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A Plea for Empathy and Moderation in the Middle East

A Plea for Empathy and Moderation in the Middle East | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The violence in Gaza has only empowered radicals, says a Palestinian professor who took his students to Auschwitz.


What stands in the way of such a settlement, however, is the deterioration of empathy and trust brought about by the use of force.


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Is empathy making the world a worse place?  Stop caring! Why empathy is wrong

Is empathy making the world a worse place?  Stop caring! Why empathy is wrong | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is supposed to be a moral good, a natural reaction to the suffering of others. But apparently if you really want to be good and do good, empathy is not the answer. 

"Empathy is fundamentally, from a moral standpoint, a bad thing," Yale University psychologist Paul Bloom says.

"It's because of empathy that the world cares so much more about a baby stuck in a well than we do about global warming," Bloom told the Atlantic. 

 

 RACHEL CLAYTON

 

 

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Pope advocates for 'globalization of empathy' in curing rare diseases

Pope advocates for 'globalization of empathy' in curing rare diseases | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
On Friday Pope Francis told participants in a Vatican stem cell summit that a renewed sense of empathy ought to fuel their work and research, ensuring that no person goes without access to proper care.

“It is fundamentally important that we promote greater empathy in society, and not remain indifferent to our neighbor’s cry for help, including when he or she is suffering from a rare disease,” the Pope said April 29.

 

“this is why the globalization of indifference must be countered by the globalization of empathy.

 

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Empathy: Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter 

Empathy: Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy turned out to be the most important of the five attributes.

“Frankly, when empathy kept coming up in our research, I was surprised,” Dr. Wilson wrote. “All of the people we interviewed were serious business executives. Empathy was not the first virtue I associated with the rough and tumble of today’s highly competitive business world. I expected to hear about boldness, perseverance, and toughness...

 

“The paradox, of course, is that Google’s intense data collection and number crunching have led it to the same conclusions that good managers have always known. In the best teams, members listen to one another and show sensitivity to feelings and needs.”

 

the best performing groups exhibited three key characteristics: Higher empathy. Members scored higher in social sensitivity. That is, the ability to read each other’s emotional states as measured by the Reading the Mind in the Eyes test 

 

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What role does empathy play in the OST culture?

What role does empathy play in the OST culture? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here are some thoughts I have around empathy in our world.

First off, from the perspective of our OST employees and teammates, empathy is the core foundation of our first belief, “honor our people and their families first”. We internalize the needs of individuals and their families and make them our own. We recognize when we need to put them first, ahead of ourselves and ahead of the needs of OST. We are constantly on the lookout for the opportunity to recognize a need and make sure it is met.

 

We sacrifice our time and efforts to make sure that others get what they need, and we have expectations that others will reciprocate when we need. The reason we can do this is because we are actively “in feeling” with our OST family members and that allows us to care for them and their needs in a way which is not reflected in society as a whole – especially in the context of a corporation.

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Empathy is a valuable teaching tool

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Kids are bound to misbehave in class, but what the teacher does about it can make a big difference in how students feel about school and how often they are suspended, according to a Stanford University study released Wednesday.


When teachers focus on empathy or understanding misbehavior rather than on doling out punishment, suspensions go down and students feel more supported and respected, researchers said.


It’s not a shocking result, said co-author Gregory Walton, an associate professor of psychology.

 

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Excessive empathy can impair understanding of others

Excessive empathy can impair understanding of others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

People who empathize easily with others do not necessarily understand them well. To the contrary: Excessive empathy can even impair understanding as a new study conducted by psychologists from Würzburg and Leipzig has established.

Imagine your best friend tells you that his girlfriend has just proposed "staying friends." Now you have to accomplish two things: Firstly, you have to grasp that this nice sounding proposition actually means that she wants to break up with him and secondly, you should feel with your friend and comfort him.'

 

by Gunnar Bartsch.

