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Pain, passion and empathy – what I've learned about peacemaking - Tony Blair

Pain, passion and empathy – what I've learned about peacemaking - Tony Blair | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"In foreword to new Alastair Campbell book, former PM ascribes his success as conflict mediator to empathy skills"


"In a conflict there is suffering of a nature and on a scale that we from the outside can scarcely appreciate, because it is not within our experience. Each side has a sense of pain and of cruel consequence from the other side's actions. They need to know that those mediating get this feeling, not at a rational but at an empathetic level. In getting it, the mediator is then able to pass something of the pain of each side to the other. Especially where there has been violence over a prolonged period, and in conflict the violence often either falls or is even directed at the innocent, being able to articulate the sense of hurt and know that the other side has been forced at least to confront it, is a powerful way of opening up the dialogue that can lead to peace." 



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(Against Empathy) Is empathy overrated?

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History Can Teach Us Empathy

History Can Teach Us Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
n her recently published parenting book, Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, Dr. Michele Borba argues that our society has devalued empathy. That’s unfortunate because, as she explains, “empathy is the cornerstone for becoming a happy, well-adjusted, successful adult. It makes our children more likable, more employable, more resilient, better leaders, more conscience-driven, and increases their life spans.”

In my own experience, talking about history and current events can help develop kids’ sense of empathy. Fortunately, local resources, like the Virginia Historical Society make it even easier to instill in kids an awareness of others’ experiences.
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5 Surprising Ways Empathy Can Change Your Life

5 Surprising Ways Empathy Can Change Your Life | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Below you will find information and advice, backed up by scientific research, to help you incorporate empathy into your life. Please bear in mind that this article has strictly informative purposes and for therapy of any kind, it is recommended that you meet with a mental health specialist.

 

1. Empathy and Your Physical Health...

 

2. Empathy and Your Psychological Well-being...

3. Empathy and Coping...

4. Empathy and Bonding...

5. Empathy and Your Professional Life...

 

 

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(Against Empathy) How important is empathy? We may overvalue it

(Against Empathy) How important is empathy? We may overvalue it | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Does the ability to share the feelings of another person make us better human beings?

 

Fans of empathy describe it as working like a spotlight, focusing us on specific individuals, driving us to feel as they do, and making us care. This sounds good, but it has its perils. Spotlights illuminate what they’re pointed at, and since we find it natural to empathize with those close to us, decisions driven by empathy tend to be tribal.

 

Spotlights have narrow focus, and so empathy is innumerate, favoring the one over the many, the specific over the statistical. It is because of empathy that we often care more about a baby stuck in a well than about a large-scale crisis such as climate change.

 

 by Paul Bloom

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(Empathic Design) Improve Your Design Thinking Process with Empathy

(Empathic Design) Improve Your Design Thinking Process with Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is essential to the Design Thinking process because it allows us to understand and uncover the latent needs and emotions of our users in a truly deep way. Without empathy, design quickly becomes technology-push and fails to become the success we want.

 

And the good news is: we are all innately empathic! Now let us inspire you to awaken the human-centred designer within you and learn how to incorporate empathy into your daily design practice.

Before we begin, let us suggest a New Year’s Resolution: If you spend just 15 minutes a day participating in a UX Design Course, it will take 4–6 weeks to boost your skills. If you were to do it for a whole year, imagine how much your skillset could grow! Design Thinking – Getting Started with Empathy

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(Teaching Empathy) Four Ways to Teach Empathy 

(Teaching Empathy) Four Ways to Teach Empathy  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
An article on Edutopia yesterday outlines four specific things K12 educators can do to cultivate empathy in learners.

 

Dr. Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, specialists in brain-based teaching and authors of Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains, offer strategies rooted in two common psychological approaches: shared emotional response (or mirroring another's emotional reaction) and perspective taking (cognitive empathy, imagining yourself in another's shoes).

