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Empathy's Failings And Surprises

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What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel, to hurt for them or to be happy for them?

 

Empathy is widely considered a universal and uniquely human trait.   Science goes on to define empathy one step beyond shared emotions, towards a motivation to help others.   

 

"Empathy involves getting inside the person's head, understanding how they're feeling, feeling that yourself, and finally being motivated to help them," said Lasana Harris, an assistant professor in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, in an interview with Frank Stasio on The State of Things.

 

Lasana Harris, an assistant professor in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, in an interview with Frank Stasio on The State of Things. http://www.dibs.duke.edu/research/profiles/115-lasana-harris ;

 

Jesse Prinz, a Distinguished Professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York,

http://web.gc.cuny.edu/philosophy/faculty/prinz.htm ;

 

Ralph Savarese, author of “Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption,
http://www.ralphsavarese.com

 

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What SA schools can learn from Denmark about teaching kids empathy

As bullying and discrimination continues in South African schools, fears are growing that young children are losing their ability to be empathetic.

Empathy is known as the ability to read another person’s emotions and helps creates happier people as a result.

It's reported that Scandinavian countries have some of the happiest children in the world.

This is partly because the schooling systems in countries such as Denmark have woven critical life skills such as empathy into the teaching curriculum.

 

Listen to the full conversation from The Pippa Hudson Show:

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Pixelache Festival 2016: ‘Interfaces for Empathy’,

Pixelache Festival 2016: ‘Interfaces for Empathy’, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Pixelache Festival 2016 will take place from September 22nd to 25th in Helsinki. The festival, named ‘Interfaces for Empathy’, explores possibilities of the shift towards the understanding of human species as a balanced part of the ecosystem we live within.

 

For a long time humankind has known about the challenge of overconsumption of natural resources that eg. cause climate disruption, loss of biodiversity, pollution and extinction of species. Nevertheless, the knowledge on its own does not seem to lead to rapid and significant change in our behaviour.

 

The idea that the festival explores, and the way is seeks to connect these observed trajectories, is one of empathy.

  • Is it possible, through this very basic ability to sense or identify, to change the narrative of the human-kind?
  • Could empathy be one of the key elements in reconnecting us with our ecosystem and ourselves?
  • Can we experience empathy towards whole ecosystems? 

 

After all, empathy is the element that has enabled humans to work together and collaborate in order to flourish as species. The festival wants to question and propose that maybe empathy could be learned, found or especially re-found through eg. bodily presence, experimental communication and embodied and alternate visions of perception.

 

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(Empathic Parenting) (Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy

(Empathic Parenting) (Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Empathy moves us to share in another’s pain, to really see the world through their eyes. When we do, it very often changes the kind of decisions and actions we take.

 

 There are many definitions for empathy which encompass a broad range of emotional states. Types of empathy include

  • cognitive empathy,
  • emotional empathy, and
  • somatic empathy.

 

 

Teaching Empathy

  1. Treat children as individuals with minds of their own,
  2. Model empathy...
  3. Make kids aware of the similarities they share with others....
  4. Empathy involves perspective taking skills...
  5. Make a face....
  6. More oxytocin, “the bonding hormone”, can help better decode emotional meaning in facial expressions....
  7. Reassessment of the Milgram Experiments –Moral Disengagement...
  8. Express your feelings openly...
  9. Emotional vocabulary is key...
  10. Monitor and guide media use...

 

 

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Scale the 'empathy wall.' Talking with Strangers: A Journey to the Heart of the Right

Scale the 'empathy wall.' Talking with Strangers: A Journey to the Heart of the Right | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"A new book encourages us to scale the “empathy wall” to understand a segment of Trump supporters

 

An empathy wall is an obstacle to deep understanding of another person, one that can make us feel indifferent or even hostile to those who hold different beliefs or whose childhood is rooted in different circumstances."
Arlie Hochschild, sociologist and author

 

There are many theories and explanations for the rise of Donald Trump and the current incarnation of white right-wing populism.

