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.
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.
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.
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.
Science is highlighting the link between empathy and familiarity, with a focus on racial bias. A new study from the University of Queensland School of Psychology is showing that if we want to increase our capacity for empathy, we need to familiarize ourselves with those who neither look nor act like us.
A number of studies in the past have shown that empathy has a strong racial component. This explains why 2,000 people can die in some far off land and the news barely makes a blip in the West. Meanwhile, a train derailing and killing eight will get wall to wall coverage. It’s not that those eight lives are worth more than the 2,000 lost somewhere else, but the viewers reaction to those eight deaths will be remarkably different. The news, being a for-profit business, knows this and uses the method to boost ratings.
However, this new University of Queensland study differs from previous work in this field by showing us this racial bias towards empathy isn’t set in stone, as previously thought.
At a panel hosted by Chaz Ebert, journalists and film industry members shared their thoughts on empathy.
In a room known as the Roger Ebert Conference Center, the American Pavilion at Cannes hosted a panel this afternoon inspired by one of Ebert's most well known statements—that "movies are a machine that generates empathy."
In her introductory remarks, Chaz Ebert noted that when someone begins to talk about empathy, "people think that it's like forcing you to eat broccoli."
But she sees empathy as a more hopeful concept, and noted why empathy is important. "A lot of the ideas that people have, you get from the cinema," she said.
Some of the panelists suggested that empathizing starts with the filmmakers themselves
The Shyness Institute and the East Bay Behavior Therapy Center are pleased to announce the upcoming workshop: Compassion Focused Therapy for Shyness and Social Anxiety
Disorder: Compassionate Social Fitness This introductory course will introduce participants to the basic ideas and interventions used in Paul Gilbert’s Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) integrated into Dr. Henderson’s protocol, Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for shyness and social anxiety disorder called Social Fitness Training.
CFT teaches clients ways to cultivate self-compassion and to mindfully develop healthier relationships with difficult emotions. We will explore the roots of compassion in an evolutionary theory of attachment and emotion regulation.
Through experiential exercises, role-plays, and didactic instruction, participants will learn how developing the compassionate mind can help individuals to experience positive, affiliative emotions, face painful feelings, and establish a secure base.
Researchers say there's yet another reason to add to the list of why reading is beneficial and necessary for young minds: it creates empathy.
"Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, US, say that fiction tricks our brains into thinking we are part of the story. The empathy we feel for characters wires our brains to have the same sensitivity towards real people," according to TheGuardian.com.
Join me for an “on the air” conversation with Radhika Sharma, education coordinator at Apha Ghar
Empathize with the perpetrators? A high bar indeed, Yet empathy does not mean “agree with,” “condone,” or “excuse.” Empathy may mean withholding judgment long enough to identify the triggers specific to a given individual and intervene in such a way as to empower the individual to make the responsible choice in his words and actions.
Empathy is all about firm but semipermeable boundaries between the self and other; and empathy works best where firm boundaries are maintained, even amidst a communicability of affect.
Empathy means surfacing the fear that gets transformed into rage; surfacing the rage that leads to violence. Leadership has been missing, but fortunately is finally starting to emerge – admittedly all-too-slowly – as powerful men step up, speak up, man up, and address the issues.
Empathetic leaders share an intuitive sense for what’s going on in the world that helps them identify new opportunities faster than their competitors. They get people to care about their vision by making it a shared vision.
They start by tapping into the psychology of their target audience, seeking their feedback, and scanning for changes in thought or behavior.
When you go a step beyond just hearing words to actively listening to customers, suppliers and employees, your firm will gain a gigantic advantage in creating products that will be in demand.
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?
“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.”
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.”
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.
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
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.
What happens when two police officers walk down the street with signs that say "Free Hugs"? The Newark Delaware Police Department released a heartwarming video on their Facebook page that answers that question.
This empathy for religious sensibilities seems reserved almost exclusively for Muslims, even though progressives are supposedly all about inclusion. Jews and Christians – especially Christians – don’t qualify.
The latest example is the violence earlier this month in Garland, Texas, where two self-styled jihadists attacked a contest organized by blogger-activist Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative. She invited cartoonists to compete for a $10,000 prize to “Draw Muhammad” – an act considered punishable by death by Islamic extremists.
Benefits Why develop compassion in your life? Well, there are scientific studies that suggest there are physical benefits to practicing compassion — people who practice it produce 100 percent more DHEA, which is a hormone that counteracts the aging process, and 23 percent less cortisol — the “stress hormone.”
But there are other benefits as well, and these are emotional and spiritual. The main benefit is that it helps you to be more happy, and brings others around you to be more happy. If we agree that it is a common aim of each of us to strive to be happy, then compassion is one of the main tools for achieving that happiness. It is therefore of utmost importance that we cultivate compassion in our lives and practice compassion every day....
When you practice empathy in your marriage, you will transform your marriage into a stronger, more real and more enjoyable union. Spouses will actually know and love each other for who they truly are In sha Allah, when they are able to bond at an emotional level.
Most people agree that open communication is the cornerstone of a healthy marriage. However, marriage therapists believe that ordinary communication is not enough. What a marriage really needs to thrive is emotional understanding, or empathy.
How can we practice empathy in our marriages?...
1. Empathizing with others starts with self-empathy...
2. Recognize and validate your spouse’s feelings...
3. Help your spouse empathize by genuinely expressing your feelings...
4. Use empathy during disagreements...
Sheima Salam Sumer has an MA in Counselor Education, author of two book
When someone’s frowning, or beaming, or gaping in surprise, they’re wearing their heart on their face. That’s because the muscles that control facial expression are linked to the smart vagus, says Stephen Porges, PhD. Thanks to the vagus nerve, the emotions we feel are displayed on our faces and in the sound of our voices.
Without the vagus nerve, in fact, we wouldn’t be able to tell how anyone else was feeling. Here’s Stephen’s explanation for why the vagus nerve makes empathy possible – and what it means to clinicians. It’s only about 3 minutes long, so please take a look.
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