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A Matter of Empathy and Action: Why College Matters

A Matter of Empathy and Action: Why College Matters | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When I was choosing what college to attend four years ago, a politically active campus was a characteristic that I found extraordinarily appealing.

 

A broader reason for the lack of political activism on college campuses is the rising costs. College is a privilege of the elite and middle classes. As a result, college campuses homogenize. Despite a benevolent search for “diversity,” administrations refuse to lower costs to ensure that actual diverse people can afford college, stifling political action because the majority of students are too privileged to feel like social and political inequalities affect them. For this, the solution can only be reducing the costs of a college education. Until then, the solution is empathy...

 

When students avoid interacting with people from diverse races or classes, they will fail to acquire the empathy necessary for political action. 

 

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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

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Why Empathy is Important For Our Survival - Northwest Earth Institute

Why Empathy is Important For Our Survival - Northwest Earth Institute | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

\NWEI reflects on why empathy is important to our survival and how it is connected to taking responsibility for Earth.


The Northwest Earth Institute staff just participated in our newest discussion course: Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability. For six weeks we delved into the hard issues. Why is their war? How does structural violence relate to human caused environmental degradation? How do our so-called “sustainable” choices still often adversely affect people half the world over?


And, what the heck can we do about it all? As NWEI Board Member Alysa Rose reflects on, a connecting piece is empathy. “As a board member, I first challenged the fit of the topic to NWEI’s mission: Inspiring people to take responsibility for Earth. As I read each of the weekly sessions in Seeing Systems however, it is clear that the issues raised round out our view or definition of “responsiblity” and “Earth.”


And the concept that keeps coming up for me
is EMPATHY.”

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PrawfsBlawg: Bloom, "Against Empathy"

PrawfsBlawg: Bloom, "Against Empathy" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There has been a long debate in law about the role of empathy in judging, a debate that gained new prominence during and after the nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.


Those who are interested in that debate may enjoy a new essay in the Boston Review by Paul Bloom titled "Against Empathy." 


There are a host of responses, with a reply by Bloom. He defines empathy as "the process of experiencing the world as others do, or at least as you think they do." A couple of snippets:


I’ve come to realize that taking a position against empathy is like announcing that you hate kittens—a statement so outlandish it can only be a joke.


And so I’ve learned to clarify, to explain that I am not against morality, compassion, kindness, love, being a good neighbor, doing the right thing, and making the world a better place. My claim is actually the opposite: if you want to be good and do good, empathy is a poor guide.


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Could Wolves Understand Empathy?

Could Wolves Understand Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Could wolves feel empathy? A recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE shows that just like humans and other types of dogs, these creatures are also susceptible to yawn contagion.

With yawning contagion, scientists from the University of Tokyo, Japan, actually believe that these animals may be capable of understanding others in the pack.

Previous studies have shown that contagious yawning is experienced in domestic dogs who also witness their owners yawning.


However, up until now, scientists were uncertain of how the phenomenon rooted in the evolution of mammals or whether it evolved due to domestication.
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Reddit.com: Against Empathy - New Article by Paul Bloom

Reddit.com: Against Empathy - New Article by Paul Bloom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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.

Sounds like an argument for more empathy, not less. If empathy is naturally too narrow, work to make the scope bigger.



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Scott Churchill on phenomenology, empathy, and embodiment

Scott Churchill on phenomenology, empathy, and embodiment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dr. Scott Churchill joined Dr. Ferrarello and myself to present a two-day seminar on Empathy, Phenomenology and Hermeneutics at Saybrook in August 2014.


Dr. Churchill is Professor of Psychology at the University of Dallas, and Editor-in-Chief of The Humanistic Psychologist. We wanted to share a selection of his articles and a link to an interview with him here:

“Second Person” Perspectivity in Observing and Understanding Emotional Expression



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Design Thinking Students: Students Co-Designing Their Own School for the Sake of Empathy

Design Thinking Students: Students Co-Designing Their Own School for the Sake of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Design thinking is a dynamic pedagogy for co-learning that cultivates empathy. 


It is a multidisciplinary approach to solving human-centered problems and an empowering way of addressing needs and concerns. The modes of design thinking promote inquiry, iteration, and prototyping along with critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and making/tinkering.


  Empathy is highlighted as a mode of its own, wherein the design-thinker attempts to infiltrate and truly come to understand the needs of the end-user..


The design thinking process begins with discovery, moves to ideation and rapid prototyping, and ends with testing and execution. As an evolving process of learning, sharing, dialoguing, and problem solving, design thinking inspires adults and students to learn together. 


