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10 Tips for Nurturing Empathy in Your Children -

10 Tips for Nurturing Empathy in Your Children - | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In my last blog post, I recommended books that parents and teacher can purchase to help the children in their lives develop a sense of empathy.  


Today, I’d like to share some tips developed by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. and published in Parenting Science Magazine, that will assist you in nurturing empathy in your children...



  1. Research indicates that when a child’s emotional needs are met at home, he or she is better equipped to develop a sense of empathy.
  2. Start treating your child as someone who has a mind of his own and share ways that our feelings can influence our behavior to further a greater good.
  3. Take opportunities to model—and induce—sympathetic feelings for other people. You can point out situations that call for empathy. For example, explain how litter – especially plastics – is endangering creatures that live in our oceans.
  4. Emphasize what your children may have in common with other children.
  5. Teach kids to care about hunger when they aren’t  hungry. In other words, teach them to care about social and environmental issues even when they are feeling comfortable in the world.
  6. ......


by Elizabeth B. Martin



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(NVC) Empathy takes center stage in Non-Violent Communication sessions

(NVC) Empathy takes center stage in Non-Violent Communication sessions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In his invitation to the public for these free meetings, Felix wrote, “At the heart of the NVC process is a kind of playfulness, identifying what would make life more wonderful for one’s self and the other. We do that by identifying needs. By maintaining the flow of observations, feelings, needs and requests we can communicate from the heart.”

He wrote that behind harsh words such as judgments criticisms, complaints, aggression and diagnoses are calls for love, help, understanding, of meeting basic human needs. and that demands, criticism, complaints and attacks are painful and unskillful ways of communication. “They are unskillful because they almost guarantee that we will not get our needs met, or that will we will have them met through coercion, manipulation, guilt or shame,” Felix wrote.
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"Empathy Gap" Story and Pictures -- National Geographic Your Shot

"Empathy Gap" Story and Pictures -- National Geographic Your Shot | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We sent you on assignment, and here's the result. See the complete story, created from your pictures and our editors' commentary.
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(Teaching Empathy) How to Build Empathy by Reading to Your Kids

(Teaching Empathy) How to Build Empathy by Reading to Your Kids | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We read together as a family every night. Sometimes we get so caught up in making it through the book that we never pause to discuss what we're reading. I recently ran across this article about how adding 30 seconds to your bedtime reading can foster empathy, and I had to try it.

The next night while reading, the main character of our story secured his family in a cellar vault and turned around for one last, great stand against the impending enemies. I paused and looked up to see how long it would take my doodling listeners to realize that I wasn't continuing.

As eyes started to meet mine, I saw the urgency with which they wanted me to continue. Don't leave Podo hanging!

 

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(Empathy and Animals) Older chimps show less empathy than younger ones

(Empathy and Animals) Older chimps show less empathy than younger ones | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
  • Typically, when a chimpanzee is upset, a companion will kiss, groom or hug them
  • Juveniles console more than adults, and infants console the most of all groups
    This doesn't necessarily mean that older chimps are less empathetic 
  • Instead, they may becomes more selective in how they express their empathy


By CECILE BORKHATARIa

 

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Restorative Justice in Education 

Restorative Justice in Education  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The process can be elaborated into three pillars:

1. Empathy must be towards everyone. There must be an awareness that while harm was done to a victim — and possibly a larger community — there may also have been past harm done to the offender as well and that harm may be a factor in their behavior.

2. An Obligation to put right. There must be a moderated process which helps the accused somehow right the wrong that was committed. A simple strained apology from the offender is just not enough

3. Engagement by all stakeholders towards healing. There must be a dialogue with all parties — victim, offender, and the community — in order to genuinely heal the hurts and move on to better things.

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The Best Response to Hate: How can we possibly respond to hate with patience and empathy?

The Best Response to Hate: How can we possibly respond to hate with patience and empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Marc Erlbaum, Contributor

 

There is a third alternative that negotiates the fine line between violence and inaction. “Peace,” wrote psychologist and famed global practitioner of conflict resolution Marshall Rosenberg, “requires something far more difficult than revenge or merely turning the other cheek; it requires empathizing with the fears and unmet needs that provide the impetus for people to attack each other.”

