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Why We Chose Pope Francis as Person of the Year 2013

Why We Chose Pope Francis as Person of the Year 2013 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
With a focus on compassion, the leader of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of conscience. Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs explains why Francis is TIME's choice for Person of the Year 2013.
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Empathy Movement Magazine

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These one-to-one empathy sessions support; well-being, healing, practicing to be a better listener and supporting you in creating empathic environments in your relationships, family, school, work, communities and beyond.


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Improve empathy in the workplace by increasing self-awareness

Improve empathy in the workplace by increasing self-awareness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Being empathetic starts with improving your self-awareness, according to new research from the University of Missouri


 Often we associate empathy with selflessness, but according to the MU News Bureau, recent research out of the University of Missouri in Columbia suggests the opposite might be true. Instead, MU researchers have determined that individuals who have a higher sense of self-awareness are more prone to feeling empathy.


Researchers used MRI scans of peoples’ brains and found that those who felt more empathy had increased function in the segment of their brain that was associated with a sense of self. So, increasing your self-awareness might result in an improved ability to empathize with those around you

by: Katlynn Beck


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Smiling IS infectious: We mimic other people's expressions to show empathy.

Smiling IS infectious:  We mimic other people's expressions to show empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It's not just yawning - smiling and frowning are contagious too! We mimic other people's expressions to show empathy.


  • Scientists say we unconsciously 'simulate' the facial expressions of others
  • Studies have shown it may help us understand how someone else feels
  • People who cannot mimic a facial expression struggle to detect subtle cues
  • Further research could help the treatment of social disorders like autism



By RICHARD GRAY 

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Jostein Solheim Of Ben & Jerry's: Empathy Is Not Simply The Flavor Of The Month

Jostein Solheim Of Ben & Jerry's: Empathy Is Not Simply The Flavor Of The Month | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Jostein Solheim is CEO of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., one of the world’s most iconic ice creams and a company that is formally committed to growing its social impact even more than its profits. Jostein (pronounced ‘Yo-Stein’) joined Ben & Jerry’s six years ago from Unilever Ashoka’s Michael Zakaras recently sat down with him to discuss how business is changing and the skills – including empathy – that are needed to thrive in an interconnected world with customers demanding more of business each year...

I wasn’t thinking about empathy consciously at the time, but there’s no question that it was an implicit goal of the learning, and it grew from connecting with people across cultures, languages, perspectives. You know, it’s quite easy to empathize with those in your clique – in your immediate circles – but the key is practicing this outside that narrow group so you can really connect with others and absorb and appreciate their experiences and the way they see the world. It’s still a learning journey for me. 



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Compassionate Conservatism Roars Back John Kasich Surprises In New Hampshire

Running on a message of civility, empathy and moral purpose in a race dominated by fear and race-baiting, Ohio Gov. John Kasich surged to a second-place finish Tuesday night in New Hampshire, becoming the latest in a long line of long-shot presidential candidates to use the Granite State’s famously unpredictable and independent-minded electorate to stake out a place in the primary contest.
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Importance of Empathy

Importance of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy bridges the divide between separate individuals, allowing them to connect and form a bond.

How is a lack of empathy expressed in a relationship by a partner who has Asperger’s Syndrome?

These NT partners of people with AS describe it best:

“Sometimes a lack of empathy, no matter what the cause, can honestly make you feel as if you are with an enemy rather than a friend! When illness strikes and say, for example, my spouse comes home to find me coughing, congested and moving slowly due to aches and pains, I expect an empathic response. My toddler hears me cough and says ‘You okay, Mommy? You okay?’ But my aspie spouse may not even think to ask ‘How are you feeling?’ once throughout my illness. This can be extremely depressing and upsetting. I try to remember that it just doesn’t come naturally for an aspie to have the typical empathic response. But when I am sick or weak and am not offered any help or emotional support I tend to be filled with grief, anger and self-pity at how lonely and uncared for I feel.”
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The Best Way to Stop Bullying Is to Teach Empathy

The Best Way to Stop Bullying Is to Teach Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Following a rash of tragic suicides by bullied adolescents and teenagers, schools around the world have devoted more attention to trying to prevent bullying from happening in the first place. Though schools have experimented with a number of different approaches to reduce bullying, research hasn’t been able to verify that these programs are actually successful at changing social dynamics.

