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Empathy, “social evolution” and philosophy of archaeology

Empathy, “social evolution” and philosophy of archaeology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Philosophy of archaeology has been developing as one of the most essential branches of theory. Empathy and evolution as problems of research add the discussion of searching for answer of the following question, for instance: To which extend does the material culture reflect the socio-psychological context of its development?

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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy Cafe Magazine Front Page


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Empathy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Empathy unites us as human beings

Empathy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Empathy unites us as human beings | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Rev. Dave Rogers


Empathy is a characteristic often lacking in religious life and Christian witness.


Yet, it is a fundamental expression of the authentic witness of Scripture. God amazingly created our minds with the incredible ability to empathize.


Empathy is our God-breathed ability to resonate with the humanity of other humans throughout time and across the distance. Empathy unites us as human beings.



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The role of mutual empathy in relational/cultural therapy.

The role of mutual empathy in relational/cultural therapy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Central to the notion of healing in connection is the power of mutual empathy in the therapeutic relationship. Isolation is a major source of human suffering and is often accompanied by immobilization, which prevents movement back into relationship after disconnections.


Healing is seen as occurring in connection
with others.


In order for patients to relinquish strategies of disconnection and shift their negative expectations in relationships, they must actually experience a sense of relational efficacy, of having an impact on the other person, the therapist. This happens when the therapist is emotionally present, attuned, therapeutically authentic, and working with the connections and disconnections in the therapy relationship itself. In this way, people begin to move back into growth-fostering relationships, expecting that others may respond empathically and finding that they can be effective in shifting and moving relationships in ways that allow them to bring themselves more fully into relationship, to be more whole and authentic. 

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Empathy in narcissistic personality disorder: From clinical and empirical perspectives. | Psychologist Brisbane

Empathy in narcissistic personality disorder: From clinical and empirical perspectives. | Psychologist Brisbane | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is associated with an assortment of characteristics that undermine interpersonal functioning. A lack of empathy is often cited as the primary distinguishing feature of NPD.


However, clinical presentations of NPD suggest that empathy is not simply deficient in these individuals, but dysfunctional and subject to a diverse set of motivational and situational factors.


Consistent with this presentation, research illustrates that empathy is multidimensional, involving 2 distinct emotional and cognitive processes associated with a capacity to respectively understand and respond to others’ mental and affective states.


The goal of this practice review is to bridge the gap between our psychobiological understanding of empathy and its clinical manifestations in NPD.

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5 Ways To Teach My Son Empathy

5 Ways To Teach My Son Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Sarah Fader shares why she believes that few things are more important for her son to learn than empathy.


Our society focuses so much on molding children into future presidents, business people, doctors or lawyers. What we’ve lost focus on is teaching our children to have empathy. In order to truly develop meaningful connections with other people, we have to be able to step into their shoes and be empathetic...


#1 – When you have a conflict with another person, look at the situation from that person’s point of view: ...

#2 – When someone expresses anger towards you, ask them how you can help instead of immediately becoming defensive: ...

#3 - Listen: ...

#4 - It’s to okay disagree:...

#5 – Don’t expect a specific response:...


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Empathy and Yawn Contagion: Can We (Humans) Catch Yawns from Robots?

Empathy and Yawn Contagion: Can We (Humans) Catch Yawns from Robots? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy plays an important role in the interaction between humans and robots. The contagious effect of yawning is moderated by the degree of social closeness and empathy.


We propose to analyse the contagion of yawns as an indicator for empathy.


We conducted pilot studies to test different experimental procedures for this purpose. We hope to be able to report on experimental results in the near future.

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Putting Servant Leadership into Practice: Empathy

Putting Servant Leadership into Practice: Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There is a direct, scientific correlation between the level of empathy demonstrated by business leaders and the level of leadership effectiveness.


Is empathy the key to business effectiveness? According to several researchers, the answer is a certain yes.


A 2013 study published in the International Journal of Economics Business and Management Studies revealed a direct, scientific correlation between the level of empathy demonstrated by business leaders and the level of leadership effectiveness.


Harvard Business Review (HBR) published an article that named empathy as the first of four primary competencies identified in successful leaders. Need more proof? In her 2012 book “The Zen Leader,” author Ginny Whitelaw defined empathy as the most powerful leadership tool, and a Forbes.com contributor named empathy a foundational element for better business. 


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Digital Empathy: Wearables and Emotional IQ

Digital Empathy: Wearables and Emotional IQ | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Wearable technology is one of today’s fastest growing fields of innovation. Already it allows us to easily monitor and record biometric data, connect to


Rather than building devices that allow us to function more like a machine with clinical efficiency, researchers are beginning to understand the need for devices that recognize our humanity and assist us in fostering a sort of digital empathy.


