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Does Self-Compassion Mean Letting Yourself Off the Hook?

Does Self-Compassion Mean Letting Yourself Off the Hook? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Self-compassion means that we understand the myriad causes and conditions that lead us to act as we do. Compassion is wise and sees through the illusion that we have total control over our actions. Compassion acknowledges the truth that we are limited, imperfect beings who are impacted by things over which we have no control -- our genes, early family history, culture, life circumstances.

 

That's why self-compassion is understanding and accepting rather than punitive and rebuking. At the same time, compassion is intrinsically concerned with the alleviation of suffering -- our own and that of others.

 

 

by Kristin Neff

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The Empathy Movement Magazine: Front Page

The Empathy Movement Magazine: Front Page | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Visit the individual magazines specifically for empathy and;

*   Front Page (this page)
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*   Art
*   Compassion

*   Compassionate Communications (NVC)

*   Curriculums
*   Education
*   Empaths

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*   Health Care

*   Justice

*   Self-Empathy & Self-Compassion
*   Teaching - Learning
*   Work 

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3 Tips for Seeking Compassion When Emotionally Distressed

3 Tips for Seeking Compassion When Emotionally Distressed | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why prior experience does not always lead to empathy


When you want to reach out after an emotionally distressing event, which person is more likely to be compassionate and supportive, someone who has been through a similar experience or someone who has not?


Most of us assume a person who has been through a similar experience would be much more understanding, empathetic, supportive, and compassionate than someone who has not. But a new study reported in theJournal of Personality and Social Psychology found that our intuition in such situations can be very wrong

Guy Winch Ph.D.


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Design Thnking: Empathy puts users first

Design Thnking: Empathy puts users first | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
My husband recently underwent surgery in a world-class university hospital. Its motto, “we put patients first,” was plastered on nearly every wall, elevator and large screen monitor. And the medical care itself was excellent — a world renowned surgeon, and extraordinary doctors and nurses.


During his five-day hospital stay, I had ample opportunities to see for myself how important it is to put empathy first when designing solutions for routine to complex patient problems...


Technology can address many issues faced in daily hospital care but technology divorced from the needs of the patient will be useless. The best solutions flow from empathy with the primary users of hospital services: patients.

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The Empathy Gap

The Empathy Gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
From the halls of Congress to the halls of our local schools, people tend to interact only with those who are just like them. They rarely understand issues from other points of view because they rarely spend any time with people who have had life experiences that differ from their own.


We seem to have an empathy gap in the United States.


Pope Francis observes, “Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion … for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all of this were someone else’s responsibility.” He challenges us to feel empathy for others, to be moved by “all those lives stunted for a lack of opportunity.”

We seem to have a global empathy gap.

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The role of empathy in workers' comp

The role of empathy in workers' comp | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The concept of empathy is beginning to generate a surprising level of discussion, debate, and exploration in the business community. According to the Harvard Business Review, it is time for an “epidemic of empathy in business.”...


If we strive to always take a step back and look at that claimant as if he or she were the client, we can empathize with the situation and then move forward with quick and appropriate resolution. All parties, the worker and the employer or payor, will benefit from a faster and more effective claim resolution--that’s a return on investment that will benefit us all.


Leanne Bronold


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The Compassion Experience: Louisville, KY

The Compassion Experience: Louisville, KY | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Change the Story: The Compassion Experience is coming to the Louisville area May 15-18. The free event will bring visitors on an interactive journey through the lives of children living in Uganda, India and Bolivia.
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Excerpt From “Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic For Our Relationships With Animals” By Lori Gruen

Excerpt From “Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic For Our Relationships With Animals” By Lori Gruen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Today we bring you an excerpt from Lori Gruen’s new book, Entangled Empathy:  An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals. Flock members — read on past the except for your chance to win a copy of this book! (Not a flock member yet? Join us!) 



