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Empathy Quotient Test by Simon Baron-Cohen

Empathy Quotient Test by Simon Baron-Cohen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Read each of the following 60 statements very carefully and state how strongly you agree or disagree with it. When you've answered all the questions, press the 'Get score' button at the bottom to see your results. img http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exams

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Empathy Movement Magazine

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Peta: Teaching empathy for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will be cruel to other kids.

Peta: Teaching empathy for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will be cruel to other kids. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Human beings create arbitrary barriers to exclude beings who aren’t like them. Human beings have justified their wars, slavery, sexual violence, and military conquests with the mistaken belief that those who are “different” do not experience suffering and are not worthy of moral consideration.

 

As an educator, you have a chance to teach your students that all animals—whether a rat, a pig, a dog, or a child—feel pain, happiness, and fear and want to live.

 

Teaching empathy and compassion for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will grow up to be cruel to other kids.

 

We know, for example, that many violent offenders, including many serial killers, started out harming animals before moving on to humans.

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Empathy is Everything.

Empathy is Everything. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I was studying empathy last night. We've been really trying to teach empathy over here and we are far from perfect. I'm reading that empathy is taught and shown by action. Empathy is shown in the way a parent responds to a infants cry or a toddlers whine, knowing for a fact it means that the child needs something.

 

It might be as small as eye contact, touch, or an embrace. Empathy is not choosing what is convenient or easiest, but revels in a heart to heart connection. Empathy is shown by caring for a three year old's needs and desires, even if it's the most ridiculous request. I'm not saying to respond Yes to everything, that's not what I mean, but rather hearing their needs and being able to talk through a solution creatively. To hear their hearts. 

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A Case for Empathy in Counterterrorism

A Case for Empathy in Counterterrorism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A lot has been written about empathy as the cornerstone of emotional intelligence. I want to write about empathy as the cornerstone of successful counterterrorism.


When many of us think of homeland security, we think in terms of being tough, assertive, defensive, or/and offensive; we think in terms of countering terrorism with force designed to bring the “bad guys” to their knees. Conversely, when we think of empathy, we think “bleeding heart liberals,” humanism, “softies,” accepting the deplorable and the unacceptable.


It turns out that empathy can be a fantastically powerful tool in understanding complex issues and in making crucial decisions in a variety of situations—including in the fight against terrorists.

 

 
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Toolkit for "Empathy for the 'A'" | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Toolkit for "Empathy for the 'A'" | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Toolkit for "Empathy for the 'A'"

Overview: 
Empathy and academics need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, a focus on empathy can increase student achievement. This toolkit for “Empathy for the ‘A’” shows teachers how to build empathy into their practice with a few adjustments to the things they already do.    

Students learn much more than academics at school. Through what they model, whether explicitly or more subtly, educators teach their students about morals, values, attitudes and feelings. “Empathy for the ‘A’” shows how greater emphasis on teaching empathy can result in academic gains. This toolkit offers suggestions for building empathy in the classroom by enhancing or modifying five areas of common teacher practice.

Essential Questions

  • How does teaching empathy affect student achievement?
  • How can teachers focus on empathy in the classroom?
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We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year

We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Teaching kids facts and analytical thinking skills isn’t enough, she said, adding that she hopes to use her new platform to promote service-learning — which involves community service activities, teaching kids to use their education for good and showing the importance of being empathetic.  

“We spend a lot of time teaching kids to be self-sufficient and high achievers, and I think we really need to spend some time also teaching them: OK, now what do you do with that? What does it mean? You have this knowledge and information, how can you use it to improve the human condition?” Hayes said. “I think we need to nurture empathy from a very early age.

 

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Keep it moderate: Too much empathy clouds your understanding of people

Keep it moderate: Too much empathy clouds your understanding of people | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
According to a new study, people who tend to be empathic do not necessarily understand other people well at a cognitive level. Hence, social skills seem to be based on multiple abilities that are rather independent of one another.


“Successful social interaction is based on our ability to feel with others and to understand their thoughts and intentions,” said Anne Bockler, junior professor and psychologist at the University of Wurzburg in Germany.


Also, the researchers found that the neuronal networks crucial for empathy and cognitive perspective taking interact with one another in the brain.


Read: From apathy to empathy in just three simple steps

 

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Disability-Simulating VR Promotes Empathy

Disability-Simulating VR Promotes Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Virtual-reality projects are trying to offer a new perspective on what it’s like to experience conditions such as deafness, migraines, and depression.

