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How Compassionate Is Your Company?

How Compassionate Is Your Company? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The importance of, and ways to foster, compassion in the workplace

 

Early in my law practice, I remember going to the head of my team to report a serious work matter. Without hesitation, he told me to stop complaining and suck it up. Needless to say, any favorable opinion I had of him evaporated and our working relationship was forever changed. How would you respond if a member of your work team experienced a sudden life event? Does your company have procedures in place to handle such a crisis? When was the last time you experienced compassion at work, whether you were the giver or the receiver? Compassion is one of those “soft skills” companies tend to get nervous about, but over a decade of research is revealing that a company’s level of compassion has critical bottom line implications.

 

I recently attended Dr. Jane Dutton’s workshop on compassion at the International Positive Psychology Association’s 3rd World Congress. Compassion isn’t only about “hugging it out,” and according to Dr. Dutton, compassion is exhibited in many forms.


by Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP

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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

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The Power Of Empathy

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

The basic requirement for Empathy is to identify the Common Ground. Once the common ground is established, it gives the person an opportunity to walk in the other person’s shoes.


Stephen R. Covey states “Nothing is more validating and affirming than feeling understood. And the moment a person begins feeling understood, that person becomes far more open to influence and change. Empathy is to the heart what air is to the body.


We should never make assumptions and must have the courage to ask questions to understand from the other person’s perspective.


Here are some powerful quotes from various people that emphasize the Importance and the Power of Empathy.

  • A prerequisite to empathy is simply paying attention to the person in pain. – Daniel Goleman
  • Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place. – Daniel H. Pink
  • When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems. – Stephen Covey
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The Empathy Way: #1 Why Empathy? Anne Paris

For teachers and parents, and anyone who wants to improve their relationships. Anne Paris, PhD explains why empathy is important in your classroom .


The Empathy Way: #1 Why Empathy?

The Empathy Way: #2 Nuts and bolts of empathy

The Empathy Way: #3 When empathy is hard

The Empathy Way: #4 Tips for Creating Empathic Connections

The Empathy Way: #5 Setting limits and dealing with bad behavior


Culture of Empathy Builder Anne Paris
http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/others/Anne-Paris.htm

 

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Powerful and Coldhearted - It’s hard for powerful people to feel empathy.

Powerful and Coldhearted - It’s hard for powerful people to feel empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It’s hard for powerful people to feel empathy.


The human brain can be exquisitely attuned to other people, thanks in part to its so-called mirror system. The mirror system is composed of a network of brain regions that become active both when you perform an action (say, squeezing a rubber ball in your hand) and when you observe someone elsewho performs the same action (squeezing a rubber ball in his hand).

Our brains appear to be able to intimately resonate with others’ actions, and this process may allow us not only to understand what they are doing, but also, in some sense, to experience it ourselves — i.e., to empathize.

In our study, we induced a set of participants to temporarily feel varying levels of power by asking them to write a brief essay about a moment in their lives.

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Does this mean that the powerful are
heartless beings incapable of empathy?
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by Michael Inzlicht is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. 

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The Empathy Toy™ Educator book Table of contents design

The Learning Foundations Guide is an instruction book for educator and outlines how to use the Empathy Toy™ to improve universal learning skills. I was assigned to redesign the table of contents and title pages of each section in a simple and attractive w…
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Compassion and empathy lacking in places of violence

Compassion and empathy lacking in places of violence | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”


As one of this world's greatest architects of reconciliation and positive social change, surely Mandela — whose birthday was celebrated recently — is an authority on what it takes to overcome the reduction that reduces another person's humanity, that makes that person as foreign as a virus, a target to be wiped out by any means necessary.



So how do we counteract the poisonous
thinking of my tribe versus yours?
Compassion. Empathy.



