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Meditation Leads to Compassionate Behavior

Meditation Leads to Compassionate Behavior | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Meditation doesn’t just make you a better person mentally and physically, but it could also make you a better person when it comes to compassion.

A new study from Northeastern University and Harvard University researchers shows that meditation can improve compassion and do-gooder behavior. The new findings are published in the journal Psychological Science.

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Miles Goetz's comment, April 10, 2013 8:06 PM
This confirms a suspicion/thesis I have had for a while. I've always believed that by sitting and reflecting and clearing our minds of clutter, we can truly better ourselves. For a while, I was bored with meditation, but I can safely say that this article reassured me in my pursuit of inner peace and enlightenment. I only hope that many others can find this enlightening truth out for themselves; perhaps then we might be able to get somewhere as a species.
Brady Wyman's curator insight, April 11, 2013 12:15 PM

Shows the effect of meditation on mental state.

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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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(Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy

(Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
To live in a world without empathy is to live in a world that is ego-centric, dog-eat-dog, focused on me. A world without empathy is a world where people don’t consider how things look from another person’s viewpoint, a place where other’s feelings, perceptions, intentions, and motives don’t matter.

 

Other problems arise in a loveless world. It would be impossible to trust anyone else as trust is built on leaps of faith and human compassion. We would have no way to experience the safety of others unless they exactly conformed to our expectations. Each of us would be self-appointed emperors of our own little world. Inevitably, it would be a rather lonely world.

 

However, a world of empathy is one where people feel safe, secure, and connected. It’s a place where we can trust that people are concerned for our needs and interests. It’s a world where people see into our hearts, and see through our eyes. A world with empathy is a world where people understand and care.

 

We as parents are armed with the abilities to help instill this in our children and unless there is an underlying neurological difficulty we can go a long way to making sure we raise emotionally literate and empathetic children.

 

 

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Why Business Leaders Need to 'Tune in' to Their People

Why Business Leaders Need to 'Tune in' to Their People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
'Tuning in' means empathy, the ability to see things from another's perspective. Do you have this vital skill?

 

Consider, too, that empathy really matters when businesses are in transition.

 

When we’ve advised on mergers, we often see risks if the acquirer's management team does not truly understand the acquiree's culture: A merger can fail as the result of key talent leaving once non-compete deals expire.

Conversely, empathy can produce better, easier, faster transactions and transitions.

 

CHRIS PIERCE-COOKE

 

 

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Empathy is not Intuitive

Empathy is not Intuitive | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lots of people might argue otherwise, but empathy is not an intuitive process. Intuition is defined as the ability to perceive the truth, independent of any reasoning. Note that the key phrase is “independent of any reasoning.” Empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, relies on listening and observation and being able to process the information gathered with rational thought, which is also known as systematic thinking.

 

And here’s the science to support it: Christine Ma-Kellams (from the University of La Verne) and Jennifer Lerner (from Harvard) recently published a paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, titled “Trust Your Gut or Think Carefully? Examining Whether an Intuitive, Versus a Systematic, Mode of Thought Produces Greater Empathic Accuracy.”

 

For this study, they compared two modes of thought: intuitive thinking (going with your gut, what feels right) and systematic thinking (carefully analyzing the information available).

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Claire Brooks' New Book: Marketing With Strategic Empathy - YouTube

In this clip President of Model People Inc., Claire Brooks, introduces us to her new book: Marketing With Strategic Empathy.
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Claire Brooks on Empathy and Data - YouTube

In this clip President of Model People Inc., Claire Brooks, talks about the benefits of using empathy.
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Practice empathy: "The benefits of empathy aren’t always obvious"

Practice empathy: "The benefits of empathy aren’t always obvious" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

..The benefits of empathy aren’t always obvious - especially in a country like the United States that highly values individualism and efficiency.

 

However, recent studies from Duke University and Penn State revealed that empathetic kids are more likely to graduate from high school and have full time jobs. Students lacking this skill were more likely to drop out, get in trouble with law enforcement and need government assistance. 

