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Seattle hosts first-ever 'Seeds of Empathy' program

Seattle hosts first-ever 'Seeds of Empathy' program | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

They just might be the tiniest teachers in Seattle: infants, being brought into the classroom for a lesson in empathy.  

The 'Roots of Empathy' program has proven popular among elementary-aged children in Seattle.  Now, there's a new twist.

"We've had Roots of Empathy in Seattle for seven years, and Seeds of Empathy is a younger version of Roots of Empathy, it's for three to five year old children," said the program's founder and director Mary Gordon.

 

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Noelene Sanderson's comment, January 27, 2013 8:18 PM
What a great scheme. This is so important - catching the children while their hearts are still geared to loving babies and small animals; and before such things as dissection in school biology forces them to harden their hearts in order to cope with seeing it. I do hope such pactices have been banned... God Bless you all in your work..
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Ben Carson: Government dependency is 'opposite of compassion'

Ben Carson: Government dependency is 'opposite of compassion' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson opened the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday morning with a professorial speech that slammed liberal government programs and policies, previewing themes of a potential 2016 presidential bid.


“It really is not compassionate to pat people on the head and say, ‘There there, you poor little thing. I’m going to take care of all of your needs,’ ” he told the crowd.


That’s not compassion, that’s the opposite of compassion. It's making people dependent. What real compassion is, is using our intellect to find ways to allow those people to climb out of dependency and realize the American dream.


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Can We Learn Empathy from Virtual Reality?

Scientists are learning that changing bodies changes minds.

In 1981, after you plunked a quarter into the local Donkey Kong cabinet and that menacing six-note melody filled the arcade, you were given control of a little man in overalls standing at the bottom of the screen. Child or adult, male or female, and no matter what our ethnic or cultural background, in that game we all became this same little man in overalls. Interactive games have always intended to entertain, but many have the potential to bring deeper psychological benefits.


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2015 Empathy Day-School

2015 Empathy Day-School | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This training is intended to support participants in having a deeper integration of empathy. In a supportive, community environment, participants experience challenge, guidance and support in the practice of empathy and seeing our world empathically. 


Throughout our time together we will learn to increase our capacity for being present, learn to focus our awareness, and develop the ability to work with our own capabilities and humanity, in real-time situations. 


Practices

- Feeling feelings
- Practice "being"
- Connecting to the energy of needs
- Mindfulness practices 
- Empathy demonstrations
- Empathy sessions
- Empathy role plays and exercises
- Emergency self-empathy

- Connecting to deeper needs 
- Embodying needs


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d.school promotes Design Thinking on campus: You need to understand and empathize with the users who you’re designing for

d.school promotes Design Thinking on campus:  You need to understand and empathize with the users who you’re designing for | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
More and more classes across Stanford are beginning to employ “Design Thinking,” a user-friendly methodology of solving the world’s problems, brought to life with stages of empathy, ideation and prototyping, and which focuses strongly on the user.


“You need to understand and empathize with the users who you’re designing for before you develop the business type of solution,” Greenberg said. “Often people start with new technology, or an idea, but it’s not until later that you do any piloting to find out whether that idea is useful. Design thinking flips that on its head — we need to understand what matters to the people we’re designing for.”

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How to Teach Perspective-Taking and Empathy to a Child

How to Teach Perspective-Taking and Empathy to a Child | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Perspective-taking is one of her essential skills because alternative points of view allow for the development of compassion and empathy. Innis explains the process:


"Perspective-taking is not an easy skill to master and very young children often don’t understand that others have feelings and experiences different from their own. Perspective-taking develops over time and improves as children mature, as it involves multiple parts of the brain, each responsible for a different task."


by ROBERT MONTENEGRO

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How to build a caring economy

How to build a caring economy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It is important, however, to distinguish between basic empathic and caring responses, and a more universal capacity for compassion.


