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Think Your Organization Is Compassionate?

Think Your Organization Is Compassionate? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
See how it compares with the results from our Compassionate Organizations Quiz.

 

Are you part of an organization—whether a workplace, religious congregation, or volunteer group—where people comfort one another and lend a hand when times are tough? Do your leaders seem to care about their members, and help with real-life challenges?


The answers to these questions aren’t just important for feel-good reasons. Recent research suggests that more compassionate workplaces reap substantive benefits when it comes to employee wellness, creative problem solving, productivity, and the bottom line.

 

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Emily Nauman 

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Are you part of an organization—whether a workplace, religious congregation, or volunteer group—where people comfort one another and lend a hand when times are tough? Do your leaders seem to care about their members, and help with real-life challenges?

Chris Ringer's curator insight, July 6, 2013 4:52 PM

I wonder how they define "compassion." People confronting one another, lending a hand when times are tough, and leaders caring about their team members are only specific manifestations of compassion.

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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

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Empathy Cafe Magazine Front Page


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McMaster Students Union (MSU) Peer Support Line - YouTube

The MSU Peer Support Line will strive to provide student support in the areas of mental health, grief and bereavement, physical, sexual health, interpersonal issues, academic issues, etc. The Peer Support Line is a confidential phone service that members of the McMaster community can call if they need support or assistance with accessing helpful resources.
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The Art of Listening: Peer Listeners offer chance to learn what it means to listen

The Art of Listening: Peer Listeners offer chance to learn what it means to listen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Started in fall 1985, Peer Listeners is an organization run by the Counseling Center and student leaders. Its main goal is to train students in listening skills that can be used in everyday situations, professional environments and care-based positions. In addition, the organization also puts together events on campus that promote well-being and stress-relief.  Students who go through the semester long training also have the opportunity to stay involved through the years, teaching future trainees and putting together campus programing.

Students take the training for different reasons; some are just interested in honing their listening skills, others are psychology majors and others join hoping to gain skills that will be useful as resident assistant or student academic advisor.
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The Difference between Empathy and Enmeshment

The Difference between Empathy and Enmeshment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’ve spent a lifetime exploring how empathy works, how it goes awry, and how we can create a ground for self-care and self-empathy in our everyday lives. Here’s how I define empathy:

Empathy is a social and emotional skill that helps you feel and understand the emotions, circumstances, and needs of others, such that you can offer sensitive, perceptive, and appropriate communication and support.

I’ve also been looking at an idea about empathy that goes something like this:

Empathy means that you agree with me, that you support me, that you feel my emotions alongside me, and that you meet my needs, even if I don’t express them. When you do that, we’re empathizing and you’re empathic.


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Project Empathy

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Project Empathy was originally developed by All Saints Episcopal School in Ft. Worth to create awareness and an empathetic understanding of the local homeless community as well as to encourage students to serve the community in which they live. With the help of All Saints Episcopal School, Trinity is blessed to offer Project Empathy to its students.   


To kick-off Project Empathy, the Reverend Jennene Laurinec, Executive Director of Newgate Mission and parent of TST alumnae, spoke to our middle and upper school students on Monday, November 17th about the homeless population in Longview. Following the kick-off, The Thanksgiving Food Drive could not come at a more opportune time to teach our students about the importance of helping feed people in need and how we can all make a difference.


During the month of January, TST will host a campus-wide Blessing Bag drive. February will offer one of the most interesting activities associated with Project Empathy and one that will have great impact, an outdoor overnight for middle school students. Middle school students will participate in an overnight on campus where they will role play, take part in poverty simulations, and sleep outdoors.


Project Empathy will conclude in the spring on Maundy Thursday with a chapel service. As we continually develop Project Empathy for our students, there may be more activities added throughout the year.


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Step Into the Empathy Museum...

Philosopher Roman Krznaric, author of EMPATHY, presents the world's first Empathy Museum.  Are you ready to talk with a stranger on the Human Library Bus, and to take your place alongside fellow workers on the Cell Phone Assembly Line?
Fine out more at http://www.empathymuseum.com

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How to Empathize | How To Stuff

How to Empathize |  How To Stuff | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to feel what other people feel – the key to forming meaningful relationships and coexisting peacefully with others. Some people are born with a natural ability to empathize, and others find it harder to relate to other people. But if you feel your ability to put yourself in other people’s shoes is lacking, there are many things you can do to deepen your sense of empathy


This article discusses the meaning of empathy and steps you can take right away to become a more empathetic person.


