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Against Empathy

Against Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The possibility of empathy is a western-buddhist dogma. Empathy, together with its near relative, compassion, may even be considered a necessary axiom of contemporary x-buddhist belief, whether in a secular, crypto, or traditional inflection. For, without the possibility of empathy and compassion, x-buddhism loses its ethical footing, its prime rationale for practice, and its very impetus toward the pro-social utopian. In this post, I’d like to present a paper that challenges the possibility of an activity that resembles our folk notions of “empathy.” The article, by the German thinker Jan Slaby, is aptly title “Against Empathy” (links below).

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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

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

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Attending Live Theater Boosts Empathy, Tolerance in Students

Attending Live Theater Boosts Empathy, Tolerance in Students | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Student field trips to live theater productions can lead to greater tolerance and empathy as well as increased vocabulary and enhanced knowledge of the plot, according to new research by the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform...


Two years ago, they found significant benefits in the form of knowledge, future cultural consumption, tolerance, historical empathy and critical thinking for students who had been assigned to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas...


To determine whether live theater increases students’ ability to empathize, researchers administered the youth version of the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test, which was initially developed for research on autism...


By TRACI PEDERSEN 

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Greater Good: Roman Krznaric on Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It - November 10, 2014, Berkeley, CA

Greater Good: Roman Krznaric on Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It - November 10, 2014, Berkeley, CA | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A founding faculty member of London's The School of Life, and Greater Good contributing writer, Roman Krznaric has traveled the world researching and lecturing on the subject of empathy. 

In his new book, Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It, Krznaric argues that our brains are wired for social connection and that empathy, not apathy or self-centeredness, is at the heart of who we are.


Informed by powerful examples from the worlds of art and design, medicine and humanitarianism, neuroscience, and more, Krznaric presents six habits of highly empathetic people in the book  which anyone can emulate in order to make themselves, and the world, more truly fulfilled.


"Where would humanity be without empathy? Our lives would be disconnected, our societies would fall apart. Growing planetary integration calls for us to pay more attention to this ancient mammalian capacity, and Roman Krznaric is our expert guide to explain how it works and how to fix the deficit that faces humanity today."  -- Frans de Waal, author of The Age of Empathy


Introduced by the GGSC's Jason Marsh. Talk followed by Q&A and book sales. Co-produced byBerkeley Arts & Letters.

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Empathy and Compassion in Society - Nov 13 - 14 (Ft Mason Center)

Empathy and Compassion in Society - Nov 13 - 14 (Ft Mason Center) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy and Compassion in Society offers CEU's for nurses, including RN's and LVN's, and for LCSW's and MFT's.

For more information about CEU's for nurses, please write usa@spcare.org. For information about CEU's for LCSW's and MFT's, please write info@tenzingyatsoinstitute.org


Are you a Caregiver? Do you nurse, work in a hospice or care for others who need your assistance? There is a 25% discount for caregivers. Enter CAREGIVER as the code and indicate the institution where you work.

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The magic of empathy

The magic of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The act of empathy feels sacred to me, it is holding space for others to unfold. All humans are empathic, if they don’t demonstrate it it’s because they have learned to shut it down.


The only way to open them up again is to create safe spaces for them to step into. Everyone has the means within themselves to overcome what ever they are facing. All this week I have witnessed people coming to a place of calm and finding that they already have the answers they seek. To me it feels like magic because what is required of me is actually very little, as though I’m just standing next to them while they fumble with their keys and open the door. They just need to feel safe enough to trust what they already know.

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How Teachers Can Reduce the Empathy Gap That Wealth Creates

How Teachers Can Reduce the Empathy Gap That Wealth Creates | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Sam Osherson, Ph.D.

Affluent children need to learn a fuller picture of what it means to be human.


Can We Empathize with the Wealthy?

It’s tempting to roll our eyes when we think about the emotional problems of the wealthy. First World problems, we may scoff. Yet to do so is to ignore a real social challenge.


We live in a time of an increasing divide between the very wealthy and the rest of us. The opportunities for envy and projection increase as the divide does. As one psychiatrist observes: " For most of us, empathy directed toward the less fortunate comes easily. But ultimately empathy must transcend economic class. If we cannot approach the wealthy with empathy about their situation and unique problems, we cannot engage them in constructive conversation about this divide. Their isolation and exclusion from the dialogue will only add to polarization and hostility."


How do we encourage empathy and a curiosity about the world in the children of the wealthy?

