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New Ebook! "How to Practice Empathy" - Free on Kindle for Next 5 Days! - Relationship Up

New Ebook! "How to Practice Empathy" - Free on Kindle for Next 5 Days! - Relationship Up | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Yesterday, our latest ebook went live on the Amazon Kindle store! The book is on the all important skill of empathy. This ebook is FREE for download onto your Kindle device or app for the next 5 days – from today until this Saturday, August 23, 2014. 


After you read the book please remember to leave a review on Amazon too! Click the link below to get the ebook:   How to Practice Empathy: Connect Deeply with Others and Create Meaningful Relationships   Book Description: The greatest human desire is the desire to be understood People are understood through empathy. Empathy is the most important …

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(Empathic Paretning) The Empathy Revolution Begins at Home

(Empathic Paretning) The Empathy Revolution Begins at Home | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A revolution of empathy needs to begin in our individual homes. The expression of compassion, acceptance, and the capability to show empathy needs to become the foundation for raising children surrounded by intolerance.

Home environments where a child can feel secure in expressing their curiosity about different races, religions, or lifestyles has to be created and secured. It’s a process which can have everlasting, positive effects on the generations to come.

A child should be able to have their questions about different cultures and lifestyles answered in a manner that does not include disgust, rejection, or tones of absolute judgement. This is where it all begins. In the home. The seeds of empathy for other human beings are planted in the living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens across this nation and world.

 

Michelle Zunter

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NY Times: Is Selfie Culture Making Our Kids Selfish?

NY Times: Is Selfie Culture Making Our Kids Selfish? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By SHARON JAYSON

In “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World,” her 23rd book, Dr. Borba combines scientific research with tales from real-world families and offers concrete tips on how to cultivate kindness.

We talked recently about “selfie syndrome,” ways to flip the focus away from the self and specific activities to build empathy in our children. Here is an edited excerpt of our conversation

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(Empathic Parenting) Empathy – Following are some of Dr. Borba’s tips for how to flip the focus and cultivate kindness.

(Empathic Parenting) Empathy – Following are some of Dr. Borba’s tips for how to flip the focus and cultivate kindness. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Following are some of Dr. Borba’s tips for how to flip the focus and cultivate kindness.

  • When your children walk out the door, remind them to do one or two kind things each day.
  • Show that you value kindness. Do not just ask, “What you get on your test today?” but, “What kind thing did you do?”
  • Praise your kids for being kind in the moment – when they have earned it: “That was being kind because you offered your toy to your friend.”
  • Make kindness a regular happening. Put a box by your front door for gently used items and when it fills up, drop it off together for a needy family.
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How can we develop empathy through storytelling?  

How can we develop empathy through storytelling? - Changemaker Education - Medium

Because a human being is endowed with empathy, he violates the natural order if he does not reach out to those who need care. Responding to this empathy, one is in harmony with the order of things, with dharma; otherwise, one is not.”  Dayananda Saraswati

 
Our stories are powerful tools that can be used to confront social problems. When a personal story is being shared we unconsciously create an emotional connection with the storyteller and empathize with their experience.

 

While we cannot empathize with everyone’s situation and experiences, we gravitate towards certain elements and information from the story itself; like dates, events, images, names and places which resonate in our own lives.

 

This allows us to better understand the emotional makeup of the person that is sharing their story with us and therefore, helps us develop empathy towards people that were once strangers.

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Empathy Theme of TEDx Livermore

Empathy Theme of TEDx Livermore | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
TEDxLivermore team has chosen empathy as the theme for its 2016 meeting.


Tedx will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on June 25th at Las Positas College in Livermore. Global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, innovators and scientists will present their ideas on the topic: “The Economics of Empathy: Empathy as Currency for Building Community”


TEDxLivermore is supported by ReImagine Science, the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Tri-Valley, Common SciSense (Livermore), and i-GATE Innovation Hub.

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(Empathic Leadership) Empathy Is the Hottest Trend in Leadership

(Empathic Leadership) Empathy Is the Hottest Trend in Leadership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

According to the consultancy Development Dimensions International, roughly 20% of employers in the U.S. now offer empathy training for managers, a sizable increase from 10 years ago, reports the Wall Street Journal.

 

Listening and responding skills outranked all others in producing the most successful leaders, according to a DDI study of more than 15,000 leaders in 18 countries released earlier this year. The 10 top performing businesses from among the 160 included in The Empathy Business’s “Global Empathy Index” generated 50% more net income per employee than the bottom 10 performers.