 

A deeper understanding—and an invitation to scale the “empathy wall”—comes from veteran sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild in her new book, Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.  The book is, as its second subtitle suggests, “A Journey to the Heart of Our Political Divide.”

 

 

 

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6 tips to practice empathy and improve customer experience

6 tips to practice empathy and improve customer experience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Practice proactive empathy. Use automation to monitor your product for errors and frustrating interactions (for example, episodes of rage clicking), then proactively reach out to the customer to provide help, and express empathy, before they've even asked for it.
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Empathy Matters 

Empathy Matters  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Our natural instinct is to withhold empathy only for special situations. When a family member or friend is diagnosed with a disease or our hometown is hit with a natural disaster, we naturally summon up reserves of empathy to support those in need.

 

However, when a tragic event happens outside of our natural scope of relationships, we guard our emotions. When we scroll through headlines and view lives as abstract statistics rather than deep, meaningful existences that can never be replicated, we hoard our empathy for good reason.

 

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Claire Brooks and The Strategic Empathy® Process - YouTube

In this clip President of Model People Inc., Claire Brooks, talks about the strategic empathy process described in her new book: Marketing With Strategic Empathy.
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Support Empathy Dialogue Circles with Police, Black Lives Matter and Community.

Support Empathy Dialogue Circles with Police, Black Lives Matter and Community. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How might we improve police and community relations?

 

This is a project to organize and host a series of Empathy Circles with Police Officers, Black Lives Matter and other Community Members. The best way for communities to come together is foster mutual and relational empathic dialog and understanding that results in shared action.  We can start with a series of online Empathy Circles and then move towards hosting local community circles in larger groups.

 

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Empathic Design: Mapping Your Brain, Brand, and Data

Empathic Design: Mapping Your Brain, Brand, and Data | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What is Empathic Design?

According to Wikipedia, empathic design is “a user-centered design approach that pays attention to the user’s feelings toward a product.”

In the simplest sense, then, empathic design is a function of user-centered design – which is defined by Wikipedia as “a framework of processes (not restricted to interfaces or technologies) in which the needs, wants, and limitations of end users of a product, service or process are given extensive attention at each stage of the design process.”

In practice, however, empathic design seeks to identify latent customer needs in order to create products or messaging that customers didn’t even know they wanted. It tries to tease out some of the subconscious desires that customers would normally have difficulty envisioning or articulating, as well as to align branding and design with those subconscious desires to create more motivation to purchase.

 

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Can Empathy Improve Policing? 

Can Empathy Improve Policing?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

New training programs that help police to listen, stay calm, and communicate during charged encounters may lead to fewer arrests and less use of force.

 

While the research is largely preliminary, some of the findings suggest that empathy—being able to see interactions from another’s perspective and understand the emotions involved—may play an important role in policing.

 

Helping police to slow down their encounters with the public and to practice more respectful and empathic communication could go a long way toward reducing excessive force and unnecessary arrests, leading to more acceptance of their presence and role in the communities they are hired to protect.

 

 

By Jill Suttie

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/

 

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Can reading boost your empathy? Depends on what you read, study says

A new study, published this year by the same researchers, aimed to confirm that: The empathy boost comes from reading literary fiction but not pop fiction or genre fiction.

But how do you separate the literary from the pop? The study put authors like Louise Erdrich, Harper Lee, Toni Morrison and others who had worn big-name awards in the literary camp, and authors like Danielle Steele and Gillian Flynn in with pop.

What's the difference? Why doesn't genre fiction — thrillers, romance and more — spark the same reaction? Is it the amount of time that literary fiction spends in characters' heads? Does genre fiction value plot over emotional development?

 

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What SA schools can learn from Denmark about teaching kids empathy

As bullying and discrimination continues in South African schools, fears are growing that young children are losing their ability to be empathetic.

Empathy is known as the ability to read another person’s emotions and helps creates happier people as a result.

