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How the State of the Union Worked (in promoting Empathy)

How the State of the Union Worked  (in promoting Empathy) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

That is how the president has changed public discourse. He has changed it at the level that counts, the deepest level, the moral level. What can make that change persist? What will allow such an ideal citizenry to come into existence?

 

In 2008, candidate Obama made overt statements. He spoke overtly about empathy and the responsibility to act on it as the basis of democracy. He spoke about the need for an "ethic of excellence." He spoke about the role of government to protect and empower everyone equally.

 

After using the word "empathy" in the Sotomayor nomination, he dropped it when conservatives confused it with sympathy and unfairness. But the idea didn't disappear.

 

By the 2013 Inaugural Address, he directly quoted the Declaration and Lincoln, overtly linking patriotism and the essence of democracy to empathy, to Americans caring for one another and taking responsibility for one another as well as themselves....

 

 This turn in discourse started working last year. Empathy and social responsibility as central American values reappeared in spades in the 2012 campaign right after Mitt Romney made his 47 percent gaff, that 47 percent of Americans were not succeeding because they were not talking personal responsibility for their lives. This allowed Obama to reframe people out of work, sick, injured, or retired as hard working and responsible and very much part of the American ideal, evoking empathy for them from most other Americans.

 

by George Lakoff

 

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Empathy study finds low dose of MDMA makes people feel more concerned for others

Empathy study finds low dose of MDMA makes people feel more concerned for others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The researchers found that MDMA did not significantly influence cognitive empathy, meaning the ability to correctly identify the emotions of another person. But the drug did enhance emotional empathy, meaning the affective response to another person’s emotional state.

A number of potentially moderating factors — including the sex of the participant, plasma concentrations of MDMA and oxytocin, trait empathy, and lifetime MDMA use — appeared to play little to no role in the enhanced empathic response produced by MDMA.
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Empathy is a Means to an End

Empathy is a Means to an End | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
For example, you may have had trouble experiencing connection or oneness with someone who said or did something that, to you, seemed stupid. But after you understood their situation, their needs, and the thought process they used to navigate their situation and needs, you may have been able to experience connection or oneness with them.

 

Based on this observation, you may come up with a hypothesis that says “To move from not feeling connection or oneness with an other to feeling so, we need to see things from that other person’s perspective.” This is one hypothesis often associated with empathy.

On the other hand, you may have also had an experience where you felt connected or at one with someone, yet you did not see anything from their perspective. Instead, it was something about the way they listened to you that helped you feel connected or at one with them. Based on this observation, you may come up with another hypothesis that says “To move from not feeling connection or oneness with an other to feeling so, we need to be listened to by them in a particular way.” This is another hypothesis often associated with empathy.

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The Guide to Implement Honest Empathy in Your Teens -

The Guide to Implement Honest Empathy in Your Teens - | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy Is A Skill Developed Over Time
Empathy is not an inherent ability in young people. It actually takes time and effort for teenagers to learn that skill, and it will develop over time. We as parents can help nurture that quality, making it stronger, and providing context as to its importance as they move through life.

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7 Ways To Prevent Apathy From Overtaking Empathy  

7 Ways To Prevent Apathy From Overtaking Empathy   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In these highly charged times, many are asking, “Whatever happened to empathy?” From shunned victims of violence to those who ridicule another’s beliefs, people seem to have lost the capacity to compassionately experience the feelings of others—particularly others’ suffering. What was once considered human nature to feel for another person’s hardships is disappearing before our eyes.

Why is this lack of empathy occurring? Many ordinarily caring people are experiencing compassion fatigue and have shut down emotionally. Many of us are on sensory overload. We feel exhausted, overwhelmed, burned out and powerless to deal with the ongoing crises in the world. This is especially true for empaths—those individuals who are high on the empathic spectrum. We can point to many causes.

 

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(Empathic Design) Empathy is key to delivering effective aid in Africa

(Empathic Design) Empathy is key to delivering effective aid in Africa | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Being empathetic to Africa's basic needs could improve the success of community projects, argues Keneilwe Munyai, a Programme Manager at the University of Cape Town.

 

Empathy in design thinking

There are two types of empathy in design thinking: emotional and cognitive. Emotional empathy centres on instinct, emotions and shared experience. The emotional aspect includes assessing our own thoughts and actions for the purpose of personal learning and development.

