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Realizing Empathy: The Empathy Workshop - October 2013

Our speaker - Rhode Island based Seung Chan Lim, a Digital Creative Professional for over 10 years - presented some of the findings from his book called "Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of Making". He elaborated on his notion that a creative process is essentially a process of realizing empathy.

 

He told us the story of how he came to this conclusion by starting with a definition of empathy, and then moved toward examples of how to realize it. Slim has been sharing his findings all up and down the Eastern Sea Board, and we are honored to have him visit the NYC UXPA while he was in town.

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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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(Teaching Empathy)  4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy  

(Teaching Empathy)  4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Perspective taking, also known as cognitive empathy, occurs when a person is able to imagine herself in the situation of another.

 

A good example is a line spoken by Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) in the movie To Kill a Mockingbird: “

 

If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Here are some strategies our graduates around the world use with their students to help develop both affective and cognitive empathy.

 

  1. Modeling
  2. Teaching Point of View
  3. Using Literature to Teach Different Perspectives
  4. Listening Actively to Others

 

BY KURU

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Is Empathy Overrated?

Is Empathy Overrated? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Yale psychologist Paul Bloom suggests a bit of reason in your feeling in his new book, Against Empathy.

 

Empathy seems to be a quality you can never overdo. It’s like a megavitamin of emotionally relating: the more you display, the better a human you are. Yet just like vitamins, argues Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom in his new book, Against Empathy, too much is too much.''

 

Bloom spends a lot of time contemplating psychology. In his last book, Just Babies, he argued humans are born moral, no religion required. He’d built this argument for some time: his 2005 essay on God being a quirk of biological processes offers great insight into our cognitive wiring.

 

 

by DEREK BERES

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Empathy and moral choices: Study limits the role of emotions in moral decisions

Empathy and moral choices: Study limits the role of emotions in moral decisions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy and emotional awareness do not affect our moral decisions. This is suggested by a new study published on Social Neuroscience and led by SISSA neuroscientist Marilena Aiello. Our choices do not depend on our empathy.

 

The difference, instead, lies in our emotional reactions, more pronounced in more empathic people. In particular if we opt for uncomfortable decisions for a greater good.

 

Journal Reference:

Cinzia Cecchetto, Sebastian Korb, Raffaella Ida Rumiati, Marilena Aiello. Emotional reactions in moral decision-making are influenced by empathy and alexithymia. Social Neuroscience, 2017; 1 DOI: 10.1080/17470919.2017.1288656

 

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Amy Whitaker: "Empathy and Its Discontents"

Amy Whitaker: "Empathy and Its Discontents" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This is the frontier of empathy and its discontents. I want people to have clear and unassailable abortion rights. And then if they ever have to contemplate an abortion, I want them to hear Jane’s story.

 

I want them to experience the tear-welling, open-heartedness I felt hearing her tell me, the emotional power and possible persuasion of her story and all its pain and hope and river-deep possibility and love. I want the structure of democracy to be ironclad—of individual choice, of autonomy, of institutional restraint.

 

But once the structure is intact, to be fully inhabited by the human. Democracy is the house. Empathy is the furniture. Once the load-bearing walls are in place, the space comes alive with dignity and respect, kindness and imagination.

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Empathy as Resistance in Trump’s America

Empathy as Resistance in Trump’s America | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The problems that confront Americans—from those being created by Trump every day to those that go back far further into our history—are numerous, widespread, complex, and challenging. They will require collective responses that go far beyond awareness and protests. But we can’t respond at all if we don’t know or don’t care. At their most cynical, Henak and Morrissey’s comments suggest that most of all will never be sufficiently affected to find our way to such empathy.

 

But at their most hopeful, their texts tell a different story, one that can help elicit precisely such empathetic responses and actions. As we’re seeing unfold around us, that empathy can and must be a potent mode of resistance in Trump’s America.

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Health Benefits of Listening - Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Health Benefits of Listening - Ornish Lifestyle Medicine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I knew an innovative middle school teacher who wrote the word JUDGMENT in bold letters on a large poster board and hung it from the ceiling in her classroom. The first day of school, her students were intrigued. They had a lively discussion about their teacher’s message and her intention for how she would like them to treat each other. Her message, they concluded: “In this classroom, we suspend judgment of one another.” She then proceeded to write on the blackboard the one word of instruction on how to achieve her lesson: LISTEN.


