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Doctor Empathy Linked With Better Patient Outcomes: Study

Doctor Empathy Linked With Better Patient Outcomes: Study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Your doctor may be smart -- but is he or she empathetic?

It could make a difference on your health, new research suggests.

 

 The new study, published in the journal Academic Medicine, shows that diabetes patients of doctors who scored lower on a test of empathy were more likely to have a acute metabolic complications associated with their condition, than patients of doctors who scored higher on the test.

 

The findings show even more "empirical support for the beneficial effects of empathy in patient care," study researcher Mohammadreza Hojat, Ph.D., a research professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at Thomas Jefferson University, said in a statement.

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The Downsides of Empathy

The Downsides of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Although empathy could solve many of the world’s problems – including many issues that show up in the workplace – it has its limits and it has its downsides. Steve contends a lack of empathy characterized both sides of the recent presidential election. But empathy can also lead to burnout, indecisiveness, and a misdirected moral compass.
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Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum - The New Yorker

Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum - The New Yorker | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley’s biggest failing is the distinct lack of empathy for those whose lives are disturbed by its technological wizardry, Om Malik writes.

 

 ts response to the ruckus over fake news is a perfect illustration of the missing empathy gene in Silicon Valley. Mark Zuckerberg, one of the smartest and brightest founders and chief executives of the post-Internet era, initially took a stance that Facebook can’t really play arbiter of what is real and what is fake news. It took a whole week for the company to acknowledge that it can build better tools that help fight the scourge of fake news and yet stay neutral.

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The Perils of Empathy

The Perils of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Everywhere you turn in American politics, leaders talk about the need for empathy. The best-known instance, of course, comes from Bill Clinton, who told an AIDS activist in 1992, “I feel your pain.” But it’s also been a recurrent theme in the career of Barack Obama, who declared in 2007 (while still a senator) that “the biggest deficit that we have in our society and in the world right now is an empathy deficit....

 

I don’t deny the lure of empathy. It is often irresistible to try to feel the world as others feel it, to vicariously experience their suffering, to listen to our hearts. It really does seem like a gift, one that enhances the life of the giver.

 

The alternative—careful reasoning mixed with a more distant compassion—seems cold and unfeeling. The main thing to be said in its favor is that it makes the world a better place.

 

By PAUL BLOOM

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Does Empathy Lead to Psychic Abilities? Part II | Empathic Healing Method

Does Empathy Lead to Psychic Abilities? Part II | Empathic Healing Method | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In my previous post (Part I) we explored the nuts and bolts of how empathy and psychic ability are interrelated, and come together in a sort of outer level of awareness, which is the imagination.

 

I promised a Part II of that post would shortly follow, in which we would move in the direction of applying this knowledge to actual psychic development.

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UW-Superior educator to share empathy's reciprocal benefits | University of Wisconsin-Barron County

UW-Superior educator to share empathy's reciprocal benefits | University of Wisconsin-Barron County | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines empathy as “the ability to share someone else’s feelings or the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions.”

What it means to give and receive empathy and the benefits of doing so will be the focus of Mimi Rappley-Larson’s presentation at UW-Barron County on Dec. 1, 12:30 p.m., in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (R234). Using scientific research, the UW-Superior assistant professor of social work will discuss the physical, emotional and social benefits people get for themselves when being empathetic. Her talk is part of UW-BC’s Thursdays @ the U Lecture and Performance Series.

She also will discuss common misconceptions of what are thought to be empathetic responses, as well as identifying what it means to provide empathetic responses to others.
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ClassDojo Is Teaching Kids Empathy In 90% Of K-8 Schools Nationwide

ClassDojo Is Teaching Kids Empathy In 90% Of K-8 Schools Nationwide | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
. To learn empathy, for example, Making Caring Common suggests that students interview and express gratitude toward people in their communities who often go unnoticed.

