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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.

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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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Excessive empathy can impair understanding 

Excessive empathy can impair understanding  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
LONDON: People who empathise easily with others do not necessarily understand them well and, on the contrary, excessive empathy can lead to impairment in their understanding of others, finds a new study.

The findings showed that people who tend to be empathic do not necessarily understand other people well at a cognitive level. Hence, social skills seem to be based on multiple abilities that are rather independent of one another.”Successful social interaction is based on our ability to feel with others and to understand their thoughts and intentions,” said Anne Bockler, junior professor and psychologist at the University of Wurzburg in Germany.
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Daniel Goleman - Leadership and Compassion - Empathy and Compassion in Society 2013

Empathy and Compassion in Society gives professionals a new perspective on the human capacity to cultivate empathy and compassion.

- The latest research on empathy and compassion
- Tools to cultivate these social skills in our professional life
- Case studies of organisations and public institutions

http://compassioninsociety.org/
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Barack Obama talks Empathy at Teachers of the Year Event

For me, one of those people was my fifth-grade teacher, Ms. Mabel Hefty.  When I walked into Ms. Hefty’s classroom for the first time, I was a new kid who had been living overseas for a few years, had a funny name nobody could pronounce.  But she didn’t let me withdraw into myself.  She helped me believe that I had something special to say.  She made me feel special.  She reinforced the sense of empathy and thoughtfulness that my mother and my grandparents had tried hard to instill in me -- and that’s a lesson that I still carry with me as President.

 

Ms. Hefty is no longer with us, but I often think about her and how much of a difference she made in my life.  And everybody has got a story like that, about that teacher who made the extra effort to shape our lives in important ways.

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Why You Should Have More Empathy

Why You Should Have More Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Suggestions from Susan Kuczmarski, adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and author of “Becoming a Happy Family” and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, science director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

Our ability to express empathy is partly genetic. But most of our ability to correctly read and respond to other’s emotions comes from childhood and what we learned from parents, our families and others. “If all you ever saw was people running away or suppressing their feelings that will seem like a very sensible thing to do,” says Emiliana Simon-Thomas, science director of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. “But if you saw people respond in a generous and responsive way to other people that will seem like the thing to do.'

 

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Why product development should always be empathetic 

Why product development should always be empathetic  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is Human-Centered Design?

First and foremost, human-centered design is empathetic. The concept looks at the world through the eyes of a consumer and strives to solve their problems while enriching their experience.

 

For credit unions, it is a process that considers the member experience from end to end and involves member input throughout the development cycle. It yields products that deliver flawless utility for members at the speed of the mobile devices they cherish, and that are ever-fortified with security for optimum trust and peace of mind. And, the process thoughtfully recognizes members as individuals and considers how to tailor offerings to each member’s unique needs and preferences.

 

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How Caring for Living Things Helps Kids Build Empathy

How Caring for Living Things Helps Kids Build Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Before leaving for preschool this morning, my four-year-old checked on her jar of ladybug larvae, watered her little flower garden and shared a bagel with her little brother.  She may not know the term, but she was practicing empathy.


Empathy is a skill – one that we can cultivate and strengthen with practice. It requires us to imagine how someone else is feeling and then respond in a caring manner. Picture book author Anna Dewdney offers this wonderful definition: “Empathy is an understanding that other people have feelings, and that those feelings count.”

When kids care for living things – from babies to animals to plants – they exercise their empathy muscles. They learn through experience that

  • 1) everything has needs;
  • 2) these needs are not always identical; and
  • 3) they can help meet those needs.


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Pope Francis on Regenerative Medicine: 'Counter Global Indifference by Global Empathy'

Pope Francis on Regenerative Medicine: 'Counter Global Indifference by Global Empathy' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
He said, "It is fundamentally important that we promote greater empathy in society and and not remain indifferent to our neighbour's cry for help, including when he or she is suffering from a rare disease."