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The dark side of empathy - Yale Alumni Magazine

The dark side of empathy - Yale Alumni Magazine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Who could be “Against Empathy”? Paul Bloom, that’s who. In a Boston Review essay by that title, the Yale psychology professor argues that “if you want to be good and do good, empathy is a poor guide.” Instead, he recommends compassion.

 

Some definitions are in order.
 

To empathize with someone, Bloom writes, “is to put yourself in her shoes, to feel her pain.” He distinguishes this “emotional empathy” from what he calls cognitive empathy—“the more coldblooded process of assessing what other people are thinking, their motivations, their plans, what they believe”—as well as from compassion, “a more distanced love and kindness and concern for others.”


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How To Be An Empathetic Parent, Even When It Feels Hard

How To Be An Empathetic Parent, Even When It Feels Hard | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Being more empathetic is one of my parenting and personal goals this year, so I started digging more deeply into this concept to understand how to put empathy into action....


Why can being empathetic be so hard? 

We're exhausted...
We feel overwhelmed by our stressors....


What can parents do to increase their empathy?

Stay in charge of self-talk ...

Take control of exhaustion and a busy life...

Don't take another's struggles, meltdowns, or freak-outs personally...

Take charge of intense emotions, do not let them take charge of you...


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Spark Innovation Through Empathic Design

Spark Innovation Through Empathic Design | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Almost every company competes to some degree on the basis of continual innovation. And to be commercially successful, new product and service ideas must, of course, meet a real—or perceived—customer need. Hence the current managerial mantras:


“Get close to the customer” and
“Listen to the voice of the customer.


The problem is, customers’ ability to guide the development of new products and services is limited by their experience and their ability to imagine and describe possible innovations. How can companies identify needs that customers themselves may not recognize? How can designers develop ways to meet those needs, if even in the course of extensive market research, customers never mention their desires because they assume those desires can’t be fulfilled?


by Dorothy Leonard and Jeffrey F. Rayport

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Is Overactive Empathy Ruining Your Life? | Anna Sayce

Is Overactive Empathy Ruining Your Life? | Anna Sayce | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As a very empathic person (a VEP :) ), I have spent a lot of energy over the last few years learning how to manage my empathy and establishing better...


I have noticed that many other people, especially clairsentient, sensitive, intuitive and lightworker types often have similar problems with their empathy and energetic boundaries.


  I decided it might be a good idea to do a series of articles on my own experiences with empathy: how I realized mine was a problem and how I learned to turn my empathy off, as some people haven’t even realized that their empathy is a problem.  They just know they have weird tendencies to feel bad around other people.


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Over the last year or so, I have noticed the effects of 'energy vampires', some are still around and I manage this, but others I had to cut out of my life, often drastically.

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Winners of the Amplify Empathy Challenge

Winners of the Amplify Empathy Challenge | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In my post on customer experience trends for this year, I named 2014 as “The Year of Empathy.” Empathy is a critical component to any customer experience effort. To help ignite the discussion on this important topic, we launched the Amplify Empathy Challenge as part of the overall Amplify Empathy Movement.


We asked people to share how they’ve raised customer empathy within their organizations and Temkin Group committed to awarding up to $2,500 for the best ideas. We had a number of great submissions, which made it hard to decide, but we selected the five winners below (all receiving a $500 Amazon.com gift certificate). We added the titles to their entries, but the rest of the description is exactly what they submitted on the Amplify Empathy site.

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The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow of energy and information between people

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The Neurobiology of “We”. Relationship is the flow of energy and information between people, essential in our development.
"The study of neuroplasticity is changing the way scientists think about the...

 

“Relationship is key,” he emphasizes. “When we work with relationship, we work with brain structure. Relationship stimulates us and is essential in our development. People rarely mention relationship in brain studies, but it provides vital input to the brain.


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Relationship stimulates us and is

essential in our development.

People rarely mention relationship

in brain studies, but it provides

vital input to the brain.

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Every form of psychotherapy that works, works because it creates healthier brain function and structure.… In approaching our lives, we can ask where do we experience the chaos or rigidity that reveal where integration is impaired.


We can then use the focus of our attention to integrate both our brain and our relationships. Ultimately we can learn to be open in an authentic way to others, and to ourselves.


The outcome of such an integrative presence is not only a sense of deep well-being and compassion for ourselves and others, but also an opening of the doors of awareness to a sense of the interdependence of everything. ‘We’ are indeed a part of an interconnected whole.””


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“We is what me is!”