 

Artyom Zinchenko, Philipp Kanske, Christian Obermeier, Erich Schröger, Sonja A. Kotz. Emotion and goal-directed behavior: ERP evidence on cognitive and emotional conflict. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2015; 10 (11): 1577 DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsv050

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Animal smarts: A Q&A with primatologist Frans de Waal

Animal smarts: A Q&A with primatologist Frans de Waal | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We do a lot of studies on empathy in animals, and we found that they are affected by the mood states and emotions of others. This is getting close to human morality, the basis of which is that we empathize and care about others.

 

Chimps are not into reasoning or justification like we are, but they have the core –what the philosopher David Hume called the moral sentiments. There’s an enormous amount of psychological continuity between humans and our close animal relatives: compassion, empathy, sympathy, reciprocity, cooperation, a sense of fairness and justice.

What’s a good example of moral behavior in animals?

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Kids & Families First: The “Empathy Deficit” 

Kids & Families First: The “Empathy Deficit”  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Experiencing chronic conflict can impair our capacity to empathize with another person. Thus, it becomes significantly difficult to resolve the problem. If it’s possible for another’s stress to be emotionally contagious, the challenge becomes preventing this from exacerbating the conflict situation. So how do we enhance empathy during periods of conflict and recover from the stress created by this?

One approach is engaging a community to share a common goal in working together. Conflict resolution is a protracted game.
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The power of empathy through augmented reality: ViaOpta Simulator app

Using the camera in a smart device (phone/tablets), healthcare practioners HCPs are now able to visualise what patients with ophthalmic conditions go through, to garner empathy for the patient’s condition and, as a result, improve outcomes and treatment methods.
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How Empathetic Design Gives Your Software Company A Competitive Edge - Forbes

How Empathetic Design Gives Your Software Company A Competitive Edge - Forbes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In my opinion, It’s not speed or expertise in the latest coding language that sets a developer apart from the pack. While those skills are important, a truly great developer is talented and empathetic.

 

Empathy isn’t just a buzzword I like to trumpet. Empathy is a concise and extremely potent business strategy, especially in the SaaS industry where everything is about the end user. Think about it: If you run a software company, and your customers don’t trust your product or don’t think you have their best interest in mind, you can delete everything else...

 

But, empathetic design doesn’t just pay you dividends when you come to the end product. Targeting empathy will also increase employee engagement.

 

 

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Teaching Empathy

The Circle School is part of the 2016 Big Give SA. At The Circle School, we teach empathy, by having our children volunteer, raising money for causes all over the world, and participating in local marches and protests. We believe that our children can and will grow up to change the world.
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Residential Empathy Intensive -A Deeper Dive into Empathy, the Breath of Compassion

Residential Empathy Intensive -A Deeper Dive into Empathy, the Breath of Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


This training is intended to support participants in having a deeper integration of empathy. In a supportive, community environment, participants experience challenge, guidance and support in the practice of empathy and seeing our world empathically.

 

Throughout our time together we will learn to increase our capacity for being present, learn to focus our awareness, and develop the ability to work with our own capabilities and humanity, in real-time situations.

Feelings and needs are the focus of empathy, so our relationship to them directly influences the quality and depth of our empathy. At this intensive, through practice and exercise, we will broaden and enrich our understanding and experience of these “life energies” thereby deepening our practice of empathy. Throughout the retreat, we will build on that work with well-defined empathy processes to bring a fruitful, sustainable practice of empathy into your life.

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We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year

We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Teaching kids facts and analytical thinking skills isn’t enough, she said, adding that she hopes to use her new platform to promote service-learning — which involves community service activities, teaching kids to use their education for good and showing the importance of being empathetic.  

“We spend a lot of time teaching kids to be self-sufficient and high achievers, and I think we really need to spend some time also teaching them: OK, now what do you do with that? What does it mean? You have this knowledge and information, how can you use it to improve the human condition?” Hayes said. “I think we need to nurture empathy from a very early age.

