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How Stories Change the Brain

How Stories Change the Brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Paul Zak's research is uncovering how stories shape our brains, tie strangers together, and move us to be more empathic and generous.

Stories bring brains together

Emotional simulation is the foundation for empathy and is particularly powerful for social creatures like humans because it allows us to rapidly forecast if people around us are angry or kind, dangerous or safe, friend or foe.

 

Such a neural mechanism keeps us safe but also allows us to rapidly form relationships with a wider set of members of our species than any other animal does. The ability to quickly form relationships allows humans to engage in the kinds of large-scale cooperation that builds massive bridges and sends humans into space. By knowing someone’s story—where they came from, what they do, and who you might know in common—relationships with strangers are formed. 

 

By Paul J. Zak 

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At Phi Beta Kappa ceremony, a call to empathy

At Phi Beta Kappa ceremony, a call to empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In her speech, titled “How Technology Makes Us Forget What We Know About Life,” the social scientist and author of “Reclaiming Conversation” implored students to learn from her mistake — to slow down, embrace solitude, and, most important, to not shy from the hard work true empathy demands.

“My message today goes beyond a generational challenge to do better than we did — to recognize what is difficult and call it what it is. It extends to a challenge we all face together, every day. We all have to live in our technological world, but remember what we know about life. Life teaches that presence matters. People respond to commitment and deliberateness. When you put away your phone to have a conversation, that’s the decision that counts: People care about your offer of attention.

 

Empathy is built on such little gestures, the ones that communicate that you don’t know what someone else has to say but that you want to learn.”

 

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Two types of empathy elicit different health effects, psychologist shows

Two types of empathy elicit different health effects, psychologist shows | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The research, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, finds that our bodies respond differently depending on the perspective we take when helping someone who is suffering. Stepping into the perspective of the suffering person leads to a health-threatening physiological response, while reflecting on how the suffering person might feel leads to a health-promoting response.

 

"This is the first time we have physical evidence that putting yourself in someone else's shoes is potentially harmful," said Buffone.

 

Buffone collaborated on the work with Michael Poulin, Shane DeLury, Lauren Ministero and Carrie Morrisson of the State University of New York at Buffalo and with Matt Scalco at Brown University.

 

 

Don't walk in her shoes! Different forms of perspective taking affect stress physiology


Anneke E.K. Buffone
Michael Poulin
Shane DeLury
Lauren Ministero
Carrie Morrisson
Matt Scalco

"Helping behavior predicts both positive and negative outcomes for helpers' health and well-being. One reason for this may be that helpers can engage in different kinds of perspective taking, which in turn have different effects on well-being.

 

Imaging oneself in a suffering other's place, or

imagine-self perspective taking (ISPT),

has been shown to lead to greater levels of personal distress than merely thinking about the other's feelings, or

imagine-other perspective taking (IOPT)."

 

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Turning to Self-Compassion in Difficult Times

Turning to Self-Compassion in Difficult Times | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Two weeks ago, I had the joy of sharing my recent trip to our son’s wedding, which was made possible by the generosity of others. During my trip to Houston, I met with a friend of mine who is also a counselor, Jennifer Christian. She interviewed me for her podcast about being compassionate with ourselves as we go through difficult times. As pulmonary fibrosis patients, we sure know about going through tough times!

Jennifer asked me to share how I developed PF and how my life has changed, and about my commitment to being a good friend to myself as I walk this difficult journey. You can listen to part one of the podcast here.

Learning about self-compassion

 

by Kim Fredrickson

 

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Empathy is for the long haul – think about it

Empathy is for the long haul – think about it | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy sways us towards the needs of the one rather than the many

Empathy – the act of feeling what you believe other people feel – may cloud our moral reasoning.

One of the many appealing aspects of practising medicine is the constant impulse to challenge simplistic thinking around widely held tenets. A classic example is the hugely important school of anti-psychiatry, where pioneers such as Thomas Szasz and RD Laing forced a rethink on the degree to which psychiatric diagnoses represent social constructs.