1. Be open to learning more about what you don’t understand...

2. Try harder to empathize with people you don’t like. ...

3. Make a point to ask people how they feel....

4. Read and watch more fiction...

5. Practice empathy with someone you trust. ...

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For Any Product to be Successful, Empathy Is Key

For Any Product to be Successful, Empathy Is Key | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Now imagine you’re designing a product to try to help Mary ease her anxieties. Based on this fairly typical profile of a college student, you can start to intellectually analyze Mary and her situation. But what you really need to create a good product is empathy, and empathy isn’t about intellectually knowing – it’s about feeling. To feel what Mary feels, you need to spend time with her, learn about her specific wants, needs, and desires, and get to experience her emotions.


In the world of design-led product innovation, pursuit of empathy is the key to success.

To reap the benefits of the other ‘e’ words that we hear so much about when it comes to creating products (experience, engagement, and emotion), you need to have empathy with the people who will buy, use, and experience your products or services.

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Compassion Definition - GreaterGood.Berkeley.edu

Compassion Definition  - GreaterGood.Berkeley.edu | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.


Compassion is not the same as empathy or altruism, though the concepts are related. While empathy refers more generally to our ability to take the perspective of and feel the emotions of another person, compassion is when those feelings and thoughts include the desire to help. Altruism, in turn, is the kind, selfless behavior often prompted by feelings of compassion, though one can feel compassion without acting on it, and altruism isn’t always motivated by compassion.

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4 Unexpected (and Science-Backed) Ways to Develop Empathy

4 Unexpected (and Science-Backed) Ways to Develop Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Read (Literary) Fiction

If you want to figure out how people think, take a Literature 101 syllabus and pick any of the assigned readings. That, in a nutshell, is the conclusion of David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, after they conducted five experiments on a group of 18- to 75-year-olds....


Meditate

Apparently, meditation isn’t just a mindfulness exercise anymore.  According to researchers from Emory University, it can also be used to inculcate compassion – and, by extension, empathy – in a person....


Join a Musical Group

You’re probably aware that music affects your mood. Apparently, it has an effect on how you interact with others too, judging from the results of a study conducted by University of Cambridge researchers....


Make Empathy a Habit

So far, we’ve discussed methods to increase empathy for a short period of time. But whether those methods have any lasting impact remains to be seen. At any rate, experts agree that anyone can be trained to be more empathetic, including psychopaths and narcissists.
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Bullying Prevention: The Power of Empathy

Bullying Prevention: The Power of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
But we seem to be missing something here. With all of the focus on how individuals can combat bullying, we have forgotten the power of context and the social norms that set the precedence for bullying behaviors to emerge in the first place.


We can't just focus on turning kids from bystanders to "upstanders" whenever bullying occurs: We also need to focus on changing social norms and school climate so that bullying doesn't occur. Rather than simply asking children to go against the tide, we need to change the tide itself.

One of the best places to start is in schools. The critical role of school climate in reducing bullying has been well supported, but recent findings pinpoint specific dimensions that may have the most impact on student interactions and experiences in school.


One powerful way of changing social norms is by building empathy -- at home and in school.



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The Healing Power Of Kindness

The Healing Power Of Kindness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We've all heard the old adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a smile?


An extensive scientific literature review sponsored by Dignity Health and conducted by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University reveals a growing body of scientific evidence that indicates kindness holds the power to heal.


We now know that this often overlooked, virtually cost-free remedy has a statistically significant impact on our physical health. For example, the positive effect of kindness is even greater than that of taking aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack or the influence of smoking on male mortality. And it doesn't even require a trip to the pharmacy


.By Lloyd Dean & James Doty, M.D.

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The TRUTH about natural healing will almost never be known, just so long as there is money and profit to made from other peoples misery and chronic sickness and disease. .so rather than talk about kindness I prefer to discuss the TRUTH about our healing power,the TRUTH that our god-given healing power, our very own 'adult stem cells' can , IF PERMITTED(by law) virtually replace any and all prescription drugs,regardless of diagnosed health issue . .and I should know, because mine restored my INCURABLE Macular Degeneration,back to health . .and I repeat no traditional medical therapies were involved!

Trust in the healing power bestowed upon you by Our Maker, I did and  now no longer suffer from my frequent bouts of blindness; because the leaks in the blood vessels at the back of my eyes have been repaired,by replacing old cell tissue with new!

If you want to learn what your stem cells can do for you, you can get me here stemcells@healthmiracles4all.com 

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3 Keys to Raising a Compassionate Child

3 Keys to Raising a Compassionate Child | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I remember, in vivid detail, lying on the couch, silently crying after having suffered my second miscarriage. My despair was momentarily halted when my then 18-month-old son came over, rubbed my arm and asked, "Mommy, you OK?" with an imploring look in his eyes. I was surprised by my toddler's reaction to my outpouring of emotion, and experienced an unbelievable sense of guilt because my son had seen me in such a state.

