Views on Empathy, Curiosity, Creativity, Faith, Tolerance, and Obedience Across the Ideological Spectrum
The data also present a familiar caricature of "liberals" and "conservatives." Based on a longer survey that classified respondents along an ideological spectrum from left to right, the researchers found that "consistent conservatives" were more likely to prioritize obedience and religious faith in particular, while "consistent liberals" emphasized tolerance, creativity, curiosity, and empathy for others.
They were also significantly less likely than other respondents to rate "hard work" as one of the most important things to teach children—they ranked 13 percentage points lower than "consistent conservatives."
Kids and screen time has been a great debate for years and now researchers are saying that children may lose the ability to empathise - but do they?
New research from the University of California tells us that our children’s increasing time in front of screens is inhibiting their social and emotional competency. In the study, a group of sixth-graders were shown images of nearly 50 faces and asked to identify the feelings the faces displayed. Then, the group was divided in two, with one group being sent away to a five-day outdoor education camp where there was zero access to devices. The other group stayed at home and it was life as usual.
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TODAY THERE ARE THOSE WHO believe that empathy is a solution to our social problems. They tell us that the indignities suffered by minorities and oppressed groups could be resolved if only we in the majority would empathize more, and in their vision of a better society, there would be abundance of caring and kindness between its members.
How could you disagree? The cognitive scientist Paul Bloom will soon publish a book that looks at the consequences of empathy and concludes that reason is a better guide for social policy.
Empathy turns out to have some undesirable side effects, like a desire for retribution on behalf of victims without regard for long-term consequences. Or the identifiable victim effect, which causes us to react to the plight of individuals more strongly than to the suffering of vast numbers. There are some other concerns, but on the whole, they are pragmatic considerations that ask whether empathy is effective or not. But another kind of critique is possible.
A healthy body of research has proven that learning empathy can make a difference in students’ attitudes toward poverty.
In one study, researchers measured college students’ attitudes toward people in poverty before and after a poverty simulation. The study took “students who had led fairly privileged lives” and “hadn’t had much exposure to people in poverty,” says the study’s researcher, Robert Nielsen, a professor of family and consumer sciences at the University of Georgia...
Blair says empathy is vital because it leads to action.
People like to think of themselves as good, moral people, he says. And when you see someone in need and don’t help, there must be a “cognitive distancing,” or a separation that lets you continue to be a good person in your own mind while still not being helpful.
Tavis Smiley joins HuffPost Live to comment on Martin Luther King Jr.'s "radical empathy".
"The greatest lesson to me from Martins life,.... I don't get where that radical empathy came from. Not just empathy, but radical empathy, that kind of radical empathy that goes deep to the bone marrow kind of love." Tavis Smiley
“Soooooo How much are you going to CHARGE me, to make me FEEL better?,” a “shark” sneers at me in contempt. The five other slick entrepreneurial investors on the panel, or “sharks”, either stare off blankly or twitch in discomfort.
My co-founder Mica Stumpf and I are standing on stage at the Shark Tank Showcase, having just “pitched” our vision of bringing empathy to the world via smartphone: Empathy App.
Empathy is often thought to occur automatically. Yet, empathy frequently breaks down when it is difficult or distressing to relate to people in need, suggesting that empathy is often not felt reflexively.
Indeed, the United States as a whole is said to be displaying an empathy deficit. When and why does empathy break down, and what predicts whether people will exert effort to experience empathy in challenging contexts?
Across 7 studies, we found that people who held a malleable mindset about empathy (believing empathy can be developed) expended greater empathic effort in challenging contexts than did people who held a fixed theory (believing empathy cannot be developed).
Paul Rosen, MD, a pediatric rheumatologist, serves as the Clinical Director of Service and Operational Excellence at Nemours. He received a masters of public health degree from Harvard University and a masters of medical management degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
[Talks about the need for empathy in the hospitals.]
Getting beyond protests to achieve justice won’t happen until there is a wave of empathy descending upon a city known for putting up barriers — literal and figurative — to block people who don’t think or look like them.
Here’s how empathy begins: Consider the case of real people who might have faced a situation similar to your own.
Join us for Empathy Week, Sept. 9-11, in the KS Ballroom and Bosco Plaza, as we explore the issue of child trafficking at home and abroad; experience the stories of survivors through film, photography and artifacts; and engage in the solutions by attending the Empathy Exhibit and Experience or taking part in the Mattress Vigil.
The Empathy Exhibit will tell stories of actual child trafficking victims and survivors through film, photography and artifacts.
In the latest installment of Columbia Business School's Engaging Leaders series, Lewis B. Kaden, former Vice Chairman at Citigroup, recalls the empathetic leadership of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, for whom he served as legislative aide and campaign staffer.
Paul Bloom, the noted Yale psychologist, wrote, in a 2013 New Yorkerarticle and again in a 2014 Boston Reviewforum, “against empathy.”
We are urged to feel empathy in order to do good for others, but empathy is a poor guide to altruism. Empathy is “parochial, narrow-minded, and innumerate,” Bloom writes. We empathize much more with people who resemble us in background, looks, or character (that is, people who seem moral and deserving just like we assume we are) than with people who are different, odd, or potentially at fault.