It is possible that universal compassion is solely a human function. Empathy alone does not necessarily prompt prosocial behaviour. If you empathize with the suffering of another, for example, you may not necessarily help this person.


Empathy can also result in empathic distress that may even lead to withdrawal or aggressive behaviour.


by Tania Singer

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Empathy, Compassion & Neuroscience Part 1 - YouTube

Professor Al Kaszniak's talk to the UA Psychology Department (not to AMRIG) on 4/2/10.
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The War on Empathy, Love and Family

The War on Empathy, Love and Family | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by RICH WINKEL


Even from a strictly Darwinian perspective, empathy is humanity’s ace in the hole.


It is the foundation of social organization, without which we would not have language, science, technology or the desire to pass these gifts on to future generations. 






Without empathy, we would not have family and community. 


We would be isolated, defenseless, naked apes, easy prey for any carnivore of even moderate size, or, in a modern day context, for any social grouping of sufficient cohesion  among themselves. Thus, in a very real sense, empathy is power.



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Can and Should Empathy Be Taught in Schools?

Can and Should Empathy Be Taught in Schools? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


They go on to explain, “Knowing what someone else is feeling plays a fundamental role in interpersonal interactions.”


Although there was not a consensus on whether or not empathy could be taught, the benefits of exposing students to the idea of empathy were seen as a move in the right direction.


It was asserted that modeling empathy works best for some, but others agreed that it was a skill susceptible to training &enhancement programs; such as direct narratives and class discussions.


Teaching empathy can benefit the overall school climate and gifted students in particular. Infusing the school climate with empathetic behavior has a residual effect on co-workers and staff.


by Lisa Conrad


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Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals

Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Gruen describes entangled empathy as a type of caring perception focused on attending to another’s experience of well-being.


It is an experiential process involving a blend of emotion and cognition in which we recognize we are in relationships with others and are called upon to be responsive and responsible in these relationships by attending to another.


When we engage in entangled empathy we are transformed and in that transformation we can imagine less violent, more meaningful ways of being together.

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The growing importance of empathy in business

The growing importance of empathy in business | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Business leaders may not consider empathy to be an important skill for success. They may even see it as a weakness. But as Belinda Parmar, CEO of consultancy LadyGeek and author of 'The Empathy Era', explains in this video interview with The Economist Intelligence Unit, it is in fact emerging as a critical business capability. 
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3 Ways to Boost Empathy (and Why)

3 Ways to Boost Empathy (and Why) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Cultivating empathy and connection is a non-negotiable of stress management. People who are more connected in life report greater life satisfaction and show much greater resilience, meaning that they bounce back from adversity more quickly and easily.


(More on the building blocks of resilience.)

Here are 3 ways to boost your empathy, connection, and resilience—and lower the impact of negative stress.

Try the Five-Minute Favor....

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Raising Compassionate Boys Means Having Compassion for Boys

Raising Compassionate Boys Means Having Compassion for Boys | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I'm not advocating for a free-for-all of dysfunctional or hurtful behavior. Interventions and limit setting are vital. First and foremost we need to keep everyone safe.


But we can't just be compassionate when it comes easily. Having compassion requires taking a virtual trip into the dark depths of those who do wrong by us, or by others, learning their stories, letting go of anger, disappointment or embarrassment, and moving on.

Easy to do, no? But necessary in teaching our boys about compassion.


We, adults, are often limited in our ability to be compassionate with those who break certain social norms, and in my life as the mother of three boys and an advocate for young boys and their parents this often looks like a jab, a grab, a hit, a loud voice, a big movement, an inappropriate joke, or a joke at an inappropriate time... the list is long.


Tosha Schore,

Teaching parents how to handle those rip-out-your-hair parenting moments.

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Empathy in Relationships | Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

Empathy in Relationships | Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There is a lot of confusion these days regarding the meaning of the word empathy and how empathy can be demonstrated in a relationship. Oftentimes we hear of a comparison between empathy and sympathy, which regards the latter as a less heartfelt response to a situation or to a partner’s feelings.


