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In Defense of Judicial Empathy - Thomas B. Colby - George Washington University Law School.

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In Defense of Judicial Empathy -  Thomas B. Colby - George Washington University Law School

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President Barack H. Obama has repeatedly stated that he views a capacity for empathy as an essential attribute of a good judge. And conservatives have heaped mountains of scorn upon him for saying so—accusing him of expressing open contempt for the rule of law.To date, the debate has been surprisingly one-sided. One federal judge has recently noted that “President Obama’s statement that judges should have ‘empathy’ was met with strong criticism from his opponents and uncomfortable silence from his supporters.” No one has yet offered a sustained scholarly defense of the President’s call for  empathy in judging.

 

This Article seeks to fill that void.

 

Part I summarizes and critiques the agonizingly simplistic and misleading public and political debate over the proper role empathy (and its popular adversary—umpiring) in the judicial craft. It laments the success that the President’s critics have had in misleadingly portraying the judicial selection process as a choice between conservative judges who simply call balls and strikes and decide all cases according to determinative rules set down by the governing sources of law, and liberal judges whose relianceon empathy amounts to ignoring the law and deciding cases in favor of whichever party seems more sympathetic.

 

Part II then examines the treatment of the President’s call for judicial empathy at the hands of conservative legal intellectuals, which, disappointingly, tends to be only marginally more nuanced....

 

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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

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Understanding Gobal Compassion Webisode 4: Proximal and Distal Compassion - YouTube

Fourth in a series of webisodes -- excerpts from Dr. Ekman's conversations with the Dalai Lama. Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama compare and contrast proximal an...
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The Limits of Empathy: “Eyeless in Gaza”

The Limits of Empathy: “Eyeless in Gaza” | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

President Bill Clinton—who invented the role of the president as “Empath in Chief”—is the great exemplar of both the strengths and the weaknesses of political empathy.


In domestic politics, “I feel your pain” worked great for him at the ballot box. But in foreign policy—after the initial success with the 1993 Arafat-Rabin signing on the White House Lawn—the failure at Camp David in 2000 demonstrated how empathy could not bridge fundamental disagreements between adversaries.


From Israel’s perspective, the trouble with Kerry’s urgings that it—once again—empathize at all costs with Palestinians is that empathizing with a psychopathic enemy like Hamas, blinded by hatred to everything but revenge for real and imagined grievances, is that you, too, will end up blind to your own self-interest including your interest in self-preservation.

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Does Empathy Have Role in Fostering Racial Justice?

Does Empathy Have Role in Fostering Racial Justice? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Can racial injustice in America be overcome by fostering more empathy in our culture? Perhaps, but there’s a lot more to it than that, panelists said at a Fordham event on Feb. 24. 


“All of the efforts of generations of civil rights activists to transform the American conscience cannot succeed without empathy,”


said theologian Rubén Rosario Rodríguez, one of the panelists. While empathy is not sufficient by itself, he said, “empathy is not something we’ve tried hard enough. Empathy is something that needs to be nurtured over time, and it cannot be legislated.” 

The event, titled “Is Empathy Enough? Racial Justice and the Moral Imagination in the 21st Century,” posed questions about why racial injustice persists 50 years after the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act. 

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(Empathy and) The Difference Between 'I'm Sorry' and 'I've Been There'

(Empathy and)  The Difference Between 'I'm Sorry' and 'I've Been There' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There's a huge difference between sympathy and empathy, between "I'm sorry" and "I've been there." It's not that sympathy is bad, not at all. It's just that empathy invites a connection sympathy simply can't.


Sympathy says, "I feel sorry for you," while empathy declares, "I am you." Sympathy requires you to find compassion -- from a distance -- for another's misfortune. Empathy demands that you revisit your own pain in order to relate to someone else's.
 Scott Stabile 


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The next time you're inclined to sympathize,
see if there's really an opportunity
to empathize 

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How to Use Empathic Listening to Create a Blog

How to Use Empathic Listening to Create a Blog | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You can use empathy and listening skills to build a tight and faithful audience. Check out my stories and tips to guide you.



Empathy is the foundation of society and commerce

What you will learn about empathy and blogging communities:

  1. Examples of empathy and empathic listening.
  2. The foundation of human communication in social environments is empathy and listening.
  3. Successful blogs have strong communities with members who feel like they belong and are important because they are heard.
  4. Empathic listening means to hear the intent of your readers and respond with sensitivity for their thoughts and feelings.
  5. You can improve your empathic listening skill with exercises,  an innate human ability that can be enhanced with practice.