 

Virtual projects aimed at cultivating empathy for those with medical conditions have been around since the 1990s, but whether these initiatives permanently change attitudes or behavior is “still unknown,”

 

says Albert “Skip” Rizzo, director for medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. That’s partly because until recently, building and studying VR empathy systems has been pricey.

 

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Helping Sensitive Kids Keep Empathy Open 

Helping Sensitive Kids Keep Empathy Open  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba Dr.
 

But there’s another concern: over-sensitivity can also cause an Empathy Gap. Instead of using his urges and step in to help a friend in need, the child can dial-down empathetic urges, and then oh the guilt!

Sure you can’t change your child’s natural temperament into a little thick-skinned toughie. And besides you shouldn’t: your son or daughter’s sensitive nature is an asset, so you’ll want to help them see it positively. Besides, your role isn’t to change your child’s natural personality, but to help him cope more successfully and learn to control how he responds. Doing so can make a huge difference in boosting your tender-hearted child’s friendship aptitude and helping him survive in a not-so-sensitive-world. Here are seven ways to keep empathy open and raise what I call an “Unselfie”: empathetic kids who think of others

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Empathy: How we understand others

Empathy: How we understand others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
People who empathise easily with others do not necessarily understand them well. To the contrary: Excessive empathy can even impair understanding as a new study conducted by psychologists from Würzburg and Leipzig has established.

 

Imagine your best friend tells you that his girlfriend has just proposed "staying friends". Now you have to accomplish two things: Firstly, you have to grasp that this nice sounding proposition actually means that she wants to break up with him and secondly, you should feel with your friend and comfort him.

 

Whether empathy and understanding other people's mental states (mentalising)—i.e. the ability to understand what others know, plan and want—are interrelated has recently been examined by the psychologists Anne Böckler, Philipp Kanske, Mathis Trautwein, Franca Parianen-Lesemann and Tania Singer.

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Happify Empathy: Only 1% of people don't have this ability

Happify Empathy: Only 1% of people don't have this ability | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Happify, a website and app that uses science-based interactive activities aimed at increasing your happiness, created this graphic to break down the myriad ways empathy affects our lives. 

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Brief intervention to encourage empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half among adolescents

Brief intervention to encourage empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half among adolescents | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There is increasing concern about rising discipline citations in K–12 schooling and a lack of means to reduce them. Predominant theories characterize this problem as the result of punitive discipline policies (e.g., zero-tolerance policies), teachers’ lack of interpersonal skills, or students’ lack of self-control or social–emotional skills.

 

By contrast, the present research examined teachers’ mindsets about discipline. A brief intervention aimed at encouraging an empathic mindset about discipline halved student suspension rates over an academic year.

 

This intervention, an online exercise, can be delivered at near-zero marginal cost to large samples of teachers and students. These findings could mark a paradigm shift in society’s understanding of the origins of and remedies for discipline problems.

 

  1. Jason A. Okonofua
  2. David Paunesku
  3. Gregory M. Walton
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Scoop it blog on: Brief intervention to encourage empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half among adolescentsDate: April 28thMy summary: this blog was about how teachers are finding a better way to have more empathy when disciplining students in school and how teachers all around the world are working together to make this happen. They were saying that as this is happening, they are trying to study what makes teens the way they do when behaving badly at school, and what Happens when they grow older and how it's affecting their life all together. Teacher are also researching how hard they should be on students when their being bad, and how to properly deal with It, not to harshly, but not to lightly.My opinion on this article is that I think that teachers should re evaluate how they punish kids in school when they are behaving badly Becuase it might damage them when they get older and cause them to do even worse actions then they do in school and will make them think back at how the teachers treated them and when they go to school, all they would ever know about the teachers is that they really punish them instead of showing a little bit of empathy when they need it, Becuase their might have been a real reason why they acted like they did, and I think teachers and adults should realize that in students and kids
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Teacher empathy reduces student suspensions, Stanford research shows  

Teacher empathy reduces student suspensions, Stanford research shows   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When teachers think empathically, and not punitively, about misbehaving students, they cultivate better relationships and help reduce discipline problems, Stanford research shows.

 

In new Stanford research, an exercise that encouraged middle school teachers to take an “empathic mindset” to student discipline reduced by half the percentage of students who got suspended over the school year – from 9.6 percent to 4.8 percent.

