super.


"It delivers empathy. You can sort of feel what that person is feeling in that one glance.... that's actually the overall mission of our company, to build technology the fosters empathy, even though that is eye rollingly optimistic."

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The Moral Dimensions of Empathy Limits and Applications in Ethical Theory and Practice

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Tips on Helping Your Child Develop Empathy

Tips on Helping Your Child Develop Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to imagine how someone else is feeling in a particular situation and respond with care. This is a very complex skill to develop.


Being able to empathize with another person means that a child:

  • Understands that he is a separate individual, his own person
  • Understands that others can have different thoughts and feelings than he has; 
  • Recognizes the common feelings that most people experience—happiness, surprise, anger, disappointment, sadness, etc.;
  • Is able to look at a particular situation (such as watching a peer saying good-bye to a parent at child care) and imagine how he—and therefore his friend—might feel in this moment; and
  • Can imagine what response might be appropriate or comforting in that particular situation—such as offering his friend a favorite toy or teddy bear to comfort her.
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Self Empathy – The Healing Power of Witnessing

Self Empathy – The Healing Power of Witnessing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Relationship is Key
A big part of that change is about the relationship we have with what’s going on. So, if you are feeling anxious, if you are feeling angry, it’s how you relate to that anxiousness and that anger that helps the energy to transform.

Whether it be through EFT/tapping, calling in a higher power, sending it Love, or stuffing it down and trying to numb out, or distracting yourself.
 
Witness By Others
Having our life witnessed by another is such a powerful validation of who we are, whether it be a therapist, a friend, a partner. Being seen with loving eyes, is so accepting and nourishing. How we see ourselves reflected in another’s eyes, originally our mother’s eyes, is how care for ourselves. We can relax into ourselves.


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Storytelling for Global Empathy | TEDx

We will discuss self-transformation and the ability to understand the self through engaged learning and intentional travel.


Although we share our experiences studying abroad in both Rwanda and Serbia/Bosnia/Kosovo, we argue that in essence, it does not matter where you go, but how you engage with where you are. We challenge the audience to see every interaction as an opportunity for personal transformation in order to promote a culture of global empathy.


Our TEDx talk introduces the idea that any traveller can be an activist if they allow themselves the vulnerability to be transformed by others' stories. Imagine a community in which all individuals chose to take part in this form of experiential learning and then returned to their home to encounter people who were willing to actively listen. This is the revolution that we want to create.

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The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy

The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy, based in El Cerrito, CA, is the home of the global empathy movement. The mission is to build a movement for creating a global worldwide culture of empathy and compassion through in-person and online community organizing and the development of Empathy Circles. 


The Center is also collecting, organizing, and curating an online portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. Their website contains the largest collection of articles, conferences, expert interviews, organizations, and much more about empathy and compassion.



I was able to interview the organization’s founder and director, Edwin Rutsch:  Question: What Motivated You To Undertake This Project?

 

by Lina Buffington


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(Interview) Big Empathy: Expanding, Practicing and Systemic Change Empathy -Tom Atlee and Edwin Rutsch

(Interview) Big Empathy: Expanding, Practicing and Systemic Change Empathy -Tom Atlee and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Tom Atlee is an American social, peace and environmental activist. He is author of Empowering Public Wisdom,  Reflections on Evolutionary Activism and The Tao of Democracy: Using Co-Intelligence to Create a World that Works for All. Tom's social change vision is grounded most deeply in new understandings of evolving wholeness which recognize the value of diversity, unity, relationship, context, uniqueness and the spirit inside each of us and the world. He has written numerous articles and blog posts about empathy. In 2014 he was given the Empathic Individualism Award Recipient from the Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research.

 


"Big Empathy is about expanding our empathy to embrace the suffering and well-being of more of life, more deeply, more competently, and more seamlessly than  we normally do."



Tom Atlee's major essay Big Empathy proposes that we need to expand our empathy in three ways:

  • 1. widen our "circle of care" to include more beings of more species over greater time periods;
  • 2. become better practitioners of empathy; and
  • 3. embed empathy in our cultures and social systems."

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NPR: How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?

NPR: How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.
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Compassion Is A Strength, Not A Weakness

Compassion Is A Strength, Not A Weakness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We are all a part of a mindful revolution.


As a mind-body medicine physician, it fills me with hope to watch the “mindful revolution” occurring in the business world.  In the last six months we have see the the theme of mindfulness on the cover of Time magazine and hearing about how numerous business schools are incorporating mindfulness based training programs into curriculum.   You may even be a part of this mindful living community because you heard me speak at your company on the neuroscience behind mindfulness.

Self-compassion and compassion towards others are two of the steps I discuss my mindful living program, “Mindset Matters”.  The same question arises from corporate and coaching clients alike.  

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