How much more persuasive would the July 18 demonstration in Calgary that led to violence have been had the Palestinian supporters and the Israeli supporters sat down and mourned together for a land that is choking to death on its hatred?
 

byTara Klager

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Full Show: The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative | Moyers & Company

Full Show: The Conscience of a Compassionate Conservative | Moyers & Company | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Politicians in Washington, DC, seem to have stopped talking — and listening — to their colleagues across the aisle, contributing to our virtually deadlocked Congress. While Washington appears to have stopped their conversations, Bill decided to start a new one.


This week he speaks with the American Enterprise Institute’s president Arthur C. Brooks, whose political views in large measure differ from his own, on how to fight America’s widening inequality.


Brooks says that despite the heated rhetoric of the far right, the compassionate conservatism once touted by George W. Bush isn’t dead. It’s alive and well at the conservative AEI, where Brooks became president in 2009. 

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Move Over Self-Esteem: Self-Compassion is the Real Key to Strength & Success

Move Over Self-Esteem: Self-Compassion is the Real Key to Strength & Success | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Challenge: No matter how hard we try, no matter how successful we are, it’s not good enough. So what do we do?


The Science: Self-esteem can actually make us weaker at times, but there is an alternative!


The Solution: Practice self-compassion – it’s the key to resilience, happiness & success.


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One of the most insidious consequences of the self-esteem movement over the last couple of decades is the narcissism epidemic

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BY KRISTIN NEFF 

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This sounds like a reasonable alternative to all the downsides of the self-esteem movement. -Lon

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Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change - YouTube

Ashoka - Packard Foundation 

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Empathy and its Application Within the Care Environment: A Detailed Exploration of How to Nurture Empathy as a Carer

This booklet addresses the issue of empathy in the care environment, for paid carers or volunteers. 

Empathy allows you to have a better understanding of the person you are caring for. This booklet covers four practical ways to get you thinking along the lines of empathy, with helpful examples from within the home-care environment. 

Some people are blessed with a natural gifting (or ability) of empathy. For the rest of us, empathy is something to learn – a new way of thinking. It is getting outside of our own emotions, behaviours and feelings and considering things from another persons point of view.


This booklet guides you in the first steps towards having more empathy with those you care for. 

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How to teach kids empathy

How to teach kids empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a character trait that must be nurtured. Start teaching children when they are young and they will grow up being able to understand others who are struggling.


Discuss empathy in everyday situations

When you first begin to teach your young children about empathy, you will have to explain what it means. For example, if your toddler hits a playmate and takes his toy, discuss with her how she would feel if a friend did that to her. Point out people who are feeling sad and discuss why they might feel that way. Ask your children what they could do to help. If a family member is sick, encourage others to help him or her in little ways.


Making your children more aware of times they should be empathetic will help them learn to feel empathy on their own. Be open to the things and experiences they discuss with you.


They will have disagreements with friends and feel wronged. Help them see both sides of the situation and apply empathy.


By: Amy Peterson, 

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Naropa to host Radical Compassion Symposium in October, featuring Joanna Macy, Dan Siegel, Vandana Shiva, Bernie Glassman, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Noah ...

Naropa to host Radical Compassion Symposium in October, featuring Joanna Macy, Dan Siegel, Vandana Shiva, Bernie Glassman, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Noah ... | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Join Joanna Macy, Dan Siegel, Vandana Shiva, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Noah Levine, Shambhala Sun Editor-in-Chief Melvin McLeod, and other international activists, contemplatives, and scientists for this gathering focused on one of the most dynamic and critical topics of our time: compassion. (See the complete list of presenters here.)


Compassion is “radical” when it moves beyond “being nice” or giving to our favorite charity, and becomes the very foundation of all our actions, the signature of our society.


Living with an open heart, meeting the world as it is, and cultivating compassion in action – these are some of the themes of this transformative weekend.

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Bill Gates and Bill Drayton Make the Case for Empathy

Bill Gates and Bill Drayton Make the Case for Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It might have been pure coincidence, but last month, Bill Drayton, speaking at Toronto's MaRS Discovery District and Bill Gates at Stanford University in California, made separate cases for why empathy is so important to the social change movement.

