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Neanderthals had more empathy than previously understood - CBS News

Neanderthals had more empathy than previously understood - CBS News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
After 13 years studying a Neanderthal burial site, researchers say Neanderthals were more community-oriented and emphatic that previously understood

 

Researchers say Neanderthals were more intelligent and empathetic than previously understood. They cared for their elders and buried them with dignity, according to a study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

The study focused on a skeleton of an elderly Neanderthal man -- 30 to 40 years old -- that was found in 1908 in La Chapelle-aux-Saints in southern France. It is the remains of a man who could barely walk and had lost all his teeth. The shape of his spine led to the theory that Neanderthals were hunch-backed.

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An Act of Empathy: Understanding the Injured Brain | Aspen Ideas Festival

An Act of Empathy: Understanding the Injured Brain | Aspen Ideas Festival | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
AN ACT OF EMPATHY: UNDERSTANDING THE INJURED BRAIN


“In My Shoes” gives participants license to step into the shoes of strangers and experience the world from that very different perspective.

 

Initially developed to facilitate communication between patients with traumatic brain injuries and those who support them, it is a tool to challenge preconceptions and facilitate understanding.

 

The series uses touch, taste, smell, audio-visual technology, and first-person documentary to recreate real-life experiences and enable participants to use what they learn to inform communications and care.

Speakers: Jane Gauntlett is an artist and theater producer and founder of Sublime & Ridiculous.

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Why empathy in the classroom is so important

Why empathy in the classroom is so important | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A new study out of Stanford shows that when teachers maintain an empathetic mind frame, students are less likely to be expelled.

 

The study was conducted by Jason Okonofua, Stanford psychology post-doctoral fellow and lead author on the paper, psychology researcher David Paunesku, and Stanford associate professor of psychologyGregory Walton and was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

 

According to a press release on the study, these results came from the culmination of three separate experiments on inspiring empathy in teachers. ....

 

Approaching discipline with empathy works it practice too, according to 2016 Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Hayes explained that students need to be allowed to be kids and to handle problems from the point a student is at, not the point an educator feels the student should be at.

 

by Abby Payne

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Study: Brief intervention to encourage empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half among adolescents

Study: Brief intervention to encourage empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half among adolescents | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There is increasing concern about rising discipline citations in K–12 schooling and a lack of means to reduce them. Predominant theories characterize this problem as the result of punitive discipline policies (e.g., zero-tolerance policies), teachers’ lack of interpersonal skills, or students’ lack of self-control or social–emotional skills. By contrast, the present research examined teachers’ mindsets about discipline.

 

A brief intervention aimed at encouraging an empathic mindset about discipline halved student suspension rates over an academic year. This intervention, an online exercise, can be delivered at near-zero marginal cost to large samples of teachers and students.

 

These findings could mark a paradigm shift in society’s understanding of the origins of and remedies for discipline problems.

 

  1. Jason A. Okonofua
  2. David Paunesku
  3. Gregory M. Walton
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Is empathy the antidote to bullying?

Is empathy the antidote to bullying? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As former Utah Republican Senator, Bob Bennett, lay dying, he called his wife and son over to his bed to express his last wish.

 

I have learned many lessons in my studies of genocides on the macro level and bullying on the micro level perpetrated throughout the ages. Strong leaders whip up sentiments by employing dehumanizing stereotypes and scapegoating entire groups, while other people or entire nations turn away, often refusing to intervene. Everyone, not only the direct perpetrators of oppression, plays a vital role in the atrocities.

 

Empathy, however, has always been an antidote to the poison of prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, and scapegoating, and to bullies and demagogues who take power and control. Empathy is the life force of our humanness, and Bob Bennett, for one, led his life by example.

 

May Bob rest in peace as we resurrect the empathy in us all.

 

 

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UC Berkeley’s Dacher Keltner on ‘How We Gain and Lose Influence’

UC Berkeley’s Dacher Keltner on ‘How We Gain and Lose Influence’ | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner makes the case that a person’s ability to empathize is what helps him or
her reach a position of authority. However, leaders lose empathy and related qualities like generosity and openmindedness the longer they’re in power.

