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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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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

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Empathy Cafe Magazine Front Page


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Reddit.com: Against Empathy - New Article by Paul Bloom

Reddit.com: Against Empathy - New Article by Paul Bloom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is biased; we are more prone to feel empathy for attractive people and for those who look like us or share our ethnic or national background.


And empathy is narrow; it connects us to particular individuals, real or imagined, but is insensitive to numerical differences and statistical data.

Sounds like an argument for more empathy, not less. If empathy is naturally too narrow, work to make the scope bigger.



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Scott Churchill on phenomenology, empathy, and embodiment

Scott Churchill on phenomenology, empathy, and embodiment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dr. Scott Churchill joined Dr. Ferrarello and myself to present a two-day seminar on Empathy, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics at Saybrook in August 2014.


Dr. Churchill is Professor of Psychology at the University of Dallas, and Editor-in-Chief of The Humanistic Psychologist. We wanted to share a selection of his articles and a link to an interview with him here:

“Second Person” Perspectivity in Observing and Understanding Emotional Expression



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Design Thinking Students: Students Co-Designing Their Own School for the Sake of Empathy

Design Thinking Students: Students Co-Designing Their Own School for the Sake of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Design thinking is a dynamic pedagogy for co-learning that cultivates empathy. 


It is a multidisciplinary approach to solving human-centered problems and an empowering way of addressing needs and concerns. The modes of design thinking promote inquiry, iteration, and prototyping along with critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and making/tinkering.


  Empathy is highlighted as a mode of its own, wherein the design-thinker attempts to infiltrate and truly come to understand the needs of the end-user..


The design thinking process begins with discovery, moves to ideation and rapid prototyping, and ends with testing and execution. As an evolving process of learning, sharing, dialoguing, and problem solving, design thinking inspires adults and students to learn together. 


Dr. Lee-Anne Gray

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The dark side of empathy - Yale Alumni Magazine

The dark side of empathy - Yale Alumni Magazine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Who could be “Against Empathy”? Paul Bloom, that’s who. In a Boston Review essay by that title, the Yale psychology professor argues that “if you want to be good and do good, empathy is a poor guide.” Instead, he recommends compassion.

 

Some definitions are in order.
 

To empathize with someone, Bloom writes, “is to put yourself in her shoes, to feel her pain.” He distinguishes this “emotional empathy” from what he calls cognitive empathy—“the more coldblooded process of assessing what other people are thinking, their motivations, their plans, what they believe”—as well as from compassion, “a more distanced love and kindness and concern for others.”


By Carole Bass 

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How To Be An Empathetic Parent, Even When It Feels Hard

How To Be An Empathetic Parent, Even When It Feels Hard | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Being more empathetic is one of my parenting and personal goals this year, so I started digging more deeply into this concept to understand how to put empathy into action....


Why can being empathetic be so hard? 

We're exhausted...
We feel overwhelmed by our stressors....


What can parents do to increase their empathy?

Stay in charge of self-talk ...

Take control of exhaustion and a busy life...

Don't take another's struggles, meltdowns, or freak-outs personally...

Take charge of intense emotions, do not let them take charge of you...


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Spark Innovation Through Empathic Design

Spark Innovation Through Empathic Design | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Almost every company competes to some degree on the basis of continual innovation. And to be commercially successful, new product and service ideas must, of course, meet a real—or perceived—customer need. Hence the current managerial mantras:


“Get close to the customer” and
“Listen to the voice of the customer.


The problem is, customers’ ability to guide the development of new products and services is limited by their experience and their ability to imagine and describe possible innovations. How can companies identify needs that customers themselves may not recognize? How can designers develop ways to meet those needs, if even in the course of extensive market research, customers never mention their desires because they assume those desires can’t be fulfilled?


by Dorothy Leonard and Jeffrey F. Rayport

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Is Overactive Empathy Ruining Your Life? | Anna Sayce

Is Overactive Empathy Ruining Your Life? | Anna Sayce | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As a very empathic person (a VEP :) ), I have spent a lot of energy over the last few years learning how to manage my empathy and establishing better...


