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Mentoring in the Workplace: Empathy by the Back Door

Mentoring in the Workplace: Empathy by the Back Door | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

While there are many private sector mentoring programmes in place, these are too often seen as 'nice-to-have', but not essential.

 

Successful mentoring relationships often transcend this as mentors gain an understanding of the world view of another generation and equally, mentees can help senior colleagues to see new perspectives and shifts in societal behaviour, for instance, the growing importance of social networks. These partnerships, inevitably, bring a new level of empathy into the workplace as greater understanding between groups of people develops. This empathy can increase mutual respect for co-workers and remind us of the nuances of an individual's needs, as opposed to just focusing on generic rules and regulations.


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What If You're Born Without Sympathy & Empathy? - YouTube

Most of us are born with all our emotions in place, but what if a few crucial feelings were removed?
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(Empaths) How being an Empath can lead to Adrenal Fatigue, Insomnia & Exhaustion.

(Empaths) How being an Empath can lead to Adrenal Fatigue, Insomnia & Exhaustion. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empaths can experience a sudden onset of chronic fatigue due to a significant crash in energy levels.

This can be caused by having a variety of emotional responsibilities, and also because we profusely leak our energy when we do not remain present, consciously aware, grounded, and balanced.

Empaths often feel particularly drained when we have spent too much time in the company of other people, and these interactions can cause us to develop emotional exhaustion. Empaths need a great deal of alone time to retreat and recharge their internal batteries.

Our thoughts, emotions, and feelings can all play havoc on our internal system, causing devastating consequences that can debilitate us. If we have regular periods of solitude, we are able to process our emotions and feelings during the day. We will then not become so exhausted, as we will frequently let go of any negativity that might play on our minds and weigh us down.


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Mar 23, 2017

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(Teaching Empathy) Can you teach people to have empathy? - BBC News

(Teaching Empathy) Can you teach people to have empathy? - BBC News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a quality that is integral to most people's lives - and yet the modern world makes it easy to lose sight of the feelings of others. But almost everyone can learn to develop this crucial personality trait, says Roman Krznaric.

 

Make a habit of "radical listening"

"What is essential,' wrote Marshall Rosenberg, psychologist and founder of Non-Violent Communication, "is our ability to be present to what's really going on within - to the unique feelings and needs a person is experiencing at that very moment."

 

Listening out for people's feelings and needs - whether it is a friend who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer or a spouse who is upset at you for working late yet again - gives them a sense of being understood.

 

29 June 2015
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(Empathic Design) Realizing Empathy, Part 3: Conversation

(Empathic Design) Realizing Empathy, Part 3: Conversation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By “realizing empathy,” I don’t mean going around “feeling what others are feeling,” “taking their perspectives,” “understanding,” “listening,” or “interviewing” yourself or other people. I most certainly do not mean being merely nice or polite to them. Let’s refresh our memory on what it means to realize empathy as covered in part 1 and 2.

  • Empathizing is feeling connected or at one with an “other.”
  • Not Empathizing is not feeling connected or at one with an other.
  • Hyper Empathizing is feeling so connected or at one with an other that we are unable or unwilling to make any distinctions between our “self” and that “other.”
  • Empathy is a word invented to explain what makes it possible for us to move from
  • A) not empathizing to either
  • B) empathizing or
  • B’) hyper empathizing.

 

 

Given that empathy is a means to moving from not feeling connected or at one with an “other” to feeling so, there are two basic ways we can make that trip.

  1. We can be moved instantly by having our empathy realized involuntarily.
  2. We can move ourselves over time by realizing our empathy deliberately.

 

 

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You, Me and Empathy: Teaching children about empathy, feelings, kindness, compassion, tolerance and recognising bullying behaviours: 

You, Me and Empathy: Teaching children about empathy, feelings, kindness, compassion, tolerance and recognising bullying behaviours:  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
You, Me and Empathy: Teaching children about empathy, feelings, kindness, compassion, tolerance and recognising bullying behaviours  

 

One of the most important social skills a child can learn is empathy. Being able to understand how another person is feeling and recognizing their needs helps people to connect to one another across race

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Jelly Beans The Cheetah And Hope  

Jelly Beans The Cheetah And Hope   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Spreading Empathy One Word At A Time
"Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" is a vehicle for “empowering youth with empathy to spring into compassionate action.”

 

Compassionate action refers to the positive impact youth can make with friends, family, at school and in their communities. It also refers to making an impact in a broader way by caring about the plight of all people, in the world.

 

 Youth identify with the fictional main characters, as they experience difficulty, persevere, model empathy and then are shown empathy by a tribe, when they are given a home with them. The book reinforces our connection as human beings! It punctuates our shared humanity that we are the human family. It further demonstrates our connection to all, including the endangered cheetah. It relays that WE all belong!