It's reported that Scandinavian countries have some of the happiest children in the world.

This is partly because the schooling systems in countries such as Denmark have woven critical life skills such as empathy into the teaching curriculum.

 

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Empathy Matters | “EMPATHY IS SIMPLE BUT IT IS ALSO EXTRAORDINARY”

Empathy Matters | “EMPATHY IS SIMPLE BUT IT IS ALSO EXTRAORDINARY” | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

After the latest rounds of police brutality, while processing my emotions through conversations with my black friends and keeping it together during my internship, a hopeful thing happened.....

 

Empathy matters. It enables us to recognize and understand the emotions of others when happiness occurs and when tragedy strikes. It pushes us to reach out when someone is in need. It impels us to speak less and listen more. I need more of it. We all need more of it.

 

Duwain Pinder,

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Pixelache 2016: The Science of Empathy

Pixelache 2016: The Science of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Saarikivi is a cognitive neuroscientist and the leader of NEMO – Natural Emotionality in Digital Interaction at the University of Helsinki. The group is looking for new ways to digitalize and transmit empathy in the digital realm. Her quick introduction to The Science of Empathy was brilliant and uplifting.

Saarikivi explained that empathy is important. It’s what makes us connect to other people’s emotions. Empathy is also an essential survival skill for humans. It’s what makes us come together and collaborate. It also makes collective intelligence possible. Compared to big beasts like bears and tigers, humans are small and weak so we needed to cooperate in order to be able to overcome them. That’s what has enabled humanity to survive and flourish over time.
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(Teaching Emapthy) The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child

(Teaching Emapthy) The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child
Empathy is the ability to feel with another human being. And we're getting worse at it. Parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, Ed.D., explains how you can help your child learn to be more empathetic.

 

Fortunately, empathy can be taught and cultivated. But we have to put our phones down to do it. "Empathy starts with face-to-face interaction," Dr. Borba said. Here, her top tips for helping your kid care more: 

 

Read (and talk) more...

Teach kindness....

Emphasize eye contact....

Share good news...

Establish your family values....

Do as you say...

 

By Liz Loerke

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(Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy

(Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
To live in a world without empathy is to live in a world that is ego-centric, dog-eat-dog, focused on me. A world without empathy is a world where people don’t consider how things look from another person’s viewpoint, a place where other’s feelings, perceptions, intentions, and motives don’t matter.

 

Other problems arise in a loveless world. It would be impossible to trust anyone else as trust is built on leaps of faith and human compassion. We would have no way to experience the safety of others unless they exactly conformed to our expectations. Each of us would be self-appointed emperors of our own little world. Inevitably, it would be a rather lonely world.

 

However, a world of empathy is one where people feel safe, secure, and connected. It’s a place where we can trust that people are concerned for our needs and interests. It’s a world where people see into our hearts, and see through our eyes. A world with empathy is a world where people understand and care.

 

We as parents are armed with the abilities to help instill this in our children and unless there is an underlying neurological difficulty we can go a long way to making sure we raise emotionally literate and empathetic children.

 

 

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Why Business Leaders Need to 'Tune in' to Their People

Why Business Leaders Need to 'Tune in' to Their People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
'Tuning in' means empathy, the ability to see things from another's perspective. Do you have this vital skill?

 

Consider, too, that empathy really matters when businesses are in transition.

 

When we’ve advised on mergers, we often see risks if the acquirer's management team does not truly understand the acquiree's culture: A merger can fail as the result of key talent leaving once non-compete deals expire.

Conversely, empathy can produce better, easier, faster transactions and transitions.

 

CHRIS PIERCE-COOKE

 

 

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Empathy is not Intuitive

Empathy is not Intuitive | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lots of people might argue otherwise, but empathy is not an intuitive process. Intuition is defined as the ability to perceive the truth, independent of any reasoning. Note that the key phrase is “independent of any reasoning.” Empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, relies on listening and observation and being able to process the information gathered with rational thought, which is also known as systematic thinking.