Lori’s summary: As an activist and a scholar I have come to see the idea of ‘animal suffering’ that is so central to the animal movement as far too general and broad. The general slogans of the movement don’t usually convey any of the depth of the experiences particular chickens, chimpanzees, cows, cats, and others have — experiences that make their suffering specific for them, from their point of view.


And this is related to a second thing that has dawned on me: It is hard to get other people to see what was wrong with causing animals to suffer just by telling them that animals suffer.


If we really want to make a positive difference for other animals, we need to acknowledge that we are alreadyin relationships with them, and for the most part, they aren’t good relationships. We need to radically rethink these relationships if we want to improve everyone’s wellbeing.


I propose ‘entangled empathy’ as a tool in helping us improve our various, complicated relationships.


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The next revolution in health care? Empathy | Paul Rosen | TEDx

The next revolution in health care? Empathy | Paul Rosen | TEDxWilmington
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This concept used to be called "bedside manners" and he has a good point that medical professionals should "return" to it.  The same applies to education.  Teachers try, but it is very hard in the system we have built over the last century. to truly have that empathy based on real understanding of each student. -Lon

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‘Design empathy’ builds inclusive spaces for people with autism

‘Design empathy’ builds inclusive spaces for people with autism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

ALEX BOZIKOVIC


There was very little research available on the topic, so Paron-Wildes conducted her own, developing guidelines for architects and helping design facilities for children with autism.


But she also finds “design empathy,” as she puts it, valuable in the offices she designs with her day job. “We have a range of human spectrums,” she says.

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Kelton Presents “The Empathetic Way: Effectively Leveraging Empathy Within Your Organization”

Kelton Presents “The Empathetic Way: Effectively Leveraging Empathy Within Your Organization” | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This week, Gareth Schweitzer, Kelton’s co-founder and President, presented “The Empathetic Way: Effectively Leveraging Empathy Within Your Organization” at the IIR FUSE Conference in Chicago, IL.


As a takeaway, each attendee was given a one-pager on how to effectively use empathy to change their business for the better.

At Kelton, we are constantly seeking to employ empathy in our research methodologies, allowing our clients to put themselves in the shoes of their customers to truly see through their vantage point. In Gareth’s past life as a journalist, as well as his currently life as a strategic researcher, he knows that connecting to a reader or a consumer is vital to telling a compelling story.

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Differences need empathy, not “study”

Ask anyone who identifies as trans and they'll tell you don't have to "study" anything; all that's necessary is understanding and empathy-building.


Doing so is very easy, even in classes below Grade 6, since Red: A Crayon's Story gives brilliant, nonpreachy commentary on the effect labels imposed by society can have if your real nature is actually different than anything your culture is desperate to expect according to stereotypes.

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Teen Years Are a Window of Opportunity to Learn Empathy

Teen Years Are a Window of Opportunity to Learn Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Q: I read your column on how teens develop empathy. Could you please provide more information about recent research on the topic?


A: Researchers are finding that the teen years are a window of opportunity for adults to help adolescents develop empathy—the capacity to feel concern for others and understand their perspective.


A common assumption in the past was that children’s capacity for empathy was mostly formed by adolescence. Numerous brain-imaging and behavioral studies in recent years, however, show that areas of the brain involved in understanding the mental states of others continue to develop through the teen years, according to a 2014 research review in the Annual Review of Psychology.


Social behaviors teens develop in adolescence have a formative impact on brain development and may become lifelong patterns, says the study by researchers at University College London, England, and the National Institute of Mental Health, in Bethesda, Md.


By SUE SHELLENBARGER

image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolescence

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How the Brain Works - Is the Brain Wired for Empathy?

How the Brain Works - Is the Brain Wired for Empathy?
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Empathy Interfaith Conference: How might we create more interfaith empathy?

Empathy Interfaith Conference: How might we create more interfaith empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This panel discussion is about how to build more empathy among the different religious groups.

Our panelists are Christians, Muslims and an Atheist who are located in Iraq and the USA.


