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Empathy: A motivated account

Empathy: A motivated account | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We often think of empathy as an automatic process. However, empathy is often context-dependent. Our willingness to empathize with others changes with different situations and with different people.A new paper by Jamil Zaki resolves this tension by underscoring the role of motivation in empathy. Motives drive our willingness to empathize. In his paper, Zaki highlights specific motives that drive people to avoid and approach empathy, illustrates a motivated model of empathy, and suggests potential interventions to maximize empathy.For a complete list of SSNL publications, click here


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Compassion fatigue: Why are Animal Caretakers Suffering as Much as the Animals?

Compassion fatigue: Why are Animal Caretakers Suffering as Much as the Animals? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Animal shelter workers are responsible for lives every day. Those difficult decisions that no one wants to make clash with their innate empathy, compassion and love for animals, and can lead to:

Sleepless nights
Nightmares
Alcohol or drug abuse
Emotional “numbing”
Feelings of guilt
Depression


by Jessica Ramos

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Atheists: Is empathy the real driver of morality?

Atheists: Is empathy the real driver of morality? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Every secular expert that I've heard speak on the subject has said that, rather than dictates from God, what really drives moral behavior is empathy.


I can imagine or remember what it would feel like to go through something negative, and I therefore would not want to inflict this onto another.


The supposed logical extension is that people who act immorally simply have a broken empathy engine.


Do I understand this correctly? If I do, I still don't understand how putting myself in someone's shoes would make me not want to wrong them. I do not want to be stolen from. I know what it feels like to be stolen from. I don't understand how this makes me want to not steal from others.

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Transforming business: The four faces of empathy

Transforming business: The four faces of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Your business is filled with people. If you want to connect with them on a meaningful level, empathy is the key.


Here we explore how empathy plays a vital role in shifting brands from a bland and vulnerable position, to one that is robust in meaning and purpose.


Empathy as a driver of brand strategy

...As such, empathy leads you to the deep-rooted connections that can be forged to create strong and enduring bonds...


Empathy as a cultural ethos

...empathy helps you better engage and motivate employees. This means they’ll be far more likely to listen to, appreciate, and follow your leadership...


Empathy as an engine of innovation

...An empathetic attitude sheds new light on what’s needed now and how to best address that need or opportunity...


Empathy as a leadership practice

We’re all born empathetic. As babies we all had the capacity to perceive how others were feeling and what they were experiencing...

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Why Is Yawning Contagious? Looking to Chimps for Answers - YouTube

Why Is Yawning Contagious? Looking to Chimps for Answers - YouTube | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
People are not the only animals who yawn, or who catch yawns from each other; dogs and chimps even catch human yawns. It may have to do with empathy, which s...
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Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education

Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Much of the disaffection with the school system stems from a pervasive feeling that the intense focus on formal academics has inadvertently neglected the rest of a child’s personality and humanity.


While employers, psychologists and other researchers have repeatedly noted that social and emotional skills like empathy are some of the most important ones for success, many schools still lag in developing effective programs to nurture those soft skills.


Societal norms posit girls as being more emotionally intelligent than boys, but the subtle ways that teachers and parents reinforce that gender stereotype can harm boys, who need to learn empathy as an important life skill for connecting with others, problem-solving and developing moral courage.


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Why is yawning contagious? (Mirror Neurons and the Empathy Yawn)

Why is yawning contagious?  (Mirror Neurons and the Empathy Yawn) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

*Yaaawwwwwn* Did just reading the word make you feel like yawning yourself? Known as contagious yawning, the reasons behind this phenomenon have been attributed to both the physiological and psychological.


It's been observed in children as young as four and even in dogs! Claudia Aguirre visits the many intriguing theories that might explain contagious  yawning.


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One theory for yawning contagion is that it's caused by mirror neurons and empathy. When we see someone yawn, our mirror neurons fire and we start simulating the other persons yawn in our selves and it grows into full blown emotional contagion. For this reason yawning contagion is a test for empathy in humans, dogs, chimps, etc. Test this out.. see the links below.


