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The Decline of Empathy and the Future of Liberal Educatio By Nadine Dolby

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The Decline of Empathy and the Future of Liberal Education
By Nadine Dolby


By nurturing empathy through a liberal education, we can help our students understand their connections to other humans, animals, and the planet—and perhaps, eventually, find their way back to themselves.

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The Empathy Movement Magazine: Front Page

The Empathy Movement Magazine: Front Page | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Visit the individual magazines specifically for empathy and;

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(Empath) Science Links Anxiety To High IQ’s & Sentinel Intelligence, Social Anxiety To Very Rare Psychic Gift

(Empath)  Science Links Anxiety To High IQ’s & Sentinel Intelligence, Social Anxiety To Very Rare Psychic Gift | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We hypothesized that high-socially-anxious individuals (HSA) may exhibit elevated mentalizing and empathic abilities.”


The research methods were as follows: “Empathy was assessed using self-rating scales in HSA individuals (n=21) and low-socially-anxious (LSA) individuals (n=22), based on their score on the Liebowitz social anxiety scale. A computerized task was used to assess the ability to judge first and second order affective vs. cognitive mental state attributions.”

Remarkably, the scientists found that a large portion of people with social anxiety disorder are gifted empaths

people whose right-brains are operating significantly above normal levels and are able to perceive the physical sensitivities, spiritual urges, motivations, and intentions of other people around them (see Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk below for a powerful explanation of this ability).


The team’s conclusion reads: “Results support the hypothesis that high-socially-anxious individuals demonstrate a unique profile of social-cognitive abilities with elevated cognitive empathy tendencies and high accuracy in affective mental state attributions...”


Empaths who have fully embraced their abilities are able to function on a purely intuition-based level.

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Building Empathy and Eliminating Oppression Workshop: A Deep Look at Racism and Religious Prejudice

Building Empathy and Eliminating Oppression Workshop:  A Deep Look at Racism and Religious Prejudice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This three-part workshop strives to give participants the opportunity to build skills and knowledge to engage in conversations about oppression. Registration is for all three days of the series, and we encourage participants to attend each session to get the most benefit from the workshop.


All sessions will be held at The Peace & Justice Center, 60 Lake Street in Burlington, VT. Below are more details about each seminar:

- Tues, May 19th 5:30pm-7:00pm: Short lecture and group activities focused on the White Fragility, or the struggle for dominant communities to tolerate discussions on race without feeling shame, guilt, or victimization.


- Thurs, May 21st 5:30pm-7:00pm: Presentation and group activities on myths and stereotypes to help participants identify and recognize subconscious bias and discuss how these bias affect our daily lives.


- Sat., May 23rd 10:00am-11:30am: Discussion on guidelines for action and tools for how to build empathy for others, in order to reaffirm our commitment to creating and supporting an anti-oppressive society.

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"I Wish My Teacher Had Known..." Adults on How Teacher Empathy Could Have Changed Their Lives

"I Wish My Teacher Had Known..." Adults on How Teacher Empathy Could Have Changed Their Lives | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Lindsey Weedston

With CNN and The Today Show reporting on Schwartz’s class project, she has become a leading voice in the national conversation about the importance of teachers building trust with their students. Educators all over the country have been inspired to learn more about their students’ individual needs and personal hurdles by holding their own activities around “I wish my teacher knew.”


What started as one small classroom project has sparked a movement to improve the U.S. education system through simple empathy and understanding.

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(Empathic Parenting) Parenting: Empathy is Not Indulgence

(Empathic Parenting) Parenting: Empathy is Not Indulgence | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is not indulgence. It is not permissive and it is not laissez-faire. Listening with empathy helps children bounce back. The solution of every emotional or behavioral problem of childhood should begin (but does not end) with our willingness to make a genuine effort to hear our child’s concerns and to understand her point of view.

When you listen empathically to your children, they experience reduced stress, and then, increased cognitive and emotional flexibility. In your child’s behavior, you will see less argument, less defiance, and less withdrawal.

