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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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The Empathy Movement Magazine: Front Page

The Empathy Movement Magazine: Front Page | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Visit the individual magazines specifically for empathy and;

*   Front Page (this page)
*   Animals
*   Art
*   Compassion

*   Compassionate Communications (NVC)

*   Curriculums
*   Education
*   Empaths

*   Empathic Family & Parenting

*   Empathic Design - Empathy in Human-Centered Design (New!)
*   Health Care

*   Justice

*   Self-Empathy & Self-Compassion
*   Teaching - Learning
*   Work 

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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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Film and Empathy: Crossing Perspectives

Film and Empathy: Crossing Perspectives | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
  • Why are films so engaging? 
  • How does the moving image manage to make us feel for the characters on the screen?
  • Do we really side with the characters in the story, or with the implicit observer on the other side of the camera?


Looking at concepts such as 'empathy' and 'engagement', as well as recent results from cognitive neuroscience, this event will provide an overview of recent shifts in our understanding of spectatorship and explore how our brains, minds and senses engage with films.



http://events.sas.ac.uk/ip/events/view/18386/Film+and+Empathy%3A+Crossing+Perspectives

Programme 06 June 2015, 16:00 - 18:30


4-4.40pm Vittorio Gallese (Neuroscience, University of Parma)
 Visions of the Body: Cinema and Neuroscience


4.40-5.20pm Murray Smith (Film Theory, University of Kent) 
Film, Art, and the Third Culture 
 

5.20-6pm Alessandro Pignocchi (IJN, Paris)
 Reading the Director's Mind 
 

6-6.30pm General Discussion 


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Bringing fun back to PhysEd: An empathetic approach to physical education

Bringing fun back to PhysEd: An empathetic approach to physical education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Fostering a positive environment with empathy-based learning in physical education courses


What is Quality PE? Quality PE integrates empathy. 

An empathetic instructional approach facilitates more positive experiences for students and brings about a greater chance to impact the long-term health of participants.  Positive early PE experiences will lead to an overall positive attitude towards physical activity for life. 

It’s important to remember that teaching empathy in the classroom is a developmental construct; it takes time.  The effort of physical educators should be to humanize PE by making students feel more comfortable, confident and supported....

How can you begin to instruct with an empathetic approach? ...

How can you develop an empathetic PE practice?...


By Lindsay Raymond

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Making PE a positive and playful experience while empoweringchildren to develop empathy

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Crafting An Empathy-Driven Approach To Management

Crafting An Empathy-Driven Approach To Management | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Thoughtful management is a process, not a method.


Use “Problempathy” to Reformulate Problems

My gut tells me that while we can try, pure empathy is unlikely, in design and in management. So, we came up with a modification: Problempathy. Where empathy is about putting yourself in the user’s shoes,


Problempathy is about putting yourself in the problem’s shoes; e.g., when we are redesigning an app, we take on the perspective of the app. Problem statments now sound like this: “I wish I could do more, but my designer forgot a feature that would have really helped the user,” or “I’m embarrassed I keep crashing.”e

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Empathy: the role of the temporo-parietal junction in empathy

Empathy: the role of the temporo-parietal junction in empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The neuroscience makes an important distinction between emotional empathy and cognitive empathy (Shamay-Tsoory,2011). Emotional empathy refers at an immediate emotional sharing, while cognitive empathy refers to a cognitive system that involve understanding of the other’s perspective.


Saxe and colleagues (2005) show the role of right temporo-parietal junction (rTPJ) in the perspective taking when our point of view is different from other, establishing an incongruence about the different states of mind.


Autore: Claudio F. Bivacqua – Università di Palermo, 


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Extending Empathy to Non-Human Animals

Extending Empathy to Non-Human Animals | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The ideologies of slavery that kept human beings classified as property for hundreds of years continue to be used today to oppress non-human animals. Does this statement make you uncomfortable?...


As humans, we can only directly relate to what it’s like to be human – and sometimes even that is incredibly difficult — but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.


Our ability to empathize allows us to have compassion for people who are suffering; extending that compassion to non-human animals, whether we have definitive proof of their emotions or not, is the more humane choice.