Contagious Yawning Empathy Test
http://www.whydoweyawn.co.uk/Empathy_Test.htm


Test your empathy, with the yawn Test! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYc6PmHI_Y8


The Yawn-O-Meter (How Long Can You Last?)

http://youtu.be/AJXX4vF6Zh0


Why Do We Yawn?
 http://youtu.be/I0dQx4SNSwE


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Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"I sometimes call virtual reality an empathy generator," she says. "It's astonishing to me. People all of a sudden connect to the characters in a way that they don't when they've read about it in the newspaper or watched it on TV."
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[Leadership] Army Doctrine Reference Publication ADRP 6-22 (FM 6-22) Army Leadership

[Leadership] Army Doctrine Reference Publication ADRP 6-22 (FM 6-22) Army Leadership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Army Leadership Competent, Confident, and Agile

https://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm6-22.pdf 


Chapter 4 LEADER 

2 Empathy........................ 4-9


the Army leader to build high-performing and cohesive organizations able to effectively project and support landpower. It also creates positive organizational climates, allowing for individual and team learning, and empathy for all team members, Soldiers, civilians, and their families.


2-15. Three major factors determine a leader’s character: values, empathy, and the Warrior Ethos. Some characteristics are present at the beginning of the leader’s career, while others develop over time through additional education, training, and experience.

4-4. Character is essential to successful leadership. It determines who people are and how they act. It helps determine right from wrong and choose what is right. The factors, internal and central to a leader, which make up the leader’s core are—

    Army Values.

    Empathy.

    Warrior Ethos.


EMPATHY


4-42. Army leaders show a propensity to share experiences with the members of their organization. When planning and deciding, try to envision the impact on Soldiers and other subordinates. The ability to see something from another person’s point of view, to identify with and enter into another person’s feelings and emotions, enables the Army leader to better care for civilians, Soldiers, and their families.


4-43. Competent and empathetic leaders take care of Soldiers by giving them the training, equipment, and all the support they need to keep them alive in combat and accomplish the mission. During wartime and difficult operations, empathetic Army leaders share the hardships with their people to gauge if their plans and decisions are realistic. Competent and empathetic leaders also recognize the need to provide Soldiers and civilians with reasonable comforts and rest periods to maintain good morale and mission effectiveness. When a unit or organization suffers injuries or death, empathetic Army leaders can help ease the trauma and suffering in the organization to restore full readiness as quickly as possible.


4-44. Modern Army leaders recognize that empathy also includes nourishing a close relationship between the Army and Army families. To build a strong and ready force, Army leaders at all levels promote self sufficient and healthy families. Empathy for families includes allowing Soldiers recovery time from difficult missions, protecting leave periods, permitting critical appointments, as well as supporting events that allow information exchange and family teambuilding.


4-45. The requirement for leader empathy extends beyond civilians, Soldiers, and their families. Within the larger operational environment, leader empathy may be helpful when dealing with local populations and prisoners of war. Providing the local population within an area of operations with the necessities of life often turns an initially hostile disposition into one of cooperation.


B-35. To improve leader counseling skills, follow these general guidelines:

Display empathy when discussing the problem.


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Building a Caring Economy: empathy and compassion seem to come naturally to humans

Building a Caring Economy: empathy and compassion seem to come naturally to humans | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Today’s mainstream economic models are based on two fundamental assumptions: first, humans are essentially selfish actors who act rationally to advance their own utility – so-called homo economicus; but, second, as Adam Smith’s metaphor of an “invisible hand” was intended to suggest, self-regarding behavior can inadvertently advance the common good. Both assumptions are patently false.


It is important, however, to distinguish between basic empathic responses and a more universal capacity for compassion. Empathy alone does not necessarily prompt pro-social behavior; empathizing with the suffering of another may not drive you to help that person. In fact, empathy can result in distress, which may even lead to withdrawal or burnout...


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Both empathy and compassion seem to come naturally to humans. But both responses are fragile, and can be quelled or reversed by a large number of factors – including the degree to which we identify with the person who is suffering.

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by Tania Singer

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The secret of empathy : McGill Reporter

The secret of empathy : McGill Reporter | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The ability to express empathy – the capacity to share and feel another’s emotions – is limited by the stress of being around strangers, according to a new study published recently in the journal Current Biology.


“President Barack Obama has described an ‘empathy deficit’ that fuels misunderstanding, divisions, and conflict. This research identifies a reason for the empathy gap and answers the vital question of how do we create empathy between strangers,” said psychology professor Jeffrey Mogil, senior author of the study.


“In this case, creating empathy was as simple as spending 15 minutes together playing the video game Rock Band®.” 