"Empathy is a precursor to pro-social behavior," Feigenberg says. "You need to be empathetic to be kind and caring toward others." Unfortunately, research suggests that empathy is in decline.
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Finding Empathy in the Face of Hate

Finding Empathy in the Face of Hate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Gabrielle Bellot

 

Empathy does not necessarily have fixed limits; we can grow to understand people we thought we could not understand before, growing ourselves as our empathy does, and we can learn to understand people without accepting what they may believe in or without normalizing things that are truly monstrous...

 

But both revealed authoritarianism in its most subtle form: a lack of empathy reflected in a desire to have those who disagree suffer under tyranny....

 

Authoritarianism and a lack of empathy often go together; it is easy to give people absolute rules to live by when we do not see them as individuals, but rather as a kind of homogeneous blur.

 

 

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(Empathic Design) Stage 1 in the Design Thinking Process: Empathise with Your Users

(Empathic Design) Stage 1 in the Design Thinking Process: Empathise with Your Users | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Developing Empathy towards People
The first stage (or mode) of the d.school’s Design Thinking process involves developing a sense of empathy towards the people you are designing for, to gain insights into what they need, what they want, how they behave, feel, and think, and why they demonstrate such behaviours, feelings, and thoughts when interacting with products in a real-world setting.

 

To gain empathy towards people, design thinkers often observe them in their natural environmentpassively, or engage with them in interviews....

 

The following are some methods from d.school Bootcamp Bootleg that will allow you to gain empathy towards your users.

  • Assuming a Beginner’s Mindset....
  • Ask What? How? Why?...
  • Photographing or recording target users, like other empathising methods, can help you uncover needs that people have which they may or may not be aware of....
  • Personal Photo and Video Journals...
  •  Engaging with Extreme Users
  • Analogous Empathy
  • Bodystorming
 
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(Empathic Design) The Power of Stories in Building Empathy

Aristotle’s writings on theatre are nonetheless widely used in general storytelling. Aristotle’s points can also show us how storytelling can help increase empathy in a Design Thinking project....

 

Storytelling in Design Thinking, most obviously, relates to gaining an empathic understanding of the people for whom we are designing. When we tell stories about our users, it is not sufficient to know facts about them, like their appearances or income; for a fully fleshed out character, we need insights into their needs, motivations, and emotions....

 

When you design a solution with empathy, the story you present to your users will also help drive its success.....

 

A story share-and-capture session is usually undertaken after ethnographic research—i.e., using design thinking methods such as “conducting interviews with empathy”, “building empathy with analogies”, and asking the “5 why’s.”.

 

BY RIKKE FRIIS DAM TEO YU SIANG ..

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Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning

Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I see seven ‘dots’, if you will, that begin to paint this emerging picture of schooling in the future:

 

Empathy underlies collaboration
As social-emotional learning becomes more necessary to help students navigate life and work, empathy is getting more popular by the day, for good reason:...

 

Empathy is healthy
In the last twenty years, discussions about emotions have taken a radical turn....

 

Empathy promotes whole-child learning
A critical dot, overlooked in our brain-centric world, is that empathy may activate the heart....

 

Empathy ‘opens’ us up
The frontal lobes of the brain, at least as much as we know now, are the seat of planning, execution, problem solving and creativity—...

 

Empathy powers up inquiry and project based learning
Instruction is clearly headed in the direction of student-centered approaches such as inquiry and PBL....

 

Empathy triggers creativity
Beyond rounding out the skills of collaboration and communication, empathy, design and collaboration are interconnected pieces of the creative puzzle....

 

Empathy unites
The list could have started here, but on a planet that is now close to completing the globalizing process, empathy assumes a special role as the key emotion critical for seven-plus billion people to live in harmony and cooperative relationship...

