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Roots of Empathy in Washington-Where we are

Roots of Empathy in Washington-Where we are | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Launched in 2007-2008, over 5,300 Washington State children have since participated in a Roots of Empathy program.


 Seattle-area schools were the first to host Roots of Empathy programs in the United States, with generous support from the John and Nancy Sabol Foundation and the Kirlin Charitble Foundation.

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Empathy Movement Magazine

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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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Is Empathy Hardwired in the Brain or Do We Learn It through Experience? 

Is Empathy Hardwired in the Brain or Do We Learn It through Experience?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Initiating joint attention to an object is one of the earliest indications of social skills. Babies who frequently point out interesting things to other people at nine or ten months are more likely to be rated as socially competent at two and a half years.

 

By their first birthday, babies already like characters who help others better than those who hinder. True empathy, the ability to appreciate and talk about other people’s feelings, develops by age five.

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(Teaching Empathy): A Quick-Guide To Teaching Empathy In The Classroom

(Teaching Empathy): A Quick-Guide To Teaching Empathy In The Classroom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A Quick-Guide To Teaching Empathy In The Classroom

by Lauren Ayer, M.Ed.

Bullying. Zero tolerance policy. Targeting on social media. School violence. Active Shooter.

 

These 'are words commonly heard in education today. As teachers, we spend a great deal of time in staff development and training, learning how to combat these issues. We learn how to recognize signs of bullying, teach responsible social media habits, and respond to an active shooter. But what if we took a different approach? What if we started by explicitly teaching empathy in the classroom?

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Antti Kauppinen, Empathy As the Moral Sense?  

Antti Kauppinen, Empathy As the Moral Sense?   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In his recent work, Michael Slote argues that empathy is what Hutcheson called 'the moral sense'. The most innovative argument he offers for this claim is that our empathic reactions play a crucial role in fixing the reference of moral terms.

 

I argue that Slote's bold proposal faces all the main problems of analytical naturalism, as well as some of its own. I suggest that empathy may nevertheless play a more modest and indirect role in acquiring moral knowledge.

 

Antti Kauppinen

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Cultivating Empathy to Connection with Others 

Cultivating Empathy to Connection with Others  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why is Empathy Important:

Over the past two decades there has been a growing emphasis in the fields of psychology, business, and communications to encourage the development and cultivation of empathy. This push comes with good reasoning as an increase in one’s capabilities to communicate empathetically provides each of the involved parties with vast benefits. There is lengthly list of reasons that make empathy important, with the following five leading the way:

 

 by Patrick Zeis

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Amid divisions, OneFrankfort focuses on unity, empathy 

Amid divisions, OneFrankfort focuses on unity, empathy  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

About 40 Frankfort residents showed up Tuesday night for OneFrankfort’s impromptu brainstorming meeting for community action and planning aimed at unity in 2017.

 

OneFrankfort is a coalition of people from vastly different backgrounds who believe the most important thing to keep our community together is empathy, ” Nishimuta said. “No matter what candidate you were supporting, no matter your stance on particular issues, we all have to be neighbors and we all have to get along. It’s about growing empathy and raising the concerns of our community up to a level where we can effectively communicate together.”

 

By Brad Bowman

 

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(Against Empathy) The case against empathy

(Against Empathy) The case against empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Who can be against empathy? If our moral intuitions align on anything, is it not on the idea that empathy for other human beings is a good thing? What harm could come from identifying with the thoughts and feelings of our fellow creatures?

According to Paul Bloom, a professor of psychology at Yale, most of us are completely wrong about empathy. The author of a new book titled Against Empathy, Bloom uses clinical studies and simple logic to argue that empathy, however well-intentioned, is a poor guide for moral reasoning. Worse, to the extent that individuals and societies make ethical judgments on the basis of empathy, they become less sensitive to the suffering of greater and greater numbers of people.

 

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(Against Empathy) Is empathy overrated?

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History Can Teach Us Empathy

History Can Teach Us Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
n her recently published parenting book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, Dr. Michele Borba argues that our society has devalued empathy. That’s unfortunate because, as she explains, “empathy 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.”

In my own experience, talking about history and current events can help develop kids’ sense of empathy. Fortunately, local resources, like the Virginia Historical Society make it even easier to instill in kids an awareness of others’ experiences.
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5 Surprising Ways Empathy Can Change Your Life

5 Surprising Ways Empathy Can Change Your Life | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Below you will find information and advice, backed up by scientific research, to help you incorporate empathy into your life. Please bear in mind that this article has strictly informative purposes and for therapy of any kind, it is recommended that you meet with a mental health specialist.

 

1. Empathy and Your Physical Health...

 

2. Empathy and Your Psychological Well-being...

3. Empathy and Coping...

4. Empathy and Bonding...

5. Empathy and Your Professional Life...

 

 

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(Against Empathy) How important is empathy? We may overvalue it

(Against Empathy) How important is empathy? We may overvalue it | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Does the ability to share the feelings of another person make us better human beings?

