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The Power Of Empathy: Helen Reiss at TEDxMiddlebury

Dr. Riess is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She directs the Empathy & Relational Science Program, conducting research on the neuroscience of emotions and empathy, and is Co-Founder, Chief Scientist and Chairman of Empathetics, LLC. She is also a core member of the Research Consortium for Emotional Intelligence and is a faculty member of the Harvard Macy Institute for Physician Leaders.

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Brenda Robinson's curator insight, May 13, 2015 9:52 PM

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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Robinson: Trump’s lack of empathy not what we signed up for 

Robinson: Trump’s lack of empathy not what we signed up for  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Trump is a weak, narcissistic man in a job that requires strength and empathy. I’m not sure that empathy is a concept he even understands. He acts as if he believes that feeling someone else’s pain is strictly for losers, not winners.
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Should Computers be Trained to Exhibit Empathy? | Sanvada

Should Computers be Trained to Exhibit Empathy? | Sanvada | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why do Computers Need Empathy?

Writer Rana el Kaliouby is all for computers to be able to show empathy towards their users while responding according to the situation at hand.  She cites an example of how she was preparing a speech for a conference on AI when she mentioned Amazon’s Alexa. 

 

This caused Alexa to wake up and announce she was going play Selena Gomez, in which Rana had to yell several times Alexa, stop before finally responding.  Having empathy would have avoided this from happening; however, most of technology and virtual assistants that are available are unable to know what people are feeling.   

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Learning About Empathy

Learning About Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In recent news, some have been accused of lacking empathy in their behavior toward hurting people and words used in attempt to relate to tragic situations.

The lack of empathy can have a devastating impact and, in turn, create more pain. Research has shown the presence of empathy can have tremendous positive impact including decreased feelings of stress. Negative stress is linked as a cause or contributing factor to many health issues.

We learn all things empathy from psychotherapists Dr. Nannette Smith Funderburk.

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Interview with Kelsey Crowe from Help Each Other Out on Empathy Etiquette

Interview with Kelsey Crowe from Help Each Other Out on Empathy Etiquette | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Kelsey Crowe: I have a short video story about my project’s origin story, but basically, I was horrible at communicating with friends, colleagues, or even neighbors in crisis. It could be loss, illness, divorce, you name it; any hard time that would make me so afraid to say or do the wrong thing I would either shy away, or blurt out something highly regrettable.

 

My own experience with hardship meant I knew empathy mattered, but I still didn’t know what it looked like. I have a PhD from Berkeley and started my research into what works and what doesn’t work for supporting people in all kinds of difficult times, and wrote a book on Empathy Basics with coauthor and illustrator Emily McDowell to be published by HarperOne in 2016.

 

The content of that book and my collaboration with top empathy scholars in the fields of medicine and business is the groundwork for our Empathy Bootcamps that we do for clients like UCSF, Stanford University, private companies, and nonprofits dealing with cancer and loss. It also gave me the confidence to just share people’s stories of support in hard times without me as a filter and to create public platforms to share what works in public art exhibits.

 

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David Brooks On Condolence Call: "Trump Is Not Oprah, He Doesn't Speak Empathy Particularly Well"

David Brooks On Condolence Call: "Trump Is Not Oprah, He Doesn't Speak Empathy Particularly Well" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
David Brooks: Yes, I’m reminded. What did Karl Marx write, that all historical events happen twice. First is tragedy, and next is farce.

And so we had the four soldiers killed. That was the tragedy. And then Trump made the call. And one imagines he made the call and repeated, in clumsy form, what John Kelly said, that the soldier died doing what he loved to do with his best — and with the best among them, that he chose to be among the 1 percent, the best among us.

And Donald Trump is not Oprah. He doesn’t speak empathy particularly well. And I’m sure it was clumsy. And so that happened.

And then it’s off to the circus. And so we then get a political charge against Trump. And then Trump lies and says something about Obama, and then it’s just back and forth.
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The Largest Study Ever of Libertarian  “empathizing”  and “systematizing

The Largest Study Ever of Libertarian  “empathizing”  and “systematizing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
2) On reasoning and emotions: Libertarians have the most “masculine” style, liberals the most “feminine.”

 

We used Simon Baron-Cohen’s measures of “empathizing” (on which women tend to score higher) and “systemizing”, which refers to “the drive to analyze the variables in a system, and to derive the underlying rules that govern the behavior of the system.”

