These one-to-one empathy sessions support; well-being, healing, practicing to be a better listener and supporting you in creating empathic environments in your relationships, family, school, work, communities and beyond.
This purely technical approach can obscure the human side of medicine and erode empathy — the ability to understand and care about what makes a patient tick.
In fact, the empathy levels of medical students actually decline as they progress through school. Many become emotionally disengaged from the people they’re caring for — and that disconnect can impair care...
Without empathy, doctors run the risk of alienating their patients. The relationship can become one-sided, with the physician simply dictating treatments and the patient following orders.
I’ve spent the last few years touring the world to find best practices to nurture children’s empathy. The “Think Sheet” was just one of many educator strategies to help their students understand another’s thoughts, needs and feelings.
But I found dozens more and wrote them in my latest book, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World as a practical, research-based guide for expanding children’s empathy capacities. Each of the nine chapters address a crucial habit that is crucial to activating children’s empathy. In all, over 300 practical, proven ideas to build children’s empathy muscles are provided in the book.
Here are seven ways to weave perspective-building into your daily lessons from UnSelfie. Parents: you can adapt these ideas to use at home.
As marketers, we are storytellers. Telling our brands' stories effectively and persuasively is at the core of what we do. But what makes a story persuasive? Persuasive storytelling creates an emotional response - empathy - in the mind of the customer, helping them to understand the benefits of a brand, make decisions and take action.
But not all stories are equally effective at creating empathy. There are two broad categories of storytelling, advocacy and narrative, that most stories fall into. Narrative differs from advocacy in its method of persuasion, relying less on facts and figures and more on "transportation," or engaging the reader in the narrative.
The whole point is in empathy, which increases the accuracy of intuitive judgments, experts say.
Psychopaths are deprived of the instinct of imitation
It is known that when somebody yawns in a big company, everyone else as the team starts to yawn too. Researchers from Baylor University have been asked 135 students to pass psychological tests, and then showed them a video of different people.
Some of them yawned. Those who had low levels of empathy — the ability to empathize with others — seeing a person yawning, rarely imitated him, as opposed to those whose tests demonstrated a higher level of empathy. Lack of empathy is one of the "symptoms" of psychopathy.
People who demonstrate empathy toward so-called "others" are often identified as "traitors" by their "own people," and are often responded to with the same type of rage and disdain exhibited toward Jesus by his "hometown" people.
Reactionary responses to the Black Lives Matter movement have included "All Lives Matter," "Blue Lives Matter," and "White Lives Matter." While the response, "All Lives Matter," might seem to suggest a concern for the well-being of "ALL" people, the fact that the slogan was a direct response to the phrase "Black Lives Matter" rather than a direct response to the violence and injustice perpetrated against unarmed black men, women and children, suggests that the phrase is NOT an attempt to demonstrate empathy toward victims of excessive police violence.
Instead the phrase, "All Lives Matter," actually illustrates the practice of exhibiting empathy toward those we consider to be like us and antipathy toward those we consider to be unlike us. I believe this practice is partly rooted in the "zero sum fallacy"—
For me, being an empath is being a reflection of the world around me. And this is often overwhelming.
I feel the joy and anguish of other beings within a heightened sense of awareness. Add my own feelings to the mix, and I can easily become incapacitated. My lifelong way of dealing with this has been to immediately express what I’m feeling, be it positive or negative, in order to prevent implosion.
As a child and young adult, my expressions were usually outbursts and weren’t always appropriate or tactful.
Empathy has provoked equal measures of excitement and controversy in recent years. For some, empathy is crucial to understanding others, helping us bridge social and cultural differences. For others, empathy is nothing but a misguided assumption of access to the minds of others. In this book, Cummings argues that empathy comes in many forms, some helpful to understanding others and some detrimental.
Tracing empathy’s genealogy through aesthetic theory, philosophy, psychology, and performance theory, Cummings illustrates how theatre artists and scholars have often overlooked the dynamic potential of empathy by focusing on its more “monologic” forms, in which spectators either project their point of view onto characters or passively identify with them.
This book therefore explores how empathy is most effective when it functions as a dialogue, along with how theatre and performance can utilise the live, emergent exchange between bodies in space to encourage more dynamic, dialogic encounters between performers and audience
When we let empathy take the lead, we start to see the world in a whole new way and this changes everything about the way we live our lives.