 

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Keep it moderate: Too much empathy clouds your understanding of people

Keep it moderate: Too much empathy clouds your understanding of people | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
According to a new study, people who tend to be empathic do not necessarily understand other people well at a cognitive level. Hence, social skills seem to be based on multiple abilities that are rather independent of one another.


“Successful social interaction is based on our ability to feel with others and to understand their thoughts and intentions,” said Anne Bockler, junior professor and psychologist at the University of Wurzburg in Germany.


Also, the researchers found that the neuronal networks crucial for empathy and cognitive perspective taking interact with one another in the brain.


Read: From apathy to empathy in just three simple steps

 

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Disability-Simulating VR Promotes Empathy

Disability-Simulating VR Promotes Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Virtual-reality projects are trying to offer a new perspective on what it’s like to experience conditions such as deafness, migraines, and depression.

 

Virtual projects aimed at cultivating empathy for those with medical conditions have been around since the 1990s, but whether these initiatives permanently change attitudes or behavior is “still unknown,”

 

says Albert “Skip” Rizzo, director for medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. That’s partly because until recently, building and studying VR empathy systems has been pricey.

 

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Helping Sensitive Kids Keep Empathy Open 

Helping Sensitive Kids Keep Empathy Open  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba Dr.
 

But there’s another concern: over-sensitivity can also cause an Empathy Gap. Instead of using his urges and step in to help a friend in need, the child can dial-down empathetic urges, and then oh the guilt!

Sure you can’t change your child’s natural temperament into a little thick-skinned toughie. And besides you shouldn’t: your son or daughter’s sensitive nature is an asset, so you’ll want to help them see it positively. Besides, your role isn’t to change your child’s natural personality, but to help him cope more successfully and learn to control how he responds. Doing so can make a huge difference in boosting your tender-hearted child’s friendship aptitude and helping him survive in a not-so-sensitive-world. Here are seven ways to keep empathy open and raise what I call an “Unselfie”: empathetic kids who think of others

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Empathy: How we understand others

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People who empathise easily with others do not necessarily understand them well. To the contrary: Excessive empathy can even impair understanding as a new study conducted by psychologists from Würzburg and Leipzig has established.

 

Imagine your best friend tells you that his girlfriend has just proposed "staying friends". Now you have to accomplish two things: Firstly, you have to grasp that this nice sounding proposition actually means that she wants to break up with him and secondly, you should feel with your friend and comfort him.

 

Whether empathy and understanding other people's mental states (mentalising)—i.e. the ability to understand what others know, plan and want—are interrelated has recently been examined by the psychologists Anne Böckler, Philipp Kanske, Mathis Trautwein, Franca Parianen-Lesemann and Tania Singer.

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Happify Empathy: Only 1% of people don't have this ability

Happify Empathy: Only 1% of people don't have this ability | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Happify, a website and app that uses science-based interactive activities aimed at increasing your happiness, created this graphic to break down the myriad ways empathy affects our lives. 

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

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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Scoop it blog on: Brief intervention to encourage empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half among adolescentsDate: April 28thMy summary: this blog was about how teachers are finding a better way to have more empathy when disciplining students in school and how teachers all around the world are working together to make this happen. They were saying that as this is happening, they are trying to study what makes teens the way they do when behaving badly at school, and what Happens when they grow older and how it's affecting their life all together. Teacher are also researching how hard they should be on students when their being bad, and how to properly deal with It, not to harshly, but not to lightly.My opinion on this article is that I think that teachers should re evaluate how they punish kids in school when they are behaving badly Becuase it might damage them when they get older and cause them to do even worse actions then they do in school and will make them think back at how the teachers treated them and when they go to school, all they would ever know about the teachers is that they really punish them instead of showing a little bit of empathy when they need it, Becuase their might have been a real reason why they acted like they did, and I think teachers and adults should realize that in students and kids
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Teacher empathy reduces student suspensions, Stanford research shows  

Teacher empathy reduces student suspensions, Stanford research shows   | 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.