 

Men tend to score higher on this variable. Libertarians score the lowest of the three groups on empathizing, and highest of the three groups on systemizing. (Note that we did this and all other analyses for males and females separately.) On this and other measures, libertarians consistently come out as the most cerebral, most rational, and least emotional. On a very crude problem solving measure related to IQ, they score the highest.   

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11 Books That Model Empathy and Compassion for Young Readers 

11 Books That Model Empathy and Compassion for Young Readers  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Lately, it seems whenever I turn on the news or open social media I learn that another tragedy has occurred somewhere in the world. Each time, I am overcome with feelings of sadness, frustration, and downright hopelessness. I try to think of how I can help make a difference in some small way, but usually end up falling short.

At moments like these, it feels even more important to have conversations with the children in our lives about topics like empathy, compassion, kindness, and inclusion. The interesting thing about empathy, though, is that it’s not easy to teach. Yet there are some ways to instill and inspire it. One way is to read books that touch on the subject and can spark a conversation about what it means to be empathetic and compassionate. The following books can help you do just that.
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Donald Trump has "no empathy for those who serve" because he dodged Vietnam, says Bush official

Donald Trump has "no empathy for those who serve" because he dodged Vietnam, says Bush official | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“He has no empathy, no understanding of human emotions that people go through because he stayed home during Vietnam with his sore foot or whatever it was,” Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush, told CNN anchor Erin Burnett during an interview Wednesday.

“I think we’ve seen over and over again that President Trump has no empathy for those who serve abroad in our wars, who have been captured like John McCain, or those who have been killed or the families of those who have been killed, in the case of Gen. Kelly,” Painter said.
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 Restorative Conflict Resolution: based on empathy, possibility, and self-direction

Building a conflict resolution system for kids and staff based on empathy, possibility, and self-direction at summer camp.

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We Need Computers with Empathy:  Your computer has no idea what you’re feeling—that needs to change

We Need Computers with Empathy:  Your computer has no idea what you’re feeling—that needs to change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 An emerging trend in artificial intelligence is to get computers to detect how we’re feeling and respond accordingly. They might even help us develop more compassion for one another.

 

 

Today, an emerging category of AI—artificial emotional intelligence, or emotion AI—is focused on developing algorithms that can identify not only basic human emotions such as happiness, sadness, and anger but also more complex cognitive states such as fatigue, attention, interest, confusion, distraction, and more.

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Andres Gomez's curator insight, October 20, 2:48 AM
In my opinion, It is a very controversial topic ina view of the fact that the use of technology is important today in different field as education, medicine and others, But we need to be concious that are just machines without heart or feelings. A ckear example of it is how families are changing for the use of the cellphone the parents does not have communication with his children, so it helps that the model for this kids will be famoues people probably with bad behaviors.
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Finland is one of world's least empathetic countries, finds study

Finland is one of world's least empathetic countries, finds study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Finns are among the worst in the world at walking in the shoes of others, indicates a study published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

The authors of the study analysed the responses of over 100,000 people from around to world to an online survey on empathy in an attempt to explore cultural variation in empathy and rank countries based on how likely their residents were to show compassion and appreciate the views of others.

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Former Philly neo-Nazi now fighting white supremacy with empathy

Former Philly neo-Nazi now fighting white supremacy with empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A Jewish man in Fox Chase not only had given him a job as a furniture assemblyman, but he had treated Meeink with respect. He began cross-referencing his stereotypes with the realities he saw in his life.

But it was empathy that broke him, Meeink said. And it holds the power to do that to others, too.

Today, when he's talking to someone struggling to overcome his or her hateful ideology, that's the tool he uses....

 

"Because you're full of fear, that's what happens," Meeink said. "They lash out violently. What else are you going to get out of the situation?"

That's where Meeink preaches empathy.

Violence by leftist groups won't halt the hateful rhetoric spewed by white supremacists, Meeink said. Nor will accusations.

Instead, Meeink said, it takes someone to show them the love and empathy they seek. And it helps when it comes from someone like him, who once shared the same identity.

