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Nova Scotia youth ‘Accelerate Empathy’ at annual conference

Nova Scotia youth ‘Accelerate Empathy’ at annual conference | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Accelerating Empathy conference is put on by a start-up not-for-profit called The Empathy Factory.

 

The conference, now in its second year, aims to empower youth by giving them the power to single out an issue, voice their concerns, propose a solution and put it into action.

 

“We get to finally give a voice to a lot of these high school students, who have said before, “I have ideas, but what do I do with it?’” says Blair Ryan the CEO and co-founder of The Empathy Factory.

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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy Cafe Magazine Front Page


Visit the individual magazines specifically for empathy and;

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How Psychopath Ideology Can Be Crushed By Empathy

How Psychopath Ideology Can Be Crushed By Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Art has the power to be more transforming than any harsh law or order. It is the only moral way of using deception, because it creates genuine emotions. Deception Can be used in art to transform a psychopath into an empath.

A psychopath never treats another person as an equal and it is through relationships that involve having power over the other person that a psychopath develops a strong sense of invulnerability. An empath can overturn this by demonstrating that malleability is a far greater asset to possess than a solid sense of invulnerability.

Empathy allows your thoughts to take a different form so they can easily adapt to fit another shape. This will take you on a far greater personal adventure than the solid sticking points of psychopathology, which act as a barrier to freedom.
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My son seems to lack empathy. Is that okay?

My son seems to lack empathy. Is that okay? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Question: My first-grader doesn’t seem empathetic at all. Last night at dinner, he happily mentioned how when he was introducing himself in a group, his thing that others didn’t know about him was that he hated his older brother.


His poor brother looked stricken and almost burst into tears. If you had asked me before, I would have said they had a very close, friendly relationship. Talking about it later, it was clear he had put zero thought into whether it would hurt his brother’s feelings. He’s good at identifying his own emotions but doesn’t seem to notice anyone else’s at all.


Answer: Empathy is such an important part of development, and you’re far from the first to ask why your child doesn’t show empathy. 


So, let’s start with the easy question: What is empathy?



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NY Times Op-Ed: Where’s the Empathy? by Nicholas Kristof

NY Times Op-Ed: Where’s the Empathy? by Nicholas Kristof | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

That acerbic condescension reflects one of this country’s fundamental problems: an empathy gap. It reflects the delusion on the part of many affluent Americans that those like Kevin are lazy or living cushy lives.


A poll released this month by the Pew Research Center found that wealthy Americans mostly agree that “poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.”

Lazy? Easy? Kevin used to set out with his bicycle and a little trailer to collect cans by the roadside. He would make about $20 a day...


Those who would judge you don’t have a clue. They could use a dose of your own empathy.


 by Nicholas Kristof

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The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats | WIRED

The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats | WIRED | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As Oxford University zoologist Alex Kacelnik and colleagues noted in a 2012 Biology Lettersreflection on empathy research, some ants display helping behaviors similar to Mason and Ben-Ami Bartal’s rats. “Any solid evidence for empathy in non-humans would be a notable advance,” they wrote, “but, in our view, it remains unproven outside humans.”


Other researchers defended the possibility of rat empathy.


“Ants are not rats,”quipped Frans de Waal, an Emory University ethologist who has written extensively about empathy, on Facebook. “It would be totally surprising, from a Darwinian perspective, if humans had empathy and other mammals totally lacked it.” As for Mason and Ben-Ami Bartal, they’ve downplayed the empathy interpretation in their latest work, restricting it to speculative discussion.

we think of this oft-reviled creature, and maybe even ourselves.


BY BRANDON KEIM  

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BLOG: Empathy. What's the big idea?

BLOG: Empathy. What's the big idea? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy. We all know what it is. Empathy is an essential part of being human, of connecting with and understanding other humans. Empathy is a word that most of us instantly ‘get’. Or so we believe. I’ve spent the best part of the last three years seeking to deepen my knowledge of empathy.


Recently, I returned from twelve months of exploration in India, seeking new perspectives on age-old questions.