Amidst everything that every person is battling with in their lives, the Pope asked for mercy to lend their help and hands to those who are going through these rare diseases. On the other hand, he offered 3 important keys to help people combat these challenging diseases.


First, he tackled about "globalization of indifference" with a "globalization of empathy."

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Job Information: Empathy Center Project Manager Job

Job Information: Empathy Center Project Manager Job | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
TeachKind—PETA's Humane Education Division—is working on an exciting new confidential initiative, and we need someone to help us bring our ideas to life! As PETA's Empathy Center Project Manager, you will help us organize the development of museum-like exhibits and programming that teaches elementary-aged kids about empathy and compassion, using effective project management techniques.

 

Your day will be spent liaising with the developers, documenting progress, developing outreach plans for this new children's center, and more. You will also be working with our Marketing team to build a compelling, helpful website that explains the center and allows teachers to reserve times, find information, and more. We are looking for someone who is reliable, detail-oriented, hardworking, and who has exceptional organization skills. If this sounds like you, please apply below!

Job Duties:

  • • Liaising and collaborating with stakeholders of the project as well as others outside of the organization
  • • Coming up with a plan for various logistics of center—hours of operation, soft launch date, project timeline, etc. 
  • • Organizing ideas, concepts, and ensuring project time lines are adhered to 
  • • Coordinating with stakeholders on day to day issues and keeping everyone informed 
  • • Assisting in creating a fun, safe, respectful place for kids to learn empathy to animals 
  • • Coordinating development of website for project
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Pope Francis on Regenerative Medicine: 'Counter Global Indifference by Global Empathy'

Pope Francis on Regenerative Medicine: 'Counter Global Indifference by Global Empathy' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The first is "increasing sensitivity". It is fundamentally important that we promote greater empathy in society, and not remain indifferent to our neighbour's cry for help, including when he or she is suffering from a rare disease.

 

We know that we cannot always find fast cures to complex illnesses, but we can be prompt in caring for these persons, who often feel abandoned and ignored. We should be sensitive towards all, regardless of religious belief, social standing or culture...

 

This is why the globalization of indifference must be countered by the globalization of empathy.

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Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When we put ourselves in another person’s shoes, we are often more sensitive to what that person is experiencing and are less likely to tease or bully them. By explicitly teaching students to be more conscious of other people’s feelings, we can create a more accepting and respectful school community.

 

 

empathy [em-puh-thee]
(noun) the understanding of or the ability to identify with another person’s feelings or experiences

 

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Setting boundaries with toddlers using empathy and positive guidance

Setting boundaries with toddlers using empathy and positive guidance | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Toddlers need loving guidance and they also need empathy and forgiveness.

Children have a basic need to feel loved and accepted by their parents. As they learn how to balance curiosity, impulses and our expectations, toddlers will make mistakes and get into mischief. Sometimes they will offer a tall tale to safeguard that need to be loved and accepted, i.e. Your hair fell off mama. I caught it for you....

A very valuable tool in helping toddlers learn personal boundaries and the value of honesty is Time In. (Also sometimes referred to as meeting on the couch, reflection time, time out together, talking it out.) This tool is about intentionally setting aside time to allow for children to flex their empathy skills and reflect on their choices.

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Is empathy making the world a worse place?  Stop caring! Why empathy is wrong

Is empathy making the world a worse place?  Stop caring! Why empathy is wrong | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is supposed to be a moral good, a natural reaction to the suffering of others. But apparently if you really want to be good and do good, empathy is not the answer. 

"Empathy is fundamentally, from a moral standpoint, a bad thing," Yale University psychologist Paul Bloom says.

"It's because of empathy that the world cares so much more about a baby stuck in a well than we do about global warming," Bloom told the Atlantic. 