 

JOHN KOPP

 

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5 Common Empathy Mistakes CEOs Make, And How To Avoid Them

5 Common Empathy Mistakes CEOs Make, And How To Avoid Them | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Much has been written about empathy as a key component of emotional intelligence (EI), which is a hallmark of effective leaders. Psychiatrist and author Daniel Goleman, who popularized the concept of EI, lists many benefits of empathy, such as being able to better understand others and to more effectively communicate.

 

When he first became Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella asked his executives to read a book on how to collaborate empathically, signaling the importance of this leadership trait. Nadella is credited with increasing the company’s market value by $250 billion in four years, which many partially attribute to his empathetic attitude and focus on company culture as much as on technology.

 

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  • Knowing how to respond empathetically in a work setting will help you connect with colleagues and become an effective leader.
  • The common definition of empathy, however — putting yourself in others’ shoes — can create problems.
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Where Is the Empathy for Somalia?

Where Is the Empathy for Somalia? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It was as if the bombing were just another incident in the daily life of Somalis—a burst of violence that would fade into all the other bursts of violence. The lack of public empathy was startling but not surprising.


There are good reasons, we tell ourselves, that we feel compassion more easily for people who look like us, or live close to us, or share our values. It’s easier to identify with them and to imagine their pain as if it were our own. Empathy, then, for distant conflicts, especially ones happening to African, Muslim people, is a stretch.

 

But the stories that are told about a place can enable, or disable, the ability to empathize with those who reside there. News stories told about Somalia are usually alienating; they convey the sense that the near-daily terror attacks are more normal than the less frequent attacks in the West. The implication is that people in Somalia, as a result, mourn differently or with less intensity.

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Finding the Lost Art of Empathy

Finding the Lost Art of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Tracy Wilde, rising celebrity pastor who helped launch the LA Bible Study in Hollywood, reflects on the absence of empathy in today’s world and shares how Christians can renew their compassion to help unify not only the church, but society as well.

In Finding the Lost Art of Empathy, Tracy Wilde addresses the reasons why we struggle with showing empathy toward others and explains why we ultimately avoid it—and even avoid contact with others altogether. She explores the different facets that have promoted isolation instead of community and provides the antidote for a more unified, loving, and empathetic society. In this book Wilde hopes to inspire all of us to self-reflect and remove those obstacles from our lives so that we can experience true fulfillment in our relationships—the way God intended us to.
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George Monbiot: We Need a New Political Story of Empathy and Sharing to Replace Neoliberalism

George Monbiot: We Need a New Political Story of Empathy and Sharing to Replace Neoliberalism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

George Monbiot ardently believes in the "politics of belonging." In this interview with Truthout, he explains the argument put forward in his book Out of the Wreckage: Humans are altruistic, but we need a new story of empathy and shared development to overcome the propaganda of the neoliberal story...

 

We also have an astonishing capacity for empathy, and a tendency toward cooperation that is rivaled among mammals only by the naked mole rat. These tendencies are innate. We evolved in the African savannahs: a world of fangs and claws and horns and tusks. We survived despite being weaker and slower than both our potential predators and most of our prey. We did so through developing, to an extraordinary degree, a capacity for mutual aid. As it was essential to our survival, this urge to cooperate was hard-wired into our brains through natural selection. 

 

By Mark Karlin

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 Kelsey Crowe and BJ Miller Commonwealth Club June 2017: The role of trust in empathy

The role of trust in empathy

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Actually, We Don’t Need More Empathy  

Actually, We Don’t Need More Empathy   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“We need more empathy” has become a common refrain in and outside the business world, and it’s no wonder why. With diversity and inclusion efforts lurching fitfully forward, and America’s political divisions spilling into seemingly all aspects of public life, walking a mile or three in others’ shoes just seems like a smart, and urgent, idea. But it may not be enough.

Researchers have long known that empathy does not necessarily lead to action; nor, for that matter, does mere rhetoric about the need to empathize. What we really need to practice are exercises that activate the brain’s circuitry for caring—which can lead to real action. Here’s how to do that.

 

BY DANIEL GOLEMAN

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Six Hands-On Ways to Foster Empathy in Your Kids

Six Hands-On Ways to Foster Empathy in Your Kids | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
By Hailey Hudson
 
Empathy—the ability to understand the pain of others—is in short supply among kids these days. Empathy is incredibly important because it breeds action, and fostering empathy in children is especially important because kids are growing into the adults that will shape the future of our world.

