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Being empathetic to bullies

Being empathetic to bullies | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Kyle Dyer, 

9NEWS Psychologist Dr. Max Wachtel recommends having empathy for the bully to combat their behavior.


Having empathy for a bully actually helps the child affected in many ways. Dr. Wachtel offered these examples:


  • They have more (and better quality) friends
  • They do better in school
  • They feel more in control and are more assertive
  • They are more likely to confront inequality when they see it without resorting to violence
  • Others see them as leaders



... In October, Dr. Wachtel has a book coming out that deals with this topic of empathy titled "The One Rule for Boys." Find out more about it here:http://www.oneruleforboys.com/.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, September 22, 12:31 PM

Have you noticed that often punishing bullies backfires?  Maybe this guy is on to something. -Lon

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From the Psychopathic Matrix to Culture of Empathy - ZenGardner.com

From the Psychopathic Matrix to Culture of Empathy  - ZenGardner.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The one skill lacking in the psychopathic Matrix is empathy. The psychopath is devoid of the capacity to empathise,  except for the ability to hone in on a victims weaknesses and vulnerabilities (cold empathy) for the purpose of exploiting them.


The psychopathic entity is unable to feel, comprehend or respond appropriately to the emotions and feelings of others. To him, people( or animals) are simply cardboard cut outs, caricatures, a means to an end, objects to use and discard.


Empathy then, may be described as the ability to feel and experience the emotions and experience the predicament of others (the ability to put oneself in someone elses shoes) and respond appropriately. This emotional connectivity is the precursor to kindness, respect, selflessness, service, compassion, solidarity, dignity and all the other myriad of qualities and actions that makes us human, without which we simply revert to the law of the jungle, becoming prey and predator, hunter and hunted in a primal instinctive cycle of fear and survival....


The most pressing and inspiring mission which beckons to  all awakened and sentient beings on the planet today is the building of a culture of Empathy.  Its very existence will eventually render the psychopathic matrix obsolete.

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Moving Narcissus

Moving Narcissus | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy plays a critical role in fostering and maintaining social relations. Narcissists lack empathy, and this may account for their interpersonal failures.


But why do narcissists lack empathy? Are they incapable, or is change possible? Three studies addressed this question.


Study 1 showed that the link between narcissism and low empathy generalizes to a specific target person presented in a vignette. The effect was driven by maladaptive narcissistic components (i.e., entitlement, exploitativeness, exhibitionism).


Study 2 examined the effect of perspective-taking (vs. control) instructions on self-reported responses to a video. Study 3 examined the effect of the same manipulation on autonomic arousal (heart rate [HR]) during an audio-recording. Perspective-taking ameliorated negative links between maladaptive narcissism and both self-reported empathy and HR.


That is, narcissists can be moved by another’s suffering, if they take that person’s perspective. The findings demonstrate that narcissists’ low empathy does not reflect inability, implying potential for intervention.


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Erica G. Hepper
Claire M. Hart
Constantine Sedikides

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I never understood the loss of empathy during medical training. Until now.

I never understood the loss of empathy during medical training. Until now. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I never understood the trend of loss of empathy during medical training. Until now.


See, when you’re in so much pain that if you thought of your life past this moment, this singular point in time, you would implode, pain seems as natural as breathing. Pain is part of life. Pain is nothing. You can’t stop to nurse your own wounds, you can’t talk about how much you hurt. So how could you possibly have enough room in your broken heart to take on someone else’s pain? So you don’t. You cover your bases and survive. You become that machine that you swore you’d never become.


Because it hurts too much to feel, and it’s so much easier to float than swim.



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Affective empathy, an evolutionary mistake?

Affective empathy, an evolutionary mistake? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In a previous post, I asked, "How universal is empathy?" The question is tricky because empathy has three components:

1. pro-social behavior - willingness to help people out, hospitality to strangers, acts of compassion.

2. cognitive empathy - capacity to see things from another person's perspective and to understand how he or she feels.

3. affective or emotional empathy - capacity not only to understand how another person feels but also to experience those feelings involuntarily and to respond appropriately. Failure to help a person in distress can trigger a self-destructive sequence: anguish, depression, suicidal ideation.
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Customer Empathy - ignore it at your peril!

Customer Empathy - ignore it at your peril! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Have you ever looked up the definition of the word Empathy?