 

Rachel Cain, Director of Outpatient Mental Health at Northeast Youth & Family Services, says that empathy is fundamental to healthy relationships with friends, family, co-workers and even strangers.

 

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 By teaching empathy early and often, there is a greater chance that a person will be an effective problem solver and understand the needs of others.

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By Jerry Hromatka

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Empathy 

This video explains what empathy means and how to demonstrate it in helping or counselling work or, just to enhance your relationships. It is especially powerful where there is a conflict to be resolved. It includes a clip from Carl Rogers, the Humanistic Psychologist who developed the Person-Centred approach to psychotherapy.
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Empathy and the clinical teacher - 2016 - The Clinical Teacher  

Empathy and the clinical teacher - 2016 - The Clinical Teacher   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Everyone seems to be talking or writing about empathy. There is general consensus that good clinicians demonstrate it, and that we should help students and trainees to develop it.

 

There is also an increasing understanding of the underlying social psychological and neurobiological mechanisms; however, although over a hundred years have passed since Tichener introduced ‘empathy’ into the English language, we still lack a common understanding of the concept and its implications for clinical teaching.

 

In this issue, Walsh and colleagues report that most patients, when asked by medical students, ‘What kind of doctor would you like me to be if you came to me with an illness?’, emphasised ‘personal qualities’, including empathy and also communication skills.

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Why you should always make eye contact

Why you should always make eye contact | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why you should always make eye contact:

Holding someone's gaze improves our empathy and memory

  • It has long been known eye contact helps get a message across
  • But exactly what the power of eye contact was had remained a mystery
  • Being confronted by eyeballs makes us relate to ourselves, study says
  • Because this is the thing we care most about, it makes it more memorable

 

 By COLIN FERNANDEZ

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 Lessons in Empathy - Empathy: An Antidote to Intolerance and Bullying.

 Lessons in Empathy - Empathy: An Antidote to Intolerance and Bullying. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
PeacePraxis founder Christa Tinari offers tips in raising empathetic children at a Peace Day event in Chestnut Hill Thursday

On Thursday, Tinari will take some of those lessons outside the classroom, as part of Peace Day Philly, for a lecture called “Empathy: An Antidote to Intolerance and Bullying.” It is the first of a monthly series on empathy Tinari plans to give around the city this school year, mostly targeted at parents—but also, she says, for everyone.

“We’re all working on these skills, I hope—they’re human skills,” Tinari says. “As we get older, our problems get more complex. We can’t address them the same way we did as children. But if we’re committed to the values of peace and compassion and understanding, of building community, we’ll work and get better at all of this.”

 

BY ROXANNE PATEL SHEPELAVY

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Research Shows How Anxious People Have Increased An Increased Sense Of Empathy

Research Shows How Anxious People Have Increased An Increased Sense Of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A study from a few years ago reached this very conclusion. People who reported suffering from anxiety had an increased ability to feel and interpret emotions of those around them:

“Results support the hypothesis that high socially anxious individuals may demonstrate a unique social-cognitive abilities profile with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions.”
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To Raise Kids With More Empathy, We Need to Do Everything Wrong

To Raise Kids With More Empathy, We Need to Do Everything Wrong | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

According to the latest World Economic Report, critical thinking, decision making and complex problem solving are still necessary skills to thrive in our global world, but equally important are people skills like emotional intelligence, collaboration and empathy.

 

Empathy, the ability to put oneself in other people’s shoes, is the cornerstone for becoming a happy, well-adjusted, successful adult. It makes our children more likable, more employable, more resilient, better leaders, more conscience-driven, and increases their life spans.

 

...The good news is that we can teach empathy to kids just like reading and writing, but it must start from an early age. Twenty-first-century children do need both sides of the report card, but we’ve been so narrow in our modern child-raising efforts that empathy and non-cognitive skills are on our back burners.

