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Empathy is Overrated

I hate the concept of empathy, and if you're a self-respecting aspie, you should, too. Neurotypical's tell us we "lack" this condescending trait, and that because we do, we're not normal.

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(Empathic Relationships) When Lovers Touch, Their Breathing and Heartbeat Syncs While Pain Wanes

(Empathic Relationships) When Lovers Touch, Their Breathing and Heartbeat Syncs While Pain Wanes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
That’s one takeaway from a study released last week that found that when an empathetic partner holds the hand of a woman in pain, their heart and respiratory rates sync and her pain dissipates.

“The more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic effect, the higher the synchronization between the two when they are touching,” said lead author Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral pain researcher in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder.

The study of 22 couples, published in the journal Scientific Reports last week, is the latest in a growing body of research on “interpersonal synchronization,” the phenomenon in which individuals begin to physiologically mirror the people they’re with.

 

 Lisa Ann Marshall –

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(Empathc Design) Use Personas to Design Solutions for Your Workforce (Part 1: Why Do It?)

(Empathc Design) Use Personas to Design Solutions for Your Workforce (Part 1: Why Do It?) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy: By creating personas, HR learns what it’s like to walk a mile in the shoes of various workforce segments through a variety of ‘journeys’ such as onboarding (thank you, Ryan Malkes), open enrollment and performance evaluations.

 

By walking through these experiences, HR gains a deeper perspective outside the function, and from this POV, makes decisions that are authentic to the workforce’s goals, needs and desires.

 

Mike Brennan

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(Empathic leadership) What Type Of Leadership Works In The Long Run?

(Empathic leadership) What Type Of Leadership Works In The Long Run? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The type of leadership that works in the long run is resonant leadership. What is resonant leadership? Resonance is the ability to empathize with other people. A resonant leader harnesses the ability to be in tune with the needs of their team.

The type of relationship you establish with your team is what counts in the long run, not what skills or intellect you possess. I'm not saying that those aren't important. They are, just not in this context. Your skills and intellect help you navigate the team in the right direction, but your leadership keeps the team together and helps them achieve success.

The Traits Of A Resonant Leader

 

Irene Froehlich

Vice President, Corporate Development and Communications at DrFirst, Inc. 

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(Empathic Design)  Empathy is essential to good design and modern technology

(Empathic Design)  Empathy is essential to good design and modern technology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Throughout the 3-Day Community Challenge, the team interviewed Stout and a number of others who had previously gone through the NMF application, and had their project volunteer hours and monetary budgets matched by the City of Grand Rapids.

A majority of the first two days was spent on empathy, and discovering pain points applicants experienced within the system.

Community members use design thinking to create a better experience for those applying for the Neighborhood Matching Fund.

Emotional exploration is emphasized over solutions-based thinking, and any thread of a story is pulled on until it reveals further feeling, or opportunity to discover additional frustrations. A big part of empathy in product development is making the user the hero of the story that a product will help guide through difficulties.

BY MATTHEW RUSSELL 
 THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

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(Empathy @ Work) Why Lean On just might be the new Lean In

(Empathy @ Work) Why Lean On just might be the new Lean In | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
And research backs her up:

Research completed by Businessolver, an SaaS-based benefits administration firm, shows that nearly 80% of employees would work more hours and 60% would take a pay cut to work for a more empathetic employer.
  1. The Workplace Empathy Monitor also found that 98% of HR professionals and 92% of employees surveyed said empathetic employers drive retention.
  2. The top 10 companies in the Global Empathy Index 2015 increased in value more than twice as much as the bottom 10, and generated 50% more earnings (defined by market capitalization.)
  3. I know we talk a lot about Millennials and what they look for in a prospective employer. Belinda Parmar, founder and CEO of The Empathy Business, an advocacy agency which publishes the annual 'Global Empathy Index'  and is a leading voice for the inclusion of women in technology, had this to say: 


“Corporate empathy was easy to ignore in the past. But social media and an increasing desire from Millennials for meaning and authenticity at work have turned everything upside down. We, as customers and employees, demand a human face from the companies we interact with. Companies can no longer get away with just providing goods and services. We expect suppliers and employers to deliver their messages with humanity and authenticity — with personality and feeling. In other words, with empathy.”

 

Tara O’Sullivan is the Chief Creative Officer for Skillsoft and SumTotal. 

June 14, 2017

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(Empathc Family) How Raising 3 Daughters Taught Me to Have Empathy and Compassion

(Empathc Family) How Raising 3 Daughters Taught Me to Have Empathy and Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As a leader in a work setting, it's so important to have empathy for others. It's not possible to lead effectively unless you can somehow start seeing the world from the eyes of your employees. You have to stop "career building" and stop focusing on your own narrow agenda. No team ever survives for long with a leader who only wants to advance his or her own agenda and achieve success.