I would suspect that you have not! It is not often that we take the time to read dictionaries!! If you read the definition above, it is also likely that you will find it difficult to correlate many of the words used with organisations that you interact with on a daily basis. I often tell people how rare I think it is for companies to demonstrate ‘customer empathy’ on a consistent basis. There are many reasons why this is the case – organisational culture being the predominant one.


by IJGOLDING

Customer empathy is a critical element that will have a significant effect on the experience customers have with a business. 

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This column will change your life: empathy

This column will change your life: empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What the world really needs, according to the Yale psychologist Paul Bloom, is a bit less empathy.


Yes, I know how that sounds. So does he: "Like announcing that you hate kittens," as he put it recently in the Boston Review. In a world clearly suffering from what Barack Obama calls the "empathy deficit", it seems that he's being obnoxiously counterintuitive for the sake of it.


Research suggests that empathetic people are more altruistic; higher empathy is associated with better relationships.


Roman Krznaric, author of the recent book Empathy (he's in favour of it), thinks that "outrospection" – the deliberate effort to seek out other people's experiences – might help solve everything from inequality to climate change.  


by Oliver Burkeman

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Do Liberals Really Care More About Empathy Than Conservatives?

Do Liberals Really Care More About Empathy Than Conservatives? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Views on Empathy, Curiosity, Creativity, Faith, Tolerance, and Obedience Across the Ideological Spectrum


The data also present a familiar caricature of "liberals" and "conservatives." Based on a longer survey that classified respondents along an ideological spectrum from left to right, the researchers found that "consistent conservatives" were more likely to prioritize obedience and religious faith in particular, while "consistent liberals" emphasized tolerance, creativity, curiosity, and empathy for others.


They were also significantly less likely than other respondents to rate "hard work" as one of the most important things to teach children—they ranked 13 percentage points lower than "consistent conservatives."



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Eli Levine's curator insight, September 18, 5:05 PM

And there you have it.

 

Progressives teach their children the essences of all religions and the essential values that bind humanity together in lasting, powerful, and arguably unbreakable fashions.  Conservatives just lie, rely on ignorance, use tricks, and teach kids nothing but submission to brute force.

 

What say you, humans?  What is more important to you?

 

 

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Leaders & Managers: No more excuses - Tools to practice Empathy

Leaders & Managers: No more excuses - Tools to practice Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Ten tools to increase your empathy:


  • 1- Be curious, get involved and try to know people that are different from you, ask them questions in a respectful way, you will be surprised how people love to share with others about who they are
  • 2- Realize that we all (no matter how open minded we are) have our own unconscious bias and prejudice
  • 3- That first impressions stopped since we were teen agers, and when we react in a negative way, it is a gut feeling to an image or a memory that has nothing to do with the person in front of us
  • 4- Listen carefully to both verbally and mainly nonverbal communication with others especially different than we are

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Do children really lose empathy to the screen? - Kidspot

Kids and screen time has been a great debate for years and now researchers are saying that children may lose the ability to empathise - but do they?


New research from the University of California tells us that our children’s increasing time in front of screens is inhibiting their social and emotional competency. In the study, a group of sixth-graders were shown images of nearly 50 faces and asked to identify the feelings the faces displayed. Then, the group was divided in two, with one group being sent away to a five-day outdoor education camp where there was zero access to devices. The other group stayed at home and it was life as usual.


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Paws with Compassion: desire to alleviate suffering by offering open hearts and friendly paws

Paws with Compassion: desire to alleviate suffering by offering open hearts and friendly paws | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Paws with Compassion is a group of dedicated dogs and handlers who desire to alleviate suffering by offering open hearts and friendly paws.


Our varied backgrounds, experiences, and breeds enable us to engage with a broad population and address a variety of needs. We are proud to be the only therapy dog/K-9 crisis response group to require extensive, documented member training. Each team is interviewed and observed before joining Paws with Compassion. Once members, teams train and work regularly to maintain their skills.


Required training includes dog handling, canine body language, canine first aid, canine manners, therapy dog and crisis response dog handling, crisis intervention, crisis response, compassion fatigue, and appropriate response methods.

