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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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Predictions and Trends in Empathy for 2015

Predictions and Trends in Empathy for 2015 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Looking for patterns, this top ten list engages trends, innovations, and surprises that promote or narrow the expansion of empathy in the community. By definition, empathy is knowing what the other feels because I feel it too; not as a merger, but as a vicarious experience such as one has in the theatre, movies, or reading a novel.



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Online Talk Radio - Lou Agosta, Ph.D., -Empathy in Context and A Short History of Empathy

Online Talk Radio - Lou Agosta, Ph.D., -Empathy in Context and A Short History of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lou Agosta, Ph.D., specializes in a gracious and generous listening based on empathy. As an educator, he teaches empathy in the history and systems of psychology program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and he is a psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago.


He has earned training certificates in ending Domestic Violence and Partner Abuse Intervention Training from Apna Ghar (Our Home) and the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace. A PhD graduate in philosophy from the University of Chicago, Lou has published two books on empathy, Empathy in Context and A Short History of Empathy from Palgrave. Lou’s A Rumor of Empathy: Resistance, Narrative, and Recovery is forthcoming from Routlege.


Lou consults, speaks to groups, performs dynamically oriented psychotherapy, makes educational videos, and delivers empathy training seminars for individuals and organizations.

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"Fearless Empathy | Vanessa Inn | TEDxBayArea" Video at TEDxTalks

"Fearless Empathy | Vanessa Inn | TEDxBayArea" Video at TEDxTalks | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Fear versus love..

love - Empathy's role...

fearless empathy connects with the fearless bold strength.

transforming fear -

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Helping Someone with Asperger Syndrome Bridge the Gap between Cognitive and Emotional Empathy

Helping Someone with Asperger Syndrome Bridge the Gap between Cognitive and Emotional Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a controversial subject in the field of Asperger Syndrome/neurotypical relationships.


The theory of mind postulates that people with Asperger Syndrome have some degree of mind blindness, or an inability to fathom the motivations and feelings of others. Aspies don’t seem to read the social clues that tell NTs (neurotypicals) what is going on.


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There is more to empathy than meets the eye.
It’s a complex system of emotional empathy
and cognitive empathy and multiple
transitions between the two.

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By KATHY J. MARSHACK, PHD 

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Weekend Magazine: Empathy, Inside TV News, And Drummer's Desserts

Weekend Magazine: Empathy, Inside TV News, And Drummer's Desserts | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Liz Saint John interviews three guests every Sunday morning covering a variety of issues and topics. She talks with representatives from Bay Area non-profit organizations, documentary filmmakers, authors, and professors.


1. Roman Krznaric, the co-founder of the School of Life in London and an adviser to organizationsincluding Oxfam and the United Nations, defines “empathy” and explains the importance of it in our society. He offers ideas on how we can all maximize our empathic abilities. His new book is Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It.  Listen to the podcast here.

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Who Deserves Compassion?

Who Deserves Compassion? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I ask that we acknowledge the object-self of those who commit heinous acts. We can work on cultivating empathy founded on our common experience as affected actors, as limited transcenders.


Once we accept that those who do evil things are human beings who became what they are, we can begin to look at how that happened.


Then, we can work on eradicating situations that encourage inhumanity. Most importantly, I ask that we not set up taboos around compassion.

I think Dzhokhar deserves compassion. I also think he deserves to be locked up for life, filled with remorse.

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Do animals have morals and show empathy?

Do animals have morals and show empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
De Waal says animal empathy is underestimated: "There is increasing evidence, mostly in mammals but also in birds, that animals are sensitive to the emotions of others and react to distress in others by attempts to ameliorate their situation or rescue them. There are experiments showing the same, so these videos are to be taken seriously as illustrations of this tendency."
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Empathy will be key for improving relations with police officers

Empathy will be key for improving relations with police officers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I am a former cop, but I am also an advocate for progressive criminal justice reform. This puts me in a unique position with the recent high profile cases in Ferguson and New York. Many social activists have used these cases as poster-children for racial inequality, police brutality, and all that is wrong with our justice system.....


Where is the constructive dialogue? Where is the path to progress? At this point, the details of each case do not matter. What matters is how do we move on from here?...


What if we stopped yelling and screaming at each other, and decided to proactively learn from each other? What if we seek out opportunities for dialogue between police officers and the citizens that they serve, outside of these confrontational moments?