Video: Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope 2016

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Can heightened empathy be a bad thing?

Can heightened empathy be a bad thing? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

CONSIDERING the attention autism gets, it’s surprising how rarely we hear of the condition some call its opposite, Williams syndrome.

This genetic disorder, which causes people to be over-affectionate, talkative and gregarious, is rarer than autism, affecting about 1 in 10,000 people. Yet, like autism, researchers see it as a unique window into the complex interplay of nature and nurture that shapes some important aspects of the human condition.

In The Boy Who Loved Too Much, we meet Eli D’Angelo, an American boy with Williams, who treats everyone he meets as his new best friend. He hugs bus drivers, waiters and strangers, tells them he loves them, and means it.

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Dan Rather On Why America Needs More Empathy: Empathy builds community. 

Dan Rather On Why America Needs More Empathy: Empathy builds community.  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The culture of empathy I remember growing up during the Great Depression taught us that those who were suffering weren’t lazy or lacking the desire to do better — fate had the potential to slap any of us.

 

I am not sure if the word empathy was in either of my parents’ vocabularies. It wasn’t the kind of word one heard growing up in my neighborhood in Houston. But my parents taught me about the importance of empathy through their words and deeds. And they made it clear that it was part of the glue that held together our family, our neighborhood, our community, and the United States itself.

 

"These acts of kindness were also not unusual among neighbors. Necessity was a great motivator for innovation and empathy."

 

"It is perhaps not surprising that Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan looked at a nation so traumatized and felt they could defeat us. Of course history turned out differently. The same generation that had been driven to such depths in the 1930s rose up to push back the forces of totalitarianism in a two-ocean global war in the 1940s. Perhaps those authoritarians, who felt no empathy for their own people or those they conquered, underestimated the strength of our empathy.

 

Empathy builds community. Communities strengthen a country and its resolve and will to fight back. We were never as unified in national purpose as we were in those days. What had weakened us had also made us stronger."

 

"Empathy makes for wise foreign and domestic policy."

"I worry that our nation today suffers from a deficit of empathy, and this is especially true of many in positions of national leadership. "

 

"Empathy is not only a personal feeling; it can be a potent force for political and social change. And thus the suppression or denial of empathy is a deliberate part of a cynical political calculus. Dividing people and stoking animosity can pave a path to power (and in this most recent election, it has)."

 

 

Dan Rather  

June 22, 2017

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"Empathy Amplified"  

Dr. Phavarine Menh, a member of the Phnom Penh Church of Christ and a HOPE worldwide physician in Cambodia since 1998, recently inspired an international audience at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio as she became the first international recipient of the “Empathy Amplified” award for compassion and empathy in medical care.
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Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats

Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Duke researchers tracked how signals ping back and forth within the brain during empathic decision-making in rats.

 

A new study by neuroscientists at Duke and Stanford University sheds light on how the brain coordinates these complex decisions involving altruism and empathy. The answer lies in the way multiple areas of the brain collaborate to produce the decision, rather than just one area or another making the call.

 

They found that regions deep within the brain—those primarily responsible for emotions and basic bodily functions—are core to empathic decision-making. The specific role of each brain area is not fixed, but can change depending on which other areas it is communicating with, and what specific messages it is receiving, according to Schaich Borg...

 

Schaich Borg began this research as a graduate student at Stanford, where she was driven to understand the neurological basis of empathy in hopes of finding better treatments for conditions like psychopathy, in which people seem unable to experience empathy at all.

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(Empathic Relationships) The Therapy Trick That Could Change The Way You Talk To Your Partner:  a set of skills that will help you and your partner reconnect and restore empathy,

(Empathic Relationships) The Therapy Trick That Could Change The Way You Talk To Your Partner:  a set of skills that will help you and your partner reconnect and restore empathy, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Luckily, there are some calmer, more rational ways to get to this point, and there's actually a form of relationship therapy that's designed to teach couples how to express, listen, and understand one another in these types of situations. It's called Imago therapy.

 

Like many forms of therapy, the point of Imago therapy is to develop a set of skills that will help you and your partner reconnect and restore empathy, says Rebecca Sears, LPC, an Imago relationship therapist.

 

That sounds vague and theoretical, but Imago uses a specific dialogue, or script, to help you get there. While I've never tried Imago therapy, there are ways that you can use Imago skills in your everyday life.

 

You just have to follow the three distinct steps: mirroring, validation, and empathy.


Confused? Here's what a typical Imago therapy session entails.

 

CORY STIEG
JUNE 22, 2017

 

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(Empathic Design) Empathy, Design Thinking, And An Obsession With Customer-Centric Innovation 

(Empathic Design) Empathy, Design Thinking, And An Obsession With Customer-Centric Innovation  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

To deliver innovative, customer-centric solutions through design thinking, we must begin with empathy.