 

The researchers included Stanford psychology post-doctoral fellow Jason Okonofua, lead author on the paper, psychology researcher David Paunesku, and Gregory Walton, an associate professor of psychology at Stanford. The study was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

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Pope Francis on Regenerative Medicine: 'Counter Global Indifference by Global Empathy'

Pope Francis on Regenerative Medicine: 'Counter Global Indifference by Global Empathy' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
He said, "It is fundamentally important that we promote greater empathy in society and and not remain indifferent to our neighbour's cry for help, including when he or she is suffering from a rare disease."


Amidst everything that every person is battling with in their lives, the Pope asked for mercy to lend their help and hands to those who are going through these rare diseases. On the other hand, he offered 3 important keys to help people combat these challenging diseases.


First, he tackled about "globalization of indifference" with a "globalization of empathy."

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Job Information: Empathy Center Project Manager Job

Job Information: Empathy Center Project Manager Job | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
TeachKind—PETA's Humane Education Division—is working on an exciting new confidential initiative, and we need someone to help us bring our ideas to life! As PETA's Empathy Center Project Manager, you will help us organize the development of museum-like exhibits and programming that teaches elementary-aged kids about empathy and compassion, using effective project management techniques.

 

Your day will be spent liaising with the developers, documenting progress, developing outreach plans for this new children's center, and more. You will also be working with our Marketing team to build a compelling, helpful website that explains the center and allows teachers to reserve times, find information, and more. We are looking for someone who is reliable, detail-oriented, hardworking, and who has exceptional organization skills. If this sounds like you, please apply below!

Job Duties:

  • • Liaising and collaborating with stakeholders of the project as well as others outside of the organization
  • • Coming up with a plan for various logistics of center—hours of operation, soft launch date, project timeline, etc. 
  • • Organizing ideas, concepts, and ensuring project time lines are adhered to 
  • • Coordinating with stakeholders on day to day issues and keeping everyone informed 
  • • Assisting in creating a fun, safe, respectful place for kids to learn empathy to animals 
  • • Coordinating development of website for project
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Pope Francis on Regenerative Medicine: 'Counter Global Indifference by Global Empathy'

Pope Francis on Regenerative Medicine: 'Counter Global Indifference by Global Empathy' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The first is "increasing sensitivity". It is fundamentally important that we promote greater empathy in society, and not remain indifferent to our neighbour's cry for help, including when he or she is suffering from a rare disease.

 

We know that we cannot always find fast cures to complex illnesses, but we can be prompt in caring for these persons, who often feel abandoned and ignored. We should be sensitive towards all, regardless of religious belief, social standing or culture...

 

This is why the globalization of indifference must be countered by the globalization of empathy.

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Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When we put ourselves in another person’s shoes, we are often more sensitive to what that person is experiencing and are less likely to tease or bully them. By explicitly teaching students to be more conscious of other people’s feelings, we can create a more accepting and respectful school community.

 

 

empathy [em-puh-thee]
(noun) the understanding of or the ability to identify with another person’s feelings or experiences

 

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Setting boundaries with toddlers using empathy and positive guidance

Setting boundaries with toddlers using empathy and positive guidance | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Toddlers need loving guidance and they also need empathy and forgiveness.

Children have a basic need to feel loved and accepted by their parents. As they learn how to balance curiosity, impulses and our expectations, toddlers will make mistakes and get into mischief. Sometimes they will offer a tall tale to safeguard that need to be loved and accepted, i.e. Your hair fell off mama. I caught it for you....

A very valuable tool in helping toddlers learn personal boundaries and the value of honesty is Time In. (Also sometimes referred to as meeting on the couch, reflection time, time out together, talking it out.) This tool is about intentionally setting aside time to allow for children to flex their empathy skills and reflect on their choices.

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Is empathy making the world a worse place?  Stop caring! Why empathy is wrong

Is empathy making the world a worse place?  Stop caring! Why empathy is wrong | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is supposed to be a moral good, a natural reaction to the suffering of others. But apparently if you really want to be good and do good, empathy is not the answer. 

"Empathy is fundamentally, from a moral standpoint, a bad thing," Yale University psychologist Paul Bloom says.

"It's because of empathy that the world cares so much more about a baby stuck in a well than we do about global warming," Bloom told the Atlantic. 

