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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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Compassion, Empathy, Caring, and Healing: A Conversation With Roshi Joan Halifax

Compassion, Empathy, Caring, and Healing: A Conversation With Roshi Joan Halifax | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Joan Halifax: part of a rich broth of creativity and humanism that was exploring new dimensions of healing, personal growth, and spirituality in the 1970's


We will examine the similarities and the differences between empathy and compassion, and why the Dalai Lama has said that love and compassion are not luxuries, that actually they are necessities, if human life is to survive on this planet. Roshi Joan will also share with us the essence of the GRACE process and other insights on developing our ability to experience both the power and the vulnerability of compassion.

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The Science of Changing Behavior with Compassionate Coaching

The Science of Changing Behavior with Compassionate Coaching | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Coaching with Compassion Activates the PEA
Now you know what these modes mean for your mood and your body – what do they mean for coaching someone?

Dr. Anthony Jack, the principal investigator of the Brain, Mind, and Consciousness Lab at CWRU, collaborated with Dr. Boyatzis on a coaching study using functional MRI (fMRI) technology.¹ In this study, they divided student volunteers into two groups. Group one experienced traditional coaching for compliance. In other words, the coaches asked volunteers to focus on the challenges they face in their academic performance and used problem-solving techniques. Group two experienced coaching with compassion.


When being coached with compassion, volunteers are asked questions to help them imagine a positive vision of their future.


by:Jessica Worny Janicki


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The Gifts of Empathy: We’re Not Alone with What We're Feeling

The Gifts of Empathy: We’re Not Alone with What We're Feeling | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength.” ~ Buddha

When asked why I write fiction, I used to say, “Because I enjoy writing and revising sentences” or “Because I like practicing an art I’ll never perfect” or “Because I love to read.” All those reasons remain true, but my answer has changed.

The most important reason I write stories, and read them, is to practice empathy.

Strange how we often feel empathy more easily for fictional characters than for real people. One reason is that sometimes we get to know fictional characters more deeply than our family members and friends.


By Nicholas Montemarano

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Empathy: Why healthcare companies must feel with patients

Empathy: Why healthcare companies must feel with patients | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Connecting with customers enables growth in any industry. But where many brands go wrong is in thinking that social media “likes” equal connection. It’s not about “likes” – it’s about understanding. Only through understanding can companies create meaningful connections with their customers, or in the healthcare industry, their patients.


So what does that look like? In a word: Empathy.


Empathy in Action...


Why Empathy Matters...


Empathy creates understanding
Fighting confusion and misinformation within healthcare can be difficult. Through empathy, both providers and patients can find understanding, allowing for more trust and clarity on both sides of the healthcare coin....


Empathy opens doors...

Empathy builds relationships...

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Entangled Empathy: How to Improve Human-Animal Relationships

Entangled Empathy: How to Improve Human-Animal Relationships | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 A new book by Wesleyan University philosopher Lori Gruen  called Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals

 is a wonderful addition to a growing literature in the transdisciplinary field called anthrozoology , the study of human-animal relationships (the Kindle edition can be found here.

An interview I did with Professor Gruen lays out the basic foundation for her ideas about entangled empathy, a new and practical ethic for improving our relationships with nonhuman animals (animals) and also other humans. When I asked her to answer a few questions, in true form and in living up to her own deep connections with other animals, Professor Gruen wrote back to me, "Ok at the vet with one of my rescued rats, will do this as soon as I get home!"


Why did you write your new book?

I have been thinking about and writing about and talking about empathy for a while.


 I was at a conference at Yale a year or so ago and many people came up to me after my talk wanting to learn more about entangled empathy. 


by Marc Bekoff


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Coping With Empathy Overload

Coping With Empathy Overload | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Do people tell you that you are just too sensitive? Maybe you are Empathic. Empaths feel what others are experiencing physically, emotionally, or mentally.


Yes, there are advantages to knowing what others are feeling, but you really don't want to feel that person's headache or know someone's pants are too tight! All these sensations can become overwhelming, yet empathy can be really useful. So, here are some ways to live as an Empath without getting beat up by your sensitivities.

The first step to dealing with empathic sensitivity is to know what is yours and what isn't. If you are not prone to headaches, yet all the sudden you have one, look around and see who nearby has a furrowed brow. You might not see the person because you by empathic with people who are near by as well with people you are strongly connected to. You can see why empathic people can feel a sensation without realizing it isn't theirs.


So what can an empath do?


by Cindy Griffith-Bennett 

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How self-compassion can change the way you see the world by Louise Watson

How self-compassion can change the way you see the world by Louise Watson | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Self-compassion leads to compassion for others

The nicest part of the meditation for me this time was in acknowledging that when all’s said and done, we all want the same thing; we all want to be happy, to have the best life we can have with what we’ve got, and that sometimes, we may go about it the wrong way.


Often, when we make mistakes, we can try to cover our guilt by placing the blame on others; ‘I only did it because of X, Y and Z!’ we cry, ‘I’m a good person; you don’t know what I’ve been through!’

