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Video: Erase Bullying with the Compassion Games

Video: Erase Bullying with the Compassion Games | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Today marks the start of the 2013 Compassion Games, a global community service project that anyone can get involved in with just one random act of kindness. Seattle is one of the nearly two dozen cities around the world chosen as a compassion community and for the next two weeks everyone from high school students to businesses, including Lush Cosmetics, are getting in on the action.


Compassion Games' Maya Nader and Manager of Lush Cosmetics at South Center, Courtney Maccario, join New Day to discuss the inspiring movement.


by New Day Producers

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Salvador Ramirez's curator insight, September 15, 2013 5:27 AM

A great idea on focusing how we can focus as individuals and businesses to tge dilemma of bullying and how we can all take steps to lesses those attributes in a positive manner. Great article with many quality source references for business organizations to benefit from.

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To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

To Newspaper Front Page: All Sections | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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Dad makes baby son cry to prove he has empathy (video)

Dad makes baby son cry to prove he has empathy (video) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Any parent knows that babies are empathetic little creatures, with an innate ability to know when their mum or dad is happy or sad.
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Review - Empathy and Morality - Philosophy

Review - Empathy and Morality - Philosophy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The popular and academic discussion of empathy has seen a steady expansion in recent years and it is not uncommon to read about the close connection between empathy and moral motivation, understanding or behavior.


However, the exact relationship between empathy and morality is often not carefully explored, and controversial questions and assumptions remain unaddressed. Empathy and Morality (OUP, 2014) is a stimulating collection of papers that sheds further light on this important topic.


The volume will be accessible to an educated audience, but will be of primary interest to academic researchers engaged in the study of empathy.

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The Futurist: Virtual reality, empathy, and solipsism

The Futurist: Virtual reality, empathy, and solipsism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What would happen if I, a cisgender, straight, Indian male, could have an inkling of what it is to be a Chinese sweatshop worker, an Armenian farmer, or a Syrian refugee? I think advancing VR technology offers possibilities that could vastly increase the empathy of its users. 

Existentially, I see two central forces pushing against one another. The first is empathy, which Google defines as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.”


One of the biggest reasons for it is the presence of mirror neurons, which simulate what a person sees, thereby generating similar feelings in the viewer. Simply put, when Anderson Silva broke his leg during an mixed martial arts match and the crowd gasped at the graphic slow-motion replay, their mirror neurons were firing crazily. 


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What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves?

What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.


But what if we descend not from a blustering chimp-like ancestor but from an empathic bonobo-like ape?


The bonobo’s body proportions—its long legs and narrow shoulders, even its grasping feet—seem to perfectly fit the descriptions of Ardi, as do its relatively small canines.


Why was the bonobo overlooked? What if the chimpanzee, instead of being an ancestral prototype, is in fact a violent outlier in an otherwise relatively peaceful lineage? Ardi is telling us something, and there may exist little agreement about what she is saying, but why do I always hear the drums of war while listening to evolutionary scenarios. This has been going on unabated since Konrad Lorenz and Robert Ardrey.


By Frans de Waal 

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5 Steps to Create a Compassionate Workplace

5 Steps to Create a Compassionate Workplace | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A 16-month longitudinal study at a long-term health care facility with 185 employees, 108 patients, and 42 of the patients' family members was conducted to test how the employees treated the patients and families versus their colleagues.


The researchers found that there was lower absenteeism and employee burnout, as well as higher levels of employee engagement with their work with greater teamwork and employee satisfaction. In addition, the culture of compassion spread to patients and their families. Then, to see if the same positive results would be found in industries such as real estate, finance, and public utilities, they performed a second study involving 3,201 employees in seven different industries.


Again, a greater culture of compassion in the workplace led to greater work satisfaction, commitment, and accountability.


...What steps can we take to develop or increase a compassionate workplace?


1. Try a morning ritual where you literally set a positive tone for your day....

2. Look for what you have in common with others today. ...

3. Practice intentional, but random, acts of kindness...

4. Start a gratitude journal where each day you write three new things you are grateful for at work....

5. Each night write about your day....


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A New Way to Listen

A New Way to Listen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
To develop empathy, you need to understand a person’s mind at a deeper level than is usual in your work. Since there are no telepathy servers yet, the only way to explore a person’s mind is to hear about it. Words are required.