 

Before I zoom in on the specifics of what Drayton and Gates said, here’s a bit of background. The term ethical empathy has its roots in philosophy, the premise being that without the capacity for empathy, individuals may inadvertently harm others. In the healthcare field, the concept has been utilized in the training of physicians for some time, the focus being on developing doctors with a high capacity for empathy, ensuring they put themselves in their patients’ shoes when making critical health decisions and ultimately providing the best care possible. 


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In a recent speech to the graduates of Stanford University, Bill Gates made this observation:

 

"Optimism can fuel innovation and lead to new tools to eliminate suffering," he said. "But if you never really see the people who are suffering, your optimism can’t help.”

 

This article uses this speech as a point of reference to discuss the need for empathy in business today. 

 

The author discusses an intriguing way to measure empathy in the interactions between doctors and patients.  This scale may prove useful in business as a whole.  Periodically through the day, stop to contemplate where your interactions fall on the "empathy scale" below.

 

0 - responses were a rote compliance simply based on rules

1 - responses had the tone of treating them as a friend

2 - responses were couched in treating others the way I would like to be treated

3 - reponses were based on the other's perspective with consideration of them as a whole person and their current situation

 

Now, shoot for a level 3!

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Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows - Association for Psychological Science

Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows - Association for Psychological Science | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Until now, little was scientifically known about the human potential to cultivate compassion — the emotional state of caring for people who are suffering in a way that motivates altruistic behavior.


A new study by researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate. The report, published Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, investigates whether training adults in compassion can result in greater altruistic behavior and related changes in neural systems underlying compassion.


“Our fundamental question was,
‘Can compassion be trained and learned in adults? Can we become more caring if we practice that mindset?’”


says Helen Weng, lead author of the study and a graduate student in clinical psychology. “Our evidence points to yes.”

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Moral Identity, Empathy And Justice: Why Some People Donate More To Charity

“Our research examines how moral values of empathy and justice have distinct influences on people when they are asked to make donations benefiting others whose choices have led them to an unfortunate place in life,”

write authors Saerom Lee (University of Texas at San Antonio), Karen Page Winterich (Pennsylvania State University), and William T. Ross Jr. (University of Connecticut). 

“Our results can help non-profits be more cautious when describing the causes and beneficiaries they are supporting. Donation appeals should specify or imply low responsibility of the charity recipients or, alternatively, seek to elicit empathy to increase donations,” the authors conclude.


“Rather than appealing to a broader spectrum of moral values, messages should focus on the moral values of empathy and benevolence.” 

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ANVC (Almost Nonviolent Communication) Cartoons

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[Benefits of Empathy] 3 Reasons to Cultivate More Empathy

[Benefits of Empathy] 3 Reasons to Cultivate More Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a good thing, without a doubt. But why is empathy so good? We now have a whole slew of studies to aid our understanding of how empathy helps, well, just about everything.


Here are three examples.


1. It’s good for the environment...

After surveying roughly 3,500 people about what factors would lead them to reduce their carbon footprint to help slow global warming, the scientists found that tapping into our tendency toward compassion for others was a more effective motivator than appealing to self-interest...

2. It’s good for business....

Managers with more empathy may translate to healthier employees, research published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes shows. ..


3. It’s good for relationships

  • Increases altruistic behavior:
  • Reduces racism
  • Reduces bullying and aggression in children:
  • Benefits intimate relationships:...


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Not The End Of The Story: Building Empathy In Pursuit Of A Culture Of Health

Not The End Of The Story: Building Empathy In Pursuit Of A Culture Of Health | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy may not be an intuitive aspect of a Culture of Health but, in fact, it is integral. We must all believe we have a shared stake in being healthy and in meeting people where they are with the help that they need to thrive. People who lack empathy make decisions that not only hurt themselves, but also can hurt others around them.


At the Foundation, we believe we will not be able to achieve our vision of a Culture of Health if we don't simultaneously work toward eliminating the culture of violence and trauma that defines the lives of too many Americans, including too many of our children.