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Entrepreneurship Requires Practice: The Practice of Empathy

Entrepreneurship Requires Practice: The Practice of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This is the third installment in a series my colleagues and I are writing on the five practices of entrepreneurship. In the last installment Patricia Greene talked about the Practice of Play. 


Now it’s time to address the second practice – The Practice of Empathy.

Entrepreneurs must develop their practice of empathy in order to connect with stakeholders in more meaningful and authentic ways to identify unmet needs—the antecedent of new products, services, and organizations.  


The role of empathy has been popularized in human-centered design  where desirability (what do people need?) is the starting point rather than feasibility (can it be done?) or viability (can we make money doing it?).  Feasibility and viability tend to be the popular starting points in business schools.


Heidi M. Neck, Ph.D.



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Dr. Gabor Maté: Treat addiction, pain, trauma with compassion

Dr. Gabor Maté: Treat addiction, pain, trauma with compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In his award-winning book, "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction," Dr. Gabor Maté explains the origins of addiction as being rooted in trauma and calls for a more compassionate approach toward the addict.

Maté spoke with CBS News for the #14Days series. He says, "All addiction is an escape from pain. All addictions come from emotional loss, and exist to soothe the pain resulting from that loss."

Maté explains how early neglect or abuse affects a child's brain development, in particular the system of self-soothing brain chemicals (such as endorphins and serotonin) that help make up a healthy human being.

The neurochemistry of the brain is affected by the environment in early childhood development, and Maté says, "We know that the majority of chronically hardcore substance-dependent adults lived, as infants and children, under conditions of severe adversity... Their predisposition to addiction was programmed in their early years. Their brains never had a chance."


By PARVATI SHALLOW

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Empathy Can Sometimes Motivate This Dark, Unjustified Behaviour

Empathy Can Sometimes Motivate This Dark, Unjustified Behaviour | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy has a dark side which is at odds with its image as a cure-all for the world’s problems.


Contrary to the common view of empathy as an emotion solely eliciting compassion and warmth, empathy can unexpectedly motivate aggression.


The result comes from a new study which found that when feeling empathy towards someone in distress, people are motivated to be more aggressive towards another, even when that other person is not to blame.


The study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, had people reading scenarios about a person who was in financial trouble (Buffone & Poulin, 2014).

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Occupy Empathy Tent at Berkeley

Occupy Empathy Tent at Berkeley | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I set up the first Occupy Empathy Tent, this Sunday in Berkeley CA. I feel we need to do more empathic activism and create an Occupy Empathy movement that is open, inclusive and inviting to all. Occupy had a major problem in that it was/is based on an 'Us verses Them' philosophy which turns a lot of people off and actually supports the existing 'Us verses Them' cultural values.


When you get down to it, empathy really is the most revolutionary value, so let's build an Occupy Empathy movement. I'm looking at how might we design an Occupy Empathy movement and this was an initial prototype to test it out.


In Berkeley, this Sunday, they blocked off 17 blocks of one of the main streets (Shattuck) for pedestrians and bikes. I set up the tent next to a protest group which is protesting the closure of the Berkeley Post Office.

People came by and I told them about the Occupy Empathy, I did one on one empathic listening and we held 3 Empathy Circles. Carol came by and held one circles while I talked to people. People were very supportive and we had some very nice Empathy Circles where participants expressed how touched they were by the process.


I found we needed more step by step flyers to explain what Occupy Empathy is about and how to get involved. I'm now thinking of some next steps for Occupy Empathy.


What do you think? Any ideas?

seemore at/

https://www.facebook.com/EmpathyCenter/posts/854159597962037 


Edwin
http://cultureofempathy.com

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Study: Interventions to cultivate physician empathy: a systematic review

Study: Interventions to cultivate physician empathy: a systematic review | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Author:

Zak Kelm

James Womer

Jennifer K Walter

Chris Feudtner


Physician empathy is both theoretically and empirically critical to patient health, but research indicates that empathy declines throughout medical school and is lower than ideal among physicians.


In this paper, we synthesize the published literature regarding interventions that were quantitatively evaluated to detect changes in empathy among medical students, residents, fellows and physicians. 


Conclusions: Physician empathy appears to be an important aspect of patient and physician well-being. Although the current empathy intervention literature is limited by a variety of methodological weaknesses, a sample of high-quality study designs provides initial support for the notion that physician empathy can be enhanced through interventions.

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Toddlers with Low Empathy at Risk for Future Behavior Problems

Toddlers with Low Empathy at Risk for Future Behavior Problems | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Toddlers who don’t feel guilty after bad behavior or who are less affectionate or less responsive to affection may be at risk for greater behavior problems by the time they enter first grade, according to a new study by the University of Michigan..