Our task, Rosenberg challenges us, is to actively engage those who hate, but not with brute force similar to that with which they engage and provoke us. While they present us with fists and aggression, we receive them with ears and compassion.

It sounds almost ludicrous doesn’t it? It certainly sounds dangerous and dubious. How can we possibly respond to hate with patience and empathy? How is that any less weak and passive than ignoring their provocation and/or turning the other cheek? Aside of the risks involved, why should we believe for a moment that this type of response is any more effective than those we have already considered?

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WHAT IS LIFE AFTER HATE?

WHAT IS LIFE AFTER HATE? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Life After Hate, Inc., a 501(c)(3) U.S. nonprofit, was created in 2011 by former members of the American violent far-right extremist movement. Through powerful stories of transformation and unique insight gleaned from decades of experience, we serve to inspire, educate, guide, and counsel.
 
Whether working with individuals who wish to leave a life of hate and violence or helping organizations (community, educational, civic, government, etc.) grappling with the causes of intolerance and racism, Life After Hate works to counter the seeds of hate we once planted. Through personal experience and highly unique skill sets, we have developed a sophisticated understanding about what draws individuals to extremist groups and, equally important, why they leave.

 

Compassion is the opposite of judgment and we understand the roles compassion and empathy play in healing individuals and communities.

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Teachers build empathy, one book at a time

Teachers build empathy, one book at a time | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
For Baldwin’s school district, empathy has been a focal point partly because of the area’s high rate of addiction and suicide.

“It’s really important to build those relationships.... It might be the one thing that gets some of our kids through – that relationship with a caring adult,” she says.

At the start of the school year, “students are reluctant, they feel nervous,” Baldwin says, even though most know one another.  So she starts off with low-risk opportunities to talk in small groups about various topics. Then they’ll share something from the group to the rest of the class. “They’re not naming names ... [but] they basically have to call out one of their group mates in a positive way.”
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Are You Empathetic? Your Genes May Hold the Answer

Are You Empathetic? Your Genes May Hold the Answer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Besides the meltdowns and over-the-top photo shoots, Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model brought us “smizing”: smiling with the eyes. Turns out that what’s arguably the most famous Tyra-ism may have some scientific truth. Our eyes convey a rich array of expressions — and according to new research, how well we read those emotions may depend on our DNA.

A June Molecular Psychiatry study suggests that genetics may influence our ability to infer people’s thoughts or feelings from their eyes — a trait known as cognitive empathy. Scientists from the University of Cambridge have traced this ability to a tiny segment of chromosome 3 in women.

PEOPLE WHO ARE IMAGINATIVE AND INTELLECTUALLY CURIOUS ARE ALSO LIKELY BETTER AT READING OTHERS’ EMOTIONS.
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Empathy - Cebu Daily News

Empathy - Cebu Daily News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Were I asked what ability should an artist or writer have above everything else, my immediate answer would not have much to do with style and technique. My answer would be that the artist or writer should have empathy, the ability to look at the world from another person’s perspective.

Surely the artist and writer would need the capacity for sympathy, the capacity to feel what another person is feeling especially when that person feels sorrow and loss. But empathy is something else entirely. A good writer or artist must have the ability to look at the world beyond one’s own perspective.

To define the world according to one’s own perspective is easy. But one finds that some of the greatest works of art and literature were done and written not always from the writer’s or artist’s viewpoint.

Were I asked what ability should an artist or writer have above everything else, my immediate answer would not have much to do with style and technique

by: Raymund Fernandez

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Empathy is Everything: De-emphasize empathy 

Empathy is Everything: De-emphasize empathy  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
De-emphasize empathy.”

The Google memo calls for less empathy because emotions are bad for work. This one paragraph pretty much sums up his whole message. I don’t agree with a word of it, but I still won’t deny him my empathy.

 

I’ve heard several calls for increased empathy on diversity issues. While I strongly support trying to understand how and why people think the way they do, relying on affective empathy—feeling another’s pain—causes us to focus on anecdotes, favor individuals similar to us, and harbor other irrational and dangerous biases. Being emotionally unengaged helps us better reason about the facts.