The ability to listen empathically is a trait we can acquire!

 

by Mimi O' Connor

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Learning to listen to each other one student at a time.

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What’s Needed in These Uncertain Times? Maybe More Empathy.

What’s Needed in These Uncertain Times? Maybe More Empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It seems like there are more rocky times ahead. As we view immigration policies and other issues facing our country, empathy will continue to be a key component to creating policies for a more humane society and at the same time keeping the United States safe for all. Empathy is not just needed from Donald Trump and his supporters, but also from everyone of every political stripe if we are to improve our society.

Continue to stay involved with issues that are important to you. Your Maybe mindset, along with some empathy, are good tools to help you forge a better relationship with uncertainty. And stay tuned--I will be back next week with more tips in a new Survival Guide for Uncertain Times.

 

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Can Virtual Reality ‘Teach’ Empathy?

Can Virtual Reality ‘Teach’ Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Immersive virtual reality in the classroom is spreading fast, as teachers take students into other worlds.

 

The power of VR to stoke empathy is the focus of research at Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, led by communications professor Jeremy Bailenson.

 

In the lab’s “Empathy at Scale” studies, people who inhabit avatars of a different race in a virtual world later score lower in tests of subconscious racial bias, and young people who “wear” an elderly avatar are then more inclined to save for retirement. Charities, including the International Red Cross, have made VR films to counteract “compassion fatigue” and boost donations.

 

 

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Empathy is Key to Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Teen

Empathy is Key to Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Teen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is in decline

It’s not surprising that teenagers who spend a lot of time on their phones have trouble expressing empathy in person. Renowned psychiatrist and author Daniel Siegel, M.D. calls this skill mindsight, which he defines as our human capacity to perceive the mind of the self and others.

Emotionally intelligent teens become more successful and well-adjusted adults because they are better equipped to navigate complex relationships with peers, bosses, and loved ones.

In alarming studies, empathy scores among American college students have dropped sharply over the past three decades, with the steepest decline happening in the last 15 years. Researchers have suggested that social media may be a cause.
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We are overdosing on empathy | Gaby Hinsliff

We are overdosing on empathy | Gaby Hinsliff | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The popular trend insists we self identify with those we might show kindness. But that actually limits our scope for generosity

 

Feelings aren’t everything. Empathy might be making the world a worse place, not a better one. Kindness can, in some senses, be a weakness. As popular arguments go, these are right up there with “strangle more kittens” and “death to rainbows”. If asked to list everything that’s wrong with modern Britain, few would choose a surfeit of goodwill and understanding.

 

Or certainly not in the week that Ukip donor Arron Banks complained he was “sick to death” of hearing about the Hillsborough disaster and of people “milking” the tragedy, while angrily defending the Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, against charges of doing something not dissimilar. (Nuttall has blamed a press officer’s error for statements on his website wrongly suggesting that he lost “close personal friends” in the tragedy, for which he has apologised).

 

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(Empathic Design) How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other?

(Empathic Design) How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of our empathy project, a collaboration to spark empathy and understanding in our classrooms and communities. As educators on the frontlines, we’re constantly navigating the complexities of building inclusive spaces within diverse communities. But now more than ever, striving for safe and supportive environments for all learners feels urgent.

We recently heard from Jazmin, a high school English Language Arts teacher in El Paso Independent School District, about a story that reminded us of the importance of empathy for and between students. “Our football team arrived on a Dallas field for an away game to a crowd of students yelling: ‘Go home’ and ‘Build a wall’”, she said. “We really didn’t know how to repair after that.” How does a classroom repair after that? How might we surface shared experiences so that we feel more connected? This is what we want your help in solving:

How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other?

 

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Share insights! Empathize. We’re not designing yet. Post inspirations, interview others, and get insight from outside of education.

 


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A 10-Step Guide To Affective Empathy And Enlightenment

A 10-Step Guide To Affective Empathy And Enlightenment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I teach empathy, and I watch people go through the same phases I went through while learning it. I’m certain that empathy (both affective and cognitive) are useful in the office.