BY DARIN L. HAMMOND

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Empathy - The Key to Positive Interaction

Empathy - The Key to Positive Interaction | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How to practice empathy:

I) Listen, listen, listen.
The idea is first you really listen; then you react. Listening is hard work and everyone can get distracted. Even when we get distracted, we need to pull ourselves together and get back on track to the best of our abilities. During listening, to listen effectively...


1. One must stop comparing himself to the other person. "My experience was harder than his."
2. One must stop remembering his own experience on the same subject while the other person is talking.
3. One must not consider the verbal give and take as intellectual debate with the goal of putting the other person down.
4. One must not think he knows everything, so he doesn't need to listen to the other person.
5. One must not laugh off what the other person is saying or try to change the topic before it gets too serious.
6. One has to stop trying to read the other person's mind.
7. One has to stop thinking about his next step or his answer before the other person finishes talking.


by Joy Cagil

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[Empathic Design] The power of authenticity in teaching empathy

[Empathic Design] The power of authenticity in teaching empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It's not easy to be authentic in front of a classroom or crowd, but it can be essential to creating lasting impact in teaching -- especially when teaching about empathy work.


Empathy is an essential skill to connect with the people and world around you.


 It is also so much more than even compassion- to be truly empathetic one has to feel how it might be to be in another’s place. So how can we teach this skill, and how can we simplify it enough to teach bit effectively to children?

The most effective way to teach it is experientially- and the most fun way is through the arts.


EMI KOLAWOLE

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Empathy is more powerful than hate,

"Empathy is more powerful than hate, and our lives should be dedicated to making it go viral."


We loved this powerful story of an American boy trained to hate who chose a peaceful path instead. He...

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Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Think your kids are being raised to be kind? Think again. A Harvard researcher and psychologist has 5 ways to train your child to be kind and empathetic.


Earlier this year, I wrote about teaching empathy, and whether you are a parent who does so. The idea behind it is from Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs theMaking Caring Common project, aimed to help teach kids to be kind


1. Make caring for others a priority...

2. Provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude...

3. Expand your child’s circle of concern...

4. Be a strong moral role model and mentor...

5. Guide children in managing destructive feelings..


By Amy Joyce 

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Presence of a Smartphone Lowers Quality of Conversations

Presence of a Smartphone Lowers Quality of Conversations | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

New research finds having a mobile device within easy reach divides your attention, even if you're not actively looking at it.



Afterwards, participants responded to a series of statements designed to measure “feelings of interpersonal connectedness” and “empathic concern” they experienced during the brief chat.


These included “I felt I could really trust my conversation partner” and “To what extent did you conversation partner make an effort to understand your thoughts and feelings?”

 

BY TOM JACOBS 

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How to Spread Empathy in Health Care: an “epidemic of empathy”

How to Spread Empathy in Health Care: an “epidemic of empathy” | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Social network scientists have shown that emotions and values can spread in a community with the same patterns as infectious diseases. They have described how the people who are most connected to others may be the first ones to get hot gossip, but they are also most likely to get the scary new virus that has just shown up in town.


These observations suggest an interesting opportunity for making health care better, and even more efficient – if health care organizations can figure out how to create an “epidemic of empathy.”



What would an epidemic of empathy look like? There would be a steady, relentless increase in the proportion of clinicians and other personnel who are clearly tuned in to what was really happening to patients and their families.


Coordinated and empathic care would not seem to patients as miraculous and unpredictable as the lightning bolt of love (“un colpo di fulmine,” as the Italians put it). Instead, delivery of such care would become the norm; it would become increasingly fundamental to the way health care personnel saw themselves.


by Thomas H. Lee, MD  

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Empathy and Morality: Heidi Maibom and Edwin Rutsch

Empathy and Morality: Heidi Maibom and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Heidi L. Maibom is professor of philosophy at University of Cincinnati. She studied at University of Copenhagen, University of Bologna, and University College London, and has held fellowships at Cambridge and Princeton Universities. She works on folk psychology, empathy, responsibility, and psychopathy. Heidi is the editor and contributor to the book, Empathy and Morality. She wrote the first chapter titled, Introduction: Everything you ever wanted to know about empathy.

 

Empathy and Morality, the book publisher's description: "This collection is dedicated to the question of the importance of these capacities to morality. It brings together twelve original papers in philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, and neuroscience to give a comprehensive overview of the issue and includes an extensive survey of empathy and empathy-related emotions.