A person’s inner thoughts must be communicated, either spoken aloud or written down. You can achieve this in a number of formats and scenarios.


Whether it is written or spoken, you are after the inner monologue. A recounting of a few example scenarios or experiences will work fine. You can get right down to the details, not of the events, but of what ran through this person’s mind during the events. In both written and spoken formats, you can ask questions about parts of the story that aren’t clear yet. Certainly, the person might forget some parts of her thinking process from these events, but she will remember the parts that are important to her.


by INDI YOUNG 


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Meghan Masto, Empathy and Its Role in Morality

Meghan Masto, Empathy and Its Role in Morality | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In this paper, I will argue, contra Prinz, that empathy is a crucial component of our moral lives. In particular, I argue that empathy is sometimes epistemologically necessary for identifying the right action; that empathy is sometimes psychologically necessary for motivating the agent to perform the right action; and that empathy is sometimes necessary for the agent to be most morally praiseworthy for an action.


I begin by explaining what I take empathy to be. I then discuss some alleged problems for empathy and explain why some argue that empathy is unnecessary and sometimes even problematic in the moral domain. Next, I criticize a prominent alternative to an empathy-based morality. Finally, I argue that that empathy is sometimes epistemologically and psychologically necessary for doing the right thing and is sometimes necessary for moral worth. I conclude with a discussion of the important role of empathy in our everyday lives


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(video) Puppy training offers troubled teens empathy, compassion

(video) Puppy training offers troubled teens empathy, compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Video: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/clip/11181428/teen-boys-train-puppies-to-gain-empathy 


More than 10 years ago, Home for Life Animal Sanctuary teamed up with St. Paul schools for a once a week program paired up with adult dogs. They jumped at the chance for the boys to learn to patiently train puppies.

Within just five weeks no one can ignore the difference. The boys were showing empathy and compassion translating to better results in their 6 hours of daily class time. Love and gentle nature are often not encouraged or even safe on the streets.

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Medicating Women’s Feelings: what we need is more empathy, compassion, receptivity, emotionality and vulnerability, not less.

Medicating Women’s Feelings: what we need is more empathy, compassion, receptivity, emotionality and vulnerability, not less. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

WOMEN are moody. By evolutionary design, we are hard-wired to be sensitive to our environments, empathic to our children’s needs and intuitive of our partners’ intentions.


This is basic to our survival and that of our offspring. Some research suggests that women are often better at articulating their feelings than men because as the female brain develops, more capacity is reserved for language, memory, hearing and observing emotions in others...


When we are overmedicated, our emotions become synthetic. For personal growth, for a satisfying marriage and for a more peaceful world, what we need is more empathy, compassion, receptivity, emotionality and vulnerability, not less.


We need to stop labeling our sadness and anxiety as uncomfortable symptoms, and to appreciate them as a healthy, adaptive part of our biology.



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Title Five: Women's feelings & medication: emotions complement female instincts which shouldn't be checked by drugs.

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Fearless Empathy | Vanessa Inn | TEDxBayArea

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Vanessa Inn demonstrates how to overcome fear, uniting “heart & spine” to achieve a state of fearless empathy.

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A Question of Empathy - Are There Positive Effects from Gaming? - YouTube

Many studies have investigated whether or not there is a link between video games and violence, but few have looked at the bigger picture. What is the correlation between video games and empathy?


Since games put us, as players, in the role of characters who are not ourselves, asking us to understand their situation and the problems that they face, they have the potential to teach us about how to empathize with others.


While many gamers have anecdotal evidence about games that made them feel a character's pain, there's a disappointing lack of formal studies into that side of the question.


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The Epidemic of Facelessness

The Epidemic of Facelessness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The connection between the face and ethical behavior is one of the exceedingly rare instances in which French phenomenology and contemporary neuroscience coincide in their conclusions. A 2009 study by Marco Iacoboni, a neuroscientist at the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, explained the connection: “Through imitation and mimicry, we are able to feel what other people feel. By being able to feel what other people feel, we are also able to respond compassionately to other people’s emotional states.”


The face is the key to the sense of intersubjectivity, linking mimicry and empathy through mirror neurons — the brain mechanism that creates imitation even in nonhuman primates.