 

Thom Markham, founder and CEO of PBL Global,

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How the US election result could trigger a society of empathy

How the US election result could trigger a society of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
For those shocked by the election result, anger and blame may be convenient ways to make sense of it. But Charles Eisenstein, who predicted Trump’s victory, says that in this time of uncertainty there is an opportunity for empathy to drive a new political story

 

Bringing empathy into political discourse

 

After various retrograde versions of a new story rise and fall and we enter a period of true unknowing, an authentic next story will emerge. What would it take for it to embody love, compassion, and interbeing? I see its lineaments in those marginal structures and practices that we call holistic, alternative, regenerative, and restorative.

 

All of them source from empathy, the result of the compassionate inquiry: “What is it like to be you?” It is time now to bring this question and the empathy it arouses into our political discourse as a new animating force.

 

If you are appalled at the election outcome and feel the call of hate, perhaps try asking yourself, “What is it like to be a Trump supporter?” Ask it not with a patronising condescension, but for real, looking underneath the caricature of misogynist and bigot to find the real person.

 

 

11 November, 2016

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Is ‘Empathy’ Really What the Nation Needs?

Is ‘Empathy’ Really What the Nation Needs? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“Empathy” first arose to explain our relationship to objects, not to other human beings. The word comes from the German einfühlung (ein for “in” and fühlung for “feeling”), a concept in 19th-century aesthetics. Einfühlung described the act of “feeling into” art and nature, or projecting yourself into an aesthetic object.

 

Soon “empathy” came to describe how human beings related to one another as objects: Like modern neuroscience, it looked for the roots of human emotions in “the material body and the interworking of its parts,” in the study of “muscles and nerves.” This turn toward “empathy” let people cast off the cultural baggage of “sympathy,” a word suddenly seen as soaked in sentimentality, tied up with ideas of Christian virtue, moral obligation and pity.

 

The Indiana University professor Rae Greiner, author of a book about sympathy in 19th-century fiction, has written that by the dawn of the 20th century, “sympathy seemed to belong to the Victorians, empathy to us.”

 

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How to foster empathy

How to foster empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Seeking to understand
At its most basic, empathy is the ability to put yourself in another’s shoes. It’s a skill that allows you to understand — at least to some degree — what another person is going through, even if you’ve never experienced something similar yourself. It’s also the ability to communicate that understanding to another person.


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So, for example, when a friend’s father dies, empathy is what enables you to both recognize their suffering and communicate that recognition to them. It’s saying, “This must be hard for you. I’m sorry you’re going through this.”

Empathy is not, however, saying, “I’ve felt this way, too,” or “I’m grieving about this, too.”
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The Power of Empathy In Marriage

The Power of Empathy In Marriage | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I first paid attention to the word empathy back when we started therapy and Erin developed an insatiable desire to read and watch everything she could that may help save our marriage. Mostly because that word seemed to be a key element in every resource she found on relationships. And it seems like empathy came up in every session with our marriage counselor.

 

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America needs radical empathy in election’s aftermath

America needs radical empathy in election’s aftermath | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I love that story, called a “midrash.” Midrash is a classical form of Jewish Biblical interpretation. This one calls for “radical empathy,” the ability to feel what others feel—even those who oppressed us. Radical empathy is painfully hard, but it is humanity at its most divine.


Our nation needs radical empathy.

 

Even when the loss isn’t our own, we go to the House of Mourning and we offer what comfort we can because we empathize with what others are feeling. Empathy is the essence of community.

 

Although Americans are indeed having myriad emotions following the election, we must have the fundamental human empathy to sense what our fellows are feeling—whether it’s exaltation, hope, relief, surprise, fear or pain.

 

 Rabbi Dean Shapiro

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A Presence-Empathy Deep Dive  

The Presence-Empathy Deep Dive tool helps you clarify what is important to you and gives you insight into the purposes, worries, and circumstances of the person you must coordinate or collaborate with.
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Empathic Healing in the Age of Trump  

How can we collectively and individually heal during a time in history wherein we are faced with the most concrete demonstrations of human hatred? Why are we seeing this hatred now? Is there a reason?