Healey points to “[w]earable sensors [that] can capture things like galvanic skin response and heart rate and begin interpreting physiological responses.” Clothing that can sense the wearer’s mood or stress level and respond by translating their state of mind into colors or patterns recognizable to others could one day form an entirely new mode of communication. But beyond the dream of a world of sartorial over-sharing


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3 Reasons Your Happiness is an Act of Compassion

3 Reasons Your Happiness is an Act of Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Happiness – It’s Not For You, But it is the Most Selfless Thing You Can Do.


For One, it Makes you Contagious


It’s true, you literally infect others. Your well-being has an enormously influential impact on everyone around you up to 3 degrees of separation away from you! Research studies show that parents’ well-being improve their children’s, and people’s happiness uplifts their spouses.


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Fostering interpersonal emotional intelligence skills through 4-H | critical interpersonal EQ skill, empathy

Fostering interpersonal emotional intelligence skills through 4-H |  critical interpersonal EQ skill, empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A critical interpersonal EQ skill, empathy is demonstrated by good listening, the respectful treatment of others and sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings.


With youth of various ages, backgrounds and abilities typically involved in any 4-H club, these types of interpersonal skills are essential as they help the group function effectively and work cooperatively. When dealing with conflict in these clubs, adults working with youth can encourage members to “put themselves into another’s shoes” to view the other person’s perspective.

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12 ways to teach your children the skill of empathy

12 ways to teach your children the skill of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

12 ways to teach empathy to your child.
 
 1. Provide consistent emotional and physical support to your child. .....
 
 2. Give your child plenty of physical affection. .....
 
 3. Keep in mind that your child is his/her own person with a mind of his/her own. .....
 
 4. Role-play with your child.v
 
 5. Intentionally discuss the perspectives of others. .....
 
 6. Empathize with your child and then teach your child to problem-solve when he or she experiences negative feelings....
 
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Teaching Compassion and Other Related Skills | Charter for Compassion

Teaching Compassion and Other Related Skills | Charter for Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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10 Steps to Awakening Self-Compassion

10 Steps to Awakening Self-Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Self-compassion involves becoming aware of the presence of suffering in our bodies, emotions, thoughts, and actions—and then taking steps to diminish the suffering. 



Benefits of Self-Compassion

Research indicates that cultivating self-compassion can contribute to beneficial physical, emotional-mental, and interpersonal changes, such as:

  • Modulates hormonal functioning, especially of oxytocin and cortisol
  • Reduces the intensity and frequency of negative and chronic stress reactions
  • Copes with difficult emotional experiences
  • Moderates depression and anxiety
  • Increases emotional well being
  • Mitigates negative thinking, including rumination
  • Improves interpersonal relationships
  • Enhances patience, generosity, gratitude, acceptance, humility, openness, and gentleness

 

10 Steps to Self-Compassion


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Bridging the gap: Can empathy be taught? | (yes and empathy leads to action.)

Bridging the gap: Can empathy be taught? |  (yes and empathy leads to action.) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Can empathy be taught?

A healthy body of research has proven that learning empathy can make a difference in students’ attitudes toward poverty.


In one study, researchers measured college students’ attitudes toward people in poverty before and after a poverty simulation. The study took “students who had led fairly privileged lives” and “hadn’t had much exposure to people in poverty,” says the study’s researcher, Robert Nielsen, a professor of family and consumer sciences at the University of Georgia...


Why empathy?

Blair says empathy is vital because it
leads to action.


People like to think of themselves as good, moral people, he says. And when you see someone in need and don’t help, there must be a “cognitive distancing,” or a separation that lets you continue to be a good person in your own mind while still not being helpful.


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Tavis Smiley joins HuffPost Live to comment on Martin Luther King Jr.'s "radical empathy".

Tavis Smiley joins HuffPost Live to comment on Martin Luther King Jr.'s "radical empathy". | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Tavis Smiley joins HuffPost Live to comment on Martin Luther King Jr.'s "radical empathy".


"The greatest lesson to me from Martins life,....
I don't get where that radical empathy came from.
 Not just empathy, but radical empathy,
that kind of radical empathy that goes deep
to the bone marrow
kind of love."
 Tavis Smiley

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Empathy VS Sharks

Empathy VS Sharks | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Peijman Kouretchian


“Soooooo How much are you going to CHARGE me, to make me FEEL better?,” a “shark” sneers at me in contempt. The five other slick entrepreneurial investors on the panel, or “sharks”, either stare off blankly or twitch in discomfort.