We expect people to forgive us and be compassionate towards us, yet don’t do the same for those who hurt us in some way.

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Leading the way from competition to compassion

Leading the way from competition to compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Adelle M. Banks


Since she was installed as president of Spalding University, Tori Murden McClure has encouraged students and faculty to feed the hungry and repair houses for the needy, helping the Louisville, Ky., school clock in 1.6 million service hours in one year.


So when she learned of religion scholar Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion, the Protestant president pushed to have her Catholic university designated the world’s first “compassionate university.

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Occupy Empathy Tent - Feb 24, 2015

Occupy Empathy Tent - Feb 24, 2015 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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http://facebook.com/EmpathyCenter/posts/937212546323408


I set up the empathy tent yesterday in downtown Berkeley and hope to set up again tomorrow. 
http://cultureofempathy.com/OccupyEmpathy/


The city will not give a permit so I set up without one under the 1st amendment free speech and expression. The city didn't give me any trouble so far. We'll see what happens. I've offered to have a empathic dialog about this issue with the city officials but they say they are too busy. If they try to give me a citation I will not accept it, I'll only support an empathic dialog. Not accepting a citation could mean 72 hours of jail time for me.


I talked to 50 people or more. Handed out a couple hundred flyers, started wearing the empathy t-shirt that David Hazen made.


We now need to start expanding the empathic space and make it more engaging and inviting. I can only carry the tent, so we need more people involved to bring chairs, etc. to fill in the space.

  • I talked with some street musicians about bring in music.
  • Some students said they were interested in learning empathic listening and offering it to the homeless in the area.
  • We are talking with various people to host empathic dialogs between different groups in the area to address various tensions.
  • We need to keep designing and iterating and creating an empathic space and movement.


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7 Reasons Why Empathy Is Important in a Relationship

7 Reasons Why Empathy Is Important in a Relationship | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why is empathy so important?

If everyone in the world could empathize with each other, the world truly would be a better place.


It is understandable that hoping for worldwide empathy is a long shot, so why not start slow and learn to empathize with your significant other?


Here are 7 glaring reasons why empathy is very important in a relationship, and why you should be practicing this virtue.


#1 Bridge the divide. ...

#2 Give each other attention. ...

#3 Bring out the positive. ...

#4 Compassion is practiced....

#5 Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes...

#6 It teaches patience....

#7 Work on your flaws...


Self-awareness and a non judgmental attitude is needed before you can properly empathize with someone. Look within yourself and find the strength to be less selfish and more understanding and you are well on your way to connecting better with your loved ones.

 By Lianne Choo

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What is an Empathy Map?

What is an Empathy Map? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is an empathy map, and why do we use it?

An empathy map allows you to synthesize all the different things you have observed, heard, and read about your customers. Once you begin to brainstorm the customer’s daily experience, new insights about their current obstacles and needs will emerge.


Empathy maps help you stay grounded and in the minds of your users.

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Why empathy may be the best risk management strategy

Why empathy may be the best risk management strategy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Thirty-six states have “apology laws” that prohibit certain statements or expressions of sympathy by a physician from being admissible in a lawsuit.


Experts in the field say that while the laws may help some physicians feel more comfortable about expressing empathy, they aren’t really necessary to avoid lawsuits.


Instead, good patient-physician relationships and open disclosure are the keys to responding successfully to a bad outcome.


By Beth Thomas Hertz

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How to build a caring economy

How to build a caring economy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It is important, however, to distinguish between basic empathic and caring responses, and a more universal capacity for compassion.


It is possible that universal compassion is solely a human function. Empathy alone does not necessarily prompt prosocial behaviour. If you empathize with the suffering of another, for example, you may not necessarily help this person.


Empathy can also result in empathic distress that may even lead to withdrawal or aggressive behaviour.


by Tania Singer

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Empathy, Compassion & Neuroscience Part 1 - YouTube

Professor Al Kaszniak's talk to the UA Psychology Department (not to AMRIG) on 4/2/10.
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The War on Empathy, Love and Family

The War on Empathy, Love and Family | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by RICH WINKEL


Even from a strictly Darwinian perspective, empathy is humanity’s ace in the hole.


It is the foundation of social organization, without which we would not have language, science, technology or the desire to pass these gifts on to future generations. 






Without empathy, we would not have family and community. 


We would be isolated, defenseless, naked apes, easy prey for any carnivore of even moderate size, or, in a modern day context, for any social grouping of sufficient cohesion  among themselves. Thus, in a very real sense, empathy is power.



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Can and Should Empathy Be Taught in Schools?

Can and Should Empathy Be Taught in Schools? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


They go on to explain, “Knowing what someone else is feeling plays a fundamental role in interpersonal interactions.”


Although there was not a consensus on whether or not empathy could be taught, the benefits of exposing students to the idea of empathy were seen as a move in the right direction.


