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Got empathy?

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Can teaching kids empathy change the world? That's the idea behind the $100,000 prizes offered this summer by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in partnership with Ashoka Changemakers, a group that tries to promote and connect social innovators from around the world.


The competition offers four cash grants of $100,000 to Bay Area projects that "cultivate empathy skills to strengthen communities and to equip young people to become leaders of change."


Palo Alto-based Project Happiness won $1,000 as an "Early Entry Prize Winner" in the contest and is among the 86 semi-finalists culled from 200 groups initially seeking the larger prizes. 

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Brenda Robinson's curator insight, May 13, 2015 9:52 PM

Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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Empathy as Resistance in Trump’s America

Empathy as Resistance in Trump’s America | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The problems that confront Americans—from those being created by Trump every day to those that go back far further into our history—are numerous, widespread, complex, and challenging. They will require collective responses that go far beyond awareness and protests. But we can’t respond at all if we don’t know or don’t care. At their most cynical, Henak and Morrissey’s comments suggest that most of all will never be sufficiently affected to find our way to such empathy.

 

But at their most hopeful, their texts tell a different story, one that can help elicit precisely such empathetic responses and actions. As we’re seeing unfold around us, that empathy can and must be a potent mode of resistance in Trump’s America.

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Health Benefits of Listening - Ornish Lifestyle Medicine

Health Benefits of Listening - Ornish Lifestyle Medicine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I knew an innovative middle school teacher who wrote the word JUDGMENT in bold letters on a large poster board and hung it from the ceiling in her classroom. The first day of school, her students were intrigued. They had a lively discussion about their teacher’s message and her intention for how she would like them to treat each other. Her message, they concluded: “In this classroom, we suspend judgment of one another.” She then proceeded to write on the blackboard the one word of instruction on how to achieve her lesson: LISTEN.


The ability to listen empathically is a trait we can acquire!

 

by Mimi O' Connor

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Learning to listen to each other one student at a time.

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What’s Needed in These Uncertain Times? Maybe More Empathy.

What’s Needed in These Uncertain Times? Maybe More Empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It seems like there are more rocky times ahead. As we view immigration policies and other issues facing our country, empathy will continue to be a key component to creating policies for a more humane society and at the same time keeping the United States safe for all. Empathy is not just needed from Donald Trump and his supporters, but also from everyone of every political stripe if we are to improve our society.

Continue to stay involved with issues that are important to you. Your Maybe mindset, along with some empathy, are good tools to help you forge a better relationship with uncertainty. And stay tuned--I will be back next week with more tips in a new Survival Guide for Uncertain Times.

 

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Can Virtual Reality ‘Teach’ Empathy?

Can Virtual Reality ‘Teach’ Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Immersive virtual reality in the classroom is spreading fast, as teachers take students into other worlds.

 

The power of VR to stoke empathy is the focus of research at Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, led by communications professor Jeremy Bailenson.

 

In the lab’s “Empathy at Scale” studies, people who inhabit avatars of a different race in a virtual world later score lower in tests of subconscious racial bias, and young people who “wear” an elderly avatar are then more inclined to save for retirement. Charities, including the International Red Cross, have made VR films to counteract “compassion fatigue” and boost donations.

 

 

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Empathy is Key to Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Teen

Empathy is Key to Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Teen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is in decline

It’s not surprising that teenagers who spend a lot of time on their phones have trouble expressing empathy in person. Renowned psychiatrist and author Daniel Siegel, M.D. calls this skill mindsight, which he defines as our human capacity to perceive the mind of the self and others.

Emotionally intelligent teens become more successful and well-adjusted adults because they are better equipped to navigate complex relationships with peers, bosses, and loved ones.

In alarming studies, empathy scores among American college students have dropped sharply over the past three decades, with the steepest decline happening in the last 15 years. Researchers have suggested that social media may be a cause.
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We are overdosing on empathy | Gaby Hinsliff

We are overdosing on empathy | Gaby Hinsliff | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The popular trend insists we self identify with those we might show kindness. But that actually limits our scope for generosity

 

Feelings aren’t everything. Empathy might be making the world a worse place, not a better one. Kindness can, in some senses, be a weakness. As popular arguments go, these are right up there with “strangle more kittens” and “death to rainbows”. If asked to list everything that’s wrong with modern Britain, few would choose a surfeit of goodwill and understanding.

