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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.

 

 

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Meghan Masto, Empathy and Its Role in Morality

Meghan Masto, Empathy and Its Role in Morality | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In this paper, I will argue, contra Prinz, that empathy is a crucial component of our moral lives. In particular, I argue that empathy is sometimes epistemologically necessary for identifying the right action; that empathy is sometimes psychologically necessary for motivating the agent to perform the right action; and that empathy is sometimes necessary for the agent to be most morally praiseworthy for an action.


I begin by explaining what I take empathy to be. I then discuss some alleged problems for empathy and explain why some argue that empathy is unnecessary and sometimes even problematic in the moral domain. Next, I criticize a prominent alternative to an empathy-based morality. Finally, I argue that that empathy is sometimes epistemologically and psychologically necessary for doing the right thing and is sometimes necessary for moral worth. I conclude with a discussion of the important role of empathy in our everyday lives


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Puppy training offers troubled teens empathy, compassion

Puppy training offers troubled teens empathy, compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
More than 10 years ago, Home for Life Animal Sanctuary teamed up with St. Paul schools for a once a week program paired up with adult dogs. They jumped at the chance for the boys to learn to patiently train puppies.

Within just five weeks no one can ignore the difference. The boys were showing empathy and compassion translating to better results in their 6 hours of daily class time. Love and gentle nature are often not encouraged or even safe on the streets.
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Medicating Women’s Feelings: what we need is more empathy, compassion, receptivity, emotionality and vulnerability, not less.

Medicating Women’s Feelings: what we need is more empathy, compassion, receptivity, emotionality and vulnerability, not less. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

WOMEN are moody. By evolutionary design, we are hard-wired to be sensitive to our environments, empathic to our children’s needs and intuitive of our partners’ intentions.


This is basic to our survival and that of our offspring. Some research suggests that women are often better at articulating their feelings than men because as the female brain develops, more capacity is reserved for language, memory, hearing and observing emotions in others...


When we are overmedicated, our emotions become synthetic. For personal growth, for a satisfying marriage and for a more peaceful world, what we need is more empathy, compassion, receptivity, emotionality and vulnerability, not less.


We need to stop labeling our sadness and anxiety as uncomfortable symptoms, and to appreciate them as a healthy, adaptive part of our biology.



by Julie Holland

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Title Five: Women's feelings & medication: emotions complement female instincts which shouldn't be checked by drugs.

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Fearless Empathy | Vanessa Inn | TEDxBayArea

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Vanessa Inn demonstrates how to overcome fear, uniting “heart & spine” to achieve a state of fearless empathy.

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A Question of Empathy - Are There Positive Effects from Gaming? - YouTube

Many studies have investigated whether or not there is a link between video games and violence, but few have looked at the bigger picture. What is the correlation between video games and empathy?


Since games put us, as players, in the role of characters who are not ourselves, asking us to understand their situation and the problems that they face, they have the potential to teach us about how to empathize with others.


While many gamers have anecdotal evidence about games that made them feel a character's pain, there's a disappointing lack of formal studies into that side of the question.


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The Epidemic of Facelessness

The Epidemic of Facelessness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The connection between the face and ethical behavior is one of the exceedingly rare instances in which French phenomenology and contemporary neuroscience coincide in their conclusions. A 2009 study by Marco Iacoboni, a neuroscientist at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, explained the connection: “Through imitation and mimicry, we are able to feel what other people feel. By being able to feel what other people feel, we are also able to respond compassionately to other people’s emotional states.”


The face is the key to the sense of intersubjectivity, linking mimicry and empathy through mirror neurons — the brain mechanism that creates imitation even in nonhuman primates.


The connection goes the other way, too. Inability to see a face is, in the most direct way, inability to recognize shared humanity with another. In a metastudy of antisocial populations, the inability to sense the emotions on other people’s faces was a key correlation.


