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From Mine to Ours: Nurturing Empathy in Children

From Mine to Ours: Nurturing Empathy in Children | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Studies show children are born equipped to be empathic, but these skills take time and practice to develop.

 

Empathic children are aware of their own feelings and individuality; are able to relate to common feelings while also distinguishing their own emotions from the feelings of others; can imagine how others might feel in a given situation and respond in a way they imagine might be comforting to that person....

 

An Empathy Timeline

Some studies suggest that the development of empathy has its roots in infancy, though it takes many years for this skill to mature. Babies as young as 6 months old begin using social referencing, looking to the reactions of a parent or caretaker to gauge the safety of a situation or new person. Research suggests that children as young as 14 months offer to help an adult who is struggling to reach something....

 

Strategies for Raising Empathic Children
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by David Sack, M.D.

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Such a critical emotional skill in our complex global society, strangely absent from most educational settings.

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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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Can empathy prolong and intensify human suffering

Can empathy prolong and intensify human suffering | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a crucial human emotion. It’s a prerequisite to any meaningful and lasting human collaboration. But can empathy, in certain situations, actually prolong and intensify human suffering? Sadly I’m afraid the answer is yes...

As long as such empathy compromises our ability to keep our eyes on the true source of the Palestinian suffering, steering our attention towards Israeli military strikes and the immediate and tragic damage they cause – this empathy will only lead to the prolonging of the tragic reality in which the Palestinians live.


Ariel Halevi


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Let's Get Talking

Let's Get Talking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If we want to build empathy, America needs to get talking! So how can you turn language learning into empathy-building?


What do highly empathetic people do? "They talkThey listenThey understand.
They start to speak each
other’s language.


In the effort to promote empathy, it’s key that foreign languages are part of the conversation. Language learning is an empathy-building exercise. It builds tolerance and demonstrates respect. And it forces us to realize that our own culture is not universal. Yet, America is falling behind. It’s a problem that the Modern Language Association calls “the nation’s language deficit.”

Undergraduates are learning languages at half the rate they were in 1965. In particular, we’re not learning some of the languages most relevant to a changing world. Javanese is more widely spoken than French, German, and Italian, but was studied by only one college student in America in 2009. Similarly, few students are learning other languages among the top 15 most spoken: Bengali, Lahnda, Hindi and Telugu, to name a few. Today, we’re missing the opportunity to communicate with the vast majority of the globe. 

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Leaders Need To Realise That There Is More To Empathy Than Saying That You Care

Leaders Need To Realise That There Is More To Empathy Than Saying That You Care | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Ed Miliband, leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, is certainly attracting a lot of attention (for example, here and here) over his recently-announced attempt to present himself as a different sort of political leader.


As a man who is not renowned for his admiration of business, he might not appreciate this, but in his attempt to present himself as having empathy with voters he is following a trend growing popular with his counterparts in the corporate world.


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Indeed, it could be that Miliband himself does not truly understand the notion of empathy. As Christine M. Riordan, professor of management at the University of Kentucky, wrote in a Harvard Business Review blog earlier this year, listening is a key aspect of empathy.

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How to spot someone of Extraordinary Empathy- Thom Hartmann

How to spot someone of Extraordinary Empathy- Thom Hartmann | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Everybody is empathetic, some are excessively so. Here a few signs which are very attributable to an EE. If someone is awkward in normal situations or normal in what’s usually a very awkward moment.


A person who never jokes on another person who’s in their presence, this is completely pointless to an EE just as stabbing yourself with a fork is. An EE will not laugh out loud at someone being picked on. S -  

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Empathy: A Key Skill for Effective Leadership

Empathy: A Key Skill for Effective Leadership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a key skill for effective leadership. Learn how to apply empathy in the workplace here.


The purpose of practicing empathy is like going to a driving range. Practicing your golf swing helps you to drive more naturally when you are in the game.


Empathy is not an easy skill for many. Learning how to use it in a low threat environment like coaching can make all the difference.


When you walk in another’s shoes first, it may seem uncomfortable, like you are losing control. However, you will discover that taking the time to empathize without scripting what you will say next will lead you and the employee to new levels of understanding and growth.

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Empathy is a valuable skill that can be learned. 

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Empathy, democracy and the economy | openDemocracy

Empathy, democracy and the economy | openDemocracy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by  EDGAR CAHN 

The political system rests on an economy that concentrates wealth and power. It’s a gloomy picture, for sure, but what does it have to do with the subject of empathy?


The answer is that democracy is lost unless we re-structure our economies, and re-structuring our economies requires a new operating system based on different values. That’s what empathy provides, not in its “thin” form as a vague appreciation of peoples’ feelings, but in its “thick” form that commits everyone to foster the wellbeing of others, and do no harm...


