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The Cosmopolitan Ape: What Makes You So Special - Empathy, morality, community, culture—apes can have it all!

The Cosmopolitan Ape: What Makes You So Special - Empathy, morality, community, culture—apes can have it all! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The next time you mutter under your breath about the big gorilla in the next office, you might want to reconsider. The insult may reflect badly on you. Renowned primatologist Frans de Waal has spent decades studying chimpanzees and bonobos and found that nearly everything we hold in high esteem as “human nature” can be found in great apes.

 

De Waal runs Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta. He’s written a series of influential books, including Chimpanzee Politics and Our Inner Ape, which add up to a sustained argument against human exceptionalism. His new book, The Bonobo and the Atheist, takes aim at critics and dissenters—anthropologists, behaviorists, Christian fundamentalists—and at the “strident atheism” of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. De Waal, a non-believer himself, sees religion as an offshoot of our biological drive to do good.

 

BY STEVE PAULSON

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Morality and empathy make people selfless: People would rather lose money than see others get hurt - Society - Panorama | Armenian news

Morality and empathy make people selfless: People would rather lose money than see others get hurt - Society - Panorama | Armenian news | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A new study brings hope to human nature. Despite all the craziness in the world, from energy corporations destroying the planet to the Islamic State, the majority of us can rest easy knowing most of us aren’t part of the greedier, selfish minority. Instead, we’re willing to take the hit for each other, even if it means we lose some monetary gain — and we all know how important money can be, Medical Daily writes.

Would you be willing to see someone get electrocuted (only a few shocks, really) in exchange for more money? Researchers from University College London wanted to determine just that, and to compare it to how much money a person was willing to take if they shocked themselves.


Surprise: No one really wanted to have another person harmed, and ended up sacrificing more money to prevent that person’s harm than they sacrificed on themselves.

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The War on Empathy, Love and Family

The War on Empathy, Love and Family | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Even from a strictly Darwinian perspective, empathy is humanity’s ace in the hole.  It is the foundation of social organization, without which we would not have language, science, technology or the desire to pass these gifts on to future generations. 


Without empathy, we would not have family and community. 


We would be isolated, defenseless, naked apes, easy prey for any carnivore of even moderate size, or, in a modern day context, for any social grouping of sufficient cohesion  among themselves. Thus, in a very real sense, empathy is power.


But humans are born at a very early stage of development compared to other mammals.   Aside from human breast milk, babies need pleasurable sensory and experiential inputs to activate their full neurological potential, especially their empathic potential.  These require family cohesion and stability which is only possible with well-developed parental empathy and bonding.  Thus in healthy nurturing families, empathy is amplified and passed on through the generations, with predictable benefits in terms of survival, success and future reproduction.

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Extremely Positive People Aren't as Good at Empathy | Big Think

Extremely Positive People Aren't as Good at Empathy | Big Think | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
People with extremely sunny attitudes find it difficult to empathize with people who are recounting a negative experience, according to a study recently published at PLOS ONE. Ironically, positive people also reported being better at empathizing than did people who labelled themselves as slightly less than bubbly. 

For the study, participants were shown videos of people telling life stories: two happy and two sad. The viewers were asked to rate, second-by-second, the level of positive or negative emotion they thought the speaker was feeling. Alex Fradera, at the British Psychological Society's Research Digest, describes the result:


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CEC – Dr Robin Youngson - Empathy (Sept 2014) - YouTube

This video focuses on the role of empathy, and how empathy impacts on safety and patient outcomes. This video is presented by Dr Robin Youngson, Robin is an anaesthetist in New Zealand, internationally renowned for his leadership in strengthening compassion in healthcare.


He is the CoFounder of HEARTSinHEALTHCARE.com, a global social movement for health professionals, students, patient activists and all those passionate about rehumanising healthcare. Robin was recorded speaking at the Clinical Excellence Commission, Sydney Australia.


Culture of Empathy Builder Robin Youngson

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Robin-Youngson.htm 

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7 Tips for Teaching Empathy in Toddlers

7 Tips for Teaching Empathy in Toddlers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Toddlers think they’re the center of the universe, and although we can’t blame them -- it’s totally normal and probably evolutionarily sound -- it’s still natural to want them to show a gentler, kinder version of themselves every once in a while. Even if your little ones are veritable hug machines, they probably still need some help in the empathy department now and then. But how do you get a toddler to think about someone other than himself?

Here are seven tips for teaching empathy.