Eli Levine's curator insight, February 12, 11:34 PM

The network of "I" is connected to the network that is "us" in an upward gradient.

 

There can be no full "I" without "we", because all humans have to be socialized, like any other social animal, in order to develop fully as individual human beings.

 

We are all connected to one another and the environment to form one web on this planet.  It affects us and we affect it, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad, depending upon what we do to it consciously and subconsciously.

 

Why listen to the individualists who have absolutely no sense or desire to connect with the other that is around them and that has helped form them as individuals, psychologically, physically and socially?

 

They are not in touch with the actual world, and are probably just of a pathological mindset that, I think, needs to be treated as a disease by our society.

 

We are all one.

 

What you do effects all those who are around you and are connected to you.

 

And, most importantly, what you do to them/it is the same thing that you do to yourself, as an individual.

 

Think about it.

 

Libertarians.

 

Conservatives.

 

Think about it.

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Author and global ed advisor Homa Tavangar makes a case for why empathy is the most important back-to-school supply we can give our children.


My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a fresh box of crayons, it can come in many colors. Better than the latest gadget, it's possible to equip every student with it, and even better, when we do, it can transform our world.


It's actually a "muscle" I've been working on all summer. It's empathy.

What's the Big Deal About Empathy?Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own.

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The Corner On Character: Building Empathy

The Corner On Character: Building Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It's not so much a storybook as it is a guide for its reader. 
It's a litany of ideas and examples through which children can stretch theirempathy
Simple, every-day ways. 
At home, in school, in their communities. 
Through acts of kindness and service. 
By working to understand one another's feelings.
It ends with reflections and tips to help evoke empathy
in our future leaders. We must teach empathy so students can cultivate compassion and practice kindness.
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Dalai Lama returns to foster empathy in B.C. students

Dalai Lama returns to foster empathy in B.C. students | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A decade after he raised the idea of “educating the heart” of B.C. children, the Dalai Lama will return to Vancouver this fall to help make it happen. The Dalai Lama will visit the Vancouver Convention Centre Oct. 21 for a Heart-Mind Summit, where he will urge British Columbians to balance education of both the heart and mind — with cognitive development on one hand and kindness, mindfulness and compassion on the other.


B.C. has been a leader in heart and mind education, Schonert-Reichl added, with social and emotional learning as part of the K-12 school curriculum.


The Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education has also tried to foster the Dalai Lama’s principles at six school districts in Metro Vancouver, as well as measure and provide empirical data that shows empathy is linked to well-being and lifelong success.


BY KELLY SINOSKI, VANCOUVER SUN

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Gonzalo Riva: Empathy in Education

Gonzalo Riva: Empathy in Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Most of us think of toys as child's play, something to keep the kids occupied or a reward for good behaviour. But toys, and play, have benefits that extend beyond the playground, from teaching the value of teamwork to unlocking empathy.


Gonzalo Riva, Chief Operating Officer and Lead Strategist for Twenty One Toys, sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss the benefits of using toys in the boardroom and the classroom, and why empathy is an important skill to develop in school.

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Effective Leaders Practice Empathy

  • Effective Leaders Practice Empathy Joel H Head Headwinds LLC 
  • If I could choose just one emotion to improve employee engagement, which one should I choose? 2 In search of the Silver Bullet…
  • Empathy Empathy is the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions. ~ Roman Krznaric 


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Empathy in Action: the idea of Accompaniment | Technology, Society, Change

Empathy in Action: the idea of Accompaniment | Technology, Society, Change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We talk a lot about “empathy” in the design world. But we don’t have a great deal of clarity about what empathy actually is, and what it costs us as both designers of products, or as human beings.
 

What is empathy?

Nursing theorist Theresa Wiseman argues that empathy involves the following:

  1. To be able to see the world as others see it
  2. To be non-judgmental about what you see
  3. To understand another’s feelings
  4. To communicate your understanding of those fee

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Against Empathy | Boston Review

Against Empathy | Boston Review | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Most people see the benefits of empathy as too obvious to require justification. This is a mistake.

When asked what I am working on, I often say I am writing a book about empathy. People tend to smile and nod, and then I add, “I’m against it.” This usually gets an uncomfortable laugh.


This reaction surprised me at first, but I’ve come to realize that taking a position against empathy is like announcing that you hate kittens—a statement so outlandish it can only be a joke. And so I’ve learned to clarify, to explain that I am not against morality, compassion, kindness, love, being a good neighbor, doing the right thing, and making the world a better place. My claim is actually the opposite: if you want to be good and do good, empathy is a poor guide.


