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Empathy @Cleveland Clinic

CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD, shared this video, titled "Empathy," with the Cleveland Clinic staff during his 2013 State of the Clinic address on Feb. 27, 2013. Vis...
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Ronnie Hausheer's comment, March 3, 2013 5:49 AM
a beautiful video... brought tears to my eyes... not just for health care providers. This is for all of us everywhere... driving a car, checking out at the supermarket, talking on the phone. Thank you for this video.
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Empathy Movement Magazine

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Brenda Robinson's curator insight, May 13, 2015 9:52 PM

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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Six Hands-On Ways to Foster Empathy in Your Kids

Six Hands-On Ways to Foster Empathy in Your Kids | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
By Hailey Hudson
 
Empathy—the ability to understand the pain of others—is in short supply among kids these days. Empathy is incredibly important because it breeds action, and fostering empathy in children is especially important because kids are growing into the adults that will shape the future of our world.

 

But when kids just don’t seem to get it despite repeated conversations, what else can the adults in their lives do? Sometimes words seem empty, and it’s better to take a show rather than a tell approach. Here are six hands-on activities that will teach your kids what it truly means to think about the needs of others.

 

 

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Do reporters really care about empathy?

Do reporters really care about empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Instead of spending a minute or two on something truly dangerous to the American people, actual Russian collusion, corruption, kickbacks, and cover-up of the sale of uranium reserves to the Russians, reporters spend hours on an unverified phone call of Trump.

 

 They are supposedly worried about his lack of empathy, according to a disputed account by Rep. Frederica Wilson, who allegedly overheard parts of a condolence call the president placed to grieving soldier's widow.

I don't recall one discussion about empathy on the news during Obama's eight years, but here are some true examples of a president's lack of empathy:

 

By Jack Hellner

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Radical Empathy Now

Radical Empathy Now | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It's time to start tuning in to the right thing, at the right time, in the right way so we can build a more empathic and peaceful world.

 

If we don’t stop and tune in to the right thing (Declining Empathy) our world will continue to become more violent and inhumane. Right now we have a problem! We don't have to look far to see the cruelties, lack of civility, abuses, disconnect, and injustices plaguing our world. Its time to take the steps to help disconnected families, to put a stop to school bullying, to enlighten greedy and insensitive corporate practices, and to inform policy makers, school officials and educators alike of the importance of understanding and prioritizing the development of social and emotional literacy in our youth. The time for change is now!

 

We can change our trajectory, we have the power to write the novel of our future. Its up to us to determine if it is going to be a tragedy or a story of triumph, peace, love and human connection. Its no small undertaking, but commitment and dedication from people like you we can join together in making the world a better place, for us and for future generations to come.

 

We ask you to join us in the empathy revolution! To take an active role in changing the decline in empathy and its effects. We are the hope the world so desperately seeks. We are the agents of change!

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Gold Star mother: Trump has been extremely empathetic

Gold Star mother: Trump has been extremely empathetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Joining us now, Gold Star mom Karen Vaughn. I've known you for many, many years. You're the mother of Aaron Vaughn. He was one of 30 servicemen. He died, he was part of Extortion 17. You met President Trump. You also, when your son's body was being brought back, you have a story to tell. Was President Trump empathetic to you? Did he show empathy for you?

KAREN VAUGHN, MOTHER OF FALLEN U.S. NAVY SEAL: Yes. He was extremely empathetic, Sean. I've not only met him once, I've met him twice. He sat with him as Gold Star families before the election and then he also invited our family to the White House, for a Gold Star family's dinner and ceremony. A ceremony that he plans to continue I understand, until he brings in a tremendous number of Gold Star families across this country. He is extraordinarily empathetic to the Gold Star family.