 

 RACHEL CLAYTON

 

 

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Empathy: One of the Keys to My Business Success

Empathy: One of the Keys to My Business Success | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy. It’s one of the biggest things to which I attribute my success. It’s the reason I believe that I am one of the great salespeople out there. What a lot of people don’t understand about empathy is that it’s not just about being caring, but it’s also the ability to understand people on a higher level. It has allowed me to easily create mutually beneficial relationships in both business and my personal life.

Sometimes being empathetic can be confusing. You might ask yourself, “Am I being empathetic because I care or am I being empathetic because I know being understanding will give me leverage in the situation? The answer is both. Being good is always the best option. But I’m not gonna lie either: giving a shit is a real thing and gives you the chance to make your relationships mutually beneficial.

 

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Building Empathy in Classrooms and Schools

To build an empathic mindset, here are a few concrete actions every teacher can take:


Read stories from the perspective of characters similar to your students. Ask your students to share their favorite literature, whether it aligns to the current curriculum, or not. This can remind teachers of the thoughts, perspectives, and worries influencing students every day. Middle and high school teachers: Read Young Adult literature. Elementary teachers: Read the books your students love from the classroom library. Be intentional about choosing diverse literature that reflects the diversity of your classroom.


Follow a student schedule for a day. 


Survey students frequently.

 

 By Brianna Crowley & Barry Saide

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Obama Honors His Fifth Grade Teacher: 'She Taught Me I Had Something To Say'

Obama Honors His Fifth Grade Teacher: 'She Taught Me I Had Something To Say' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“She reinforced that essential value of empathy that my mother and my grandparents had taught me. That is something that I carry with me every day as President,” he wrote. “This is the simple and undeniable power of a good teacher. This is a story that every single kid in this country, regardless of background or station in life, should be able to tell.”
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Wall Street Journal: Why You Should Have More Empathy

Wall Street Journal: Why You Should Have More Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Researchers have determined that people react in one of two ways when faced with another person’s emotions. Sometimes people respond with “empathic concern” or caregiving. They see themselves as a source of comfort or support for the other person.

But sometimes people feel threatened by the other person’s emotions and focus instead on themselves. They might try to help, to minimize their own discomfort. Typically they distance themselves. Psychologists call this response “empathic distress.

 

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Video: Empathy and User-centered Design

Video: Empathy and User-centered Design | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What do you think makes a design truly great, or an amazing product or experience? The decorative look, the aesthetics? How fast it works, how responsive it is to an input or command? Well-structured content? How it communicates an author’s voice, with a message that’s crystal clear?

All of these matter, of course. I’d like to argue, however, that empathy is a key ingredient—often left out of this list.

What is empathy? It’s the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.
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EDINBURGH DEVELOPMENT GROUP:  The Festival of Empathy! | 11th April 2016

EDINBURGH DEVELOPMENT GROUP:  The Festival of Empathy! | 11th April 2016 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We are very excited to announce that the Big Lottery has given us funding to hold a Festival of Empathy in June this year!

Click here to download the programme

We think empathy is important because it is about trying to understand how someone else thinks and feels even if they are very different from you - it's about 'stepping into someone else's shoes'. 

We want to celebrate and promote empathy because we think it helps to create more supportive, understanding and welcoming communities.

We're looking for people to be on the festival steering group to share ideas about what have at the festival and how to include lots of people from different backgrounds. Would you like to help us?

If you're interested, please get in touch with Gillian Allan at Edinburgh Development group

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Excessive empathy can impair understanding of others

Excessive empathy can impair understanding of others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

People who empathize easily with others do not necessarily understand them well. To the contrary: Excessive empathy can even impair understanding as a new study conducted by psychologists has established...

 

Whether empathy and understanding other people's mental states (mentalising) -- i.e. the ability to understand what others know, plan and want -- are interrelated has recently been examined by the psychologists Anne Böckler, Philipp Kanske, Mathis Trautwein, Franca Parianen-Lesemann and Tania Singer.

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Peta: Teaching empathy for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will be cruel to other kids.

