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The Truth About Empathy - Jotwell: Courts Law - In Defense of Judicial Empathy

The Truth About Empathy - Jotwell: Courts Law - In Defense of Judicial Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

With In Defense of Judicial Empathy, Thomas Colby undertakes the first comprehensive scholarly treatment and defense of the President’s arguments and of empathy as an essential and unavoidable component of good judicial decisionmaking. And he ties the centrality of empathy to broader debates over the judicial role.


Colby begins by identifying and correcting the arguable cause of much of the controversy over the President’s standard—the confusion between empathy and sympathy. While empathy is a relatively new word of contested meaning, Colby adopts the dictionary definition: the “action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.”


Empathy is the cognitive skill of being able to see a situation from someone else’s perspective and to understand how and why someone sees, feels, and acts as they do. That is fundamentally different than sympathy, through which a person is affected by and acts in support of the feelings of another. As Colby puts it, sympathy is feeling for someone; empathy is feeling with someone.

 by Howard M. Wasserman
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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;

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Mirror Neurons, Conscience and the Fallacy of Accountability: What can possibly be wrong with holding bullies accountable?

Mirror Neurons, Conscience and the Fallacy of Accountability: What can possibly be wrong with holding bullies accountable? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We want kids to stop being bullies. Bullying, as defined by the academic bullying experts and incorporated into our anti-bully policies, is any intentional act that can cause others physical, psychological or emotional pain. (I wonder, by the way, how they differentiate between psychological and emotional pain.)


In other words, we are expecting kids to be saints. Only absolute saints never commit the kinds of acts the experts define as bullying.


The bullying experts tell us that bullies lack empathy, a necessary component for having aconscience. We need them to develop empathy so they will behave more morally. And we believe that holding them accountable for their behavior will promote their development of empathy.


But does holding children accountable to adults for the way they make each other feel indeed promote moral development?


by Izzy Kalman

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Study: The Role of Empathy in Burnout, Compassion Satisfaction, and Secondary Traumatic Stress among Social Workers

Study: The Role of Empathy in Burnout, Compassion Satisfaction, and Secondary Traumatic Stress among Social Workers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Social workers are at risk for experiencing burnout and secondary traumatic stress (STS) as a result of the nature of their work and the contexts within which they work.


Little attention has been paid to the factors within a social worker’s control that may prevent burnout and STS and increase compassion satisfaction. Empathy, which is a combination of physiological and cognitive processes, may be a tool to help address burnout and STS.


This article reports on the findings of a study of social workers (N = 173) that explored the relationship between the components of empathy, burnout, STS, and compassion satisfaction using the Empathy Assessment Index and the Professional Quality of Life instruments.


It was hypothesized that higher levels of empathy would be associated with lower levels of burnout and STS, and higher levels of compassion satisfaction.


Findings suggest that components of empathy may prevent or reduce burnout and STS while increasing compassion satisfaction, and that empathy should be incorporated into training and education throughout the course of a social worker’s career.

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Med students learn empathy by practicing communication skills,...

Med students learn empathy by practicing communication skills,... | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Pamela Knudson 


Empathy is addressed extensively, beginning in the first year of medical school at UND, said Dr. Charles Christianson, associate dean for clinical education.

Empathy is a specific clinical skill, he said. "It shows you are understanding what the person is thinking and feeling. It involves listening not only to what the patient says, but the emotions behind it ... and making empathic statements to show you understand them—or are trying to understand them.

"Something like, 'It sounds like you're really disappointed in the way your life has gone in the last three months,' opens up more conversation. Looking at it that way, empathy definitely can be taught."

Some students are naturally gifted at conveying empathy, Christianson said, "but for the bulk of people, they get better with practice."

Empathy wasn't part of medical curricula decades ago—it was learned by observing other physicians—but it has taken on more importance in the last 20 to 30 years, bolstered by psychology research, said Christianson, who is also a family physician.

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(Empathic Parenting) Kidsinthehouse.com - The power of empathy and listening

(Empathic Parenting) Kidsinthehouse.com - The power of empathy and listening | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

View Chris Fulton, PhD's video on

The power of empathy and listening


also see

Getting kids to open up by active listeningJudy Willis, MD, MEd


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(Empathic Parenting) Kidsinthehouse.com - Meet Roman Krznaric

(Empathic Parenting) Kidsinthehouse.com - Meet Roman Krznaric | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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Empathy in Action: Snapshots from a DC Classroom

Empathy in Action: Snapshots from a DC Classroom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

For the teachers at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, empathy is a powerful tool. It is fundamental to how they structure their classrooms and how they teach their students. They imagine learning from the student’s perspective, meet their students where they are, and build lessons from there. They find ways to engage their students’ inherent curiosity and guide their discoveries.