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Empathy is the Ultimate Neutrality

Empathy is the Ultimate Neutrality | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

TODAY THERE ARE THOSE WHO believe that empathy is a solution to our social problems. They tell us that the indignities suffered by minorities and oppressed groups could be resolved if only we in the majority would empathize more, and in their vision of a better society, there would be abundance of caring and kindness between its members.

How could you disagree? The cognitive scientist Paul Bloom will soon publish a book that looks at the consequences of empathy and concludes that reason is a better guide for social policy.


Empathy turns out to have some undesirable side effects, like a desire for retribution on behalf of victims without regard for long-term consequences. Or the identifiable victim effect, which causes us to react to the plight of individuals more strongly than to the suffering of vast numbers. There are some other concerns, but on the whole, they are pragmatic considerations that ask whether empathy is effective or not. But another kind of critique is possible.

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The Impact of Activating Empathy in Schools - Elementary School Students Take Initiative with a Stop Bullying Video

The Impact of Activating Empathy in Schools - Elementary School Students Take Initiative with a Stop Bullying Video | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What’s empathy got to do with it? The textbook definition is “the ability to understand what someone is feeling.”


But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more. It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next. In today’s rapidly changing world, empathy is critical to our success – at home, at school, and in the workplace.


By Lynn Stewart

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Yawning is contagious and a surprisingly common trait (suggesting that empathy among animals is a common trait.)

Yawning is contagious and a surprisingly common trait (suggesting that empathy among animals is a common trait.) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Contagious yawning is a behaviour shared by chimpanzees, baboons, dogs and humans, and researchers said recently that wolves can do it too, suggesting that empathy among animals is a common trait.


Perhaps empathy is present in more species than previously thought, said lead author Teresa Romero, a researcher from the University of Tokyo. “In wolves, as well as in primates and dogs, yawning is contagious between individuals, especially those that are close associates,” Romero said.


“These results suggest that contagious yawning is a common ancestral trait shared by other mammals and that such ability reveals an emotional connection between individuals.”



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Narcissists Can Be Helped to Feel Empathy

Narcissists Can Be Helped to Feel Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Narcissists are people maintain their self-esteem by drawing on the energy of other people. They thrive on the accolades of others and like to broadcast their achievements.  They also have difficulty in their social interactions, because they do not really empathize with others..


Because empathy is so important for social interactions, it is valuable to know whether people with a tendency toward narcissism can be led to experience more empathy. 


This issue was explored in a paper by Erica Hepper, Claire Hart, and Constantine Sedikides in the September, 2014 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 


by Art Markman, Ph.D.


image Echo and Narcissus - Waterhouse

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_and_Narcissus_(Waterhouse_painting)


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The next frontier in police reform: training cops in empathy

The next frontier in police reform: training cops in empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Experts have been helping rebuild police -community relations — by getting cops to see themselves through residents' eyes


Last week, the Department of Justice rolled out a major new initiative to try to repair the relationships between local police departments around the country and their communities. It's an issue that has become especially timely after the militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri.


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Empathy World Call 2014

Empathy World Call 2014 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The 6th Annual Global Tele-Empathy Call Event, with 24 hours of connection, compassion and understanding begins Wednesday, October 1 at 3pm PT.


You are invited to join us (by phone, skype or computer) to experience empathic presence as we commune together in a global network of compassion and love. Your presence matters! It won't be the same without you


Different facilitators, practitioners and hosts will be joining the call bringing their own experiences, reflections and styles to this paradigm-shifting event.

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Experts: Empathy key to reducing suicide rate

Experts: Empathy key to reducing suicide rate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Rather than just putting people at risk for suicide on watch with a surveillance camera, the best strategy for stemming Montana’s highest-in-the-nation suicide rate may be found through what John Cutcliffe calls “warm, care-based, human-to-human contact....
 

Medication isn’t a panacea for suicide prevention either, Cutcliffe said. One in 10 people are on antidepressants, with no correlation of reduced rates of death by suicide. People who take a sugar pill and those who take an antidepressant have similar suicide rates.

“Is there an alternative? I’m happy to say yes, there is,” Cutcliffe said, citing the work of the Aeschi Working Group. People in helping professions who don’t know what to say should say nothing,


he advised — just listen.
“You can listen and empathize,” he said.
“I believe that is a skill set within all of you.”



