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Are Animals Empathetic?

Are Animals Empathetic? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When Koko the gorilla heard about the recent death of Robin Williams, she broke down and cried. Are animals capable of being empathetic? Tara explains how a few different types of animals are capable of feeling the same emotions as humans!


 A new study in this week's "PeerJ" examines the relationship between human and ape empathy.

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Empathy Movement Magazine

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Hillary Clinton's lack of empathy has her limping to the finish line  

Hillary Clinton's lack of empathy has her limping to the finish line   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

At the heart of Clinton’s troubles with Sanders are questions about her empathy, authenticity and honesty.

 

...Building a sense of empathy for voters – an emotional connection with working Americans – must be the Clinton campaign’s biggest priority as it re-introduces her to a skeptical public in the general election.

Failing that, the campaign is likely to revert to the path of least resistance: attack ads. Clinton and Trump are running equally poorly on issues of honesty and trust.

 

Richard Wolffe

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Empathy through storytelling is crucial to building brand trust - AdNews

Empathy through storytelling is crucial to building brand trust - AdNews | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Storytelling has fast become a buzzword in the industry, but advertisers and brands haven’t cracked the code on how to tell their stories in an authentic way that consumers trust.

Speaking at a Vivid Ideas event on data driven storytelling this morning, We Are Social marketing strategist Simon Kemp said being able to appeal to a person’s empathy through storytelling is crucial to building trust.

“The ability to tap drive empathy means we can start to build trust and trust is what any brand, business or advertiser needs to be successful,” Kemp said.

 

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21Toys Empathy Toy

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UDL exercises in learning empathy for the person with a disability. Team building. Leadership engagement tool. 
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The Problem with Liberal Smugness (And the Decline of Empathy)

The Problem with Liberal Smugness (And the Decline of Empathy) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I am not suggesting we abandon our ideals. Or the belief that our way is the right way. But having empathy for those with different experiences also means empathizing with the dissenting opinions that were forged by those experiences. Even if the priorities and ideals expressed are not in alignment with our own.

 

Or—we could just continue along the aforementioned “smug liberalism” path, and discount dissenters as not worthy of engagement. And while I think that empathy is important regardless of ideology, and across party lines, the impact of intellectual and character based dismissal has few practical implications when dealing strictly with the liberal/conservative dichotomy.

 

It becomes dangerous however when those same elitist attitudes are directed towards the dissenting opinions of those whom we consider allies, even within the same party. If liberals can’t even cultivate empathy with each other, that does not bode well for a unified Democratic party coming together to defeat Trump.

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Do Dogs Feel Empathy? 

Do Dogs Feel Empathy?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When one person yawns, its not uncommon for someone else to follow suit. The same goes for laughing or smiling. This involuntary mimicry of another person is known as “emotional contagion,” and is thought to be evidence for a basic form of empathy, as one person is able to experience what another is feeling.

 

Now, it seems, dogsmay do this too as they have been found to involuntarily mimic other dogs while playing. The researchers claim that this gives further proof that dogs are very likely empathetic.

We know that dogs can and do mimic their owners, as shown when canines catch their human’s yawn. But the new research, published in Royal Society Open Science, has found that dogs do the same with other dogs in what the scientists think is an attempt at bonding. 

 

 

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5 Ongoing Challenges of Patient Experience: 4. Humans Don’t Have Endless Empathy.

5 Ongoing Challenges of Patient Experience: 4. Humans Don’t Have Endless Empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
4. Humans Don’t Have Endless Empathy.
After a while, our empathy reserves get tapped. With long working shifts and patients who might be in pain or grumpy lashing out, nurses, doctors and others simply don’t have enough empathy to go around. It’s a practice, like yoga or meditation, to focus on empathy in these different scenarios. As one conference attendee said to me,

“We’re working against two generations of medical education that ignored the idea of empathy.”

’m not sure if that’s totally true, and I believe there are great strides happening in education, but I think she had a point.
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Roots of Empathy

Tiny teachers help educate local students much older than they are.

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How to Avoid Empathy Burnout When Surrounded by Pain | 5 Strategies To Prevent Empathy Burnout

How to Avoid Empathy Burnout When Surrounded by Pain | 5 Strategies To Prevent Empathy Burnout | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

5 Strategies To Prevent Empathy Burnout

Appropriately dosed, empathy is undoubtedly a good thing, but we need to consider the strategies to protect ourselves if we are in professions that require high degrees of empathy.

1. Know Your Vulnerabilities...
2. Surrender To Your Breath...

3. Set Limitations and Boundaries

4. Develop A Support System

5. Embody The Philosophy That Everything Is As It Should Be

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Teaching ‘life skills through stage skills’: They will strengthen their empathy muscles

Teaching ‘life skills through stage skills’: They will strengthen their empathy muscles | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Those summer classes taught me how to be a good listener, how to utilize my strengths and how to step outside of my comfort zone day after day. They also taught me empathy, perhaps the most valuable lesson of all.

