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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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Climate-Friendly Communities, Made Possible Through Empathy

Climate-Friendly Communities, Made Possible Through Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

True leaders in this fight – as in every fight – must demonstrate two active, essential and interrelated traits: expertise and empathy. That’s according to Lieutenant General William Pagonis, the director of logistics during the Gulf War, who’s written extensively about leadership in a combat zone.


“Owning the facts is a prerequisite to leadership. But there are millions of technocrats out there with lots of facts in their quivers and little leadership potential.


In many cases, what they are missing is empathy.


No one is a leader who can’t put himself or herself in the other person’s shoes. Empathy and expertise command respect,” says Pagonis. “Empathy also helps you know where you can draw the line and make it stick.”



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West High group seeks to teach empathy

West High group seeks to teach empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Our overall vision is to teach and show empathy, and cover difficult topics so little kids know that they are not alone,” Walker, who leads the group, said.

Multico has spread this message of empathy, tolerance and acceptance to Madison Metropolitan School District elementary, middle and high school students for the past 18 years. Under the guidance of Walker, the students write and direct sketches based upon their own childhood and adolescent experiences, especially those in the context of school.
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Empathy, Ethics and Bonobos: Distinguished Lecture Tonight at HMNS

Empathy, Ethics and Bonobos: Distinguished Lecture Tonight at HMNS | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why do we have empathy? Why do we rush to another’s aid? Why do we put our arm around others to support them? 

Empathy comes naturally to a great variety of animals, including humans.


In his work with monkeys, apes and elephants, anthropologist Dr. Frans de Waal has found many cases of one individual coming to another’s aid in a fight, putting an arm around a previous victim of attack, or other emotional responses to the distress of others. By studying social behavior in animals — such as bonding and alliances, expressions of consolation, conflict resolution, and a sense of fairness — de Waal demonstrates that animals and humans are preprogrammed to reach out, questioning the assumption that humans are inherently selfish.


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The Empathy Way: #1 Why Empathy? - YouTube

For teachers and parents, and anyone who wants to improve their relationships. Anne Paris, PhD explains why empathy is important in your classroom (and your ...
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3 strategies for using empathy as an antidote to cyberbullying

3 strategies for using empathy as an antidote to cyberbullying | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Is social media killing empathy?

It’s a valid question when 88 percent of social-media-using teens have witnessed cruelty online and research has repeatedly shown that many of today’s adolescents — who spend more than seven hours a day consuming media — struggle with the ability to recognize other people’s emotions. With children’s socialization increasingly moving into the digital realm, something is clearly getting lost in translation.

“There's a cost to this change in the way kids socialize, and that has to do with how empathy develops,” journalist Emily Bazelon


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Weekend Read: The Need for Empathy

Weekend Read: The Need for Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

MATT MALONEY: 

“Startup culture” is often associated with working in an environment that is fast-paced, close-knit and creative. While these traits are certainly important aspects, there is a simple, single word that is at the heart of every successful business: empathy.


Especially as startups continue to introduce high-tech solutions to replace manual effort, a crucial factor of a company’s culture and success will rely on how well they can empathize with their clients and users.

Infusing empathy into your business doesn’t have to mean a total reinvention of your model – it can be as easy as keeping a few key principles in mind.

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What Happened When Ideo Tried To Teach Us How To Be Better Listeners

What Happened When Ideo Tried To Teach Us How To Be Better Listeners | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by MARK WILSON

In front of us sits Ideo’s first stab at a solution called the Creative Listening Toolkit, a vibrant collection of paper pamphlets that have been illustrated with a Sharpie.


Each is labeled with words like Intuition, Interpretation, and Inspiration, like a collection of workouts to develop what Dust calls "better listening muscles." With better listening muscles, we will not just have the ability to be more sensitive or recall what someone has said, but to mine and apply their thoughts to our own lives and projects, he says.

For Ideo, the Toolkit serves a practical purpose.