 By Mike Ferguson

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Harness The Power Of Empathy For Successful Negotiations

Harness The Power Of Empathy For Successful Negotiations | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Understanding the feelings and viewpoints of others is nice — but more selfishly, empathy is also a useful negotiation skill. Finance site Listen Money Matters explains why successful negotiators are empathic.


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Lewis Kaden on the Empathy of Robert F. Kennedy - YouTube

In the latest installment of Columbia Business School's Engaging Leaders series, Lewis B. Kaden, former Vice Chairman at Citigroup, recalls the empathetic leadership of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, for whom he served as legislative aide and campaign staffer.


The Greatest Speech Ever - Robert F Kennedy Announcing The Death Of Martin Luther King
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyCWV_N0EsM



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Alternative to Empathy

Alternative to Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Paul Bloom, the noted Yale psychologist, wrote, in a 2013 New Yorker article and again in a 2014 Boston Review forum, “against empathy.”


We are urged to feel empathy in order to do good for others, but empathy is a poor guide to altruism. Empathy is “parochial, narrow-minded, and innumerate,” Bloom writes. We empathize much more with people who resemble us in background, looks, or character (that is, people who seem moral and deserving just like we assume we are) than with people who are different, odd, or potentially at fault.


Thus, the baby fallen in the well in the next town deserves moving heaven and earth to save her, while tens of thousands of starving, deformed refugees thousands of miles away — not so much.


How can empathy’s discrimination be morally justified, Bloom asks. Isn’t there a better guide?

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Millennial Leaders Why empathy is key

Millennial Leaders   Why empathy is key | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy - that ability to truly put yourself in the shoes of another - is a word that seems to fit better in group therapy sessions than in the board room, and yet it is fast becoming recognised as one of the most important skills the modern leader can possess.


High profile scandals have damaged public trust in everyone from bankers and politicians, to supermarkets and celebrities in recent years, leaving businesses reeling, and working hard to rebuild relationships with their customers.


Therefore the ability of individuals in leadership roles to build relationships, establish trust and demonstrate empathy, has never been more important.



by Claire Millard

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5 Tips for Improving Self-Compassion

5 Tips for Improving Self-Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Self-Compassion as a Recovery Tool
 

When used as an addiction recovery tool, self-compassion has shown to help people overcome cravings, deal with the stresses of early recovery, and better manage their emotions. It involves being mindful, but the practice also boosts self-esteem, reduces self-criticism, and allows the person to feel more comfortable in his or her own skin – qualities that are essential for lasting sobriety.



According to a study published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, “compassionate mind states may be learned, and may alleviate shame, as well as other distressing outcomes, such as depression, anxiety, self-attacks, feelings of inferiority, and submissive behavior.”


by Nikki Seay

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Dr. Peter Breggin's Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy

Dr. Peter Breggin's Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Peter R Breggin MD's new Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Toward replacing biological psychiatry with better therapeutic approaches!

 

The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Peter R. Breggin MD for professionals and non-professionals who want to raise ethical and scientific standards in psychology and psychiatry.  The board of directors, advisory council and membership include professionals in many fields spanning psychology, counseling, social work, nursing, psychiatry, and other medical specialties, neuroscience, education, religion, and law, as well as concerned advocates, families and laypersons.

  

Join the Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy,  Education & Living today! Be part of this  innovative and forward thinking field.

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Empathy: Why It's Important, Why We Should Nurture It in Our Kids | ParentFurther

Empathy: Why It's Important, Why We Should Nurture It in Our Kids | ParentFurther | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By: Steve Palmer

One of the most important skills we can teach our kids is empathy. Empathy is the ability to see and value what another person is feeling or experiencing.


When we see someone in pain and feel that response in our own gut, that’s empathy. When we see someone crying tears of joy at an important reunion and notice ourselves choking up, that’s empathy. When we see someone struggling with a problem and feel an emotional pull to help, that’s empathy.


It’s a core skill for what psychologists call “pro-social” behavior – the actions that are involved in building close relationships, maintaining friendships, and developing strong communities. It appears to be the central reality necessary for developing a conscience, as well.   Raising empathetic kids might seem like a challenging task, but kids are empathetic by nature!...


So, what are some ways to help support our kids’ development of empathy, and the ability to respond to others in constructive ways?

Here are a few points to consider:

  • Help your kids put words to their emotions.
  •  Feel out loud
  • Include empathy as part of discipline
  • Reward empathy.
  • Be patient. 


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