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Empathy, in its simplest form, is about being able to understand and identify with the feelings of another person. Conflicted exchanges will decrease when empathy is the foundation of your conversations. Without it, they can go in circles.
Who taught us how to listen? For many of us, listening might not have been included in our upbringings. However, if we want to be more empathetic towards others, practicing the art of listening is an essential first step.
Empathy is about understanding. When we understand people, we are more inclined to adapt our words and deeds to fill their needs.
But what about empathy for animals? Empathy for the environment? If we understand them, how will our interactions with them change?
People Animals Love (PAL) is a D.C. based non-profit that brings people and animals together with the belief that the unique bond can help fill some of society’s greatest needs. PAL was founded by Earl Strimple DMV who witnessed the effects of the human-animal bond with his clients. An early program matched cats with felons in Lorton County prison.
The Science of Empathy: Principles and Practices Teleclass; 1.5 CCEU’s
Effective coaches are high in empathy—the ability to tune into the emotional state of the other person and dialogue about what is going on with non-judgment and genuine acceptance.
So how do we, as coaches, enhance our ability to be empathic?
In this hour and forty-five minute teleclass, you will learn how to engage rather than enmesh with your client’s feelings to support the client’s growth process.
You will learn how to speak in a way that you become an intelligent mirror for the client, not only sharing back what you’ve heard, but noting discrepancies that seem to emerge among the various statements the client may be making. By sharing these discrepancies in a neutral tone and being descriptive rather than judgmental, you can maintain your empathic approach while catalyzing a space for new insights and sustainable change to occur.
Influential author and speaker Dr Brené Brown tackles the myth that vulnerability is a weakness. Instead, she argues, it is the clearest path to courage and meaningful connection, and has the power to transform the way we engage and educate.
Stanford brought together educators and entrepreneurs at the first-ever Compassion and Technology Conference to discuss how to uplift humanity in a gadget-driven society full of distractions.
Social entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists explored how to open hearts in a world of cell phones, texting and computers at the inaugural Compassion and Technology Conference at Stanford on Dec. 6.
"Science shows us that compassion is fundamental to our health and well-being," said one of the panelists, Emma Seppala, a psychologist and associate director of Stanford'sCenter for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Hundreds of people filled the room at the Li Ka Shing Center for the all-day affair.
Pixeleap is a small company based in Aarhus (Denmark), they work on educational games for clients and als... EMPATHY and Why this Kolaveri, Kolaveri, Kolaveri di? - Wouldn't the skill of EMPATHY help Dhanush's character understand his girl friend's murderous rag
What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.
An IDEO researcher practicing "creative listening."What would an Argentinian car mechanic know about childbirth? If you’re Jorge Odon, father of five, quite a bit. Or at least enough to design a low...
By practicing “creative listening,” he was able to step out of his expertise and identify value in an idea that came from a complete outsider, with the intention of building on it and making it better.
This same skill is key to good improv theater: actors listen to the words of the previous actor and, despite never having heard them before, build on them to continue the narrative. Improvisers call it the “Yes, and” rule. ...
In a strange case, a woman developed "hyper empathy" after having a part of her brain called the amygdala removed in an effort to treat her severe epilepsy, according to a report of her case. Empathy is the ability to recognize another person's emotions.
The case was especially unusual because the amygdala is involved in recognizing emotions, and removing it would be expected to make it harder rather than easier for a person to read others' emotions, according to the researchers involved in her case.
David A. Levine is a teacher, author, empathy educator, musician and recording artist. He is currently the Director of the School of Belonging Training Institute. After teaching elementary and middle school, David became the chief trainer for the U.S. Department of Education's Northeast Regional Center for Safe and Drug-Free Schools. It was during that time that he created a framework for social culture building he calls The School of Belonging.
The School of Belonging is a social consciousness process that emphasizes relationship building, compassion in practice, social skills development and reflective practice as the primary components of a healthy and effective school. This change process is highlighted in his books Teaching Empathy, Building Classroom communities, and The School of Belonging Plan Book.
Fishbowl CEO David K. Williams explains the need for empathy when working with people. Sometimes things happen in people's lives that devastate them, and it's important to care for others and let them know that you're there for them not to judge them but to simply be their friend. Williams gets emotional as he talks about his experience where he needed a friend to help him through a huge problem. This is a must-see.
Three years ago, I wrote an article about fostering empathy for children with disabilities that I thought would be helpful for parents of young disabled children. At the time, my three boys were 10, 8 and 7. I got such a nice response from the piece I updated it based on my children's current ages of 13, 11 and 10 as well as added some new things I continue to learn along the way. Since I frequently tell my children that everyone in life faces challenges, some of us on the outside, others economic or emotional, this list really attempts to speak to parents of children of all backgrounds. While schools grapple with teaching children about bullying, parents should and can take an active part in helping children develop empathy. My children had a very rare medical condition called facial paralysis which made it vital for me become their ongoing advocate.