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Empathy @goodtherapy.org

Empathy @goodtherapy.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to recognize and relate to other people’s emotions and thoughts. Empathic thinking is often characterized as the willingness and ability to place oneself in another person’s situation, to feel another person’s feelings, or to recognize that another person might experience feelings in the same way as oneself. Empathy on the part of the therapist for those in therapy is also an important characteristic of therapeutic relationships.


  • Understanding Empathy

  • Empathy and Psychology

  • Role of Empathy in Therapy

  • Five-Point Scale to Measure Empathy

  • Origins of Empathy

  • Empathy in Animals

  • The “Cost of Caring”


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Designing for a Human-Centered Community: immersion process of human-centered design enables empathy

Designing for a Human-Centered Community:  immersion process of human-centered design enables empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I was recently blind for five minutes and felt as though my eyes had never been more open. I didn't have some freak accident or momentary medical issue; I was participating in a mini human-centered design challenge at an event hosted byIDEO.org and NY+Acumen to introduce basic concepts of human-centered design.


In addition to putting humans at the center of product and systems design, we need to bring back human-centered community.


The immersion process of human-centered design enables empathy, which as Reboot, the social impact design firm says, "enables the insights that drive breakthrough solutions;" but it also enables happiness, personal fulfillment and a greater sense of community.


So why not put ourselves in the shoes of our friends, families and communities and bring empathy and humanity back to the center of our products, services and personal connections?


by Chloe Sharfin


image: The Sense of Touch byJusepe de Ribera  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blindness 

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In Preschoolers, Generosity Linked to Empathy

In Preschoolers, Generosity Linked to Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“The children who had a greater awareness of how badly one feels when others fail to share with one were more generous in a subsequent resource allocation task,” said researchers Markus Paulus (Professor of Developmental Psychology and the Psychology of Learning in Early Childhood) and Professor Chris Moore of Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia)....


Paulus’ latest work shows how one can foster children’s readiness to share with others: “It helps if one makes clear to them what someone else feels when left out.”

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How to Use Empathy to Build Software Products

There’s one skill that every wildly successful product manager, UX designer, businessperson, and leader has in common. It helps them unite teams and ship products that customers love time and time again. What could possibly unite all these technologists?


It’s conscious and deliberate empathy.

Most people believe empathy is just about being compassionate, like lending your friend a shoulder to cry on when they’re going through a breakup. Others dismiss it altogether as a distraction, because they believe it’s more important to be efficient, focus, and get stuff done!

Well, it just so happens that when a company is plagued by lack of motivation, missed deadlines, and high employee turnover, often it’s because employees feel that their teammates, bosses, and management don’t “get them.”


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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Commencement: North Carolina Central University. "empathy is the foundation of that new way of being."

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Commencement:  North Carolina Central University. "empathy is the foundation of that new way of being." | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Because of growing class segregation," Putnam says, "fewer and fewer successful people have much idea how the other half lives." This has made us less empathetic to one another's plight than before.


The most valuable attribute in the world you are about to enter is not critical thinking, or fluency in another language, or an exhaustive understanding of U.S. history or chemistry or math as important as those skills are. It's not about learning how to "play the game," or even primarily about what - or who - you know; it's about whether you are capable of truly seeing the world through another's eyes or willing to walk a mile in their shoes."


III. The Importance of Empathy

And what they've showed Drayton, and anyone else who's willing to look, is that of all the skills a person can have today, no matter what their passion or profession might be, the one that is most vital toward becoming a true social entrepreneur is empathy....


"You cannot be a good person simply by following the rules anymore," Drayton says. "It's no longer possible. The key factor of success for any society going forward is what percentage of its people are changemakers. It's the new literacy.


And empathy is the foundation of that new way of being."


Please know that you carry the hopes and dreams of the President and First Lady and of so many of us as you move forward! I know you will continue to make us proud, and inspire us both with your actions and with your empathy.


