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Childcare Connection Trust Develops Innovative Method for Teaching Children Empathy

Childcare Connection Trust Develops Innovative Method for Teaching Children Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Children Massaging Children (CMC) programme has been developed in New Zealand by the Childcare Connection Trust, a registered charity. Most people would react with surprise or disbelief at the concept of empathy being taught in schools; however, this idea is more than mere wishful thinking. The idea of teaching children empathy has been the subject of extensive research in New Zealand and also the focus of at least two Master's degree theses in Poland.

Eva Scherer


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http://childconnection.org.nz

Child Connection is a registered charity that aims to introduce Children Massaging Children(CMC) program into the education and health systems in order to reduce stress, decrease depression and violence and prevent social pathologies. 


We stand for the fundamental right of all children to feel closeness and belonging - an essential and basic factor for their life, health and well-being. Our programmes teach Peace and Empathy in the purest way.

 

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 Child Connection Trust is a charity which aims to introduce touch and massage programmes into education system as a prevention for family violence , child abuse and other social pathologies. Our programmes teaches Peace and Empathy in purest form. For more information please visit http://www.childconnection.org.nz/

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Why Basing Morality on Empathy Does Not Work

Why Basing Morality on Empathy Does Not Work | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

An Atheist announced on an internet discussion board, “Atheists are good without God!” It was not the first time I had heard it. Over the past twelve years, on the many atheist forums I had visited, the atheists and even some professing “Christians” had made this claim.


To support their assertion, they posted a few “studies” that showed how atheist ethics (devised from their own empty non-belief system) were superior. Atheists had lesser numbers in prison, they claimed, a lower divorce rate, less crime in secular countries, and better raised children because they taught their children (the atheist ethics of) tolerance (which excluded Christians), anti-racism and the “Golden Rule” or empathy.


Empathy, they avowed, was the best guide for morality. Empathy, in fact, would create the Utopia the world has, since the Garden of Eden, yearned after for so long.


This godless form of morality was purportedly superior to all notions of cold and rigid religious dogma and objectivity.


By Pennie Lee
image https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God 

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Want Students to Succeed? Teach with a Tough Empathy

Want Students to Succeed? Teach with a Tough Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I first stumbled upon the phrase “tough empathy” when reading “Why Should Anyone Be Led by You” by Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones. In their essay, Goffee and Jones state that “real leaders empathize fiercely with their followers and care intensely about their people’s work.


They’re also empathetically ‘tough.’ This means giving people not necessarily what they want, but what they need to achieve their best” (2000). Sound familiar? It should, because it’s what our best teachers do every day. They practice a tough empathy pedagogy.


Teaching with tough empathy is not a soft pedagogy.


 David J. Kimball

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Even Some Rodents Display Empathy

Even Some Rodents Display Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Chimpanzees console each other by touching, hugging, and kissing. To researchers, this behaviour indicates empathy. Monkeys, however, show a limited display of empathy, not to the degree great apes do.


When even these intelligent creatures appear insensitive, it comes as a surprise when scientists recently declared that prairie voles comfort their friends and mates.

The prairie vole is a brown mouse-like creature, smaller than a palm squirrel. It’s among the few animals that are monogamous for life. What made scientists from Emory University, Georgia, U.S., look for empathy in these little rodents? 


BY JANAKI LENIN


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Reimaging Empathy: The Transformative Nature of Empathy | Paul Parkin | TEDxUVU

Paul Parkin is a teacher, speaker, and researcher that focuses on relational communication. With over 10 years’ experience teaching at various universities, he began teaching at UVU in the Fall of 2014. His doctoral dissertation research focuses on the power of empathy

Paul has a passion for teaching and for facilitating transformative change in and out of the classroom. He has won multiple teaching awards, the most recent being the prestigious University of Utah Student's Choice Teaching Award (2013). He has a Master's Degree from California State University, Sacramento, in instructional and leadership communication, and will graduate this year with a Ph.D from the University of Utah. As a speaker, Paul has presented to a variety of groups across the U.S. and has provided communication, leadership, and personal growth trainings for various companies and corporations.