1. Acknowledge that they’re capable of it...

2. Talk about emotions...

3. Actively encourage empathy...

4. Shift the focus to others...

5. Act it out..

6. Reward instead of punish...

7. Empathize with your child..

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Urging empathy will not secure Palestinian rights | Jewschool

Urging empathy will not secure Palestinian rights | Jewschool | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This call to empathy is both common and understandable. In fact, it is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition. However, as I read article after article this summer calling the American Jewish community to show empathy for the plight of Palestinians in Gaza, I began to question the premise that a call to empathy is the correct starting place for ethical behavior.

First and foremost, I simply have doubts about the human capacity for empathy, for several reasons. First, religious and political leaders would not have to spend so much effort encouraging people to cultivate empathy if it were not on some level an unnatural, or at least difficult, accomplishment for humans. Second, there are good reasons for the human spirit to limit its capacity for empathy, especially in the modern world: true empathy, the ability to feel the feelings of others, would be utterly incapacitating in the face of the horrendous news that confronts us on a daily basis. And third, in many cases there is little incentive to cultivate empathy for others
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"A riot is the language of the unheard" Martin Luther King Jr

"A riot is the language of the unheard" Martin Luther King Jr | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"I contend that the cry of "black power" is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we've got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. 


And, what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the economic plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years." 

Martin Luther King Jr.


A Culture of Empathy is the Solution




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The Force of Altruism: Basic Recipe For Empathy, Leadership, And Learning To Make A Difference

The Force of Altruism: Basic Recipe For Empathy, Leadership, And Learning To Make A Difference | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How do schools get to the point where kids not only think that they can make a difference, but they actually go out and do it? What is the secret to their success? What did their teachers do right?


After interviewing numerous Changemaker Schools across the country to help share their stories, insights and inspiration I discovered that there is a very clear, basic recipe for making a difference at any age. It goes like this: first, start with empathy.


Encourage and apply it. Second, work in creative leadership opportunities. Combine them together. Then watch nascent social entrepreneurs grow.The two basic ingredients are always the same.... 


1. Start with empathy. Empathy doesn’t just mean treating others better; it means doing better. It is the foundational skill that lies at the core of social change because it is what motivates us toward altruism and cooperation beyond our narrow selfinterests.When people are encouraged to identify and empathize with others, and then act on that feeling, it can become a driving force for change. If it gains enough momentum to reach the tipping point, this force can literally change the course of human history. Sounds like a series of huge leaps of logic, right?

 

By Eleanor Bedford

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7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.


Grateful people are more likely to behave in a prosocial manner, even when others behave less kind, according to a 2012 study by the University of Kentucky. Study participants who ranked higher on gratitude scales were less likely to retaliate against others, even when given negative feedback. They experienced more sensitivity and empathy toward other people and a decreased desire to seek revenge.

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An emotion that we all should feel.

Barbara Kerr's curator insight, November 26, 11:47 AM

I am grateful for family and friends--and for this oh-so-beautiful world.

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In Other Shoes: Music, Metaphor, Empathy, Existence

In Other Shoes: Music, Metaphor, Empathy, Existence | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Kendall L. Walton, In Other Shoes: Music, Metaphor, Empathy, Existence 


In fifteen essays-one new, two newly revised and expanded, three with new postscripts-Kendall L. Walton wrestles with philosophical issues concerning music, metaphor, empathy, existence, fiction, and expressiveness in the arts.


These subjects are intertwined in striking and surprising ways. By exploring connections among them, appealing sometimes to notions of imagining oneself in shoes different from one's own, Walton creates a wide-ranging mosaic of innovative insights.


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Peer Listeners: A campus mental health and stress relief resource

Peer Listeners: A campus mental health and stress relief resource | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Whitman Peer Listeners is a student run organization through theWhitman College Counseling Center. Our mission is to foster emotional well-being on campus through programming and peer-to-peer interaction. As listeners we provide an alternative to the Counseling Center and a resource for students. We are available to discuss any and all issues that students may be dealing with.


Peer Listeners are trained in a variety of areas including listening skills, problem solving, and crisis management. We are available to meet by appointment as well as holding regular open office hours in Hunter Conservatory. We serve as an open network and community to all students.


In addition to our role as listeners, the Peer Listeners sponsor events and programming on campus educate, raise awareness, provide resources, promote well-being and relieve stress. Please see Programming and Events for details on past and future activities.

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Why Empathy Matters

Why Empathy Matters | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy has become a buzzword these days. You hear it being used in classrooms, hospitals, and even corporate boardrooms. When the president talks of empathy in his address to the nation—as he has on several occasions—you know the word has reached some kind of cultural zeitgeist.


But what is empathy, really? And why should we care about it or try to enhance it?