Empathy affects the way we engage with others.
The best way we can begin to foster empathy is to intentionally go deep with people. Relationships don’t form through happenstance. We are drawn to those who have gone before us. Empathy is the pulling towards another’s pain and this is what allows us to deeply connect.
Empathy affects the way we lead.
It can become one of the greatest strengths of a leader. Leading with empathy allows you to lead from a place of humility rather than pride. In the end, a leader who has experienced pain has become better for it and one of the greatest qualities of leadership is the ability to see and care for people as individuals.
Empathy changes the way we see our circumstances.
When we are able to look at our lives and see all that we’ve gained from the difficult times, it changes everything about the way we view the present. Hardship has the ability to shape the person you’ve become and empathy has a way of amplifying your calling.
Sympathy usually doesn’t generate much action on our part toward the person suffering the misfortune. Empathy does. As Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott point out in their book “Trading Places,” “Empathy creates understanding, understanding produces connection, connection gives direction to necessary action.”
Putting ourselves in our spouse’s shoes, “trading places” with them, provides a number of practical benefits.
It reduces criticism. It’s not as easy to be critical with someone when you have experienced what they are going through.
It eliminates nagging. Instead, it gives the person encouragement.
It shortens conflict. Empathy moves us from blaming to shared responsibility
It deepens friendship. “They are on our side.”
Roger Rollins executive director of The Family and Marriage Coalition
Pixelache Festival 2016 will take place from September 22nd to 25th in Helsinki. The festival, named ‘Interfaces for Empathy’, explores possibilities of the shift towards the understanding of human species as a balanced part of the ecosystem we live within.
For a long time humankind has known about the challenge of overconsumption of natural resources that eg. cause climate disruption, loss of biodiversity, pollution and extinction of species. Nevertheless, the knowledge on its own does not seem to lead to rapid and significant change in our behaviour.
The idea that the festival explores, and the way is seeks to connect these observed trajectories, is one of empathy.
Is it possible, through this very basic ability to sense or identify, to change the narrative of the human-kind?
Could empathy be one of the key elements in reconnecting us with our ecosystem and ourselves?
Can we experience empathy towards whole ecosystems?
After all, empathy is the element that has enabled humans to work together and collaborate in order to flourish as species. The festival wants to question and propose that maybe empathy could be learned, found or especially re-found through eg. bodily presence, experimental communication and embodied and alternate visions of perception.
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. Empathy moves us to share in another’s pain, to really see the world through their eyes. When we do, it very often changes the kind of decisions and actions we take.
There are many definitions for empathy which encompass a broad range of emotional states. Types of empathy include
emotional empathy, and
Treat children as individuals with minds of their own,
Make kids aware of the similarities they share with others....
Empathy involves perspective taking skills...
Make a face....
More oxytocin, “the bonding hormone”, can help better decode emotional meaning in facial expressions....
Reassessment of the Milgram Experiments –Moral Disengagement...
When physicians show true empathy while listening to their patients in the exam room, patients and their families are often more satisfied and more open to adopting their advice—and it builds a much stronger patient-physician relationship. Though it seems simple, empathetic listening requires understanding how to recognize the cues that patients offer.
Practicing empathy can save time and help physicians navigate difficult situations that arise in practice. It can also forge deeper connections with patients that lead to greater professional satisfaction and joy in work for physicians.
With the influence of social media and changes in parenting styles in our culture, research shows kids have become more self-absorbed. But a well-known author came to town to provide resources on what parents can do to help alleviate this problem.
Dr. Michelle Borba is an education psychologist and bestselling author of Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed In Our All About Me World.
“For instance you can do the simplest one called the too kind rule starting at the age of 3 and keep going until your kids are 45, but when you walk out this house you are to say or do at least two kind things to somebody today,” says Borba.
Empathetic listening can help physicians navigate difficult situations and forge deeper connections with patients, leading to greater professional satisfaction and joy, according to the American Medical Association.
Noting that patients and their families are often more satisfied and more open to adopting advice when physicians show true empathy while listening, the article describes 5 ways for doctors to become better listeners and connect with empathy.
To give hospital staff a greater understanding of the physical challenges of their older patients John Coupland Hospital in Gainsborough has purchased a suit which simulates the effects of old age. And the hospital invited Standard Reporter, Shelley Marriott, along to try out the suit.