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Empathy Trainers, Facilitators and Teachers Salon #3 (2016-02-07)

Empathy Trainers, Facilitators and Teachers Salon #3 (2016-02-07) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Six experienced Empathy Trainers share their experiences, insights, methods, etc. for teaching empathy. This is to build momentum for launching and building the Empathy Training and Curriculum Wiki project. This also helps individual trainers to network, share resources and explore new method

Facilitator: 

Edwin Rutsch Director: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy


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Lou Agosta    Is on the faculty of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He practices psychotherapy in the Chicago. His area of concentration includes the dynamic containing and transforming of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse. Author of Empathy in the Context of Philosophy  and his websiteListeningWithEmpathy.com.

Andrea Cohen   
Communications consultant, project developer, and facilitator who has been involved with the Compassionate Listening Project for many years. She is author: Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening. She has done done extensive empathy and compassion facilitation. 


Sascha Bosetzky   
He is part of the team at the German, Akademie Fur Empathie.  He says, The focus of my research right now is more general as I want to become an empathy expert but soon I will narrow it down as getting the PhD is also one of my objectives. 

Kathy McGuire Deep background in creating community, empathy and focusing process. Teaching  self help skills, Rogerian empathic listening and Eugene Gendlin's experiential focusing, for 40+ years.   She did her PhD with Eugene Gendlin.

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Creating Bonds of Trust Through Empathy

Are you able to suspend judgement and, instead, show your fellow human beings empathy? Empathy is valued currency.
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Empathy: The Key to Reaching Clients Affected by Overweight and Obesity

Empathy: The Key to Reaching Clients Affected by Overweight and Obesity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This scenario is also familiar to much of the medical community. In fact, the highly respected Massachusetts General Hospital has launched a training program engineered to teach doctors empathy. This is not a program designed to simply improve “bedside manner,” but, rather, to teach the skill of empathy.

Now, why would physicians, with their wealth of medical knowledge and skill (and very limited time) invest in learning empathy? Because they know that improved disease management and surgery outcomes depend on adherence and that recent studies have revealed that empathy improves adherence results significantly (Di Blasi et al., 2001; Halpern 2001; Stewart 1995; Gerteis et al., 1993).

So, why is empathy important to health and fitness professionals? As Dr. Cedric Bryant, Chief Science Officer at ACE, explains, “Healthcare is the ultimate team sport.” As physicians increasingly recognize the skill of empathy as the key to adherence, they will be more confident in working with health and fitness professionals who demonstrate and share their view of the skill of empathy.
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Books about Empathy

Books about Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here is a extensive directory of books about empathy.

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Michael Goldstein's curator insight, February 6, 4:54 PM

What a resource!

Alex Makosz's curator insight, February 8, 12:05 AM

What a reading list! Looking forward to getting through a bunch of these. 

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Empathy erosion: The unbearable lightness of killing

Empathy erosion: The unbearable lightness of killing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“Empathy erosion” is used to explain how people are capable of causing extreme hurt to one another.


In his book The Science of Evil. On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty psychiatrist Simon Baron-Cohen uses the term “empathy erosion” to explain how people are capable of causing extreme hurt to one another.

He defines empathy as a double-minded focus of attention, with cognitive and emotional components, and lack of empathy as a state of focus on the self only. The cognitive component regards the recognition what another person is going through, and the emotional component reflects the ability to respond with an appropriate emotion. Empathy erosion can be transient and reversible or permanent (as in the case of some personality disorders, for instance) and it can arise through various factors such as corrosive emotions, beliefs (for example that one ethnic group is superior to another), tendency to conform. Baron-Cohen postulates that in the condition of empathy erosion, the empathy circuit in the brain functions abnormally


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Self-compassion: A Stanford scientist says a simple psychological shift can make you more successful

Self-compassion: A Stanford scientist says a simple psychological shift can make you more successful | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By consistently practicing self-compassion, Seppala says you'll reap a number of biological and psychological benefits, including enhanced well-being and less anxiety and depression. You'll also have an easier time bouncing back from stressful situations — a trait psychologists call resilience.

When I spoke with Seppala, she emphasized that you can't always change your circumstances — you can't go back in time and fix the interview or the date. But you can certainly change how you respond, and specifically, whether you learn from the situation. 


