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Compassion and Empathy in Social Justice

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Using a few pricinples of non-violent communication and comments from friends, I examine the balance between empathy in social justice and compassion.

 

While I certainly don’t always practice the concepts of non-violent communication, I found the concepts surrounding it useful and I’ve found the discussions and the points my friends have brought up useful as well. While I’ve also struggled with expressing and receiving empathy, I’ve also had issues with arguing and fighting past a point of self-care where I was not only wasting my time, but causing myself more stress and frustration in the end.

 

So with all of these in mind, I want to recap a few basic principles:

 

You are taught and encouraged to be oppressive towards yourself and to others.

Someone who does not have any empathy is incapable of giving you empathy.

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People, who have been dehumanised for decades, may find it difficult to extend humanity to others.

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Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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To understand perpetrators, we must care about them: Empathy can help with understanding the experiences and motivations of perpetrators.

To understand perpetrators, we must care about them: Empathy can help with understanding the experiences and motivations of perpetrators. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Preventing future atrocities requires empathetic understanding of how regular people transform into monsters. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging perpetrators.

 

Deliberately cultivating empathy for the veterans I talked to was essential in dealing with an inevitable fact of the interviews: their lies. The men I met told two sorts of lies: lies they knowingly told others (one veteran who murdered children, for instance, tried repeatedly to deny doing so), and lies they unknowingly told themselves (one man tried insisting that he had consensual sex with comfort women, that he was not a rapist). 

 

It was important to get past both kinds of lies, but I could not do so effectively if I could not empathize with their need to lie, with their need to defend themselves against their worst shames. Keeping that at the front of my emotional awareness allowed me to practice empathetic interrogation—which was, in my view, the only way to get the truth from people whose testimony was entirely voluntary.

 

 JAMES DAWES

 

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How to Difference between revisions of "Avoid Misunderstandings with Your Partner"

Actively listen. Listening to your partner can help you understand what they want and need.

1] Even if they disagree with your opinion or perspective, listening is an important first step in avoiding misunderstandings with your partner.

[2] Pay attention to nonverbal information. For instance, if you ask your partner if they want to go see a movie and they exhale with a “tsh” sound, raise their eyebrows sharply, and reply “Yeah,” they might not want to see a movie even though they said they did.


Rephrase what your partner says. For instance, if your partner says, “The pasta is a bit stiff still and the water is cold,” you might reply, “It sounds as though the pasta is not done cooking yet, is that right?”

Ask questions. In addition to paraphrasing what your partner says, you should ask questions if there’s anything you don’t understand or wish to obtain more information about.

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Our Approach | IDEO.org

Our Approach | IDEO.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Human-centered design sits at the intersection of empathy and creativity

 

We use human-centered design to create products, services, and experiences that improve the lives of people living in poverty.

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How Museums Can Help Promote Empathy - Museum Hack

How Museums Can Help Promote Empathy - Museum Hack | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We talk a lot about how museums can use storytelling to transform museum experiences. We love thinking about fresh and innovative ways to re-engage new audiences and draw in new visitors.

But today we are going to focus on how museums, as institutions of history, culture and change, can help change the world. And, more specifically, how they can help increase empathy.

Elif M. Gokcigdem recently wrote an article for The Greater Good Science Center, located in Berkeley California. In this article, “Five Ways Museums Can Increase Empathy in the World,” Gokcigdem discusses the concept of empathy and how museums can be become champions for the increasing empathy in the world.

 

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Teaching children empathy through the arts

Empathy is an essential skill to connect with the people and world around you. It is also so much more than even compassion- to be truly empathetic one has to feel how it might be to be in another’s place. So how can we teach this skill, and how can we simplify it enough to teach bit effectively to children?

 

The most effective way to teach it is experientially- and the most fun way is through the arts. On this Voices in the Family, we will speak with people involved in the film “The Other Side of the Fence”, a musical performed in schools to teach kids empathy experientially, and we will also speak to the founder and the director of Chicago’s Changing Worlds project- a project that goes into schools to provide artistic experiences through which kids can connect to others different than themselves. 

 

 

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Your Brain on Empathy | KPFA

Your Brain on Empathy | KPFA | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Our host Timothy Regan and guest Sarah Peyton take you into how your brain works in relationship, with detailed attention to our capacity for empathy – what it is, and how to know it and grow it, through stories, demonstrations, and live calls.

Sarah Peyton, international speaker and facilitator, has a passion for weaving together neuroscience knowledge and experiences of healing that unify people with their brains and bodies. Funny, touching, and filled with personal stories and up-to-date research on our nervous systems and how they interact with each other, her teaching changes lives and invites self-acceptance and self-compassion. Sarah offers healing experiences of hearing ourselves and others deeply.

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Carl Rogers' Core Conditions - Counselling Tutor

Carl Rogers' Core Conditions - Counselling Tutor | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The ‘core conditions’ are basically attitudes that the counsellor displays that show acceptance of the client, valuing them as a human being of worth.

Empathy
The first condition is called empathy, sometimes referred to as a frame of reference. Try this experiment: with a friend, look at the same object, or the view out of the window. Do you see the same thing?