... I think this equipment will be great for the hospital staff as they will be able to empathise with their patients. Rather than just imagining how they must be feeling they will be able to have first hand experience.
Key to teaming, talent engagement, and, in fact, the business agenda today, says Brooks, is empathy—especially in an era that is increasingly automated. But empathy, Brooks suggests, is missing in many Millennials.
The irony in this, Brooks notes, is that Millennials can be seen as excelling at what could be called “macro-empathy” at the same time that they’re weak at “micro-empathy.” So, while these new workers may have trouble moving past what Brooks calls “the me society,” they’re increasingly insistent that the companies for which they work be purpose-driven, “merging their corporate agenda with a broader social mandate.
Whether you’re telling stories or seeking out stories to improve understanding, great stories that foster empathy share some key characteristics:
1. They don't bog people down with unnecessary facts and figures.
On her blog, behavioral scientist Susan Weinschenk describes what happens to the brain when someone hears a story versus a bunch of facts and figures:
“Let’s say you are listening to me give a presentation on the global economy. I’m NOT telling a story, but giving you facts and figures. If we had you hooked up to an fMRI machine we would see that your auditory cortex is active, as you’re listening, as well as Wernicke’s area of the brain where words are processed. If you were reading a newspaper article on the same topic then we would see, again Wernicke’s area as well as your visual cortex as you are reading.”
Contributions from early childhood educators, teachers, psychologists, music therapists, occupational therapists, and psychotherapists highlight the crucial role that early relationships and interactions in group settings play in the development of children's personal, emotional and social skills.
The book features the latest research and methods for successfully encouraging the development of these skills in groups of children aged 4-12. It explores how play within children's groups can be facilitated in order to foster emotional and empathic capacities, how to overcome common challenges to inclusion in schools and introduces practical, creative approaches to cultivating a sense of unity and team spirit in children's groups.
'Brains allow humans to move, predictions make movements meaningful by mentalization, and mentalization is validated by feelings from emotions. This is the short version of this excellent introduction to the roles of play in the development of inclusionary empathy.
The volume by eminent practitioners of the different fields is highly recommended to anyone concerned with the loss of empathy in the age of the internet.'
After the latest rounds of police brutality, while processing my emotions through conversations with my black friends and keeping it together during my internship, a hopeful thing happened.....
Empathy matters. It enables us to recognize and understand the emotions of others when happiness occurs and when tragedy strikes. It pushes us to reach out when someone is in need. It impels us to speak less and listen more. I need more of it. We all need more of it.
Saarikivi is a cognitive neuroscientist and the leader of NEMO – Natural Emotionality in Digital Interaction at the University of Helsinki. The group is looking for new ways to digitalize and transmit empathy in the digital realm. Her quick introduction to The Science of Empathy was brilliant and uplifting.
Saarikivi explained that empathy is important. It’s what makes us connect to other people’s emotions. Empathy is also an essential survival skill for humans. It’s what makes us come together and collaborate. It also makes collective intelligence possible. Compared to big beasts like bears and tigers, humans are small and weak so we needed to cooperate in order to be able to overcome them. That’s what has enabled humanity to survive and flourish over time.
The Secrets to Raising a Compassionate Child Empathy is the ability to feel with another human being. And we're getting worse at it. Parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, Ed.D., explains how you can help your child learn to be more empathetic.
Fortunately, empathy can be taught and cultivated. But we have to put our phones down to do it. "Empathy starts with face-to-face interaction," Dr. Borba said. Here, her top tips for helping your kid care more:
To live in a world without empathy is to live in a world that is ego-centric, dog-eat-dog, focused on me. A world without empathy is a world where people don’t consider how things look from another person’s viewpoint, a place where other’s feelings, perceptions, intentions, and motives don’t matter.
Other problems arise in a loveless world. It would be impossible to trust anyone else as trust is built on leaps of faith and human compassion. We would have no way to experience the safety of others unless they exactly conformed to our expectations. Each of us would be self-appointed emperors of our own little world. Inevitably, it would be a rather lonely world.
However, a world of empathy is one where people feel safe, secure, and connected. It’s a place where we can trust that people are concerned for our needs and interests. It’s a world where people see into our hearts, and see through our eyes. A world with empathy is a world where people understand and care.
We as parents are armed with the abilities to help instill this in our children and unless there is an underlying neurological difficulty we can go a long way to making sure we raise emotionally literate and empathetic children.
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