In retrospect, I'm proud that my son had mastered the concepts of empathy and healing touch at such a young age. The simple act of him reaching his hand out to rub my arm illustrated his grasp of compassion and comforting others. That would not be the last time he would see me cry, and it was the first of many times he would tell me, "It's OK, Mommy."


1. Be Present

2. Treat Others With Respect

3. Model Behaviors in Everyday Life


by Lauren Stevens

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In Other Shoes: Music, Metaphor, Empathy, Existence

In Other Shoes: Music, Metaphor, Empathy, Existence | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Kendall L. Walton, In Other Shoes: Music, Metaphor, Empathy, Existence 


In fifteen essays-one new, two newly revised and expanded, three with new postscripts-Kendall L. Walton wrestles with philosophical issues concerning music, metaphor, empathy, existence, fiction, and expressiveness in the arts.


These subjects are intertwined in striking and surprising ways. By exploring connections among them, appealing sometimes to notions of imagining oneself in shoes different from one's own, Walton creates a wide-ranging mosaic of innovative insights.


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Peer Listeners: A campus mental health and stress relief resource

Peer Listeners: A campus mental health and stress relief resource | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Whitman Peer Listeners is a student run organization through theWhitman College Counseling Center. Our mission is to foster emotional well-being on campus through programming and peer-to-peer interaction. As listeners we provide an alternative to the Counseling Center and a resource for students. We are available to discuss any and all issues that students may be dealing with.


Peer Listeners are trained in a variety of areas including listening skills, problem solving, and crisis management. We are available to meet by appointment as well as holding regular open office hours in Hunter Conservatory. We serve as an open network and community to all students.


In addition to our role as listeners, the Peer Listeners sponsor events and programming on campus educate, raise awareness, provide resources, promote well-being and relieve stress. Please see Programming and Events for details on past and future activities.

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Why Empathy Matters

Why Empathy Matters | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy has become a buzzword these days. You hear it being used in classrooms, hospitals, and even corporate boardrooms. When the president talks of empathy in his address to the nation—as he has on several occasions—you know the word has reached some kind of cultural zeitgeist.


But what is empathy, really? And why should we care about it or try to enhance it?


In his new book, Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It, philosopher Roman Krznaric explains what empathy is and what it isn’t, and gives a powerful argument for the importance of cultivating empathy in ourselves. Though empathy may have “a reputation as a fuzzy, feel good emotion,” he writes, it “is, in fact, an ideal that has the power both to transform our lives and to bring about fundamental social change.


By Jill Suttie 


More on Culture of Empathy Builder: Roman Krznaric
http://bit.ly/yogvQs


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Empathy in Design (UX Camp 2014 Keynote)

Brian Pagán

We create things for other people. When we feel what others are feeling, we understand them and connect much more deeply than with just market research or personas.


Empathy allows us to forge these deep connections by understanding people on a personal level. This talk discusses why empathy is important as well as how we can feel empathy ourselves, how we can help others feel it, and how we can create things that help people empathize with each other. 

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Less Empathy Among College Students

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Abstract: The current study examines changes over time in a commonly used measure of dispositional empathy. A cross-temporal meta-analysis was conducted on 72 samples of American college students who completed at least one of the four subscales (Empathic Concern, Perspective Taking, Fantasy, and Personal Distress) of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) between 1979 and 2009 (total N = 13,737).


Overall, the authors found changes in the most prototypically empathic subscales of the IRI: Empathic Concern was most sharply dropping, followed by Perspective Taking. The IRI Fantasy and Personal Distress subscales exhibited no changes over time. Additional analyses found that the declines in Perspective Taking and Empathic Concern are relatively recent phenomena and are most pronounced in samples

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Facial emotion workout video helps patients and physicians alike - The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Facial emotion workout video helps patients and physicians alike - The Arnold P. Gold Foundation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The ability to read and reflect back facial emotion is the most basic skill of communicating empathy. This crucial skill allows health professionals to let patients know that we truly understand and care, and allows patients to let their caretakers know they are appreciated.

As a practicing physician for many decades and as a teacher of psychiatric interviewing for my entire professional life, I have found that physicians sometimes need to work to develop this skill. I have tested many groups of students and found that reading and reflecting facial emotion is more difficult for medical students than, for example, acting students.


by David V. Forrest, MD

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The Empathy Crusaders

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The one thing I don’t understand is why, having “cornered the market” on compassion, that these empathy crusaders don’t seem at all concerned about whether the welfare machine they built, and want to keep expanding, is running well or doing the job it was intended to do.