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Bush Ethics Chief: Trump Has 'No Empathy' For Fallen Soldiers' Families

Bush Ethics Chief: Trump Has 'No Empathy' For Fallen Soldiers' Families | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“He has no empathy, no understanding of the human emotions of what people go through because he never did it himself, he stayed home during Vietnam with his sore foot or whatever it was,” Painter said. “What he’s done to Gen. Kelly is atrocious.”
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The Absence of Empathy

The Absence of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Trump's callous remarks to a slain soldier's widow showcase his repulsive deficiencies as both a person and president.

 

Ultimately all of this underscores one of Trump's truly repulsive deficiencies as both person and especially as president: his absence of empathy. This is a quality requisite to the presidency but Trump has repeatedly demonstrated a dearth of it:

 

Recall his reaction to Charlottesville, conjure the image of him shooting rolls of paper towels like basketballs in Puerto Rico. Maybe he just doesn't know any better. It is, retired Col. Jack Jacobs said on MSNBC Wednesday afternoon, "entirely possible Donald Trump actually thinks he's sympathetic."

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Reading rewires your brain for more intelligence & empathy  

Reading rewires your brain for more intelligence & empathy   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The benefits are plenty, which is especially important in a distracted, smartphone age in which one-quarter of American children don't learn to read. This not only endangers them socially and intellectually, but cognitively handicaps them for life. One 2009 study of 72 children ages eight to ten discovered that reading creates new white matter in the brain, which improves system-wide communication.
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Resources to Help Children Build Empathy

Resources to Help Children Build Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

How can we help children work through their feelings? Exploring resources that show children what it means to be empathetic will generate important discussions about helping each other work through tough times.

Recognizing Feelings

How can you tell how someone is feeling? Sometimes, you can tell just by looking at the way they behave. Dr. Michele Borba, an Educational Psychologist, shared an important lesson in empathy from a classroom in Alberta, Canada. A teacher placed a seven-month-old baby in the middle of a circle of students. The teacher asked children to simply watch the baby and describe what the baby was feeling. She then asked them to support their statements.

 

How do they know the baby is feeling frustrated when the baby can’t talk? This exercise gives children the opportunity to consider someone’s feelings by looking at their body language. Children can then use these same observation skills to recognize when classmates are in distress and think about ways they can help them work through their troubles (Borba, 2017).

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Kind’s Foundation Is Investing $20 Million To Teach Kids Empathy | Empatico

Kind’s Foundation Is Investing $20 Million To Teach Kids Empathy | Empatico | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

On October 17, the Foundation announced its biggest bet yet, putting $20 million into Empatico, a video-conferencing and digital learning platform aimed at elementary schools that the foundation launched as a pilot earlier this year. Empatico creates interactive lesson plans that schools across America and abroad can do together, expanding everyone’s understanding of differing cultures and social norms. Part of the money will come from Lubetzky’s shares in the company.

“One of the most critical things we need to do in society is to develop critical thinking skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability for people to empathize with one another,”

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The Teachers Guild - How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other? 

The Teachers Guild - How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

TRY THESE ACTIVITIES TO BUILD EMPATHY AND COMMUNITY

 Empathy in Your Classroom


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In a 10-week design journey, The Teachers Guild asked its network of optimistic educators across the country to design and share ideas to cultivate empathy in their classrooms. This project generated over a hundred solutions, sparked active conversations on and offline about the limits of empathy in schools, and the role that  student voice plays in building bridges across divides in classrooms today. 


We launched this project because we believe in the power of empathy to positively transform student and teacher experience. If you’ve been in a school for any length of time, you know that whether you’ve asked for it or not, you’re bound to encounter 
extremely vulnerable situations.

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(Empathc Design) Exercises: Empathy Workshops - Tips to Promote Empathy in Your Designs 

(Empathc Design) Exercises: Empathy Workshops - Tips to Promote Empathy in Your Designs  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
But how can you promote empathy in your designs? Here, I’ll be running you through some of the ways we promote empathy among our designers and with our clients in workshops. 