The connection goes the other way, too. Inability to see a face is, in the most direct way, inability to recognize shared humanity with another. In a metastudy of antisocial populations, the inability to sense the emotions on other people’s faces was a key correlation.


By STEPHEN MARCHE

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Empathy Impact: Training & technology

Empathy Impact: Training & technology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy Impact: Training & technology to help high-growth tech companies Master the Art of Empathy; and make empathy a global cultural norm.


Empathy Impact believes empathy is essential for the harmony and well-being of all humanity. Corporations are the new leaders in global influence, holding more public influence than religion, science, or government. Understanding the feelings and motivations of employees, customers, investors, and the public helps high-growth, high-tech, start-up companies succeed and grow. Through training and technology we help create cultures of empathy in companies that have the potential for global impact.

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Primatologist de Waal to discuss emotions among animals - U Oregon

Primatologist de Waal to discuss emotions among animals - U Oregon | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Primatologist Frans de Waal will share his research findings on socially positive behaviors in animals and humans in his lecture “The Evolution of Connectivity: Empathy, Altruism, and Primate Social Skills.”


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In its third season, House of Cards tries a little empathy

In its third season, House of Cards tries a little empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If Claire has always been something of a conscience for Frank, such as there is one, in this third season she also starts to emerge as someone who may be a better long-term strategist, if only because Frank finally acquires some legitimate cracks.


In one of the show’s more legitimately interesting twists, it all comes down to empathy, which she demonstrates in both subtle and pronounced ways through the season.


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Empathy for a Child Abuser?

Empathy for a Child Abuser? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by David M. Allen  


 The task of reconciling begins to sound even more absurd to patients in such cases when I tell them that they have probably not yet employed the basic secret of being able to get past parental defenses and calmly discuss family dynamics (process called metacommunication). That secret is showing the parents empathy.



Empathy for a child abuser? For a child molester? I have got to be kidding, right? How can anyone be empathic with someone who has done something so heinous? So inexcusable? Why would they want to? The perpetrators cannot possibly deserve such a thing.

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Three core conditions for restorative justice to work

Three core conditions for restorative justice to work | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Carl Rogers, in the 1950s, defined some core conditions necessary for restorative justice to work. Rogers’ thesis was “in order to develop a healthy self-concept, we need to experience three core conditions in our relationship with those around us.” Richard Hendry, in his book “Building and Restoring Respectful Relationships in Schools,” identifies the three core conditions as empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.


Rogers asks the questions “Why do these core conditions matter?


How can children learn to understand how someone else feels – to be empathic – if they do not experience empathy from others?


How can children learn to value themselves and others as unique individuals if we cannot value them for who they truly are? How can we ask children to be honest and open with us if we are not offering them an honest reflection of who we are, what we think and how we feel?”

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Jane Goodall explains empathy and why kids need pets

Jane Goodall explains empathy and why kids need pets | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The primatologist sat down with MNN, sharing her thoughts on climate change, compassion and a dog named Rusty.


You've said your appreciation for animal sentience began with Rusty, a dog you befriended as a child in England. In what ways could you sense his sentience? Do you think growing up with pets is a good way for children to learn empathy for other animals?

I think it's desperately important for a child to grow up with a pet, providing there's somebody to make sure that they understand how the animal should be treated. And, you know, Rusty worked out problems. He worked out that if he was hot, he could trot down the road, down to the chine and have a little swim and come back. He even did pretend games. He was unlike any other dog I've ever had.



 

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Empathy with the Enemy

Empathy with the Enemy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Roman Krznaric,

Mahatma Gandhi was one of the great empathetic adventurers of the twentieth century, a master in the art of looking at the world from another’s perspective.


His philosophy was embodied in what is known as “Gandhi’s talisman”, a moral code which calls on us to consider the viewpoint of those living on the social margins when making ethical decisions, and to ensure that our actions benefit them in some way.


The challenge he raises is to imagine ourselves into the lives of people whose everyday existence might be vastly different from our own, symbolised by “the poorest and weakest man whom you may have seen”.


Empathising, for Gandhi, is both an individual moral guide and a route towards social change. 