 

Or certainly not in the week that Ukip donor Arron Banks complained he was “sick to death” of hearing about the Hillsborough disaster and of people “milking” the tragedy, while angrily defending the Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, against charges of doing something not dissimilar. (Nuttall has blamed a press officer’s error for statements on his website wrongly suggesting that he lost “close personal friends” in the tragedy, for which he has apologised).

 

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(Empathic Design) How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other?

(Empathic Design) How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of our empathy project, a collaboration to spark empathy and understanding in our classrooms and communities. As educators on the frontlines, we’re constantly navigating the complexities of building inclusive spaces within diverse communities. But now more than ever, striving for safe and supportive environments for all learners feels urgent.

We recently heard from Jazmin, a high school English Language Arts teacher in El Paso Independent School District, about a story that reminded us of the importance of empathy for and between students. “Our football team arrived on a Dallas field for an away game to a crowd of students yelling: ‘Go home’ and ‘Build a wall’”, she said. “We really didn’t know how to repair after that.” How does a classroom repair after that? How might we surface shared experiences so that we feel more connected? This is what we want your help in solving:

How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other?

 

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Share insights! Empathize. We’re not designing yet. Post inspirations, interview others, and get insight from outside of education.

 


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A 10-Step Guide To Affective Empathy And Enlightenment

A 10-Step Guide To Affective Empathy And Enlightenment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I teach empathy, and I watch people go through the same phases I went through while learning it. I’m certain that empathy (both affective and cognitive) are useful in the office.

Affective empathy - feeling sad with someone who is sad - is a powerful way to connect to another human. When used wisely, it’s one of the most powerful tools a human can have to communicate with another human. Imagine the negotiation tactics possible when you can feel another person’s apprehension no matter how subtle.

Affective empathy is misunderstood by those who don’t use it. Let me clear something up, when I feel another’s emotions, I’m not overpowered or destroyed by them. If I cry when someone else does, it’s an act of biological solidarity, it’s not because I’m too weak to prevent myself from crying. It’s because I’m strong enough to let another person’s emotions pass through me and create a natural response in my body. All I have to do to stop the tears is to shift my attention away from that person and the effect is instantly gone.
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The Danish way of Parenting – Teaching empathy and happiness

The Danish way of Parenting – Teaching empathy and happiness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We are all wired for empathy, we just have to learn how to connect the wires to make it work.”

 


Empathy is the ability to recognize, comprehend and appreciate the feelings of others. This is the skill that nowadays unfortunately is more like a treasure than a common thing to have. However, there is no surprise: empathy is one of the most important factors in fostering successful leaders, entrepreneurs, managers, and businesses. It reduces bullying, increases one’s capacity to forgive, and improves relationships and social connectedness.

 

Empathy also enhances the quality of relationships, which is one of the most important of one’s needs. We all see now how empathy affects our everyday lives, all in all: empathy leads to a happier life. Since Denmark is the Earth’s happiest nation, they have supposedly figured out how to reach happiness. And they have quite a few tips to share

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Oxytocin Increases Fathers' Neural Response To Toddlers

Oxytocin Increases Fathers' Neural Response To Toddlers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Fathers receiving the hormone oxytocin have increased activity in brain regions associated with reward and empathy when viewing photos of their toddlers, according to a recent Emory University study.

 

The research is the first to look at the influence of both oxytocin and vasopressin – another hormone linked to social bonding – on brain function in human fathers.

Lead author James Rilling, an Emory anthropologist and director of the Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience, says:

“Our findings add to the evidence that fathers, and not just mothers, undergo hormonal changes that are likely to facilitate increased empathy and motivation to care for their children. They also suggest that oxytocin, known to play a role in social bonding, might someday be used to normalize deficits in paternal motivation, such as in men suffering from post-partum depression.”

 

 

 

Ting Li, Xu Chen, Jennifer Mascaro, Ebrahim Haroon, James K. Rilling
Intranasal oxytocin, but not vasopressin, augments neural responses to toddlers in human fathers
Hormones and Behavior, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2017.01.006

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The Neuroscience of Empathy

The Neuroscience of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Our emotional intelligence measures our ability to understand ourselves and others. This helps us to know and regulate our emotions. These abilities can even predict our success with our careers and relationships because our empathy guides how we respond in social situations.