It enables Ideo researchers, who perform countless interviews, to discover meaningful threads that inform a client’s experiences and products.

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Going to the theatre increases empathy, apparently

Going to the theatre increases empathy, apparently | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Whether we’re watching a Shakespearean tragedy or a seasonal morality tale, going to the theatre makes us more empathetic.


At least, that’s according to a new study from the University of Arkansas.

As Psych Central reports, researchers studied the impact on school students of going to see live productions of Hamlet and A Christmas Carol. They recruited 670 students aged 12-17 and sent some to see the plays while others just read them or watched a film adaptation.


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The Trouble With Mirror Neurons | Mindful

The Trouble With Mirror Neurons | Mindful | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Once the go-to explanation for empathy, the evidence that we have them is sketchy at best. 


In 1992, scientists at Italy’s University of Parma announced the genuinely exciting discovery that certain neurons in the premotor cortex of macaques fire under two quite different conditions: when the monkeys execute a specific action like reaching for food and when they merely observe an experimenter performing that action. Until then, the textbook wisdom in neuroscience had been that brain cells execute an action or observe one—not both.


The Parma find seemed to show that “cells in the motor system fire when I see you make a movement, and they’re the same ones that fire when I make that movement,” according to neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni of the University of California, Los Angeles. “We didn’t think the brain was organized this way.”


In 1996, these cells got their intriguing moniker, reflecting that the neurons “mirrored” observed behavior by firing as if the observer were not just seeing the action but also executing it.


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Toddlers with Low Empathy at Risk for Future Behavior Problems

Toddlers with Low Empathy at Risk for Future Behavior Problems | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Toddlers who don’t feel guilty after bad behavior or who are less affectionate or less responsive to affection may be at risk for greater behavior problems by the time they enter first grade, according to a new study by the University of Michigan..


Finally, if children were reported as having “callous and unemotional behavior,” they were found to experience less empathy, guilt and moral regulation of their behavior.


Children with the highest ratings of these kinds of behaviors were more likely to show this behavior during first grade and were also more likely to have continued behavior problems according to their teachers.


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The Youth Gathering is on November 12 - Fort Mason Center, San Francisco - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Youth Gathering is on November 12 - Fort Mason Center, San Francisco -  Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Who Cares? Youth Gathering

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

9.00 am to 12.30 pm


“Who Cares?” is a thought-provoking gathering for young people aged 14 to 19 to interact with leading thinkers, scientists and changemakers to make up their minds on the role of empathy and compassion in society.


Young people are also introduced to the importance of taking care of themselves, as the first step to taking care for others, and given practical tools to make compassion a force for positive change in their lives.


Register your school here.

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Greater Good: Self-Compassion & the Cultivation of Happiness with Kristin Neff - November 7, 2014 - Berkeley, CA

Greater Good: Self-Compassion & the Cultivation of Happiness with Kristin Neff - November 7, 2014 - Berkeley, CA | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This day-long seminar led by self-compassion pioneer Kristin Neff, will offer strategies for cultivating self-compassion, boosting happiness, and reducing stress in yourself and others.


Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone. It involves generating feelings of kindness and care toward ourselves as imperfect human beings, and learning to be present with greater ease during life's inevitable struggles. It is an antidote to harsh self-criticism, making us feel connected to others when we suffer, rather than feeling isolated and alienated. Unlike self-esteem, the good feelings of self-compassion do not depend on being special and better than other people; instead, they come from caring about ourselves and embracing our commonalities.

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Major benefits for students who attend live theater, study finds: theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy

Major benefits for students who attend live theater, study finds: theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Field trips to live theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy among students, according to a study published this week by researchers in the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform.


The research published in Education Next examines the impact on students of attending high-quality theater productions of either Hamlet or A Christmas Carol.


The researchers found that viewing the productions leads to enhanced knowledge of the plot, increased vocabulary, greater tolerance and improved ability to read the emotions of others.


