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Video: Understanding dogs and empathy

Video: Understanding dogs and empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

John Van Zante from Rancho Coastal Humane Society gets to the bottom of whether dogs have empathy, taking a look at various studies. He also introduces us to this week's adoptable dogs.

 

John Van Zante from Rancho Coastal Humane Society gets to the bottom of whether dogs have empathy, taking a look at various studies. He also introduces us to this week’s adoptable dogs. Rancho Coastal Humane Society is open Wednesday through Monday in Encinitas.

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Exploring the relevance of empathy neuroscience to the building of peaceful communities

Exploring the relevance of empathy neuroscience to the building of peaceful communities | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Join Empathy for Peace and Dr. James Leckman for a conversation and questions about the ways in which empathy can be a force for building caring and peaceful communities.  

Dr. James Leckman, M.D. is a well known child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. His peers have regularly selected him as one of the Best Doctors in America.

 

Dr. Leckman is the author or co-author of over 300 original articles published in peer-reviewed journals, seven books, and 120 book chapters. In 2002, he was identified by the American Society for Information, Science and Technology as a “Highly Cited Researcher” - one of the world’s most cited authors in Psychology and Psychiatry – in the top half of the top one percent of all publishing researchers.

Dr. Leckman's most recent work is focused on exploring how strengthening families and enhancing child development can be a path to peace and violence prevention.

 

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30 of the Best Books to Teach Children Empathy | TeachThought

30 of the Best Books to Teach Children Empathy | TeachThought | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Often confused with sympathy and compassion, empathy is, put simply, the ability to feel what another person is feeling. Unlike sympathy or compassion, empathy doesn’t require you to feel for  them, though it can lead to those emotions. Empathy, rather, is a starting point for understanding both ourselves and other people from the inside out.

In “How To Teach Empathy,” Terry Heick said that “empathy is both a cause and effect of understanding, a kind of cognitive and emotional double helix that can create a bridge between classroom learning and ‘real life’ application.”

Since storytelling is such a powerful tool to communicate the human condition, TeachThought have created a list of 30 stories that do exactly that.

Each of the following books in the collection were selected for the ability to provide an especially apt demonstration of, or opportunity to learn, empathy.
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PART2 ‘Empathy’ What it is Why it’s a foundation of wellbeing How to teach it to students - YouTube

PART2 ‘Empathy’ What it is Why it’s a foundation of wellbeing How to teach it to students
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14 Books and Movies to Teach Kids About Empathy

14 Books and Movies to Teach Kids About Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Dr. Seuss schools kids on the importance of inclusion with this story about the “us vs. them” mentality. The Sneetches is about birdlike creatures that are exactly the same— except some have stars on their bellies, and some do not. The Star-Belly Sneetches think that they are better and look down upon the star-less Sneetches.
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Empathy  

Second video in our HELPRR series. Target group is 7-9 year olds. The video reviews the definition of empathy, its importance and steps to understanding empathy. This video is to be utilized as a supplement to the lesson plan and activity book produced by PECH Pros

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(Empathic Parenting) Sympathy vs. Empathy: why parents should know the difference

(Empathic Parenting) Sympathy vs. Empathy: why parents should know the difference | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research shows an ever-growing sense of entitlement in our youth, along with an exponential rise in bullying, despite anti bullying efforts. Why? Because too frequently, parents confuse w sympathy w empathy.

Dr. Leonard, psychotherapist, explains the difference between the two.

 

 1) Sympathy is feeling sorry for your child. When you feel sorry for your child, you tend to lower expectations, make concessions, and demand rules be changed for them. This creates a sense of entitlement in the child.

 

2) Empathy is emotional attunement.

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Is empathy overrated?

Is empathy overrated? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
While it may result in tremendous good, empathy can also be narrow, biased and surprisingly insensitive, argues psychology professor Paul Bloom.

Does empathy make the world a better place? It certainly looks like it. After all, empathy drives people to treat others’ suffering as if it were their own, which then motivates action to make the suffering go away. I see the bullied teenager and might be tempted initially to join in with his tormentors, out of sadism or boredom or a desire to dominate or be popular, but then I empathize — I feel his pain, I feel what it’s like to be bullied — so I don’t add to his suffering. Maybe I even rise to his defense. Empathy is like a spotlight directing attention and aid to where it’s needed.
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Empathy: How it can re-establish the connection between people

Empathy: How it can re-establish the connection between people | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The benefits of empathy may still be confusing for some, and may even be confused with comparing it with sympathy, but if one reading this article is a student, teacher, parent, or someone who stumbled upon it – this is why as humans it is unquestionably important to develop empathy as a natural skill.

