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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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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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The Power of Parenting with Social and Emotional Learning

The Power of Parenting with Social and Emotional Learning | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Social and emotional learning (SEL) involves acquiring and effectively applying the knowledge, attitudes and skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Fortunately we don’t have to make the choice between teaching social and emotional skills and academic performance. In fact, one relies upon the other, just as the head needs the heart. Essential life skills serve as a foundation for academic achievement whether we define it as grade point averages, results from high stakes tests or other measures of performance. And many schools are not only making that connection but also implementing research based curricula that teach social and emotional learning alongside academic content.

While teaching skills like empathy, active listening and collaborative problem solving, schools are simultaneously preventing unhealthy, high risk behaviors including school violence.


by Jennifer Miller

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"How Would You Feel If..." - Tips For Building Empathy - Moms Magazine

"How Would You Feel If..." - Tips For Building Empathy - Moms Magazine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Even with preschoolers, we can start by teaching them feeling words. They may not understand them right away, but they soon catch on. I’ve definitely heard three-year-olds say they are “frustrated” because their parent used that word for themselves. “It’s frustrating when the washing machine breaks down and we have all this laundry. I’m not mad, just annoyed. I’ll call the fix-it guy.”

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EFA Keynote: Using Empathy To Create Better Designs

EFA Keynote: Using Empathy To Create Better Designs | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Agronin kicked off the 9th annual Environments for Aging Conference in Baltimore (April 18-21) with an opening session on "Turning Empathy Into Action," where he said thinking about older adults from one perspective and carrying negative associations with aging limits thinking and constricts how we approach design.
 
Using quotes from famous philosophers, artists, and authors, Agronin discussed how perceptions of aging have been the same for centuries. However, modern studies on the brain show areas such as creativity persist and even grow as we age and that cognition and emotional skills can follow new patterns with maturity. 
 
Agronin said the trend in person-centered care is creating more homelike setting for residents and providing people with more choices in activities, places to dine, and activities to participate in.  


by Anne DiNardo,


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Showing Empathy Impacts Practices on Multiple Levels

Showing Empathy Impacts Practices on Multiple Levels | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It was decades ago—1976 to be exact—when Elton John released his hit song “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.” It was true then, and it still rings true today.
 
But if physicians want to take a positive step toward improving patient satisfaction, avoiding medical malpractice, and positively impacting their practice’s bottom line, they don’t have to go so far as to say, “I’m sorry.” All they have to do is show empathy.

However, that’s easier said than done...


Assessing the Problem ... 

Learning to Listen...

Bottom Line Impact...  


by Ed Rabinowitz

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(Empathic Parenting) EmpathicParenting.org the Canadian society for the prevention of cruelty to children

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EMPATHY – THE CAPACITY TO BE AFFECTED BY AND RESPOND TO HOW OTHERS FEEL

Empathic Parenting directly influences the development of affection, empathy and trust in infants and toddlers. It is during this developmental period from birth to the age of three that the foundations of these essential human capacities are set.


WE BELIEVE THAT

The necessity that every new human being develops the capacity for trust, affection and empathy dictates that potential parents re-order their priorities with this in mind.



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Study: More Than a Feeling: Integrating Empathy Into the Study of Lawmaking, Lawbreaking, and Reactions to Lawbreaking

Study: More Than a Feeling: Integrating Empathy Into the Study of Lawmaking, Lawbreaking, and Reactions to Lawbreaking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology


ABSTRACT Empathy is related, directly or indirectly, to important elements in criminology such as the enactment of harsh penalties for repeat offenders, antisocial behavior, feelings of legitimacy toward the law, and attitudes toward the death penalty.


Although empathy is beginning to find its way into criminological discourse, it is still not well understood nor often incorporated into quantitative research. This is likely due to issues regarding the conceptualization and measurement of empathy as well as the lack of measures of empathy incorporated into contemporary data sets. This study discusses the importance of empathy for criminology and uses a set of research examples to exemplify the relationships between empathy and outcomes important to criminology.