Once again, empathy is imperative

to achieving this goal.


For some people who are exposed to violence or experience other forms of trauma early in their lives, it can have a lasting impact on their ability to empathize with others.


This seeming "lack of empathy" can be
a survival strategy.


For example, Senghur speaks about the abuse and neglect he experienced as a child and about his own experience as a shooting victim, which left him paranoid and willing to adopt the credo that "it's better to be the shooter than the person getting shot."

Tara OakmanBecome

Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Practicing self-compassion: How to Be the World’s Best Soulmate

Practicing self-compassion: How to Be the World’s Best Soulmate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

BY NANCI BESSER 

The Challenge: Everyone wants to find their soulmate, but how can we be that for someone else?


The Science: Surprisingly, empathy and kindness toward yourself is the key to being a wonderful partner.


The Solution:Here are 3 steps to becoming AND finding the perfect soulmate.


Everyone wants a soulmate. Yet what does it take to be a perfect partner to that soulmate?


Practicing self-compassion might be a strong indicator of the presence or absence of empathy in an individual. 

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Book Review of The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Book Review of The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This week I’ll be reviewing a collection of nonfiction essays called The Empathy Exams by New York author Leslie Jamison. The book was published this year and won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Jamison has also written a novel, The Gin Closet, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Prize.


Jamison derives the book’s title from her time as a medical actor, when she was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose.


In her subsequent assessment of how the medical students did, there is a section that asks if he or she ‘Voiced empathy for my situation/problem.’


This is a springboard for and perfect introduction to the book. It begs the question of how we feel and respond to other people’s pain.


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Positive Intent and Empathy in Guiding Young Children – TRAINING INFORMATION

Positive Intent and Empathy in Guiding Young Children – TRAINING INFORMATION | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Examine how empathy wires the brain for self-regulation, allowing children to access higher cognitive processes.


Examine strategies for teaching empathy and positive thinking when reacting to children’s behaviors.


Apply a variety of approaches, words, and activities to encourage positive self-image and development of empathy.


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How expansive is Your Circle of Empathy?

This is "How expansive is Your Circle of Empathy?" by Wendy Addison on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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5 principles of raising empathetic children

5 principles of raising empathetic children | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
by Mary Pearson and Jessica Himmer

Applying these five principles will help your children become empathetic adults that are sensitive to the needs of others.


Empathy is the ability to feel what another person is feeling. When you think of parenting and discipline, instead of thinking just of correcting misbehavior, think about all of your long-term goals for your children — helping them become kind, civic minded and empathetic people.


1. Be sensitive to your child’s emotions...
3. Teach through example...
4. Listen...
5. Set limits...



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Strategies for Self-Compassion

Strategies for Self-Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the New England Transcendentalists, was very influential for me as a teenager. I have found many of his essays and aphorisms to be very useful, both personally and professionally. The one pearl I have gotten the most mileage out of is from his essay Love, written in 1841: “Each man sees over his own experience a stain of error, whilst that of other men looks fair and ideal.”


When we compare ourselves to others,
we may feel better or worse
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It may be more useful to minimize comparison and instead consider our connections to one another and all life forms on the planet if we are working toward building a healthier relationship to the self.


By FRANCES L. HENNESSEY, LICSW 

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James Doty talk about his journey to compassion and his work in CCARE

 Dr. James Doty talk about his journey to compassion and his work in CCARE on Andaaz TV

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Raising Empathetic Children

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PRACTICAL WAYS TO PROMOTE EMPATHY

Although some of these growing pains are unavoidable, there is a great deal that parents and other influential adults can do to encourage steady growth in empathy, which is a key component of other-awareness and relational wisdom.


Here are few practical tips on how to help children develop this quality.


  • Recognize your unique role as a parent...
  • Weave the gospel into daily life...
  • Use Bible stories to illustrate empathy and show that this quality is pleasing to God (e.g., Ruth 1:7-191Sam. 20:41)....
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by Ken Sande

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