 

In fact, every healthy team has empathy flowing in abundance. It's so ingrained in every person there is no other option....

 

Learning to have empathy made me a better dad, a better leader...a better person. I can't imagine what kind of corporate drone I would have become otherwise.

 

By John Brandon Contributing editor, Inc.com

 

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(Empathy @ Work) Belinda Parmar OBE - Empathy in Business Keynote Speaker 

Belinda Parmar OBE is the CEO of The Empathy Business.

She is the pioneer of the world’s first empathy index, featured in the Harvard Business Review.

Belinda leads a team of empathy geeks that measures and embeds empathy into businesses to make them more profitable.

She is also author of Little Miss Geek and The Empathy Era.
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(Empathy in Healthcare) Hospitals Address Physician Burnout By Focusing On Mindfulness, Empathy

(Empathy in Healthcare) Hospitals Address Physician Burnout By Focusing On Mindfulness, Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By CASS HERRINGTON 

 

Hospitals and medical schools in Peoria and nationwide are beginning to address an issue that’s ailing the healthcare industry. Rates of physician burnout,

 

Physicians who suffer feelings of burnout and depression provide less quality care for their patients. That’s according to the latest research, which also finds that doctors’ ability to empathize directly impacts patient outcomes.

Bento Soares saw that correlation play out in a deeply personal case.

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(Against Empathy) Compassion Is Better than Empathy

(Against Empathy) Compassion Is Better than Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathic people feel the pain of others acutely. Is it possible to be too empathic? Could feeling too deeply for someone else’s pain or sorrow actually hurt you?   

Indeed, too much empathy can be debilitating. When we become too distressed about the suffering of others, we don’t have the cognitive and emotional resources available to do much to help them. Having compassion, a cognitive understanding how they’re feeling, is better for our own well-being and the well-being of those in need.

 

Neuroscientists Tania Singer and Olga Klimecki conducted studies comparing empathy and compassion. ....
 

References

  • Bloom, P. (2016). Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. Harper Collins.
  • Goodman, C.  (2014). Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics.   Oxford University Press.
  • RSA (2013). Brené Brown on Empathy. Online video clip. YouTube. December 10, 2013. Web.
  • Singer, T. & Klimecki, O.M. (2014). Empathy and Compassion. Current Biology, 24, 875-878.
 
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UAlberta EMPATHY program reduces depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts in youth

UAlberta EMPATHY program reduces depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts in youth | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A University of Alberta pilot program designed to promote mental health skills in youth significantly lessened cases of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

The EMPATHY program, which ran in Red Deer, Alberta public schools from 2013 to 2015, was offered to more than 6,000 youth in grades six through 12. Researchers found the percentage of the total school population who were actively suicidal decreased from 4.4 per cent to 2.8 per cent, in a follow-up study conducted 15 months after the program ended. Rates of anxiety, depression and thoughts of self-harm also saw significant declines.
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Science Says You Should Add More Fiction Books to Your Summer Reading List: Build your empathy muscle

Science Says You Should Add More Fiction Books to Your Summer Reading List: Build your empathy muscle | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

1. Build your empathy muscle
A number of research studies have shown that when we read about depictions of smell, touch, and movement, we use the same parts of our brain as when we experience these sensory stimulations ourselves. Taking the research further, a York University psychologist found significant overlap in brain regions activated to understand stories and those used to interact with other individuals.

Put another way, when we read and imagine stories, we are exercising and improving our ability to interact with and understand people. By reading fiction, you improve your ability to empathize with colleagues, clients, and anyone else you might engage with throughout the workday so that you might have more effective conversations and design more valuable offerings.

 

By Rohini Venkatraman

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Having power hurts your brain

Having power hurts your brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Being in power actually damages your brain, multiple researchers have found, producing behavioral changes resembling the results of a traumatic brain injury. Much of the change involves a lessened ability to walk a mental mile in someone else's shoes, 

 


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Summary:  Having power inhibits empathy.

Definition: 

  • "mirroring,"
  • seeing things from other people's point of view.


Blocks:  power "impairs a specific neural process, "mirroring," that may be a cornerstone of empathy. "

Author:

 
References:
  • Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley,
  • Sukhvinder Obhi, a neuroscientist at McMaster University, in Ontario, 
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(Empathic Relationships) Holding your partner's hand can ease their pain - The more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic [pain relieving] effect

(Empathic Relationships) Holding your partner's hand can ease their pain - The more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic [pain relieving] effect | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

They found that if her partner was allowed to hold her hand, she reported feeling lower levels of pain than if the couple merely sat next to one another.