Probably not; the reason is that we all have our own perception of the world. The counsellor tries to understand the thoughts and the feelings as the client experiences them , sometimes referred to as ‘walking in someone else’s shoes’.
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New Research Shows Empathy in HSP's Brains

New Research Shows Empathy in HSP's Brains | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As highly sensitive people, many of us have spent our lives feeling different from other people but not really knowing why. In some cases, others tell us that we’re different, usually in a critical, demanding way – you’re too sensitive, too intense, too shy, why are you hiding out here when everyone else is at the party?

 

These all too familiar phrases, even when they are well-meant, usually have the effect of making sensitive people feel unacceptable, unappreciated and inherently flawed in some way, leading us quickly down the road to feelings of shame, self-doubt and low self-esteem.

 

Deborah Ward is the author of Overcoming Low Self-Esteem with Mindfulness.

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5 Ways to Spread Empathy Through Education 

5 Ways to Spread Empathy Through Education  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Here are the 5 top reasons why empathic development is key for our collective future, paired with 5 practical ways educators and parents can implement it into educational curricula:

 

  • #1: Reduced Prejudice
  • #2: Increased Creativity & Innovation
  • #3: Collaboration
  • #4: Personal & Social Awareness
  • #5: Building More Participatory Democracies
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(Against Empathy) Misplaced empathy sows seeds of misery

(Against Empathy) Misplaced empathy sows seeds of misery | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Too much empathy exhausts our internal chemical reserves, creating a new reality, as real to the sufferer as it is unreal to an outsider - and that is probably one reason for so-called copycat suicides, especially among teenagers who have not yet learned the difference between our feelings and our self.

So, do you become a "hard arse"?

 

David French

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Raising an empathetic child is down to the parents

Raising an empathetic child is down to the parents | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Showing empathy is the result of many social-emotional skills that are...


Looking your child in the eye and making empathy-building a priority will lead to them building good relationships

 

We live in a world that has become increasingly social online, yet we seem to lack face-to-face contact more than ever. 

Yet, the fact is that there are many people in the world who are in distress and need our help. And parents know that it’s important to teach children to develop empathy and care for others instead of growing up to be self-centred individuals — a task that is increasingly difficult in a “selfie”-mad world.

 
BY BALVINDER SANDHU
 
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Machine Learning Without Empathy Fails

Machine Learning Without Empathy Fails | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Customer empathy will continue to be a key attribute startups must master in order to compete with, and outperform the giants in their industry.

 

Startups that value customer empathy’s role in marketing and tackle real customer relationships alongside machine learning will succeed. Those who don’t will fail.

 

William Gradin

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​Empathy gets a bad rap 

​Empathy gets a bad rap  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I beg to differ. Empathy is the exact quality necessary to make a good judge an exceptional one. Empathy means, “I get it, I feel your pain.” It allows for better understanding when evaluating all the components of a case.

A lack of empathy, in psychiatric circles, is often defined as the mark of a sociopath, showing a clear lack of willingness or inability to hear and understand the perspective, experience or emotions of others.

Politics, ambition, and a lack of experience or character may prevent a judge from being empathetic. Therefore, in some cases, empathy can mean the difference between providing justice or not.

Embracing empathy
As leaders, we are asked to be arbiters for the success or failure of the people we manage every day. To be both significant and effective, we need to not only understand empathy but embrace it wholeheartedly.

 

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(Against Empathy) Did a lack of empathy cause both Brexit and Trump?

(Against Empathy) Did a lack of empathy cause both Brexit and Trump? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Defenders of empathy typically recommend that we try to change our biases, training ourselves to feel as deeply with the different or the distant as we do with those at home. Bloom argues that this is bound to fail: we will never feel as much for a stranger’s child as we do for our own. (Even if we could, it might not be a good thing: one study suggests that high-empathy individuals have higher levels of aggression.)

 

Instead, we should train ourselves to think about consequences, and to respond to situations with “rational compassion”. This demands approaching others with warmth and understanding but remaining emotionally detached when deciding how to act.

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Five Ways Feeling Good Can Be Bad for You

Five Ways Feeling Good Can Be Bad for You | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

5. When you’re empathizing with suffering

Research suggests that being happier in general makes us kinder and more generous. But people who try to feel good all the time, at all costs, can miss some opportunities to connect with others.


A 2014 study, for example, found that positive people less accurately empathize with certain negative emotions. Over 120 young adults watched four videos, where people described good or bad events in their own lives (e.g., winning a scholarship or having a dispute with a landlord).

 

During the videos, the participants continuously rated how they believed the storyteller was feeling on a scale of one to nine, changing their rating any moment they sensed an emotional shift. Those ratings were compared to the storytellers’ ratings of their own feelings over the course of the video.

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(Against Empathy) Empathy's Unintended Consequences

(Against Empathy) Empathy's Unintended Consequences | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"When you choose to broaden your ambit of concern and empathize with the plight of others," then-senator Barack Obama told a standing-room-only crowd in 2006 at Xavier University's commencement, "whether they are close friends or distant strangers—it becomes harder not to act, harder not to help.