In its simplest and purest form, empathy enables us to not only experience and understand another person’s circumstances, but it also puts us in our customers’ shoes to experience what they are feeling.

This is where we find the innate struggle born out of user frustrations and bound to the intrinsic value chain of the user experience.

Without a doubt, empathy is the most important design thinking principle I will cover in this series. Its universal application offers infinite promise.

 

Customer-centric design is about looking out from the inside, rather than outside in

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Three Stories of Empathy in Content Marketing

Three Stories of Empathy in Content Marketing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy starts with a deep understanding of your audience, gained by social listening, interviews, and persona-building. But you can have a deep understanding of your audience and still fail to tell the stories that will engage them. When you use the insight you have to tell a story that resonates, that’s empathy in action.


Here are three types of empathetic stories you can tell in your content, complete with examples from brands who got it right. Note these types of stories all go beyond the intersection of person and brand—they consider people beyond the small data point where they become customers.

 

Put the “Path” in Empathy

Content marketing requires putting the empathy you have for your audience to a constructive purpose. When you empathetically tell the story they need to hear, you can help lead them to the place they need to go. And that place just happens to be—thanks to your smart targeting and thorough research—where your solution is the best answer.

 

How do you put empathy in action in your marketing efforts? Let me know in the comments.

 

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Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats: Communication within the brain is key to empathetic decision-making

Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats: Communication within the brain is key to empathetic decision-making | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Duke researchers tracked how signals ping back and forth within the brain during empathic decision-making in rats.  

 

By combining electrical monitoring of neural activity with machine learning, a team of neuroscientists has tuned into the brain chatter of rats engaged in helping other rats. The results clarify earlier conflicting findings on the role of specific brain regions, such as the insula, in guiding antisocial and psychopathic behavior, and may shed light on how to encourage altruistic behavior in humans.

 

 

Jana Schaich Borg, Sanvesh Srivastava, Lizhen Lin, Joseph Heffner, David Dunson, Kafui Dzirasa, Luis de Lecea. Rat intersubjective decisions are encoded by frequency-specific oscillatory contextsBrain and Behavior, 2017; 7 (6): e00710 DOI: 10.1002/brb3.710

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VR Builds Empathy–It Can Build More Inclusive Business, Too

VR Builds Empathy–It Can Build More Inclusive Business, Too | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

From training diverse workforces to understand each other to putting product designers in the shoes of their customers, VR is poised to be far more than just a game.

It’s a truism of history that in a time of upheaval and change, empathy is the first virtue to go. Our current moment is no different.

 

This weekend’s sweeping immigration ban, signed by the Trump administration to block people from seven Muslim-majority countries entry into the United States, is just the latest in a regrettable pattern. It’s visible in the hyper-partisanship in our politics, eroding trust across socioeconomic groups, and the rise of fear-based extremism worldwide: tribal instincts are getting the better of many of us.

Many are pointing at the tech sector as the cause of our empathy-anemic moment. And, while we wouldn’t advocate dropping tech from your life and heading for the woods just yet, these critics do have a point.

 

BY WILL BYRNE AND DALE KNAUSS

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Empathy

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SUGGESTIONS FOR TEACHERS, SPECIALISTS, AND HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS


Focus on empathy by discussing this virtue and poster. To deepen it's meaning, focus on an activity, suggestion, book, or printable. Once an understanding of this trait has been achieved and demonstrated, present award(s). Visit my store to purchase similar virtue packets, awards, posters, and task cards.

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Corporate Training: Engineering Empathy Develop a Culture of Inclusion and Empathy - Dev Bootcamp

Corporate Training: Engineering Empathy  Develop a Culture of Inclusion and Empathy - Dev Bootcamp | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Our Engineering Empathy (EE) curriculum addresses the human side of software development and helps employees work more effectively and collaboratively together. Engineering Empathy offers a hybrid model of asynchronous curriculum and videos, live workshops and guided discussions that promote personal development, diversity, inclusion and emotional intelligence.

 

The program enables participants to:

  • Navigate conflict constructively
  • Address issues that obstruct team productivity
  • Develop an inclusive company culture
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Empathy and Power - Resilience Institute

Empathy and Power - Resilience Institute | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Leadership is the highest expression of our nature, experience and willpower. Human leadership is expressed in physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual forms. Depression is the opposite – we collapse inward. But what if leadership is flawed or bad – or even evil? We explore current thinking on the ongoing evolution of empathy and how we might nurture the roots of skilled empathy rather than stupidity or worse – cruelty. 

Empathy is a primary focus of our leadership development. It provides a powerful insight and practical skills for leaders. Empathy is often viewed as uniquely defining human life. This is incorrect. 