In his new book, Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It, philosopher Roman Krznaric explains what empathy is and what it isn’t, and gives a powerful argument for the importance of cultivating empathy in ourselves. Though empathy may have “a reputation as a fuzzy, feel good emotion,” he writes, it “is, in fact, an ideal that has the power both to transform our lives and to bring about fundamental social change.


By Jill Suttie 


More on Culture of Empathy Builder: Roman Krznaric
http://bit.ly/yogvQs


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Social Alexithymia and White Response to Police Brutality - racismreview.com

Social Alexithymia and White Response to Police Brutality - racismreview.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The late Hérnan Vera and I have written about the importance of the breakdown of empathy as part of the creation of racist systems, including discrimination and its racial framing.


We have coined the term “social alexithymia” for the inability of a majority of whites to relate to the commonplace, past and present, police brutality and other racial oppression faced by African Americans and other Americans of color...


Avenanti actually thinks that empathy is the default state, which only later gets disrupted by racial biases.


He repeated his experiment using brightly coloured violet hands, which clearly didn’t belong to any known ethnic group. Despite the hands’ weird hues, when they were poked with needles, the recruits all showed a strong empathic response, reacting as they would to hands of their own skin tone. … strong evidence that the lack of empathy from the first experiment stems not from mere novelty, but from racial biases.


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Sympathy is easy, empathy less so

Sympathy is easy, empathy less so | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
You see someone in pain, you measure the depth of his anger by the fire in his eyes, you gauge his despair by the piercing tone of his lamentations and you stretch out a hand and say, "I'm so sorry."

You can be a part of his world for the few moments that you share the grief, and then you retreat to your comfortable corner. That bridge between you and the sufferer is one you cross over rarely, but it's a pleasant trip because it makes you feel generous without investing too much human capital.

Empathy is another story. Sympathy puts you on the outside looking in and requires nothing more than an open heart.


But to walk in another person's shoes, to make his experience your own and embrace his pain from the inside is infinitely harder. It requires versatility, and something more difficult to manage: intellectual honesty.


Christine M. Flowers,  
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Obama vs. Ferguson’s empathy deficit

Obama vs. Ferguson’s empathy deficit | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy for the other side’s perspective has been a defining Obama theme ever since his landmark “more perfect union” speech in 2008 defused a backlash over remarks by his former minister, Jeremiah Wright.

Last year he set a theme for his second term by calling the “empathy deficit” a more pressing political problem than the federal budget deficit. At the time he was seeking to build bridges with Republicans and pass new gun safety legislation. Alas, that political deficit has only grown.

Obama’s empathy emphasis often has been mocked, especially by conservatives. Yet his critics have been even more critical when he is not empathetic enough to their point of view.


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Jason Phelps's Banquet of Empathy

Jason Phelps's Banquet of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Interested in exploring the idea of empathy from multiple perspectives, Phelps asked eight playwrights he admires and has worked with to write brief solo pieces on the question, “What does it mean to engage in an act of compassion?”

“Eight is significant to me,” says Phelps. “I had the idea for this show and picked an animal Tarot card around New Year’s—it was an eight, which represents a spider, so the spider is a symbol of creativity and making a web. Compassion is connected to the number eight in Buddhist thinking and practice. And my birthday has eights in it, plus eight is the symbol of infinity, so it’s very significant.”
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Why I Want My Daughters To Learn Empathy Rather Than Chinese

Why I Want My Daughters To Learn Empathy Rather Than Chinese | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
But what I do know is that they all have something in common: empathy. An empathy that drives them to do something to the benefit of others. Empathy in action.

This is the kind of empathy that pushes you to take action for someone else – to set up a delivery room in Cameroon, to donate your time and effort for a common good. The kind of empathy that motivates a young boy or girl to launch a social initiative with a group of friends.
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Meryl Streep Honored By President Barack Obama With Presidential Medal of Freedom

Meryl Streep Honored By President Barack Obama With Presidential Medal of Freedom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

But, she’s done it all for her craft. She’s sung Abba, which -- that's something. (Laughter.) She learned violin, wore a nun’s habit, faced down a charging lion, mastered every accent under the sun. She inhabits her characters so fully and compassionately, saying, “It’s the great gift of human beings that we have this power of empathy.”


And off screen, as an advocate for women and girls, she uses that gift to help others write the life stories of their choosing, and to encourage greater empathy in the rest of us.


So Meryl is truly one of America’s leading ladies.....


Whether portraying a famous chef, a fashion editor, a Holocaust survivor, or a prime minister, she conveys her characters’ stories with empathy and dignity. Off screen, she brings that same humanity to her advocacy for women, education, and the arts. With depth, joy, and discipline, Meryl Streep invites us to explore the full range of the human experience, one story at a time.