Finally, however, researchers at UCLA have identified one specific course of action that seems to actually make a difference: providing kids with empathy and intervention training.


According to the data, schools that take this approach can have as little as one-half the rate of bullying that occurs at schools with bullying programs that focus on convincing would-be bullies to not be so cruel.

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Courses reinforce, prepare students with care and compassion | Penn State University

Courses reinforce, prepare students with care and compassion | Penn State University | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Courses can teach students facts and figures, but can a course teach students to be more caring and compassionate? Two courses offered by the College of Health and Human Development aim to do just that by helping students build their understanding of empathy through hands-on experiences and more...


“Compassionate care is based on establishing a relationship, one of trust and empathy,” Daley said. “To do so, we need to have an understanding of the patient’s perspective and communicate within that context.”


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Empathy: The Driving Force Behind Interior Design

IDEC 2016 Video Competition by Bailey Lafitte, Ayana Gaither, and Kathryn Smith
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Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer

Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Yes, even rats have feelings. Here’s how we know.


Throughout her career as a neurobiologist, Peggy Mason has been told over and over that the rats she experiments on are not capable of empathy. Only humans and other primates can understand the emotions of another. Most other animals can't. And certainly not beady-eyed rats....


The study, published in Science in 2011, was a breakthrough. If rats were capable of basic forms of empathy, then perhaps empathy was common — or even universal — among mammals. Studying animal empathy could give us insight into how human empathy evolved. ("I consider myself just a fancy rat," Mason told me.)


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Susan Stillman's curator insight, February 9, 9:48 AM
Such an important topic, especially when we think of the lack of empathy that many humans have for animals.
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Secrets to Confidence, Empathy & Happiness: reading literary fiction can improve our levels of empathy and social skills

Secrets to Confidence, Empathy & Happiness: reading literary fiction can improve our levels of empathy and social skills | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Reading can bring us happiness, increase empathy and give us the confidence we need. Scientific America  published an article suggesting the data from a study conducted by social psychologist Emanuele Castano in New York found that reading literary fiction can improve our levels of empathy and social skills. This way we are able to relate better with others and build stronger, lasting and meaningful relationships and impact how happy we feel.


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Katharine Mudd's curator insight, February 8, 4:45 PM

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This is hardly news for us avid readers, but spread the good word about the health benefits of reading literature! #literature #reading #EnglishMatters

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The One Leadership Skill That Impacts Overall Success

The One Leadership Skill That Impacts Overall Success | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
OVERWHELMINGLY, EMPATHY TOPS THE LIST AS THE MOST CRITICAL DRIVER OF OVERALL PERFORMANCE.


Two things emerged from this analysis. One was the number of participants who were effective in certain skills. For example, 77% were effective at opening a conversation, but half were good at encouraging involvement, and only 40% were assessed as being able to listen and respond with empathy. Worse, just 33% were accomplished at maintaining or enhancing esteem.

Unfortunately, the empathy quotient (EQ) has a major impact on success, the researchers say. "Overwhelmingly, empathy tops the list as the most critical driver of overall performance."

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There is nothing I view as more valuable in my own career experience and I teach this to students. Empathy is phenomenally important. 

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How Teaching Soft Skills At My Coding Bootcamp Improved Diversity: How Teaching Empathy Improved Diversity

How Teaching Soft Skills At My Coding Bootcamp Improved Diversity: How Teaching Empathy Improved Diversity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


When I came to Dev Bootcamp, I wanted to bring what I'd discovered about training developers in soft skills to the company’s existing "whole-person" approach to learning. Together, we worked to answer the following questions: How do you teach empathy? How do you teach people to understand and share the feelings of somebody else?

