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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?
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.
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
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 McGuireDeep 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.
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.
“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 consistently practicing self-compassion, Seppala says you'll reap a number of biological and psychological benefits, including enhanced well-being and less anxiety and depression. You'll also have an easier time bouncing back from stressful situations — a trait psychologists call resilience.
When I spoke with Seppala, she emphasized that you can't always change your circumstances — you can't go back in time and fix the interview or the date. But you can certainly change how you respond, and specifically, whether you learn from the situation.
Contagious yawning happens more often between friends and family than strangers, more often with women than men: study.
How do you interpret a yawn? Whether a sign of fatigue or boredom, psychologists say yawning is contagious, yet not all people are susceptible. A new study based on five years of direct observation finds mirroring another's yawn happens more often between friends and family than strangers, more often for women than men.
According to the Italian researchers, their work “supports the hypothesis that this phenomenon has an empathic basis.” So are women simply more empathic than men?
There’s been building evidence that a yawn’s ability to spread to others is somehow correlated with the ability to empathize -- to pick up on others’ emotional states and imagine what they may be thinking or feeling.
Contagious yawning seems to increase starting around the age of 4 or 5 years, about the same time children start developing the ability to identify other people’s emotions, and it falls when those empathetic abilities also fall in old age.
Our team holds regular meetings to gather, research, share, discuss, 'empathize with', analyze and organize academic based papers, articles and studies about teaching and training empathy. http://j.mp/EmpathyLitReview
- Building a website with these empathy training resources. You can add papers to our database with the Input Form.
- Creating a meta-analysis study and paper from our findings. This project supports the development of our Empathy Training and Curriculum project.
- We especially invite the academic community, professors, Phds, graduate students and researchers to join our team.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.)
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.
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."
Why Compassion Serves You Better Than Self-Interest
Can compassion be good for the bottom line? According to Emma Seppälä, author of The Happiness Track, the answer is a clear yes. In the following excerpt from the book, Seppälä tells the story of someone who used compassion to his competitive advantage.
Drake is a happy, generous, and other-focused person. He is always interested in helping others whenever he can. He and his wife support a number of causes focused on improving the lives of children around the world who are at risk because of the poverty and violence that surround them. Kindness pervades his life.
One of the most challenging and equally rewarding aspects of studying abroad is that it challenged me to truly understand, and not just imagine, what it would be like to live in someone else’s shoes. In other words, to practice the art of empathy.
Last year, author Leslie Jamison came to Duke to talk about her about her book “The Empathy Exams.” The book is a collection of essays in which she recounts her experiences both receiving and giving empathy and the way in which it has impacted her interactions with others. Like many talks I have been to at Duke, I left inspired and motivated to be more intentional about empathizing over sympathizing with others.
It is well established that people will yawn when they see or hear someone else yawn, or even think or read about yawning
Yawning is contagious – that we already know – but now scientists have shown that women are more likely to be infected with a bout of contagious yawning than men for the simple reason that they feel greater empathy towards other people.
It is well established that many individuals will yawn when they see or hear someone else yawn, or when they even think or read about yawning. It is also known that yawning is likely to be more contagious between close friends and family members than between strangers.
Health care startup made a wild pitch to Cara Waller, CEO of the Newport Orthopedic Institute in Newport Beach. The company said it could get patients more engaged by “automating” physician empathy.
It “almost made me nauseous,” she said. How can you automate something as deeply personal as empathy?
But Waller needed help. Her physicians, who perform as many as 500 surgeries a year, manage large numbers of patients at various stages of treatment and recovery. They needed a better way to communicate with patients and track their progress.
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Warning signs when you need to spend time developing empathy
Listening to customers, stakeholders, and peers to get at a deeper level
TBD (either learning to find patterns, or exploring a real data set for insights)
Ways to practice and adapt this mindset to your own work
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