Finally, if children were reported as having “callous and unemotional behavior,” they were found to experience less empathy, guilt and moral regulation of their behavior.


Children with the highest ratings of these kinds of behaviors were more likely to show this behavior during first grade and were also more likely to have continued behavior problems according to their teachers.


By TRACI PEDERSEN 

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The Youth Gathering is on November 12 - Fort Mason Center, San Francisco - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Youth Gathering is on November 12 - Fort Mason Center, San Francisco -  Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Who Cares? Youth Gathering

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

9.00 am to 12.30 pm


“Who Cares?” is a thought-provoking gathering for young people aged 14 to 19 to interact with leading thinkers, scientists and changemakers to make up their minds on the role of empathy and compassion in society.


Young people are also introduced to the importance of taking care of themselves, as the first step to taking care for others, and given practical tools to make compassion a force for positive change in their lives.


Register your school here.

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Greater Good: Self-Compassion & the Cultivation of Happiness with Kristin Neff - November 7, 2014 - Berkeley, CA

Greater Good: Self-Compassion & the Cultivation of Happiness with Kristin Neff - November 7, 2014 - Berkeley, CA | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This day-long seminar led by self-compassion pioneer Kristin Neff, will offer strategies for cultivating self-compassion, boosting happiness, and reducing stress in yourself and others.


Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone. It involves generating feelings of kindness and care toward ourselves as imperfect human beings, and learning to be present with greater ease during life's inevitable struggles. It is an antidote to harsh self-criticism, making us feel connected to others when we suffer, rather than feeling isolated and alienated. Unlike self-esteem, the good feelings of self-compassion do not depend on being special and better than other people; instead, they come from caring about ourselves and embracing our commonalities.

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Compassion Week 2014 - SF Bay Area - Nov 10-16

Compassion Week 2014 - SF Bay Area - Nov 10-16 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Compassion Week is an initiative of the Charter for Compassion, Stanford University's CCARE, Tenzin Gyatso Institute, and Dignity Health that calls on the City of San Francisco  and the State of California to make compassion a guiding principle for their businesses and public services.

The events are:


The 2nd Science of Compassion Conference, Nov 10 - 11 (Ft Mason Center)  


The Inaugural Compassion and Healthcare Conference, Nov 12 (Ft Mason Center)


The 3rd Empathy & Compassion in Society: Compassion at Work  Nov 13 - 14 (Ft Mason Center)


Charter for Compassion Day, Nov 15 (Fort Mason Center, SF)


Living Compassionately Retreat, Nov 15 - 16 (Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University) More Info

Additionally,  a Youth Gathering will be held Nov. 12, at Ft. Mason's Golden Gate room.  Sponsored by  Mind with Heart, The Charter for Compassion, the Tenzin Gyatso Institute and several other charities, this event is for teens.

CEUs now available to nurses, MFTs and LCSWs. Caregivers receive a 25% discount upon registration to Empathy and Compassion in Society.


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Make Your Marketing Human-Centered with Listening and Empathy

Make Your Marketing Human-Centered with Listening and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

For marketing to practice listening and empathy, there are three basic human-centered principles to keep in mind:


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Focus on human insights. While sales-centric intelligence and business insights are important, companies cannot lose sight of the growing importance of gaining human-centered insights. This is especially true when you consider the growing trend of 65% or more of executives relying on subjective human factors in making critical decisions. If your research and buyer personas are not accounting for human factors and insights, then they are not providing you with the human-centered understanding needed for buyer personas to be effective.


Understand immersion. Business today must not only look at the outside world of customers, they must become immersed in this world. The status quo based on assumptions mentioned above prevents many organizations from opening up avenues for immersive experiences. Immersion calls for new means of research and understanding the use of customer ethnography.


Develop human-centered approach. ..


by Tony Zambito 

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The Coming Era of Empathetic Entrepreneurship

The Coming Era of Empathetic Entrepreneurship | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A new business paradigm, in which management aims to to foster a better world, is rapidly taking hold.


McGrath posits that there have been three thematic ages of management since the industrial revolution: execution, expertise, and now, empathy.


She says, "If organizations existed in the execution era to create scale and in the expertise era to provide advanced services, today many are looking to organizations to create complete and meaningful experience. I would argue that management has entered a new era of empathy."