Empathy is not easy for any one of us to master. And in this self-interested and — centered age, it is an accomplishment to cultivate a generation of empathetic young people. To be empathetic is not only to hear the stories and witness the emotions of others, but also to feel them, too. It requires energy and stamina. Empathy may ask you to feel some pain and sorrow, knowing full well that these feelings didn’t originate with you. It requires you to bear burdens that don’t belong to you. It requires a degree of ego death and promotes the desire to help those in need.

 

NATALIA NAMAN TEMESGEN 

 

 

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Designing Beyond Empathy

Designing Beyond Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Experience + understanding builds empathy

Even physically experiencing someone else’s living situation isn’t enough to design with empathy. I have had all sorts of experiences to simulate someone else’s living experience, from donning weighted gloves and scratched glasses to emulate driving like an elderly person to living on the streets for weeks to experience what it’s like to be homeless.

 

While this is a great technique to better understand how people engage with the physical world, this approach alone focuses too much on the immediate visceral experience, and perhaps more problematically, my interpretation in isolation.

 

Fieldwork, going to the places where people are living their lives to conduct research, is where we start to really connect with people. We learn about who they are, participate in their activities, and uncover their needs. We witness emotional responses, body language, context, and their use of space. By connecting with individuals in the field, we’re able to collect their stories and perspectives.

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Operating Theater: When doctors do drama - The Empathy Project, intended to foster empathy and creativity among healthcare students and professionals.

Operating Theater: When doctors do drama - The Empathy Project, intended to foster empathy and creativity among healthcare students and professionals. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

These future doctors aren’t playwrights, but they’ll play them on Tuesday.

That’s when the students of Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College team up with Lantern Theater Company to present “The Truth Beneath: Five Stories You Haven’t Heard From Your Provider.”

The evening of short plays is the culmination of the second year of “The Empathy Project,” a partnership between Jefferson and Lantern that's intended to foster empathy and creativity among healthcare students and professionals.

Lantern artistic director Charles McMahon refers to the project as “an emotional flight simulator.” By writing and enacting different scenarios in the classroom, he says, medical students who are used to facing incredible stress can “flex their emotional and interpersonal muscles in ways that sharpen them.

 

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How do children learn empathy?

How do children learn empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

'''Newborn infants may not be very interactive but they are capable of a form of simple facial mimicry. Try sticking out your tongue in front of a newborn baby and he or she may copy you. Within a few months, babies progress to reciprocal smiles.....

 

But babies and toddlers are generally poor at showing sensitivity to other people’s feelings. So how do they develop this crucial skill – do they learn it gradually or is it just an innate ability that kicks in at a certain age?

Empathy involves being sensitive to the emotions of others, understanding those emotions and responding in an appropriate way. Studies on how empathy develops need to look at how children understand and respond to emotions rather than their ability to recognise them. This is because children who have difficulties with empathy generally have little or no difficulty in identifying emotional reactions in others, but rather in understanding the purpose or cause of it.

 

 

Justin H G Williams

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Child Psychiatry, University of Aberdeen

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Design for innovation, digital transformation, and organizational change 

Design for innovation, digital transformation, and organizational change  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Michael Krigsman
What is the role of empathy?
You have to care about what the customer feels.

But, in the world of pure software engineers, empathy isn't part of the goal. The goal is to execute on durable code, test it with code. Code that won't fall down, like a bridge maker, like a person who designed a bridge wants to make sure that, number one, it doesn't fall down. But while doing that, they need to think about the person that's going to cross the bridge.

Designers in Silicon Valley have been bringing in the viewpoint, which is obvious to everyone except the people making the bridge, which we have to ask, "How does a person crossing the bridge feel?"

Empathy. So, empathy is what designers bring to the table all the time. They ask, "How does that make you feel and how can I make you feel better? How do I improve the experience?"

So, successful design combines empathy with creating a meaningful experience that's appropriate for the context?

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Empathy and Design

Empathy and Design | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the perspective, beliefs and feelings of another person.  Empathy is the foundation of good marketing, whereby a marketer has such deep understanding of the customer that they can build products and services that the customer wants and is willing to pay for. 

 

Empathy is also crucial to entrepreneurs, leaders of all stripes, managers of people, salespeople, in fact, we need empathy in almost every role in society.