Moments of empathic understanding then open a pathway toward emotional maturity. Your child becomes, in small increments, more open to compromise and problem solving.  In this way, our empathy helps bring about a decisive change in children’s attitudes and behavior; a fulcrum shift in their emotional development—a movement away from urgent and insistent demands and toward tolerance for disappointments and frustrations, and acceptance of personal responsibility.


KENNETH BARISH, Ph.D

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Nurturing Empathy | Attachment Parenting

Babies and children require empathy and respect for their feelings to help them learn to feel safe and secure.

The Attached Family

API's The Attached Family online magazine, updated weekly with articles on a variety of topics, is an extension of the quarterly The Attached Family print magazine. The following articles on Nurturing Empathy in Children are accessible at no cost on The Attached Family online magazine.


Please consider joining API to help support API's ability to continue providing this information.


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Developing Empathy: Raising Children who Care

Developing Empathy: Raising Children who Care | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is Empathy?
Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings of others, feel what they feel, and respond in helpful, compassionate ways. Children who are able to identify with and comfort others make friends more easily, generally perform better academically, and demonstrate a higher level of moral and emotional development.


How do we teach empathy?

  • Infants: (Birth to 1 yr.) ...
  • Toddlers: (1-2yrs.) ... ( name feelings)
  • Pre-schoolers: (3-5 Yrs....) (share) 
  • Ages 5 and up:... (model behaviors).


Model empathy...

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The article makes good points i.e. how adults interact with children and model empathy is important at all ages.

 

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Model empathy: Above all, remember that parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.  If we expect our children to grow into caring, empathetic adults we must model these behaviors. Let your children see your kind and thoughtful actions, hear you express your concern for the feelings of others, and demonstrate empathetic parenting. Listen carefully to your children and ask questions that help them clarify their thoughts and feelings. 

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The Role of Empathy in Healthcare - Real Balance Global Wellness Services

The Role of Empathy in Healthcare - Real Balance Global Wellness Services | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a powerful communication skill that is often misunderstood and underused. Effective empathetic comunication enhances   the therapeutic effectiveness of the provider-client relationship.


Appropriate use of empathy as a communication tool facilitates the health related interview, increases the efficiency of gathering information, and honors the patient or client. It is one of the vital facillitative conditions of coaching mentioned by Dr. Arloski...


Practical Empathetic Communication

Making practical use of an otherwise esoteric concept such as empathy requires division of the concept into its simplest elements.


As outlined by Frederic Platt  key steps to effective empathy include:

  1. recognizing presence of strong feeling in the clinical setting (ie, fear, anger, grief, disappointment);
  2. pausing to imagine how the patient might be feeling;
  3. stating our perception of the patient's feeling (ie, "I can imagine that must be ..." or "It sounds like you're upset about ...");
  4. legitimizing that feeling;
  5. respecting the patient's effort to cope with the predicament; and
  6. offering support and partnership (ie, "I'm committed to work with you
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Compassion meditation reduces 'mind-wandering,' Stanford research shows

Compassion meditation reduces 'mind-wandering,' Stanford research shows | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The practice of compassion meditation may be a powerful antidote to a drifting mind, new Stanford research shows.

Compassion meditation focuses on benevolent thoughts toward oneself and others, as the researchers noted. It is different in this aspect than most forms of meditation in the sense that participants are "guided" toward compassionate thoughts.
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(Empathic Leadership) TO YOUR SUCCESS: Practice compassion and empathy, and live an all-in life

(Empathic Leadership) TO YOUR SUCCESS: Practice compassion and empathy, and live an all-in life | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy "is the visceral or emotional experience of another person's feelings," according to Seppala. "Though the concept of empathy might contradict the modern concept of a traditional workplace -- competitive, cutthroat and with employees climbing over each other to reach the top -- the reality is that for business leaders to experience success, they need to not just see or hear the activity around them, but also relate to the people they serve," wrote Jason Boyer, in "Forbes." (Boyer is an Ashoka Social Entrepreneur, which is a "global network of world-changing social entrepreneurs.")