Some Themes from Our Panel: 

Here is a summary of some of the main points of the great dialogue we had together! The four sections of this summary are:


  1. The benefits of empathy,

  2. Empathy is taught by all religions,

  3. Some barriers to interfaith empathy

  4. Ideas to foster more interfaith empathy


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Teaching Empathy: Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs for Children and Families Exposed to Violence:

Teaching Empathy: Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs for Children and Families Exposed to Violence

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A handbook for therapists, humane educators, teachers, and anyone interested in creating a safe and successful animal-assisted therapy program. 

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Everything you think you know about animals is wrong: How science is forcing us to reconsider the twin myths of human superiority and dumb creatures

Everything you think you know about animals is wrong: How science is forcing us to reconsider the twin myths of human superiority and dumb creatures | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Human beings are the most intelligent, and therefore important, of all the world´s species, right?


We deserve our superior status over other animals because of the following scientific truths: that only humans are self-aware and feel empathy, that we are unique in our abilities to use language and tools, that only we can recognize ourselves in a mirror and understand the passing of time.

But advances in cognitive ethology (the scientific study of animal intelligence, emotions, behaviors, and social life) have now disproved these ´truths´, showing that many other creatures also display a complex range of emotions, highly evolved communication skills, compassion for others, and even intelligence that rivals- or surpasses- our own. These ground-breaking studies force us to ask some uncomfortable questions about our place in the world, and have caused leading experts to call for a radical rethink of the way we treat other animals...


Some of the most heart-warming tales of expressive love and empathy come from the great apes, our closest relatives. Moral philosopher Mark Rowlands recounts the following:

By: Sophie McAdam,

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Workshops: You got this! Empathy Bootcamp

Workshops: You got this! Empathy Bootcamp | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Deepen your relationships in just three hours. Feel like a better friend, colleague, and neighbor just by being who you are.

What You’ll Learn
Tired of the awkward feeling of not knowing how to support a colleague, neighbor, family member or friend in a difficult time?  Taught by Dr. Kelsey Crowe, the three hour Empathy Bootcamp will provide you with tips and tools for building relationships when it really counts. Learn essential skills to enhance your life and the people you care for, without impacting your busy schedule...


Empathy bootcamp opened up so many possibilities for me by offering up basic strategies that will help me tremendously when relating to others, and also helped me see how small gestures really matter. I no longer feel that I have to be Mother Theresa. – Linda Z 

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Pets Help Teach Kids Empathy

Pets Help Teach Kids Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One of the cornerstones of EQ is empathy, which should be taught and modeled starting in early childhood. A variety of research in the U.S. and Britain, including by the late psychologist Robert Poresky of Kansas State University, has shown a correlation between attachment to a pet and higher empathy scores.


The reason is obvious: Caring for a pet draws a self-absorbed child away from himself or herself.


Empathy also involves the ability to read nonverbal cues — facial expressions, body language, gestures — and pets offer nothing but nonverbal cues. Hearing a kitten yowl when it wants to eat or seeing a dog run to the door when it wants to go outside get kids to think, “What are their needs, and what can I do to help?”


By Denise Daniels

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Self-Compassion -- The Doorway to Wise Leadership

Self-Compassion -- The Doorway to Wise Leadership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Self-Compassion Cultivation Process

Although becoming a compassionate leader might take practice, what matters is to initiate the journey of personal transformation. Start now. It is never too late to start transforming. Here are some tips to initiate the journey:

Manage the self-criticizer:
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‘Design empathy’ builds inclusive spaces for people with autism

‘Design empathy’ builds inclusive spaces for people with autism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


by ALEX BOZIKOVIC

Architects and researchers are increasingly turning their attention to the creation of comfortable school and work spaces for those on the autism spectrum


There was very little research available on the topic, so Paron-Wildes conducted her own, developing guidelines for architects and helping design facilities for children with autism. But she also finds “design empathy,” as she puts it, valuable in the offices she designs with her day job. “We have a range of human spectrums,” she says.'