I have noticed that many other people, especially clairsentient, sensitive, intuitive and lightworker types often have similar problems with their empathy and energetic boundaries.


  I decided it might be a good idea to do a series of articles on my own experiences with empathy: how I realized mine was a problem and how I learned to turn my empathy off, as some people haven’t even realized that their empathy is a problem.  They just know they have weird tendencies to feel bad around other people.


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Laurie Blair's curator insight, Today, 3:33 AM

Over the last year or so, I have noticed the effects of 'energy vampires', some are still around and I manage this, but others I had to cut out of my life, often drastically.

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Winners of the Amplify Empathy Challenge

Winners of the Amplify Empathy Challenge | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In my post on customer experience trends for this year, I named 2014 as “The Year of Empathy.” Empathy is a critical component to any customer experience effort. To help ignite the discussion on this important topic, we launched the Amplify Empathy Challenge as part of the overall Amplify Empathy Movement.


We asked people to share how they’ve raised customer empathy within their organizations and Temkin Group committed to awarding up to $2,500 for the best ideas. We had a number of great submissions, which made it hard to decide, but we selected the five winners below (all receiving a $500 Amazon.com gift certificate). We added the titles to their entries, but the rest of the description is exactly what they submitted on the Amplify Empathy site.

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The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow of energy and information between people

The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow of energy and information between people | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow of energy and information between people, essential in our development.
"The study of neuroplasticity is changing the way scientists think about the...

 

“Relationship is key,” he emphasizes. “When we work with relationship, we work with brain structure. Relationship stimulates us and is essential in our development. People rarely mention relationship in brain studies, but it provides vital input to the brain.


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Relationship stimulates us and is

essential in our development.

People rarely mention relationship

in brain studies, but it provides

vital input to the brain.

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Every form of psychotherapy that works, works because it creates healthier brain function and structure.… In approaching our lives, we can ask where do we experience the chaos or rigidity that reveal where integration is impaired.


We can then use the focus of our attention to integrate both our brain and our relationships. Ultimately we can learn to be open in an authentic way to others, and to ourselves.


The outcome of such an integrative presence is not only a sense of deep well-being and compassion for ourselves and others, but also an opening of the doors of awareness to a sense of the interdependence of everything. ‘We’ are indeed a part of an interconnected whole.””


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“We is what me is!”

Eli Levine's curator insight, February 12, 8:34 PM

The network of "I" is connected to the network that is "us" in an upward gradient.

 

There can be no full "I" without "we", because all humans have to be socialized, like any other social animal, in order to develop fully as individual human beings.

 

We are all connected to one another and the environment to form one web on this planet.  It affects us and we affect it, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad, depending upon what we do to it consciously and subconsciously.

 

Why listen to the individualists who have absolutely no sense or desire to connect with the other that is around them and that has helped form them as individuals, psychologically, physically and socially?

 

They are not in touch with the actual world, and are probably just of a pathological mindset that, I think, needs to be treated as a disease by our society.

 

We are all one.

 

What you do effects all those who are around you and are connected to you.

 

And, most importantly, what you do to them/it is the same thing that you do to yourself, as an individual.

 

Think about it.

 

Libertarians.

 

Conservatives.

 

Think about it.

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Empathy Intro Movie - Role Playing for Kids - YouTube

Introduction video for WIGU's empathy activity pack.
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How Things Work: Neuroscience studies explain why humans experience empathy

How Things Work: Neuroscience studies explain why humans experience empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By understanding the neurological basis for empathy, better interventions can be constructed to treat patients who suffer from psychopathy.


Studies have shown that almost a quarter of prison populations are psychopathic, compared to only one percent of the general population. Improved treatments and understanding could help bring down crime and violence.


Our understanding of the brain and its functions are very primitive, but much has been learned about the unique complexity that allows our brain to experience our own lives as well as the lives of those around us.


Raghunandan Avula

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Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course

Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The ability to understand what someone is feeling” – that’s the textbook definition of empathy. But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more.


It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next. In today’s rapidly changing world, empathy is critical to our success – at home, at school, and in the workplace.