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The solution for World Peace: Empathy tech

The solution for World Peace: Empathy tech | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I have the answer to cure all the violence in the world today. Or I will do as soon as the predictions of Dr Michio Kaku come true and a particular kind of future tech is invented. See it’s all about empathy…


Simon Baron-Cohen, professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge, is the author of ‘Zero Degrees of Empathy: A New Theory of Human Cruelty’ which explains that within most people are six degrees of empathy, and those at the top (with ‘empathy excess’) can literally feel the pain of others within themselves

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Why exposing your children to another language is one of the best things you can do: more capable of empathy

Why exposing your children to another language is one of the best things you can do: more capable of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Children who are bilingual or exposed regularly to a second language may be more capable of empathy, a new study found.


"Children in multilingual environments routinely have the opportunity to track who speaks which language, who understands which content and who can converse with whom," said Samantha Fan, leader of the research team and a University of Chicago psychology graduate student, according to the Pacific Standard....


Being raised in a multilingual world could mean that the skills used to better focus the brain on more than one task at a time could be how the skill to express empathy is developed, two skills tied into one: focusing effectively on more than one perspective.


by Mandy Morgan

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Q&A: How Can Writers Generate Empathy for Their Characters?

Robert McKee explains what a writer should and should not do when trying to create empathetic characters.
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Empathetics, Inc. and Paul Ekman Group Announce Strategic Partnership

Empathetics, Inc. and Paul Ekman Group Announce Strategic Partnership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"In my research on empathy, understanding a patient's facial expression during a clinical encounter is very important in understanding a patient's needs, fears and concerns," stated Dr. Helen Riess, Founder and Chairman of Empathetics, Inc.


"Dr. Ekman is the world's leading authority on facial expression training; incorporating his micro-expression training tool (METT) in our Empathetics e-Learning programs makes our empathy training highly impactful."

The strategic partnership between Empathetics, Inc. and Paul Ekman Group will enable doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals to access innovative skills-based empathy training.


Through e-Learning programs that leverage the rigorously tested empathy curriculum developed by Dr. Helen Riess, in conjunction with Dr. Ekman's tools to develop awareness of micro-expressions and respond appropriately to them – healthcare professionals will have the skills they need to improve the patient experience and health outcomes.

"We are excited about partnering with Empathetics' e-Learning programs for the healthcare industry," said Dr. Paul Ekman. "Dr. Riess' groundbreaking research on the impact of her empathy training in healthcare will certainly enhance how providers engage with their patients. Our partnership with Empathetics, Inc. offers healthcare professionals the most comprehensive training in this field."

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Empathy Can Make A World Of Difference

Empathy Can Make A World Of Difference | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The world is a rough place. People who should be able to get along often don't get along at all. Empathy can help cure it of these disagreements.


There are all sorts of theories about why the world is the way it is today. Millions in the United States work full-time and are earning poverty wages. Global income inequality is rampant. According to Oxfam International the world’s richest 1% will own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016. The simple truth is that it all boils down to a lack of empathy on the side of those who have the power to do anything substantial in the global market place. Why does that matter?


BY JOEL GRATCYK 

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Trauma, Media Exposure, an Increased Tolerance to Violence Its Impact on Empathy

Trauma, Media Exposure, an Increased Tolerance to Violence Its Impact on Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Discover the latest issue of the Trauma Matters Newsletter. A publication devoted to current research on practice and policy in the field of trauma.


" Additionally, we need to know that the current research focuses more on the question of aggression and whether watching violence makes us violent and less on other questions of trauma, empathy, and other impacts.....


A clinician’s sense of helplessness and hopelessness can foster a lack of empathy that becomes a default self-care strategy that in turn, effects quality of care. The silencing response can result in misdiagnosis and inattention to the client’s trauma. "


by Joe Brummer,

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The Neurobiology of Empathy | Therapy and the Brain

The Neurobiology of Empathy | Therapy and the Brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Neurobiology of Empathy


Recent research on the neurophysiology of empathy teaches us that we are hard-wired to connect. That connection can go haywire from trauma or repeated external stressors.


In this one hour keynote presentation at the International Imago Therapy conference, Dr. Earley discusses the neurophysiology of empathy.