While few would support their radical platform as the main basis for providing support and help for those with psychiatric illness, their analysis allowed for a fuller understanding of how we practice and the need to consider carefully the language and terms h we use. Indeed, Szasz pointed, in particular, to the power of the language and definition, noting that the one who defines dominates, and the one who is defined is subjugated.

 

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Hacking Empathy: Demystifying the Most Powerful Skill for Future Design Leaders

Hacking Empathy: Demystifying the Most Powerful Skill for Future Design Leaders

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:00 PM

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Early Bird $10 Learn about Empathy & The Future of Creative Leadership How human beings create new products and experiences is changing breathtakingly fast.  Startups and designers have more resources at their fingertips than ever before.  Bringing new ideas to the masses requires an evolving tool kit that enables creative leaders to connect and le...

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Learn about Empathy & The Future of Creative Leadership

How human beings create new products and experiences is changing breathtakingly fast.  Startups and designers have more resources at their fingertips than ever before.  Bringing new ideas to the masses requires an evolving tool kit that enables creative leaders to connect and lead people from disparate backgrounds and all walks of life. 

 

At the heart of this emerging skill set lies a controversial, underestimated, and often times misunderstood ability: empathy.  Please join Greg as he mixes some of the most outlandish stories of working with designers and startups for 17 years with the unfiltered instructions on how to successfully integrate empathy into your life, work, and company.

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Nuances of Empathy and Self-Care

Nuances of Empathy and Self-Care | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Among my sex ed colleagues doing work on empathy, Kate McCombs consistently does amazing work. Here are some of my favorite insights she's shared recently.

 

McCombs makes the following points:

  • Feeling what someone else is feeling (empathic contagion) is not the same thing as being curious about and nonjudgmentally engaged with someone else’s emotions (empathic concern). McCombs classifies empathic concern as a teachable human communication skill, whereas empathy contagion just kinda happens, and can feel different ways and have different impacts, both positive and negative depending on the situation.
  • Your experiences are valid, but that doesn’t mean they’re universal. Similar situations can resonate with people in remarkably different ways.
  • Engaging empathetically is a form of emotional labor. As such, it’s ridiculous to expect anyone to respond with 100% empathy 100% of the time.
  • Empathy is most sustainable when we practice self-care and respect our own boundaries and those of others.

 

May 22, 2017 

by Jeana Jorgensen 

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Are You an Empathic Narcissist? 

Are You an Empathic Narcissist?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Finally, this article was written in the interests of self-exploration and self-growth, not as an actual medical diagnosis. Fortunately most empaths are empathetic, but if you suspect that you may harbor any borderline or obvious traits, you’re free to keep reading.

10 SIGNS YOU’RE AN EMPATHIC NARCISSIST

For most of my life I strongly believed that I was a kind, patient, caring and empathetic person. This idealized self-image I had created for myself only served to mask the real truth of who I was: that of a self-centered wounded egomaniac who couldn’t truly empathize with others. Don’t worry, I’m not “dissing” myself – it’s the truth! And you know, sometimes I still can be self-centered, but I have improved a great deal since then. By the way, this breakthrough from unempathetic empath to empathetic empath was greatly assisted by Sol who shook me up and put the mirror of Clarity right in front of me.
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Is Autism Really an “Empathy Disorder”?

Is Autism Really an “Empathy Disorder”? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A few years ago, I published an article on this blog about empathy, called ‘Empathy – the Ability that Makes us Truly Human.’ In retrospect, I wish I had given the article a different title. I had an angry comment from a person who said he was autistic, and wrote “I cannot be human. I am on the autism spectrum. Since it is empathy that makes YOU all “truly human”, I cannot be human, since my empathy is either impaired or lacking.”''