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Campus holds 6th annual TEDxBerkeley conference, explores themes of wisdom, compassion | Dailycal.org

Campus holds 6th annual TEDxBerkeley conference, explores themes of wisdom, compassion | Dailycal.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
On Saturday, the sixth annual TEDxBerkeley conference showcased the ideas and perspectives of speakers on the themes of “Wisdom, Compassion and Connection.”

The daylong conference, held in Zellerbach Hall, was divided into three sessions, each focusing on one of the three overarching themes. The lineup of 21 speakers and performances was selected through nomination, according to Lucky Ding, the event’s director of information.
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Empathy, not Expulsion, for Preschoolers at Risk

Empathy, not Expulsion, for Preschoolers at Risk | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 A few years ago, a boy here was on the verge of being expelled because his teacher felt he was a danger to his classmates.

He was 4 years old, in preschool....


No one had talked with Danny about the event. As with many children, what was thought to be A.D.D. was actually a result of trauma.


Danny needed his teacher to empathize with him, to give him warmth and a sense of safety — not to wish to be rid of him.


After the intervention, she warmed to him, and gradually he warmed to his time spent in the classroom.


By SARA NEUFELD

 

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IS IT A CRIME OR NOT! WHO IS HARMED? THE CHILD THAT CANT FIGHT HIS OWN BATTLE  "BUT GOD CAN"  NO EDUCATION IS A SEVERE TRAUMA!  NC PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WILSON COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SCHWARTZ&SHAW P.L.L.C. LAW FIRM, RACHEL HITCH YOU ARE MURDERING MEGAN AND DESTINY COOK BY DENYING AND DEPRIVING THEM OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHT TO SOUND BASIC FREE APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION AS SPECIAL NEEDS QUALIFIED SCHOOL AGE INDIVIDUALS WHO RESIDE IN WILSON,NC 

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How Stress Kills Our Ability To Feel Compassion

How Stress Kills Our Ability To Feel Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The researchers studied the phenomenon known as "emotional contagion of pain," a key component of empathy which has to do with our ability to experience the pain of strangers.

Previous research by the same team has shown that both mice and humans have this ability, particularly when the person in pain is somebody they know. That research also showed that stress levels rose in mice and humans when they were around strangers, inspiring the researchers to investigate a potential link between stress and empathy.

In the first part of the experiment, the researchers gave mice metyrapone, a stress hormone blocker, which caused the mice to react to strangers in pain the same as they responded to cagemates in pain -- thereby suggesting a boost in empathy. Another test found that when the mice were put under stress, they showed less empathy towards their cagemates.


By Carolyn Gregoire


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Compassion education class teaches middle schoolers empathy, good citizenship

Compassion education class teaches middle schoolers empathy, good citizenship | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

From left, Dominique Edwards and Emma Malzacher, both 12, pet Schatzi as he sits in on their compassion education class. School Resource Officer Rob Tallion of the Kearney Police Department brings animals into the classroom to help students learn empathy.


Dominique is the daughter of Abigail Edwards, and Emma is the daughter of Brian and Sara Malzacher.


By JOSH MOODY

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I love the idea that not only are the students learning about empathy from Schatzi, but also learning about the terrible problem of people neglecting and abusing animals. They learn how they can help. They resilience in Schatzi and his ability, like theirs, to commit to helping others.

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Research results from Madison schools suggest compassion, kindness can be taught

Research results from Madison schools suggest compassion, kindness can be taught | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As soon as teacher Kim Smith mentioned “belly buddies,” 16 little bodies dropped to the classroom floor and fell silent. The children arranged themselves in a circle on their backs. Smith gave each one a small rock — the belly buddy — to rest on his or her stomach.

“Watch it go up and down as you take your belly breaths and calm your body,” said Smith, who teaches 4-year-old kindergarten at Stephens Elementary School in Madison.

The exercise, done regularly in Smith’s classroom, is part of a “kindness curriculum” developed at UW-Madison. By helping children focus on what’s happening to their bodies, the hypothesis goes, they will learn to respond with more compassion and less anger when they’re frustrated


The empathy these children are beginning to show is really amazing for 4-year-olds,” she said. “If someone drops a bucket of crayons, practically the whole class rushes to help out.”


 By Doug Erickson


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