By completing this free course, you will gain practical tips and ideas from 60 leading elementary schools, 21 social entrepreneurs, and leading experts from across the Ashoka network on how to instill empathy in children, preparing them for the world ahead. 


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Gonzalo Riva: Empathy in Education

Gonzalo Riva: Empathy in Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Most of us think of toys as child's play, something to keep the kids occupied or a reward for good behaviour. But toys, and play, have benefits that extend beyond the playground, from teaching the value of teamwork to unlocking empathy.


Gonzalo Riva, Chief Operating Officer and Lead Strategist for Twenty One Toys, sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss the benefits of using toys in the boardroom and the classroom, and why empathy is an important skill to develop in school.

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Effective Leaders Practice Empathy

  • Effective Leaders Practice Empathy Joel H Head Headwinds LLC 
  • If I could choose just one emotion to improve employee engagement, which one should I choose? 2 In search of the Silver Bullet…
  • Empathy Empathy is the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions. ~ Roman Krznaric 


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Empathy in Action: the idea of Accompaniment | Technology, Society, Change

Empathy in Action: the idea of Accompaniment | Technology, Society, Change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We talk a lot about “empathy” in the design world. But we don’t have a great deal of clarity about what empathy actually is, and what it costs us as both designers of products, or as human beings.
 

What is empathy?

Nursing theorist Theresa Wiseman argues that empathy involves the following:

  1. To be able to see the world as others see it
  2. To be non-judgmental about what you see
  3. To understand another’s feelings
  4. To communicate your understanding of those fee

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Against Empathy | Boston Review

Against Empathy | Boston Review | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Most people see the benefits of empathy as too obvious to require justification. This is a mistake.

When asked what I am working on, I often say I am writing a book about empathy. People tend to smile and nod, and then I add, “I’m against it.” This usually gets an uncomfortable laugh.


This reaction surprised me at first, but I’ve come to realize that taking a position against empathy is like announcing that you hate kittens—a statement so outlandish it can only be a joke. And so I’ve learned to clarify, to explain that I am not against morality, compassion, kindness, love, being a good neighbor, doing the right thing, and making the world a better place. My claim is actually the opposite: if you want to be good and do good, empathy is a poor guide.


 

With responses from

  • Peter Singer
  • Jack W. Berry, Lynn E. O'Connor
  • Marianne LaFrance
  • Nomy Arpaly
  • Christine Montross
  • Barbara H. Fried
  • Leslie Jamison
  • Leonardo Christov-Moore, Marco Iacoboni
  • Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
  • Sam Harris
  • Jesse Prinz
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The Real Reasons Many White People Can't Empathize With Ferguson, Racial Disparities, or Black Suffering

The Real Reasons Many White People Can't Empathize With Ferguson, Racial Disparities, or Black Suffering | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If I put myself completely in the shoes of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, or even a black man denied the opportunity to board a taxi cab, I must accept the reality that my world and my America isn't their world and their America....


one reason it's difficult for any person to truly empathize with another human being, let alone with millions of people, is that empathy requires questioning one's reality....


For many citizens, especially certain white conservative voters, such empathy would lead to an emphasis on questioning the status quo, and doing so might also mean facing the prospect of our nation being less than exceptional...


Another reason for such lack of empathy is that empathy inevitable leads to a myriad of unsavory emotions. 

With empathy comes responsibility and culpability, self-reflection, sometimes guilt, oftentimes anger, and almost always a certain amount of regret; ...


by H. A. Goodman 

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Why We Need Caring Classrooms - This begins with empathy.

Why We Need Caring Classrooms - This begins with empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

More educators are recognizing that compassion can be taught. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about compassion, because we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy.


There are three main kinds of empathy, each involving distinct sets of brain circuits.


1: Cognitive empathy: understanding how other people see the world and how they think about it. This lets us put what we have to say in ways the other person will best comprehend.


2. Emotional empathy: a brain-to-brain linkage that gives us an instant inner sense of how the other person feels – sensing their emotions from moment to moment. This allows "chemistry" in our connections with people.

Those two are very important of course; they're key to getting along with other people, but they're not necessarily sufficient for caring.