What exactly is empathy?

How does it work?

Who is actively applying it?

What are the implications?

Leading me to consider the future and the role empathy could play.


by Nathan Wiltshire


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Where to Start on Empathy? 5 Essential Reads - A Beginner's Guide to Studying Up on Empathy'

Where to Start on Empathy? 5 Essential Reads - A Beginner's Guide to Studying Up on Empathy' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Over the last few years, empathy has taken over my life. The fascination with human understanding has become a deep running passion as the result of many long hours of research, countless exhilarating discussions, and increasing experimentations seeking new ways to apply empathy in business, education, social programs, and public policy.


At first it was extremely challenging to grasp, with a holistic view of empathy covering fields as diverse as neuroscience, anthropology, philosophy, biology, psychology and innovation (to name a few). Adding to my beginner’s confusion was a lack of coherent definition for empathy – the term has almost as many descriptions as it does commentators. As we colloquially say in Australia, a dog's breakfast! 


 1.     Empathy: A handbook for revolution by Roman Krznaric...

2.     Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell...

3.     Zero Degrees of Empathy by Simon Baron-Cohen...

4.     Empathy: A motivated account by Jamil Zaki...

5.     Well Designed: How to use empathy to create products people love by Jon Kolko...


Nathan Wiltshire is a human-centred innovation specialist on a mission to transform our thinking with empathy. His work includes with higher education at the University of Technology Sydney and developing immersive empathic innovation experiences with Delhi-based, Samaahit Immersion. An earlier version of this post originally appeared on Nathan's blog - subscribe and follow him on Twitter for more thoughts on empathy.



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Putting empathy back on the workplace agenda: Why is empathy relevant in today's business environment?

Putting empathy back on the workplace agenda:  Why is empathy relevant in today's business environment? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One of the more surprising items on the British political agenda this year was empathy.


 This is largely thanks to Labour leader Ed Miliband, who has cited empathy as one of his core political values and has even recruited the help of empathy expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen to develop his “politics of empathy”. 


 It is too early to know whether Mr. Miliband’s initiative will bear fruit in the political domain.  But it isn’t too early for the HR community to take note and consider the case for pushing empathy up its own agenda.

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The limits of empathy for an executive

The limits of empathy for an executive | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Our findings suggest that decades’ of prior research failed to reveal how empathy can turn into a liability for an executive—particularly when it’s not accompanied by other components of EQ. Empathy must be accompanied with other social-behavioral skills in order to be an asset.  


James Lewis,


Executive Insights The limits of empathy for executives

report http://www.kornferryinstitute.com/sites/all/files//documents/briefings-magazine-download/The%2 0limits%20of%20empathy%20for%20executives.pdf 

Too much empathy can be a liability for an executive— particularly if it’s not balanced out by other components of emotional intelligence. A Korn Ferry study of 2,000 C-level executives found that those who overemphasize empathy are among the least engaged leaders and at high risk of derailing.

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Empathy, Engagement And The Brain

Empathy, Engagement And The Brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The failure to understand one’s own emotions and to recognize their impact on others is a source of much personal and intra-personal conflict. In contrast, the understanding of one’s own emotions allows for self-regulation of disruptive emotions and impulses and helps in adapting to changing circumstances.


Empathy is a particularly important emotion in considering other people’s feelings especially when making decisions and is therefore a basic component of all helpful human relationships including effective, therapeutic interventions.


The best healthcare providers know this; yet empathy is often lacking in professional practice as frequently reported by patients.

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Scientists Confirm Pigs Feel Empathy: Research backs what animal rights activists have been saying for years.

Scientists Confirm Pigs Feel Empathy:  Research backs what animal rights activists have been saying for years. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Scientists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands have discovered what many of us already knew: farmed animals feel empathy for their peers, a trait once thought exclusive to humans.

These researchers discovered that “pigs shared the stress and happiness of their pen mates,” according to the Daily Mail.
The article explains that the “findings suggest that swine respond to each other’s feelings,” and add “weight to the argument that the practice of separating the animals in farms is especially cruel.”

by Sarah Von Alt
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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others: (Empathy is important)

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others: (Empathy is important) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Instead, the smartest teams were distinguished by three characteristics.