 

BY COLLEEN SHAREN

 

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UDL requires the content, the creator, and the distributor of content must consider how ALL the people in the audience, including those with disabilities and special needs might  access the information. By addressing any perceived limitations in your content, you are raising the quality and reach of your valuable content.
Consider the hard-of-hearing, visually impaired, those using pdf readers (include descriptions of visuals), visual learners, and those with other learning differences whenever creating new content. By extending and expanding your planning efforts, you will be helping those of us with disabilities to "get" your message too! We all appreciate you designing quality and caring content, and it helps those of us who are NOT disabled too!. ADA laws protect the rights of those with disabilities, but only content and website designers, teachers, performers, and programmers can make the important upgrades/differences in context and content that help make their creations really accessible! High contrast print, larger fonts, images with descriptions, captions for verbal speech in videos, these are the best place to start when improving your designs for curriculum.
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Invisible Edinburgh at Edinburgh Festival of Empathy 

Invisible Edinburgh at Edinburgh Festival of Empathy  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This event is part of the @Edinburgh Festival of Empathy run by Edinburgh Development Group and funded by the Big Lottery. We believe that when we take the time into ‘step into someone else’s shoes’, we learn something important about ourselves as well as that person.

 

Empathy is worth celebrating because it helps us to create welcoming, connected communities where we all feel accepted.

 

The festival is doing this by offering lots of welcoming, interactive and free events from Empathy Meals to workshops on empathy through listening, drama, photography, dance and even laughter!

 

Check out the full programme

http://www.edg-sco.org/images/downloads/Empathy_Programme_Final.pdf

 

 

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Report from First International Empathy Trainers Association (IETA) Meeting:  Saturday, May 28, 2016

Report from First International Empathy Trainers Association (IETA) Meeting:  Saturday, May 28, 2016 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’m placing the record of the meeting on the IETA website. Video, links, drawings, etc. It has our Next Steps list as well.http://j.mp/25uLqVA

 

Next meeting is June 8th, 10am to 12pm (PST Pacific Time)
Signup http://j.mp/1Ps7aTX

 

by Kathy McGuire
As a participant, I will give my own small summary of the meeting (of course, just my point of view. See overview in the wonderful attached drawings and the raw data where Edwin has posted our notes during the meeting)


There were five of us,

Edwin Rutsch, our organizer and director of the Center for building a culture of empathy;

 

Mireille van Bremen, a young Non-Violent Communication (NVC) person who is also our wonderful graphic designer; thanks to Mireille van Bremen for the graphic recording.

 

Raj Gill, a long-time NVC trainer now with a leadership role in that community;

 

Lou Agosta a philosopher/psychologist/scholar who has written books about empathy but also has a radio program for spreading empathy;

 

Kathy McGuire, and myself, a long time teacher of Empathic Listening and Gendlin's Focusing (a method of self-empathy) in building supportive communities or "empathy circles."

more http://j.mp/25uLqVA

 

 

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Empathy as Antidote to Bullies and Demagogues -

Empathy as Antidote to Bullies and Demagogues - | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As former Utah Republican Senator, Bob Bennett, lay dying at George Washington University Hospital in his battle with pancreatic cancer and then partial paralysis from a stroke, he called his wife Joyce and son Jim over to his bed to express his last wish. Quietly and with a slight slur in his voice he said:

 

“Are there any Muslims in the hospital? I’d love to go up to every single one of them to thank them for being in this country, and apologize to them on behalf of the Republican Party for Donald Trump.”

 

...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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How do you make a young doctor really understand what it's like being 74? Virtual reality.: fostering empathy between caretakers and their patients.

How do you make a young doctor really understand what it's like being 74? Virtual reality.: fostering empathy between caretakers and their patients. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Teaching a student to take audiovisual impairments into account is important, but it's those shared frustrations and emotions that are the real key to the "We Are Alfred" project.

The most important function of "We Are Alfred" is fostering empathy between caretakers and their patients.

There are other techniques like having students wear vision-limiting glasses that medical schools use to try to replicate what it's like to be an elderly patient but Shaw felt those methods weren't holistic enough.

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 Steven Spielberg tells Harvard grads: 'believing that we're members of the same tribe, and by feeling empathy for every soul'

 Steven Spielberg tells Harvard grads: 'believing that we're members of the same tribe, and by feeling empathy for every soul' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Spielberg said that hate is born of an "us versus them" mentality, and thinking instead about people as "we" requires replacing fear with curiosity.

"'Us' and 'them' will find the 'we' by connecting with each other, and by believing that we're members of the same tribe, and by feeling empathy for every soul," he said.

He also warned against simply feeling empathy without acting on it, either by voting, peaceably protesting, or generally speaking up for those who aren't being heard.

 

“We have to replace fear with curiosity,” . “We’ll find the ‘we’ by connecting with each other and by believing we’re members of the same tribe and feeling empathy for every soul.”