 

And here’s the science to support it: Christine Ma-Kellams (from the University of La Verne) and Jennifer Lerner (from Harvard) recently published a paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, titled “Trust Your Gut or Think Carefully? Examining Whether an Intuitive, Versus a Systematic, Mode of Thought Produces Greater Empathic Accuracy.”

 

For this study, they compared two modes of thought: intuitive thinking (going with your gut, what feels right) and systematic thinking (carefully analyzing the information available).

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Claire Brooks' New Book: Marketing With Strategic Empathy - YouTube

In this clip President of Model People Inc., Claire Brooks, introduces us to her new book: Marketing With Strategic Empathy.
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Claire Brooks on Empathy and Data - YouTube

In this clip President of Model People Inc., Claire Brooks, talks about the benefits of using empathy.
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Practice empathy: "The benefits of empathy aren’t always obvious"

Practice empathy: "The benefits of empathy aren’t always obvious" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

..The benefits of empathy aren’t always obvious - especially in a country like the United States that highly values individualism and efficiency.

 

However, recent studies from Duke University and Penn State revealed that empathetic kids are more likely to graduate from high school and have full time jobs. Students lacking this skill were more likely to drop out, get in trouble with law enforcement and need government assistance. 

 

Rachel Cain, Director of Outpatient Mental Health at Northeast Youth & Family Services, says that empathy is fundamental to healthy relationships with friends, family, co-workers and even strangers.

 

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 By teaching empathy early and often, there is a greater chance that a person will be an effective problem solver and understand the needs of others.

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Empathy 

This video explains what empathy means and how to demonstrate it in helping or counselling work or, just to enhance your relationships. It is especially powerful where there is a conflict to be resolved. It includes a clip from Carl Rogers, the Humanistic Psychologist who developed the Person-Centred approach to psychotherapy.
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Empathy and the clinical teacher - 2016 - The Clinical Teacher  

Empathy and the clinical teacher - 2016 - The Clinical Teacher   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Everyone seems to be talking or writing about empathy. There is general consensus that good clinicians demonstrate it, and that we should help students and trainees to develop it.

 

There is also an increasing understanding of the underlying social psychological and neurobiological mechanisms; however, although over a hundred years have passed since Tichener introduced ‘empathy’ into the English language, we still lack a common understanding of the concept and its implications for clinical teaching.

 

In this issue, Walsh and colleagues report that most patients, when asked by medical students, ‘What kind of doctor would you like me to be if you came to me with an illness?’, emphasised ‘personal qualities’, including empathy and also communication skills.

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Why you should always make eye contact

Why you should always make eye contact | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why you should always make eye contact:

Holding someone's gaze improves our empathy and memory

  • It has long been known eye contact helps get a message across
  • But exactly what the power of eye contact was had remained a mystery
  • Being confronted by eyeballs makes us relate to ourselves, study says
  • Because this is the thing we care most about, it makes it more memorable

 

 By COLIN FERNANDEZ

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 Lessons in Empathy - Empathy: An Antidote to Intolerance and Bullying.

 Lessons in Empathy - Empathy: An Antidote to Intolerance and Bullying. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
PeacePraxis founder Christa Tinari offers tips in raising empathetic children at a Peace Day event in Chestnut Hill Thursday

On Thursday, Tinari will take some of those lessons outside the classroom, as part of Peace Day Philly, for a lecture called “Empathy: An Antidote to Intolerance and Bullying.” It is the first of a monthly series on empathy Tinari plans to give around the city this school year, mostly targeted at parents—but also, she says, for everyone.

“We’re all working on these skills, I hope—they’re human skills,” Tinari says. “As we get older, our problems get more complex. We can’t address them the same way we did as children. But if we’re committed to the values of peace and compassion and understanding, of building community, we’ll work and get better at all of this.”

 

BY ROXANNE PATEL SHEPELAVY

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