  • Empathy will help us to understand the needs and situations of the people around us.
  • One will be more likely to treat those the way one want to be treated.
  • More open to connections and relationships with the people around us, and more beneficial to learning and new experiences.
  • Communication and listening skills will become stronger, learning to closely read what a person is really saying, instead of making assumptions.
  • Empathy humanizes the ‘other’, instead of creating distance with nothing more than something that is beneath us.

 

 Kristen Leer

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Machine Learning Without Empathy Fails

Machine Learning Without Empathy Fails | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Customer empathy will continue to be a key attribute startups must master in order to compete with, and outperform the giants in their industry.

 

Startups that value customer empathy’s role in marketing and tackle real customer relationships alongside machine learning will succeed. Those who don’t will fail.

 

William Gradin

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​Empathy gets a bad rap 

​Empathy gets a bad rap  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I beg to differ. Empathy is the exact quality necessary to make a good judge an exceptional one. Empathy means, “I get it, I feel your pain.” It allows for better understanding when evaluating all the components of a case.

A lack of empathy, in psychiatric circles, is often defined as the mark of a sociopath, showing a clear lack of willingness or inability to hear and understand the perspective, experience or emotions of others.

Politics, ambition, and a lack of experience or character may prevent a judge from being empathetic. Therefore, in some cases, empathy can mean the difference between providing justice or not.

Embracing empathy
As leaders, we are asked to be arbiters for the success or failure of the people we manage every day. To be both significant and effective, we need to not only understand empathy but embrace it wholeheartedly.

 

John Chappelear

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(Against Empathy) Did a lack of empathy cause both Brexit and Trump?

(Against Empathy) Did a lack of empathy cause both Brexit and Trump? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Defenders of empathy typically recommend that we try to change our biases, training ourselves to feel as deeply with the different or the distant as we do with those at home. Bloom argues that this is bound to fail: we will never feel as much for a stranger’s child as we do for our own. (Even if we could, it might not be a good thing: one study suggests that high-empathy individuals have higher levels of aggression.)

 

Instead, we should train ourselves to think about consequences, and to respond to situations with “rational compassion”. This demands approaching others with warmth and understanding but remaining emotionally detached when deciding how to act.

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Michael Bader: The loss of empathy in everyday life | TheUnion.com

Michael Bader: The loss of empathy in everyday life | TheUnion.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
t is well known that empathy — the experience of seeing and feeling the world through the eyes of another human being—is essential to healthy human development and relationships, and that, in its absence, people become psychologically wounded.

 

It is also true, but less well known, that when the institutions upon which we depend fail to be responsive to our particular needs or are indifferent to our pain, we suffer in similar ways. The personal and the social are wedded together in everyday life, and they are too often in short supply.

This empathy deficit was powerfully illustrated in the March 14 edition of The Union, in a tragic story by Cory Fisher about Stephen Jobe's quest...

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Contagious yawning, laughing and scratching gives clues to how the human brain works

Contagious yawning, laughing and scratching gives clues to how the human brain works | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy may not have much to do with it

Many studies have suggested that empathy could explain contagious yawning. A study published a year ago, for example, indicated that women are more susceptible to catch yawns than men. Researchers also noted that women score higher on empathy tests, and thought the two might be associated.
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PART1 ‘Empathy’ What it is Why it’s a foundation of wellbeing How to teach it to students - YouTube

Part 1: Empathy - What it is, why it grounds wellbeing and how to teach it to students By: Geelong Grammar School

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How We Can Reduce Prejudice with a Conversation | David Fleischer | TEDx

After a vote that banned same-sex marriage in California, David Fleischer and his team at the Los Angeles LGBT Center set about to find out why, and attempt to reduce prejudice by going door-to-door. Could they change peoples' minds with a conversation? The answer surprised everyone.

Dave Fleischer runs the Leadership LAB at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The LAB helps both LGBT and straight leaders improve their ability to reduce prejudice and change the hearts and minds of voters. After an independent evaluation of the LAB’s effectiveness was published in the April 8, 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Science, media coverage for the LAB’s work included this New York Times Magazine story. In September 2016, the American Political Science Association’s Experimental Research Section gave Dave its public service award for his body of work.
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The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy  

The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy examines how the requirements, stimuli, affects and environments of work condition our empathy. In some cases, work calls for no empathy – characters who don’t blink or flinch in the face of danger nor crack under pressure. In other cases, capitalism requires empathy in spades –charming, friendly, sensitive and listening managers, customer service agents and careers. 

When workers are required to either ignore their empathy to-do a job, or dial it up to increase productivity, they are entering a psychopathic modality. The affective blitz of work, flickering screens, emotive content, vibrating alerts and sounding alarms erode our sensitivities whilst we are modulated with attention stimulants, social lubricants and so called anti-anxiety drugs. This is amidst a virulent and exacerbating climate of competition and frenzied quantification. Capitalism pressures us to feign empathy and leverage social relationships on one hand, whilst being cold and pragmatic on the other. We are passionate and enthusiastic whilst keeping a professional distance. 