 

Fans of empathy describe it as working like a spotlight, focusing us on specific individuals, driving us to feel as they do, and making us care. This sounds good, but it has its perils. Spotlights illuminate what they’re pointed at, and since we find it natural to empathize with those close to us, decisions driven by empathy tend to be tribal.

 

Spotlights have narrow focus, and so empathy is innumerate, favoring the one over the many, the specific over the statistical. It is because of empathy that we often care more about a baby stuck in a well than about a large-scale crisis such as climate change.

 

 by Paul Bloom

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(Empathic Design) Improve Your Design Thinking Process with Empathy

(Empathic Design) Improve Your Design Thinking Process with Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is essential to the Design Thinking process because it allows us to understand and uncover the latent needs and emotions of our users in a truly deep way. Without empathy, design quickly becomes technology-push and fails to become the success we want.

 

And the good news is: we are all innately empathic! Now let us inspire you to awaken the human-centred designer within you and learn how to incorporate empathy into your daily design practice.

Before we begin, let us suggest a New Year’s Resolution: If you spend just 15 minutes a day participating in a UX Design Course, it will take 4–6 weeks to boost your skills. If you were to do it for a whole year, imagine how much your skillset could grow! Design Thinking – Getting Started with Empathy

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(Teaching Empathy) Four Ways to Teach Empathy 

(Teaching Empathy) Four Ways to Teach Empathy  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
An article on Edutopia yesterday outlines four specific things K12 educators can do to cultivate empathy in learners.

 

Dr. Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, specialists in brain-based teaching and authors of Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains, offer strategies rooted in two common psychological approaches: shared emotional response (or mirroring another's emotional reaction) and perspective taking (cognitive empathy, imagining yourself in another's shoes).

1) Model

 

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NPR: To the best of our KNOWLEDGE : The Case Against Empathy

NPR: To the best of our KNOWLEDGE : The Case Against Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If people were more empathetic, the world would be a better place, don’t you think?  If people learned how to be more aware of, more sensitive to the suffering and pain of others, they’d be kinder and gentler, treating others with more compassion.

 

Or maybe they’d just burn themselves out.  Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom recently startled a lot of people by coming out with an argument against empathy.

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Gloria Steinem on Women's March. "Pressing send does not allow us to empathize...it only happens when we’re together."

Gloria Steinem on Women's March. "Pressing send does not allow us to empathize...it only happens when we’re together." | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Update on 'Women's marches live updates: Millions march in L.A. and around the world following Trump's inauguration'

 

"Pressing send does not allow us to empathize with other people. ... If you hold a baby you’re flooded with empathy. If you see somebody in an accident you want to help them. I love books, but [empathy] doesn’t happen from a book. It doesn’t happen from a screen. It only happens when we’re together.”

 

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(Against Empathy) Painful truths: psychologists unpick the ethics of empathy

(Against Empathy) Painful truths: psychologists unpick the ethics of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why putting yourself in others’ shoes can sometimes be a poor moral guide

 
Love is so last century. What the world needs now, the only thing that there’s just too little of, is empathy. Empathy is widely touted as the key to effective management, good government, better medical care, improved wellbeing, higher-achieving schools, excellent parenting, even world peace.

 

Yale-based psychologist Paul Bloom found more than 1,500 books available on Amazon with “empathy” in the title, which looks like a publishing bubble ready to burst. One of the latest to join them is by TV producer and former Arts Council England chairman Peter Bazalgette, whose effusive The Empathy Instinct has the hyperbolic subtitle How to Create a More Civil Society

 

by: Julian Baggini

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“Empathy” Has Become a Curse Word in Political Discourse

“Empathy” Has Become a Curse Word in Political Discourse | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The ‘Frontline’ miniseries ‘Divided States of America’ attempts to explain the great fissure in American politics that led to the election of Donald Trump.

 

In the immediate aftermath of Trump’s election, many American liberals — especially blacks and Jews, the very scapegoats themselves — have come to regard “empathy” for Trump’s pessimistic base as a sort of curse word.

 

In its worst form, “empathy” just means that Democrats should humor the tribal whites who tacitly, if not explicitly, encourage racist policy and anti-black rhetoric as a perverse expression of some deeper, legitimate angst. In this sense, “empathy” is a manner of self-abasement that whites have always demanded of blacks, such as when Maine Governor Paul LePage told Representative John Lewis he ought to say thank you to President Lincoln for freeing America’s slaves.

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In Defense of Empathy

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We’re facing a world that needs empathy and morality and intelligence and competence with an administration that lacks all four. Trump himself is in violation of nepotism and emoluments laws and almost every other imaginable conflict of interest legislation.

 

Even if you do argue that it’s all legal based on technicalities, you should then be kindly reminded that no public servant is a true public servant if he or she is reduced to arguing technicalities to confirm validity of the most core moral aspects of tenure.

 

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(Against Empathy) Is empathy overrated?

(Against Empathy) Is empathy overrated? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There are many examples of how empathy can steer us wrong. When it comes to decisions about criminal justice, foreign aid and whether to go to war, we are better off without it. But what about our personal lives? Here empathy seems valuable. Isn't it essential to share the experiences of those we love, our friends, our children and our romantic partners?