It is a common belief that people with autism lack empathy. One researcher who helped to popularise this belief is the British professor of developmental psychopathology, Simon Baron-Cohen, who saw autism as an “empathy disorder.” According to Baron-Cohen, one of the features of autism is “mind blindness,” which means that you can’t put yourself into someone else’s shoes, can’t “read” other people’s faces and body language, and so can’t tell what they are thinking or feeling. As a result people with autism find it difficult to respond in an appropriate way in social situations. They may appear emotionless and impolite.

 

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Key to Empathy May Be in Knowing Yourself 

Key to Empathy May Be in Knowing Yourself  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A new study finds that when we are taught to identify and understand our own inner parts, or sub-personalities — such as the “inner manager” or the “inner child”  we become far more understanding of the mental states of others, essentially increasing our levels of social intelligence and empathy.

For three months, 161 adult participants aged 20 to 55 were split into two groups and taught how to develop their perspective-taking skills through a variety of methods. The training was based on the Internal Family Systems model which views the self as being composed of different complex inner parts, each with its own defining set of behaviors, thoughts and emotions.

 

 By Traci Pedersen

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The Firing of Comey and the Empathy Gap

The Firing of Comey and the Empathy Gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy builds self-awareness; bonds parent to child, allows us to work together, and provides the scaffolding for our morality...

Empathy is an ethic for living. It’s a means of understanding other human beings, a universal language that connects us beyond country of culture...

Empathy is related to symphony—because empathic people understand the importance of context. They see the whole person much as symphonic thinkers see the whole picture."

The importance of empathy and other relational skills is even filtering into legal education.

Consider Susan Brook's article "Using A Communication Perspective To Teach Relational Lawyering" that was published in Spring 2015 edition of the Nevada Law Journal. The article states in part as follows: 

 

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Feminist Explains Why She Left the Social Justice ‘Cult’

Feminist Explains Why She Left the Social Justice ‘Cult’ | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“I see increasing numbers of so-called liberals cheering censorship and defending violence as a response to speech. I see seemingly reasonable people wishing death on others and laughing at escalating suicide and addiction rates of the white working class.

 

I see liberal think pieces written in opposition to expressing empathy or civility in interactions with those with whom we disagree. I see 63 million Trump voters written off as “nazis” who are okay to target with physical violence. I see concepts like equality and justice being used as a mask for resentful, murderous rage.”

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Lyles: America's lack of empathy

Lyles: America's lack of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The culprit nourishing these divisions is an almost total lack of human empathy on a society level.

Politicians, members of the media and ordinary citizens passed beyond self-serving selfishness a long time ago. Now our nation’s politics are driven by people at all ends of the political spectrum who range from being willfully insensitive to boldly contemptuous toward anyone with whom they disagree. Most are anesthetized to the problems, sufferings or even needs and concerns of just about anyone else.

According to a recent study from Michigan State University, America’s empathy is on the decline, now ranking No. 7 in the world. The number of young Americans who will never marry continues to rise. Volunteering is at its lowest rate since the Labor Department began measuring it in 2002. More than 30 percent of school children report they have been bullied, up 24 percent from 10 years ago. Lack of empathy in America extends far beyond the political arena.

Although we should be concerned about the lack of empathy in every dimension of our lives, our major concern should be about its lack in the political sphere. 

 

By Dick Lyles
May 19, 2017
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Empathy is a MUST for success. Empathy vs sympathy can make or break business negotiations & personal relationship. 

Empathy is a MUST for success. Empathy vs sympathy can make or break business negotiations & personal relationship.  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Parenting with empathy vs sympathy. David Nayer shares Marshall Rosenberg's nonviolent communication work with Emily K. Gaudreau
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Empathy is a MUST for success. Empathy vs sympathy can make or break business negotiations & personal relationship. 

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(Empathic Design) The Unrealized Dream: Empathy & The Future Creative Leadership 

Tech in Motion Silicon Valley presents Greg Aper, Director of Business Development & Industrial Designer at Whipsaw, presenting his talk on "The Unrealized Dream: Empathy & The Future of Creative Leadership."