First, their members contributed more equally to the team’s discussions, rather than letting one or two people dominate the group.

Second, their members scored higher on a test called Reading the Mind in the Eyes, which measures how well people can read complex emotional states from images of faces with only the eyes visible.


Finally, teams with more women outperformed teams with more men. Indeed, it appeared that it was not “diversity” (having equal numbers of men and women) that mattered for a team’s intelligence, but simply having more women. This last effect, however, was partly explained by the fact that women, on average, were better at “mindreading” than men.


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Reading Literary Fiction Impacts Theory of Mind. Emanuele Castano

Reading Literary Fiction Impacts Theory of Mind.  Emanuele Castano | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Reading Literary Fiction Impacts Theory of Mind. Article Published in the journal Science, and Media Coverage

I recently co-authored with my graduate student David Kidd a scientific article in which we investigated the effects that reading literary fiction has on our capacity to infer and represent other people’s mental states – a capacity that is called Theory of Mind in psychological literature. The article reported results from five experiments and was published in Science.

The article has received extensive media coverage worldwide. Among others radios, TVs 


(see TV interview here) and newspapers, this work is discussed in several NPR programs (All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, and NPR Books) and international radio (FRANCEinter).


Emanuele Castano, PhD,
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Video: Police techniques used to establish empathy

Video: Police techniques used to establish empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Investigators give insight into techniques used to establish empathy with suspects and how they work to get the confession needed to close the case.

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Veritas Forum held on empathy

Veritas Forum held on empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
USC hosted the Veritas Forum discussion yesterday night in Town and Gown. This year’s forum, “Neighbors: A Campus Conversation on Race, Empathy and Faith,” featured guest speakers, Dr. Jody Armour of the Gould Law School and visiting speaker William Tate, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.


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NY Times: How Do We Increase Empathy?

NY Times: How Do We Increase Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


In my last column, I wrote about a high school buddy, Kevin Green, a warm and helpful man who floundered in a tough job market, hurt his back and died at the age of 54. The column was a call for empathy for those who are struggling, but, predictably, scolds complained that Kevin’s problems were of his own making. Grrrr.


So what do we know about empathy and how to nurture it?


First, it seems hard-wired. Even laboratory rats will sometimes free a trapped companion before munching on a food treat.


“Probably the biggest empathy generator is cuteness: paedomorphic features such as large eyes, a large head, and a small lower face,” Steven Pinker, the Harvard psychologist, tells me.


“Professional empathy entrepreneurs have long known this, of course, which is why so many charities feature photos of children and why so many conservation organizations feature pandas.


Nicholas Kristof


How to increase empathy?

  • cuteness
  • wealth may impedes empathy
  • think about suffering 
  • seeing empathic acts 
  • reading and seeing fiction
  • student service projects,
  •  travel


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Validation: Beyond Empathy

Validation: Beyond Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I have a tendency to talk incessantly aboutempathy.  And if you're my devoted readers, you know that empathy means conveying that you really understand another person's point of view, completely.  You don't have to share the same perspective, but you 100 percent genuinely understand what they mean.  So here's empathy:

 

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Empathy: A motivated account by Jamil Zaki

Empathy: A motivated account by Jamil Zaki | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We often think of empathy as an automatic process. However, empathy is often context-dependent. Our willingness to empathize with others changes with different situations and with different people.A new paper by Jamil Zaki resolves this tension by underscoring the role of motivation in empathy.


Motives drive our willingness to empathize. In his paper, Zaki highlights specific motives that drive people to avoid and approach empathy, illustrates a motivated model of empathy, and suggests potential interventions to maximize empathy.For a complete list of SSNL publications, click here


http://ssnl.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/zaki2014_motivatedEmpathy.pdf?width=85%25&height=85%25&iframe=true



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Compassion fatigue: Why are Animal Caretakers Suffering as Much as the Animals?