Empathy is at the heart of design. Without the understanding of what others see, feel, and experience, design is a pointless task. When communicated as it is in this video, empathy can be truly inspirational. What the Cleveland Clinic movie reveals is the true scale and complexity of the challenge of understanding a complex social situation in order to design a system that supports many and various needs.
I didn’t plan on writing about empathy this week. I got “hooked” while reading Nicholas Kristof’s compelling New York Times article, Where is the Love, over “Thanksgiving” weekend and knew I needed to revisit the topic.
In the article Kristof writes about the pushback he’s received from many readers in his recent pieces on food stamp recipients, prison inmates and the uninsured. Writing about hungry children, Kristof shares a comment from a reader who protested, “If kids are going hungry, it is because of the parents not upholding their responsibilities.”
The Evens Foundation strongly believes that science has a role to play in promoting a more harmonious society in Europe. It thus supports relevant scientific research in the framework of its Science Prize.
This year’s scientific challenge focused on the highly exciting and fascinating topic of the neuroscience of empathy. No fewer than 20 proposals were submitted.
On the 31st of Ocotber the international expert jury unanimously selected the project ‘Upregulating the neural substrates of empathy via neurofeedback’ of Professor John Gruzelier (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Professor David Sander (University of Geneva). We cannot wait to see the results of their research, which will explore a new way to directly boost the neural and behavioral substrates of empathic concern.
The prize will be awarded during the 2014 Meeting of the Society of Applied Neuroscience (30 Jan - 2 Feb 2014).
Letting children describe their emotions boosts both the consciousness of their feelings and their level of empathy. This is the conclusion of an Italian study published in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. Research has involved 110 children aged on average 7 years old, assigned to training and control conditions. Over a 2-month intervention program during which they listened to illustrated tales based on emotional scripts, the training group was asked to describe and discuss feelings and emotions, while the control was just asked to produce a drawing about the stories. Results have shown that the first had developed a better understanding of happiness, rage, sadness as well as a deeper degree of empathy.
Compassion, empathy, altruism and kindness are positive qualities we intuitively want our children to have, helps a child be successful in life and, research tells us, can be deliberately fostered in families, schools and communities. Teaching these qualities is what the Dalai Lama Center refers to as “Educating the Heart.”
This video of Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl reminds us we can, indeed, teach compassion and kindness through positive relationships, through modeling as well as through opportunities to practice skills with others.
Self-compassion is an inside job. I’ve learned that if I am gentle with myself, the world becomes a gentler place. I invite you to experience it too.
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~Jack Kornfield
I never wanted to see a therapist. I imagined settling onto the storied couch and seeing dollar signs appear in concerned eyes as I listed the family history of mental illness, addiction, and abuse. I feared I’d be labeled before I’d ever been heard.
But after experiencing the emotional shock of witnessing a murder, I knew I needed a space to grieve. So I gathered all of my courage and laid myself bare to a very nice woman who had Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements on her coffee table. I trusted her.
I am grateful to Nelson Mandela, to show me the path of empathy - deep listening, love, forgiveness, openness, and the ability to increase one’s capacity to hold another’s suffering. The world will miss the wisdom and compassion from this great elder, but his legacy has touched every inch of this globe and his truths will continue to resound for many generations.
We have a sense of empathy with works of art. If we see gestures in a portrait, we actually almost simulate those gestures in our mind. We often implicitly act as if we are moving our arms in response empathically to what we see in the painting.
We also respond empathically to what we think the sitter is experiencing in their head. So we have what is called “a theory of mind” in which when I look at you, I have a sense of where you’re going and you have a sense of where I’m going. We have an enormous capability by just looking at the person we are interacting with, and particularly if we’re having a conversation, to predict certain aspects of future events simply by looking at them. This is an extraordinary capability that human beings have.
Talk of empathy is everywhere: in science, the humanities, business and politics. Yet do we, as academics, think enough about how it applies to us in our academic and intellectual lives? This paper introduces the concept of Academic Empathy in order to clarify how empathy might apply specifically to our lives in a university. The recent essay by the cognitive scientist, Steven Pinker, to ‘neglected novelists and embattled [humanities] professors’ was an attempt to offer an olive branch across the Two Cultures divide yet only succeeded in enraging many of its intended beneficiaries.
It appears that many thinkers are unable to ‘feel in’ to the worlds and outlooks of their academic colleagues – as an empathetic approach would ask them to do. We will examine briefly this empathy deficit in academia and ask why it exists and what we might do about it. We consider the implications for the university as a community of scholars, teachers and learners and ask whether our lives would be improved by aspiring to more academic empathy. We conclude by asking what implications our discussion might have for the way we educate our undergraduates.
Perhaps the reason I’m focusing on self-compassion today is as an act of forgiveness for the failure to write blogs these last months. I have been busy with clients, with my family, and with my drive to finish our new book (which we did this week!) and I have had no energy for anything else. And yet even though I’ve ignored the “post a blog” item in my to-do list for months, it took my breath away to see how long it had been since I have actually written one. I felt the wave of self-recrimination building. Which might partially explain my interest in singing the self-compassion song here.