3. Empathic concern – ....


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Empathy, The Art of Understanding | Training Magazine Middle East

Empathy, The Art of Understanding | Training Magazine Middle East | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the art of putting yourself in other people’s shoes. You get to see what they see, and feel what they feel. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily live their experiences; it just means that you get to have a taste of their experience in order to make sense of what it is they are actually thinking and feeling as you come about making decisions for them, or even communicating with them.

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La empatía...la importancia de ponernos en lugar del otro, permitiéndonos establecer buenas relaciones interpersonales con las demás personas

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The Secret to Building Empathy in College Students

The Secret to Building Empathy in College Students | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

...A new neuroscience study may explain why telling stories builds empathy and why, when you tell a good one, people act as if they’re watching it unfold before them...


Here are some simple suggestions on how to capitalize on storytelling as you teach or lead students:


  1. Choose to insert stories in your content. To really engage with you, students need a point for their head and a picture for their heart. 
  2. Clarify the point of your story in your mind. Even if it is only to make them question something, know where you’re going so you don’t wander. 
  3. Include important details in the story. The more specific you are, the more students can step into the shoes of those in the story. Make it real.
  4.  Use colorful adjectives and verbs. Make the story come alive, describing how something felt, smelled, looked or sounded. Help them feel, not just think. 
  5. Involve some conflict. We love movies because good ones always center on a great conflict. Leverage this as the story unfolds.  
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The Hostage Negotiator’s Secret to Social Media Success

The Hostage Negotiator’s Secret to Social Media Success | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Behavioral Influence Stairway Model, which is an updated version of the model created by the  FBI’s Crisis  Negotiation Unit,  offers a great guide for establishing relationships online (and offline, too).


It illustrates how active listening can help move you through the three stages of  relationship building: empathy, rapport, and influence...


Empathy

Ironically, the first sign that you are succeeding in your quest to use active listening to build a relationship is the emergence of empathy on your part.


That’s right, the first step towards a relationship comes from you. Since you’re the one pursuing a relationship, it’s your job to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.


Empathy is the foundation for all relationships, especially new ones. Social media imposes some barriers to establishing it, since you don’t always see or hear the other person. When that’s the case, more has to be inferred from bios, past posts, etc., so do your homework.

Because empathy is what drives effective communication, connection, and change.


This is a great time to start offering help or advice for problems that you have learned about from your active listening.


Megan McDonald  


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Interfaith Panel: “Building Cooperation Through Empathy” | Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Interfaith Panel: “Building Cooperation Through Empathy” | Office of Religious and Spiritual Life | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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The Empathy Way for anti-bullying and social skills

The Empathy Way for anti-bullying and social skills | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Empathy Way is a children's book collection about empathy. The Teacher's Manual outlines Empathy Programs for anti-bullying and social development
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Chimps Empath-eyes? | The Scientist Magazine

Chimps Empath-eyes? | The Scientist Magazine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Chimpanzees may reinforce social bonds by involuntarily mimicking a fellow chimp’s pupil size.


Like humans, chimpanzees possess a capacity to unconsciously dilate their pupils to match those of a conspecific, according to research published last week (August 20) in PLOS ONE. The results suggest this involuntary action likely evolved to help humans and chimps communicate sympathy and strengthen social bonds within groups.


In face-to-face interactions, people often involuntarily imitate each other’s facial expressions, eye blinks, or pupil size to convey empathy.


These physical cues help communicate emotions to both individuals in the interaction, facilitating trust and cooperation within groups. But precisely when and how these signals evolved isn’t clear


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Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Recurring emotional stress can lead to compassion fatigue. Those in healing professions need to know how to recognize, treat, and prevent compassion fatigue.


Therapists and caregivers working in environments rife with emotional stress may become susceptible to a condition known as compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is synonymously used to describe secondary traumatic stress, which is stress resulting from helping or wanting to help traumatized or suffering people. It has also been referred to as vicarious trauma, second-hand shock, and secondary stress reaction.

 

Although compassion fatigue is sometimes called burnout, it is a slightly different concept. Unlike burnout, compassion fatigue is highly treatable and may be less predictable.

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