Compassion fatigue: Why are Animal Caretakers Suffering as Much as the Animals? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Animal shelter workers are responsible for lives every day. Those difficult decisions that no one wants to make clash with their innate empathy, compassion and love for animals, and can lead to:

Sleepless nights
Nightmares
Alcohol or drug abuse
Emotional “numbing”
Feelings of guilt
Depression


by Jessica Ramos

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Atheists: Is empathy the real driver of morality?

Atheists: Is empathy the real driver of morality? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Every secular expert that I've heard speak on the subject has said that, rather than dictates from God, what really drives moral behavior is empathy.


I can imagine or remember what it would feel like to go through something negative, and I therefore would not want to inflict this onto another.


The supposed logical extension is that people who act immorally simply have a broken empathy engine.


Do I understand this correctly? If I do, I still don't understand how putting myself in someone's shoes would make me not want to wrong them. I do not want to be stolen from. I know what it feels like to be stolen from. I don't understand how this makes me want to not steal from others.

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Transforming business: The four faces of empathy

Transforming business: The four faces of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Your business is filled with people. If you want to connect with them on a meaningful level, empathy is the key.


Here we explore how empathy plays a vital role in shifting brands from a bland and vulnerable position, to one that is robust in meaning and purpose.


Empathy as a driver of brand strategy

...As such, empathy leads you to the deep-rooted connections that can be forged to create strong and enduring bonds...


Empathy as a cultural ethos

...empathy helps you better engage and motivate employees. This means they’ll be far more likely to listen to, appreciate, and follow your leadership...


Empathy as an engine of innovation

...An empathetic attitude sheds new light on what’s needed now and how to best address that need or opportunity...


Empathy as a leadership practice

We’re all born empathetic. As babies we all had the capacity to perceive how others were feeling and what they were experiencing...

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Why Is Yawning Contagious? Looking to Chimps for Answers - YouTube

Why Is Yawning Contagious? Looking to Chimps for Answers - YouTube | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
People are not the only animals who yawn, or who catch yawns from each other; dogs and chimps even catch human yawns. It may have to do with empathy, which s...
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Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education

Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Much of the disaffection with the school system stems from a pervasive feeling that the intense focus on formal academics has inadvertently neglected the rest of a child’s personality and humanity.


While employers, psychologists and other researchers have repeatedly noted that social and emotional skills like empathy are some of the most important ones for success, many schools still lag in developing effective programs to nurture those soft skills.


Societal norms posit girls as being more emotionally intelligent than boys, but the subtle ways that teachers and parents reinforce that gender stereotype can harm boys, who need to learn empathy as an important life skill for connecting with others, problem-solving and developing moral courage.


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Why is yawning contagious? (Mirror Neurons and the Empathy Yawn)

Why is yawning contagious?  (Mirror Neurons and the Empathy Yawn) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

*Yaaawwwwwn* Did just reading the word make you feel like yawning yourself? Known as contagious yawning, the reasons behind this phenomenon have been attributed to both the physiological and psychological.


It's been observed in children as young as four and even in dogs! Claudia Aguirre visits the many intriguing theories that might explain contagious  yawning.


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One theory for yawning contagion is that it's caused by mirror neurons and empathy. When we see someone yawn, our mirror neurons fire and we start simulating the other persons yawn in our selves and it grows into full blown emotional contagion. For this reason yawning contagion is a test for empathy in humans, dogs, chimps, etc. Test this out.. see the links below.


Contagious Yawning Empathy Test
http://www.whydoweyawn.co.uk/Empathy_Test.htm


Test your empathy, with the yawn Test! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYc6PmHI_Y8


The Yawn-O-Meter (How Long Can You Last?)

http://youtu.be/AJXX4vF6Zh0


Why Do We Yawn?
 http://youtu.be/I0dQx4SNSwE


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Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"I sometimes call virtual reality an empathy generator," she says. "It's astonishing to me. People all of a sudden connect to the characters in a way that they don't when they've read about it in the newspaper or watched it on TV."
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