I am not quite sure if comparing those two words is of much use in the context of this article. There are times where one or the other is a more appropriate response to any specific situation. However, in a loving partnership, where effective communication, safety, and validation of feelings are some of the cornerstones of a healthy relationship, empathic responses, rather than responses of sympathy, are decidedly more valuable.


So what is empathy?


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Empathy is waiting in the shadows - you have the power to release its full potential

Empathy is waiting in the shadows - you have the power to release its full potential | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It is the Environment and Nurturing of the Adult who has an ability to develop Empathy and this impacts on Epigenetic and Neurological Development of children.

This impact is unleashed in conditions of relaxation, wellbeing and appropriate levels of challenge. It grows in an environment of love, care and compassion.It is nurtured over time and space and by those in a position of power who are able to relinquish this, who are able to empower and to feed the growth though intention and understanding and care.  Stress in children releases neurone inhibiting chemicals into the brain, cortisol. It suppresses the development of emotions and empathy.


by Sarah Blackwell

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Empathy” as an interfaith practice

Empathy” as an interfaith practice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Wayland Clergy Association’s interfaith intern, Melissa Rudd of Harvard Divinity School, will offer a three-week series on “Empathy” as an interfaith practice, on Sunday, March 1, 8 and 15.


The session on March 1 will be held at Temple Shir Tikva, located at 141 Boston Post Road (Rte. 20) in Wayland.


https://www.linkedin.com/pub/melissa-rudd/13/9a4/384


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Three core conditions for restorative justice to work

Three core conditions for restorative justice to work | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Carl Rogers, in the 1950s, defined some core conditions necessary for restorative justice to work.


Rogers’ thesis was “in order to develop a healthy self-concept, we need to experience three core conditions in our relationship with those around us.” Richard Hendry, in his book “Building and Restoring Respectful Relationships in Schools,” identifies the three core conditions as empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.

Rogers asks the questions “Why do these core conditions matter? How can children learn to understand how someone else feels – to be empathic – if they do not experience empathy from others?


How can children learn to value themselves and others as unique individuals if we cannot value them for who they truly are? How can we ask children to be honest and open with us if we are not offering them an honest reflection of who we are, what we think and how we feel?”

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Video: Hawking names 'greatest threat' to humanity

Video: Hawking names 'greatest threat' to humanity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Discovery News reported that the celebrated physicist was addressing a group at the London Science Museum when he was asked which of our species’ shortcomings he’d like to fix. 


He responded, “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.” 


Hawking pointed out that such behavior when paired with nuclear weapons could result in the complete annihilation of civilization, and perhaps humanity at large. 


What the world needs more of, he said, is empathy, as it is the trait that allows for both peace and togetherness. 

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Compassion, Empathy, Caring, and Healing: A Conversation With Roshi Joan Halifax

Compassion, Empathy, Caring, and Healing: A Conversation With Roshi Joan Halifax | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Joan Halifax: part of a rich broth of creativity and humanism that was exploring new dimensions of healing, personal growth, and spirituality in the 1970's


We will examine the similarities and the differences between empathy and compassion, and why the Dalai Lama has said that love and compassion are not luxuries, that actually they are necessities, if human life is to survive on this planet. Roshi Joan will also share with us the essence of the GRACE process and other insights on developing our ability to experience both the power and the vulnerability of compassion.

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The Science of Changing Behavior with Compassionate Coaching

The Science of Changing Behavior with Compassionate Coaching | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Coaching with Compassion Activates the PEA
Now you know what these modes mean for your mood and your body – what do they mean for coaching someone?

Dr. Anthony Jack, the principal investigator of the Brain, Mind, and Consciousness Lab at CWRU, collaborated with Dr. Boyatzis on a coaching study using functional MRI (fMRI) technology.¹ In this study, they divided student volunteers into two groups. Group one experienced traditional coaching for compliance. In other words, the coaches asked volunteers to focus on the challenges they face in their academic performance and used problem-solving techniques. Group two experienced coaching with compassion.