 

Empathy is deeply rooted in the evolution of social animals and continues to evolve in the human condition. It is a poorly defined concept that urgently needs clarity.

 

Dr Sven Hansen

 

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Decoding the Complex Brain Mechanics of Altruism and Empathy

Decoding the Complex Brain Mechanics of Altruism and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Multiple brain regions coordinate during the empathetic decision-making process.

A new study by a team of neuroscientists from Duke and Stanford University debunks the myth that a singular brain region is responsible for making decisions that affect others.

 

One of the biggest myths in neuroscienceis that a singular brain region—such as the amygdala or insula—is responsible for a specific aspect of social cognition. This week, a team of Stanford and Duke University neuroscientists reported that the frequency-specific interplay betweenand within various brain regions appears to drive the decision-making process behind altruism and empathy.

 

This study helps to debunk the myth that any singular brain region functions in isolation or with autonomy. 

 
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(Empathic Parenting) Te Empathic Father: Torsten Klaus, 

(Empathic Parenting) Te Empathic Father: Torsten Klaus,  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How often do you feel really understood? Or do you think it’s easier at times to count the moments of misunderstanding, frustration, anger, blame and guilt?

 

The Empathic Father will shed light on the issues we often experience when we try to communicate with our partner, and when we might get stuck with our daily challenges of parenting. Fathers of today do want to talk about their feelings, expectations, worries and emotions.

 

They are ready for the next step; A New Generation of Fathers! We need to encourage every dad to become a part of this new way of authentically communicating with their loved ones to build a compassionate, loving foundation for the future.

 

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Power may damage the brain like head trauma

Power may damage the brain like head trauma | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the key to human interaction, yet it's one of the first things jettisoned by the brain

 

Another scientist, Sukhvinder Obhi at Canada’s McMaster University, tried to wrap his head around the theory by actually wrapping up powerful people in a cranial-magnetic-stimulation machine. The device was designed to measure motor resonance, or as Obhi notes in a 2013 research paper, the activation of similar brain networks when acting and when watching someone else act.

In other words, it measures the neural processes involved when someone is exhibiting empathy.

 

When someone drowns their empathy in power, we all suffer for it.

So maybe instead of the tough talk on street drugs, policymakers and social influencers might rally against a much more  devastating social ill — and tell our children that when it comes to power, just say no. And say yes to empathy.

 

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What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism: Dan Rather,  

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism: Dan Rather,   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do."

At a moment of crisis over our national identity
Dan Rather On Why America Needs More Empathy

The culture of empathy I remember growing up during the Great Depression taught us that those who were suffering weren’t lazy or lacking the desire to do better — fate had the potential to slap any of us.

 
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Holding hands to comfort loved ones does help reduce pain, US study shows

Holding hands to comfort loved ones does help reduce pain, US study shows | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Scientists found when an empathetic partner holds the hand of a woman in pain, it helps

 

His team found that when an empathetic partner holds the hand of a woman in pain, their heart and respiratory rates sync and her pain dissipates.

Dr Goldstein said: "The more empathetic the partner, the stronger the analgesic effect and the higher the synchronisation between the two when they are touching."

Researchers examined 22 couples as part of the study into "interpersonal synchronisation" where individuals begin to physiologically mirror the people they are with.

 

23 JUNE 2017 

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Empathetic Eye:  Take another look at the art of George W. Bush.

Empathetic Eye:  Take another look at the art of George W. Bush. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
According to many who have met George W. Bush—and this seems likely even to those of us who know him only by way of television—one of his most potent gifts as a politician is his interpersonal skills, his empathy, and his ability to connect to each person he encounters.

 

It is this quality, perfectly transmitted through his art, that animates and imparts to it a rare power. Bush has an uncanny knack for painting eyes, which often challenge more inveterate portraitists.

 

This skill seems to bring viewers into direct commun­ion with the subjects of his paintings. Almost by definition, given the injuries that first brought these men and women to the president’s attention, their eyes betray some pain.

 

Sometimes it is clear and present, at other times residual but still importunate in memory.

JUL 03, 2017
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‘Empathy’ Might Be the Most Overused Word in the English Language (See Chart)

‘Empathy’ Might Be the Most Overused Word in the English Language (See Chart) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
People are using the 'empathy' an awful lot. Why?

 

"You completely lack empathy.”

This was what a longtime acquaintance said to me a few months ago after I shared on Facebook a quote from Jeffrey Tucker, a prominent libertarian scholar, which touched on federalism and Donald Trump’s rescinding of an executive order on transgender discrimination.

 

The comment stuck in my craw.  I place high value on human compassion. And the comment completely sidestepped Tucker’s actual points.

 

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