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 Bo Burt on "Justice and Empathy"

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Bo Burt on "Justice and Empathy"

I've just read the manuscript of Bo Burt's forthcoming posthumous book, "Justice and Empathy." The book restates themes from his earlier work. Given my background, I was especially taken with his use of psychoanalytic theory to describe the psychological dimensions of domination and subordination.

 

I recommend the book, particularly because Burt's sensibility is under-represented in contemporary scholarship. (Mike Seidman's work on "unsettlement" has a family resemblance to Burt's approach.) 

 

Mark Tushnet

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Against Empathy: Why Love Doesn't Trump Hate

Against Empathy: Why Love Doesn't Trump Hate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In the days and weeks following Donald Trump’s Electoral College win, awarding him the office of President of the United States, there have been countless calls for the majority of Americans—who voted for Hillary Clinton by a margin of close to three million—to have empathy for Trump voters in an effort to understand better their way of thinking.

 

This call for empathy has taken many forms: J.D. Vance’s book Hillbilly Elegy became a best seller, thanks in no small part to the fact that it sympathetically captures the plight of poverty-stricken white Americans; “mainstream media” went on the hunt for pro-Trump columnists, so devoid were even traditionally conservative news outlets of these types of thinkers;

 

BY KRISTIN IVERSEN

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(Empathic Design) How Empathy-Driven Innovation Can Improve Your Bottom Line

(Empathic Design) How Empathy-Driven Innovation Can Improve Your Bottom Line | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How can you use empathy-driven innovation to better your company’s industry position? If the idea is to put customers first, put a prototype in their hands and engage a third party to ask the tough questions.

What’s the most efficient way for your customer to engage with the product or service? Is there a way to design the product for a better outcome? In the case of medical technology, consider the care of the patient —not just the most efficient way to combat a disease — when crafting a solution.

Empathy-driven innovation is an approach that delivers value to your customers and your employees. It can have a profound impact on your bottom line and, in the case of technology, has the unique potential to improve the lives of users.
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(Against Empathy) How empathy leads us astray

(Against Empathy) How empathy leads us astray | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It’s one of those questions every kid who’s ever smacked another kid gets asked by a stern adult: "How would you feel if you got hit?"

 

The correct answer is, “Bad,” of course. But the point isn’t for you to answer. The question is meant to force you to feel that other kid’s pain, to feel empathy

 

 
 
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I Asked Artists About Empathy: Here Is What They Said...

I Asked Artists About Empathy: Here Is What They Said... | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Grieving Parents, like so many of Kollwitz’ finest works, is grounded in empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. She recognized that she was expressing something greater than her own feelings and that her art could only function if it served an entire society.

 

Grief and loss are universal feelings that bind us, and sharing them with others leads to consolation and social transformation. It is not surprising that in 1936 the Nazi party barred Kollwitz from displaying her work which they branded as “degenerate.”

 

Deep feelings for the sufferings and losses of others—which lead to collective introspection—can lead to resistance against authoritarian politicians and those who advocate war and other forms of sacrifice and suffering.

 

 
 “It is my duty to voice the sufferings of people, the sufferings that never end and are as big as mountains.” ― Käthe Kollwitz
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Individualism Kills Empathy

Individualism Kills Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is antithetical to individualism. Individualism forces us to think about ourselves first and everyone else second if at all. This is toxic and dangerous.

 

Empathy requires that you join a group, that you give part of yourself to others. And this can be scary. But giving part of yourself doesn’t mean that you are losing anything, it just means that you are gaining something else. You can still like Harry Potter over Twilight, or The Rolling Stones over the Beatles, but with empathy you can understand that your choices are no more or less important than everyone else’s.

 

With empathy it’s easier to understand that paying taxes to build a road that you’ll never use is a good thing and not a waste of money. Through empathy it’s easier to understand that drone bombing foreign countries in the name of American Freedom makes absolutely no fucking sense.

Empathy not individuality is what the U.S. needs right now.

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DesignThinkers Academy | Join our 1-Day Design Thinking and Empathy Generation, February 17th 2017 in Cape Town.

DesignThinkers Academy | Join our 1-Day Design Thinking and Empathy Generation, February 17th 2017 in Cape Town. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
In this workshop you will experience the creative power of true empathy. You will learn to distinguish empathy from emotional contagion, sympathy, empathic concern, empathic over-arousal and personal distress. You will be given concepts to understand and tools to practice this often lacking, and much needed, capacity.

As you deepen your capacities for imagination, intuition and inspiration associated with the art of empathy, you will tap into resources for innovative design relevant to the creation of human-centred society.

DESIGN THINKING AND EMPATHY GENERATION
08:00 hr Check in
09:00 hr Empathy and Human-centred design principles
10:00 hr The art of empathy
11:00 hr From emotional contagion to true empathy
12:00 hr 5-Stage empathy practice
14:00 hr The doing of empathy in Human-centred Design
17:00 hr End of day

 

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