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Two years ago, researchers found significant benefits in the form of knowledge, future cultural consumption, tolerance, historical empathy and critical thinking for students assigned by lottery to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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Really interesting to see evidence that tolerance and empathy rise even in students who watch (vs perform) theater. 

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Meet Facebook’s Mr. Nice: At Facebook, Creating Empathy Among Cyberbullying

Meet Facebook’s Mr. Nice: At Facebook, Creating Empathy Among Cyberbullying | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Arturo Bejar is trying to create empathy among teenage users to curb cyberbullying and harassment.


Creating empathy on Facebook has not been easy.

Researchers have learned that a few letters can have a profound impact. For example, in the first iteration of these tools, Facebook gave users a short list of vague emotions — like “embarrassing” — to communicate why they wanted a post removed. At the time, 50 percent of users seeking to delete a post would use the tool, but when Facebook added the word “it’s” to create a complete sentence (“It’s embarrassing”), the interaction shot up to 78 percent.


By NICK BILTON

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A social neuroscience perspective could increase empathy in physicians, enhance patient care

A social neuroscience perspective could increase empathy in physicians, enhance patient care | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In the October issue of World Psychiatry, neuroscientists and UC Berkeley psychiatrist Jodi Halpern contribute a perspective on the need for increased research on the components of empathy, in order to develop interventions and programs designed to increase the levels of empathy in clinical practice.

According to the article, clinical empathy is increasingly being seen as an important element of quality health care, and has been associated with improved patient satisfaction, increased adherence to treatment, and fewer malpractice complaints.


As well, for doctors, higher levels of empathy have led to decreased burnout, personal distress, depression, and anxiety, along with increased life satisfaction and psychological well-being.


By Amabelle Ocampo

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A Zen Approach to Conflict | Tricycle - Deep Listening

A Zen Approach to Conflict | Tricycle -	Deep Listening | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How do you deal with the inevitable conflicts in your life? In this online video retreat, Diane Musho Hamilton, Zen teacher and professional mediator, will guide you through getting past the tradtional fight-or-flight response and show you how to approach navigating conflict fearlessly and with innovation.


You'll be introducted to four basic steps to help you move creatively through disputes and discord, and you'll take away a set of practices that will help deepen and hone your conflict resolution skills.

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Empathy Challenge!!! - YouTube

Are you brave enough?! We are adapting the "Ice Bucket Challenge" for empathy! Here's how it works: 1. You make a video telling your story about a time when ...
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Healing Organizations » Why Empathy?

Healing Organizations » Why Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Nik Helbig

Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing. Scientists have found that humans are soft-wired with mirror neurons, which allows us to sense what another living being is experiencing as if we were experiencing those feelings ourselves. When we are empathic, we can feel the emotions of another human being.

Scientific research also suggests that this soft-wiring is not geared towards aggression, but towards the drive to belong.

Empathy is inherent in us from birth. By 8 years of age, when we come to understand birth and death, we gain self-hood and existentialism. Once a child learns of his mortality, he can empathize with another’s suffering.

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9 Strategies to Protect Yourself from Empathic Illnesses

9 Strategies to Protect Yourself from Empathic Illnesses | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathic illnesses are those in which you manifest symptoms that are not your own.

Empathic Illnesses: Do You Absorb Other People’s Symptoms?

Empathic illnesses are those in which you manifest symptoms that are not your own. Many patients have come to me labeled “agoraphobic” with panic disorders, chronic depression, fatigue, pain, or mysterious ailments that respond only partially to medications or psychotherapy. Some were nearly housebound or ill for years. They’d all say, “I dread being in crowds.


Other people’s anger, stress, and pain drain me, and I need a lot of alone time to refuel my energy.” When I took a close history of all these patients I found that they were what I call “physical empaths:” people whose bodies are so porous they absorb the symptoms of others. I relate because I am one.


Physical empaths do not have the defenses that others have to screen things out.


