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The power of self-compassion - Harvard Health Publications

The power of self-compassion - Harvard Health Publications | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Forgiving and nurturing yourself can set the stage for better health, relationships, and general well-being. Self-compassion yields a number of benefits, including lower levels of anxiety and depression. Self-compassionate people recognize when they are suffering and are kind to themselves at these times, which reduces their anxiety and related depression.


While some people come by self-compassion naturally, others have to learn it. Luckily, it is a learnable skill.
 

Harvard psychologist Christopher Germer, in his book The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, suggests that there are five ways to bring self-compassion into your life: via physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual methods. He and other experts have proposed a variety of ways to foster self-compassion. Here are a few:

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Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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More empathy through virtual reality 

Virtual reality technology is being used to help aid organizations raise funds. Potential donors are sent virtually to where aid is needed. The UN project has reported initial success.
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Benefits of Mapping Experiences

Benefits of Mapping Experiences | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
1. Mapping helps build empathy

It’s often amazing how little organizations know about the experiences that the people they serve actually go through. Experience maps shed light on real-world human conditions. In doing so they instill empathy into an organization.

Bruce Temkin, a leader in customer experience management, stresses the relevance and importance of such mapping activities.

He writes in a blog post:
Companies need to use tools and processes that reinforce an understanding of actual customer needs. One of the key tools in this area is something called a customer journey map… Used appropriately, these maps can shift a company’s perspective from inside-out to outside-in.

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(Empathic Design) The Art And Science Of Customer Empathy In Design Thinking 

(Empathic Design) The Art And Science Of Customer Empathy In Design Thinking  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Customer-centric solutions demand empathy. But, how we employ this principle within design thinking is as critical—if not more—as what we do in the process.

Certain slices can be easily repeated—that’s the science part. However, not everything fits neatly into a template. More than anything else, we rely on our creativity to accurately frame a problem and discover the attached opportunity. That’s the art of customer empathy within design thinking.

In my previous post, I discussed three factors that are critical turning empathy into an obsession when developing customer-centric innovations Opens in a new window. I want to expand on this topic and elaborate on how it can also be applied to our everyday work as well.

Customer empathy is not inherited or repeated-it’s continuously learned

 

by Kaan Turnali | July 23, 2017

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(Teaching Empathy) Leading with Empathy in the 21st Century | Brown University

(Teaching Empathy) Leading with Empathy in the 21st Century | Brown University | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

CEPY0946: “Leading with Empathy in the 21st Century” Course Syllabus July 10 – July 21, 2017

 

There is a recent groundswell of interest in empathy; CEOs, best-selling authors, and international leaders have identified empathy as one of the most important leadership skills of the 21st century. Generally understood as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another,” empathy will play an increasingly important role in our interdependent and hyper-connected world.

 

Whether your challenge is to build a collaborative team, become a skilled professional, or advocate effectively for social justice, empathy is a vital leadership capacity.

 

A. Knowledge:

  • − “Empathy” as a multifaceted concept.
  • − The underlying cognitive processes and neural structures related to cognitive empathy
    and affective empathy.
  • − Instruments for measuring empathy-related constructs.
    − The influence of individual difference, motivation, and situational contexts on empathy.
  • − The relationships between empathy, compassion, prosociality, and morality.


B. Awareness:

  • − Appreciation of empathy as a skill spells success for the individual “I” and the  collective “we” in our interdependent society.
  • − Recognition of common cognitive errors and biases in interpersonal interaction and a conscious effort to correct such mental habits.
  • − Conscious effort to cultivate and utilize empathy in personal, academic, and
    professional life.

 

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(Teaching Empathy) 3 Ways to Teach Perspective Taking Skills 

(Teaching Empathy) 3 Ways to Teach Perspective Taking Skills  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dr. Michele Borba, author of UnSelfie, offers 3 ways teachers and parents can help children accept differences and learn perspective taking skills.

Raising Kids to Think We, Not Me!

REALITY CHECK: The gateway to learning to empathize, accepting differences and understanding another’s perspective is an emotion vocabulary. That’s why the first of the 9 Crucial Empathy Building Habits in UnSelfie is Emotional Literacy. But when children can identify, name and understand different emotions, it’s time to help children practice understanding other’s feelings and thoughts. It’s a critical step towards  accepting differences and learning perspective taking. 

 

Young children are by nature egocentric and must first see the world from their own point of view. Teens can also revert back to that “Me First” mentality. Thinking and feeling as though the world revolves around you makes it difficult to see someone else’s point of view.

 

That’s why Daniel Goleman reminds us: “Self-absorption kills empathy.” But empathy can be cultivated; children can learn perspective taking skills.