 

But when kids just don’t seem to get it despite repeated conversations, what else can the adults in their lives do? Sometimes words seem empty, and it’s better to take a show rather than a tell approach. Here are six hands-on activities that will teach your kids what it truly means to think about the needs of others.

 

 

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Do reporters really care about empathy?

Do reporters really care about empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Instead of spending a minute or two on something truly dangerous to the American people, actual Russian collusion, corruption, kickbacks, and cover-up of the sale of uranium reserves to the Russians, reporters spend hours on an unverified phone call of Trump.

 

 They are supposedly worried about his lack of empathy, according to a disputed account by Rep. Frederica Wilson, who allegedly overheard parts of a condolence call the president placed to grieving soldier's widow.

I don't recall one discussion about empathy on the news during Obama's eight years, but here are some true examples of a president's lack of empathy:

 

By Jack Hellner

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Radical Empathy Now

Radical Empathy Now | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It's time to start tuning in to the right thing, at the right time, in the right way so we can build a more empathic and peaceful world.

 

If we don’t stop and tune in to the right thing (Declining Empathy) our world will continue to become more violent and inhumane. Right now we have a problem! We don't have to look far to see the cruelties, lack of civility, abuses, disconnect, and injustices plaguing our world. Its time to take the steps to help disconnected families, to put a stop to school bullying, to enlighten greedy and insensitive corporate practices, and to inform policy makers, school officials and educators alike of the importance of understanding and prioritizing the development of social and emotional literacy in our youth. The time for change is now!

 

We can change our trajectory, we have the power to write the novel of our future. Its up to us to determine if it is going to be a tragedy or a story of triumph, peace, love and human connection. Its no small undertaking, but commitment and dedication from people like you we can join together in making the world a better place, for us and for future generations to come.

 

We ask you to join us in the empathy revolution! To take an active role in changing the decline in empathy and its effects. We are the hope the world so desperately seeks. We are the agents of change!

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Gold Star mother: Trump has been extremely empathetic

Gold Star mother: Trump has been extremely empathetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Joining us now, Gold Star mom Karen Vaughn. I've known you for many, many years. You're the mother of Aaron Vaughn. He was one of 30 servicemen. He died, he was part of Extortion 17. You met President Trump. You also, when your son's body was being brought back, you have a story to tell. Was President Trump empathetic to you? Did he show empathy for you?

KAREN VAUGHN, MOTHER OF FALLEN U.S. NAVY SEAL: Yes. He was extremely empathetic, Sean. I've not only met him once, I've met him twice. He sat with him as Gold Star families before the election and then he also invited our family to the White House, for a Gold Star family's dinner and ceremony. A ceremony that he plans to continue I understand, until he brings in a tremendous number of Gold Star families across this country. He is extraordinarily empathetic to the Gold Star family.

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Bush Ethics Chief: Trump Has 'No Empathy' For Fallen Soldiers' Families

Bush Ethics Chief: Trump Has 'No Empathy' For Fallen Soldiers' Families | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“He has no empathy, no understanding of the human emotions of what people go through because he never did it himself, he stayed home during Vietnam with his sore foot or whatever it was,” Painter said. “What he’s done to Gen. Kelly is atrocious.”
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The Absence of Empathy

The Absence of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Trump's callous remarks to a slain soldier's widow showcase his repulsive deficiencies as both a person and president.

 

Ultimately all of this underscores one of Trump's truly repulsive deficiencies as both person and especially as president: his absence of empathy. This is a quality requisite to the presidency but Trump has repeatedly demonstrated a dearth of it:

 

Recall his reaction to Charlottesville, conjure the image of him shooting rolls of paper towels like basketballs in Puerto Rico. Maybe he just doesn't know any better. It is, retired Col. Jack Jacobs said on MSNBC Wednesday afternoon, "entirely possible Donald Trump actually thinks he's sympathetic."

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Reading rewires your brain for more intelligence & empathy  

Reading rewires your brain for more intelligence & empathy   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The benefits are plenty, which is especially important in a distracted, smartphone age in which one-quarter of American children don't learn to read. This not only endangers them socially and intellectually, but cognitively handicaps them for life. One 2009 study of 72 children ages eight to ten discovered that reading creates new white matter in the brain, which improves system-wide communication.
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