By STEPHEN MARCHE

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Having Trouble Getting Unstuck? Find Self-Compassion

Having Trouble Getting Unstuck? Find Self-Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Feeling stuck is hard. You want to move forward, but you can’t find the motivation to change. Or perhaps you don’t know how to change! Even in therapy, the very place you expect to see growth, you end up spinning your wheels. Nothing seems to be working, and you begin to wonder how you will ever make progress.

What do you say to yourself when you are mired in uncertainty and disappointment? Do you call yourself a failure, stupid, or worthless? Do you question the value of your dreams or life in general? Or do you offer yourself patience and kindness


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AI should be 'human-like' and capable of empathy to avoid existential threat to mankind

AI should be 'human-like' and capable of empathy to avoid existential threat to mankind | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
By creating some form of homeostasis within the AGI, Shanahan believes that the potential of AI can be realised without destroying civilisation as we know it.


For an AGI to be able to understand the world in the same way as humans do it would involve certain pre-requisites, including the capacity to recognize others, the ability to form relationships, the ability to communicate, and empathy.

One way of creating a human-like machine is through mimicking the human brain in its design, as Shanahan pointed out, "we know the human brain can achieve this". Scientists are, however, still some way from even mapping the brain, let alone replicating it.


By Anthony Cuthbertson

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(Leadership) Best Advice I Ever Got: Make Empathy Your Superpower

(Leadership) Best Advice I Ever Got: Make Empathy Your Superpower | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As a business leader, here are some ways to harness empathy and make it your superpower, too:

1. Use empathy to create your vision.
Empathy is commonly explained by the phrase "walk a mile in someone else's shoes." But it's more than just that. It's walking side by side with someone, listening with intent, and using the knowledge gained to create your vision.

2. Use empathy to become mission-driven....3. Use empathy to inspire loyalty....4. Use empathy as a your default communication tool....

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Another word for connection - empathy. Use it to become a great leader.

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Empathy and restorative justice | Justice Requires Empathy

Empathy and restorative justice | Justice Requires Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is poised to become the buzzword of the 21st century– the defining trait of our social and political evolution.  Empathy will be to this century what “rights” was to the 20th century and “equality” was to the 19th century. 

As a word, a concept, and a goal empathy is omnipresent.  From parenting newborns to teaching college students, to training doctors and employees of profit-driven ventures, to effecting radical political and social change, empathy is becoming the prevailing philosophy. 

Organizations, such as Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy, design and bring to schools programs aimed at teaching primary school children and preschoolers to have more empathy
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European Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice by Tim Chapman - YouTube

European Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice by Tim Chapman
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How Paying It Forward Makes You More Empathetic

How Paying It Forward Makes You More Empathetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Lindsay Holmes


Cultivating empathy and connection is a critical component of stress management, yet far too many people dismiss it as unimportant compared to getting this or that done.


Fact is, research shows that people who are more connected in life report greater life satisfaction and show much greater resilience, meaning that they bounce back from adversity more quickly and easily.

The trouble is, when stress rises, empathy wanes, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Jane Goodall explains empathy and why kids need pets

Jane Goodall explains empathy and why kids need pets | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The primatologist sat down with MNN, sharing her thoughts on climate change, compassion and a dog named Rusty.


You've said your appreciation for animal sentience began with Rusty, a dog you befriended as a child in England. In what ways could you sense his sentience? Do you think growing up with pets is a good way for children to learn empathy for other animals?

I think it's desperately important for a child to grow up with a pet, providing there's somebody to make sure that they understand how the animal should be treated. And, you know, Rusty worked out problems. He worked out that if he was hot, he could trot down the road, down to the chine and have a little swim and come back. He even did pretend games. He was unlike any other dog I've ever had.



 

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Empathy with the Enemy

Empathy with the Enemy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Roman Krznaric,

Mahatma Gandhi was one of the great empathetic adventurers of the twentieth century, a master in the art of looking at the world from another’s perspective.