 

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(Empathic Relationships) 7 Reasons Why Empathy Is Important in a Relationship  

(Empathic Relationships) 7 Reasons Why Empathy Is Important in a Relationship   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is one of the most important abilities that help people understand each other. So why is it even more important in your relationship?
By Lianne Choo

 

"Whether with your friends, family members, kids, neighbors, colleagues or your favorite Starbucks barista, empathy is very important when it comes to building lasting relationships with others.

 

The most important person you should be empathizing with is, of course, your partner. If you can’t connect with the most important person in your life, then who can you connect with?...

 

  • #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..."
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Is Empathy Enough? Social Justice and the Antiracist Classroom

Is Empathy Enough? Social Justice and the Antiracist Classroom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Tough Talk is a superb classroom resource. It combines critical literacy, discussion protocols, and contemporary research. O’Donnell-Allen highlights empathy as a crucial element to civil discourse inside and outside of the classroom. Empathy becomes a way for students “to view both the characters they read and the classmates with whom they interact more compassionately” (31).

 

This post is not meant to disparage O’Donnell-Allen’s wonderful work but instead to grapple with empathy and think through what happens next.

 

Framing empathy as a potent force for social justice is not uncommon. Last year, my district embarked on cultural competency training designed to build empathy and improve ‘educational outcomes’ for students of color. 

Arthur Chiaravalli  

 

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(Teaching Empathy) How to Be More Empathetic: 5 practical tips to be more empathetic in any situation • Six Seconds

(Teaching Empathy) How to Be More Empathetic: 5 practical tips to be more empathetic in any situation • Six Seconds | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to imaginatively step into someone else’s shoes and understand their feelings and perspective – and if you haven’t noticed, we could use as much as we can get these days. From political polarization to racial tension to wars throughout the world, we seem to be at rock bottom in terms of this crucial skill.


So what can we do about it?

 

 It starts with each of us honing our ability to be more empathetic – with friends, coworkers, and even strangers – and here are some tips to do exactly that.

  • #1 Make curiosity a habit
  • #2 Widen your circle
  • #3 Get lost in a good book
  • #4 Learn another language
  • #5 Ask someone how they are doing

 

 

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The Empathetic Resonance - Hologram Radio

The Empathetic Resonance - Hologram Radio | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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(Empathic Leadership) Why empathy is a core leadership skill

(Empathic Leadership) Why empathy is a core leadership skill | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Leaders who inspire us invest in us. They value different perspectives, form authentic connections, and motivate teams to do their best work.

 

Leadership is about relationships.

A Gallup poll asked more than 10,000 Americans the same questions above. If your description is anything like theirs, then the leaders who influence you have more than technical skills; they have a well developed ability to connect with others. The responses revealed four themes:

 

* Human connection drives success....

Empathy is a skill that takes practice....

  - Give yourself a break....

  - Establish empathy as a norm...

 

Interested in cultivating a culture of empathy in your workplace? CivCom provides customized training and resources. 

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(Empathc Healthcare) Jefferson University awarded $300K for project on empathy in dementia care

(Empathc Healthcare) Jefferson University awarded $300K for project on empathy in dementia care | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage awarded a $300,000 grant to Thomas Jefferson University to extend its year-old work with ARTZ Philadelphia to foster empathy in health professions, the university announced Thursday.

The project will pair about 80 people living with dementia and their caregivers with Jefferson medical students in a mentoring program. The grant is enough to keep the program going for another two years.

The ARTZ@Jefferson course is designed to engage students through a series of conversations generated by arts-based experiences. The work will culminate in an original theater performance about what it means to become a healer produced by Theater of Witness.
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(Empathy and Animals) Study: Toward a cross-species understanding of empathy

(Empathy and Animals) Study: Toward a cross-species understanding of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Although signs of empathy have now been well documented in non-human primates, only during the past few years have systematic observations suggested that a primal form of empathy exists in rodents. Thus, the study of empathy in animals has started in earnest.

 

Here we review recent studies indicating that rodents are able to share states of fear, and highlight how affective neuroscience approaches to the study of primary-process emotional systems can help to delineate how primal empathy is constituted in mammalian brains.

 

Cross-species evolutionary approaches to understanding the neural circuitry of emotional ‘contagion’ or ‘resonance’ between nearby animals, together with the underlying neurochemistries, may help to clarify the origins of human empathy.

 

 Jaak Panksepp

 Jules B. Panksepp

 

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Houses of Empathy – Houses of Empathy

Houses of Empathy – Houses of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Houses of Empathy is an European project that aims to contribute to the reduction of violence amongst peers in residential care settings, by building a programme on bullying prevention.