Scientists believe that holding hands with a loved one activates an area of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex, which is associates with pain, empathy and heart functioning. ..

People 'subconsciously sync up' 

'The more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic [pain relieving] effect, the higher the synchronization between the two when they are touching,' said Dr Pavel Goldstein, from the University of Colorado at Boulder....

Empathetic' partners ease pain more 

'It appears that pain totally interrupts this interpersonal synchronization between couples,' Dr Goldstein said.

'Touch brings it back.'

His previous research found that the more empathy the man showed for the woman, the more her pain subsided during touch.

 

By DAISY DUNNE 

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The E(mpathy)-Factor: Why empathy won this week at Cannes

The E(mpathy)-Factor: Why empathy won this week at Cannes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“Empathy” has received a healthy amount of corporate attention in the last 24 months, from Facebook’s Empathy Lab, to company-sponsored employee empathy training, to the customer-service deployed empathy funds.

Its value has strengthened with momentum; from the squishy word of my youth, when mom would scold, “maybe if you walked in her shoes for a day, you would feel different!” to a mandatory ethics and business currency.

In “Most Empathetic Companies, 2016” (HBR, Dec 2016), of the top ten companies in the Global Empathy Index 2015, six are “technology” companies: Facebook, Alphabet, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Netflix, SAP SE.

 

Jill Kelly 

22 June 2017 

 

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Empathy Can Be a Breakthrough In The Field of Medical Science | Currency Observer

Empathy Can Be a Breakthrough In The Field of Medical Science | Currency Observer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Emotional support can not only heal mental stress but can also effect upon the physical aspects. Empathy and daily emotional interactions with the spouses had been really effective to cure osteoarthritis among patients. This proves that nerves that react to emotional sensitivity and chemical or hormonal changes are also connected to the physical aspects.

This builds a bridge between cognitive sphere and the physical sphere of a body. Hence Wilson also stated that remaining attached emotionally is having colossal effects upon the life span as metabolic activities and fundamental functions can be controlled by emotional support and empathy.

 

June 22, 2017

 

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(Empathy in Education) 5 Tips for Raising an Empathetic Child — Starting in Preschool

(Empathy in Education) 5 Tips for Raising an Empathetic Child — Starting in Preschool | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

According to Nelson, there are five ways you can help your preschooler learn empathy:

1. Recognize and address your child’s needs.
A child’s needs and wants aren’t always convenient. If adult schedules interfere with nap time, it’s tempting to tell your child, “You can wait a few minutes.” But a “few minutes” can seem like an eternity to a sleepy 4-year-old. Validate your child’s feelings by saying instead, “I know you’re tired, and we’ll get home as soon as we can and then you can go right to sleep.”

2. Focus on feelings.
Read books about feelings, and encourage your child to identify their own emotions, as well as those of others. When you notice a child who is happy or sad, remark on it.

Zoe, the mother of 5-year-old Sofia, said to her daughter recently, “Your brother was very quiet tonight. Do you think he might be sad because Daddy’s out of town?” Another time Zoe said to Sofia, “Your friend Michael was jumping up and down when you got to school! Didn’t he look happy to see you?”

3. Teach verbal and non-verbal cues....
4. Use pretend play...
5. Encourage inclusion...

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(Empathic Relationships) A lover's touch eases pain as heartbeats, breathing sync, CU study says

(Empathic Relationships) A lover's touch eases pain as heartbeats, breathing sync, CU study says | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The new study, co-written with University of Haifa Professor Simone Shamay-Tsoory and Assistant Professor Irit Weissman-Fogel, is the first to explore interpersonal synchronization in the context of pain and touch. The authors hope it can inform the discussion as health care providers seek opioid-free pain relief options.

Goldstein came up with the idea after witnessing the birth of his daughter, now 4.

“My wife was in pain, and all I could think was, ‘What can I do to help her?’ I reached for her hand and it seemed to help,” he recalls. “I wanted to test it out in the lab: Can one really decrease pain with touch, and if so, how?”