For inflation adjusted, per capita federal welfare spending to increase by 254% from 1977 through 2013, without a corresponding reduction in poverty, and for liberals to react to this phenomenon by insisting that the only problem is lack of funding, suggests a basic problem in the theology of liberalism.....


Those of us accused of being greedy and cruel, for standing athwart the advance of liberalism and expansion of the welfare state, must then respond to the empathy crusaders.


Compassion is important but is neither all-important nor supremely important in morals and, especially, politics. It is nice, all things being equal, to have government officials who feel our pain rather than ones who, like imperious monarchs, cannot comprehend or do not deign to notice it.

by Rretta 

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Are Mirror Neurons A Myth - And What Are They, Anyway?

Are Mirror Neurons A Myth - And What Are They, Anyway? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As Rizzolatti explains, “The instantaneous understanding of the emotions of others, rendered possible by the emotional mirror neuron system, is a necessary condition for the empathy which lies at the root of most of our more complex inter-individual relationships.”


What Rizzolatti is saying is that most of human relations would not be possible without mirror neurons, because we wouldn’t be able to understand our fellow humans. And understanding is a first step in most human interaction.

OK, so where’s the myth?

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Louisville mayor receives national leadership award for compassion

Louisville mayor receives national leadership award for compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Citing his progress in making Louisville a globally-regarded city for caring and compassion, a coalition of international organizations has honored Mayor Greg Fischer with a City Leadership award for compassion.

Fischer received the honor last week during “Compassion Week 2014,” an international conference in San Francisco where he delivered one of the keynote addresses. The award was presented by Empathy and Compassion in Society, the Charter for Compassion International and GoodMojo.

In presenting the honor, the groups recognized Fischer for leading Louisville to be the first major city to sign on to the International Charter for Compassion, committing the city to a multi-year Compassionate Louisville campaign. They also cited his work with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to promote compassion in other cities and for creating the annual volunteer initiative, the Give A Day week of service. During the 2014 week in April, more than 144,000 volunteers and acts of compassion were recorded.

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Pixar Storytelling Rules #3: Character Empathy

We easily empathize with characters that are like us, and even more easily with characters that we wish we were like, usually confident, sexy, successful people. Pixar got us to empathize with a mute robot, a rat, monsters and many other unusual suspects. How did they do it?

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Empathize and Prototype: A Hands On Dive into the Key Tools of Design Thinking, Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate

Empathize and Prototype: A Hands On Dive into the Key Tools of Design Thinking, Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Move beyond theory and dive into hands-on practice in the art of innovation. Tackle innovation challenges from start to finish and gain an in-depth understanding of these key tenets of design thinking and how to incorporate them into your work.


Empathize with your customer, synthesize your learnings, and rapidly prototype and test your new ideas. Master techniques for gaining empathy with customers and immediately put them to use in a series of hands on exercises that guide you from synthesis to prototyping and testing.

Learn How To:

  • Engage customers to forge deep connections and gain valuable consumer insights
  • Synthesize findings into a compelling problem statement
  • Prototype concepts in a low-cost manner
  • Rapidly test concepts with end users to gain insights about solutions and user needs and reduce your time to market
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Compassion vs. empathy: Designing for resilience

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"Compassion v. Empathy: Designing for Resilience" for Interactions Magazine. (October 2014) explores how compassion is physiologically different to empathy, how it leads to altruism, and how we might design for resillience. 



Authors:
Dorian Peters, Rafael Calvo
How is it that some people can spend their days making progress on the front lines of sickness or injustice while others can barely handle watching the nightly news? Empathy is critical to our relationships, our societies, and our individual well-being, but it can also hinder these, leading to avoidance, burnout, and distress. A better understanding of just what makes this difference would radically empower design. Design for resilient empathy would benefit everyone, but most obviously it would benefit care workers at risk of burnout, nonprofits seeking to empower action, and designers of social technologies. Can we design to foster…

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Occupy Empathy Nov 16, @ Downtown Berkeley Plaza

Occupy Empathy Nov 16,  @ Downtown Berkeley Plaza | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

https://www.facebook.com/EmpathyCenter/posts/875095665868430


Some initial photos from today's Occupy Empathy with Edwin and Sperry... lots of great interactions. Very fun and energizing encounters. This was our first Occupation of the downtown Berkeley BART Station Plaza.. Looking forward to our next deployment. We handed out 100's of flyers and I must have talked to 30 or 40 people..

Such fascinating dialogs about peoples personal stories and how to create more empathy in the world.. We talked with everyone from the homeless to UC Berkeley students and PhD's , social workers, teachers, etc, etc. The amount of pain and disillusionment with the way things are going in the world is astonishing.

Come join us for the next deployment. We need you on the design team to start building the movement!

 http://facebook.com/events/735961719786164/


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