 

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Pope advocates for 'globalization of empathy' in curing rare diseases

Pope advocates for 'globalization of empathy' in curing rare diseases | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
On Friday Pope Francis told participants in a Vatican stem cell summit that a renewed sense of empathy ought to fuel their work and research, ensuring that no person goes without access to proper care.

“It is fundamentally important that we promote greater empathy in society, and not remain indifferent to our neighbor’s cry for help, including when he or she is suffering from a rare disease,” the Pope said April 29.

 

“this is why the globalization of indifference must be countered by the globalization of empathy.

 

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Empathy: Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter 

Empathy: Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy turned out to be the most important of the five attributes.

“Frankly, when empathy kept coming up in our research, I was surprised,” Dr. Wilson wrote. “All of the people we interviewed were serious business executives. Empathy was not the first virtue I associated with the rough and tumble of today’s highly competitive business world. I expected to hear about boldness, perseverance, and toughness...

 

“The paradox, of course, is that Google’s intense data collection and number crunching have led it to the same conclusions that good managers have always known. In the best teams, members listen to one another and show sensitivity to feelings and needs.”

 

the best performing groups exhibited three key characteristics: Higher empathy. Members scored higher in social sensitivity. That is, the ability to read each other’s emotional states as measured by the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test 

 

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What role does empathy play in the OST culture?

What role does empathy play in the OST culture? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here are some thoughts I have around empathy in our world.

First off, from the perspective of our OST employees and teammates, empathy is the core foundation of our first belief, “honor our people and their families first”. We internalize the needs of individuals and their families and make them our own. We recognize when we need to put them first, ahead of ourselves and ahead of the needs of OST. We are constantly on the lookout for the opportunity to recognize a need and make sure it is met.

 

We sacrifice our time and efforts to make sure that others get what they need, and we have expectations that others will reciprocate when we need. The reason we can do this is because we are actively “in feeling” with our OST family members and that allows us to care for them and their needs in a way which is not reflected in society as a whole – especially in the context of a corporation.

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Empathy is a valuable teaching tool

Empathy is a valuable teaching tool | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Kids are bound to misbehave in class, but what the teacher does about it can make a big difference in how students feel about school and how often they are suspended, according to a Stanford University study released Wednesday.


When teachers focus on empathy or understanding misbehavior rather than on doling out punishment, suspensions go down and students feel more supported and respected, researchers said.


It’s not a shocking result, said co-author Gregory Walton, an associate professor of psychology.

 

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Excessive empathy can impair understanding of others

Excessive empathy can impair understanding of others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

People who empathize easily with others do not necessarily understand them well. To the contrary: Excessive empathy can even impair understanding as a new study conducted by psychologists from Würzburg and Leipzig has established.

Imagine your best friend tells you that his girlfriend has just proposed "staying friends." Now you have to accomplish two things: Firstly, you have to grasp that this nice sounding proposition actually means that she wants to break up with him and secondly, you should feel with your friend and comfort him.'

 

by Gunnar Bartsch.

 

Artyom Zinchenko, Philipp Kanske, Christian Obermeier, Erich Schröger, Sonja A. Kotz. Emotion and goal-directed behavior: ERP evidence on cognitive and emotional conflict. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2015; 10 (11): 1577 DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsv050

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Animal smarts: A Q&A with primatologist Frans de Waal

Animal smarts: A Q&A with primatologist Frans de Waal | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We do a lot of studies on empathy in animals, and we found that they are affected by the mood states and emotions of others. This is getting close to human morality, the basis of which is that we empathize and care about others.

 

Chimps are not into reasoning or justification like we are, but they have the core –what the philosopher David Hume called the moral sentiments. There’s an enormous amount of psychological continuity between humans and our close animal relatives: compassion, empathy, sympathy, reciprocity, cooperation, a sense of fairness and justice.

What’s a good example of moral behavior in animals?

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Kids & Families First: The “Empathy Deficit” 

Kids & Families First: The “Empathy Deficit”  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Experiencing chronic conflict can impair our capacity to empathize with another person. Thus, it becomes significantly difficult to resolve the problem. If it’s possible for another’s stress to be emotionally contagious, the challenge becomes preventing this from exacerbating the conflict situation. So how do we enhance empathy during periods of conflict and recover from the stress created by this?

One approach is engaging a community to share a common goal in working together. Conflict resolution is a protracted game.
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