 

Greg infuses his work along with pop culture references to demonstrate why empathy is so valuable to the future of creative leadership.

 

 

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Helping Your Child with Special Needs Develop Empathy

Helping Your Child with Special Needs Develop Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Instilling Empathy
So if empathy is so important, how can we instill that quality in our children? Whether your child has special needs or is more typically developing, there are some simple things you can do to encourage empathy. Here are a few ideas:
Talk about feelings.


When conflicts arise with friends or family members, encourage your child to step back from how he or she is feeling to consider how the other person feels, You can ask how your child feels, but then ask, “How do you think Jake feels when you hit him, or when you won’t let him use your basketball? How would you feel in his shoes?” Help your child understand the “golden rule” of treating others in the way he or she would want to be treated.

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Did You Know Breathing Deeply Can Boost Your Empathy?  

Did You Know Breathing Deeply Can Boost Your Empathy?   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Want to efficiently put yourself in someone else’s shoes? Try taking a deep breath.

That’s because this new study has found that people who are better at being more physically aware of themselves through meditation or mindfulness are more empathetic and understanding of others

 

According to these researchers from the Department of Psychology at Cambridge University, the process of breathing deeply and bringing awareness to the body is called a “state of interoception”. Their published study shows that people who induce interoceptive states are more empathetic than those who aren’t as aware of their internal functioning. 

 

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(Study) From heart to mind: Linking interoception, emotion, and theory of mind

(Study) From heart to mind: Linking interoception, emotion, and theory of mind | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Theory of Mind (ToM) is traditionally characterized as the ability to represent mental states. Such a characterization leaves little room for studying individual differences in ToM – individuals either can, or cannot, represent mental states – and this binary classification cannot quantify the subtle individual differences observed in typical and atypical populations.

 

In recognition of this problem, attempts have been made to provide a more detailed characterization of the constituent psychological processes which support the representation of mental states (Happé et al., 2017 ;  Schaafsma et al., 2015), and the neurocomputational principles underpinning ToM (Koster-Hale & Saxe, 2013), in order to identify the source of individual differences.

 

Punit Shaha, 
Caroline Catmurd, 
Geoffrey Birde, 

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Wired for Story: Empathy and the New Brand Storytelling 

Wired for Story: Empathy and the New Brand Storytelling  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Stories are deeply connected to the human experience. Skyword's Tom Gerace explains the use of storytelling and empathy in customer connection.

 

What is the power of empathy as it relates to stories?

“Empathy is the central organizing principle for my keynote talk. Story has the unique ability to help us experience life as somebody else. In fact, experience it as somebody who comes from a different background, growing up in a different part of the world with different resources or different life experiences and different culture than our own. I think because storytelling can do that, a well-told story is unique in its ability to help us step outside our own naturally self-centered view of the world and think more broadly.

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Are strong empathizers better mentalizers? Evidence for independence and interaction between the routes of social cognition 

Are strong empathizers better mentalizers? Evidence for independence and interaction between the routes of social cognition  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Although the processes that underlie sharing others’ emotions (empathy) and understanding others’ mental states (mentalizing, Theory of Mind) have received increasing attention, it is yet unclear how they relate to each other. For instance, are people who strongly empathize with others also more proficient in mentalizing? And (how) do the neural networks supporting empathy and mentalizing interact?

 

Assessing both functions simultaneously in a large sample ( N  = 178), we show that people’s capacities to empathize and mentalize are independent, both on a behavioral and neural level. Thus, strong empathizers are not necessarily proficient mentalizers, arguing against a general capacity of social understanding. Second, we applied dynamic causal modeling to investigate how the neural networks underlying empathy and mentalizing are orchestrated in naturalistic social settings. Results reveal that in highly emotional situations, empathic sharing can inhibit mentalizing-related activity and thereby harm mentalizing performance.

 

Taken together, our findings speak against a unitary construct of social understanding and suggest flexible interplay of distinct social functions.