When being coached with compassion, volunteers are asked questions to help them imagine a positive vision of their future.


by:Jessica Worny Janicki


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The Gifts of Empathy: We’re Not Alone with What We're Feeling

The Gifts of Empathy: We’re Not Alone with What We're Feeling | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength.” ~ Buddha

When asked why I write fiction, I used to say, “Because I enjoy writing and revising sentences” or “Because I like practicing an art I’ll never perfect” or “Because I love to read.” All those reasons remain true, but my answer has changed.

The most important reason I write stories, and read them, is to practice empathy.

Strange how we often feel empathy more easily for fictional characters than for real people. One reason is that sometimes we get to know fictional characters more deeply than our family members and friends.


By Nicholas Montemarano

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Empathy: Why healthcare companies must feel with patients

Empathy: Why healthcare companies must feel with patients | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Connecting with customers enables growth in any industry. But where many brands go wrong is in thinking that social media “likes” equal connection. It’s not about “likes” – it’s about understanding. Only through understanding can companies create meaningful connections with their customers, or in the healthcare industry, their patients.


So what does that look like? In a word: Empathy.


Empathy in Action...


Why Empathy Matters...


Empathy creates understanding
Fighting confusion and misinformation within healthcare can be difficult. Through empathy, both providers and patients can find understanding, allowing for more trust and clarity on both sides of the healthcare coin....


Empathy opens doors...

Empathy builds relationships...

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Entangled Empathy: How to Improve Human-Animal Relationships

Entangled Empathy: How to Improve Human-Animal Relationships | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 A new book by Wesleyan University philosopher Lori Gruen  called Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals

 is a wonderful addition to a growing literature in the transdisciplinary field called anthrozoology , the study of human-animal relationships (the Kindle edition can be found here.

An interview I did with Professor Gruen lays out the basic foundation for her ideas about entangled empathy, a new and practical ethic for improving our relationships with nonhuman animals (animals) and also other humans. When I asked her to answer a few questions, in true form and in living up to her own deep connections with other animals, Professor Gruen wrote back to me, "Ok at the vet with one of my rescued rats, will do this as soon as I get home!"


Why did you write your new book?

I have been thinking about and writing about and talking about empathy for a while.


 I was at a conference at Yale a year or so ago and many people came up to me after my talk wanting to learn more about entangled empathy. 


by Marc Bekoff


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Coping With Empathy Overload

Coping With Empathy Overload | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Do people tell you that you are just too sensitive? Maybe you are Empathic. Empaths feel what others are experiencing physically, emotionally, or mentally.


Yes, there are advantages to knowing what others are feeling, but you really don't want to feel that person's headache or know someone's pants are too tight! All these sensations can become overwhelming, yet empathy can be really useful. So, here are some ways to live as an Empath without getting beat up by your sensitivities.

The first step to dealing with empathic sensitivity is to know what is yours and what isn't. If you are not prone to headaches, yet all the sudden you have one, look around and see who nearby has a furrowed brow. You might not see the person because you by empathic with people who are near by as well with people you are strongly connected to. You can see why empathic people can feel a sensation without realizing it isn't theirs.


So what can an empath do?


by Cindy Griffith-Bennett 

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How self-compassion can change the way you see the world by Louise Watson

How self-compassion can change the way you see the world by Louise Watson | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Self-compassion leads to compassion for others

The nicest part of the meditation for me this time was in acknowledging that when all’s said and done, we all want the same thing; we all want to be happy, to have the best life we can have with what we’ve got, and that sometimes, we may go about it the wrong way.


Often, when we make mistakes, we can try to cover our guilt by placing the blame on others; ‘I only did it because of X, Y and Z!’ we cry, ‘I’m a good person; you don’t know what I’ve been through!’

We expect people to forgive us and be compassionate towards us, yet don’t do the same for those who hurt us in some way.

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