Empathy emerges as an important predictor of criminal behavior, support for harsh laws, and perceptions of police effectiveness. Future research should incorporate measures of empathy when seeking to understand individual feelings and behaviors as they relate to important facets of criminology and criminal justice.


by Chad Posick
 

Culture of Empathy Builder PageChad Posick

 http://j.mp/SRGxxu


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(Empathic Policing) Empathy on the street: How understanding between police and communities makes us safer

(Empathic Policing) Empathy on the street: How understanding between police and communities makes us safer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By now, no one is insulated from hearing about incidents of police shootings or violence against police officers. While fatal shootings are thankfully still rare events, this does not diminish the emotional impact of hearing about a violent death....


Right now, it might seem impossible to eliminate the us-versus-them mindset that permeates society, but optimistically, I do not think that we are at an impasse. What we have to do is look at a trait that all humans already possess: empathy.

Empathy: A basic human tool with great potential

Empathy has evolved in humans and other mammals over time. It allows us to understand the emotions of others and share in those emotions. Expressing empathy has many advantages: it increases cooperation (we like to help each other out when we feel that we are understood), reduces stress and it may even feel good.



by Chad Posick


Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Chad Posick
http://j.mp/SRGxxu



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Empathy Interfaith Conference: How might we create more interfaith empathy?

Empathy Interfaith Conference: How might we create more interfaith empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This panel discussion is about how to build more empathy among the different religious groups.

Our panelists are Christians, Muslims and an Atheist who are located in Iraq and the USA.


Some Themes from Our Panel: 

Here is a summary of some of the main points of the great dialogue we had together! The four sections of this summary are:


  1. The benefits of empathy,

  2. Empathy is taught by all religions,

  3. Some barriers to interfaith empathy

  4. Ideas to foster more interfaith empathy


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Teaching Empathy: Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs for Children and Families Exposed to Violence:

Teaching Empathy: Animal-Assisted Therapy Programs for Children and Families Exposed to Violence

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A handbook for therapists, humane educators, teachers, and anyone interested in creating a safe and successful animal-assisted therapy program. 

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Everything you think you know about animals is wrong: How science is forcing us to reconsider the twin myths of human superiority and dumb creatures

Everything you think you know about animals is wrong: How science is forcing us to reconsider the twin myths of human superiority and dumb creatures | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Human beings are the most intelligent, and therefore important, of all the world´s species, right?


We deserve our superior status over other animals because of the following scientific truths: that only humans are self-aware and feel empathy, that we are unique in our abilities to use language and tools, that only we can recognize ourselves in a mirror and understand the passing of time.

But advances in cognitive ethology (the scientific study of animal intelligence, emotions, behaviors, and social life) have now disproved these ´truths´, showing that many other creatures also display a complex range of emotions, highly evolved communication skills, compassion for others, and even intelligence that rivals- or surpasses- our own. These ground-breaking studies force us to ask some uncomfortable questions about our place in the world, and have caused leading experts to call for a radical rethink of the way we treat other animals...


Some of the most heart-warming tales of expressive love and empathy come from the great apes, our closest relatives. Moral philosopher Mark Rowlands recounts the following:

By: Sophie McAdam,

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Workshops: You got this! Empathy Bootcamp

Workshops: You got this! Empathy Bootcamp | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Deepen your relationships in just three hours. Feel like a better friend, colleague, and neighbor just by being who you are.

What You’ll Learn
Tired of the awkward feeling of not knowing how to support a colleague, neighbor, family member or friend in a difficult time?  Taught by Dr. Kelsey Crowe, the three hour Empathy Bootcamp will provide you with tips and tools for building relationships when it really counts. Learn essential skills to enhance your life and the people you care for, without impacting your busy schedule...


Empathy bootcamp opened up so many possibilities for me by offering up basic strategies that will help me tremendously when relating to others, and also helped me see how small gestures really matter. I no longer feel that I have to be Mother Theresa. – Linda Z 

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Pets Help Teach Kids Empathy

Pets Help Teach Kids Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One of the cornerstones of EQ is empathy, which should be taught and modeled starting in early childhood. A variety of research in the U.S. and Britain, including by the late psychologist Robert Poresky of Kansas State University, has shown a correlation between attachment to a pet and higher empathy scores.