 

Design thinking encourages students to cultivate curiosity and challenge prejudice to discover commonalities with other people who may be different from them. Listening is extremely important, too.

 

Emotional empathy is a starting point for individual team members in any design thinking programme before they shift focus towards the user for whom they’re designing solutions.

The second dimension of empathy is cognitive. Here, one comes to understand how others may experience the world from their point of view.

 

Cognitive empathy includes the mental process of acquiring and understanding through thoughts, experience and senses. It includes processes like knowledge, memory, judgement, reasoning and decision making.

 

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(Empathic Design) Empathy  

(Empathic Design) Empathy   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is defined by the metaphors of ‘standing in someone else’s shoes’ or ‘seeing through someone else’s eyes’. Simply put, it is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. 

 

Empathy is a super-skill that all User Experience designers should possess. ‘Seeing through someone else’s eyes’ is not as easy as it sounds. To understand user’s perspectives, we need to understand the users.

 

To understand our users well, we have to communicate with them. And guess what, you will be awestruck with the ideas and solutions that they have for various pain areas.

 

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Building Trusting Relationships with Empathy & Acceptance

Building Trusting Relationships with Empathy & Acceptance | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
An expert from the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, Nancy Gallina, Ph.D., LCSW, will present on empathy and acceptance as hallmarks of meaningful relationships in a program entitled “How About the Three Dimensions to Empathy And Acceptance?”

“As professionals these seemingly elementary ideas are learned early on; however the critical nature of their existence is often overlooked,” said Dr. Gallina, senior associate dean and a national expert on cutting edge psychological treatments.

Renowned psychologist David Pelcovitz, Ph.D., will address recent research and clinical insights regarding multiple contributors to empathy, using biological, familial and social dynamics that have led to changes in the ability to deeply connect to others.
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Students are stressed. Help requires empathy. - Trusted

Students are stressed. Help requires empathy. - Trusted | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Teaching cognitive empathy

Stress can come from anywhere, Fraga says—an emotional interaction with a teacher or parent, a challenging assignment, even a missed phone call. These events often leave students feeling as if there is no relief from the anxiety and that no one else—especially adults—can relate to what they’re feeling.

This is where cognitive empathy comes in.

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Thanks, but most Trump voters do not require liberal empathy

Thanks, but most Trump voters do not require liberal empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I read, with the unlikely combination of amusement and alarm, the April 15 letter by Erin Cordell, “Let’s Strive for Empathy Toward Trump Voters.” She declares that her fellow anti-Trumpers should create a dialogue with Trump voters instead of just condemning them out-of-hand.

All well-intentioned and good, but then Ms. Cordell goes on to clearly show that she has naively bought into the left’s depiction of Trump voters as the equivalent of Kentucky hillbillies — uneducated folk, albeit sincere and hard-working.

I would opine that Ms. Cordell is likely living in that bubble-world of liberal bias. Many of the Trump supporters my family and I know are highly educated and well-informed. We voted for policy and effectiveness, not for personality.

 

LEN BOSELOVIC

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(Empathic Design) What is a Customer Empathy Map?  

(Empathic Design) What is a Customer Empathy Map?   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A Customer Empathy Map is an incredible tool that helps organizations to unlock greater power in the customer experience. It can be used by itself or be used in conjunction with other cx tools including customer journey maps, customer personas, service blueprints, motivation matrix, mind maps and more.

This human-centered design tool helps you to obtain great clarity and understanding of how to get into the hearts and minds of your customers. You dramatically increase your individual emotional intelligence about customers when you use a Customer Empathy Map. This enables you with the opportunity to raise organizational emotional intelligence.
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Hear That? Volunteers Stop In Louisville To Listen (To Anyone Who's Interested)

Hear That? Volunteers Stop In Louisville To Listen (To Anyone Who's Interested) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As rush hour traffic thundered down Bardstown Road on Wednesday, a few cars slowed down passing Bonnycastle Avenue. There, perched precariously close to the curb, were several chairs set up in pairs. Volunteers wearing pink shirts held signs with a simple message: “free listening.”

This is Sidewalk Talk, a San Francisco-based non-profit formed on a basic premise: Sometimes people need someone to talk to.
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San Francisco group comes to Indianapolis to encourage human interaction:  techniques of being a good listener.