 

This year it’s time to put the other side of the report card back on our agendas. The brave new world our kids will face demands that we do.

 

Michele Borba

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(Empathic Parenting) (Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy

(Empathic Parenting) (Teaching Empathy) The importance of helping your children to develop empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Empathy moves us to share in another’s pain, to really see the world through their eyes. When we do, it very often changes the kind of decisions and actions we take.

 

 There are many definitions for empathy which encompass a broad range of emotional states. Types of empathy include

  • cognitive empathy,
  • emotional empathy, and
  • somatic empathy.

 

 

Teaching Empathy

  1. Treat children as individuals with minds of their own,
  2. Model empathy...
  3. Make kids aware of the similarities they share with others....
  4. Empathy involves perspective taking skills...
  5. Make a face....
  6. More oxytocin, “the bonding hormone”, can help better decode emotional meaning in facial expressions....
  7. Reassessment of the Milgram Experiments –Moral Disengagement...
  8. Express your feelings openly...
  9. Emotional vocabulary is key...
  10. Monitor and guide media use...

 

 

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Scale the 'empathy wall.' Talking with Strangers: A Journey to the Heart of the Right

Scale the 'empathy wall.' Talking with Strangers: A Journey to the Heart of the Right | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"A new book encourages us to scale the “empathy wall” to understand a segment of Trump supporters

 

An empathy wall is an obstacle to deep understanding of another person, one that can make us feel indifferent or even hostile to those who hold different beliefs or whose childhood is rooted in different circumstances."
Arlie Hochschild, sociologist and author

 

There are many theories and explanations for the rise of Donald Trump and the current incarnation of white right-wing populism.

 

A deeper understanding—and an invitation to scale the “empathy wall”—comes from veteran sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild in her new book, Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.  The book is, as its second subtitle suggests, “A Journey to the Heart of Our Political Divide.”

 

 

 

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6 tips to practice empathy and improve customer experience

6 tips to practice empathy and improve customer experience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Practice proactive empathy. Use automation to monitor your product for errors and frustrating interactions (for example, episodes of rage clicking), then proactively reach out to the customer to provide help, and express empathy, before they've even asked for it.
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Empathy Matters 

Empathy Matters  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Our natural instinct is to withhold empathy only for special situations. When a family member or friend is diagnosed with a disease or our hometown is hit with a natural disaster, we naturally summon up reserves of empathy to support those in need.

 

However, when a tragic event happens outside of our natural scope of relationships, we guard our emotions. When we scroll through headlines and view lives as abstract statistics rather than deep, meaningful existences that can never be replicated, we hoard our empathy for good reason.

 

Duwain Pinder

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Claire Brooks and The Strategic Empathy® Process - YouTube

In this clip President of Model People Inc., Claire Brooks, talks about the strategic empathy process described in her new book: Marketing With Strategic Empathy.
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Support Empathy Dialogue Circles with Police, Black Lives Matter and Community.

Support Empathy Dialogue Circles with Police, Black Lives Matter and Community. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How might we improve police and community relations?

 

This is a project to organize and host a series of Empathy Circles with Police Officers, Black Lives Matter and other Community Members. The best way for communities to come together is foster mutual and relational empathic dialog and understanding that results in shared action.  We can start with a series of online Empathy Circles and then move towards hosting local community circles in larger groups.

 

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Empathic Design: Mapping Your Brain, Brand, and Data

Empathic Design: Mapping Your Brain, Brand, and Data | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What is Empathic Design?

According to Wikipedia, empathic design is “a user-centered design approach that pays attention to the user’s feelings toward a product.”

In the simplest sense, then, empathic design is a function of user-centered design – which is defined by Wikipedia as “a framework of processes (not restricted to interfaces or technologies) in which the needs, wants, and limitations of end users of a product, service or process are given extensive attention at each stage of the design process.”