If empathy is the ability to understand the perspectives of others and use that understanding to guide one’s actions, then it’s safe to conclude that our current economies inculcate the opposite.


What would change if the economy
was re-structured with empathy
at the center? 


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The Empathy Gap

The Empathy Gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What neuroscience adds and takes away


The powerful don’t empathize with those less powerful, according to new research reported in The New York Times. The reason offered is that, “when people experience power, their brains fundamentally change how sensitive they are to the actions of others.” 


This is a nice example of how cognitive neuro-scientists, focusing entirely on “objective” evidence, in this case the activity of “mirror neurons,” miss out on the common sense meaning of human behavior. An earlier explanation of this well-known effect, offered by Susan Fiske, a psychologist at Princeton, is


 that “powerful people don’t attend well to others around them because they don’t need them in order to access important resources.” They “already have plentiful access to those.”



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Compassionate Conservatism: Still Dead

Compassionate Conservatism: Still Dead | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Are new Republican policies really a return to "compassionate conservatism"? No -- and that's a good thing.


Compassionate conservatism is back. That's how Peter Beinart, a contributing editor at the Atlantic, reads a number of recent developments in Republican politics, the most recent being Representative Paul Ryan's announcement of new anti-poverty proposals.


Beinart is skeptical that this revival of an old campaign theme will work. I'm skeptical that the revival is even taking place.


Beinart argues that compassionate conservatism -- the idea that conservative principles can be applied to alleviate persistent social problems such as poverty -- never did much to win elections for Republicans. 


By Ramesh Ponnuru

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About the campaign | The Empathy Era

About the campaign | The Empathy Era | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Only a third of successful performance at work is due to technical skill, while two thirds is due to emotional competence and empathy skills.

 

Empathy is a natural social resource that has been left untapped by an outdated corporate model of stats and number-crunching forecasts. The corporate world is an ‘empathic wasteland’  in need of rehabilitation. Women’s skills and intuition are key to unleashing empathy’s potential to transform corporate culture.


Over the last six months, Lady Geek has been speaking to a range of the most empathic people in the world – from buddhist monks to hostage negociators and FTSE 100 CEOs. Operating profit is 56 percent higher in companies with women on corporate boards according to McKinsey. Society, is urging its favourite brands and companies to enter into an emotional relationship with both their customers and the world at large.


This campaign aims to provide the tools and insight to guide companies through the empathy revolution.


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The Empathy Era: Women, Business and the New Pathway to Profit: Belinda Parmar

The Empathy Era: Women, Business and the New Pathway to Profit [Belinda Parmar] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Ed Miliband - Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition: Lack of empathy, understanding of what people were facing and feeling,

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Edward Samuel "Ed" Miliband (born 24 December 1969) is a British Labour Party politician, currently the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster North since 2005 and served in the Cabinet from 2007 to 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Mentions empathy in his speech. http://j.mp/UGCuZZ


And with the decency and empathy to reach out to people from all backgrounds, all walks of life...


If ideas are the most underrated commodity in politics, decency and empathy are the most underrated virtues. My true test of leadership is not just whether you look the part but whether you can retain your soul...


Lack of empathy, understanding of what people were facing and feeling, was part of the problem. 


Of course, people want leaders who can make tough decisions. But I believe tough decisions don't mean we have to leave our empathy and decency at the door...

Big ideas, principles, decency and empathy - that's how I judge leadership, that's the leadership I aspire to. More and more people are turning away from politics. And I can understand why...


And let's show that we believe decency and empathy are crucial values not just for our communities but for our country. And let's do so knowing something else:...

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Becoming Empathetic through Sociology

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Posted by Stephanie Medley-Rath

Learning sociology helps us to further develop our ability to empathize. In this post, Stephanie Medley-Rath explains how learning about gangs beyond statistics can help us to develop our own sense of empathy.

One skill that students of sociology should develop and refine through their training is the ability to empathize.

What is empathy? There are two types of empathy: affective empathy and cognitive empathy. Cognitive empathy most closely aligns with the sociological imagination. Cognitive empathy

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Videogames and Empathy

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by Steve Wilcox

Videogames and empathy—you could hardly be blamed for thinking that these two things have very little in common. Just last week Polygon published an opinion essay titled “No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry.


In the essay the author, Brianna Wu, details the abuse directed at women involved with videogames. It’s a demoralizing read, one that had me reflecting on the notion that we are entering a ‘ludic century’ (Zimmerman), in which our culture will be defined by systems, games, and play. If that’s true, then we need to seriously consider what Heather Chaplin calls the ‘dark side of the ludic century’—an age in which we become better at analyzing systems and detecting patterns, and less capable of sympathy and empathy.