It was asserted that modeling empathy works best for some, but others agreed that it was a skill susceptible to training &enhancement programs; such as direct narratives and class discussions.


Teaching empathy can benefit the overall school climate and gifted students in particular. Infusing the school climate with empathetic behavior has a residual effect on co-workers and staff.


by Lisa Conrad


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Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals

Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our Relationships with Animals | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Gruen describes entangled empathy as a type of caring perception focused on attending to another’s experience of well-being.


It is an experiential process involving a blend of emotion and cognition in which we recognize we are in relationships with others and are called upon to be responsive and responsible in these relationships by attending to another.


When we engage in entangled empathy we are transformed and in that transformation we can imagine less violent, more meaningful ways of being together.

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The growing importance of empathy in business

The growing importance of empathy in business | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Business leaders may not consider empathy to be an important skill for success. They may even see it as a weakness. But as Belinda Parmar, CEO of consultancy LadyGeek and author of 'The Empathy Era', explains in this video interview with The Economist Intelligence Unit, it is in fact emerging as a critical business capability. 
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3 Ways to Boost Empathy (and Why)

3 Ways to Boost Empathy (and Why) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Cultivating empathy and connection is a non-negotiable of stress management. People who are more connected in life report greater life satisfaction and show much greater resilience, meaning that they bounce back from adversity more quickly and easily.


(More on the building blocks of resilience.)

Here are 3 ways to boost your empathy, connection, and resilience—and lower the impact of negative stress.

Try the Five-Minute Favor....

Offer your help ...

Become a loving listener...



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Fish Empathy Quilt

Fish Empathy Quilt | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
OK, I had to admit that I had my doubts when I heard the first rumblings about a giant “fish quilt” we were making to raise awareness about the fact that fish are intelligent, intriguing animals who feel pain just as all other animals do and that they don’t deserve to be violently killed for food, painfully hooked for “sport,” or cruelly confined in aquariums. But now that I see the finished product, I have to admit that it’s pretty cool.
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The art of listening | Kathleen Macferran

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this thought provoking talk, Kathleen Macferran explores the power of listening to open doors and potentially to transform people.


'The quality of listening is what people care about'


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Empathy to Purchase - The Hub

Empathy to Purchase - The Hub | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Increased sales and a strong bottom line usually are precursors of boardroom discussions about accountability. That dialogue is broadening, however, as the complexities of today’s marketplace have led to a less black-and-white conversation — a more humanized version of accountability.

Your living, breathing, growing organization needs a heart. You need to “psychologically identify with, or vicariously experience the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.” That is the dictionary definition of empathy, and for businesses and brands it means having a heightened consideration for the wants, needs and passions of their consumers.

Empathy is a key competency in everything from business leadership to parenting.


It moves us from the simple identification and knowledge of needs to a depth of understanding, experience with, and belief in those needs, wants, and desires. Empathy can help businesses align authentically with what their consumers care about.

However, as we seek to develop successful solutions and innovations for brands to meet the needs of consumers and shoppers, empathy can be a big challenge


by Sharon Love 


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Not Running a Hospital: Riess delivers on empathy

Not Running a Hospital: Riess delivers on empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a fashionable topic, but the discussion surrounding it is often a bit touchy-feely, short on rigor.  In contrast, I recently came across this excellent TEDx talk by Helen Riess delivered at Middlebury a bit over a year ago.  It's 17 minutes are worth watching in several respects--thoughtful, understated, and substantive.


Helen is local, based at MGH, so I gave her a call and she told me about some of her activities.  With the encouragement of her hospital, she's started a firm called Empathetics, which is conducting training for clinicians based on her research.


You see, empathy isn't just about feeling warmth and connection: The emotional connection also has roots in neurobiology and physiology.



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Actors Help Inmates Develop Empathy

Actors Help Inmates Develop Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Sabra Williams, an actor and the Actors' Gang prison program director, explains that once inmates are given the tools and the opportunity to work as a team they develop empathy and start to create healthy relationships.


'People in prisons survive by numbing their emotions, and when people are numb they have no empathy and continue to commit crimes,' she says. One inmate confirms, 'I came here to learn how to control my emotions rather than let my emotions control me.'


Another who has done the course several times explains, 'It puts your head in a different mind-set.'

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Why it's so difficult for physicians to be empathetic and analytic at the same time

Why it's so difficult for physicians to be empathetic and analytic at the same time | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

For years, physicians have been urged to show more empathy during patient encounters, but most doctors would tell you it isn't quite that simple.

For physicians who struggle to balance empathy with analytic thinking during patient visits, neuroscience researcher and brain-imaging expert Anthony Jack, PhD, has a somewhat comforting explanation: It's not your fault, it's your brain's.


Jack, who leads Case Western Reserve University's Brain, Mind and Consciousness lab, has employed brain-scanning technology to discover that, the more active the region of the brain responsible for analytic thinking is, the less active the region governing empathy becomes.


In other words, the brain's analytic and empathetic systems operate in constant tension with one another.


By Brandon Glenn

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