 

 

"It could be that touch is a tool for communicating empathy, resulting in an analgesic, or pain-killing, effect." –Pavel Goldstein

 

 

By Lisa Marshal
June 21, 2017

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(Empathic Family) 5 Tips for Raising an Empathetic Child — Starting in Preschool

(Empathic Family) 5 Tips for Raising an Empathetic Child — Starting in Preschool | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

06/21/2017

 

According to Nelson, there are five ways you can help your preschooler learn empathy:

1. Recognize and address your child’s needs.
A child’s needs and wants aren’t always convenient. If adult schedules interfere with nap time, it’s tempting to tell your child, “You can wait a few minutes.” But a “few minutes” can seem like an eternity to a sleepy 4-year-old. Validate your child’s feelings by saying instead, “I know you’re tired, and we’ll get home as soon as we can and then you can go right to sleep.”

2. Focus on feelings.
A child’s needs and wants aren’t always convenient

3. Teach verbal and non-verbal cues.

4. Use pretend play.

5. Encourage inclusion.

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(Empathy @ Work) Seven Ways to Improve Your Empathy  

One of the four traits of the customer service masters is empathy. In this customer service training video, author/speaker Don R. Crawley shows seven ways to improve your empathy. In practical, understandable terms, he explains the importance of empathy, the benefits to you in being more empathetic, and how to develop a stronger sense of empathy.
 
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(Empathy @ Work) The Empathy Era - with Belinda Parmar and Martin Richards #confed2015  

Belinda Parmar shares her considerable expertise on helping successful organisations use empathy to engage with the public. Belinda is joined by a international hostage negotiator Martin Richards who will offer unique insights on how to build empathy with individuals in the most pressurised of situations.

 

Together, they will consider how these tools and skills can be applied in the NHS to help improve the quality of care and day to day experience of patients.

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What's Empathy Got to Do With It?

What's Empathy Got to Do With It? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
While empathy is a right brain activity, it is far from being a touchy-feely topic. At its core, empathy is the oil that keeps relationships running smoothly. The fact that empathy is an important component of effective relationships has been proven: In studies by Dr Antonio Damasio (outlined in his book: "Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain"), medical patients who had damage to part of the brain associated with empathy showed significant deficits in relationship skills, even though their reasoning and learning abilities remained intact.

Indeed, empathy is valued currency. It allows us to create bonds of trust, it gives us insights into what others may be feeling or thinking; it helps us understand how or why others are reacting to situations, it sharpens our "people acumen" and it informs our decisions.
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Linguistic empathy - Wikipedia

Linguistic empathy - Wikipedia

The basic idea of linguistic empathy is that sentences can provide information about the speaker's point of view, from which they describe a state of affairs. This information can be expressed as concerning the speaker's identification with a participant", "camera angle", and "point of view".

Linguistic empathy in theoretical linguistics is the "point of view" in an anaphoric utterance by which a participant is bound with or in the event or state that he/she describes in that sentence 

An example is found with the Japanese verbs yaru and kureru. These both share the same essential meaning and case frame. But they differ in that yaru expresses when the action is looked at from the point of view of the referent of the subject or the neutral (objective) point of view, whereas kureru is used when the event is described from the point of view of the referent of the dative object.
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(Empathic Design) Can Design Thinking Unleash Organizational Innovation?  Human-centered design is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re designing for;

(Empathic Design) Can Design Thinking Unleash Organizational Innovation?  Human-centered design is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re designing for; | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is Design Thinking?
Human-centered design is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re designing for; generating tons of ideas; building a bunch of prototypes; sharing what you’ve made with the people you’re designing for; and eventually putting your innovative new solution out in the world.

 

 

BY WILLIAM SCHMARZO

MAY 10, 2017

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Power Causes Brain Damage - Over time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people..

Power Causes Brain Damage - Over time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people.. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Over time, leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise.

 

 

OVERVIEW
 
Summary:  Having power inhibits empathy.

Definition: 

  • "mirroring,"
  • seeing things from other people's point of view.

 

Benefits: 

Blocks:

  •  power "impairs a specific neural process, "mirroring," that may be a cornerstone of empathy. "
  • powerful stop mimicking others
  • “stop simulating the experience of others,"


Training:

Author: JERRY USEEM - JULY/AUGUST 2017 - Atlantic

 
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(Empathy in Art) Careers in art therapy: 'The ability to listen is crucial'

(Empathy in Art) Careers in art therapy: 'The ability to listen is crucial' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

An art, music and dance therapist discuss how to work in the growing creative therapy sector

 

"Empathy, the ability to listen, and life experience are all crucial qualities to have; you may come into contact with really vulnerable people or people who have experienced trauma, so you need to be emotionally resilient and robust."

 

"Gwendolyn Rowlands, art psychotherapist
The strength of art therapy is its use of non-verbal communication. Working with paint and clay allows people a way, literally, to touch on very difficult experiences that can’t be talked about."


 
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