What if officers could explain what an encounter feels like for them, how use of force works, how they perceive threats to their safety (e.g. a person who won’t take his hands out of his pockets)?


By Burke Brownfeld, 

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The killing of the two officers in New York is a terrible tragedy.  Police reform will save lives.  it will also make for a better relationship between law enforcement and the public.  This will make it less dangerous for law enforcement.  Here is an article from Burke Brownfeld of Alexandria, Virginia. He is a former police office who writes about need for empathy to make relations better.

 

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How to practice empathy in relationships and at work: 6 ways

How to practice empathy in relationships and at work: 6 ways | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

More generally, in situations with our families, romantic partners, or even work colleagues, how can we practice empathy?

One approach, based on John and Julie Gottman’s long-term research with married couples, involves 4 steps that anyone can take to understand another’s perspective.  Yes, you can use this even when your romantic partner or in-law or business colleague seems to be weaving webs of insult, devising deceptions, or making outrageous observations.  Indeed, what they mean is not likely what it seems at first.  Our job – as people who aspire to communicate skillfully – is to work compassionately to understand them. 


Here’s how: 




by J. Andrew McKee, MD

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Vassilis Kiosse designed a model student training program in medical empathy

Vassilis Kiosse designed a model student training program in medical empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Medical students are trained in being able to hear and effectively facilitate the patient, without discredit what he says or what he

feels

 

Vassilis Kiosse is from Kastoria, studied Psychology at the University of Crete and then majored in Person Centered Psychotherapy. About two years ago, observing the distance and often cold and abrupt behavior of physicians to patients, decided and designed from scratch an experiential education that aims to improve not only the communication skills of medical students, but particularly the way in which they relate to their patients.



The project called "Empathize with me, Doctor- Come to my place, Doctor" and held initially as "laboratory" outside the curriculum in Ioannina Medical School. After positively evaluated by the academic community of the University and joined the school curriculum as an optional subject. This project is the doctoral thesis of Basil and also has been presented to and discussed at many conferences in Greece and abroad.



"Research now proves that a doctor with empathy makes fewer medical errors, is less likely burnout, identifies the most reliable cases of psychosomatic symptoms, while patients more in line with the treatment guidelines " , says 29-year old psychologist. 

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Spinning the Threads of Empathy: Miki Kashtan and Edwin Rutsch

Spinning the Threads of Empathy: Miki Kashtan and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"Miki Kashtan, Ph.D., is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication and serves as its lead facilitator and trainer. She is inspired by the role of visionary leadership in shaping a livable future, and works towards that vision by living, using, and sharing the principles and practice of Nonviolent Communication. " She is the author ofSpinning Threads of Radical Aliveness: Transcending the Legacy of Separation in Our Individual Lives.

 

From the book,  "Although the fundamental capacity for empathy, which is part and parcel of mutual recognition, is an innate human feature, we need to receive sufficient empathy early in life to be able to attain and maintain true mutuality as well as empathic connection with ourselves and others.

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Carl Rogers on Peace - Toward a Healthier State - Symposium at UCI - YouTube

Culture of Empathy Builder: Carl Rogers
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Empathy as Weakness: Predator vs. Prey

"I notice that people are intrigued by the notion of nonviolence but do not want to seem weak.


Empathy is another subject that seems to be more easily embraced by women. Is empathy actually 'tough?"


How can we talk to men or people who don't want to be seen as weak about empathy?

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Cultivating An Empathetic Heart

Cultivating An Empathetic Heart | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Developing the quality of empathy has many benefits for aspiring devotees of the Lord.

When I was doing my clinical psychotherapy internship in graduate school, a supervisor stressed connecting with our clients through realized empathy. Most of his interns came from privileged backgrounds, and he felt we needed more than just a theoretical understanding of our clients’ pain.

My first session in “experiential empathy” was with Doris, who suffered from schizophrenia. A slight woman in her early 30s, she had an attractive face, but it was worn from exposure, as she would often choose to be homeless rather than stay in shelters. She would often sit in the waiting room carrying on conversations with imaginary persons who seemed real to her.