 the diversity among the population of people might, and should, generate a deeper and more empathetic way of thinking about how everyone experiences a space


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The Power of Empathy: Digital Summit Charlotte 2015 - YouTube

Sarah Weise, UX Director at Booz Allen Hamilton presents "The Power of Empathy" at Digital Summit Charlotte in April 2015. Follow  


8:00 digital overload. - practice empathy

empathy doesn't just happen. we make it happen


3 ways to make it happen


1. make a non judgmental space to share feelings. build a  space for empathy and they will come and share.


2. listen and pay attention to feelings.
observing versus feeling the feelings

listen to the feelings behind the words.

 

3. be the customers


Empathy is a beaken in today's technology obsessed world. Without empathy we will grow father and father apart from each other, fosaking the connections that make us human. Without empathy our children will think connections are nothing more than likes and shares.

Let's plan for empathy. 


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Study: Empathy key to popularity for young kids

Study: Empathy key to popularity for young kids | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Kids who understand others' feelings tend to be more popular in school, an analysis of 20 studies found.

Researchers looked at the relationship between "theory of mind" and popularity, and noted that of the 2,096 children the studies represented, those who were best able to understand complex social situations were usually the most popular.


Theory of mind is the ability to both understand one's own mental state and to understand that others have different perspectives. The research, published in Child Development, focused on mostly middle-class kids ages 2 to 10 from Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.

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2015 Skoll World Forum: No Peace Without Empathy

2015 Skoll World Forum: No Peace Without Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Treating individuals and situations with nuance means there is no single path forward from here — no “one size fits all” approach to fighting exploitation excused as a manifestation of religious belief.


However, as one delegate concluded,

“At the core of human rights is empathy, and if we don’t get closer to empathy, we won’t get closer to peace.”


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Empathy-building Through Museums: A Teacher’s Guide

Empathy-building Through Museums: A Teacher’s Guide | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

After years of studying the history of Islamic art and museum studies, the activity at the Exploratorium was the first time Elif felt an exhibit enabled her to face her own behavior and how empathy clearly affected her day-to-day choices.


Ever since, she has been fascinated with what she calls “empathy-building through museums,” or “empathy hacking”  – strategically designing museums, exhibitions, and their educational programming to serve as platforms for the exploration of empathy.


In her own words: “My goal is to make museums platforms where empathy can be built, explored, nurtured, and harnessed strategically towards personal and social progress.”


Such spaces could be an exciting destination for class fieldtrips, and a site at which children could build upon the lessons they learn in school. Here are a few fast facts about empathy-building through museums, to get you thinking about how you’d like your favorite exhibits to transform:


By Emlyn Crenshaw

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How I Taught My Son the Skill of Empathy At An Early Age

How I Taught My Son the Skill of Empathy At An Early Age | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It helps distinguish one's own feelings from the feelings of others, as well as regulate our emotional responses. Here's how I taught my son the skill of empathy at an early age, while encouraging him to maintain his personal boundaries.

Give Your Child Consistent Emotional And Mental Support.


Children are more likely to develop a sense of empathy when their own needs are consistently being met at home.


I made certain to always address my child's needs in a healthy manner and teach him to cope with negative emotions by using simple problem solving exercises.

Carmen Sakurai

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Autism Summer Seminar: Mirror Neurons, Empathy and Autism

Autism Summer Seminar: Mirror Neurons, Empathy and Autism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This brief but intense summer seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to critically examine research concerning mirror neurons as well as the role mirror neurons have come to play in providing an explanation of a variety of psychological phenomena, in particular the role mirror neurons are alleged to play in the foundations of autism. The summer seminar will provide a formal occasion and central location for philosophers and scholars from various disciplines from around the world to work together to critically analyze the neuroscience research of mirror neurons, as well as the implications that research has had in how autism is now conceptualized and treated.
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