Thus, the baby fallen in the well in the next town deserves moving heaven and earth to save her, while tens of thousands of starving, deformed refugees thousands of miles away — not so much.
How can empathy’s discrimination be morally justified, Bloom asks. Isn’t there a better guide?
Empathy - that ability to truly put yourself in the shoes of another - is a word that seems to fit better in group therapy sessions than in the board room, and yet it is fast becoming recognised as one of the most important skills the modern leader can possess.
High profile scandals have damaged public trust in everyone from bankers and politicians, to supermarkets and celebrities in recent years, leaving businesses reeling, and working hard to rebuild relationships with their customers.
Therefore the ability of individuals in leadership roles to build relationships, establish trust and demonstrate empathy, has never been more important.
When used as an addiction recovery tool, self-compassion has shown to help people overcome cravings, deal with the stresses of early recovery, and better manage their emotions. It involves being mindful, but the practice also boosts self-esteem, reduces self-criticism, and allows the person to feel more comfortable in his or her own skin – qualities that are essential for lasting sobriety.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, “compassionate mind states may be learned, and may alleviate shame, as well as other distressing outcomes, such as depression, anxiety, self-attacks, feelings of inferiority, and submissive behavior.”
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One of the most important skills we can teach our kids is empathy. Empathy is the ability to see and value what another person is feeling or experiencing.
When we see someone in pain and feel that response in our own gut, that’s empathy. When we see someone crying tears of joy at an important reunion and notice ourselves choking up, that’s empathy. When we see someone struggling with a problem and feel an emotional pull to help, that’s empathy.
It’s a core skill for what psychologists call “pro-social” behavior – the actions that are involved in building close relationships, maintaining friendships, and developing strong communities. It appears to be the central reality necessary for developing a conscience, as well. Raising empathetic kids might seem like a challenging task, but kids are empathetic by nature!...
So, what are some ways to help support our kids’ development of empathy, and the ability to respond to others in constructive ways?
Central to the notion of healing in connection is the power of mutual empathy in the therapeutic relationship. Isolation is a major source of human suffering and is often accompanied by immobilization, which prevents movement back into relationship after disconnections.
Healing is seen as occurring in connection with others.
In order for patients to relinquish strategies of disconnection and shift their negative expectations in relationships, they must actually experience a sense of relational efficacy, of having an impact on the other person, the therapist. This happens when the therapist is emotionally present, attuned, therapeutically authentic, and working with the connections and disconnections in the therapy relationship itself. In this way, people begin to move back into growth-fostering relationships, expecting that others may respond empathically and finding that they can be effective in shifting and moving relationships in ways that allow them to bring themselves more fully into relationship, to be more whole and authentic.
Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is associated with an assortment of characteristics that undermine interpersonal functioning. A lack of empathy is often cited as the primary distinguishing feature of NPD.
However, clinical presentations of NPD suggest that empathy is not simply deficient in these individuals, but dysfunctional and subject to a diverse set of motivational and situational factors.
Consistent with this presentation, research illustrates that empathy is multidimensional, involving 2 distinct emotional and cognitive processes associated with a capacity to respectively understand and respond to others’ mental and affective states.
The goal of this practice review is to bridge the gap between our psychobiological understanding of empathy and its clinical manifestations in NPD.
Sarah Fader shares why she believes that few things are more important for her son to learn than empathy.
Our society focuses so much on molding children into future presidents, business people, doctors or lawyers. What we’ve lost focus on is teaching our children to have empathy. In order to truly develop meaningful connections with other people, we have to be able to step into their shoes and be empathetic...
#1 – When you have a conflict with another person, look at the situation from that person’s point of view: ...
#2 – When someone expresses anger towards you, ask them how you can help instead of immediately becoming defensive: ...
There is a direct, scientific correlation between the level of empathy demonstrated by business leaders and the level of leadership effectiveness.
Is empathy the key to business effectiveness? According to several researchers, the answer is a certain yes.
A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Economics Business and Management Studies revealed a direct, scientific correlation between the level of empathy demonstrated by business leaders and the level of leadership effectiveness.
Harvard Business Review (HBR) published an article that named empathy as the first of four primary competencies identified in successful leaders. Need more proof? In her 2012 book “The Zen Leader,” author Ginny Whitelaw defined empathy as the most powerful leadership tool, and a Forbes.com contributor named empathy a foundational element for better business.
Wearable technology is one of today’s fastest growing fields of innovation. Already it allows us to easily monitor and record biometric data, connect to
Rather than building devices that allow us to function more like a machine with clinical efficiency, researchers are beginning to understand the need for devices that recognize our humanity and assist us in fostering a sort of digital empathy.
Healey points to “[w]earable sensors [that] can capture things like galvanic skin response and heart rate and begin interpreting physiological responses.” Clothing that can sense the wearer’s mood or stress level and respond by translating their state of mind into colors or patterns recognizable to others could one day form an entirely new mode of communication. But beyond the dream of a world of sartorial over-sharing