But what does that look like in practice?

At a recent Inspired Teaching staff panel, Jon Berg, a first grade Lead Teacher at the Demonstration School and one of the panelists, described the emotional continuums that adorn each classroom.


By Sammy Magnuson

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(Empathic Parenting) How Empathic Parenting Is the Antithesis of Narcissism: Empathy is the cornerstone for love

(Empathic Parenting) How Empathic Parenting Is the Antithesis of Narcissism: Empathy is the cornerstone for love | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Lack of empathy is a trademark of narcissistic parents. Empathizing with your children is feeling what they are feeling and acknowledging those feelings. It is the art of compassion and sensitivity, as well as the ability to give moral support in whatever they are experiencing.


You do not have to agree with them but you are there for them. You put aside your own feelings and thoughts for the moment and tune in to their emotional needs to attempt to understand where they are coming from and why. Instead of citing rules or trying to give advice and direction, try this empathy exercise instead...



When we can give empathy to our children or loved ones, we are doing a double good deed




 by Karyl McBride  


image: Echo and Narcissus - Waterhouse http://j.mp/1DKyc2R


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Empathy

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"Somewhere between the overly intrusive parent and the parent who forgets about us after we're out of the house is the ideally empathetic parent who recognizes the relativity of choice, the errors of his or her own way... our need to find our own way, and who can stay with us at a respectful distance while we do it." 


Roger Gould, U.S. psychotherapist and author Transformations, sec. 4, ch 2 (1978)


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John Hoffmire: Can people be trained to be compassionate?

John Hoffmire: Can people be trained to be compassionate? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Compassion training extends beyond merely invoking empathy and concern for others but seeks to infuse the strength to be present with suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and the flexibility to prevent compassion fatigue.


These qualities, in turn, support a broad array of goals such as improving personal and professional relationships and making a positive difference in the world.

Compassion is not limited to the personal level of our individual relationships but can also permeate the interaction of societies and cultures with one another.

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Empathic Care for Children With Disorganized Attachments: A Model for Mentalizing, Attachment and Trauma-informed Care

Disorganized attachment is the most extreme form of insecure attachment. This book is a practical guide to caring for children and young people with disorganized attachment and related emotional and psychological difficulties. 

Synthesising attachment, trauma and mentalization theory into a useful practice model, Empathic Care for Children with Disorganized Attachments proposes ways of meeting the needs arising in children and young people with disorganized attachments.


Focusing on the importance of interpersonal bonds to facilitate the child's capacity to mentalize, it aims to equip the reader with the appropriate skills to provide effective, sustained and, most importantly, empathic care to the most vulnerable and troubled children.


This structured psychotherapeutic approach to caregiving will enable the development of child–carer relationships and can be used to create informed, safe environments that support both the young person and the caregiver. 

This useful guide will be invaluable to health and social care professionals including residential carers, therapists, counsellors, and those working with vulnerable and troubled children and young people including those supporting foster and adoptive families

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Developing Empathy and Anger Management Strategies Through Drama and Play

Developing Empathy and Anger Management Strategies Through Drama and Play | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Drama and Play Therapist, Dr Sue Jennings came to our school to talk about Neuro-Dramatic-Play and how it can help children learn to develop empathy and anger management strategies,


Neuro-Dramatic-Play Techniques

  • Appropriate massage – upper back and shoulders,or hands
  • Rocking in pairs – row, row, row the boat
  • Blowing bubbles and catching them
  • Messy play with finger paints, sand and water (see also: therapeutic sand play)
  • Drum rhythms and echoes
  • Clapping songs with words and movement
  • Drama games: stop start, healthy struggles

Embodiment Techniques

  • gross body movement involving the whole body
  • fine body movement with different body parts
  • sensory movement involving textures, sound, taste, smell and sight
  • singing games which name hands, feet, eyes, nose and so on
  • rhythmic movement and dance
  • rough and tumble play
  • creative ideas of moving as monsters, aliens, mice, etc.
  • stories with sounds and movement

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Practice Empathy Foundation - Empathy Begins With Me

Practice Empathy Foundation - Empathy Begins With Me | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We started the Practice Empathy Foundation as a private family foundation in order to teach and inspire our own children to be empathetic and compassionate citizens of the world. Our mission is simple; to hold ourselves accountable to practice empathy in the communities we live in and in the communities where we do business.