Affective empathy - feeling sad with someone who is sad - is a powerful way to connect to another human. When used wisely, it’s one of the most powerful tools a human can have to communicate with another human. Imagine the negotiation tactics possible when you can feel another person’s apprehension no matter how subtle.

Affective empathy is misunderstood by those who don’t use it. Let me clear something up, when I feel another’s emotions, I’m not overpowered or destroyed by them. If I cry when someone else does, it’s an act of biological solidarity, it’s not because I’m too weak to prevent myself from crying. It’s because I’m strong enough to let another person’s emotions pass through me and create a natural response in my body. All I have to do to stop the tears is to shift my attention away from that person and the effect is instantly gone.
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Book Review – Against Empathy

Book Review – Against Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It takes guts to come out in opposition to empathy but that’s just what Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom does in Against Empathy. To be clear, he’s primarily concerned with emotional empathy (taking on the emotional states of other individuals as our own) as opposed to cognitive empathy (having a sense of social intelligence).

 

For Bloom, emotional empathy is too innumerate and prone to bias and so he prefers that we have a more general concern for human flourishing rather than focusing on developing an empathic experience with any specific individual or small group of people.

 

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The power of stories to build empathy - Save Childhood Movement

The power of stories to build empathy - Save Childhood Movement | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“With the post-Referendum rise in hate crimes and alarming developments in America, the question of how we raise our children to be open minded, caring citizens suddenly seems much more pressing.

 

Now more than ever our children need the life skill of empathy. Surely the time has come for our education systems to focus less on rugged individualism and personal success, and more on qualities which emphasise co-operation and our common humanity?

 

Empathy is not a fluffy thing. Without it a child will struggle to form strong relationships or understand people different from themselves. Later, in the workplace, they will find team-working very hard.

 

 

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Hone Your Buyer Personas and Market with Empathy

Hone Your Buyer Personas and Market with Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Buyer personas are the backbone of your marketing efforts. You spend hours crafting campaigns meant to reach specific targets according to their age, location, gender, and so many other identifiers.…

 

 Discovering Empathy

Too many people believe that empathy and sympathy are the same. To experience sympathy, you feel compassion or sadness for someone.

 

With empathy, however, you feel sadness with someone. Empathy gives you the power to see and feel the world through the eyes and hands of someone else. You feel their pain, their needs, their hopes, and their joy. 

 Liz Papagni

 

 

 

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 Did Donald Trump kill empathy in politics?

 Did Donald Trump kill empathy in politics? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What's much more clear is that Trump will not change. He has spent his life viewing the world as a survival of the fittest brawl for all. Just because he has been elected president, Trump won't suddenly turn deeply empathetic (or introspective) when something bad happens in the country or the world. He is not someone prone to sitting around and talking about how things make him (or anyone) feel. He is someone prone to demanding and/or taking action.

The end of empathy is just one of the many radical changes in how we think about politics that Trump's election has triggered. People want to know how you will fix their problems more than they care that you understand those problems. Remarkable

 

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Think empathy makes the world a better place? Think again … 

Think empathy makes the world a better place? Think again …  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It is often said the rich don’t make enough effort to appreciate what it is like to be poor and if they did we would have more equality and social justice. It’s said that whites don’t have enough empathy for blacks and that men don’t have enough empathy for women.

 

There are many who maintain that if certain politicians had more empathy, they wouldn’t be endorsing such rotten policies. I used to believe this as well. Empathy has its merits. It can be a great source of pleasure, involved in art, fiction and sports. And it can be a valuable aspect of intimate relationships.

 

But it’s a poor moral guide. It grounds foolish judgments and often motivates indifference and cruelty. It can lead to irrational and unfair political decisions. It makes the world worse. 
Paul Bloom 

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How Empathy Shifts Complaining to Collaborating

How Empathy Shifts Complaining to Collaborating | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Extending Empathy Softens Fears

Often we fear that if we ask the one who is complaining to tell us more about their feelings, it will inevitably result in being subjected to even more negativity. However, the opposite frequently occurs. When we sincerely ask another to tell us how they are feeling, our attention and concern often softens the hard edges of their fears enabling them to talk more calmly and reasonably about their issues.