San Francisco group comes to Indianapolis to encourage human interaction:  techniques of being a good listener. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sidewalk Talk is based in San Francisco, but Traci and a group of volunteers often travel the country, setting up “talk sessions” and teaching people the techniques of being a good listener.

Their concept is simple, they go to a city’s downtown area and encourage people to talk with them during the evening rush hours. There’s no limit on how long they talk, or any restrictions on what they say. Ruble says the listeners do their best to never judge whoever is talking, rather work towards understanding them and finding common ground.

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What’s the Best Strategy for Empathy?

What’s the Best Strategy for Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

But if we want to understand the mind of another person, is that the best way?

 

.... It turns out people tend to overestimate their ability to read other people’s emotions from their facial expressions—which means that we may be missing out on opportunities for understanding and connection.

 

The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, compared observing facial expressions with a second perspective-taking strategy: putting ourselves in a similar situation, or “taking a walk in someone else’s shoes.” It’s the first study to examine how effective people think these different methods are with how effective they actually are.

 

By Summer Allen | April 10, 2017

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Empathic Communication

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In seeking to heal and transform the world, we often encounter people who at first seem to be acting in self-destructive ways. They support social or political movements, extremist versions of nationalism or religion, that actually lead them to get less of what we would consider rational outcomes. Yet this judgment is often misguided.

Much more frequently the truth is more complex: people have deep needs which are not being met in their world, and they have adopted these seemingly or actually self-destructive worldviews or ways of acting that they believe will help them meet their needs.

 

Before dismissing someone as irrational, it is critical to instead first ask the following question: “What are the underlying rational needs that this person or group is seeking to meet through strategies that actually won’t work to achieve the fulfillment of those needs?”

 

For example, when we find people voting for candidates that are unlikely to provide for their material well being, but rather may in fact be intensifying the gap between the 1% and 99%, we might discover upon further investigation that the need they were seeking to meet was some form of recognition, validation of their lives, or a sense of being genuinely cared for or respected.

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Lori Gruen "Empathy in Mind" - University of Minnesota,  

Lori Gruen "Empathy in Mind" - University of Minnesota,   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lori Gruen of Wesleyan University will discuss empathy in relation to animal ethics in her lecture, “Empathy in Mind”. 
*hosted by Environmental Studies
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How empathy can make the world a worse place  

How empathy can make the world a worse place   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The “anti-empathy crusade”
Against Empathy: it’s the title of his latest book and a position Bloom has arrived at through years of study and debate, after initially dismissing the idea as nuts. Now, “I’m more radical than most of my peers”, he concedes, “but I think many scholars are receptive to the idea that empathy has its limitations”.

Bloom chairs Yale’s cognitive science programme and has been teaching

 

by Catherine Woulfe /

24 April, 2017

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Chronicles of a Barnyard Life: Smile Mr. Cow! 

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What do you do when you can’t cheer yourself up? Mr. Cow is in the same predicament. His adorable comrades try their best to make him smile, but wise Mother Hen succeeds by reminding him to pause, look around, and appreciate the little things.

 

The story line is centered on cultivating gratitude and empathy in children—Gratitude as expressed by Mr. Cow and Empathy by his friends. Gratitude and empathy taught through social interactions and stories, such as this, are integral to the development and happiness of children.

 

Fulfillment grows from the seeds of gratitude. Human connection spreads in the roots of empathy.

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Stress Might Make You A More Empathetic Person

Stress Might Make You A More Empathetic Person | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers measured the brain activity of 80 male participants, some of whom were given a stress test while others acted as a control group with no intervention.

The stress test sounds hellish: Participants were instructed to solve difficult tasks under a deadline, all while receiving negative feedback on their performance. Researchers measured the participants’ anxiety during this exercise by measuring their levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
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Op-Ed: This quality may seem soft, but it makes for effective leaders

Op-Ed: This quality may seem soft, but it makes for effective leaders | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As many young people prepare to graduate from college this spring and enter the working world, many of them are likely to hear their commencement speakers advise them, with a growing urgency, to cultivate one particular skill: empathy.

Empathy has been a recurring theme of many high-profile commencement speeches in recent years, including a 2016 speech by Steven Spielberg at Harvard University, a 2014 speech given by Bill and Melinda Gates at Stanford University, and several speeches given by former President Barack Obama.