 

We speak to Keltner about his new book, “The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence” and about what it takes to remain an enduring and effective leader. And we want to hear
from you — what qualities do the best leaders have?

 

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The Truth About Painkillers and Empathy, and a Hyperloop Test!

Does science tell us that Tylenol is changing our personalities? The short answer is 'no'. And learn about advances in transportation technology in this SciShow news.
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Fostering Collaboration with the Empathy Toy

Fostering Collaboration with the Empathy Toy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What is the Empathy Toy?

The Empathy Toy is a discussion based game where participants solve a puzzle based challenge using only words.

 

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Study: The Anatomy of Suffering: Understanding the Relationship between Nociceptive and Empathic Pain. - PubMed - NCBI

Study: The Anatomy of Suffering: Understanding the Relationship between Nociceptive and Empathic Pain. - PubMed - NCBI | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

http://wagerlab.colorado.edu/files/papers/anatomy.pdf

 

Pain features centrally in numerous illnesses and generates enormous public health costs. Despite its ubiquity, the psychological and neurophysiological nature of pain remains controversial. Here, we survey one controversy in particular: the relation between nociceptive pain, which is somatic in origin, and empathic pain, which arises from observing others in pain.

 

First, we review evidence for neural overlap between nociceptive and empathic pain and what this overlap implies about underlying mental representations. Then, we propose a framework for understanding the nature of the psychological and neurophysiological correspondence across these types of 'pain'.

 

This framework suggests new directions for research that can better identify shared and dissociable representations underlying different types of distress, and can inform theories about the nature of pain

 

Jamil Zaki,

Tor D. Wager,

Tania Singer

Christian Keysers

and Valeria Gazzola

 

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Deepening Our Ability To Be Our Own Best Friends: Residential Self-Empathy Intensives – NYCNVC

Deepening Our Ability To Be Our Own Best Friends: Residential Self-Empathy Intensives – NYCNVC | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As we study and practice NVC, we learn that our ability to self-empathize is a requisite skill for living out our NVC consciousness in the world. Deep empathy, dialogue, mediation, teaching NVC, and perhaps most importantly, knowing what we want to do, versus what we think we should do, are all supported by our skills in self-empathy.


This ability to self-empathize is a key to being compassionate with ourselves, in our significant relationships and in our professional lives. Through self-empathy we can understand what we want and how to get it in a way that is in harmony with our values.  We can hold a more compassionate view of the world more often. We can practice NVC anywhere and everywhere.

 

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8 Great Things That Happen When You Practice Self-Compassion

8 Great Things That Happen When You Practice Self-Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
1. Self-compassion makes you more resilient.

Think of a time when you may not have received a promotion or a job you really wanted. Did you beat yourself up about it or ruminate over your mistakes? Chances are that’s not going to help you in the next similar situation. It’s easier to bounce back from failure when you’re kind to yourself, says self-compassion researcher and Harvard Medical School clinical psychology instructor Christopher Germer.  

“Self-compassion is an important factor in emotional resilience,” Germer told The Huffington Post. “There’s just a wide range of elements it enhances when it comes to emotional wellbeing.”
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Lou Agosta and the Chicago Empathy Project: Empathy Radio: 10 Top Tips For Expanding Your Empathy

The secret to empathy training is to remove the obstacles to empathy. Denial, resignation, cynicism, shame, judging, and so on, get in the way of being fully present with another human being – that is, being empathic. When one removes the obstacles, empathy naturally unfolds.

 

When one removes the obstacles, empathy naturally develops, comes forth, and becomes present in the relationship. People are naturally empathic, and unless one must intervenes with practices that promote domination, manipulation, or devaluation, empathy shows up. Listen to the show itself for more details.

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Team Building Tips for Success: Empathy will matter more in the long-term success of your Team

Team Building Tips for Success: Empathy will matter more in the long-term success of your Team | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As a founder now building my second company, I’ve come to realize that success is about 30% skills and 70% personality. It doesn’t matter how accomplished you are if you don’t have the right attitude. So the most important thing I look for when building out a strong team is empathy. Empathy will matter more in the long-term success of your team than pure technical talent ever will.