1) Model

 

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Five Ways Museums Can Increase Empathy in the World

Five Ways Museums Can Increase Empathy in the World | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This is not a particularly proud moment for humanity. Divisive narratives, poverty, inequality, injustice, famine, radicalism, war, and human rights violations thrive in countries around the world, while the natural world also suffers because of increasing human carelessness.


But what can we do? I believe we have many of the tools and technologies at our disposal to solve our problems; but they will not succeed until we adopt a worldview that values the collective well-being of the whole planet—all of humanity and the natural world that supports us. And that worldview takes empathy.

 

By Elif M. Gokcigdem

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Building Empathy in Children: Lessons From Early Childhood Education

Building Empathy in Children: Lessons From Early Childhood Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The “empathy gap” has been getting a deluge of attention recently, and with good reason. Just google “empathy” and you’ll quickly find that the ability to understand and share the feelings and perspectives of others is now widely considered a crucial 21st century competency. I

 

t’s also the foundation of global citizenship. Students might learn about other people and about world events, but without empathy, they won’t necessarily care what’s happening or choose to be agents of progress and change.

It’s wonderful that SEL is now getting the attention it deserves for students of all ages, but early childhood educators have known about the importance of empathy for a very, very long time. Friedrich Fröbel, Rudolf Steiner, and Maria Montessori, among other luminaries of the 19th century, grounded early childhood education in the importance of nurturing the whole child.

 

By Stefanie Paige Wieder, M.S.Ed.

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(Empathic Leadership) 11 Ways Leaders Can Develop Empathy

(Empathic Leadership) 11 Ways Leaders Can Develop Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to understand another person's perspective, even when that perspective is quite different from your own. In just the last half-decade, we've seen a rise in organizations who adopt this word into their business language. More than just a buzz word, empathy may be key to helping businesses grow — allowing leaders to relate to people and ideas around them.

How might leaders work on developing empathy either one their own or with the support of their company? Are companies currently supporting leaders enough in this process? Below, members of Forbes Coaches Council explain.
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Empathy to Action: the Importance of Listening  

Empathy to Action: the Importance of Listening   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Almost 70 years ago, Ernest Hemingway offered this advice to a young writer. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

In today’s world of shrinking attention spans and distracting background noise, Hemingway’s advice is perhaps even more important. Listening (and watching) is the key to understanding and empathy, and empathy unlocks the power in people – and companies – to improve the world.

Empathy is sometime confused with sympathy, but empathy is much more powerful. Sympathy involves feeling compassion, sorrow, or pity for the hardships that another person encounters, while empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference.
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Design Thinking Guide - Empathy to Understand Customer's Exact Need 

Design Thinking Guide - Empathy to Understand Customer's Exact Need  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
  1. What and Why to Empathize
  2. Understand Market and Client
  3. Technique to Empathize
  4. Client Engagement Technique
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Empathy as Resistance 

Empathy as Resistance  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We've had a few questions about what we intend with this year's Empathy as Resistance project, so we're writing this post in an attempt to clarify matters.

Structure:
 Empathy as Resistance will meet 4 or 5 times, roughly every two months, throughout 2017. One meeting will definitely occur during the 2017 Pixelache Festival in September, and because of the general festival atmosphere this meeting will likely be larger and more visible than the others. So the schedule might be something like:

 

 

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 Bo Burt on "Justice and Empathy"

 Bo Burt on "Justice and Empathy" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Bo Burt on "Justice and Empathy"

I've just read the manuscript of Bo Burt's forthcoming posthumous book, "Justice and Empathy." The book restates themes from his earlier work. Given my background, I was especially taken with his use of psychoanalytic theory to describe the psychological dimensions of domination and subordination.

 

I recommend the book, particularly because Burt's sensibility is under-represented in contemporary scholarship. (Mike Seidman's work on "unsettlement" has a family resemblance to Burt's approach.) 