Empathy is the key that can unlock the door of differences, forging a bridge of interpersonal connection. It is the willingness to understand and non-judgmentally share in the feelings of another. It requires listening with an open heart and mind. (See Ornish Living article, The Health Benefits of Listening.)

Empathic listening includes listening with your eyes, ears and heart in order to understand what the other person is saying. Of course, it may be challenging to imagine listening to another empathically when the complaints they are expressing seem so dark and negative in nature. But it should be comforting to know that just the act of empathetic listening will improve the complainers outlook.

 

by Mimi O' Connor

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Applied Empathy: A Design Framework for Meeting Human Needs and Desires 

Applied Empathy: A Design Framework for Meeting Human Needs and Desires  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Part One of this series introduced a design framework for meeting human needs and desires and defined five States of Being that represent the different degrees to which products and experiences affect and motivate people in their lives.

 

This second part explains three Dimensions of Human Behavior, as well as specific needs and desires for which we can intentionally design products. The third and final part of this series will explore the relationships between different human needs and desires, talk about how designers can put this framework to use, and share some examples that will hopefully help make this approach of practical value to you.

 

 

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Can virtual reality teach empathy? 

Can virtual reality teach empathy?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Teaching empathy to our future citizens of the world may be the most important work that we can do as educators. And it’s not something we can force. It has to be an organic outgrowth of the other lessons we build.

Let’s look at how we might make it happen with virtual reality.
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The Lie of Human Empathy.

The Lie of Human Empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When questioned about what sort of morality or what overarching concerns should guide humanity, the credulous liberal will often boldly pronounce "Empathy" as the solution with the sort of glib breathlessness common to plebeians regurgitating some nugget of stupidity they feel is especially compelling.

 

By appealing to a vague combination of sympathy and pity, the leftist has now dazzled you with his severance of the Gordian Knot in a single stroke of Kumbaya and compassion. Still unconvinced? Then you need to research mirror neurons or *seriously contemplate the possibility that you are in fact a psychopath, which is an obsolete way to tell someone that you think they are a bad person with poor morals.

 

Adam Selene

 

 

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What is Radical Empathy?

What is Radical Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
BASIC EMPATHY ISN'T ENOUGH WE NEED MORE

In essence what we are saying is that basic empathy isn't enough. What the world needs and we try to create at camp is radical empathy. That acknowledging our inability to totally understand where everyone is coming from but working our asses off to try, will lead to a stronger more compassionate and more joyful community.

 

We try to make every decision and action at Stomping Ground from this radically empathetic place. We aren’t perfect and we often fall short, but radical empathy is our north star.

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Oxytocin may boost paternal behavior

Oxytocin may boost paternal behavior | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The "love hormone" oxytocin is well known for its role in mother-infant bonding, but a new study suggests that it could also benefit the relationship between a father and child by boosting paternal caregiving. Researchers say that the findings may pave the way to new treatments for postnatal depression among fathers.'

 

Published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, the study reveals that doses of oxytocin boosted brain activity related to reward and empathy among fathers in response to images of their children.

 

Lead study author James Rilling, director of the Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and colleagues say that their findings point to a possible strategy to improve paternal behavior.

 

 
 
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Teachers Guild: Empathy Expert Chat 

How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other?

 

The Teachers Guild's Expert Chat series exposes educators to thought leaders, organizations, and tools that will deepen understanding for topics you care about. We brought together experts on empathy:

  • Sara Heinrich, Program Manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Tristan Richardson, Award-winning teacher in Richland Two School District, SC
  • Divya Viswanathan, Design researcher at IDEO
  • Neil Gupta, Director of Secondary Education, Worthington City Schools, OH
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Empathy: 4 Ways to Nurture a Seriously Sexy Skill

Empathy: 4 Ways to Nurture a Seriously Sexy Skill | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Here are four ways to nurture your own ability to empathize and connect.

1. Get curious and inquire.

In order to get more empathetic, we have to be curious about someone else’s emotional reality. We must wonder, “What’s going on for them?” without immediately going into evaluation or judgment.

Remaining curious, rather than judgmental, about their emotional reality helps us stay open and inviting to what they have to tell us.

Actively nurture your curious instincts. Wonder more and judge less.

2. Let go of “fixing” what’s going on for someone.

 

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