 

So why exactly is empathy so important when you start a company? Empathy is about understanding others. It’s about engineers understanding the challenges of working in marketing. It’s about sales teams understanding the sacrifice and struggles that go into all-night engineering code springs to meet customer deal requirements. It’s about eager founders recognizing the need for working parents to balance time spent at the office with time spent at home. It’s about finding ways to connect with teammates whose day-to-day work is completely different from yours.

 

Ajeet Singh

 

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The Real Difference Between Empaths & Non-Empathic People

The Real Difference Between Empaths & Non-Empathic People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The word empath is a hot trend in spiritual and personal growth circles, and we have an idea of what an empath is… but what does it mean to be an empath?

So yes… don’t know if you’ve all heard, but there’s this shift and awakening thing going on around the world. Have you noticed that?

So why is that actually? Why has your personal journey been so hectic and what is the point of all this empath stuff?

Pain makes most people angry and hateful

 

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Teacher empathy reduces student suspensions, Stanford research shows | Stanford News Press Release

Teacher empathy reduces student suspensions, Stanford research shows | Stanford News Press Release | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When teachers think empathically, and not punitively, about misbehaving students, they cultivate better relationships and help reduce discipline problems, Stanford research shows.

 

The findings showed that giving teachers an opportunity to express their empathic values – to understand students’ perspectives and to sustain positive relationships with students when they misbehave – improved student-teacher relationships and discipline outcomes.

 

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A Focus on Empathy, Not Punishment, Improves Discipline

A Focus on Empathy, Not Punishment, Improves Discipline | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

New research at Stanford University encouraged middle school teachers to take on an “empathetic mindset” when students were being disciplined. The study found that the number of pupils who were suspended across the academic year halved, from 9.6% to 4.8%....

A crucial part of teaching young people is to create positive relationships with students, said Okonofua and Walton, particularly students who are struggling. But some school environments have “zero-tolerance” policies concerning student behavior. In turn, this exposes some teachers to a “default punitive mindset.”

“It is heartbreaking,” Walton said. “Teachers are caught between two models, a punitive model that says you have to punish kids to get them to behave and an older model that goes to the heart of the profession, which says that teaching is all about building strong relationships with children, especially when they struggle.”

 

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Teachers Can Reduce Suspensions by Practicing Empathy?

Teachers Can Reduce Suspensions by Practicing Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

According to a new study, empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half and improves student-teacher relationships.

 

A recent study out of Stanford University set out to answer some of these questions. This study found that adopting an empathic mindset and empathic discipline strategies strengthened student-teacher relationships, encouraged better behavior from students, and cut school suspension rates in half...

 

Clearly, students benefit when teachers adopt a more empathic mindset. But what does that look like on a daily basis?

 

Here are some suggestions for cultivating an empathic mindset and practicing empathic discipline as an educator:...

 

  • 1. Reframe the questions you ask when a student misbehaves...
  • 2. To better connect with students, explore your shared identity...
  • 3. Make empathy part of your school culture, starting with staff...

 

By Mariah Flynn

 

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Emile Bruneau (MIT):  Intergroup empathy and dehumanizations  

Colloque international organisé par Itzhak Fried (UCLA / résident de l'IEA de Paris), Alain Berthoz (Collège de France) et Gretty Mirdal (directrice de l'IEA de Paris).

“Arguably the biggest challenge for interdisciplinary dialogue across the fields that consider brain and behavior…a bold and important attempt to bring interdisciplinary approach to one of the biggest questions facing humanity", Nature, 521:260, 2015 (Editorial on the First Paris Conference on Syndrome
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The Role of Compassion in Medicine

Ann Allegre, MD, director of medical programs for Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, since 1999, chronicles her personal story as a young physician and survivor of serious illness, culminating in her renowned work in palliative care and hospice.
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Call for Submissions: Empathy Art Exhibition

Call for Submissions: Empathy Art Exhibition | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Edinburgh Festival of Empathy will take place 12th-25th June celebrating the role of empathy in community and offers a variety of ways of exploring what empathy means and experiencing giving and receiving empathy.

 

We think Art is a very powerful medium for evoking empathy and that experiences of empathy can produce powerful art. We would like to show this to the public as part of the festival and invite your submissions.

 

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Why Is Empathy So Important?