 

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Against Empathy: Why Love Doesn't Trump Hate

Against Empathy: Why Love Doesn't Trump Hate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In the days and weeks following Donald Trump’s Electoral College win, awarding him the office of President of the United States, there have been countless calls for the majority of Americans—who voted for Hillary Clinton by a margin of close to three million—to have empathy for Trump voters in an effort to understand better their way of thinking.

 

This call for empathy has taken many forms: J.D. Vance’s book Hillbilly Elegy became a best seller, thanks in no small part to the fact that it sympathetically captures the plight of poverty-stricken white Americans; “mainstream media” went on the hunt for pro-Trump columnists, so devoid were even traditionally conservative news outlets of these types of thinkers;

 

BY KRISTIN IVERSEN

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(Empathic Design) How Empathy-Driven Innovation Can Improve Your Bottom Line

(Empathic Design) How Empathy-Driven Innovation Can Improve Your Bottom Line | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How can you use empathy-driven innovation to better your company’s industry position? If the idea is to put customers first, put a prototype in their hands and engage a third party to ask the tough questions.

What’s the most efficient way for your customer to engage with the product or service? Is there a way to design the product for a better outcome? In the case of medical technology, consider the care of the patient —not just the most efficient way to combat a disease — when crafting a solution.

Empathy-driven innovation is an approach that delivers value to your customers and your employees. It can have a profound impact on your bottom line and, in the case of technology, has the unique potential to improve the lives of users.
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(Against Empathy) How empathy leads us astray

(Against Empathy) How empathy leads us astray | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It’s one of those questions every kid who’s ever smacked another kid gets asked by a stern adult: "How would you feel if you got hit?"

 

The correct answer is, “Bad,” of course. But the point isn’t for you to answer. The question is meant to force you to feel that other kid’s pain, to feel empathy

 

 
 
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I Asked Artists About Empathy: Here Is What They Said...

I Asked Artists About Empathy: Here Is What They Said... | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Grieving Parents, like so many of Kollwitz’ finest works, is grounded in empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. She recognized that she was expressing something greater than her own feelings and that her art could only function if it served an entire society.

 

Grief and loss are universal feelings that bind us, and sharing them with others leads to consolation and social transformation. It is not surprising that in 1936 the Nazi party barred Kollwitz from displaying her work which they branded as “degenerate.”

 

Deep feelings for the sufferings and losses of others—which lead to collective introspection—can lead to resistance against authoritarian politicians and those who advocate war and other forms of sacrifice and suffering.

 

 
 “It is my duty to voice the sufferings of people, the sufferings that never end and are as big as mountains.” ― Käthe Kollwitz
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Individualism Kills Empathy

Individualism Kills Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is antithetical to individualism. Individualism forces us to think about ourselves first and everyone else second if at all. This is toxic and dangerous.

 

Empathy requires that you join a group, that you give part of yourself to others. And this can be scary. But giving part of yourself doesn’t mean that you are losing anything, it just means that you are gaining something else. You can still like Harry Potter over Twilight, or The Rolling Stones over the Beatles, but with empathy you can understand that your choices are no more or less important than everyone else’s.

 

With empathy it’s easier to understand that paying taxes to build a road that you’ll never use is a good thing and not a waste of money. Through empathy it’s easier to understand that drone bombing foreign countries in the name of American Freedom makes absolutely no fucking sense.

Empathy not individuality is what the U.S. needs right now.

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DesignThinkers Academy | Join our 1-Day Design Thinking and Empathy Generation, February 17th 2017 in Cape Town.

DesignThinkers Academy | Join our 1-Day Design Thinking and Empathy Generation, February 17th 2017 in Cape Town. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
In this workshop you will experience the creative power of true empathy. You will learn to distinguish empathy from emotional contagion, sympathy, empathic concern, empathic over-arousal and personal distress. You will be given concepts to understand and tools to practice this often lacking, and much needed, capacity.