 

Companies are responding by including empathy training for managers, teaching listening skills rather than the old-school, hard-charging intimidation tactics preferred by some bosses.

 

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(Empathic Parenting) (Michele Borba) Is Selfie Culture Making Our Kids Selfish?

(Empathic Parenting) (Michele Borba) Is Selfie Culture Making Our Kids Selfish? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World,” her 23rd book, Dr. Borba combines scientific research with tales from real-world families and offers concrete tips on how to cultivate kindness.

We talked recently about “selfie syndrome,” ways to flip the focus away from the self and specific activities to build empathy in our children. Here is an edited excerpt of our conversation.

Q. You suggest in the book that technology disrupts kids’ emotional lives. How?

 

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Improve Physician Empathy in 7 Simple Steps

Improve Physician Empathy in 7 Simple Steps | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Bedside manner need work? Improving physician empathy can strengthen your patient relationships and impact both patient satisfaction and patient outcomes.

 

Physician empathy is so important in fact, that a wealth of recent studies have tied physician empathy to increased patient satisfaction and outcomes. In one example, patients of physicians with high empathy scores had greater control over their diabetes. This goes to show that kind words and a little emotional support from a doctor can have a measurable impact on patient outcomes.

As a busy doctor, you probably don’t have time to attend an empathy training that gives you the tools you need to improve your patient relationships. Don’t worry – if you follow all 7 steps below, you’ll be on your way to mastering an empathetic approach to patient care.

 

  1. Personal details are key....
  2. Spend an extra minute....
  3. Make eye contact...
  4. Show your support...
  5. Put yourself in your patients’ shoes....
  6. Get patient feedback on how you’re doing....

 

by Teresa Iafolla,

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Summer of Peace

Summer of Peace | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Get ready to make YOUR unique contribution toward building a culture of peace in your community and our world. Join 15+ top esteemed thought leaders and trailblazing agents for change — including The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Neale Donald Walsch, Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Jody Williams, Sharon Salzberg, Ocean Robbins, Audri Scott Williams, Azim Khamisa and many others — at Summer of Peace, June 28 — September 21.

 

 

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Saturday Programme at the Empathy Museum

Saturday Programme at the Empathy Museum | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As part of the presentation of Empathy Museum at NOW Gallery 11 June – 2 July 2016, we present a day of events around the subject of empathy including a Human Library event in Peninsula Gardens.
 
Human Library (1-4pm)
The Empathy Museum presents a Human Library – a participatory project designed to create personal and social change through dialogue and empathy.

A Human Library is like any other library, except that the books are people with stories to share – ‘living books’. Visitors are invited to come to our Human Library on Saturday 25th June and borrow a living book for conversation on the theme of home. We have living books from all walks of life including authors, designers, refugees and community organisers.

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(Teaching Empathy) Interactive Focusing Origin

The Interactive Focusing Process is a forward moving edge of Focusing, incorporating Focusing into the building of relationships.

 

Through the Interactive Focusing Process, we are able to develop empathy and compassion as well as self-empathy and self-compassion. We finally have a "how to" teach empathy and compassion using the Interactive Focusing Process.

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Understanding Others: What is behind the brain's ability to empathize?

Understanding Others: What is behind the brain's ability to empathize? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a complex, multifaceted construct that refers to the “emotional and/or intellectual identification with another person” (Guralnik, 1992 in Berrol, 2006). The human ability to empathize has been called the “building block of our sociality and morality” (Iacobini, 2009).

 

According to Freud (1926), only through empathy are we able to understand another’s psychic life. Empathy reduces the distance between us and others, and facilitates social connectedness and coherence. As a measure of emotional intelligence, it is the crucial ingredient that makes for better leaders, physicians, and conversation partners. Importantly, empathy fosters emotional bonding - between parents and infants, between partners and friends, and between members of society as a whole.

What is empathy and why is it important, regardless of where we spent our childhood? 

 
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Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy 

Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy addresses how the arts in practice and in therapeutic contexts offer expanded ways of being attuned to emotional states and life conditions with individuals, relationships, groups, and communities.

 

Each chapter clearly articulates how to utilize the arts in order to tune in to self, other and a larger mystical, sacred or spiritual presence.

 

This book allows the reader to intimately enter into the core essence of what artists and arts based therapists experience in their studios and in the practice of expressive arts therapy.