 

In fact, the topic of empathy has dominated workplace conversations in recent years, as has been reported by the Harvard Business Review and others.

Why all the interest? In a word: technology.

 

 

 Mike Kemp and Richard S. Wellins

 

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The Unwanted Empathy Of Motherhood

The Unwanted Empathy Of Motherhood | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
No one can describe the epic, radical, transformational love parents feel for their children, but everyone tries anyway. The thing no one told me about motherhood is how it would switch the lens on how I see every other parent in the world.

 

The scope of maternal empathy can feel almost impossibly wide: As a new traveler on one of the most universal highways of the human experience, I am now equipped with the ability to relate not just to my child, but to a near-infinite network of fellow parents. Like parenthood itself, this uninvited empathy is beautiful, revelatory, overwhelming, and inconvenient.

 

LAURA GOODE

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How empathy is important for parents and teens when things get stressful 

How empathy is important for parents and teens when things get stressful  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It’s particularly important to teach adolescents how to develop a specific type of empathy called cognitive empathy, Ziegler says.

If empathy helps us sympathize with how another person is feeling, cognitive empathy also allows us to try to understand someone else’s perspective and how they perceive the world, even when our feelings differ.

In a 2016 longitudinal study of 497 Dutch teens between the ages of 13 and 18, researchers found that cognitive empathy skills help teens regulate their emotions, improve their listening skills and strengthen their ability to tolerate conflict. They also found that these skills can help kids work through disagreements with their parents more constructively.

Research on teen stress by David Yeager, a psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin, shows that cognitive empathy skills can also help adolescents to realize that people and situations can change, which allows them to face social challenges more easily.
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Bay Area clergy struggle with political divisions at Easter

Bay Area clergy struggle with political divisions at Easter | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Berkeley sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild studied Tea Party activists in Louisiana and coined the term “empathy wall” to describe the obstacles to a deep understanding of another person that “make us feel indifferent or even hostile to those who hold different beliefs” or grew up in a different setting.

Communities further away from our city centers have a greater diversity of political views and suffer more from our growing empathy walls. A priest from Contra Costa County spoke about tensions in her community, where 30 languages are spoken in the public schools and two-hour commutes are not unusual. For her divided church, she offered a Lenten series to heal the community. She began with people talking about where they grew up rather than who they voted for.

 

This Eastertide, we need to move beyond our narrow sense of political identity. We need to stand up for the vulnerable and seek opportunities to replace our empathy walls with empathy bridges.

 

The Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young is the ninth dean of Grace Cathedral

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Therapy on a bench: the grandmas beating mental illness in Harare  

Therapy on a bench: the grandmas beating mental illness in Harare   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
One in four people in Zimbabwe experiences mental health problems but there are only 13 psychiatrists in the country. To help plug the gap, Dixon Chibanda has developed a scheme to train an army of grandmothers, who offer a listening ear on park benches. The scheme challenges the stigma surrounding mental health and provides the women with company
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Stress increases empathy, but can lead to poor judgment

Stress increases empathy, but can lead to poor judgment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
 
 

An Austrian study reports that when we're stressed our empathy increases and we're more inclined to help others, although we don't always have enough perspective to evaluate the situation.


Researchers at the University of Vienna in Austria sought to understand our reaction to others in highly stressful situations by studying the neural mechanisms underlying this behavior.
The challenge put to the study's 80 participants was to empathize with others, while having to carry out complex tasks quickly under psychological pressure created by negative feedback on performance.

 

The findings have been published in the journal Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. They showed that empathy, which shows up in an MRI brain scan, is much stronger in stressed people, no matter what type of information they are given about the situation.

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Goleman’s empathy triad comprises three forms of attention: cognitive empathy, emotional empathy, and empathetic caring.

Goleman’s empathy triad comprises three forms of attention: cognitive empathy, emotional empathy, and empathetic caring. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Goleman’s empathy triad comprises three forms of attention: cognitive empathy, emotional empathy, and empathetic caring.
Cognitive empathy is the closest to what I call outside-in thinking. Essentially, it’s paying attention to the other person’s thought processes and emotions, of knowing what they’re thinking and feeling, and being able to incorporate that into your persuasive approach.

 

Another term for it is perspective taking, which is the ability to see the situation from the point of view of another person. It’s a skill that may be unique to humans, and begins to develop around the time we are three years old and ends only when we attain positions of power.

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