As you deepen your capacities for imagination, intuition and inspiration associated with the art of empathy, you will tap into resources for innovative design relevant to the creation of human-centred society.

DESIGN THINKING AND EMPATHY GENERATION
08:00 hr Check in
09:00 hr Empathy and Human-centred design principles
10:00 hr The art of empathy
11:00 hr From emotional contagion to true empathy
12:00 hr 5-Stage empathy practice
14:00 hr The doing of empathy in Human-centred Design
17:00 hr End of day

 

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Visit Museums To Boost Your Empathy

Visit Museums To Boost Your Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
At first glance, museums may seem to be more about educating the public and displaying art or artefacts, but the beautiful thing about them is that they also provide access to perspectives other than our own, from people of all walks of life, time periods and geographic regions. A few things they offer:

Exposure to Other's Stories: Many exhibits use individual's narratives to help us better understand the story behind and importance of artefacts, displays and documentation of historical events. Putting a face to what we're learning about helps us better identify with that person's experience, even if they're only a fictional character that's representative of a larger group.


Interactive Exhibits: When a museum has exhibits that allow us to literally put ourselves in other's shoes, it helps us better understand other's experiences. The Center for Civil & Human Rights' lunch counter and Dialogue in the Dark are both examples of interactive exhibits that increase your empathy.

 

Alters How We Process Information: A museum's environment is typically different than what we experience every day,...

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(Against Empathy)  Too Much Empathy Can Be a Bad Thing

(Against Empathy)  Too Much Empathy Can Be a Bad Thing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Paul Bloom, a professor of psychology at Yale University, has just published a book entitled Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. The book raises some excellent questions. To put it simply, Bloom argues that empathy is not a very good basis for making ethical decisions. The book has been widely reviewed and attacked. Yet as any thinking person recognizes, it all depends on what you mean by empathy.

There is a distinction between empathy and sympathy. Dictionary definitions say, “Empathy: The power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person’s feelings.” Sympathy, on the other hand, might be defined as “sharing another’s emotions. An affinity or harmony.” Both words are used similarly and often interchangeably, yet differ subtly in their emotional meaning.

by Jeremy Rosen

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Male vs Female parenting - Too much empathy creates narcissistic children - Warren Farrell - YouTube

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7 Ways To Develop Empathy

7 Ways To Develop Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Now, Let’s Talk About The 7 Ways To Develop Empathy.

“Empathy plays a key role in improving our social connections, which is a major factor in our overall happiness.”
Jessica Alexander, “The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids,” (TarcherPerigee Paperback) co-authored by Iben Sandahl.

What is empathy?
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How Animal Rescuers Are Burning Out Their Empathy 

How Animal Rescuers Are Burning Out Their Empathy  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
People don’t always recognize compassion fatigue, says Jeff Boehm, executive director of the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, the largest marine mammal rehabilitation center in the world. Sometimes referred to as empathy burnout or secondary trauma, the stress of the fatigue can manifest in depression or addiction.

 

Patricia Smith, founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, says most people don’t appreciate the strain this work causes. “Not only do [animal welfare workers] suffer daily in the work they do, they also often deal with the public’s total disregard and criticism of their work.

 

Shelter work was one of the most distressing and sorrow-filled work I’ve ever done.” One of Boehm’s biggest concerns is that if people don’t accept compassion fatigue as a very real issue, it—and its downstream psychic consequences—can’t be adequately treated.

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Design thinking and empathy generation

Design thinking and empathy generation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy generation is pivotal to the design thinking process, and an essential capacity to ensure successful execution across all phases of the design thinking framework.


In this article, we will highlight where and why in the design process empathy might best be applied. We will share how to engage a deeper level of empathy that enables you to better discover innovative design opportunities.

To be effective (in work and in life) requires empathy with yourself, your team, clients and participants.

 

BY: ROBERT BLOOM AND KATHERINE TRAIN

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