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From Enmity to Empathy: Hate, Hugs, and Hope in Ferguson

From Enmity to Empathy: Hate, Hugs, and Hope in Ferguson | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

And yet, as recent events with Mike Brown and Robin Williams have shown us, Conservatives today lack a basic empathy that makes them seem inhumane.


 At a time when we as a nation should be coming together, time and time again we drift further apart.  Even now, events like a celebrity death or protests against police brutality have become massively polarizing.  


For every person today that empathizes with someone, it seems like clockwork that there will immediately be someone who feels no empathy whatsoever and even will choose to attack this person for feeling empathy in the first place.


 It would seem that we have become a nation incapable of feeling basic human emotion.  


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Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration - Mary Goyer interviewed by Edwin Rutsch

Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration - Mary Goyer interviewed by Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Mary Goyer is Holistic Counselor, Trauma Specialist, & Executive Coach. She supports organizations in cultivating innovative, collaborative, and productive work cultures. Individual coaching and team trainings focus on peak performance, conflict resolution, effective collaborative and feedback skills, and managing personality challenges that impede employee engagement.

 

She is editor of: Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration. Empathy Stories is a collection of uplifting stories and anecdotes highlighting empathy-in-action in real conversations.

 

These stories show what's possible when compassion comes first between family, co-workers, and perfect strangers in difficult - even life threatening - interactions. In Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration, Mary Goyer invites over thirty communication experts to share their most teachable stories showcasing how simple and powerful true empathy is.

 

"What a difference it makes when a dash of empathy is added into tense or important conversations of every magnitude."

 

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What and Why about Empathy – Prototyping: From UX to Front End

What and Why about Empathy – Prototyping: From UX to Front End | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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What and Why about Empathy
Titanic & Monkey Business. Part 1 of Empathy Series.
Empathy is said to be a core tool in user experience. You might even refer to it as “Innovation’s pixie dust.” That makes it seem pretty important, and it is. Because it’s so important, we need to understand what empathy is and how it works. This will provide a context for, and enrichment of, our professional work.


What is empathy according to psychology?

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Psychology of Empathy: Why It May Hurt More Than You Know 

Psychology of Empathy: Why It May Hurt More Than You Know  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy’s Dark Side: One Over the Many

Empathy, however, pushes our emotional buttons. And in doing so, it can sweep aside logic — and even morality — to drive us to make a biased, poor choice. Empathy is a poor tool to use when making policy or other kinds of decisions (especially when scarce resources are available).

One sure way to invoke empathy in most people is to tell a story about a single person. In the article, Bloom cites the story used in a classic experiment about a 10-year-old girl named Sheri Summers. She has a fatal disease and is low on a waiting list for a treatment that will help relieve her pain.
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(Empathic Design) Empathy by Design

(Empathic Design) Empathy by Design | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy by Design is an experiential online workshop for individuals motivated to lead their team and organization, with or without authority, through the difficult process of change, development, or innovation.

 

 Seung Chan Lim (Slim) believes leaders who have empathic relationships with themselves, their family members, their team, and their customers not only have lives that are more healthy & meaningful but also more creative & effective.

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Michael Bader: The loss of empathy in everyday life | TheUnion.com

Michael Bader: The loss of empathy in everyday life | TheUnion.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
t is well known that empathy — the experience of seeing and feeling the world through the eyes of another human being—is essential to healthy human development and relationships, and that, in its absence, people become psychologically wounded.

 

It is also true, but less well known, that when the institutions upon which we depend fail to be responsive to our particular needs or are indifferent to our pain, we suffer in similar ways. The personal and the social are wedded together in everyday life, and they are too often in short supply.

This empathy deficit was powerfully illustrated in the March 14 edition of The Union, in a tragic story by Cory Fisher about Stephen Jobe's quest...