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Oxytocin Improves Empathy in Frontotemporal Dementia

Oxytocin Improves Empathy in Frontotemporal Dementia | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Intranasal administration of oxytocin twice daily for 1 week was safe and well tolerated and showed preliminary signs of improvement in symptoms of apathy and loss of empathy in patients with frontotemporal dementia, according to a new study.


The study, published in the January 13 issue of Neurology, was led by Elizabeth C. Finger, MD, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada


Dr. Finger explained to Medscape Medical News that frontotemporal dementia is the second most common cause of presenile dementia. "It typically starts in the 50s or 60s and appears to have a different pathology to Alzheimer's, with loss of empathy being the hallmark symptom in the most common subtype — known as behavioral variant."

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Empathy: A motivated account by Jamil Zaki

Empathy: A motivated account by Jamil Zaki | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We often think of empathy as an automatic process. However, empathy is often context-dependent. Our willingness to empathize with others changes with different situations and with different people.A new paper by Jamil Zaki resolves this tension by underscoring the role of motivation in empathy.


Motives drive our willingness to empathize. In his paper, Zaki highlights specific motives that drive people to avoid and approach empathy, illustrates a motivated model of empathy, and suggests potential interventions to maximize empathy.For a complete list of SSNL publications, click here


http://ssnl.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/zaki2014_motivatedEmpathy.pdf?width=85%25&height=85%25&iframe=true



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Where to Start on Empathy? 5 Essential Reads - A Beginner's Guide to Studying Up on Empathy'

Where to Start on Empathy? 5 Essential Reads - A Beginner's Guide to Studying Up on Empathy' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Over the last few years, empathy has taken over my life. The fascination with human understanding has become a deep running passion as the result of many long hours of research, countless exhilarating discussions, and increasing experimentations seeking new ways to apply empathy in business, education, social programs, and public policy.


At first it was extremely challenging to grasp, with a holistic view of empathy covering fields as diverse as neuroscience, anthropology, philosophy, biology, psychology and innovation (to name a few). Adding to my beginner’s confusion was a lack of coherent definition for empathy – the term has almost as many descriptions as it does commentators. As we colloquially say in Australia, a dog's breakfast! 


 1.     Empathy: A handbook for revolution by Roman Krznaric...

2.     Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell...

3.     Zero Degrees of Empathy by Simon Baron-Cohen...

4.     Empathy: A motivated account by Jamil Zaki...

5.     Well Designed: How to use empathy to create products people love by Jon Kolko...


Nathan Wiltshire is a human-centred innovation specialist on a mission to transform our thinking with empathy. His work includes with higher education at the University of Technology Sydney and developing immersive empathic innovation experiences with Delhi-based, Samaahit Immersion. An earlier version of this post originally appeared on Nathan's blog - subscribe and follow him on Twitter for more thoughts on empathy.



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Putting empathy back on the workplace agenda: Why is empathy relevant in today's business environment?

Putting empathy back on the workplace agenda:  Why is empathy relevant in today's business environment? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One of the more surprising items on the British political agenda this year was empathy.


 This is largely thanks to Labour leader Ed Miliband, who has cited empathy as one of his core political values and has even recruited the help of empathy expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen to develop his “politics of empathy”. 


 It is too early to know whether Mr. Miliband’s initiative will bear fruit in the political domain.  But it isn’t too early for the HR community to take note and consider the case for pushing empathy up its own agenda.

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The limits of empathy for an executive

The limits of empathy for an executive | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Our findings suggest that decades’ of prior research failed to reveal how empathy can turn into a liability for an executive—particularly when it’s not accompanied by other components of EQ. Empathy must be accompanied with other social-behavioral skills in order to be an asset.  


James Lewis,


Executive Insights The limits of empathy for executives

report http://www.kornferryinstitute.com/sites/all/files//documents/briefings-magazine-download/The%2 0limits%20of%20empathy%20for%20executives.pdf 

Too much empathy can be a liability for an executive— particularly if it’s not balanced out by other components of emotional intelligence. A Korn Ferry study of 2,000 C-level executives found that those who overemphasize empathy are among the least engaged leaders and at high risk of derailing.