By Arcana Siddhi Devi Dasi

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Study: Active-Empathic Listening as a General Social Skill: Evidence from Bivariate and Canonical Correlations

Study: Active-Empathic Listening as a General Social Skill: Evidence from Bivariate and Canonical Correlations | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This study attempts to provide further validity evidence for a scale that measures the tendency to enact active-empathic listening (AEL), one type of listening noted as especially important in close relationships and associated contexts like supportive episodes.


In particular, we investigated the degree to which AEL is empirically related to various general social skills that reflect interaction competencies such as emotional sensitivity.


Strong correlations between a measure of AEL and four of the six social skill dimensions measured by the social skills inventory (SSI) provide validity evidence for this scale. The paper concludes with a discussion of future research possibilities.


by Christopher C. Gearhart & Graham D. Bodie


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Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy - HBR

Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy - HBR | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Study after study has shown that listening is critical to leadership effectiveness. So, why are so few leaders good at it?...


Instead, leaders need to start by really caring about what other people have to say about an issue.  Research also shows that active listening, combined with empathy or trying to understand others’ perspectives and points of view is the most effective form of listening. 


Henry Ford once said that if there is any great secret of success in life, it lies in the ability to put oneself in another person’s place and to see things from his or her point of view -as well as from one’s own.

Research has linked several notable behavior sets with empathic listening. 

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Use Empathy Before Facts When Debating a Conspiracy Theorist

Use Empathy Before Facts When Debating a Conspiracy Theorist | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It all comes back to psychology. Oliver and Wood say that facts will not dissuade them, it will only shut down the discussion that much faster—instead empathize.


It's true, other studies have shown people feel threatened when facts conflict with anyone's beliefs. People will throw back untested assertions—anything to defend the world they've come to understand. But when we understand and appreciate the emotional reasoning behind the belief, we may be better equipped talk about the issue in a way they'll comprehend.


by NATALIE SHOEMAKER

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Empathy Library December E-Newsletter

Empathy Library December E-Newsletter | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Well, it's that time of year when we're encouraged to feel 'goodwill to all men.' But where does goodwill come from?


At the Empathy Library, we're thinking about the gift of understanding; both others and ourselves, so we've put together our own alternative Christmas list! You can read all these reviews in the Empathy Library.

1. Wings of Desire: Tired of seasonal Gone with the Wind and Ben-Hur marathons? This Wim Wenders film is ideal for a dose of romance and magic.
2. Wonder: ...

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The Empathy Way — Guest: Anne Paris

There are times when it is very difficult to empathize with another person. Those times include feeling frustrated with our children. But difficult as those situations may be for parents, clinical psychologist Anne Paris suggests we would do well to "step back, take a break, ask someone else to intervene..." because that's the best way to get our emotions under control so that we can, afterwards, model an empathetic response.


That's how we teach our kids to do the same. Annie talks with Anne about the empathy response and about The Empathy Way, Dr. Paris' delightful new series of children's books which features the remarkable wildlife photography of Marian Brickner.


Culture of Empathy Builder Anne Paris

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/others/Anne-Paris.htm



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You Are Not My Enemy. Violence Is My Enemy: A Call to Militant Empathy

You Are Not My Enemy. Violence Is My Enemy: A Call to Militant Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

But, what about the police? Do they also deserve our empathy?

There is so much demonization of police going on right now, that we can forget that behind the uniform is a human being. Surely the unjust deaths of civilians at the hands of police are absolutely enraging, but if we want to awaken the police to be more humane and to create systemic change, will hating them advance our cause?

What’s it like for the police when they are beating on people, or killing innocents? What drew them to that kind of “work”? What kind of system of dehumanization did THEY have to go through before they were ready to brutalize others?


By Peijman Kouretchian,

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Study: Active Empathic Listening as a Tool for Better Communication by Dr Archana Shrivastava

Study: Active Empathic Listening as a Tool for Better Communication by Dr Archana Shrivastava | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Volume of the consumer conversation is expanding day by day. Many leading companies worldwide are recognising the importance of listening to the costumers and feel that it is not the same thing as it was five years ago. Listening in the present context involves many other criterions such as granularity of individual opinions, leading indicators, unfiltered sentiments, etc.
This increasing speed and volume of conversations and its rapid development as a market force have made listening as one of the biggest challenges faced by the present corporate world. One type of listening which is being highlighted these days is Active Empathic Listening (AEL). AEL is a cognitive process involving the steps such as sensing, processing and responding. The study adopts the items from the recently developed Active Empathic Scale to test whether there is a significant correlation between the three elements of listening empathetically.
The study also tries to find out if empathy in listening can make a person a better communicator. The study further provides the evidences to prove that trainings with the focus upon empathic listening can improve the overall listening abilities and justifies the emerging need of proper training and guidance to help the employees/prospective employees to understand the role of empathy in the process of listening.
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Flexible empathy - the key to resilience?