Check out my website,
www.empathichealingmethod.com

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The Role of Empathy at This Moment in Our History

The Role of Empathy at This Moment in Our History | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I have found that the keys to successful conversations are:
1. Listen with empathy: Repeat back the points you hear, to make sure that you really heard correctly and understand.

 

Resist the temptation to immediately start trying to show the other person where he or she is wrong. Rather than listening for the purpose of agreeing or disagreeing, try to listen for the purpose of deeply understanding the other person — almost the way that an archeologist or sociologist would.

 

Van Jones

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The Most (and Least) Empathetic Companies, 2016

Empathy has never been in more explicit demand from corporate leaders — particularly after a divisive U.S. presidential election and amid continued economic uncertainty around the globe. 

 

As the newly released 2016 Empathy Index demonstrates, empathy, which is about understanding our emotional impact on others and making change as a result, is more important to a successful business than it has ever been, correlating to growth, productivity, and earnings per employee

 

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 It's all about Empathy, lessons from the business world 

Insight Blast: It's all about Empathy, lessons from the business world - Belinda Parmer OBE
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(Empathic Design) How to Develop an Empathic Approach in Design Thinking

(Empathic Design) How to Develop an Empathic Approach in Design Thinking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How to Gain an Empathic Understanding of People


The most effective way you can gain empathy comes in the form of immersion: direct experience of the lives, contexts, environments, and activities of the people you would like to understand better.

 

On top of immersing yourself in the environment to experience first-hand what it feels like to be your user, there are also a couple of methods you can engage in so as to gain a deeper understanding of people’s needs and emotions. Here, we will highlight three methods, and provide a template for each that you can download and use. Remember: the key to developing empathy is to go out there and practice with real people.

 

 

 BY RIKKE FRIIS DAM TEO YU SIANG |

 

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Everything mattered: lessons from 2016's bizarre presidential election

Everything mattered: lessons from 2016's bizarre presidential election | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Put it this way: If you can elect an authoritarian who ran on racial resentment and have the nation’s elites respond with gushing displays of empathy ... you may be white...

Yes, more empathy, please — in all directions

America is full of different kinds of people, many of whom are suffering, all of whom face difficult challenges. They all deserve empathy. They all deserve a living wage and decent public services and fair treatment under the law. They all deserve every consideration as Real Americans.

The problem is that US politics and media tend to draw from a very narrow strip of that American tapestry — still disproportionately white, male, educated at Ivy League schools, cosmopolitan in outlook, and (if it’s not redundant to add) privileged as shit. The media/political “bubble” is real.

This leads to a lack of empathy in all directions. But the direction that should alarm us most is downward, the lack of empathy for many of the lowest and most vulnerable.

 

by David Roberts

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6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Kids are showing reading gains in dual-language classrooms. There may be underlying brain advantages at work.

 

Empathy

Young children being raised bilingual have to follow social cues to figure out which language to use with which person and in what setting. As a result, says Sorace, bilingual children as young as age 3 have demonstrated a head start on tests of perspective-taking and theory of mind — both of which are fundamental social and emotional skills.

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Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection & Inspiration 

This anthology of moving and inspiring empathy stories shows examples of empathy-in-action during intense or difficult interactions. Over thirty empathy experts have submitted stories detailing their favorite conversations that highlight the impact of empathy in everyday exchanges at work, at home, and out in the community.

Being compassionate isn’t always easy, especially when your toddler is having a meltdown in the middle of the store. Or you’ve been assigned the intolerable client that no one else in the office will touch. Or your sister is gossiping again. Yet, the stories in these pages may offer you hope. Find out the role empathy has played in difficult – even life threatening – interactions. Complaining spouses, insensitive authority figures, rude kids – they’re all in here. What a difference it makes when a dash of empathy is added into tense or important conversations of every magnitude.

Join Mary Goyer and 30+ Communication Experts as they share their stories of transformative empathy.

 

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