 

Some contributors argue that empathy is essential to core cases of moral judgments, others that empathic concern and moral considerations give rise to wholly distinct motives. Contributors look at such issues as the absence of empathy in psychopaths, the use of empathy training for rehabilitating violent offenders, and the presence of empathy in other primates. The volume is distinctive in focusing on the moral import of empathy and sympathy."


 "It brings together twelve original papers in
philosophy, psychology, 
psychiatry,

anthropology, and neuroscience to
give  
a comprehensive overview
of the issue and includes
an
extensive survey of empathy and 

empathy-related emotions."
 

Sub Conferences: Science

 
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Can Narcissists Learn Empathy? - NLP Discoveries

Can Narcissists Learn Empathy? - NLP Discoveries | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it



To examine whether narcissists could be capable of empathizing with another person’s suffering, they asked study participants to read an excerpt describing the break up of a relationship.


No matter how severe the hypothetical scenario was, high-narcissists did not show any empathy for the subject. This was true even in situations where the subject of the excerpt suffered overwhelming depression.


Researchers then asked study participants to take the perspective of the target person. .....


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This indicates that it may be possible for narcissists to empathize with others in the correct circumstances. They key is encouraging

them to consider the situations from

another point of view.

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By MIKE BUNDRANT

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A Simple Experiment in Empathy

A Simple Experiment in Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 by Peter Himmelman

I decide to conduct an experiment, a simple experiment in empathy. I ask myself, is it possible, in spite of how insane and dead-wrong this storeowner is, that I could -- in some way -- begin to empathize with him? Just before bed, I write a list of how I imagine he might be seeing the issue -- and at first, it's physically painful to write:


1. Though I totally disagree with his policy and his intransigent stance, I must also admit that I don't know a damn thing about running a store.


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After the phone call I feel like a tiny tear
in the fabric of my own humanity has
been restored. All through this
simple experiment in empathy....

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Engineering Empathy: Tears and Fears at Dev Bootcamp

Engineering Empathy: Tears and Fears at Dev Bootcamp | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Bishay built the empathy program for three reasons:

  • Most projects fail not because of tech, but because of the team, the “human element.”
  • A diverse group of people looking to change careers are signing up for the bootcamp, and the usual “brogrammer” culture would be problematic.
  • And, as a pastoral counselor, he saw an opportunity to coach a needy population.


Many students spoke of the empathy training, which involves intensely personal and difficult emotional sharing that leads to tears on a nearly daily basis, as a spiritual and emotional experience.


By Nellie Bowles

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The Future is Human: Realising Empathy for Change | Australian Design Alliance

The Future is Human: Realising Empathy for Change | Australian Design Alliance | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Australian Design Alliance: promoting the use of design to boost Australia's productivity through innovation.


Registration is now open for Series 4 of the University of Technology Sydney’s Creative Intelligence Labs (UTS:CI Labs).  


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The theme of Series 4 is
The Future is Human:
Realising Empathy for Change,
co-directed by globally recognized innovation
and creativity leaders
Annalie Killian and Craig Davis.

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The UTS:CI Labs is a dynamic, immersive, studio-style program designed to introduce the practices of creative innovation by allowing participants to experience them through the context of real problems and projects.  Participants explore with us new ways to think, drive change and innovate, to develop better solutions to the complex problems we face in today’s world.

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Empathy: The Missing Ingredient

Empathy: The Missing Ingredient | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

At the conclusion of a new one-day course I just finished leading (an Introduction to Emotional Intelligence), I asked the participants to take a few minutes to assess the class and their biggest value of the day so as to help me as I continue to refine the class content.



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The role of empathy in peace negotiations

The role of empathy in peace negotiations | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I am raising the subject mainly because the idea of empathy needs to be more embedded than ever as we negotiate a very difficult peace process. The negotiations no longer exist in theory; they have become a reality. I am still aware of a lack of empathy among some of the stakeholders in the negotiations.


Empathy is about getting to the heart of the problem.


It is associated with a willingness to reach a negotiated settlement, which is in turn associated with the possible cost of a failure to achieve an agreement. 


Aung Naing Oo is the associate director, Peace Dialogue Program, Myanmar Peace Center.


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What is empathy? The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill

What is empathy? The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is empathy?  What does it really mean?  What does it look like Karla McLaren is an award-winning author, researcher, and pioneering educator whose empathic approach to emotions revalues even the most “negative” emotions, and opens startling new pathways into the depths of the soul.


She is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (2013),


The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You (2010).