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Contagious yawning, laughing and scratching gives clues to how the human brain works

Contagious yawning, laughing and scratching gives clues to how the human brain works | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy may not have much to do with it

Many studies have suggested that empathy could explain contagious yawning. A study published a year ago, for example, indicated that women are more susceptible to catch yawns than men. Researchers also noted that women score higher on empathy tests, and thought the two might be associated.
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PART1 ‘Empathy’ What it is Why it’s a foundation of wellbeing How to teach it to students - YouTube

Part 1: Empathy - What it is, why it grounds wellbeing and how to teach it to students By: Geelong Grammar School

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How We Can Reduce Prejudice with a Conversation | David Fleischer | TEDx

After a vote that banned same-sex marriage in California, David Fleischer and his team at the Los Angeles LGBT Center set about to find out why, and attempt to reduce prejudice by going door-to-door. Could they change peoples' minds with a conversation? The answer surprised everyone.

Dave Fleischer runs the Leadership LAB at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The LAB helps both LGBT and straight leaders improve their ability to reduce prejudice and change the hearts and minds of voters. After an independent evaluation of the LAB’s effectiveness was published in the April 8, 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Science, media coverage for the LAB’s work included this New York Times Magazine story. In September 2016, the American Political Science Association’s Experimental Research Section gave Dave its public service award for his body of work.
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The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy  

The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy examines how the requirements, stimuli, affects and environments of work condition our empathy. In some cases, work calls for no empathy – characters who don’t blink or flinch in the face of danger nor crack under pressure. In other cases, capitalism requires empathy in spades –charming, friendly, sensitive and listening managers, customer service agents and careers. 

When workers are required to either ignore their empathy to-do a job, or dial it up to increase productivity, they are entering a psychopathic modality. The affective blitz of work, flickering screens, emotive content, vibrating alerts and sounding alarms erode our sensitivities whilst we are modulated with attention stimulants, social lubricants and so called anti-anxiety drugs. This is amidst a virulent and exacerbating climate of competition and frenzied quantification. Capitalism pressures us to feign empathy and leverage social relationships on one hand, whilst being cold and pragmatic on the other. We are passionate and enthusiastic whilst keeping a professional distance. 

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Why Empathy is the Secret to Creativity 

Why Empathy is the Secret to Creativity  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Little Black Book, Why Empathy is the Secret to Creativity. 

 

Empathy, the ability to intellectually and emotionally connect with the experience of another, is one of humanity’s defining characteristics.

 

Now, it may not feel like that as you endure the thoroughly antisocial daily commute or the machinations of Machiavellian colleagues, but according to researchers it’s the cornerstone of civilisation (language, art, politics are all products of our sociable natures and desire to communicate with and understand others).

 

It may even be the key to our species’ long-term survival.

 

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Entertainment or Empathy - What do People Really Want From VR? 

Entertainment or Empathy - What do People Really Want From VR?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
VR, empathy and beyond

Whilst the gaming industry is an obvious candidate for adopting Virtual Reality technology, could VR find its most lucrative niche in more practical uses? Reports and opinion pieces seem to come in on a daily basis around how VR will revolutionise business meetings, help cure stage fright, and assist cutting edge medical research for both physical and mental health concerns, amongst countless other functions.

These new frontiers of Virtual Reality are arguably just as newsworthy as entertainment-focused ones, if not more so. Beyond its recreational uses, Virtual Reality has been described as “the ultimate empathy machine”—hence how it has already been embraced by journalists from the New York Times to the Guardian to put viewers into war-torn Syria and solitary confinement, amongst others things. The latter publication singled out the medium’s ability to provide “embodiment and perspective” when telling stories.
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Practicing Empathy with Jane McGonigal

Practicing Empathy with Jane McGonigal | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
World-renowned game designer, Jane McGonigal, defines two different types of empathy and how we can practice being more empathetic to imagine a better future.
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Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration - Mary Goyer interviewed by Edwin Rutsch

Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration - Mary Goyer interviewed by Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Mary Goyer is Holistic Counselor, Trauma Specialist, & Executive Coach. She supports organizations in cultivating innovative, collaborative, and productive work cultures. Individual coaching and team trainings focus on peak performance, conflict resolution, effective collaborative and feedback skills, and managing personality challenges that impede employee engagement.