Why Is Empathy So Important? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy – that is, the ability to understand and be aware of, co-experience the feelings and thoughts of other people, is probably one of the most important skills a person may have. And it’s not just for building and maintaining strong and healthy relationships, but to work more effectively and achieve greater success in life in general. It may sound a bit idealistic, but it doesn’t prevent it from being true.

 

So why exactly is empathy so important for us?

  • 1. Humans Are Social Animals...
  • 2. It Is Good for Business and Career...
  • 3. It Lets You Better Understand Non-Verbal Components of Communication...
  • 4. It Makes You Be Better at Handling Conflicts...
  • 5. It Makes It Easier to Convince and Motivate Other...
  • 6. It Broadens Your Horizons..

 

by MELISSA BURNS

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Michael Goldstein's curator insight, May 25, 9:26 PM
I Ike this list of benefits of empathy.  I agree that it no only helps to build and maintain relationships, it "broadens your horizons"!. I would describe benefit 5 a bit differently - "It makes it easier to discover and build motivation in others.."

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Empathy, Pain and Acetaminophen

Empathy, Pain and Acetaminophen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The experience of empathic pain is often described as being comparable to its physical counterpart (nociceptive pain), and so researchers have long suspected a functional connection between the two phenomena.

 

Evidence for the existence of such an association has accumulated over time, mainly through neuroscientific imaging studies but its defining characteristics have only recently started to come to light. For instance, a piece of research with important implications about the nature of the link between physical and emphatic pain has recently caught the public’s attention.​


Painkillers May Dull Empathic Pain

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All About Empathy and Empaths

All About Empathy and Empaths | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“Empathy is the ability to read and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of one’s empath capacity.


Empaths have the ability to scan another’s psyche for thoughts and feelings or for past, present, and future life occurrences. Many empaths are unaware of how this actually works, and have long accepted that they were sensitive to others.” Empathy and Empaths – by Christel Broederlow is an excellent article worth reading.

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The Science of Evil - Simon Baron-Cohen

Steve talks to Professor Simon Baron-Cohen about modularity and the role that his research has played in evolutionary psychologist's understanding of the modular concept. They discuss that modules may be hierarchical and may not be as localized to neural substrates as some evo. psychologist have come to believe.

 

He describes the nature of empathy as it related to autism and the hypothesis of autism as an "extreme male brain", which leads to a discussion of what an "extreme female brain" would look like.

 

Finally, in closing they discuss Baron-Cohen's recent interest in the topic of evil. He describes that evil, or cruelty might be a particular type of empathic deficit. Look for a part two in the near future.

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Empathy workshop

Empathy workshop | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
2-hours
Intended for: Students, junior managers and senior managers - people who need to communicate effectively, especially in situations in which there is a lot at stake


Contents: Workshop plan including warm-up exercise and 4 group exercises with a focus on what empathy actually means and how we can empathise more effectively. PowerPoint slides, trainers tips, further activities and further resources for both trainer and learner are included.


Objectives:

By the end of this roughly two-hour session your learners should be able to develop their skills in:

  • Understanding more clearly what empathy actually means
  • Understanding the physical and evolutionary basis of empathy
  • Critically evaluating their own current ability to empathise
  • Focusing on another person's thoughts and feelings (i.e. empathise)
  • Being aware of what it feels like to empathise
  • Letting go of anything that might distract them for being empathic
  • Resisting the temptation to speak when inappropriate
  • Critically evaluating another’s person’s ability to empathise
  • Handling an external evaluation (of their ability to empathise) in an aware and responsible way
  • Empathising more effectively in their everyday lives

 

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 Study: Wealthy children don't grow into the best leaders: lower levels of empathy for others

 Study: Wealthy children don't grow into the best leaders: lower levels of empathy for others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Children of wealthy families are prone to high levels of narcissism, which can make them less effective leaders when they grow up, a new study has found.

 

The results, published Monday in the Harvard Business Review, found that leaders who grew up in wealthier households had greater levels of self-importance, and lower levels of empathy for others.

 

"We found that parental income is significantly related to adult levels of narcissism, a trait characterized by grandiose self-views, impulsive tendencies and low empathy," said the study, written by Sean R. Martin, Stephane Cote and Col. Todd Woodruff. 

 

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