Flexible empathy - the key to resilience? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy has long been recognised as a critical component of good nursing or medical practice but in talking with healthcare audiences we often hear confused ideas. What’s the difference between empathy and compassion?


Does too much empathy lead to burnout? How does empathy relate to the technical knowledge and skill that’s also so important in healthcare? Can we measure how empathetic a health professional is?

New research is clarifying these questions, as we heard during the ‘Compassion Week’ in San Francisco in November – a whole week of conferences about the science of compassion, compassion in healthcare, and compassion in the workplace and community.


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So what is “flexible empathy”?

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A New Approach to Education

A New Approach to Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The key to compassion is being predisposed to help—and that can be learned.

There is an active school movement in character education and teaching ethics. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about ethical virtuosity, because we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy.

There are three main kinds of empathy, each involving distinct sets of brain circuits.


 The first is cognitive empathy: understanding how other people see the world and how they think about it, and understanding their perspectives and mental models. This lets us put what we have to say in ways the other person will best understand.

The second is emotional empathy, a brain-to-brain linkage that gives us an instant inner sense of how the other person feels—sensing their emotions from moment to moment. This allows "chemistry" in our connections with people..


The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education. Copyright 2014 Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge. Reprinted with permission from More Than Sound.

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Carl Rogers Part 1 Person Centered Approach to Peace: "one more word on empathic listening"



I want to say one more thing about Empathic Listening. 

 

I said that it is often misunderstood and I think it is.

It's regarded superficially as passive for one thing - you just sit back and listen.

 

No, to be really empathic is one of the most active things I know.  To really understand what it feels like for this person in this situation.

 

What does it feel like to be an abused child?

What does it feel like not to be able to read?

What does it feel like not to be in a marriage where you are totally unhappy and yet see no way of getting out of it?

What does it feel like to have bizarre thoughts and  hallucinations and so on?

 

To really let one's self go into the inner world of this other person is  one of the most active, difficult, demanding things that I know. And yet, it is worth it because it is one of the most releasing, healing things that I have had any occasion to use or be. 

 

It's one of the reasons I love doing therapy, It's one of the reasons I love dealing with very difficult situations like the racial conflict in South Africa . To try to relate to things that are out of my experience and yet not out of my experience. That's one thing that makes empathy possible, it the fact that there is no infinite amount of feelings, there's a finite number of feelings you can have. It can be rage, it can be love, it can be fear, but it's finite. So you may never been enraged about this situation, you know what rage is, you felt it. 

 

You may not know what it's like to be as joyous as this person is but you know what joy is, you felt it. You may not be as frightened of life as this person is, but you know fear. So that is what makes empathy possible. That's what makes it possible to enter the world of this other person.

 

The other thing that makes it possible is if you are secure within yourself so that you can really let yourself go into the world of this other person, and yet know that you can return to your own world too.


Everything you are feeling is 'As If'. I can feel as if I'm as frightened as you,  I am feel 'as if' as angry as you are but  I know that I can come back to to myself, which at that moment is not frightened and not angry.

 

I just wanted to say that since I think a sensitive empathy is one of the least understood elements in this whole approach.

 

Carl Rogers

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k_bVHUS9rA&t=47m00s

 

Q. I'm a little pessimistic about using empathetic listening in peace talks, for example.

People, it seems to me, come into these peace talks with very strong identities, motivations and egos tied up in their motivations. For example they are members of a country, they have a purpose and this purpose has a lot of energy behind it.  And to try and come in and be empathetic is to try and strip away some of that purpose which I feel they hold on to very dearly. How do you overcome something as strong as that and how do you encourage empathy when these people are not motivated to be empathetic? There is too much to lose.

  

Culture of Empathy Builder: Carl Rogers
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Carl Rogers Part 1 Person Centered Approach to Peace

Culture of Empathy Builder: Carl Rogers
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