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Empathy: The Trait That Saves Us From Us - The Spectrum

Empathy: The Trait That Saves Us From Us - The Spectrum | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is one of the greatest things one can learn.

Empathy is one of the most important skills vital for survival. However, it appears this vital skill is lacking among many in today’s society....


Empathizing with another person or group does not mean that we condone their actions or agree with their ideas – it means we are able to understand why they did what they did or their logic behind their ideas. If more people were able to understand others, that would go a long way in reducing the problems between different people.


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Artificial Intelligence Will Have A Heart: AI technologies will enable virtually any product to realistically mimic empathy. Forbes

Artificial Intelligence Will Have A Heart: AI technologies will enable virtually any product to realistically mimic empathy.  Forbes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What do we mean when we say that a person has a lot of heart? I think we mean that a person has a lot of empathy.


Empathy means understanding someone else’s emotions, to the point where one can imagine experiencing what the other person is experiencing.  Empathy isn’t feeling happy or sad for someone, it is feeling happy or sad with someone...


Within the next five years, AI technologies will enable virtually any product to realistically mimic empathy. From virtual pets to cars to smart homes, our products will sense our emotional state and provide human-like empathy to their owners.


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Why Basing Morality on Empathy Does Not Work

Why Basing Morality on Empathy Does Not Work | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

An Atheist announced on an internet discussion board, “Atheists are good without God!” It was not the first time I had heard it. Over the past twelve years, on the many atheist forums I had visited, the atheists and even some professing “Christians” had made this claim.


To support their assertion, they posted a few “studies” that showed how atheist ethics (devised from their own empty non-belief system) were superior. Atheists had lesser numbers in prison, they claimed, a lower divorce rate, less crime in secular countries, and better raised children because they taught their children (the atheist ethics of) tolerance (which excluded Christians), anti-racism and the “Golden Rule” or empathy.


Empathy, they avowed, was the best guide for morality. Empathy, in fact, would create the Utopia the world has, since the Garden of Eden, yearned after for so long.


This godless form of morality was purportedly superior to all notions of cold and rigid religious dogma and objectivity.


By Pennie Lee
image https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God 

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Want Students to Succeed? Teach with a Tough Empathy

Want Students to Succeed? Teach with a Tough Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I first stumbled upon the phrase “tough empathy” when reading “Why Should Anyone Be Led by You” by Robert Goffee and Gareth Jones. In their essay, Goffee and Jones state that “real leaders empathize fiercely with their followers and care intensely about their people’s work.


They’re also empathetically ‘tough.’ This means giving people not necessarily what they want, but what they need to achieve their best” (2000). Sound familiar? It should, because it’s what our best teachers do every day. They practice a tough empathy pedagogy.


Teaching with tough empathy is not a soft pedagogy.


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Even Some Rodents Display Empathy

Even Some Rodents Display Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Chimpanzees console each other by touching, hugging, and kissing. To researchers, this behaviour indicates empathy. Monkeys, however, show a limited display of empathy, not to the degree great apes do.


When even these intelligent creatures appear insensitive, it comes as a surprise when scientists recently declared that prairie voles comfort their friends and mates.

The prairie vole is a brown mouse-like creature, smaller than a palm squirrel. It’s among the few animals that are monogamous for life. What made scientists from Emory University, Georgia, U.S., look for empathy in these little rodents? 


BY JANAKI LENIN


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Reimaging Empathy: The Transformative Nature of Empathy | Paul Parkin | TEDxUVU

Paul Parkin is a teacher, speaker, and researcher that focuses on relational communication. With over 10 years’ experience teaching at various universities, he began teaching at UVU in the Fall of 2014. His doctoral dissertation research focuses on the power of empathy

Paul has a passion for teaching and for facilitating transformative change in and out of the classroom. He has won multiple teaching awards, the most recent being the prestigious University of Utah Student's Choice Teaching Award (2013). He has a Master's Degree from California State University, Sacramento, in instructional and leadership communication, and will graduate this year with a Ph.D from the University of Utah. As a speaker, Paul has presented to a variety of groups across the U.S. and has provided communication, leadership, and personal growth trainings for various companies and corporations.