Empathy part starts at 1:21 

  • Starts with Embodied Mind
  • Definition
  • importance of naming of feelings 
  • Malfunctions of empathy
    • * Alexitymic
    • antisocial personality, 
    • Narcissistic
    • Sadistic, 
    • shadenfreude, 
    • autism
  • Components of Empathy; 
  • feel emotions
  • conceptualize the other person
  •  theory of mind
  • differentiation between you and others
  • Reading faces -  Botox difficult to read others feelings
  • * yawning example
  • 1:37 mirror neurons 
  • Theory of Mind - perspective of others




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imago_Therapy

http://imagorelationships.org
Imago therapy is a highly effective form of relationship and couples therapy that has positively affected thousands of couples around the world. More than one thousand therapists in nearly approximately thirty countries are “changing the world one relationship at a time” by teaching the Imago Dialogical processes. 


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How Compassion Can Transform Your Organization - More Than Sound

How Compassion Can Transform Your Organization - More Than Sound | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that the “softer” personality traits aren’t as valued in organizations. Empathy, self-reflection, and goodwill take the backseat to efficiency, results, and profits. What would you say if I told you that fostering the former skills would actually improve the latter?

Jane Dutton, one of the founders of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship and University of Michigan Roth School of Business, has been studying and researching compassion in the workplace. Her research shows that when you train in mindfulness, it has an immediate impact on the quality of your relationships with your colleagues.
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Nature Behind Bars: Animal Class Helps Prisoners Find Compassion

Nature Behind Bars: Animal Class Helps Prisoners Find Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Professor Marc Bekoff teaches a popular animal behavior course at the Boulder County Jail, which has helped some inmates bond with the natural world—and ultimately reconnect to society.


How do you think the class affects them?

They get excited over the animal videos, and love talking about pets and wild animals—it softens them. It gives them the chance to discuss the importance of social relationships and compassion and empathy.


They find common ground. And it connects them to the outside world and to nature. I've had the most violent guys say what a positive effect the class had on him. One said talking about dog behavior helped him realize he needs to extend more compassion to humans. Researchers refer to animals as "social catalysts" when they help people connect and reconnect in this way.

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Emily McDowell's New Line of Empathy Cards Going Viral - YouTube

The designer and illustrator's cards offer touching yet witty messages for those going through a rough time.
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Can Creating Empathy Do More Harm Than Good?

Can Creating Empathy Do More Harm Than Good? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Campaigns that try to make you walk in the shoes of those less fortunate than you can be powerful, but they carry a big risk of exploitation.


Increasingly charities are using the "empathy angle" as a popular strategy to raise money and awareness for their cause. From 30 Hour Famines to head shaving for those in cancer treatment, nonprofit organizations are challenging the public to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.


And while empathy can be a powerful tool to open ones eyes to the plight of another, it can also be very dangerous territory to play in, both for the charity and those taking part.


BY Phillip Haid

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Want to Teach Kids Empathy? Try Music.

Want to Teach Kids Empathy? Try Music. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A new study recently found that children who simultaneously participate in a physically engaging, time-based activity feel more positively towards each and can experience greater empathy for one another.

According to the lead author of the study, “[s]ynchrony is like a glue that brings people together — it’s a magical connector for people.


“‘The findings might be applied to formulate new strategies for education in our effort to build a more collaborative and empathic future society,’ she said.


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Can a Child Be a Psychopath?

Can a Child Be a Psychopath? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Eventually, he was referred to a psychologist who determined that the behavior stemmed from callous-unemotional tendencies; these traits manifest themselves in different ways in different children, but callous-unemotional kids show little empathy for others or remorse for their own actions, and they are prone to violence. The traits are also part of a suite of characteristics together called psychopathy.
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Patient Experience: Compassion, empathy matter in nursing

Patient Experience: Compassion, empathy matter in nursing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“It is no longer OK to be just a great clinician,” Dempsey said Sunday at the sixth annualPatient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit, hosted by the Cleveland Clinic.


Clinicians have to show compassion and empathy and, above all, make human connections with the people they treat.


On Monday at the same event, Bonnie Proulx, advanced-practice nurse in pediatric gastroenterology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., related a similar story about her husband being hospitalized at a non-Dartmouth facility, asking the same, “Who are you?” question of a physician who barged in and quickly began rattling off test results.


By NEIL VERSEL

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