We can break emotional intelligence down into learnable bites of information. Understanding what motivates people’s actions helps us to predict behaviour. One important part of this is understanding what empathy is and why its important.

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Interview with Slim at SAP TechEd 2016 Barcelona. -

Tom Cenens interviews Seung Chan Lim (Slim) at SAP TechEd 2016 held in Barcelona, Spain
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Think empathy makes the world a better place? Think again … 

Think empathy makes the world a better place? Think again …  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It is often said the rich don’t make enough effort to appreciate what it is like to be poor and if they did we would have more equality and social justice. It’s said that whites don’t have enough empathy for blacks and that men don’t have enough empathy for women.

 

There are many who maintain that if certain politicians had more empathy, they wouldn’t be endorsing such rotten policies. I used to believe this as well. Empathy has its merits. It can be a great source of pleasure, involved in art, fiction and sports. And it can be a valuable aspect of intimate relationships.

 

But it’s a poor moral guide. It grounds foolish judgments and often motivates indifference and cruelty. It can lead to irrational and unfair political decisions. It makes the world worse. 
Paul Bloom 

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How Empathy Shifts Complaining to Collaborating

How Empathy Shifts Complaining to Collaborating | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Extending Empathy Softens Fears

Often we fear that if we ask the one who is complaining to tell us more about their feelings, it will inevitably result in being subjected to even more negativity. However, the opposite frequently occurs. When we sincerely ask another to tell us how they are feeling, our attention and concern often softens the hard edges of their fears enabling them to talk more calmly and reasonably about their issues.

Empathy is the key that can unlock the door of differences, forging a bridge of interpersonal connection. It is the willingness to understand and non-judgmentally share in the feelings of another. It requires listening with an open heart and mind. (See Ornish Living article, The Health Benefits of Listening.)

Empathic listening includes listening with your eyes, ears and heart in order to understand what the other person is saying. Of course, it may be challenging to imagine listening to another empathically when the complaints they are expressing seem so dark and negative in nature. But it should be comforting to know that just the act of empathetic listening will improve the complainers outlook.

 

by Mimi O' Connor

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Applied Empathy: A Design Framework for Meeting Human Needs and Desires 

Applied Empathy: A Design Framework for Meeting Human Needs and Desires  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Part One of this series introduced a design framework for meeting human needs and desires and defined five States of Being that represent the different degrees to which products and experiences affect and motivate people in their lives.

 

This second part explains three Dimensions of Human Behavior, as well as specific needs and desires for which we can intentionally design products. The third and final part of this series will explore the relationships between different human needs and desires, talk about how designers can put this framework to use, and share some examples that will hopefully help make this approach of practical value to you.

 

 

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Can virtual reality teach empathy? 

Can virtual reality teach empathy?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Teaching empathy to our future citizens of the world may be the most important work that we can do as educators. And it’s not something we can force. It has to be an organic outgrowth of the other lessons we build.

Let’s look at how we might make it happen with virtual reality.
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The Lie of Human Empathy.

The Lie of Human Empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When questioned about what sort of morality or what overarching concerns should guide humanity, the credulous liberal will often boldly pronounce "Empathy" as the solution with the sort of glib breathlessness common to plebeians regurgitating some nugget of stupidity they feel is especially compelling.

 

By appealing to a vague combination of sympathy and pity, the leftist has now dazzled you with his severance of the Gordian Knot in a single stroke of Kumbaya and compassion. Still unconvinced? Then you need to research mirror neurons or *seriously contemplate the possibility that you are in fact a psychopath, which is an obsolete way to tell someone that you think they are a bad person with poor morals.

 

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What is Radical Empathy?

What is Radical Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
BASIC EMPATHY ISN'T ENOUGH WE NEED MORE

In essence what we are saying is that basic empathy isn't enough. What the world needs and we try to create at camp is radical empathy. That acknowledging our inability to totally understand where everyone is coming from but working our asses off to try, will lead to a stronger more compassionate and more joyful community.

 

We try to make every decision and action at Stomping Ground from this radically empathetic place. We aren’t perfect and we often fall short, but radical empathy is our north star.

