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Training Kids for Kindness

Training Kids for Kindness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Brooke Dodson-Lavelle explains how a trailblazing compassion training program expands children's natural capacity for empathy and kindness—even toward so-called "bullies.

 

..My colleagues and I at Emory University believe people have a natural capacity for empathy, love, and compassion, and that it can be deliberately deepened and expanded—to include even so-called “bullies”— through training. 

 

Compassion involves both the heartfelt wish that others be free from suffering and the readiness to act on their behalf. It arises from a deep sense of affection for others, coupled with a sensitivity to their pain and the recognition that their suffering can be transformed. 

 
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Humane Education through animal rehabilitation has been shown to raise empathy levels in both children and adults!

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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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Can Empathy Protect You from Burnout?

Can Empathy Protect You from Burnout? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A new study aimed to answer this question by looking at empathy, burnout, and compassion fatigue in police officers who work with rape and sexual assault survivors.

Their job is one that demands tremendous empathy. If survivors perceive the investigating officer to be empathic, they’re more likely “to continue with the prosecution process and go to court,” note study authors David Turgoose, Naomi Glover, Chris Barker, and Lucy Maddox of University College London. But officers can pay a cost for this work, experiencing secondary trauma that arises from listening to stories of sexual assault.

 

04/28/2017 

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Charlie Nichols: My empathy grows, but it still has limits (Daily Mail)

Charlie Nichols: My empathy grows, but it still has limits (Daily Mail) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Perhaps therein lies my lack of empathy for this segment of society today. I haven’t had the life experience to feel for those people. I pray I never have family and friends that need my empathy in that regard. I hope you understand my lack of empathy for them.

God is still working on me.
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Empathy and the WE Experience

Empathy and the WE Experience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In empathy, we reflect back to the person an expanded awareness that includes the experience they are having, without immersing ourselves in thei

 

 “But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.” — Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

 

Empathy is defined as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.”

 

We are all empathic. Some people are more aware of this aspect of the human experience than others.

Often, when growing up, children feel the emotions of parents and family members without knowing they are not their own. If a parent is often angry, then the child may take on that emotion and assume it is his or her feeling. The child will feel angry without knowing why. If a parent is very fearful, then the child will receive the fear signals and run these emotions through his or her own physiology.

 

Children are naturally and noticeably empathic, as they have not placed filters on this innate nature. Over time, children may develop strategies to cope with untoward and unidentifiable emotions.

 

By Melissa Joy Jonsson

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The Case Against Empathy

The Case Against Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Designers love to tout their ability to empathize with users. But too much empathy can kill a company. Here’s what to do instead. 

 

 

I’ve had my fill of empathy. Or to be more specific, all the talk of empathy in recent years. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for a human-centric approach to design, one that puts users first and attempts to understand how the world looks to them. But in design circles and many other fields, empathy has become little more than a buzzword, which, at its most vacuous, seems to mean nothing more than a soft bleating sound made when a small animal is in pain.

 

At its most cynical, it’s a Silicon Valley euphemism for market research. As one colleague pungently put it, “Empathy is a rathole.” I wouldn’t go quite so far; but for the sake of semantic integrity, alone, I think that we as a community of design thinkers should self-impose an 18-month moratorium on using the word.

 

BY STEVE VASSALLO

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Chicago: Barack Obama says ready to train new leaders in first post-presidency speech

Chicago: Barack Obama says ready to train new leaders in first post-presidency speech | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"That creation of empathy then promises a different kind of civic response and political response," Obama said. 

The former president also injected humor into the discussion, as when he addressed the challenges of a younger generation whose everyday exploits are chronicled on social media.
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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.

So, how do we do that?
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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.

 

Judith Orloff,

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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.

 

Sree Puliyath

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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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Study: Empathy, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout in Police Officers Working With Rape Victims.

Study: Empathy, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout in Police Officers Working With Rape Victims. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Police officers who work with victims of rape and sexual assault are exposed to severely traumatic material. This study aimed to investigate whether these specialist officers had developed compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout, and whether these variables were associated with trait and situational empathy, an important factor in retaining victim involvement within the prosecution process.

 

The study also piloted a brief training intervention aimed at educating officers about compassion fatigue and ways of reducing and preventing it. A convenience sample of specialist police officers (N = 142) who work with victims of sexual assault completed measures of compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout, as well as two empathy measures, rating trait empathy and “in vivo” empathy in response to a video vignette.

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Dogs Understand Fairness, Empathy, and Inequality

Dogs Understand Fairness, Empathy, and Inequality | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
His findings support research that shows that dogs understand concepts of empathy and inequality. As dog guardians can attest, dogs will lick or nuzzle humans or other animals who are crying or hurting, demonstrating an ability to read and understand emotions, even in different species, to empathize, and to try to help.

Show dogs that you, too, understand fairness, inequality, and empathy. Give them plenty of playtime, exercise, socialization, and affection, and adopt—don’t shop.
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Minneapolis schools study Chicago for lessons in 'social-emotional learning'

Minneapolis schools study Chicago for lessons in 'social-emotional learning' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Research shows that kids schooled in reading as well as responsibility and equations along with empathy do better in class and get into less trouble.

 

Minneapolis educators have their eyes on Windy City counterparts like Garvey that have rolled out a slew of techniques embracing the trend of “social-emotional learning” in schools. Research shows that kids schooled in reading as well as responsibility and equations along with empathy do better in class and get into less trouble. Minneapolis Superintendent Ed Graff has championed the approach since taking office in July.

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Do caregivers need a Parkinson’s disease simulation device to experience empathy?

Do caregivers need a Parkinson’s disease simulation device to experience empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Do doctors need a shot of empathy? Researchers at a Canadian digital healthcare marketing company think so, and say they can administer it wirelessly.

Klick Labs, a part of Toronto-based Klick Health, has developed the SymPulse Tele-Empathy Device, which induces the tremors and involuntary movements of Parkinson’s patients in non-patients.  

The researchers approached Parkinson’s using the concept of disease as a filter that disrupts data. They digitized normal and abnormal (contracted) muscle activity from electromyograms and analyzed it using the types of signals found in engineering, physics or audio recording.
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Empathy Is Learned From Experience

Empathy Is Learned From Experience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
While I discuss these incidents, I do not ask for sympathy. I only ask you to reflect on your own life. What has happened in your life that you have felt empathy? I takes a great deal of self-reflection to learn about oneself. It is not always “the other” that deserves the empathy. Sometimes it’s the one who suffers because of “the other”.


“The others” in my life happen to be a rapist, a violent attacker and an abusive husband. On any given day why should I feel empathy for any of them? WHY?


The only conclusion I’ve come to is this: If you truly want to understand yourself, you must find it in yourself to learn about others. I do not make excuses for their behavior and I accept responsibility for my own actions. But I truly do feel empathy for these three men who have negatively impacted my life.
Because of my own RADICAL empathy, I have embraced these incidents to fuel my strength as a survivor. I will continue to learn from these incidents. I am certain I will have more trials in my life that will be instructive.


So when you read this, please take a moment to self reflect. What do you feel about yourself? Do you have empathy for yourself? To learn empathy for oneself will give you a greater understanding for others.

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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”. 
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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! 

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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