 

She is editor of: Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration. Empathy Stories is a collection of uplifting stories and anecdotes highlighting empathy-in-action in real conversations.

 

These stories show what's possible when compassion comes first between family, co-workers, and perfect strangers in difficult - even life threatening - interactions. In Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration, Mary Goyer invites over thirty communication experts to share their most teachable stories showcasing how simple and powerful true empathy is.

 

"What a difference it makes when a dash of empathy is added into tense or important conversations of every magnitude."

 

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Empathy in Interviews – Prototyping: From UX to Front End

Empathy in Interviews – Prototyping: From UX to Front End | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Interviews as a User Research method are great in giving you the big picture. Although you can always just use Surveys or any other quantitative method.


So why is it better to hear instead of read about it?


*cough* empathy *cough*

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Practicing Empathy: Spring Quarter Workshop 

Practicing Empathy: Spring Quarter Workshop  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

On a cold afternoon in mid-January a group of about twenty students, faculty and staff came together inside the Milgard Assembly Room on campus. They were there to learn, which isn’t surprising considering the location. What made this day different was the subject: empathy.

The idea to host workshops or “learning labs” on empathy started last summer following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. “..

Empathetic responses are recorded on an “Action of Empathy” card. Listeners jot down a nonjudgmental comment on what was shared. The experience and empathy cards are incorporated, along with a signed pledge to act with empathy, into a banner.  “We wanted to create a visual artifact that

 

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Showing Empathy to Kids With ADHD -

Showing Empathy to Kids With ADHD - | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
So how has showing empathy helped my son with ADHD?

Showing empathy gives my son a calm parent who he knows is on his side.  My interactions with my son (during highly stressful moments) are as positive as they can be when I give him some empathy. I know my child needs me to be calm  in these moments that he can’t. For me to answer his out of control emotions with mine is just a really bad idea.  I know because I have tried it!

Showing empathy helps my son identify what is happening. By talking about emotions immediately he can begin to identify what he is feeling. I am careful to name certain feelings I think might be coming up for him.  “You  might be angry, or frustrated, or tired.”
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(Against Empathy) – The Case for Rational Compassion

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To be fair, Bloom is not always against empathy, he just wants less of it involved in our decisions – particularly those of a moral kind. But by focusing on the affective – emotional – dimension of empathy rather than the cognitive – perspective-taking – dimension, Bloom creates an empathic straw man.

 

Cognitive empathy is part of our social intelligence, and perspective-taking may even be pre-requisite to collaboration and cooperation.

 

The two facets of empathy – cognitive and affective – work together and are like two halves of an archway, each supporting each other to see the world through an arched doorway from the perspective of the other; without both sides of the arch, the doorway collapses and there is nothing to see. Quantitative analysts are keen on the quip “in God we trust, all others bring data”, but as card carrying Empaths, we’re with Henry Ford on this – in humans we trust, because we bring empathy.

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Exploring the relevance of empathy neuroscience to the building of peaceful communities

Exploring the relevance of empathy neuroscience to the building of peaceful communities | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Join Empathy for Peace and Dr. James Leckman for a conversation and questions about the ways in which empathy can be a force for building caring and peaceful communities.  

Dr. James Leckman, M.D. is a well known child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. His peers have regularly selected him as one of the Best Doctors in America.

 

Dr. Leckman is the author or co-author of over 300 original articles published in peer-reviewed journals, seven books, and 120 book chapters. In 2002, he was identified by the American Society for Information, Science and Technology as a “Highly Cited Researcher” - one of the world’s most cited authors in Psychology and Psychiatry – in the top half of the top one percent of all publishing researchers.

