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Why White People Don’t Feel Black People’s Pain - A failure of empathy perpetuates racial disparities.

Why White People Don’t Feel Black People’s Pain - A failure of empathy perpetuates racial disparities. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

George Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin because he perceived him as dangerous. The defense argues he was, the prosecution argues he wasn’t. No one, of course, argues that Zimmerman approached Martin with kindness, or stopped to consider the boy as anything other than suspicious, an outsider. Ultimately Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. A lack of empathy can produce national tragedies. But it also drives quieter, more routine forms of discrimination.

 

Let’s do a quick experiment. You watch a needle pierce someone’s skin. Do you feel this person’s pain? Does it matter if the person’s skin is white or black?

 

For many people, race does matter, even if they don’t know it. They feel more empathy when they see white skin pierced than black.  

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The Empathy Movement Magazine: Front Page

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Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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Low Empathy Associated with Borderline Personality Disorder

Low Empathy Associated with Borderline Personality Disorder | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
New research suggests an explanation for the relationship difficulties experienced by people with borderline personality disorder.

Investigators from the University of Georgia used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to discover that those with borderline personality disorder (BPD) have lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy. BPD is a mental illness marked by unstable moods.


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Designing with empathy

Designing with empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By exploring human emotions through a creative lens, MsThighlights how the ability to understand and feel for others can facilitate an artist’s creative process....



Drawing from the emotional experiences of others helps a creative thinker build a connection with their audience.


In whichever way it is utilised, empathetic creativity helps solving problems whether these are social, financial or technological. It brings social issues to light and forms bridges between people, identifying that each life is, in many ways, similar to our own.


Kanwal Tariq is a bio-technologist, a writer and a feminist.

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Empathy-Driven Development - Forward 3 Web Summit

The technology industry has a bad rap. Sexism and misogyny run rampant. Marginalized groups get railroaded. Out-of-touch companies look to make as much money as ruthlessly as possible,


all while exploiting others and passing it off as disruption. Our industry is losing sight of what it could be. In the sixties, NASA inspired a generation to become scientists and engineers. Today? There is a noticeable and palpable vacuum. This talk will discuss what can bring us back from the brink: empathy.


Empathy for the people that use the things we make, for our non-technical team- mates, and for our fellow engineers.

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Empathy Gives You Superpowers - Matt Stauffer

This talk was given at Laracon EU 2015. Visit http://laracon.eu/2015 for more talks.

If you compare developers' resumes, you'll find a lot of technical information about skills, training, and experience. But if you have any experience hiring, you'll know that a list of skills can't begin to predict a developer's potential for your project or team. What's missing?


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One Person’s Empathy is Another’s Counter-Transference

One Person’s Empathy is Another’s Counter-Transference | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One person’s empathy is another’s countertransference. I will not confess my weaknesses, since they will be obvious to the reader in any case.


The short – very short – definition of “countertransference” is one’s reaction and response to the other person. As Freud famously noted, betrayal oozes at every pore. That sometimes applies to psychotherapists too. Breakdowns in empathy occur. Defensiveness happens. Secrets are withheld or revealed.


And if there is empathy, can narcissistic rage be far behind? That too occurs, albeit in an aim-inhibited form. When a person gets angry enough, the person finds that being self-expressed is worth the risk of being vulnerable and exposed.


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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....


Empathetic concern offers the foundation for what's been called a "caring classroom," where the teacher embodies and models kindness and concern for her students, and encourages the same attitude among the students. Such a classroom culture provides the best atmosphere for learning, both cognitively and emotionally.

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How might we provide children the agency to practice empathy?

How might we provide children the agency to practice empathy? - Changemaker Education - Medium

Many educators enter the profession with a sense of altruism. When talented, student-centered educators are given the support they deserve, empathy-based learning opportunities naturally emerge.

Can Empathy Be Taught?

Maybe teaching empathy directly is not our job. Perhaps our job is to provide the fertile ground, to nurture the seeds that are already there. We create experiences and opportunities for empathy to not only be cultivated but to become actionable....


If we want to actualize empathy — to make feelings tangible — then we must move away from cells and bells toward a place where agency matters.


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The Power of Empathy and Focusing: Ann Weiser Cornell and Edwin Rutsch

The Power of Empathy and Focusing: Ann Weiser Cornell and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Ann Weiser Cornell is an author, educator, and worldwide authority on Focusing, the self-inquiry psychotherapeutic technique developed by Eugene Gendlin. She has written several definitive books on Focusing.


Empathy can change the world. And it changes situations when we bring empathy in...