 

EVIL UX

Therefore, it’s time to tap into your inner supervillain and think specifically about bad ideas. Turn the brainstorm on its head, and instead of searching for the one true good idea, ask yourself the following:

 

STINKY FISH

Stinky Fish is a short activity. It focuses on sharing fears and anxieties the group may have about a project – their smelly fishes – and laying them bare for all to see. Some people may find this uncomfortable at first but it’s worth it – trust me.

 

THE OBITUARY
The obituary is the final empathy-building workshop I’ll be outlining today. This one is a little more morose, but it’s a great way of meeting your users halfway.

 

by Matt Gibson

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The Largest Study Ever of Libertarian Psychology

The Largest Study Ever of Libertarian Psychology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
2) On reasoning and emotions: Libertarians have the most “masculine” style, liberals the most “feminine.”

 

We used Simon Baron-Cohen’s measures of “empathizing” (on which women tend to score higher) and “systemizing”, which refers to “the drive to analyze the variables in a system, and to derive the underlying rules that govern the behavior of the system.”

 

Men tend to score higher on this variable. Libertarians score the lowest of the three groups on empathizing, and highest of the three groups on systemizing. (Note that we did this and all other analyses for males and females separately.) On this and other measures, libertarians consistently come out as the most cerebral, most rational, and least emotional. On a very crude problem solving measure related to IQ, they score the highest.   

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11 Books That Model Empathy and Compassion for Young Readers 

11 Books That Model Empathy and Compassion for Young Readers  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Lately, it seems whenever I turn on the news or open social media I learn that another tragedy has occurred somewhere in the world. Each time, I am overcome with feelings of sadness, frustration, and downright hopelessness. I try to think of how I can help make a difference in some small way, but usually end up falling short.

At moments like these, it feels even more important to have conversations with the children in our lives about topics like empathy, compassion, kindness, and inclusion. The interesting thing about empathy, though, is that it’s not easy to teach. Yet there are some ways to instill and inspire it. One way is to read books that touch on the subject and can spark a conversation about what it means to be empathetic and compassionate. The following books can help you do just that.
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Donald Trump has "no empathy for those who serve" because he dodged Vietnam, says Bush official

Donald Trump has "no empathy for those who serve" because he dodged Vietnam, says Bush official | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“He has no empathy, no understanding of human emotions that people go through because he stayed home during Vietnam with his sore foot or whatever it was,” Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush, told CNN anchor Erin Burnett during an interview Wednesday.

“I think we’ve seen over and over again that President Trump has no empathy for those who serve abroad in our wars, who have been captured like John McCain, or those who have been killed or the families of those who have been killed, in the case of Gen. Kelly,” Painter said.
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 Restorative Conflict Resolution: based on empathy, possibility, and self-direction

Building a conflict resolution system for kids and staff based on empathy, possibility, and self-direction at summer camp.

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We Need Computers with Empathy:  Your computer has no idea what you’re feeling—that needs to change

We Need Computers with Empathy:  Your computer has no idea what you’re feeling—that needs to change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 An emerging trend in artificial intelligence is to get computers to detect how we’re feeling and respond accordingly. They might even help us develop more compassion for one another.

 

 

Today, an emerging category of AI—artificial emotional intelligence, or emotion AI—is focused on developing algorithms that can identify not only basic human emotions such as happiness, sadness, and anger but also more complex cognitive states such as fatigue, attention, interest, confusion, distraction, and more.

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Andres Gomez's curator insight, October 20, 2:48 AM
In my opinion, It is a very controversial topic ina view of the fact that the use of technology is important today in different field as education, medicine and others, But we need to be concious that are just machines without heart or feelings. A ckear example of it is how families are changing for the use of the cellphone the parents does not have communication with his children, so it helps that the model for this kids will be famoues people probably with bad behaviors.
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Finland is one of world's least empathetic countries, finds study

Finland is one of world's least empathetic countries, finds study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Finns are among the worst in the world at walking in the shoes of others, indicates a study published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

The authors of the study analysed the responses of over 100,000 people from around to world to an online survey on empathy in an attempt to explore cultural variation in empathy and rank countries based on how likely their residents were to show compassion and appreciate the views of others.