Boyer described a workplace that practices empathy as one where empathy is a business skill that results in relationship-focused success. Empathy breaks down barriers that prevent new ideas and risk taking by removing the potential for ridicule and judgmental behavior.
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Warning of ‘empathy gap,’ Ban urges faith leaders to speak up against injustice and brutality

Warning of ‘empathy gap,’ Ban urges faith leaders to speak up against injustice and brutality | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged faith leaders gathered in the General Assembly to stand up for the collective good and amplify their voices in support of moderation and mutual understanding, warning that he fears an “empathy gap” is causing people to turn their eyes from injustice and numbing them to atrocities.
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(Empathic Parenting) The Determinants and Consequences of Empathic Parenting - PHd Disertation

(Empathic Parenting) The Determinants and Consequences of Empathic Parenting - PHd Disertation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

An understanding of factors that enhance empathic parenting behaviors is of considerable importance to the study of child development and to the development of parenting interventions to promote child adjustment. Moreover, gaining a better understanding of the factors that predict empathic parenting with older children is of interest since most research examining parental empathy focuses on infants.


These were the goals of the current study. Guided by Belsky's 1984 process model of the determinants of parenting that impact child development, an expanded model of the determinants of parenting is proposed that includes various parent, child, and contextual factors of influence. Using data from a community sample, a partial least squares path analysis approach was employed to test the model's strength in predicting empathically attuned parenting with children ages 5 to 10 years and, ultimately, the child's psychoemotional functioning.


Results support the expanded model; however, a reduced model was found to be superior and revealed unique relationships between the determinants of parenting. Specifically, a parent's psychoemotional functioning and childrearing beliefs and attitudes were found to be critical to the parent's ability to engage in empathic parenting behaviors.


Other parent factors such as the parent's developmental history of abuse, maladaptive personality traits, and age, along with contextual factors and child characteristics, were found to influence parenting only indirectly through their impact on the parent's level of psychoemotional distress or childrearing beliefs and attitudes.


http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc28454/m2/1/high_res_d/dissertation.pdf 

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(Empathic Parenting) How To Be An Empathetic Parent, Even When It Feels Hard

(Empathic Parenting) 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.

Empathy is when a person accurately communicates that they see another's intentions and emotional state. It means watching our child's frustration and focusing on how life feels in that little child's body, while putting our own anger and agenda into the background.

Why can being empathetic be so hard?


by Andrea Nair 

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(Empathic Parenting) Empathy as a Foundation of Family Life: Robbyn Peters Bennett and Edwin Rutsch

(Empathic Parenting) Empathy as a Foundation of Family Life:  Robbyn Peters Bennett and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"I think for some, there is a religious idea that children are innately sinful, and innately evil even maybe.  But what neuroscience is saying is that children are innately empathic. That the fundamental neurobiological orientation of the brain, is it learns though empathy and through co-regulation and that children have an innate need to connect and they have an innate need to feel good with us and to enjoy us."


Robbyn Peters Bennett, LMHC, CMHS is a psychotherapist, educator, and child advocate who specializes in the treatment of trauma-related mental health problems resulting from the effects of early childhood stress, abuse and neglect. She is the founder of StopSpanking.org, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of spanking. She is on the steering committee of The U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children.
 
In this dialog we talk about how science shows that we are biologically wired for empathy and how trauma can block it and ways to restore blocked empathy.  We also discuss the role of empathy in different parenting approaches.

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Dialogue and Empathy through Immersive Arts Experiences | UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

Dialogue and Empathy through Immersive Arts Experiences | UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Drawing on lessons learned in the creative and collaborative process, ArtsWok Collaborative will share insights about the principles of practice when designing an aesthetic experience that is dialogic and builds empathy, amidst a wider questioning of the purposes of civic engagement.
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The Business Power of Empathy | CRM Buyer

The Business Power of Empathy | CRM Buyer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In our high-powered, win-at-all-costs business environment, the word "empathy" often evokes derision and scorn. Who has time to be a squishy, touchy-feely wimp overflowing with empathy? We're all busy closing deals and kicking butt!