 

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(Empathic Design) Will empathy make you a better designer?  

(Empathic Design) Will empathy make you a better designer?   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

August 09, 2017
by Larisa Berger


My first understanding of the word empathy began with my second grade teacher’s concrete explanation—empathy is about being in someone else’s shoes, having a walk around in them to get a sense of the world from their point of view.


Empathy it turns out, is complicated—much of it has little to do with our conscious minds. Whether or not we’re able to express empathy for someone depends on our innate, lizard brain perceptions of others as either belonging to the same group we belong to (us) or people belonging to an outgroup (them).

 

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Protests crucial to politics, divisive without empathy

Protests crucial to politics, divisive without empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

But more than being loud, the student protester must be aware. They must be empathetic, understanding, knowledgeable and caring, or else the protests are nothing more than a cathartic release of energy that will change nothing once the spent participants go home.

Above all else, empathy for the enemy is the greatest gauge for a positive movement. To dehumanize your opponent is to lose your moral high ground. It increases the possibility of bystanders and the innocent being hurt and losing sympathy for your cause....

 

When inclusive and empathetic, student protests and movements carry a strength and power that can be directed against the outdated, the indefensible and the unfounded. But when hate-filled and blinded by anger, it divides us only to leave us more isolated and angry than before.

 

By Alec Scott

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A Third Way in the 'Respectability Politics' Debate

A Third Way in the 'Respectability Politics' Debate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Opponents of President Trump can achieve a lot through empathy and loving engagement.

     

Thus his prescription for the future of the opposition: radical empathy.

As petty and vindictive as Trump can be, I do not imagine him or his supporters deploying the apparatus of the state to disrupt protests such as this one, mainly because they do not represent a challenge to him on any fundamental level. Where I do anticipate resistance going forward is against any attempt by the left or Trump supporters to relate to one another or build a coalition.

Trump won because he was able to convince all of us, left and right, that the chasm between us and our ideological opponents was far too wide to support a bridge. The work of the next four years will be proving him wrong.

Trump’s political adviser, Steve Bannon, depends on those deep divisions.

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Where has all of our empathy gone?

Where has all of our empathy gone? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, National Geographic put a call out to photographers from around the world to capture images that would close “a widening empathy gap between us and those who have life experiences that differ dramatically from our own.”

The end result was a breathtaking amalgam of images, juxtaposed against one another to highlight the similarities of our diverse humanity. We could feel and imagine each other’s varied experiences.

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Empathy Is Not Sympathy

Empathy Is Not Sympathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Sympathy is external and empathy is internal.


More specifically, sympathy refers to agreeing with someone’s feelings from the outside in, and empathy reflects the ability to understand someone else’s feelings from the inside out.


It’s pretty apparent one is easier to practice than the other.


It takes little to no effort to appear sympathetic. All you have to do is communicate that you agree with how someone else is feeling.
That’s it. If you feel the same as someone else, you essentially sympathize with them.


Empathy is much harder.


It is infinitely more challenging to appear empathetic. After all, no one knows how someone else is truly feeling except for that person.

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Empathy After Charlottesville

Empathy is hard work. It's especially difficult to empathize with people who vehemently hate you for who you are, but empathy might help us fight racist ideology. After Charlottesville and our president's refusal to condemn white supremacy, it's clear we have a lot of work to do.
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Understanding and finding empathy in unsettling times

Understanding and finding empathy in unsettling times | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Contemplate the importance of empathy in our personal and public lives. Let me share with you one idea of what empathy means to me, as distinct from sympathy, and compassion, which are also very important and valuable emotions. To sympathize is to feel for someone. Compassion asks you to feel with someone, to be with someone in their feelings. Sympathy and compassion are expressed to comfort those experiencing loss or difficulty. Empathy, in contrast, asks us to put ourselves in the place of the other person.
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Life After Hate: Trump Admin Stops Funding Former Neo-Nazis Who Now Fight White Supremacy

Life After Hate: Trump Admin Stops Funding Former Neo-Nazis Who Now Fight White Supremacy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

AMY GOODMAN: What was it that started you moving away and questioning what you were doing?