As a psychiatrist, knowing this significantly changed how I treated these patients. My job became teaching them to center and protect themselves, set healthy boundaries, and let go of energy they picked up from others.


by Judith Orloff MD

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7 Traits That Make A Leader: They empathize with others.

7 Traits That Make A Leader: They empathize with others. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We don't often think of empathy as being a characteristic of the American workplace. But leaders who are kind and empathetic -- who truly care about the people who work for them -- are some of the most effective managers out there, inspiring others and naturally drawing people to their side.


A leader who displays empathy is better equipped to connect with others and understand their perspectives. In turn, they are able to call on these relationships for support when they need it.

Jayson Boyers, vice president of continuing professional studies at Champlain College, goes so far as to argue that empathy is the single strongest force that moves businesses forward.

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Community book, discussion aimed at raising empathy

Community book, discussion aimed at raising empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A few contributors of “Elevate Empathy: The Power of Kindness” will read their passages beginning at 7 p.m. at The Bookman in Grand Haven on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Following the readings, the group will host a discussion slated to last 30 minutes about the state of bullying and empathy in the community. 

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New Research from Momentous Institute Shows Empathy Predicts Academic Performance

New Research from Momentous Institute Shows Empathy Predicts Academic Performance | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Momentous Institute, a leading provider of education and therapeutic services to children and families, released findings today revealing that students who learned to show empathy toward others experienced improved reading and math skills. '


These findings are a result of a students' long-term exposure to social and emotional health strategies that focus on mindful awareness, empathy, and perspective-taking with applied exercises (e.g. regularly scheduled brain breaks and volunteering in the community).

"This study links social and emotional health with improved academics,"

said Michelle Kinder, Executive Director of Momentous Institute. "It's hard to find someone against social emotional health, but plenty people still think of it as fluff.


We have seen for a long time that attending to social emotional health prepares children for learning. This research now demonstrates that a strong focus on social and emotional health can make a meaningful difference in a child's academic performance."


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Attending Live Theater Boosts Empathy, Tolerance in Students

Attending Live Theater Boosts Empathy, Tolerance in Students | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Student field trips to live theater productions can lead to greater tolerance and empathy as well as increased vocabulary and enhanced knowledge of the plot, according to new research by the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform...


Two years ago, they found significant benefits in the form of knowledge, future cultural consumption, tolerance, historical empathy and critical thinking for students who had been assigned to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas...


To determine whether live theater increases students’ ability to empathize, researchers administered the youth version of the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test, which was initially developed for research on autism...


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Greater Good: Roman Krznaric on Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It - November 10, 2014, Berkeley, CA

Greater Good: Roman Krznaric on Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It - November 10, 2014, Berkeley, CA | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A founding faculty member of London's The School of Life, and Greater Good contributing writer, Roman Krznaric has traveled the world researching and lecturing on the subject of empathy. 

In his new book, Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It, Krznaric argues that our brains are wired for social connection and that empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of who we are.


Informed by powerful examples from the worlds of art and design, medicine and humanitarianism, neuroscience, and more, Krznaric presents six habits of highly empathetic people in the book  which anyone can emulate in order to make themselves, and the world, more truly fulfilled.


"Where would humanity be without empathy? Our lives would be disconnected, our societies would fall apart. Growing planetary integration calls for us to pay more attention to this ancient mammalian capacity, and Roman Krznaric is our expert guide to explain how it works and how to fix the deficit that faces humanity today."  -- Frans de Waal, author of The Age of Empathy


Introduced by the GGSC's Jason Marsh. Talk followed by Q&A and book sales. Co-produced byBerkeley Arts & Letters.

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Empathy and Compassion in Society - Nov 13 - 14 (Ft Mason Center)

Empathy and Compassion in Society - Nov 13 - 14 (Ft Mason Center) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy and Compassion in Society offers CEU's for nurses, including RN's and LVN's, and for LCSW's and MFT's.

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