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Why Yawning Is More Contagious For Women

Why Yawning Is More Contagious For Women | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Contagious yawning happens more often between friends and family than strangers, more often with women than men: study.


How do you interpret a yawn? Whether a sign of fatigue or boredom, psychologists say yawning is contagious, yet not all people are susceptible. A new study based on five years of direct observation finds mirroring another's yawn happens more often between friends and family than strangers, more often for women than men.

According to the Italian researchers, their work “supports the hypothesis that this phenomenon has an empathic basis.” So are women simply more empathic than men?

By Susan Scutti

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Jostein Solheim Of Ben & Jerry's: Empathy Is Not Simply The Flavor Of The Month

Jostein Solheim Of Ben & Jerry's: Empathy Is Not Simply The Flavor Of The Month | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Jostein Solheim is CEO of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., one of the world’s most iconic ice creams and a company that is formally committed to growing its social impact even more than its profits. Jostein (pronounced ‘Yo-Stein’) joined Ben & Jerry’s six years ago from Unilever Ashoka’s Michael Zakaras recently sat down with him to discuss how business is changing and the skills – including empathy – that are needed to thrive in an interconnected world with customers demanding more of business each year...

I wasn’t thinking about empathy consciously at the time, but there’s no question that it was an implicit goal of the learning, and it grew from connecting with people across cultures, languages, perspectives. You know, it’s quite easy to empathize with those in your clique – in your immediate circles – but the key is practicing this outside that narrow group so you can really connect with others and absorb and appreciate their experiences and the way they see the world. It’s still a learning journey for me. 



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Compassionate Conservatism Roars Back John Kasich Surprises In New Hampshire

Running on a message of civility, empathy and moral purpose in a race dominated by fear and race-baiting, Ohio Gov. John Kasich surged to a second-place finish Tuesday night in New Hampshire, becoming the latest in a long line of long-shot presidential candidates to use the Granite State’s famously unpredictable and independent-minded electorate to stake out a place in the primary contest.
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Importance of Empathy

Importance of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy bridges the divide between separate individuals, allowing them to connect and form a bond.

How is a lack of empathy expressed in a relationship by a partner who has Asperger’s Syndrome?

These NT partners of people with AS describe it best:

“Sometimes a lack of empathy, no matter what the cause, can honestly make you feel as if you are with an enemy rather than a friend! When illness strikes and say, for example, my spouse comes home to find me coughing, congested and moving slowly due to aches and pains, I expect an empathic response. My toddler hears me cough and says ‘You okay, Mommy? You okay?’ But my aspie spouse may not even think to ask ‘How are you feeling?’ once throughout my illness. This can be extremely depressing and upsetting. I try to remember that it just doesn’t come naturally for an aspie to have the typical empathic response. But when I am sick or weak and am not offered any help or emotional support I tend to be filled with grief, anger and self-pity at how lonely and uncared for I feel.”
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The Best Way to Stop Bullying Is to Teach Empathy

The Best Way to Stop Bullying Is to Teach Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Following a rash of tragic suicides by bullied adolescents and teenagers, schools around the world have devoted more attention to trying to prevent bullying from happening in the first place. Though schools have experimented with a number of different approaches to reduce bullying, research hasn’t been able to verify that these programs are actually successful at changing social dynamics.

Finally, however, researchers at UCLA have identified one specific course of action that seems to actually make a difference: providing kids with empathy and intervention training.


According to the data, schools that take this approach can have as little as one-half the rate of bullying that occurs at schools with bullying programs that focus on convincing would-be bullies to not be so cruel.

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Courses reinforce, prepare students with care and compassion | Penn State University

Courses reinforce, prepare students with care and compassion | Penn State University | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Courses can teach students facts and figures, but can a course teach students to be more caring and compassionate? Two courses offered by the College of Health and Human Development aim to do just that by helping students build their understanding of empathy through hands-on experiences and more...


“Compassionate care is based on establishing a relationship, one of trust and empathy,” Daley said. “To do so, we need to have an understanding of the patient’s perspective and communicate within that context.”