Peta: Teaching empathy for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will be cruel to other kids. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Human beings create arbitrary barriers to exclude beings who aren’t like them. Human beings have justified their wars, slavery, sexual violence, and military conquests with the mistaken belief that those who are “different” do not experience suffering and are not worthy of moral consideration.

 

As an educator, you have a chance to teach your students that all animals—whether a rat, a pig, a dog, or a child—feel pain, happiness, and fear and want to live.

 

Teaching empathy and compassion for animals not only helps animals but also lessens the likelihood that kids will grow up to be cruel to other kids.

 

We know, for example, that many violent offenders, including many serial killers, started out harming animals before moving on to humans.

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Empathy is Everything.

Empathy is Everything. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I was studying empathy last night. We've been really trying to teach empathy over here and we are far from perfect. I'm reading that empathy is taught and shown by action. Empathy is shown in the way a parent responds to a infants cry or a toddlers whine, knowing for a fact it means that the child needs something.

 

It might be as small as eye contact, touch, or an embrace. Empathy is not choosing what is convenient or easiest, but revels in a heart to heart connection. Empathy is shown by caring for a three year old's needs and desires, even if it's the most ridiculous request. I'm not saying to respond Yes to everything, that's not what I mean, but rather hearing their needs and being able to talk through a solution creatively. To hear their hearts. 

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A Case for Empathy in Counterterrorism

A Case for Empathy in Counterterrorism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A lot has been written about empathy as the cornerstone of emotional intelligence. I want to write about empathy as the cornerstone of successful counterterrorism.


When many of us think of homeland security, we think in terms of being tough, assertive, defensive, or/and offensive; we think in terms of countering terrorism with force designed to bring the “bad guys” to their knees. Conversely, when we think of empathy, we think “bleeding heart liberals,” humanism, “softies,” accepting the deplorable and the unacceptable.


It turns out that empathy can be a fantastically powerful tool in understanding complex issues and in making crucial decisions in a variety of situations—including in the fight against terrorists.

 

 
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Toolkit for "Empathy for the 'A'" | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Toolkit for "Empathy for the 'A'" | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Toolkit for "Empathy for the 'A'"

Overview: 
Empathy and academics need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, a focus on empathy can increase student achievement. This toolkit for “Empathy for the ‘A’” shows teachers how to build empathy into their practice with a few adjustments to the things they already do.    

Students learn much more than academics at school. Through what they model, whether explicitly or more subtly, educators teach their students about morals, values, attitudes and feelings. “Empathy for the ‘A’” shows how greater emphasis on teaching empathy can result in academic gains. This toolkit offers suggestions for building empathy in the classroom by enhancing or modifying five areas of common teacher practice.

Essential Questions

  • How does teaching empathy affect student achievement?
  • How can teachers focus on empathy in the classroom?
  • Procedure
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We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year

We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Teaching kids facts and analytical thinking skills isn’t enough, she said, adding that she hopes to use her new platform to promote service-learning — which involves community service activities, teaching kids to use their education for good and showing the importance of being empathetic.  

“We spend a lot of time teaching kids to be self-sufficient and high achievers, and I think we really need to spend some time also teaching them: OK, now what do you do with that? What does it mean? You have this knowledge and information, how can you use it to improve the human condition?” Hayes said. “I think we need to nurture empathy from a very early age.

 

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Keep it moderate: Too much empathy clouds your understanding of people

Keep it moderate: Too much empathy clouds your understanding of people | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
According to a new study, people who tend to be empathic do not necessarily understand other people well at a cognitive level. Hence, social skills seem to be based on multiple abilities that are rather independent of one another.


“Successful social interaction is based on our ability to feel with others and to understand their thoughts and intentions,” said Anne Bockler, junior professor and psychologist at the University of Wurzburg in Germany.


Also, the researchers found that the neuronal networks crucial for empathy and cognitive perspective taking interact with one another in the brain.


Read: From apathy to empathy in just three simple steps

 

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