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Empathy, Engagement And The Brain

Empathy, Engagement And The Brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The failure to understand one’s own emotions and to recognize their impact on others is a source of much personal and intra-personal conflict. In contrast, the understanding of one’s own emotions allows for self-regulation of disruptive emotions and impulses and helps in adapting to changing circumstances.


Empathy is a particularly important emotion in considering other people’s feelings especially when making decisions and is therefore a basic component of all helpful human relationships including effective, therapeutic interventions.


The best healthcare providers know this; yet empathy is often lacking in professional practice as frequently reported by patients.

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Scientists Confirm Pigs Feel Empathy: Research backs what animal rights activists have been saying for years.

Scientists Confirm Pigs Feel Empathy:  Research backs what animal rights activists have been saying for years. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Scientists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands have discovered what many of us already knew: farmed animals feel empathy for their peers, a trait once thought exclusive to humans.

These researchers discovered that “pigs shared the stress and happiness of their pen mates,” according to the Daily Mail.
The article explains that the “findings suggest that swine respond to each other’s feelings,” and add “weight to the argument that the practice of separating the animals in farms is especially cruel.”

by Sarah Von Alt
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others: (Empathy is important)

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others: (Empathy is important) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Instead, the smartest teams were distinguished by three characteristics.

First, their members contributed more equally to the team’s discussions, rather than letting one or two people dominate the group.

Second, their members scored higher on a test called Reading the Mind in the Eyes, which measures how well people can read complex emotional states from images of faces with only the eyes visible.


Finally, teams with more women outperformed teams with more men. Indeed, it appeared that it was not “diversity” (having equal numbers of men and women) that mattered for a team’s intelligence, but simply having more women. This last effect, however, was partly explained by the fact that women, on average, were better at “mindreading” than men.


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War on campus

War on campus | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Ken Stern and Cary Nelson

We sympathize with the students who say they are being forced to “choose sides,” when they insist they want to be both pro-Israel AND pro-Palestinian, but there is little space for them on campus. These students have a capacity for empathy. ..


Zealots on both sides dismiss empathy, because each says the other doesn’t deserve it. South African Apartheid leaders were human too, and no responsible person should express empathy for them, so how can one have empathy for similar folk today—those who are seen as responsible for Palestinian or Jewish suffering?

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Romney Has An Empathy Problem, But So Do Most Republicans

Romney Has An Empathy Problem, But So Do Most Republicans | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 But getting rid of Romney won’t get rid of the GOP’s empathy problem, and it’s not even clear how much of a problem it is.


Democrats may own empathy, but Republicans consistently score better on taxes and the federal deficit.


By HARRY ENTEN

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8 Ways Empathy Can Improve Your Travels…And Your Life

8 Ways Empathy Can Improve Your Travels…And Your Life | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
On your next trip, don’t forget to pack your empathy.


The practice of empathy — and yes, it’s a practice — is about open-ness, creating an opening in one’s self to another. Empathy requires suspending your judgment of others and leaving your assumptions, stereotypes and fears at the door...


Sold on the concept of empathy? Now onto how practicing empathy can enhance your travel experiences.


1) Opens Others...
2) Allows New Experiences to Stream In...
3) Expands Our Range of Understanding...
4) Builds Trust to Yield Greater Authenticity...
5) Assists Immersion and Creativity...
6) Aids Conflict Resolution...
7) Fosters Good, Pleasurable and Positive Feeling...
8) Aids Understanding Others’ Needs So You Can Effectively Contribute...


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Social stress a barrier to empathy between strangers: Study

Social stress a barrier to empathy between strangers: Study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Feeling stressed in the presence of strangers curbs the ability to express empathy – the capacity to share and feel another individual’s emotions – in animals and humans alike, says a study.

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Our selective empathy leaves many massacres invisible

Our selective empathy leaves many massacres invisible | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
From Boko Haram to Raif Badawi to Charlie Hebdo, the media influences how much we care


As massive support rallies took place around the world, and an overwhelming number of people replaced their social media profile pictures with the eponymous Je suis Charlieimage, many of us struggled to understand why the Western world cares so much when an attack strikes Paris, or New York City, yet we seem unable to muster up the same grief and outrage when horror strikes in other parts of the world...


A condition common among individuals that work directly with trauma victims such as nurses, psychologists, and first responders, sufferers of compassion fatigue exhibit hopelessness, cynicism, a constant negative attitude, and eventually a lessened ability to feel empathy.

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