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Empathy: The Driving Force Behind Interior Design

IDEC 2016 Video Competition by Bailey Lafitte, Ayana Gaither, and Kathryn Smith
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Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer

Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Yes, even rats have feelings. Here’s how we know.


Throughout her career as a neurobiologist, Peggy Mason has been told over and over that the rats she experiments on are not capable of empathy. Only humans and other primates can understand the emotions of another. Most other animals can't. And certainly not beady-eyed rats....


The study, published in Science in 2011, was a breakthrough. If rats were capable of basic forms of empathy, then perhaps empathy was common — or even universal — among mammals. Studying animal empathy could give us insight into how human empathy evolved. ("I consider myself just a fancy rat," Mason told me.)


by Brian Resnick

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Such an important topic, especially when we think of the lack of empathy that many humans have for animals.
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Secrets to Confidence, Empathy & Happiness: reading literary fiction can improve our levels of empathy and social skills

Secrets to Confidence, Empathy & Happiness: reading literary fiction can improve our levels of empathy and social skills | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Reading can bring us happiness, increase empathy and give us the confidence we need. Scientific America  published an article suggesting the data from a study conducted by social psychologist Emanuele Castano in New York found that reading literary fiction can improve our levels of empathy and social skills. This way we are able to relate better with others and build stronger, lasting and meaningful relationships and impact how happy we feel.


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Katharine Mudd's curator insight, February 8, 4:45 PM

STD & NEHS

 

This is hardly news for us avid readers, but spread the good word about the health benefits of reading literature! #literature #reading #EnglishMatters

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The One Leadership Skill That Impacts Overall Success

The One Leadership Skill That Impacts Overall Success | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
OVERWHELMINGLY, EMPATHY TOPS THE LIST AS THE MOST CRITICAL DRIVER OF OVERALL PERFORMANCE.


Two things emerged from this analysis. One was the number of participants who were effective in certain skills. For example, 77% were effective at opening a conversation, but half were good at encouraging involvement, and only 40% were assessed as being able to listen and respond with empathy. Worse, just 33% were accomplished at maintaining or enhancing esteem.

Unfortunately, the empathy quotient (EQ) has a major impact on success, the researchers say. "Overwhelmingly, empathy tops the list as the most critical driver of overall performance."

by LYDIA DISHMAN

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There is nothing I view as more valuable in my own career experience and I teach this to students. Empathy is phenomenally important. 

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Does Compassion Serves You Better Than Self-Interest?

Does Compassion Serves You Better Than Self-Interest? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why Compassion Serves You Better Than Self-Interest


Can compassion be good for the bottom line? According to Emma Seppälä, author of The Happiness Track, the answer is a clear yes. In the following excerpt from the book, Seppälä tells the story of someone who used compassion to his competitive advantage.


Drake is a happy, generous, and other-focused person. He is always interested in helping others whenever he can. He and his wife support a number of causes focused on improving the lives of children around the world who are at risk because of the poverty and violence that surround them. Kindness pervades his life.

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Choosing empathy: what it would be like to live in someone else’s shoes?

Choosing empathy: what it would be like to live in someone else’s shoes? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One of the most challenging and equally rewarding aspects of studying abroad is that it challenged me to truly understand, and not just imagine, what it would be like to live in someone else’s shoes. In other words, to practice the art of empathy.

Last year, author Leslie Jamison came to Duke to talk about her about her book “The Empathy Exams.” The book is a collection of essays in which she recounts her experiences both receiving and giving empathy and the way in which it has impacted her interactions with others. Like many talks I have been to at Duke, I left inspired and motivated to be more intentional about empathizing over sympathizing with others.

 

By Sofia Stafford

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Empathy: This is the reason women yawn more than men

Empathy: This is the reason women yawn more than men | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It is well established that people will yawn when they see or hear someone else yawn, or even think or read about yawning
 
Yawning is contagious – that we already know – but now scientists have shown that women are more likely to be infected with a bout of contagious yawning than men for the simple reason that they feel greater empathy towards other people.

It is well established that many individuals will yawn when they see or hear someone else yawn, or when they even think or read about yawning. It is also known that yawning is likely to be more contagious between close friends and family members than between strangers.


Steve Connor 

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