BY TIM ASKEW


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3 Ways Empathy Is Driving Successful Innovations In Health

3 Ways Empathy Is Driving Successful Innovations In Health | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

From human-centered design to the lean startup approach, methods to develop innovative products and services emphasize the importance of understanding what customers really need. Here are some lessons in innovation that social entrepreneurs have learned from empathizing with their customers:

Don’t let technology take the wheel: “

I used to think that the problem lies in technology. What we realized eventually was that the problem does not merely lie in the technology, but the psychology,” says Ashoka Fellow Swapnil Chaturvedi in a recent video on his work...


Shift how the community sees you: ...


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The Battle Between Success and Compassion

The Battle Between Success and Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If you were asked to rank in order of importance academic achievement, happiness, and care for others as priorities for our young people today, how would you respond?


If you’re like most parents and teachers in the U.S., you would place the highest importance on care for others—a very worthy choice and one that science suggests can actually increase the other two outcomes.


Yet, a recent U.S. survey of 10,000 middle and high school students conducted by Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project revealed that students believe their parents and teachers prioritize academic achievement and happiness over caring.


By Vicki Zakrzewski

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Oxytocin: Paul Zak to present 2014 Waitt Lecture

Oxytocin: Paul Zak to present 2014 Waitt Lecture | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Zak's lecture, "The Moral Molecule: Vampire Economics the New Science of Good and Evil," will focus on his discovery that the hormone oxytocin influences trust, empathy and generosity in both men and women.


"Once we showed oxytocin responded to people trusting each other and motivated reciprocity, then we began a sort of longer term study to see how much oxytocin tells us about these positive social behaviors we call moral behaviors," he explained. 


"Oxytocin works to increase our sense of emotional connection or empathy to others. It really enhances our social skills."



Plus Video on oxytocin in autism


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Want To Train Your Brain To Feel More Compassion? Here’s How

Want To Train Your Brain To Feel More Compassion? Here’s How | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Scientific evidence shows that we can teach our brains to feel more compassion, both for others and ourselves. Imagine how the world might be...


With practice, it’s thought that compassion can be enhanced and this will increase the likelihood of a person exhibiting helping behavior--not only during the meditation practice, but out in the real world, when interacting with others.


In a study my colleagues and I conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (directed by Dr. Richard J. Davidson), participants were taught to generate compassion for different categories of people, including both those they love and “difficult” people in their lives. Doing these kinds of exercises is a little like weight training--the compassion “muscle” is strengthened by practicing with people of increasing difficulty, like increasing weights over time.


BY Helen Weng

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Teaching Empathy to Young Children

Teaching Empathy to Young Children | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is often thought of as the ability to imagine life from the perspective of someone else. Yet for a Christian, empathy needs to be so much more.


You see, the Bible tells us over and over again not to just imagine what life is like for others, but to do what we can to reflect God’s love to them, serve them and point them towards God.

The earlier children are exposed to the ideas of empathy and serving, the easier it is for those ideas to become a part of the very fabric of who they are.


Parents often begin the process of teaching empathy quite naturally. You have probably  told your young child to “be gentle” because if they are not it hurts the other person. Or you may have told him not to “be mean” and hurt another child’s feelings.


by Thereasa Winnett

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What Radical Compassion Means to Author and Activist Joanna Macy - Yoga Journal

What Radical Compassion Means to Author and Activist Joanna Macy - Yoga Journal | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Yoga Journal: Based on your work, what does “radical compassion” mean to you today?


Joanna Macy: Compassion is not something you have, like a virtue or cultivated quality. It is rather an expression of your larger being and can be understood as integral to your belonging or interbeing in the sacred living body of Earth.


Compassion boils down to not being afraid of the suffering of your world or of your self.  It involves being open to what you’re feeling about that suffering (grief, fear, rage, overwhelm) and brave enough to experience it. It helps to know that we are all going to die. And you have this precious moment to get close to the suffering and see what it has to tell you. You can’t heal something you’re afraid to get near. Compassion is what impels you to act for the sake of the larger whole—or put more accurately, it is the whole acting through you.

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(Design Thinking) The Importance of Empathy

(Design Thinking) The Importance of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What values should schools and parents be instilling in youth? What role does empathy and caring for others play in educating future generations?

Innovation in Action believes that developing empathy is key to future success. In this post we talk about what empathy is, why it’s important, how it can be developed, and some key takeaways from our program and others we’ve spoken with about developing this crucial 21st century skill.


IDEO, a leading design firm, calls this type of work Human-Centered Design (HCD). “The HCD process begins by examining the needs, dreams, and behaviors of the people we want to affect with our solutions. We seek to listen and understand what they want” 

Eric T. & Elizabeth C. Jacobsen Foundation
Teaching youth the entrepreneurial mindset
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