His philosophy was embodied in what is known as “Gandhi’s talisman”, a moral code which calls on us to consider the viewpoint of those living on the social margins when making ethical decisions, and to ensure that our actions benefit them in some way.


The challenge he raises is to imagine ourselves into the lives of people whose everyday existence might be vastly different from our own, symbolised by “the poorest and weakest man whom you may have seen”.


Empathising, for Gandhi, is both an individual moral guide and a route towards social change. 

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Campus holds 6th annual TEDxBerkeley conference, explores themes of wisdom, compassion | Dailycal.org

Campus holds 6th annual TEDxBerkeley conference, explores themes of wisdom, compassion | Dailycal.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
On Saturday, the sixth annual TEDxBerkeley conference showcased the ideas and perspectives of speakers on the themes of “Wisdom, Compassion and Connection.”

The daylong conference, held in Zellerbach Hall, was divided into three sessions, each focusing on one of the three overarching themes. The lineup of 21 speakers and performances was selected through nomination, according to Lucky Ding, the event’s director of information.
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Empathy, not Expulsion, for Preschoolers at Risk

Empathy, not Expulsion, for Preschoolers at Risk | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 A few years ago, a boy here was on the verge of being expelled because his teacher felt he was a danger to his classmates.

He was 4 years old, in preschool....


No one had talked with Danny about the event. As with many children, what was thought to be A.D.D. was actually a result of trauma.


Danny needed his teacher to empathize with him, to give him warmth and a sense of safety — not to wish to be rid of him.


After the intervention, she warmed to him, and gradually he warmed to his time spent in the classroom.


By SARA NEUFELD

 

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IS IT A CRIME OR NOT! WHO IS HARMED? THE CHILD THAT CANT FIGHT HIS OWN BATTLE  "BUT GOD CAN"  NO EDUCATION IS A SEVERE TRAUMA!  NC PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WILSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SCHWARTZ&SHAW P.L.L.C. LAW FIRM, RACHEL HITCH YOU ARE MURDERING MEGAN AND DESTINY COOK BY DENYING AND DEPRIVING THEM OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHT TO SOUND BASIC FREE APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION AS SPECIAL NEEDS QUALIFIED SCHOOL AGE INDIVIDUALS WHO RESIDE IN WILSON,NC 

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How Stress Kills Our Ability To Feel Compassion

How Stress Kills Our Ability To Feel Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The researchers studied the phenomenon known as "emotional contagion of pain," a key component of empathy which has to do with our ability to experience the pain of strangers.

Previous research by the same team has shown that both mice and humans have this ability, particularly when the person in pain is somebody they know. That research also showed that stress levels rose in mice and humans when they were around strangers, inspiring the researchers to investigate a potential link between stress and empathy.

In the first part of the experiment, the researchers gave mice metyrapone, a stress hormone blocker, which caused the mice to react to strangers in pain the same as they responded to cagemates in pain -- thereby suggesting a boost in empathy. Another test found that when the mice were put under stress, they showed less empathy towards their cagemates.


By Carolyn Gregoire


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Compassion education class teaches middle schoolers empathy, good citizenship

Compassion education class teaches middle schoolers empathy, good citizenship | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

From left, Dominique Edwards and Emma Malzacher, both 12, pet Schatzi as he sits in on their compassion education class. School Resource Officer Rob Tallion of the Kearney Police Department brings animals into the classroom to help students learn empathy.


Dominique is the daughter of Abigail Edwards, and Emma is the daughter of Brian and Sara Malzacher.


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I love the idea that not only are the students learning about empathy from Schatzi, but also learning about the terrible problem of people neglecting and abusing animals. They learn how they can help. They resilience in Schatzi and his ability, like theirs, to commit to helping others.

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Research results from Madison schools suggest compassion, kindness can be taught

Research results from Madison schools suggest compassion, kindness can be taught | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As soon as teacher Kim Smith mentioned “belly buddies,” 16 little bodies dropped to the classroom floor and fell silent. The children arranged themselves in a circle on their backs. Smith gave each one a small rock — the belly buddy — to rest on his or her stomach.