Like the building of a house, the project proposes to develop and reinforce personal and social skills, the foundations of healthy relationships, in order to gradually promote empathy skills among children, young people and staff.

What makes Houses of Empathy an innovative project is its ecological approach. It intervenes on different levels, involving not only young people, but also the staff in residential care settings and other stakeholders in the child protection community.
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(Empathic Healthcare) Oxford Empathy Programme: International Colloquium — University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

(Empathic Healthcare) Oxford Empathy Programme: International Colloquium — University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What kind of empathy is beneficial to patients and practitioners?

A growing body of evidence suggests that when healthcare practitioners enhance the way they express empathy, that this may improve healthcare outcomes. Specifically, enhanced empathy appears to:

  • reduce patient pain, depression, anxiety
  • increase patient satisfaction
  • and improve patient well-being
  • improve medication adherence
  • reduce practitioner burnout
  • reduce patient complaints and medico-legal risk
  • reduce medication use


How has empathy been defined in clinical studies that evaluate practitioner empathy and/or its impact on patient care?
How does empathy differ from compassion, and ‘patient-centred care’?

  • When is empathy (according to the definitions above) helpful/harmful to (a) patients, and (b) practitioners?
  • Through group discussions, plenary sessions and poster presentations, we will explore these questions with a view to collating our findings and publishing a report on our colloquium.

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(Teaching Empathy) (Empathic Design) Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking

(Teaching Empathy) (Empathic Design) Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

1. Empathize

Empathy is the first step in design thinking because it is a skill that allows us to understand and share the same feelings that others feel. Through empathy, we are able to put ourselves in other people's shoes and connect with how they might be feeling about their problem, circumstance, or situation. Some questions to consider:

  • What is the person feeling?
  • What actions or words indicate this feeling?
  • Can you identify their feelings through words?
  • What words would you use to describe their feelings?

 

..5. Test

During testing, empathy plays a key role in shaping of the user's experience. Focus on showing and not telling. This helps the users to create their own experiences, and also helps us to identify how to improve their experiences next time. The opportunity for empathizing is important at this stage, because one is able to see the user's experience and hear his or her thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Testing also helps to shape our point of view in relation to the user's point of view.

 

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(Empaths) The Dark Side Of Empathic People That You Rarely See and Must Always Be Cautious Of!

(Empaths) The Dark Side Of Empathic People That You Rarely See and Must Always Be Cautious Of! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The dark side of being an empath is constantly being exhausted and fatigued from the energies you absorb. But, you’d never know it. Because the empath never dares break down or lose composure. They quietly observe, acknowledge and feel.

As many others do, empaths want to be loved and accepted for who they are. But, it is their generosity and kindness that often sees them being taken advantage of by those who only take, never give. Empaths are ‘givers’ by all means, ready to show kindness to those in need at all times.

The dark side of being an empath is not knowing that being so selfless places an incredibly heavy burden on one’s self. Even the empaths that do recognize the burdensome nature of their selflessness often choose to ignore it, because carrying that weight is more meaningful than letting it fall on someone else’s shoulders.

 

By Amanda Greene

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Refugees: Empathy decline in Germany | All media content | DW | 02.10.2015

The UN refugee agency says the number of people seeking asylum in the EU will rise. 1.5 Million people are expected to flee to Europe this year and next. In Germany, the issue is affecting political debate. Surveys show that attitudes are changing.
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The Whats, Hows, and Whos of Empathy for Software Makers

The Whats, Hows, and Whos of Empathy for Software Makers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What Is Empathy?

Empathy means being able to understand and share the feelings of another being. It’s the ability to place yourself in another person’s shoes. Understanding what empathy means and being able to practice it are two entirely different things, though.


How Can You Practice Empathy?

To be empathetic, you should

  • 1. Set your judgments aside.
  • 2. Actively listen.
  • 3. Relate, if you can.

 

BY: SARAH BROCKETT

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Three Kinds of Empathy - Adventist HealthCare 

Three Kinds of Empathy - Adventist HealthCare  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
COGNITIVE & EMOTIONAL EMPATHY
The first is “cognitive empathy”—knowing information, but not necessarily feeling any personal engagement with how another person feels and what they might be thinking. It parallels with “emotional empathy”—feeling very moved or even physically impacted by someone else’s feelings, even if they aren’t entirely understood.