Kicking, closing, etc., is great and all -- but empathy has genuine business value. Don't forget that CRM has "relationship" right in the middle of it. Relationships are what keep customers, and keeping customers is the route to profitability. And you can't create great customer relationships without a degree of empathy.


By Christopher J. Bucholtz 

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Jennifer Calise Discusses 4 Benefits of Empathy Marketing

Jennifer Calise Discusses 4 Benefits of Empathy Marketing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Jennifer Calise, chief marketing officer of fishbat, discusses the effects of empathy marketing on branding. "Having empathy for the customer allows companies to fine tune the brand experience and ultimately meet their needs in better ways. It's natural for customers to want to build loyalty to specific brands.


Once we can identify the ideal consumer for a product, it's a matter of learning how their mind works, through interviews and observations so that we can nurture the relationship."


Here are four benefits companies can achieve through empathy marketing:


1. Companies learn the driving forces behind their customers' loyalty.


2. Customers feel appreciated.


3. Customers routinely show their loyalty via social media.


4. Negative feedback becomes an opportunity to earn a customer's loyalty.

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Empathy Weekly: The revolution in human relationships

Empathy Weekly: The revolution in human relationships | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy Weekly, by Martin: The revolution in human relationships

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How To Use Empathy Even When You Don’t Think You Can

How To Use Empathy Even When You Don’t Think You Can | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There are many explanations for why parents are not using empathy with their kids. The most common reasons are the following:


1. Empathy is not natural:
Many parents do not know how to speak empathetically to kids.... 


2. Empathy sounds too permissive:
Some parents feel that they can empathize with their child if they are scared, disappointed or hurt...


3. Empathy does not let you express your opinion or give advice:
Sometimes children and more so teens, will act in a way that conflicts with their parent’s principles....


The skill of empathy can be used in so many different ways. It is an excellent way to help us avoid conflict and to promote a strong and loving relationship with our children.

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I Feel Your Pain: The Neuroscience of Empathy

I Feel Your Pain: The Neuroscience of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is rooted in our neurological makeup.


Though not entirely responsible for empathy, mirror neurons do help us detect when another person is angry, sad or happy, and allow us to feel what the person is feeling as if we were in their place.


Ramachandran suspects that mirror neuron research will lead to understanding purportedmind reading abilities, which may in fact have an organic explanation, such as a strong empathic occurrence in which one’s emotional/physical sensations are experienced by the other.


Mirror neurons are important in learning and language acquisition. Through imitation, vicarious learning allows for the construction of culture and tradition.


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Give Your Empathy a Boost

Give Your Empathy a Boost | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The brain is naturally empathetic. You have "mirror neurons" which connect your brain like Wi-Fi with people you observe. As a protective mechanism, you automatically tune into their emotions, their movements and intentions.

When you walk down the street and someone comes your way, it's likely you will both move in the same direction even though you are trying to get out of each other's way. This is because your mirror neurons sensed the person's intentions and you "mirrored" their actions until your cognitive brain could engineer an opposing move that cleared the path....


To increase your empathy, you have to both control your wandering mind and strengthen your capacity to empathize through practice.


Here's how:

  1. Be quiet, inside and out. ...
  2. Fully watch as well as listen.....
  3. Ask yourself what you are feeling....
  4. Test your instinct....

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Warning of ‘empathy gap,’ Ban urges faith leaders to speak up against injustice and brutality

Warning of ‘empathy gap,’ Ban urges faith leaders to speak up against injustice and brutality | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged faith leaders gathered in the General Assembly to stand up for the collective good and amplify their voices in support of moderation and mutual understanding, warning that he fears an “empathy gap” is causing people to turn their eyes from injustice and numbing them to atrocities.