“Watch it go up and down as you take your belly breaths and calm your body,” said Smith, who teaches 4-year-old kindergarten at Stephens Elementary School in Madison.

The exercise, done regularly in Smith’s classroom, is part of a “kindness curriculum” developed at UW-Madison. By helping children focus on what’s happening to their bodies, the hypothesis goes, they will learn to respond with more compassion and less anger when they’re frustrated


The empathy these children are beginning to show is really amazing for 4-year-olds,” she said. “If someone drops a bucket of crayons, practically the whole class rushes to help out.”


 By Doug Erickson


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For Your Daughter to Have Self-Compassion, She Must See It In You First

For Your Daughter to Have Self-Compassion, She Must See It In You First | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In a world of perfect images, competition and constant critiquing of everything from social behavior, body image (diet and exercise advertisements), celebrity and so on, it is difficult to step back and listen to your own inner voice.


Compassion and empathy for yourself are easily taught. We are social animals and we learn from social modeling, practicing and rehearsing.

Self-compassion, empathy, and self-esteem all have things in common, although they are not equal in outcome. Self-compassion and empathy require self-knowledge.


By Dr. Gail Gross 


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Restorative Justice Extending Empathy Workshop One

Restorative Justice Extending Empathy Workshop One | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Program 

http://www.rj4all.info/content/restorative-justice-empathy-rehabilitation-globaly


The overarching theme is to explore what is state of the art in Restorative Justice (RJ), today and what are future ambitions for engagement with other disciplines.


The workshop will provide the opportunity to bring together academic researchers from the RJ, Theatre and Design professions who are concerned in their existing practice with building empathy. How empathy is built by each profession and the methods they use are likely to be the subject of lively discipline exchange.

Restorative Justice-Empathy-Rehabilitation: Globaly
http://www.rj4all.info/content/restorative-justice-empathy-rehabilitation-globaly


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The role of Empathy in Restorative Justice Processes

The role of Empathy in Restorative Justice Processes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Simon Baron-Cohen, a professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, recently wrote a book entitled “Zero degrees of empathy: a new theory of human cruelty”. While I have only had the opportunity to read reviews of this book, the comments have prompted me to think of the role of empathy in restorative justice processes.

For those of you who try to implement the principles of restorative practice into your daily lives and interactions with others, I wonder how frequently you think about empathy (see below for a definition). In many circles, we talk about the offender taking “responsibility” for his/her actions. In work and community contexts, we invite people to be “curious” about the other, to withhold judgment.
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Empathy and Restorative Justice: Why foucus on empathy, Gamman

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Global Picture of Empathy and Restorative Justice by Dr. Theo Gavrielides - YouTube

The presentation given by Prof. Theo Gavrielides, during the first workshop of the Restorative Justice Extending Empathy project, held at Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK on January 12th.


The speech addresses and reflects on global perceptions of empathy as well as its links to rehabilitation and restorative justice. 

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About Empathetic Presence

About Empathetic Presence | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathetic Presence teaches us to be present with our core feelings and needs so that we can more positively and actively engage in the world. Unconsciously, we hold many feelings, needs, and beliefs that, unexplored, manifest into countless difficulties throughout our life.


Empathetic Presence is not about pushing to become who we want to be; Empathetic Presence is about being empathic with who we are.


Through becoming more in tune with our presence—our most current feelings, needs, and desires—we are able to see through the veil of our past memories and future projections that keep us locked out of being who we truly are…now.

As we practice attuning to what arises in each moment, we discover the contours of our individual inner landscape. Through that understanding, we have the ability to cultivate self-compassion and acceptance. Based upon this idea, Empathetic Presence is a coaching method of inquiry where we do not diagnose or label any ailments, but aim to be more present and open to what is.

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