From this perspective, the trouble with games and empathy may have only just begun as the ludic century could be a period of prolonged detachment and disengagement from one another.

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Cultivating Empathy and Internal Awareness for Social Change

Cultivating Empathy and Internal Awareness for Social Change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy for Social Change

Empathy is not new to the toolkit of social change or education, and it continues to be a common trope of encouragement.

Ashoka, one of the globally pioneering institutions for social change, has the need for cultivating empathy as core to its mission. “In this new world, empathy is one of the most important skills,” they state on a subsection of their website dedicated to the topic. “Every individual needs the skill of empathy to succeed.


Empathy is foundational to the ability to resolve conflict, to collaborate in teams, to align interests, to listen effectively and make decisions where there are no rules or precedents, to solve problems and drive change.”

by Hila Mehr

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The Conspiracy of Empathy: Why Some Organizations Thrive When Others Don't

The Conspiracy of Empathy: Why Some Organizations Thrive When Others Don't | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

So how do we create this culture of understanding without defensiveness? We create the best experience for everyone involved by harnessing the imagination of every person engaged in the process.


Empathy in a leader has a far-reaching impact on a company. Empathy as a corporate value lived out, well that is a company that can change the world.


Jayson Boyers 

Vice President, Continuing Professional Studies for Champlain College


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Amazing Design Through Empathy

Amazing Design Through Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What can web designers learn from design of a timepiece for the blind?  


The difference between a good product and
an amazing one boils down to one thing:
Empathy.


Developing an understanding of your users that is so deep that you can feel what they feel enables you to design products and experiences that will truly resonate with your users.


Drupal Capital Camp & Gov’t Days

Wednesday, July 30 from 11:15AM – Noon in room F1/F2

Design4Drupal Boston 2014

Saturday, August 2 from 3:30 – 4:30pm in room 141

 

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Empathy is Progressive - Tom Hartmann

Empathy is Progressive - Tom Hartmann | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is an ability to relate to the emotions of others. Humans have a tendency to mimic the emotions of those around them. In other words, as your feelings go, my feelings go; if you feel sad, I feel sad; if you feel happy, I feel happy if you feel angry, I feel angry; if you feel love, I feel love; if you feel compassion, I feel compassion.


Empathy is an ability to relate to the emotions of others. Humans have a tendency to mimic the emotions of those around them. In other words, as your feelings go, my feelings go; if you feel sad, I feel sad; if you feel happy, I feel happy if you feel angry, I feel angry;; if you feel love, I feel love; if you feel compassion, I feel compasson. Being empathetic makes us emotionally sensitive and sympathetic to the world around us.


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This is the future that I envision for politics -- an empathetic political system a for the United States and spreading across the world at long last. 
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Apple’s Genius Training Manual: All About Empathy

Apple trains its Genius sales personnel to connect with customers; empathize with their problems, but never sympathize; and to avoid any negative language.
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Man In The Mirror: How Empathy Creates Insight

Man In The Mirror: How Empathy Creates Insight | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by  Bill Cloke
So how do we know when we are being empathic? One way is to check it out. Asking for acknowledgement is one way to know what someone is feeling...


 How can we define empathy? Heinz Kohut, one of the fathers of modern psychology describes it best when he defines empathy as "vicarious introspection." Kohut describes empathy as an intellectual process and is distinguished from compassion and sympathy by our ability to determine what the other is about without the aid of emotion. He uses the example of how Hitler understood empathy when he placed sirens on his dive bombers because he knew what it would do to the people on the ground. As his troops came into town the people were so scared they immediately surrendered because he had already won the psychological battle.


It was Kohut who postulated that all psychological difficulties begin with empathic failures.

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Empathetic Donor-Doer Engagement (SSIR)

Empathetic Donor-Doer Engagement (SSIR) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A seven-part framework for increasing empathy between foundations and grantees.


Through our partnership over the last three years, we’ve learned as much about how to work together as we have about tackling development challenges. Donor-grantee relationships are sometimes fraught with power imbalances and mutual mistrust—a dynamic that creates process stalemate.


We are convinced that the best way to navigate these partnerships and deliver maximum impact is to anchor the relationship in empathy.


After getting through security and catching up on our most recent collaboration event, I promised her that report, and we boarded separate flights.


At a local primary school I was visiting later that day, I came across a definition of empathy handwritten on a dimly lit blackboard. Around these powerful words, the two of us came up with the following seven tips for building more empathetic donor-doer engagement.