 

In new Stanford research, an exercise that encouraged middle school teachers to take an “empathic mindset” to student discipline reduced by half the percentage of students who got suspended over the school year – from 9.6 percent to 4.8 percent.

 

The researchers included Stanford psychology post-doctoral fellow Jason Okonofua, lead author on the paper, psychology researcher David Paunesku, and Gregory Walton, an associate professor of psychology at Stanford. The study was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

BY CLIFTON B. PARKER

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Empathy May Be Overrated in an Election, and in a Leader

Empathy May Be Overrated in an Election, and in a Leader | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Is empathy an essential virtue for a presidential candidate?

The conventional wisdom is that a good candidate must be able to feel your pain. Bill Clinton was hailed by pundits as a virtuoso of empathy, supposedly riding that quality to triumph over George H.W. Bush, who was so often said to be short of empathy that he felt compelled to tell an audience, “Message: I care.”

Al Gore’s defeat in 2000 was blamed, in part, on his emotional frigidity, and Mitt Romney’s in 2012 on the “empathy gap” with Barack Obama.

 

 

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To reduce student suspensions, teachers should try being more empathetic

To reduce student suspensions, teachers should try being more empathetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Emily Underwood

 

One group of math teachers completed a short online exercise emphasizing empathy, which included readings about research that showed how caring relationships with adults contributed to student success. It also included writing prompts in which teachers shared their insights about empathy in the classroom.

 

For example, one teacher wrote: “I feel I need to earn my students’ respect and trust. I know many of them have had poor experiences with past teachers so I need to prove to my students that I am there for them and will not let them fail.” A second group completed a similar exercise. But instead of empathy, they read and wrote about the importance of technology to student development.

 

In contrast, only 4.6% of students whose math teacher had completed the online exercise on empathy were suspended, the team reports today in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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You cant get out of a person whats not in them . there are adults in authoritty positions that do not know how to give or receive love and the job they have is just that a job which they see as something they do to meet their needs. Some of them may have been abused and refused to even acknowledge they were and they are in denial about anyone elses abuse because if not they have to feel and deal with their own abuse issues and there are so many othersthat are out in the world with a smile on their faces but crying on the inside and afraid to admit they have hurts and pains to that they.have and endure because of what others may say or think about them and who they are per job or title but then to do we really show empathy before or after judging the persons and do we allow the judging to set our how much they are worth our empathy while forgetting no matter who we are somebody has had  and continue to have empathy on them / us to.

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The Hard Science Behind Soft Skills

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Only 11 percent of senior leaders are effective at displaying empathy and maintaining other’s esteem.

3. Empathy is the linchpin soft skill.

Of all the leadership soft skills, empathy is arguably the most critical. In his book “Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution” author Roman Krznaric said empathy “is not just about seeing things from another perspective. It’s the cornerstone of smart leadership. The real competitive advantage of the human worker will be their capacity to create relationships which means empathy will count more than experience.”

Using the DDI database on new frontline leaders, we correlated the effect of each interaction skill on overall assessment performance and each of four leadership tasks. Empathy was the most foundational soft skill, with the largest positive relationship across the board, followed by encouraging the involvement of others.

 

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Edinburgh Development Group:  The Festival of Empathy! 

Edinburgh Development Group:  The Festival of Empathy!  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Festival of Empathy!

We are very excited to announce that the Big Lottery has given us funding to hold a Festival of Empathy in June this year! We think empathy is important because it is about trying to understand how someone else thinks and feels even if they are very different from you - it's about 'stepping into someone else's shoes'. 

We want to celebrate and promote empathy because we think it helps to create more supportive, understanding and welcoming communities.

We're looking for people to be on the festival steering group to share ideas about what have at the festival and how to include lots of people from different backgrounds. Would you like to help us?

If you're interested, please get in touch with Gillian Allan at Edinburgh Development group on 0131 476 0522 or  gillian@edg-sco.org

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