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Empathy Trainers, Facilitators and Teachers Salon #3 (2016-02-07)

Empathy Trainers, Facilitators and Teachers Salon #3 (2016-02-07) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Six experienced Empathy Trainers share their experiences, insights, methods, etc. for teaching empathy. This is to build momentum for launching and building the Empathy Training and Curriculum Wiki project. This also helps individual trainers to network, share resources and explore new method

Facilitator: 

Edwin Rutsch Director: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy


Presenters

Lou Agosta    Is on the faculty of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He practices psychotherapy in the Chicago. His area of concentration includes the dynamic containing and transforming of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse. Author of Empathy in the Context of Philosophy  and his websiteListeningWithEmpathy.com.

Andrea Cohen   
Communications consultant, project developer, and facilitator who has been involved with the Compassionate Listening Project for many years. She is author: Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening. She has done done extensive empathy and compassion facilitation. 


Sascha Bosetzky   
He is part of the team at the German, Akademie Fur Empathie.  He says, The focus of my research right now is more general as I want to become an empathy expert but soon I will narrow it down as getting the PhD is also one of my objectives. 

Kathy McGuire Deep background in creating community, empathy and focusing process. Teaching  self help skills, Rogerian empathic listening and Eugene Gendlin's experiential focusing, for 40+ years.   She did her PhD with Eugene Gendlin.

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Creating Bonds of Trust Through Empathy

Are you able to suspend judgement and, instead, show your fellow human beings empathy? Empathy is valued currency.
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Empathy: The Key to Reaching Clients Affected by Overweight and Obesity

Empathy: The Key to Reaching Clients Affected by Overweight and Obesity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This scenario is also familiar to much of the medical community. In fact, the highly respected Massachusetts General Hospital has launched a training program engineered to teach doctors empathy. This is not a program designed to simply improve “bedside manner,” but, rather, to teach the skill of empathy.

Now, why would physicians, with their wealth of medical knowledge and skill (and very limited time) invest in learning empathy? Because they know that improved disease management and surgery outcomes depend on adherence and that recent studies have revealed that empathy improves adherence results significantly (Di Blasi et al., 2001; Halpern 2001; Stewart 1995; Gerteis et al., 1993).

So, why is empathy important to health and fitness professionals? As Dr. Cedric Bryant, Chief Science Officer at ACE, explains, “Healthcare is the ultimate team sport.” As physicians increasingly recognize the skill of empathy as the key to adherence, they will be more confident in working with health and fitness professionals who demonstrate and share their view of the skill of empathy.
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Books about Empathy

Books about Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here is a extensive directory of books about empathy.

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Michael Goldstein's curator insight, February 6, 4:54 PM

What a resource!

Alex Makosz's curator insight, February 8, 12:05 AM

What a reading list! Looking forward to getting through a bunch of these. 

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Empathy erosion: The unbearable lightness of killing

Empathy erosion: The unbearable lightness of killing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“Empathy erosion” is used to explain how people are capable of causing extreme hurt to one another.


In his book The Science of Evil. On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty psychiatrist Simon Baron-Cohen uses the term “empathy erosion” to explain how people are capable of causing extreme hurt to one another.

He defines empathy as a double-minded focus of attention, with cognitive and emotional components, and lack of empathy as a state of focus on the self only. The cognitive component regards the recognition what another person is going through, and the emotional component reflects the ability to respond with an appropriate emotion. Empathy erosion can be transient and reversible or permanent (as in the case of some personality disorders, for instance) and it can arise through various factors such as corrosive emotions, beliefs (for example that one ethnic group is superior to another), tendency to conform. Baron-Cohen postulates that in the condition of empathy erosion, the empathy circuit in the brain functions abnormally


.By WISSAM SHAHIN

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