The reason is obvious: Caring for a pet draws a self-absorbed child away from himself or herself.


Empathy also involves the ability to read nonverbal cues — facial expressions, body language, gestures — and pets offer nothing but nonverbal cues. Hearing a kitten yowl when it wants to eat or seeing a dog run to the door when it wants to go outside get kids to think, “What are their needs, and what can I do to help?”


By Denise Daniels

image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog

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The Partial Psychopath - The Natural Child Project by Elliott Barker, B. Shipton

The Partial Psychopath - The Natural Child Project by Elliott Barker, B. Shipton | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In our experience, the dimension that correlates most closely with psychopathy and which has been identified or is implicit in all definitions of the illness is the concept of empathy, but empathy defined in a specific two-part way.


Empathy is loosely thought to be the capacity to put yourself in another person's shoes. But this seems to be only one part of what constitutes empathy in relation to the psychopath.


What is different about the psychopath is that he is unaffected or detached emotionally from the knowledge that he gains by putting himself in your shoes. Thus, although he is able to very quickly glean during the briefest encounter with another person a lot of very useful information about what makes that person tick, this knowledge is simply knowledge to be used or not as the psychopath chooses. What is missing in psychopaths is the compelling nature of the appropriate affective response to the knowledge gained from putting himself in another persons shoes, in the way that this happens in the normal person.


This essential missing aspect of empathy, even in the severe psychopath, is not in my experience easily seen and one does not often get a second glimpse of it if one has been treated to a first one by mistake.

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The Search for Empathy 2015 - Team Design

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Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?  Henry David Thoreau

Recent studies have shown a drop in empathy in the past 30 years among college students, and especially in the last 10 years. (Konrath et al., 2011.) Lack of empathy is a social problem, because we lose the capacity to connect with each other and therefore the ability to communicate, share, and solve problems together. Many facets of society are affected by empathy.


As people are losing their empathy, they are becoming indifferent to the difficulties and sufferings of the others. This results in lack of altruistic behavior.


This project starts from this point of view. Empathy is one of the vital emotions for well-being life as well as an essential component of human social life. This is therefore not only a personal problem, but becomes a very important social issue.

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Why Nice Doctors Are Better Doctors - US News

Why Nice Doctors Are Better Doctors - US News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Elizabeth Renter


It’s All About Empathy
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.

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(Empathic Parenting) EmpathicParenting.org: A Creative Curriculum for Grades 7 & 8

(Empathic Parenting)  EmpathicParenting.org: A Creative Curriculum for Grades 7 & 8 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
EMPATHIC PARENTING – A CREATIVE CURRICULUM FOR GRADES 7&8


 Features:
Full introduction for teachers for each topic area
Extended family learning in each area
Topic areas in each of:Creative & Hands on  activities

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Health Education
  • Fine Arts
 No additional assessment tools required
 Engaging for teacher & learner
Integrates easily into existing lesson planning


Topics:Available as a complete set of eight or by individual topic.
  • What Does Empathic Parenting Mean?
  • Issues Involved in Parenting
  • Infant Capacities & Brain Development
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Making it Real
  • Interactions
  • Advertising & Hidden Messages
  • Community Engagement



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Why People Care More About Pets Than Other Humans | WIRED

Why People Care More About Pets Than Other Humans | WIRED | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The subjects in the experiment did not know the articles were bogus. Nor did they know that there were actually four slightly different versions of the newspaper articles, each portraying a different victim: a puppy, an adult dog, a human infant, or a human adult. After they read one of the four news stories, each subject completed a scale which measured how much empathy and emotional distress they felt for the victim of the beating.

Arluke and Levin reported the results of their study at the 2013 meeting of the American Sociological Association. As you might guess, the story in which the victim was a human adult elicited, by far, the lowest levels of emotional distress in the readers.


The “winner” when it came to evoking empathy was not the puppy but the human infant. The puppy, however, came in a close second with the adult dog not far behind.