 

" Empathy has become, in many precincts of 21st-century America, both the preferred tool for moral reasoning and a paramount value in its own right. But in this well-reasoned tract, Paul Bloom punctures empathy's seeming invulnerability by outlining its serious flaws, arguing instead for the use of compassionate but rational judgment in reaching ethical decisions.

 

  By MICHAEL M. ROSEN

THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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5 Talks On Empathy | CreativeMornings

5 Talks On Empathy | CreativeMornings | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
5 Talks on Empathy That Will Change How You Connect and Create
The world might always have a shortage in empathy.

To understand someone’s worldview that is foreign to yours is the hard work of being human. We need space to critically think and also have the support of people who possess a compassionate understanding so that our assessments aren’t entirely self-serving.

Empathy is a conscious choice—a decision to hit pause on our emotions, say hello to our hidden biases, and acknowledge the information that we’re not seeing or are choosing to ignore.
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Empathy on part of infected people can halt disease outbreaks, finds study

Empathy on part of infected people can halt disease outbreaks, finds study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The researches found that only if sick persons took precautions to avoid infecting others could the illness be eradicated.

To avoid infecting other people, perceptive sick persons were more likely to stay home from work or cover their cough

Turns out, it just takes a little empathy to halt infectious disease outbreaks.

 

The Georgia Institute of Technology researchers used a networked variation of game theory to study how individual behaviour during an outbreak of influenza – or other illness – affects the progress of the disease, including how rapidly the outbreak dies out.

 

The study pitted the self-interests of susceptible individuals against those of infected persons, and found that only if sick persons took precautions to avoid infecting others could the illness be eradicated. Healthy people attempting to protect themselves couldn’t, by themselves, stop the disease from spreading. Among the key factors was empathy of infected persons.

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Empathy: The Basic Quality Many Leaders Keep Getting Wrong

Empathy: The Basic Quality Many Leaders Keep Getting Wrong | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why some managers just can't get along with their teams? Or have you seen a boss who's lost touch with reality? Or maybe you're the leader, and you've noticed a slow-but-sure disconnect from your team. What can you do about it?

You've heard the advice time and again: Learn to show more empathy.

Although many consider empathy to be a basic human quality, it's often still missing in our day-to-day lives. One reason is because many confuse empathy with its closely related cousin sympathy. The two qualities are definitely related, but the key to demonstrating empathy is in knowing the difference.
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What's the Difference Between Sympathy and Empathy?

What's the Difference Between Sympathy and Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The difference in meaning is usually explained with some variation of the following: sympathy is when you share the feelings of another; empathy is when you understand the feelings of another but do not necessarily share them.
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(Empathic Leadership) Why the Empathetic Leader Is the Best Leader

(Empathic Leadership) Why the Empathetic Leader Is the Best Leader | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It’s All About Empathy
Sinek says researching his latest book has even changed the way he conducts his own life and business. “The lesson I’m learning is that I’m useless by myself. My success hinges entirely on the people I work with—the people who enlist themselves to join me in my vision. And it’s my responsibility to see that they’re working at their best capacity.”

Empathy—the ability to recognize and share other people’s feelings—is the most important instrument in a leader’s toolbox, Sinek believes. It can be expressed in the simple words, “Is everything OK?”

It’s what effective leaders ask an employee, instead of commanding “Clean out your desk” when he or she starts slacking off. It’s what you ask a client when a once-harmonious relationship gets rocky. “I really believe in quiet confrontation,” Sinek says. “If you had a good working relationship with someone and it’s suddenly gone sour, I believe in saying something like, ‘When we started we were both so excited, and it’s become really difficult now. Are you OK? What’s changed?’

 

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#TeachingEmpathy - Education World: Teaching Empathy in a Post-Empathetic World

#TeachingEmpathy - Education World: Teaching Empathy in a Post-Empathetic World | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How do we teach "empathy"? It’s a fair question, followed up with, “How do we have the time to teach something like ‘empathy’ in our academically rigorous classes?” Often bundled up and pushed aside as non-compulsory “character education”, this sort of work can sometimes seem arbitrary and time-consuming. However, the science shows there is nothing further from the truth. In fact, an empathic school is a smarter school.

Multiple studies have now shown a strong correlation between student empathy and academic achievement....

 

 

1. Teaching Point of View...

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3. Teaching Listening...

4. Empathic Civilization: Jeremy Rifkin...

 

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#EmpathyAtWork - If You Can’t Empathize with Your Employees, You’d Better Learn To

#EmpathyAtWork - If You Can’t Empathize with Your Employees, You’d Better Learn To | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy—the ability to read and understand other’s emotions, needs, and thoughts—is one of the core competencies of emotional intelligence and a critical leadership skill. It is what allows us to influence, inspire, and help people achieve their dreams and goals. Empathy enables us to connect with others in a real and meaningful way, which in turn makes us happier—and more effective—at work.

 

Many people mistakenly believe that empathy—like other emotional intelligence competencies—is something you’re born with or not. But it’s not that simple. 

 

Marion Barraud for HBR

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