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Oxytocin may boost paternal behavior

Oxytocin may boost paternal behavior | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The "love hormone" oxytocin is well known for its role in mother-infant bonding, but a new study suggests that it could also benefit the relationship between a father and child by boosting paternal caregiving. Researchers say that the findings may pave the way to new treatments for postnatal depression among fathers.'

 

Published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, the study reveals that doses of oxytocin boosted brain activity related to reward and empathy among fathers in response to images of their children.

 

Lead study author James Rilling, director of the Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and colleagues say that their findings point to a possible strategy to improve paternal behavior.

 

 
 
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Teachers Guild: Empathy Expert Chat 

How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other?

 

The Teachers Guild's Expert Chat series exposes educators to thought leaders, organizations, and tools that will deepen understanding for topics you care about. We brought together experts on empathy:

  • Sara Heinrich, Program Manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Tristan Richardson, Award-winning teacher in Richland Two School District, SC
  • Divya Viswanathan, Design researcher at IDEO
  • Neil Gupta, Director of Secondary Education, Worthington City Schools, OH
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Empathy: 4 Ways to Nurture a Seriously Sexy Skill

Empathy: 4 Ways to Nurture a Seriously Sexy Skill | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Here are four ways to nurture your own ability to empathize and connect.

1. Get curious and inquire.

In order to get more empathetic, we have to be curious about someone else’s emotional reality. We must wonder, “What’s going on for them?” without immediately going into evaluation or judgment.

Remaining curious, rather than judgmental, about their emotional reality helps us stay open and inviting to what they have to tell us.

Actively nurture your curious instincts. Wonder more and judge less.

2. Let go of “fixing” what’s going on for someone.

 

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(Against Empathy) Why Empathy is Dangerous

(Against Empathy) Why Empathy is Dangerous | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"The relation between emotion and rationality… is a question [which] has preoccupied philosophers… for many centuries. It is only recently, however, that it has become the subject of scientific inquiry and empirical investigations." (Michel Tuan Pham, Columbia University)

It is precisely this battle between the emotional and rational self that is explored in Paul Bloom’s Against Empathy. The main crux of the Professor’s argument is the sad truth that empathy is biased and selfish. Paradoxically this truth is the redeeming aspect of his book. Without an understanding of this truth it would be all too easy to join the masses of twitter warriors (let us call them twits) and criticise Bloom for being cruel or sociopathic.

 

This truth is backed up by empirical evidence, Science being the armour of any compelling argument in the 21st century. Bloom describes how “laboratory studies have been done showing we feel more empathy for people who are attractive” and more appallingly, people of the same race as oneself.

 

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Tea & Empathy  

Tea & Empathy   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When I learned how to be better at empathy, it opened up my whole world. It made my relationships stronger, my friendships deeper, and my familial life more harmonious. It helped me relate better with strangers. Getting better at empathy upgraded ten-fold the connection I experience in the world.

Needless to say, I feel pretty passionate about teaching it to others. That’s why I created Tea & Empathy.
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Empathy and moral choices—study limits the role of emotions in moral decisions

Empathy and moral choices—study limits the role of emotions in moral decisions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy and emotional awareness do not affect our moral decisions. This is suggested by a new study published on Social Neuroscience and led by SISSA neuroscientist Marilena Aiello.

 

Our choices do not depend on our empathy. The difference, instead, lies in our emotional reactions, more pronounced in more empathic people. In particular if we opt for uncomfortable decisions for a greater good.

 

Could you harm another person to save yourself? Could you kill one person to save five? The answer depends neither on our ability to share someone else's feelings – known as empathy – nor on our lack of emotional awareness – known as alexithymia.

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(Against Empathy) A Rational Gut Check (SSIR)

(Against Empathy) A Rational Gut Check (SSIR) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

number of charities have started to use virtual reality technology as a fundraising tool. After donning a VR head-set that instantly transports them to a refugee camp in Lebanon, donors may be more inclined to contribute to humanitarian organizations supporting refugees.

 

But Paul Bloom, a Yale University psychologist, is not impressed with what is being called an “empathy machine.” As he recently told NPR, empathy is “fatiguing. It leads to burnout. … The best therapists, the best doctors, the best philanthropists are people who don’t feel the suffering of others.”

 

By Benjamin Soskis

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