By Simon Stumpf & Ash Rogers

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5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children

5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Raising compassionate children is no small feat these days. Because of the egocentrism of children's early years combined with the increasingly prevalent messages of selfishness, narcissism and indifference that popular culture communicates to them, children are not likely to readily learn compassion on their own.


This means that you have to make an extra effort to instill this essential value in your children's lives.


Your children's ability to care about others must be nurtured by you in their early years and woven into the very fabric of your family's life. The wonderful thing about compassion is that there are so many conduits through which you can communicate its messages that can impact your children. When you immerse your children in a sea of messages of compassion, they are all but assured of getting the messages loud and clear.


  • Live a Compassionate Life...
  • Surround Yourself With Compassionate People...
  • Talk to Your Children About Compassion...
  • Explore Compassion...
  • Engage Your Children in Compassionate Activities...
  • Who Compassionate Children Become..

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We don't really understand empathy, but we know business could do with a little more

We don't really understand empathy, but we know business could do with a little more | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Our understanding of empathy is pretty limited, but many figures are calling for change. Corporate culture is beginning to recognise the need to put yourself in someone else's shoes.


Business buzzwords are changing. Pervasive gibberish like “mission-critical optimisation” and “blue-skies thinking” is in decline; instead we’re witnessing the rise – sorry, “phase-in” – of terms like social innovation and sustainability. Corporations now want to show you not just that they care, but that they really care.


Empathy is the latest addition to the
management dictionary.


There’s a huge profit motive galvanising this change. Belinda Parmar, author of The Empathy Era, thinks we’re on the cusp of a corporate revolution. “Empathy is the key to profit,” she says. “It is a natural social resource that has, for years, been left untapped by an outdated corporate model, hampered and trussed up by its systemising protocol. The corporate world is in need of rehabilitation. It needs to redress its empathy deficit.


BY AJIT NIRANJAN 

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Stéphane RENAUD's curator insight, July 29, 6:40 AM

Empathy is the ability to see the world as another person, to understand another person’s feelings, needs, concerns and/or emotional state.'
It's not mandatory to share the same point of view, but it's crucial to see the point of view from ‘being in your shoes’.

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Ed Miliband’s ‘politics of empathy’ means nothing without effective policies

Ed Miliband’s ‘politics of empathy’ means nothing without effective policies | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Laudable as it may seem that Ed Miliband is taking empathy lessons from some very learned academics, it’s not guaranteed to make him a better politician – or win him any votes, writes Julian Baggini


Spin doctors are out; bona fide professors are in. Or at least that’s how Ed Miliband’s office has spun his interest in the “politics of empathy”, which has led him to call on the services of one of the world’s leading researchers on autism, Simon Baron-Cohen.


In his book Zero Degrees of Empathy, Baron-Cohen describes empathy as a “universal solvent”, claiming that “any problem immersed in it becomes soluble”, including “political deadlocks”. He is not the only one to advocate the political importance of empathy. The American philosopher Martha C Nussbaum included it in her book Political Emotions, arguing that “the ability to imagine the situation of others, taking the other’s perspective” was required in politics to create “stable structures of concern”


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Sacha Baron Cohen’s cousin called in to advise Miliband on empathy |

Sacha Baron Cohen’s cousin called in to advise Miliband on empathy | | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It’s reported that Ed Miliband is consulting a leading expert on autism to help him further understand the politics of empathy.


The expert in question is Simon Baron-Cohen who is a Professor ofPsychopathology at the University of Cambridge and is also the cousin of Sacha Baron Cohen (the creator of Ali G). Alongside his extensive research, one of the books that Baron-Cohen has written examines how concern for others manifests itself in the brain, and   argues that the ability to empathise is a fundamental requirement to be a successful political leader.


“His office contacted me this time last summer. They asked me if I’d meet him because Ed had read my book. He invited me to talk to him about the politics of empathy.


This shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially after Miliband’s speech on Friday where he used the word empathy six times and explained that he thought  “decency and empathy are the most underrated virtues” in politics.

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Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows - Association for Psychological Science

Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows - Association for Psychological Science | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Until now, little was scientifically known about the human potential to cultivate compassion — the emotional state of caring for people who are suffering in a way that motivates altruistic behavior.


A new study by researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate. The report, published Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, investigates whether training adults in compassion can result in greater altruistic behavior and related changes in neural systems underlying compassion.


“Our fundamental question was,
‘Can compassion be trained and learned in adults? Can we become more caring if we practice that mindset?’”


says Helen Weng, lead author of the study and a graduate student in clinical psychology. “Our evidence points to yes.”

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