Dr. Leckman's most recent work is focused on exploring how strengthening families and enhancing child development can be a path to peace and violence prevention.

 

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30 of the Best Books to Teach Children Empathy | TeachThought

30 of the Best Books to Teach Children Empathy | TeachThought | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Often confused with sympathy and compassion, empathy is, put simply, the ability to feel what another person is feeling. Unlike sympathy or compassion, empathy doesn’t require you to feel for  them, though it can lead to those emotions. Empathy, rather, is a starting point for understanding both ourselves and other people from the inside out.

In “How To Teach Empathy,” Terry Heick said that “empathy is both a cause and effect of understanding, a kind of cognitive and emotional double helix that can create a bridge between classroom learning and ‘real life’ application.”

Since storytelling is such a powerful tool to communicate the human condition, TeachThought have created a list of 30 stories that do exactly that.

Each of the following books in the collection were selected for the ability to provide an especially apt demonstration of, or opportunity to learn, empathy.
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PART2 ‘Empathy’ What it is Why it’s a foundation of wellbeing How to teach it to students - YouTube

PART2 ‘Empathy’ What it is Why it’s a foundation of wellbeing How to teach it to students
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14 Books and Movies to Teach Kids About Empathy

14 Books and Movies to Teach Kids About Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Dr. Seuss schools kids on the importance of inclusion with this story about the “us vs. them” mentality. The Sneetches is about birdlike creatures that are exactly the same— except some have stars on their bellies, and some do not. The Star-Belly Sneetches think that they are better and look down upon the star-less Sneetches.
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Empathy  

Second video in our HELPRR series. Target group is 7-9 year olds. The video reviews the definition of empathy, its importance and steps to understanding empathy. This video is to be utilized as a supplement to the lesson plan and activity book produced by PECH Pros

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(Empathic Parenting) Sympathy vs. Empathy: why parents should know the difference

(Empathic Parenting) Sympathy vs. Empathy: why parents should know the difference | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research shows an ever-growing sense of entitlement in our youth, along with an exponential rise in bullying, despite anti bullying efforts. Why? Because too frequently, parents confuse w sympathy w empathy.

Dr. Leonard, psychotherapist, explains the difference between the two.

 

 1) Sympathy is feeling sorry for your child. When you feel sorry for your child, you tend to lower expectations, make concessions, and demand rules be changed for them. This creates a sense of entitlement in the child.

 

2) Empathy is emotional attunement.

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Is empathy overrated?

Is empathy overrated? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
While it may result in tremendous good, empathy can also be narrow, biased and surprisingly insensitive, argues psychology professor Paul Bloom.

Does empathy make the world a better place? It certainly looks like it. After all, empathy drives people to treat others’ suffering as if it were their own, which then motivates action to make the suffering go away. I see the bullied teenager and might be tempted initially to join in with his tormentors, out of sadism or boredom or a desire to dominate or be popular, but then I empathize — I feel his pain, I feel what it’s like to be bullied — so I don’t add to his suffering. Maybe I even rise to his defense. Empathy is like a spotlight directing attention and aid to where it’s needed.
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Empathy: How it can re-establish the connection between people

Empathy: How it can re-establish the connection between people | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The benefits of empathy may still be confusing for some, and may even be confused with comparing it with sympathy, but if one reading this article is a student, teacher, parent, or someone who stumbled upon it – this is why as humans it is unquestionably important to develop empathy as a natural skill.

  • Empathy will help us to understand the needs and situations of the people around us.
  • One will be more likely to treat those the way one want to be treated.
  • More open to connections and relationships with the people around us, and more beneficial to learning and new experiences.
  • Communication and listening skills will become stronger, learning to closely read what a person is really saying, instead of making assumptions.
  • Empathy humanizes the ‘other’, instead of creating distance with nothing more than something that is beneath us.

 

 Kristen Leer

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