 

CHRISTIAN 
But, essentially, over those eight years, I started to meet people who I had kept outside of my social circle, who I hated: African Americans and Jews and gay people. But the truth was that I had never had a meaningful interaction with them. But when I started to, I started to receive compassion from the people that I least deserved it from, when I least deserved it. They could have attacked me. They could have threatened me. They could have broken my windows.

 

But they didn’t. And they knew who I was, and they took it upon themselves to show me empathy when I deserved it the least. And that helped me humanize them and dispel all the stereotypes that I had in my head. And suddenly, I couldn’t reconcile my hate anymore.

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Empathy makes you a more effective leader

Empathy makes you a more effective leader | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In a world that becomes increasingly automated and computerised, we are losing the very skills that are essential for effective leadership. How can we stop this shipwreck?

 

Let’s take a look:


1. Understand the meaning of empathy
I have always found empathy to be intriguing because it allows you to read minds, something that came in handy as an FBI agent. By listening to another person’s words and reading their body language, you can figure out what they are feeling and thinking.

2. Realize that empathy is driven by our brain

3. Develop emotionally literate geeks

4. Pay attention

5. Communicate empathetically

6. Fake it, if nothing else

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In Berkeley, a march and a vigil after Charlottesville: empathy tent to encourage conversation and dialogue

In Berkeley, a march and a vigil after Charlottesville: empathy tent to encourage conversation and dialogue | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The empathy tent to encourage conversation and dialogue has also been present at Berkeley rallies organized by far-right groups. Photo: Ted Friedman

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Young Men And The Empathy Gap

Young Men And The Empathy Gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There is an empathy gap in society when it comes to having compassion for the challenges boys and young men face – the issues that underlie the statistics above.

Nobody sees investing in boys’ development as “worth it” and as a result boys today are growing up and deciding that it is not worth it for them to invest their time and energy back into their communities. 

For many, virtual reality has become a safe haven, and in some instances more structured and rewarding than reality. Thus we see the emergence of terms such as hikikomori, diaosi, bamboccioni, and NEETs, along with the rise of movements such as Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW). Who can blame them for wanting to opt out?
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SXSW 2018: Shut Up and Listen: Empathy Really Works!

SXSW 2018: Shut Up and Listen: Empathy Really Works! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Shut Up and Listen: Empathy Really Works!

Everyone wants to be heard. From hospitals to airlines to breakfast cereals, brands are now either trying hard - or being forced - to listen. This is where empathy comes in.

Our expert panel will detail how empathy works using real world examples from companies large and small. Under Jansen’s leadership, MD Anderson conducted in-depth interviews to improve their marketing. Patricia Roller is making empathy her business, and Nate Pagel is connecting families to the healthcare equation.
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Exercising Empathy Greater effectiveness for organizations and leaders

Exercising Empathy Greater effectiveness for organizations and leaders | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Leadership Coaching
Clarify Vision & Strategy
Develop Presence
Build Powerful Skills
 
Empathy Training
Improve Communication
Discover & Meet Needs
Foster Self-Connection
 
Organizational Design
Change Company Culture
Mediate & Manage Conflict
Empower Employees

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(Empathic Parenting) Building a Secure Attachment Bond with Your Baby: Parenting Tips for Creating a Strong Attachment Relationship

(Empathic Parenting) Building a Secure Attachment Bond with Your Baby: Parenting Tips for Creating a Strong Attachment Relationship | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What is the attachment bond?
The attachment bond is the unique emotional relationship between your baby and you as his or her primary caretaker. This wordless interactive emotional exchange draws the two of you together, ensuring that your infant will feel safe and be calm enough to experience optimal development of their nervous system. The attachment bond is a key factor in the way your infant's brain organizes itself and influences your child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development.

The quality of the attachment bond varies. A secure bond provides your baby with an optimal foundation for life: eagerness to learn, healthy self-awareness, trust, and consideration for others. An insecure attachment bond, one that fails to meet your infant’s need for safety and understanding, can lead to confusion about his or her own identity and difficulties in learning and relating to others in later life.
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