 

Through a solid theoretical grounding that draws on an interdisciplinary understanding of how rhythm, resonance, improvisation, relational-attachment, intimacy, developmental play, transpersonal psychology and multiple intelligences contribute to an embodied experience of empathy, poignant stories from the author's 35 years as an artist and therapist come alive, allowing the reader to experience the spirit and essence of how the arts have been used throughout history to maintain healthy physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. 

 

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  Podcast: How to Find Happiness through Empathy! (Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli, "The Stress Solution"

  Podcast: How to Find Happiness through Empathy! (Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli, "The Stress Solution" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli shares how empathy helps reduce & eliminate stress & brings happiness!
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Mirror neurons, the ‘Ghandi effect’, enable us to share sensations:  empathy neurons that allow us to feel other people’s feelings and bodily sensations

Mirror neurons, the ‘Ghandi effect’, enable us to share sensations:  empathy neurons that allow us to feel other people’s feelings and bodily sensations | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

He says: “They are empathy neurons that allow us to feel other people’s feelings and bodily sensations … This is the basis of much Eastern philosophy.”

 

We are, he says, only separated by skin; there is no independent self, aloof from others; rather we are all connected — not just by Facebook or the ­internet — but literally by neuron chains talking to each other, a shared consciousness. “This is not mumbo jumbo philosophy, it’s basic neuroscience,” he says.

Ramachandran is author of The Tell-Tale Brain and a distinguished professor of neuro­science at the University of California. One of the early ­researchers into mirror neurons, he has called them “the basis of civilisation” in a TED talk and ­believes that the virtual reality mirror neurons — which comprise between 10 and 20 per cent of the neurons we use for real activity — are the cornerstone of human empathy, language and love.


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Design Thinking Develops Empathy

Design Thinking Develops Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here are further ideas and resources for global scale Design Thinking projects:

  • "Empathy on the Edge": An essay on exploring how empathy Design Thinking works.
  • "Extreme By Design": An interactive experience designed for 4th through 12th grade students, to be completed after watching the Extreme By Design documentary. Learning Episode 1 ("Being an Innovator") will help students think and act like innovators using the design thinking approach.
  • "A Design Challenge to Students: Solve a Real-World Problem!": This blog provides a couple of design challenge ideas to use with elementary and high school students.
  • The Ethics Institute at Kent Place School: This innovative program will bring teams of educators and students from schools across the metro-New York area to the Kent Place School campus to develop new approaches and solutions to complex real-world issues within their respective school communities using methods adapted from the Ethical Decision-Making Model and Design Thinking.
  • "Design Thinking, Making, and Learning from the Heart": A blog highlighting the process of design thinking to redesign high school social studies curriculum.

 

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Empathy is the key to Pope Francis’ vision for strengthening families.

Empathy is the key to Pope Francis’ vision for strengthening families. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Indeed, I would suggest that empathy, although mentioned only once, underlies the entire document and is a key to its implementation. It is not farfetched to imagine that the pope’s many gestures of compassion—the affection he shows to people at general audiences, his visits to prisons and refugee camps—are driven by empathy, by an ability to enter into and resonate with the joys and sorrows of others, especially the poor and marginalized.

 

Likewise, this same empathy could explain his decision to place the challenging situations of families today at the center of the church’s conversations and the two recent synods.

Certainly his pastoral service in Buenos Aires allowed Pope Francis to experience and empathize with the vast array of marital and family situations that are discussed in the exhortation itself. But the cultivation of empathy has another profound and irreplaceable source found over and over again in Christians who embark on visible or even hidden journeys of generous service of others. It is contemplation of Christ crucified. Entering into the sufferings of Christ schools the human spirit in sensitivity to the sufferings of others.

 

John J. Strynkowski

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TEDxLivermore 2016: We believe that the antidotes can be found exploring empathy as a currency for building community,

TEDxLivermore 2016: We believe that the antidotes can be found exploring empathy as a currency for building community, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This year we are taking our theme from inspiring discussions we have had regarding the kinds of pressures, stresses, and divisive forces that face us in our world today. These forces diminish productivity and excellence. We believe that the antidotes can be found exploring empathy as a currency for building community, which is why we have chosen the Economics of Empathy as our theme for TEDxLivermore 2016.

 

TEDxLivermore will present the most inspiring thinking on empathy and inclusion from the Tri-Valley and beyond. We believe that understanding and addressing these issues will enable us to make the best future possible for our community and our world.


We invite you to be a part of something great, and join us for TEDxLivermore 2016

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Empathy Museum - Events this weekend

Empathy Museum - Events this weekend | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Come along to a day of activities at the Empathy Museum this Saturday 25th June

Dear Friend,

Please join us at the Empathy Museum on Saturday June 25th 2016 for a day of events at NOW Gallery, Greenwich as part of LIFT 2016.