 

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg Speech
Harvard Commencement 2016 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYtoDunfu00&t=15m45s

 

 

 
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Steven Spielberg Challenges Harvard Graduates To Act In Face Of Hatred

Steven Spielberg Challenges Harvard Graduates To Act In Face Of Hatred | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There’s still so much work to be done, and sometimes I feel the work hasn’t even begun. And it’s not just anti-Semitism that’s surging — Islamophobia’s on the rise, too. Because there’s no difference between anyone who is discriminated against, whether it’s the Muslims, or the Jews, or minorities on the border states, or the LGBT community — it is all big one hate.

And to me, and, I think, to all of you, the only answer to more hate is more humanity. We gotta repair — we have to replace fear with curiosity. ‘Us’ and ‘them’ — we’ll find the ‘we’ by connecting with each other.

 

And by believing that we’re members of the same tribe. And by feeling empathy for every soul — even Yalies.

… But make sure this empathy isn’t just something that you feel. Make it something you act upon.

 

That means vote. Peaceably protest. Speak up for those who can’t and speak up for those who may be shouting but aren’t being hard. Let your conscience shout as loud as it wants if you’re using it in the service of others.

 

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Study: Teaching Empathy Skills to Children with Autism

Study: Teaching Empathy Skills to Children with Autism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The purpose of this study was to teach empathetic responding to 4 children with autism. Instructors presented vignettes with dolls and puppets demonstrating various types of affect and used prompt delay, modeling, manual prompts, behavioral rehearsals, and reinforcement to teach participants to perform empathy responses. Increases in empathetic responding occurred systematically with the introduction of treatment across all participants and response categories.

 

Furthermore, responding generalized from training to nontraining probe stimuli for all participants. Generalization occurred from dolls and puppets to actual people in a nontraining setting for 2 participants.

 

Generalization was observed initially to the nontraining people and setting for the other participants, but responding subsequently decreased to baseline levels. Introduction of treatment in this setting produced rapid acquisition of target skills. (Contains 3 tables and 6 figures.)

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The Empathy Project: Lantern Theater Company: introduction to drama, acting, and playwriting for students of health professions

The Empathy Project: Lantern Theater Company: introduction to drama, acting, and playwriting for students of health professions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lantern Theater Company is partnering with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) of Thomas Jefferson University to create an introduction to drama, acting, and playwriting for students of health professions, residents, and Jefferson faculty.

Conceived by Salvatore Mangione, M.D., pulmonologist and director of physical diagnosis-clinical skills at SKMC, and the Lantern's artistic director, Charles McMahon, the goal of this program is for the students to develop skills, like empathy and tolerance for ambiguity, which will assist them in their future careers and help prevent burnout.


“The Empathy Project” offers turns med students into playwrights
http://www.phillyvoice.com/operating-theater-when-doctors-write-plays/

 

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Study: Empathizing With Others’ Pain Versus Empathizing With Others’ Joy: Examining the Separability of Positive and Negative Empathy

Study: Empathizing With Others’ Pain Versus Empathizing With Others’ Joy: Examining the Separability of Positive and Negative Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Existing work linking empathy with social behavior has focused overwhelmingly on empathy for the negative emotions of others. But recent research suggests that feeling along with others’ negative emotions is a capacity distinct from feeling along with others’ positive emotions.

 

In Study 1, we demonstrate the separability of positive and negative empathy by showing that although both relate to some of the same foundational empathic processes, each has a number of distinct correlates.

 

In Study 2 we take an experimental approach and show that encouraging participants to empathize with the positive versus negative emotions of a suffering yet hopeful social group results in distinct patterns of vicarious emotion.

 

Finally, Study 3 shows that although both positive empathy and negative empathy are associated to a similar degree with helping behavior directed toward others in need, positive—but not negative—empathy is related to “everyday” prosocial behaviors aimed specifically at increasing others’ positive emotions (e.g., random acts of kindness)

 

. Together, these results provide what to our knowledge is the first demonstration of the causal potency of positive and negative empathy as well as the first evidence that positive and negative empathy relate to different types of social behaviors.

 

Michael R. Andreychik & Nicole Migliaccio

 

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Virtual reality's killer app could be empathy  

Virtual reality's killer app could be empathy   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Journalists and activists are using VR and empathy to communicate narratives such as 6×9, an experience that puts you in solitary confinement. Thousands of people in the US are put into solitary confinement for all sorts of reasons and some end up with psychiatric disorders associated with the treatment.

 

You can never truly empathise with their situation without experiencing the real thing, but VR is the closest people can get. It’s one thing to read about what these people go through and another to see and hear it all around you. Sure, the experience might be fleeting but it hits home when you see their environment with your own eyes.

 

BY JENNIFER HARRISON,

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