My co-founder Mica Stumpf and I are standing on stage at the Shark Tank Showcase, having just “pitched” our vision of bringing empathy to the world via smartphone: Empathy App. 

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Addressing the empathy deficit: Beliefs about the malleability of empathy predict effortful responses when empathy is challenging.

Addressing the empathy deficit: Beliefs about the malleability of empathy predict effortful responses when empathy is challenging. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is often thought to occur automatically. Yet, empathy frequently breaks down when it is difficult or distressing to relate to people in need, suggesting that empathy is often not felt reflexively.


Indeed, the United States as a whole is said to be displaying an empathy deficit. When and why does empathy break down, and what predicts whether people will exert effort to experience empathy in challenging contexts?


Across 7 studies, we found that people who held a malleable mindset about empathy (believing empathy can be developed) expended greater empathic effort in challenging contexts than did people who held a fixed theory (believing empathy cannot be developed). 

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The Next Revolution in Health Care? Empathy | Paul Rosen

Paul Rosen, MD, a pediatric rheumatologist, serves as the Clinical Director of Service and Operational Excellence at Nemours. He received a masters of public health degree from Harvard University and a masters of medical management degree from Carnegie Mellon University.


[Talks about the need for empathy in the hospitals.]

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Finding empathy key to moving forward from Ferguson unrest

Finding empathy key to moving forward from Ferguson unrest | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Getting beyond protests to achieve justice won’t happen until there is a wave of empathy descending upon a city known for putting up barriers — literal and figurative — to block people who don’t think or look like them.


Here’s how empathy begins: Consider the case of real people who might have faced a situation similar to your own.



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Empathy Week is Sept. 9-11

Empathy Week is Sept. 9-11 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Alex Kieffaber

Join us for Empathy Week, Sept. 9-11, in the KS Ballroom and Bosco Plaza, as we explore the issue of child trafficking at home and abroad; experience the stories of survivors through film, photography and artifacts; and engage in the solutions by attending the Empathy Exhibit and Experience or taking part in the Mattress Vigil. 


The Empathy Exhibit will tell stories of actual child trafficking victims and survivors through film, photography and artifacts. 

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson's Interview With PETA ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.’”

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson's Interview With PETA  ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.’” | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dr. Tyson also sat down for an interview with PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk to discuss everything from the importance of instilling empathy in children to how observing dogs in his childhood helped him develop his critical thinking skills.


“Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth,” says Dr. Tyson.


“So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.’” 

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Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows

Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Children can learn empathy through reading fiction and identifying with characters in a story, a new study concludes.


At the American Psychological Association 's 122nd Annual Convention in August of this year, Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University, spoke about his study examining the relationship between reading fiction and being able to empathize with others.


"When people read stories we invoke personal experiences," he said. "Even though fiction is fabricated, it can communicate truths about human psychology and relationships."


By Kristie Chua 

September 8, 2014 



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Book Review: Empathy Reconsidered: New Directions in Psychotherapy. By Arthur C. Bohart and Leslie S. Greenberg (Eds.) - Springer

Book Review: Empathy Reconsidered: New Directions in Psychotherapy. By Arthur C. Bohart and Leslie S. Greenberg (Eds.) - Springer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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EmpathyWorks: Against Empathy?

EmpathyWorks: Against Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University, recently wrote a thought provoking (and emotion provoking) post on Boston Review, entitled, Against Empathy?.


He writes about the downside of relying on empathy, particularly "emotional empathy", as a guide to action. Emotional empathy, he argues, is biased, clouds our thinking, and promotes moral errors, which may have dire consequences. He writes:


"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.


by Michael Goldstein

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Finalists Announced for Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change

Finalists Announced for Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Join the network of changemakers that are cultivating empathy skills to strengthen communities.


After receiving more than 200 entries, 86 top entries were selected as Semi-Finalists. Now, 23 top Finalists will go on to the final judging round of the competition. We'd like to thank all the amazing innovators for their vital work and for submitting their ideas to this challenge!  


The Finalists are: 

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Two-Day Workshop on Mindful Self-Compassion | Center for Mind Body Health

Two-Day Workshop on Mindful Self-Compassion | Center for Mind Body Health | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Join us for this two-day workshop to learn the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion.


Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by anyone. Recent research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and depression, enhances coping, promotes health behaviors, and increases motivation. This workshop is open to anyone wanting to learn essential tools for treating yourself in a respectful, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. This is a great way to overcome pleasing others and practicing more self-care.


 You’ll learn:

  • What self-compassion is and isn’t
  • Self-compassion practices for daily life
  • How to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • The art of loving-kindness meditation
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to transform challenging relationships
  • How to use self-compassion in caregiving situations
  • How to enjoy your life more fully
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