 

With responses from

  • Peter Singer
  • Jack W. Berry, Lynn E. O'Connor
  • Marianne LaFrance
  • Nomy Arpaly
  • Christine Montross
  • Barbara H. Fried
  • Leslie Jamison
  • Leonardo Christov-Moore, Marco Iacoboni
  • Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
  • Sam Harris
  • Jesse Prinz
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The Real Reasons Many White People Can't Empathize With Ferguson, Racial Disparities, or Black Suffering

The Real Reasons Many White People Can't Empathize With Ferguson, Racial Disparities, or Black Suffering | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If I put myself completely in the shoes of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, or even a black man denied the opportunity to board a taxi cab, I must accept the reality that my world and my America isn't their world and their America....


one reason it's difficult for any person to truly empathize with another human being, let alone with millions of people, is that empathy requires questioning one's reality....


For many citizens, especially certain white conservative voters, such empathy would lead to an emphasis on questioning the status quo, and doing so might also mean facing the prospect of our nation being less than exceptional...


Another reason for such lack of empathy is that empathy inevitable leads to a myriad of unsavory emotions. 

With empathy comes responsibility and culpability, self-reflection, sometimes guilt, oftentimes anger, and almost always a certain amount of regret; ...


by H. A. Goodman 

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Why We Need Caring Classrooms - This begins with empathy.

Why We Need Caring Classrooms - This begins with empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

More educators are recognizing that compassion can be taught. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about compassion, because we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy.


There are three main kinds of empathy, each involving distinct sets of brain circuits.


1: Cognitive empathy: understanding how other people see the world and how they think about it. This lets us put what we have to say in ways the other person will best comprehend.


2. Emotional empathy: a brain-to-brain linkage that gives us an instant inner sense of how the other person feels – sensing their emotions from moment to moment. This allows "chemistry" in our connections with people.

Those two are very important of course; they're key to getting along with other people, but they're not necessarily sufficient for caring.


3. Empathic concern – ....


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Empathy, The Art of Understanding | Training Magazine Middle East

Empathy, The Art of Understanding | Training Magazine Middle East | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the art of putting yourself in other people’s shoes. You get to see what they see, and feel what they feel. This doesn’t mean that you necessarily live their experiences; it just means that you get to have a taste of their experience in order to make sense of what it is they are actually thinking and feeling as you come about making decisions for them, or even communicating with them.

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La empatía...la importancia de ponernos en lugar del otro, permitiéndonos establecer buenas relaciones interpersonales con las demás personas

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The Secret to Building Empathy in College Students

The Secret to Building Empathy in College Students | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

...A new neuroscience study may explain why telling stories builds empathy and why, when you tell a good one, people act as if they’re watching it unfold before them...


Here are some simple suggestions on how to capitalize on storytelling as you teach or lead students:


  1. Choose to insert stories in your content. To really engage with you, students need a point for their head and a picture for their heart. 
  2. Clarify the point of your story in your mind. Even if it is only to make them question something, know where you’re going so you don’t wander. 
  3. Include important details in the story. The more specific you are, the more students can step into the shoes of those in the story. Make it real.
  4.  Use colorful adjectives and verbs. Make the story come alive, describing how something felt, smelled, looked or sounded. Help them feel, not just think. 
  5. Involve some conflict. We love movies because good ones always center on a great conflict. Leverage this as the story unfolds.  
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The Hostage Negotiator’s Secret to Social Media Success

The Hostage Negotiator’s Secret to Social Media Success | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Behavioral Influence Stairway Model, which is an updated version of the model created by the  FBI’s Crisis  Negotiation Unit,  offers a great guide for establishing relationships online (and offline, too).


It illustrates how active listening can help move you through the three stages of  relationship building: empathy, rapport, and influence...


Empathy

Ironically, the first sign that you are succeeding in your quest to use active listening to build a relationship is the emergence of empathy on your part.


That’s right, the first step towards a relationship comes from you. Since you’re the one pursuing a relationship, it’s your job to put yourself in the other person’s shoes.


Empathy is the foundation for all relationships, especially new ones. Social media imposes some barriers to establishing it, since you don’t always see or hear the other person. When that’s the case, more has to be inferred from bios, past posts, etc., so do your homework.

Because empathy is what drives effective communication, connection, and change.


This is a great time to start offering help or advice for problems that you have learned about from your active listening.


Megan McDonald  


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Interfaith Panel: “Building Cooperation Through Empathy” | Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Interfaith Panel: “Building Cooperation Through Empathy” | Office of Religious and Spiritual Life | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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