So the power of empathy to open a space where something new can happen is enormously impressive and yes, in 44 years now of working with Focusing and listening, I've seen it over and over and over again.  Now that is very powerful.

 

 So what I would say is, empathy releases impasse.


That is true and we see it all over the place when it's possible in groups, in working groups,
 even people who 
love each other."


 Focusing really takes the relationship into this
 felt sense, I think that it really does a lot 
to facilitate empathic connection.



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How to spot a psychopath
…and what to do if you know one

How to spot a psychopath<br/>…and what to do if you know one | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
But everything is on a continuum, and whilst I can be cold, callous, and calculating, and my self-confidence can border on arrogance, I also feel empathy. 


There’s nothing I hate more than bullies, and I would sacrifice my own safety to defend a complete stranger without thinking twice.  If you are someone I care about there is nothing I wouldn’t do for you.

So, whilst I am not an all-out psychopath, I have some traits, but my empathy and compassion set me apart from those suffering from the personality disorder, as the over-riding feature that distinguishes sufferers of psychopathy is that they cannot feel empathy.

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Nurture compassion and it will nurture you back: Empathy evolves into compassion, which is “I feel for you”.

Nurture compassion and it will nurture you back: Empathy evolves into compassion, which is “I feel for you”. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The side-effects of compassion are plentiful, according to David Hamilton PhD: compassion causes growth on the left side of the prefrontal cortex region. The effect is we find it easier to be compassionate and kind. Compassion begets compassion by creating actual changes in the brain.

Compassion also boosts oxytocin, a key hormone responsible for heart health by reducing blood pressure and dilating our arteries. Oxytocin is a feel good hormone which, when released, fosters our emotional connection, is good for the heart and enhances relationships.
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5 Methods for Getting to the Heart of the Empathetic Leader

5 Methods for Getting to the Heart of the Empathetic Leader | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

So, given our overall workplace culture, where taking the time to connect personally is seen as a distraction from getting business done, how can you add more empathy to your leadership style without sacrificing productivity?

Here are a few simple methods we’ve developed at Business Improv to help our clients lead more empathetically. With this list, I’ve seen leadership styles transform and relationships strengthen, and witnessed the great personal and organizational benefits that resulted.

1. Be present in the moment. 
2. Maintain eye contact.
3. Really listen. 
4. Repeat back, so employees know they’re heard. 
5. Focus on what someone else wants.


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Dr. Bruce Perry - Born for Love: Why empathy is essential and endangered

Dr. Bruce Perry - Born for Love: Why empathy is essential and endangered
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Low Empathy Associated with Borderline Personality Disorder

Low Empathy Associated with Borderline Personality Disorder | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

New research suggests an explanation for the relationship difficulties experienced by people with borderline personality disorder....


“Our results showed that people with BPD traits had reduced activity in brain regions that support empathy,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Brian Haas, an assistant professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences psychology department.


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Reason, Empathy and Constant Choices

Reason, Empathy and Constant Choices | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Who would argue against the value of empathy? Most would consider the ability to identify with and feel the suffering of others as one of our most valuable traits. Yet some disagree. Paul Bloom, the cognitive psychologist and probably the most respectable buzz kill on this subject, has consistently argued against empathy. Not that he believes there's anything wrong with it; simply that it isn't effective.


For him, reason is our only hope. As a scientist, he employs reason to make his case, and he points to our rational faculty as our only reliable resource for changing human behavior and making the world a better place. He believes that if you reason with people in order to reveal the truth about our inter-dependency as a species, we will be good to one another.


Beneath this assumption is the old Socratic notion that if you know what's good you will do it. It's an extremely optimistic view of human nature; plus it depends on the assumption is that our rational faculties rule us. In comparison with reason, Bloom dismisses empathy as superfluous and unreliable.


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The ‘shoe test’ at the first Empathy Museum

The ‘shoe test’ at the first Empathy Museum | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“Before judging someone, try walking one mile in their shoes” – this is the motto that inspired the creation of the first Museum of Empathy, which will open in London on 4 September.


The opening is part of the Totally Thames Festival, featuring the installation ‘A Mile in My Shoes’. The event, created in collaboration with the residents of Wandsworth in south London, will take place on the banks of the Thames, where passersby will be asked to choose a pair of stranger’s shoes and walk along the river, listening to the owner’s story on headphones.


Other installations are planned for other cities in the world with a travelling tour. The events can be followed online with a digital library that raises the user’s awareness.


by Roberta Garofalo 

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10 Picture Books that Nurture Empathy

10 Picture Books that Nurture Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Help your students appreciate generosity, humility, compassion and kindness with a little help from these 10 picture books. How can you incorporate these stories into your next lesson plan? Discover more here.  