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Former Philly neo-Nazi now fighting white supremacy with empathy

Former Philly neo-Nazi now fighting white supremacy with empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A Jewish man in Fox Chase not only had given him a job as a furniture assemblyman, but he had treated Meeink with respect. He began cross-referencing his stereotypes with the realities he saw in his life.

But it was empathy that broke him, Meeink said. And it holds the power to do that to others, too.

Today, when he's talking to someone struggling to overcome his or her hateful ideology, that's the tool he uses....

 

"Because you're full of fear, that's what happens," Meeink said. "They lash out violently. What else are you going to get out of the situation?"

That's where Meeink preaches empathy.

Violence by leftist groups won't halt the hateful rhetoric spewed by white supremacists, Meeink said. Nor will accusations.

Instead, Meeink said, it takes someone to show them the love and empathy they seek. And it helps when it comes from someone like him, who once shared the same identity.

 

JOHN KOPP

 

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Why Empathy is Declining and How to Inspire More

Why Empathy is Declining and How to Inspire More | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This article is the fourth in a series abou Emotional Contagion. It explores why empathy is decreasing and offers tips to improve it.

Why is Empathy Important?

People with good empathy skills:

 

Empathy is one of the most important abilities that help people understand each other. It is critical to building bridges between individuals and to establishing healthy relationships.  We all have the capacity for empathy. Part of empathy is natural and can be honed, and the rest can be learned. Below are eight practical tips for improving empathy, but let’s understand why we are currently devaluing it.

 

 Bob Avenson

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Stop Ghosting and Date With More Empathy

Stop Ghosting and Date With More Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If you’re looking for a quick and dirty exit to a romantic entanglement with someone you’re not too likely to run into again, ghosting can seem like a tempting, blissfully simple option.

 

But then, one day, you find yourself on the opposite end of the ghosting equation, lovelorn and wondering why people can’t just treat each other like goddamn human beings for once!!!

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Flexing your Empathy with Edwin Rutsch | Episode 128

Flexing your Empathy with Edwin Rutsch | Episode 128 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What is it that separates empathy and action? For some, it’s easier to remain focused on ourselves than it is to clue in to what’s going on with the folks around us. For others, we’re worried that by empathizing with others, we might somehow weaken our own ideals and perspectives.

 

Edwin Rutsch has made it his mission in life to help teach what empathy is, and more importantly how to embrace it. Because it’s when we realize that we don’t have to abandon who we are to be with someone else, that something truly powerful can happen.

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(Empathic Design) Why is empathy important for design? – 

(Empathic Design) Why is empathy important for design? –  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is one way of thinking about the difference between art and design. If art is about exploring the possibility of human imagination and expressing this through physical media, design is about exploring the possibility of human imagination and connecting this to the reality of people’s lives.

 

Design is about being helpful and useful as well as being provocative and surprising. Design makes “the art of the possible” a collective endeavor.

 

Mark Gatenby

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(Empathic Design) Empathy Workshops - Tips to Promote Empathy in Your Designs 

(Empathic Design) Empathy Workshops - Tips to Promote Empathy in Your Designs  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Matt Gibson 

 

What is empathy? Many people often confuse empathy with sympathy, but the two aren’t the same thing – far from it, in fact. Sympathy is the act of understanding a person's perspective, but empathy goes further: it is the identification of and experience of feeling the emotions of another. It’s the identification part that’s key. The object and the subject never become one, but they can understand one another.

Empathy is all about convergence, whereas sympathy is experienced from more of a distance. It’s because of this that empathy is of the utmost importance for designers; with empathy, you can identify the problems your users might face and provide practical solutions from a designer’s perspective.

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