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Teaching Children Empathy Through The Arts

Teaching Children Empathy Through The Arts | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is an essential skill to connect with the people and world around you. It is also so much more than even compassion- to be truly empathetic one has to feel how it might be to be in another’s place. So how can we teach this skill, and how can we simplify it enough to teach bit effectively to children?


The most effective way to teach it is experientially- and the most fun way is through the arts.


On this Voices in the Family, we will speak with people involved in the film “The Other Side of the Fence”, a musical performed in schools to teach kids empathy experientially, and we will also speak to the founder and the director of Chicago’s Changing Worlds project- a project that goes into schools to provide artistic experiences through which kids can connect to others different than themselves. 

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Neurology: A Mirror to the World

Neurology: A Mirror to the World | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy with others seems to be due to a type of brain cell called a mirror neuron


Christian Keysers has a good way of making his point.  He shows his audience a clip from a James Bond movie in which a large, hairy spider is climbing over our hero's naked body.  He then asks the audience what they think the actor playing Bond is feeling.


It is impossible to tell, of course, whether Sean Connery was really revolted and fearful when the scene was being shot, or whether he was actually indifferent, but just acting well.  The point is that the observer can feel - literally feel - Bond's fear.  This ability not merely to know in an intellectual sense what someone else is feeling, but actually to feel it with them, is an important social attribute. 


Dramatists, novelists and psychologists have known about it for centuries, of course.


  And those who lack it, such as people who are autistic, are at a social disadvantage.  But it is only in the past few years that its neurological basis has begun to be understood.  It seems to rely on a type of nerve cell known as a mirror neuron.  Dr Keysers, who works at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, is one of a band of neurologists that is studying them

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The Empathy Mirror

The Empathy Mirror | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy has been difficult for neuroscientists to analyze because it’s the product of many parts of the brain acting with one another in mysterious ways.


Simon Baron-Cohen, a neuroscientist and psychologist at the University of Oxford, has identified ten separate regions of the brain, each with its own special function, that comprise the “empathy circuit.” One critical part of this circuit is called the medial prefrontal cortex, or MPFC, which plays a role in comparing one’s own perspective to that of others. Other parts of the empathy circuit correlate with social judgments (the orbitofrontal cortex), awareness of the intentions and goals of others (the frontal operculum), recognizing emotion (the inferior frontal gyrus), and processing sensory stimuli (the somatosensory cortex).


But knowing which brain areas are associated with which individual functions still doesn’t present a clear picture of how these areas work, much less interact with one another.

 

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Develop Compassion Before Medical School

Develop Compassion Before Medical School | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It’s definitely possible to become a doctor without being compassionate, but the question is should you? If you are thinking about becoming a doctor, do your best to develop compassion before medical school.


Can someone become a doctor without being compassionate? It’s definitely possible.


Thousands of people apply and matriculate to medical school every year and not every single one of those applicants is truly compassionate.


You may know this to be true first hand. Maybe you’ve had an experience with a physician whom showed you little to no compassion. If you have had such an experience, you know how terrible it is.

 

 by  Edward Chang

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Encouraging Empathy Over Achievement

Encouraging Empathy Over Achievement | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here are a few ways to encourage empathy and kindness at home:


1. Nurture others: Learning to be caring is like learning a musical instrument – it takes practice, practice, practice. Create ongoing opportunities for your child to help out; examples include chores around the house, community and church projects or helping a an elderly neighbor.


2. Be a good example: Model the behavior that you would like them to have.


3. Help children to recognize their own feelings: Helping your child to learn what they are feeling and express it will allow them to better communicate their feelings with others; this will reduce destructive behavior and your child an outlet for negative emotions.


4. Take care of living things: Giving a child the opportunity to nurture a pet or a garden will help develop empathy.


5. Perform random acts of kindness: Performing acts of kindness as a family is a great way to build connections with the community and among yourselves.


6. Spend time in nature: As children learn to treat the world around them with respect and care, so they will also treat each other.


BY MELISSA HARDING

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Being a productive, compassionate being will help everyone in the world much more than corporate ladder-climbing ever will.

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Great product design? It's about empathy and delight

Great product design? It's about empathy and delight | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

At Fortune Brainstorm Tech, industry executives explored what "good design" actually means and how it impacts a product's success.


“It’s always customer empathy, right?”
 

he asked the audience. “Design is really about empathy, not beauty. It’s not how it looks, it’s how it works and fits together. At the end of the day, if a customer has a good experience using your product, that’s the end criteria.”


by Andrew Nusca


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