In practice, however, empathic design seeks to identify latent customer needs in order to create products or messaging that customers didn’t even know they wanted. It tries to tease out some of the subconscious desires that customers would normally have difficulty envisioning or articulating, as well as to align branding and design with those subconscious desires to create more motivation to purchase.

 

by Ben Labay

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Can Empathy Improve Policing? 

Can Empathy Improve Policing?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

New training programs that help police to listen, stay calm, and communicate during charged encounters may lead to fewer arrests and less use of force.

 

While the research is largely preliminary, some of the findings suggest that empathy—being able to see interactions from another’s perspective and understand the emotions involved—may play an important role in policing.

 

Helping police to slow down their encounters with the public and to practice more respectful and empathic communication could go a long way toward reducing excessive force and unnecessary arrests, leading to more acceptance of their presence and role in the communities they are hired to protect.

 

 

By Jill Suttie

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/

 

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Can reading boost your empathy? Depends on what you read, study says

A new study, published this year by the same researchers, aimed to confirm that: The empathy boost comes from reading literary fiction but not pop fiction or genre fiction.

But how do you separate the literary from the pop? The study put authors like Louise Erdrich, Harper Lee, Toni Morrison and others who had worn big-name awards in the literary camp, and authors like Danielle Steele and Gillian Flynn in with pop.

What's the difference? Why doesn't genre fiction — thrillers, romance and more — spark the same reaction? Is it the amount of time that literary fiction spends in characters' heads? Does genre fiction value plot over emotional development?

 

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What SA schools can learn from Denmark about teaching kids empathy

As bullying and discrimination continues in South African schools, fears are growing that young children are losing their ability to be empathetic.

Empathy is known as the ability to read another person’s emotions and helps creates happier people as a result.

It's reported that Scandinavian countries have some of the happiest children in the world.

This is partly because the schooling systems in countries such as Denmark have woven critical life skills such as empathy into the teaching curriculum.

 

Qama Qukula

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Cultivate Empathy in Your Students | Peace Praxis

Cultivate Empathy in Your Students | Peace Praxis | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How do we encourage students to develop and express empathy and compassion? There is a lot we can do!

Check out these tips and strategies offered by Christa and Naomi, in this popular blog. Their book, Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School: 46 Character Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying will be published by Free Spirit Publishing in 2017.

Be kind out there!
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Saberes Sin Fronteras OVS's curator insight, September 20, 3:17 AM

Es una verdad comprobada por toda la investigación sobre comunicación (por ejemplo, en el caso del autismo) que la inteligencia racional no funciona nunca bien sin que a la vez el cerebro use la inteligencia emocional. Por eso hay que cultivar la empatía.

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How an Empathy-Based Leadership Program Changed a School

How an Empathy-Based Leadership Program Changed a School | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Cree Crowchild sat with us to share how The Empathy Toy helped launch a 21 Leaders program at St. John’s High School, an initiative that empowers students to lead one another in ushering in a new culture of respect and understanding that has, in fact, reduced conflict-based office referrals by 85%.
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10 Traits of Empathic People

10 Traits of Empathic People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The trademark of an empath is feeling and absorbing other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities. These people filter the world through their intuition and have a difficult time intellectualizing their feelings. As a psychiatrist and empath myself, I know the challenges of being a highly sensitive person.

 

When overwhelmed with the impact of stressful emotions, empaths may experience panic attacks, depression, chronic fatigue, food, sex, and drug binges, or exhibit many other physical symptoms that defy traditional diagnosis.

 

 1. Empaths are highly sensitive...

2. Empaths absorb other people’s emotions....

3. Many empaths are introverted....

4. Empaths are highly intuitive....

5. Empaths need alone time....

6. Empaths can become overwhelmed in intimate relationships....

7. Empaths are targets for energy vampires....

8. Empaths become replenished in nature....

9. Empaths have highly tuned senses....

10. Empaths have huge hearts but sometimes give too much....

 

Judith Orloff, M.D.

 

 

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