Arluke and Levin concluded that species is important when it comes to generating sympathy with the downtrodden. But they argued that the critical difference in responses to the stories was based on our special concern for creatures that are innocent and defenseless.


by HAL HERZOG

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Empathy in Marriage: How to Connect Emotionally with Your Spouse - In Islam

Empathy in Marriage: How to Connect Emotionally with Your Spouse - In Islam | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We are all aware that the marital relationship is regarded as extremely important in Islam. In addition to fulfilling half our deen, marriage is a safeguard, a place to find peace, and also a strongly recommended sunnah.

How empathy benefits your marriage
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.

Usually, the more recognized problems in a marriage are only surface issues. Couples need to dig deeper to uncover the real underlying problems in their marriages. These tend to be emotional problems, such as not feeling respected or not feeling appreciated.

Furthermore, empathy can save your marriage from infidelity problems. Megan Wyatt, life coach and founder of wivesofjannah.com, teaches that the no.1 reason that marriages face infidelity problems is a lack of emotional connection.


by Sheima Salam Sumer

http://cultureofempathy.com/Projects/Conference/Panels/027-A.htm 

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We carry empathy in the world! And make a book out of it.

We carry empathy in the world! And make a book out of it. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We collect personally experienced success stories about empathy. These are stories in which empathy has decisively changed how we interact positively - in our professional life, in society and in our personal relationships.


These stories we want to publish in a book, so they spread bundled and we can learn from them. These stories should create an awareness of the value of empathy. Because we believe: our world is beautiful with empathy. Not only that, we are better able to make a sustainable coexistence, because empathy is changing our way we perceive other people and their needs - the means to better feel the own needs. The result is that we can align our needs our lives more, so stress and conflict

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3 Tips for Seeking Compassion When Emotionally Distressed

3 Tips for Seeking Compassion When Emotionally Distressed | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why prior experience does not always lead to empathy


When you want to reach out after an emotionally distressing event, which person is more likely to be compassionate and supportive, someone who has been through a similar experience or someone who has not?


Most of us assume a person who has been through a similar experience would be much more understanding, empathetic, supportive, and compassionate than someone who has not. But a new study reported in theJournal of Personality and Social Psychology found that our intuition in such situations can be very wrong

Guy Winch Ph.D.


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Design Thnking: Empathy puts users first

Design Thnking: Empathy puts users first | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
My husband recently underwent surgery in a world-class university hospital. Its motto, “we put patients first,” was plastered on nearly every wall, elevator and large screen monitor. And the medical care itself was excellent — a world renowned surgeon, and extraordinary doctors and nurses.


During his five-day hospital stay, I had ample opportunities to see for myself how important it is to put empathy first when designing solutions for routine to complex patient problems...


Technology can address many issues faced in daily hospital care but technology divorced from the needs of the patient will be useless. The best solutions flow from empathy with the primary users of hospital services: patients.

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The Empathy Gap

The Empathy Gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
From the halls of Congress to the halls of our local schools, people tend to interact only with those who are just like them. They rarely understand issues from other points of view because they rarely spend any time with people who have had life experiences that differ from their own.


We seem to have an empathy gap in the United States.


Pope Francis observes, “Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion … for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all of this were someone else’s responsibility.” He challenges us to feel empathy for others, to be moved by “all those lives stunted for a lack of opportunity.”

We seem to have a global empathy gap.

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The role of empathy in workers' comp

The role of empathy in workers' comp | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The concept of empathy is beginning to generate a surprising level of discussion, debate, and exploration in the business community. According to the Harvard Business Review, it is time for an “epidemic of empathy in business.”...


If we strive to always take a step back and look at that claimant as if he or she were the client, we can empathize with the situation and then move forward with quick and appropriate resolution. All parties, the worker and the employer or payor, will benefit from a faster and more effective claim resolution--that’s a return on investment that will benefit us all.


Leanne Bronold


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The Compassion Experience: Louisville, KY

The Compassion Experience: Louisville, KY | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Change the Story: The Compassion Experience is coming to the Louisville area May 15-18. The free event will bring visitors on an interactive journey through the lives of children living in Uganda, India and Bolivia.
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