Human Library
The Empathy Museum presents a Human Library – a participatory project designed to create personal and social change through dialogue and empathy.



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Show Two: Empathy by Design  - ‘Dementia Simulator’

Show Two: Empathy by Design  - ‘Dementia Simulator’ | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In this series we connect the dots on work in Degree Show Two. Here, we look at engaging empathy through design…

 

Design, it could be said, is an intrinsically empathic process. To connect with the lives of others, to think from another’s perspective in order to rethink the world.

 

A project in Show Two that harnesses the power of empathy most acutely is Di Peng’s ‘Dementia Simulator’ (MA Industrial Design). The adage of only knowing someone when you’ve walked a mile in their shoes is put into practice with Peng’s headset which allows the user to experience a variety of dementia symptoms. Proposed for caretakers and family members of dementia sufferers, the headset disrupts sensory experience such as obscuring people’s faces so the user has difficulty recognising them or obstructing speech so communication is only ever partial.

 

 

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(Empathy @Work) Companies Try a New Strategy: Empathy Training - Managers take lessons in listening; auto designers strap on an ‘empathy belly’

(Empathy @Work) Companies Try a New Strategy: Empathy Training - Managers take lessons in listening; auto designers strap on an ‘empathy belly’ | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Corporate empathy may sound like an oxymoron, but more businesses are emphasizing the trait in developing managers and products. Cisco Systems Inc., Breakthru Beverage Group and Ford Motor Co., have invested in empathy training to improve management, retain employees, or guide design decisions.

 

EMPATHY EXERCISES
Tips for practicing empathy at work:

  1. Pay careful attention to colleagues’ emotions, not just their words
  2. Use phrases like “I hear that you’re feeling angry,” to recognize a person’s emotions without being judgmental
  3. Be authentic and sincere even when you disagree with someone’s feelings
  4. Use phrases that both acknowledge emotions and still hold employees accountable

 

By JOANN S. LUBLIN

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(Empathy & Justice) Do We Need More Empathic Judges?

(Empathy & Justice) Do We Need More Empathic Judges? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A light rape sentence sparks outrage—and raises questions about the place of empathy and bias in judicial decision-making.

 

In 2009, President Obama told Americans that he thought empathy was an important quality for a judge to possess, saying, “I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people’s hopes and struggles, as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes.”

In the debate that followed, some legal scholars argued that more empathic judges might be less punitive toward those who come from difficult backgrounds.

 

But others worried that empathic judges might show favoritism or bias, as critics allege happened in the Stanford swimmer case. Scientists have long known that empathy plays a role in how people treat each other. Empathy is a potent predictor of helping behavior, and will lead people to altruistic action even at great risk to themselves.

 

The opposite is also true: not having empathy for someone will likely increase your willingness to inflict harm on them, particularly if they are from a different racial group.

 

By Jill Suttie

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(Teaching Empathy)  Dr Janet Klein and Dr Mary McGuire introduce Interactive Focusing.

From the dvd 'The Interactive Focusing Process' shot in 1997, with music by Goran Petrovic, and produced by Nada Lou.

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(Empathc Parenting) (Michele Borba) Empathy is a Verb | - TEDxTraverseCity

Educational psychologist and author, Michele Borba, shares her decade-long journey to discover how to optimize human potential. Surprisingly, it was children from Canada to Rwanda who offered the three best ideas to cultivate empathy. The best news: if applying those simple strategies together we can revolutionize society and build the best investment for our future: human capital.

Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author, and parenting, child and bullying expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s empathy and social-emotional intelligence and character, and reduce peer cruelty.
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Blame the parents? Child tragedies reveal empathy decline

Blame the parents? Child tragedies reveal empathy decline | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Recent tragedies like the death of a 2-year-old attacked by an alligator in Florida reveal a rise in "parenting shame"

 

Empathy and judgment

Empathy is the ability to put oneself in another person's emotional shoes. This ability is baked into people's moral reasoning, even at the level of brain anatomy, science shows. Researchers reporting in 2013 in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience examined the brains of psychopaths (who have stunted empathy for others) and found multiple brain regions involved, including the anterior insula, the anterior cingulate cortex, the supplementary motor area, the inferior frontal gyrus, the somatosensory cortex and the right amygdala. (Specifically, these areas are linked to empathy for pain.)

 

By STEPHANIE PAPPAS

 

 

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