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Eldpathy: Elderly Simulation Program to develop people's empathy towards elderly

Eldpathy: Elderly Simulation Program to develop people's empathy towards elderly | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We offer Elderly Simulation Program to develop people's empathy towards elderly


To help the Hong Kong community rise above the challenges of aging population with the dissemination of the idea of empathy for the elderly.

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Part I of 2: Boost Your Emotional Intelligence: Take The Five Day EQ Challenge

Part I of 2: Boost Your Emotional Intelligence: Take The Five Day EQ Challenge | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"Empathy occurs in the moment one human being speaks with another."-
Alfred Adler, Understanding Human Nature


4. Empathy is taking other's feelings into account when making decisions, and is the most easily recognized of the five components. Empathy in leadership matters for at least three reasons: increasing use of teams; the rapid pace of globalization; and the growing need to retain talent. The ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and understand what they may be feeling is one of the critical elements that define a high EQ leader.

I recently hosted author Roman Krznaric at Google to talk about his latest book, Empathy. Krznaric is opening up the world's first "interactive" Empathy Museum in London this year. It's a sign of the times that empathy is important and crucial to well being and Emotional Intelligence.


Rachael O'Meara 

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In Defense of Empathy and Justice: John Gibbs and Edwin Rutsch Dialog

In Defense of Empathy and Justice: John Gibbs and Edwin Rutsch Dialog | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
John Gibbs is a professor of developmental psychology at The Ohio State University and the author of Moral Development and Reality: Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg, Hoffman, and Haidt. John says, my interests pertain to cross-cultural sociomoral development, parental socialization, empathy, prosocial behavior, and antisocial behavior.


I have, with students and colleagues, developed assessment measures of moral judgment, moral identity, social perspective-taking, self-serving cognitive distortions, and social skills. Together with Martin Hoffman he wrote an article, Hillary has a point: In defense of empathy and justice.


Hillary Rodham Clinton had a point when she recently urged:
"The most important thing each of us can do... is to try even harder to see the world through our neighbors' eyes, to imagine what it is like to walk in their shoes, to share their pain and their hopes and their dreams"....

we emphasize that empathy and justice are co-primary or mutual. If justice serves empathy, the reverse is certainly also true ...

Morality is most objective and compelling when justice and empathy align. That is, the moral prescription to act is strongest when victims are both wronged and harmed.

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Empathy training makes a difference for doctors

Empathy training makes a difference for doctors | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It’s hard to teach empathy in the classroom, yet it’s one of the foundations of the doctor–patient relationship. How well physicians can put themselves in their patients’ shoes is directly linked with patient satisfaction.


“When I was in med school, no one told me how to do that,” said Dennis Novack, professor of medicine and associate dean of medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine. “You could watch your mentors, if you were lucky. Or make mistakes.”


Numerous studies have shown patients with empathetic caregivers are more likely to stick to their doctor’s treatment plan, leading to better health results. Doctors who can better understand their patients also are more satisfied with their work. And hospitals know how important patient satisfaction is to their bottom line, now that it is a factor Medicare considers in reimbursement.


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Interview: Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff established self-compassion as a field of study almost a decade ago. In this interview, we'll explore the three core elements of self-compassion (self-kindness + common humanity + mindfulness) and why it's so important for us to cultivate!

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Men who buy sex have much in common with sexually coercive men

Men who buy sex have much in common with sexually coercive men | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"It's like she's not really there." - Study participant who bought sex

Men who buy sex have less empathy for women in prostitution than men who don't buy sex, according to a study published online Aug. 31 in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.


The research, co-authored by UCLA professor Neil Malamuth, also found that men who buy sex are more likely to report having committed rape and other aggressive sexual acts....


Those who buy sex, on average, have less empathy for women in prostitution and view them as intrinsically different from other women."

In other studies, a lower level of empathy among men has been associated with sexual aggression toward women.

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How To Teach Empathy

How To Teach Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Ideally, empathy would be the net effect of experience, which in classrooms is both a matter of process and knowledge. Students would learn to empathize rather than be taught to empathize, as a symptom of what they know. Why this is important is a matter of implication and language.


Teaching someone to feel what others feel and sit with emotions that aren’t their own couldn’t be any further from the inherent pattern of academics, which is always decidedly other.


Teaching always begins with detachment—learn this skill or content strand that is now apart from you. Empathy is the opposite; it starts in the other, and finishes there without leaving.

In your classroom, there are dozens of natural sources of empathy. But what about authenticity?

 


by Terry Heick

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