“At a time when we are seeing so much division and hatred, I wanted to bring people together under the banner of the United Nations to explore how best to respond,” the Secretary-General said on the second day of a gathering at Headquarters in New York of leaders representing diverse faiths, including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, as well as ministers, academics, and spiritual teachers.



 Ban Ki-moon  "Let us stress our common humanity. Let us be courageous in opposing the forces of violent extremism. And let us be equally brave and courageous in addressing the ills of society and the injustices that plague so many lives.


 I am troubled by an empathy gap in our world today.  People are turning their eyes from what is happening to others. 


Communities rush to point out an affront against themselves, but ignore or dismiss the legitimate grievances of others. 


I am worried that a certain numbness and helplessness may be setting in as people witness atrocity after atrocity. We must not lose sight of our common humanity and our shared duty to respond. We expect our religious leaders to be brave, and to teach their followers when they see something morally wrong."

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TED: How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine

TED: How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Chris Milk uses cutting edge technology to produce astonishing films that delight and enchant. But for Milk, the human story is the driving force behind everything he does. In this short, charming talk, he shows some of his collaborations with musicians including Kanye West and Arcade Fire, and describes his latest, mind-bending experiments with virtual reality
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(Empathic Parenting) A Skills-Building Workshop

Empathic Parenting - A Skills-Building Workshop
Part One of Three 

Natasha Ufema 


  • 1.  A Skills-Building Workshop Part One© 2014 Natasha Ufema, LPC , Family First Counseling Services
  • 2.  All mammals are social animals (including humans).
  • 3.  All mammals rely on each other to get their basic needs met. Wolves hunt in packs. . .
  • 4.  Kittens and puppies rely on their mothers for protection and nourishment.
  • 5. Reptiles (lizards) and amphibians (frogs) are lower on the food chain because they are solitary creatures. Mammals have flourished because there is safety in numbers.
  • 6. You’re wondering what this science lesson has to do with being an effective parent.
  • 7. Because Mammals (including humans) depend on others for safety and nourishment, we have developed ways of communicating these needs to our caregivers. Our “significant others”.
  • 8. A baby elephant trapped in a pool of mud will trumpet for hours until his mother finds him.
  • 9. When a human mother hears the cries of her baby, her breast milk will “let down” (become immediately available).
  • 10.  Without EMPATHY (“feeling” the needs of our offspring), Mammals would have never become the most prolific species on earth.
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(Empathic Parenting) Parenting: Empathy is Not Indulgence

(Empathic Parenting) Parenting: Empathy is Not Indulgence | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is not indulgence. It is not permissive and it is not laissez-faire. Listening with empathy helps children bounce back. The solution of every emotional or behavioral problem of childhood should begin (but does not end) with our willingness to make a genuine effort to hear our child’s concerns and to understand her point of view.

When you listen empathically to your children, they experience reduced stress, and then, increased cognitive and emotional flexibility. In your child’s behavior, you will see less argument, less defiance, and less withdrawal.

Moments of empathic understanding then open a pathway toward emotional maturity. Your child becomes, in small increments, more open to compromise and problem solving.  In this way, our empathy helps bring about a decisive change in children’s attitudes and behavior; a fulcrum shift in their emotional development—a movement away from urgent and insistent demands and toward tolerance for disappointments and frustrations, and acceptance of personal responsibility.


KENNETH BARISH, Ph.D

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(Empathic Parenting) How Empathic Parenting Is the Antithesis of Narcissism

(Empathic Parenting) How Empathic Parenting Is the Antithesis of Narcissism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Karyl McBride 


Empathy is the cornerstone for love


Many parents out there are trying hard to rail against their own upbringing but struggle with how to parent and love unconditionally and at the same time raise good human beings in a world where narcissism prevails.


This is will be the first in a series of posts about how to do that. Empathy tops the list. It is the cornerstone for love. It is the antithesis of narcissism.


Lack of empathy is a trademark of narcissistic parents.

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