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People with Autism Can Read Emotions, Feel Empathy

People with Autism Can Read Emotions, Feel Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There is a fine line between autism and alexithymia—feeling emotions but being unable to identify them

 

There is a persistent stereotype that people with autism are individuals who lack empathy and cannot understand emotion. It’s true that many people with autism don’t show emotion in ways that people without the condition would recognize.

 

But the notion that people with autism generally lack empathy and cannot recognize feelings is wrong. Holding such a view can distort our perception of these individuals and possibly delay effective treatments.

 

By Rebecca BrewerJennifer MurphySpectrum on July 13, 2016

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The Dark Side of Empathy No One Talks about

The Dark Side of Empathy No One Talks about | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empaths are typically regarded as being sympathetic, caring, sensitive to the feelings of others, and compassionate souls. So would it surprise you to learn that there is a dark side to being an empath?

The very nature of empathy means that many people rely on empaths for support and guidance. It also means that empaths see much more of the world than we do, and as such, this can cause problems in different areas of their lives.
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(Empathic Healthcare) (Empathy in Art) Universities partner with Dallas Museum of Art to teach medical students importance of empathy 

(Empathic Healthcare) (Empathy in Art) Universities partner with Dallas Museum of Art to teach medical students importance of empathy  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
These students are all participants in “Art of Examination,” a collaborative course put together by Bonnie Pitman, an art professor at UT Dallas, and Heather Wickless, a professor at UT Southwestern.


The main goal of the class is to teach these doctors-in-training attention to detail, compassion and empathy for patients through viewing art.


The class challenges students to slow down and think about each patient they care for in the same way an artist pays attention to each piece of a painting or sculpture. The course ended on May 18 and will be offered during the spring semester.

 

Esteban Bustillos,

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(Empath) The Dark Side Of Empathic People That You Rarely See and Must Always Be Cautious Of!  

(Empath) The Dark Side Of Empathic People That You Rarely See and Must Always Be Cautious Of!   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The dark side of being an empath is knowing that even when they fall in love, they never do so entirely. They simply aren’t capable of giving every ounce of their heart to someone else. They know that if they tried, the intensity of the passion would most likely be too much to handle, for themselves and their partners.

Which is why they always keep a little part of them hidden away from the rest of the world. They keep a guard up out of necessity, even if they want nothing more than to let it down and succumb to an overwhelming love.

The dark side of being an empath is the war that is always being waged within. The war they wage against the sadness, the darkness, and the sorrowful side of themselves that is always trying to rear its ugly head and lead them into self-destruction.

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(Empathic Leadership) 4 Tips for Leadership Development to Build Empathy Skills

(Empathic Leadership) 4 Tips for Leadership Development to Build Empathy Skills | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A lot of what we talked about and came up with was based on academic research, best practices coming from the consulting world, and the real-world experiences of the participants. Here are four practical tips for leadership development to build empathy toward others:

What does the other person think and feel?...

What is the other person hearing?...

What is the other person seeing?...

What is the other person saying and what is that other person actually doing? (Are they consistent?)

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Where Empathy Lives in the Brain

Where Empathy Lives in the Brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Psychologists call this vital skill “theory of mind,” or the ability to attribute thoughts and beliefs to others. Theory of mind is what makes us aware of our own selves and what distinguishes us from others, and helps us understand that others can experience the world differently from the way we do. It’s the reason you can understand what someone is thinking, and anticipate what they’re going to do or say next.

 

(Some people with neurodevelopmental disorders lack a fully developed theory of mind, and therefore struggle with this understanding). And in a study recently published in the journal Nature, a team of scientists may have found where this ability lives in the brain.

To understand how theory of mind develops, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences analyzed images of the brains of 43 kids between the ages of 3 and 4, looking at connectivity in the brain’s white matter in relation to the children’s performance on a type of test called the “false-belief test.”

 

 By Deepa Padmanaban
April 12, 2017
http://nymag.com

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