Barack Obama


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Why Love Matters - How affection shapes a baby's brain by Sue Gerhardt

Why Love Matters - How affection shapes a baby's brain by Sue Gerhardt | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why Love Matters explains why loving relationships are essential to brain development in the early years, and how these early interactions can have lasting consequences for future emotional and physical health.


This second edition follows on from the success of the first, updating the scientific research, covering recent findings in genetics and the mind/body connection, and including a new chapter highlighting our growing understanding of the part also played by pregnancy in shaping a baby’s future emotional and physical well-being. Sue Gerhardt focuses in particular on the wide-ranging effects of early stress on a baby or toddler’s developing nervous system. When things go wrong with relationships in early life, the dependent child has to adapt; what we now know is that his or her brain adapts too.


The brain’s emotion and immune systems are particularly affected by early stress and can become less effective. This makes the child more vulnerable to a range of later difficulties such as depression, anti-social behaviour, addictions or anorexia, as well as physical illness.


Original sin: How babies who are treated harshly may not develop empathy for others. 

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Empathy Blindness and the Joyless Life | The New Existentialists

Empathy Blindness and the Joyless Life | The New Existentialists | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
People high in alexithymia tend to have serious social difficulties (Vanheule, Desmet, Meganck, & Bogaerts, 2006; Spitzer, Siebel-Jurges, Barnow, & Grabe, 2005).


These social problems seem to be directly linked to a central feature of alexithymia—what might be called a kind of empathy blindness.

Even when well-intentioned, people with alexithymia find it extraordinarily difficult to understand or take on the perspective of others, and as a result, they tend to come across as self-centered and offensive. For example, people who are high in alexithymia also score low on a measure of empathy called the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (Guttman & Laporte, 2002; Grynberg, Luminet, Corneille, Grezes, & Berthoz, 2010).

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Children's perception of parental empathy as a precursor of children's empathy in middle and late childhood.

Children's perception of parental empathy as a precursor of children's empathy in middle and late childhood. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Summary of "Children's perception of parental empathy as a precursor of children's empathy in middle and late childhood."


This study examined:

  • 1) the development of empathy in middle and late childhood, according to gender;
  • 2) children's perception of parents' empathy according to gender: and
  • 3) the links between children's perception of parents' empathy and children's empathy.


Spanish translation of the Davis' Interpersonal Reactivity Index and a Measure of Children Perception of Parental Empathy were administered to 387 middle class children, aged 8-12 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the first place, we have found, as previous studies on the subject, significant differences between boys' and girls' empathy, girls being more empathic than boys. When comparing boys and girls in their perception of mother and father empathy, they agree in their perception of their mother's empathy, but girls perceive more empathy in their father than boys. There is clearly a connection with gender, which is probably due to cultural factors. As for the relationship between parents' and children's empathy, although previous studies showed little correlation in this regard, in the present study, when considering the perception children have of their parents' empathy, interesting meaningful connections are found.

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McMaster Students Union (MSU) Peer Support Line - YouTube

The MSU Peer Support Line will strive to provide student support in the areas of mental health, grief and bereavement, physical, sexual health, interpersonal issues, academic issues, etc. The Peer Support Line is a confidential phone service that members of the McMaster community can call if they need support or assistance with accessing helpful resources.
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The Art of Listening: Peer Listeners offer chance to learn what it means to listen

The Art of Listening: Peer Listeners offer chance to learn what it means to listen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Started in fall 1985, Peer Listeners is an organization run by the Counseling Center and student leaders. Its main goal is to train students in listening skills that can be used in everyday situations, professional environments and care-based positions. In addition, the organization also puts together events on campus that promote well-being and stress-relief.  Students who go through the semester long training also have the opportunity to stay involved through the years, teaching future trainees and putting together campus programing.

Students take the training for different reasons; some are just interested in honing their listening skills, others are psychology majors and others join hoping to gain skills that will be useful as resident assistant or student academic advisor.
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The Difference between Empathy and Enmeshment

The Difference between Empathy and Enmeshment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’ve spent a lifetime exploring how empathy works, how it goes awry, and how we can create a ground for self-care and self-empathy in our everyday lives. Here’s how I define empathy:

Empathy is a social and emotional skill that helps you feel and understand the emotions, circumstances, and needs of others, such that you can offer sensitive, perceptive, and appropriate communication and support.

I’ve also been looking at an idea about empathy that goes something like this:

Empathy means that you agree with me, that you support me, that you feel my emotions alongside me, and that you meet my needs, even if I don’t express them. When you do that, we’re empathizing and you’re empathic.


Karla McLaren

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