A portion of the Magic Box series will go to the Foundation and we, in turn, will fund other empathy projects. The projects can range from a neighborhood initiative to a national non-profit organization launching an empathy related program. A call for submissions will commence in 2015. 


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Why Nice Doctors Are Better Doctors: It’s All About Empathy - US News

Why Nice Doctors Are Better Doctors:  It’s All About Empathy - US News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


In looking at bedside manner, modern practitioners are zeroing in on empathy. 


A paper in the International Journal of Caring Sciences describes empathy as “the ‘capacity’ to share and understand another’s ‘state of mind’ or emotion” and a “powerful communication skill” that uses active listening and deepens understanding. This skill allows some doctors to fully grasp your apprehensions, concerns and the true weight of your questions when you’re in the examining room or hospital.

Your doctor’s empathy, or the ability to stand in your shoes, not only deepens the relationship between the two of you and makes you feel more satisfied with your visit, but also has measurable effects on your health.


By Elizabeth Renter

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Are Empathetic Teenagers More Likely To Be Intentionally Successful?

Are Empathetic Teenagers More Likely To Be Intentionally Successful? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Is There A Positive Correlation Between Empathy And Success?
by Ugo Uche 
Teenagers who are more empathetic do a much better job in embracing failure, because there is little ego involved in their tasks, and setbacks while disappointing are rarely seen as a failures, but rather as a learning experience about an approach that does not work for the task at hand.

The process of teaching or guiding teenagers towards being more empathetic, is a two fold and creative process.


The first portion of the process is to help students recognize and understand the continuum of how their seemingly ordinary everyday behaviors influence others near and far. The second portion is to help teenagers recognize their ability to become empowered to help themselves and others. As for techniques, that is a creative process entirely up to parents, guardians, clinicians and educators.

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Embodying Empathy: Dance/Movement Therapy after Unthinkable Trauma

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Dance/Movement Therapy after Unthinkable Trauma

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How do the empathy circles work?

How do the empathy circles work? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Empathy Circle process I am following are inspired by Sarah Peytons's work (www.empathybrain.com) and if you enjoy the process give Sarah credit and if you don't enjoy it let me know :).


The circle works like this, one person is invited to receive empathy around something that is alive in him or her. The person then shares the observation (like if it was filmed by a camera) and then describes what happens in his or her body and you can also name what you feel. Then the people in the circle offer needs guesses (or feelings and needs guesses) and the person receiving the empathy takes the guesses in with a "Thank you".


I do want to say that people who for some reason do not feel like they can offer a needs guess can always skip so please don't feel too much pressure about participating in such a circle.


After the circle has offered the needs guesses the receiver checks back in with the stimulus and the bodily sensations in order to see if a shift has happened. If not another round of needs guesses can be offered.


If a shift has ocurred the person who received the empathy might want to share something or come up with a request.



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(Empathic Parenting) Kidsinthehouse.com -Robert Brooks, PhD

(Empathic Parenting) Kidsinthehouse.com -Robert Brooks, PhD | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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(Empathic Parenting) Organizing an active listening partnership with another adult

(Empathic Parenting) Organizing an active listening partnership with another adult | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Counselling or organized active listening with another parent differs from chatting with friends in that it gives you the chance to really drop into exploring where the related feelings are held in your body, and help you to experience relief and release as you share your vulnerable feelings.  


You'll experience a lot more patience and space for you to deepen into your thoughts and feelings when the space is dedicated to you feeling heard.  This process often brings gems of clarity and insight into the origins or the core beliefs of our most painful patterns.


Often in talking about one’s problems with friends, a person doesn’t necessarily gain a sense of relief, release or resolution because many of the responses that friends and family offer are often at a more intellectual level and may lack true emotional connection. 


When you feel that which is raw and vulnerable for you, you need and deserve to feel truly met, heard, understood and empathized with.


by Genevieve


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What Is Empathy, and Can Empathy Be Taught?

What Is Empathy, and Can Empathy Be Taught? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a commonly used, but poorly understood, concept. It is often confused with related concepts such as sympathy, pity, identification, and self-transposal. The purposes of this article are to clearly distinguish empathy from related terms and to suggest that the act of empathizing cannot be taught.


According to Edith Stein, a German phenomenologist, empathy can be facilitated. It also can be interrupted and blocked, but it cannot be forced to occur.