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Why Empathy is the Secret to Creativity 

Why Empathy is the Secret to Creativity  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Little Black Book, Why Empathy is the Secret to Creativity. 

 

Empathy, the ability to intellectually and emotionally connect with the experience of another, is one of humanity’s defining characteristics.

 

Now, it may not feel like that as you endure the thoroughly antisocial daily commute or the machinations of Machiavellian colleagues, but according to researchers it’s the cornerstone of civilisation (language, art, politics are all products of our sociable natures and desire to communicate with and understand others).

 

It may even be the key to our species’ long-term survival.

 

 Laura Swinton

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Entertainment or Empathy - What do People Really Want From VR? 

Entertainment or Empathy - What do People Really Want From VR?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
VR, empathy and beyond

Whilst the gaming industry is an obvious candidate for adopting Virtual Reality technology, could VR find its most lucrative niche in more practical uses? Reports and opinion pieces seem to come in on a daily basis around how VR will revolutionise business meetings, help cure stage fright, and assist cutting edge medical research for both physical and mental health concerns, amongst countless other functions.

These new frontiers of Virtual Reality are arguably just as newsworthy as entertainment-focused ones, if not more so. Beyond its recreational uses, Virtual Reality has been described as “the ultimate empathy machine”—hence how it has already been embraced by journalists from the New York Times to the Guardian to put viewers into war-torn Syria and solitary confinement, amongst others things. The latter publication singled out the medium’s ability to provide “embodiment and perspective” when telling stories.
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Practicing Empathy with Jane McGonigal

Practicing Empathy with Jane McGonigal | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
World-renowned game designer, Jane McGonigal, defines two different types of empathy and how we can practice being more empathetic to imagine a better future.
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Selling What They Preach: the Rewards of Empathy

A recent ad for the InterContinental hotel brand, a lush video set in London, features an interview with Kathryn Sargent, the first woman master tailor to open her own shop on Savile Row. “The whole experience of making a beautiful garment for someone,” Sargent tells the camera, as she expertly marks a piece of wool, “empathy is at the heart of that.”

 

The video is titled, for YouTube purposes, “Stories of the InterContinental® Life Presents: Empathy—A Bespoke Connection”; it is accompanied by the “Rewards of Empathy” episode of InterContinental’s podcast, which features another discussion with Sargent and culminates in, as the episode’s notes put it, “a chat with a pair of philosophy experts about the rewards of empathy in our daily lives.”

 

Kurt Halfyard

 

 

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To understand perpetrators, we must care about them: Empathy can help with understanding the experiences and motivations of perpetrators.

To understand perpetrators, we must care about them: Empathy can help with understanding the experiences and motivations of perpetrators. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Preventing future atrocities requires empathetic understanding of how regular people transform into monsters. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging perpetrators.

 

Deliberately cultivating empathy for the veterans I talked to was essential in dealing with an inevitable fact of the interviews: their lies. The men I met told two sorts of lies: lies they knowingly told others (one veteran who murdered children, for instance, tried repeatedly to deny doing so), and lies they unknowingly told themselves (one man tried insisting that he had consensual sex with comfort women, that he was not a rapist). 

 

It was important to get past both kinds of lies, but I could not do so effectively if I could not empathize with their need to lie, with their need to defend themselves against their worst shames. Keeping that at the front of my emotional awareness allowed me to practice empathetic interrogation—which was, in my view, the only way to get the truth from people whose testimony was entirely voluntary.

 

 JAMES DAWES

 

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How to Difference between revisions of "Avoid Misunderstandings with Your Partner"

Actively listen. Listening to your partner can help you understand what they want and need.

1] Even if they disagree with your opinion or perspective, listening is an important first step in avoiding misunderstandings with your partner.

[2] Pay attention to nonverbal information. For instance, if you ask your partner if they want to go see a movie and they exhale with a “tsh” sound, raise their eyebrows sharply, and reply “Yeah,” they might not want to see a movie even though they said they did.


Rephrase what your partner says. For instance, if your partner says, “The pasta is a bit stiff still and the water is cold,” you might reply, “It sounds as though the pasta is not done cooking yet, is that right?”

Ask questions. In addition to paraphrasing what your partner says, you should ask questions if there’s anything you don’t understand or wish to obtain more information about.

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Our Approach | IDEO.org

Our Approach | IDEO.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Human-centered design sits at the intersection of empathy and creativity

 

We use human-centered design to create products, services, and experiences that improve the lives of people living in poverty.

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