COMPASSIONATE EMPATHY
It is when these two empathies are in balance with each other that we model “compassionate empathy”—the empathetic concern that enables us to understand another person’s perspective, emotionally feel how they are feeling, and be willing and able to help them, if needed.
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The Decline of Empathy and the Appeal of Right-Wing Politics

The Decline of Empathy and the Appeal of Right-Wing Politics | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In 1978, developmental psychologist Edward Tronick and his colleagues published a paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry that demonstrated the psychological importance of the earliest interactions between a mother and her baby. The interactions of interest involved the playful, animated, and reciprocal mirroring of each other’s facial expressions. Tronick’s experimental design was simple: 

 

A mother was asked to play naturally in this way with her 6-month-old infant.  The mother was then instructed to suddenly make her facial expression flat and neutral—completely “still,” in other words--and to do so for three minutes, regardless of her baby’s activity.  Mothers were then told to resume normal play.  The design came to be called the “still face paradigm.”

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(Empathy Training) Empathy and Social Competence Training 

(Empathy Training) Empathy and Social Competence Training  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sample Lesson

https://www.researchpress.com/sites/default/files/books/addContent/5673-sample.pdf

 

Foreword by Larry K. Brendtro
Preface by Mark Amendola and Robert Oliver
Introduction: About the Prepare Curriculum by Clive R. Hollin
Part 1: Theoretical Foundation and Program Overview
Part 2: Empathy and Social Competence Training Lessons
Lesson 1: The Problem Situation
Lesson 2: What Is Empathy?
Lesson 3: Attending and Nonattending Behavior
Lesson 4: Identifying Your Feelings
Lesson 5: Ten Years from Now
Lesson 6: Increasing Feelings Vocabulary
Lesson 7: Range of Feelings
Lesson 8: Introduction to HEARS
Lesson 9: The “H” of HEARS: Hold the Correct Posture
Lesson 10: The “E” of HEARS: Eye Contact
Lesson 11: The “A” of HEARS: Assess the Person’s Feelings Correctly—Part 1
Lesson 12: The “A” of HEARS: Assess the Person’s Feelings Correctly—Part 2
Lesson 13: The “R” of HEARS: Respond with Your Face Appropriately
Lesson 14: The “S” of HEARS: Say the Person’s Feelings in Your Own Words—Part 1
Lesson 15: The “S” of HEARS: Say the Person’s Feelings in Your Own Words—Part 2
Lesson 16: Practicing the HEARS Model
Lesson 17: “I” Statements
Lesson 18: Trust Accounts
Appendix: Empathy and Social Competence Training Fidelity Form

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(Empathic Design) Empathy as a Service: Applying Service Design to the Homelessness Issue

(Empathic Design) Empathy as a Service: Applying Service Design to the Homelessness Issue | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy. It’s an unavoidable word in the world of user experience design. Too often it is applied to designs in too narrow a fashion. Your empathy should come from the problem your design is solving, not measured in the level of frustration or delight experienced with your design.

Ariel Kennan is the Director of Design and Product at the New York City Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity. She has been working on the HOME-STAT initiative which is an effort of the City of New York to properly provide services to the city’s homeless population.
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(Empathy @ Work) 7 Benefits of Empathy in the Workplace

(Empathy @ Work) 7 Benefits of Empathy in the Workplace | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Let’s get specific. Here’s why empathy in the workplace matters:


1) Empathy is at the core of your mission.
It’s the guiding force behind organizations working to help people. Without empathy, many services that prevent violence, disease, and poverty might fail to exist at all. The ability to understand others' experiences is also vital for businesses committed to delivering high-quality products that meet customers' needs and advance their quality of life. So if empathy is not a priority in service delivery and evaluation, then there might be a disconnect between an organization’s mission and its practices.

 

 2) Empathy boosts productivity...

3) Empathy fuels effective collaboration....

4) Empathy improves cultural competence....

5) Empathy elevates customer satisfaction....

6) Empathy builds leadership....

7) Empathy is a competitive advantage....

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Interview with Dan Zahavi on Issues in Contemporary Phenomenology

Interview with Dan Zahavi on Issues in Contemporary Phenomenology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
DZ: I speak of acquaintance. And this is important to understand the concept of empathy. Empathy provides me with an experiential access to you or to your experiences but it doesn’t make your experiences into my experiences because if that was the case, then it would be a self-experience.

 

It is like saying the act of empathy or the empathizing is of course a first person experience but the target of the empathizing let’s say your joy or your embarrassment, my empathy grasps that. And this gives me an access to your experiences rather than just being a question of me inferring what kind of state you might be in.

 

 When I’m confronted in the face to face encounter and I’m confronted with your embarrassment or your joy, I’m  experiencing you being joyful but me experiencing you being joyful doesn’t mean that I’m now joyful or I’m now embarrassed.  

 

Valeria Motta 

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