What makes empathy unique, according to Stein, is that it happens to us; it is indirectly given to us, “nonprimordially.” When empathy occurs, we find ourselves experiencing it, rather than directly causing it to happen.


This is the characteristic that makes the act of empathy unteachable. Instead, promoting attitudes and behaviors such as self-awareness, nonjudgmental positive regard for others, good listening skills, and self-confidence are suggested as important in the development of clinicians who will demonstrate an empathic willingness.


by Carol M Davis


paper http://www.physicaltherapyjournal.com/content/70/11/707.full.pdf


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Self-awareness is a necessary ingredient for the occurrence of empathy. 

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Can empathy be taught?

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(Empathic Relationships) Empathy Can Spruce up Your Lovin! - The art of empathy can keep your love from fizzling

(Empathic Relationships)  Empathy Can Spruce up Your Lovin! - The art of empathy can keep your love from fizzling | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy! If we practice empathy for our partners and ourselves...we have great growth opportunity both personally and in the relationship. Some of the deepest and most loving connections are those where each person in the relationship was able to nurture and show compassion for themselves and their partner to work through past baggage.


Loving another is putting yourself in their shoes and wishing for them to be the best person they can be. It is encouraging their authentic self with all the strengths and weaknesses and being invested in supporting the making of a whole self. Creating interdependent relationships where two whole selves are operating on an adult level is the ultimate. This is hard to do without self-compassion and empathy for your partner.


by Karyl McBride, Ph.D


image Frank Dicksee - Romeo and Juliet. 

http://j.mp/1DKwEWx


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A Compassionate Work Culture Can Really Benefit The Bottom Line, Too

A Compassionate Work Culture Can Really Benefit The Bottom Line, Too | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

While the idea has previous been labeled "touchy-feely" and quickly discarded, creating an emotionally positive work culture can boast big benefits for both customers and employees, according to a new study from researchers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the George Mason University School of Business.


They found a clear, positive correlation between compassionate behavior, work satisfaction and company success. Their results were recently published in the journal Administrative Science Quarterly.


In the study, researchers Sigal Barsade and Olivia O’Neill focused on exploring the idea of a compassionate love culture, which they describe as the following in their report:

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What is Empathy? | Compassionate Connecting

What is Empathy? | Compassionate Connecting | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In the context of Compassionate Communication, we embrace the “Cognitive Empathy” as the form of empathy which simultaneously supports autonomy and understanding of someone’s mental/emotional state – i.e. the person empathizing does not take on the feelings of the other person.


This is contrasted with Sympathy or empathic concern for another, related to a wish to see them happier, feeling compassion, perhaps taking on some of the emotions of the other person. Cognitive Empathy is just called Empathy when practicing NVC.


Empathy is a basic acknowledgment of someone’s experience, especially their heart energy – in the form of feelings and needs. Note that empathy can be practiced quietly, just by being present and listening with care to the other person.


In fact, words can get in the way of empathy, especially when what we share has more to do with us than the other person.


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Exploring Digital Empathy - YouTube Yonty Friesem

\In a digital age, where technology offers many solutions and distractions alongside with demand for standardization and accountability, it is time for media literacy research to find a holistic approach to address these advantages and challenges. This presentation will offer a framework to explore media literacy practices through a holistic mixed method structure.


Using a case study of a month-long media literacy summer class with underprivileged high school students, the presentation will describe how digital empathy is not only a pedagogical approach, but also a holistic research method that will advance media literacy scholarship.

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Have a summer of fun and kindness with Camp Empathy

Have a summer of fun and kindness with Camp Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Camp Empathy is a 30 day guided virtual camp that will fill your summer with fun activities, family connection, and wonderful learning about kindness, gratitude, and empathy.


It will encourage your children to stretch their empathy muscles, learning about looking after themselves, their family, their friends, and their environment. Join in and spread kindness!

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Camp Empathy Summer Fun for Families - Fantastic Fun & Learning

Camp Empathy Summer Fun for Families - Fantastic Fun & Learning | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Sign up for digital summer camp this year. Enjoy fun family bonding activities while developing empathy and other valuable social skills.


Camp Empathy is a 30 day real world virtual camp experience for families with kids of all ages


. Through a series of activities and videos families will get a chance to exercise their empathy muscles while making great memories together. Short on time? Don’t worry! Although Camp Empathy is packed with great content and meaningful information, it was designed with busy families in mind. You’ll start each week with a virtual campfire to celebrate previous week and get excited about the week ahead.


 by shaunna evans 

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