So when do we start holding this incredible power, and those who wield it, accountable for the preservation of our most cherished human values such as respect, equality and empathy? This is not a new question. It has been the muse of many an artist, writer, scientist and philosopher.
We brought together a group of technologists, teachers, social entrepreneurs and business entrepreneurs at the Ashoka Future Forum to explore the role of empathy in technology.
Though technology itself can do much to increase societal empathy (virtual reality to understand the lives of others, storytelling, and more) we were careful not to lose ourselves in the popular “technology will solve all of our problems” narrative, and miss an opportunity to explore deeper issues such as the very intent, purposes and design of technology.
David’s work as an empathy specialist is highlighted in his books Teaching Empathy, Building Classroom Communities, and the School of Belonging, and has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, ABC news, and Forbes Magazine.
David is internationally renowned for using music as a catalyst for empathic dialogue and his teacher training sessions provide the tools for creating an emotionally safe learning community free from bullying and other forms of aggression.
OK, to start with "empathy" (The ability to understand and share the feelings of another), is not "sympathy", (feelings of pity for the misfortune of another), with which it is often conflated...
So, in conclusion, while empathy is one of Stephen Pinkers “Better Angels of our Nature”, it is a minor player, with a distinctly dark side, whose role has been misunderstood due to an erroneous belief that through mirror neurones we can share another’s experience. In truth, empathy’s darker side, can be instrumental in committing atrocities, and even when benign is akin to sentimentality: weak, prejudicial and limited in range.
The common pet budgerigar is loved for its ability to mimic its owners. But it has another special trick – it can catch yawns from other budgies, suggesting it has some kind of empathy.
"Practically all vertebrates yawn," says Ramiro Joly-Mascheroni of City University, London. In 2008, he showed that dogs can catch yawns from humans. The only other species shown to yawn contagiously are humans,chimpanzees and a type of rodent called the high-yawning Sprague-Dawley rat. But Andrew Gallup of the State University of New York and his colleagues have now shown for the first time that the same happens for a species of non-mammals....
But the finding in budgies isn't just a cute novelty; because contagious yawning seems to be linked with empathetic processes, Gallup says this suggests that other social non-mammals may have basic forms of empathy.
With David Hume looking over his their shoulders, Edwin Rutsch facilitates a new way for philosophers to dialog with each other about their views. Instead of a competitive debate, they try to empathize with each others feelings, needs, points of view and understandings. Edwin facilitates this Philosophers Empathy Circle with Jesse Prinz who is 'against empathy' and Lori Gruen who is 'for empathy'. Check out this fascinating process and discussion. How will it end?
"empathy is prone to biases that render it potentially harmful... I argue that, instead of empathy, moral judgments involve emotions such as anger, disgust, guilt, and admiration. These, not empathy, provide the sentimental foundation for morality."
"Empathy is also something we are taught to "get over" or growout of. We learn to quash our caring reactions for others, and our busy lives and immediate preoccupations provide excuses for not developing empathy."
Among doctors, such caring used to be called a “good bedside manner”. And after more than a generation of specialized training focused on medical knowledge and technical acumen, the value of empathy is being re-discovered and taught as an essential skill.
It improves the experience of both patients and doctors when medical professionals express clinical empathy, according to the Kaiser Health news service. The patient feels understood and cared about, has a better outcome and is more satisfied. The doctor in turn gets a better rating, faces less risk of malpractice suits and experiences decreased burnout. The whole system is benefited.
(See “Efforts to Instill Empathy Among Doctors are Paying Dividends.”)
"In my research on empathy, understanding a patient's facial expression during a clinical encounter is very important in understanding a patient's needs, fears and concerns," stated Dr. Helen Riess, Founder and Chairman of Empathetics, Inc.
"Dr. Ekman is the world's leading authority on facial expression training; incorporating his micro-expression training tool (METT) in our Empathetics e-Learning programs makes our empathy training highly impactful."
The strategic partnership between Empathetics, Inc. and Paul Ekman Group will enable doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals to access innovative skills-based empathy training.
Through e-Learning programs that leverage the rigorously tested empathy curriculum developed by Dr. Helen Riess, in conjunction with Dr. Ekman's tools to develop awareness of micro-expressions and respond appropriately to them – healthcare professionals will have the skills they need to improve the patient experience and health outcomes.
"We are excited about partnering with Empathetics' e-Learning programs for the healthcare industry," said Dr. Paul Ekman. "Dr. Riess' groundbreaking research on the impact of her empathy training in healthcare will certainly enhance how providers engage with their patients. Our partnership with Empathetics, Inc. offers healthcare professionals the most comprehensive training in this field."
The world is a rough place. People who should be able to get along often don't get along at all. Empathy can help cure it of these disagreements.
There are all sorts of theories about why the world is the way it is today. Millions in the United States work full-time and are earning poverty wages. Global income inequality is rampant. According to Oxfam International the world’s richest 1% will own more than 50% of the world’s wealth by 2016. The simple truth is that it all boils down to a lack of empathy on the side of those who have the power to do anything substantial in the global market place. Why does that matter?
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" Additionally, we need to know that the current research focuses more on the question of aggression and whether watching violence makes us violent and less on other questions of trauma, empathy, and other impacts.....
A clinician’s sense of helplessness and hopelessness can foster a lack of empathy that becomes a default self-care strategy that in turn, effects quality of care. The silencing response can result in misdiagnosis and inattention to the client’s trauma. "
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The philosopher and cultural thinker Roman Krznaric says, "Empathy can create a revolution … a revolution of human relationships." He cites empathy tents erected by the Occupy movements in the United States and Britain as emblematic of a seemingly rising trend in social activism.
Self-help gurus recommend empathy workshops to help us channel our inherent fellow-feelings.
But when I stood before my class, as an awkward silence hovered between my students and me, I wasn’t even expecting empathy. I was simply expecting a question or a comment. I was prepared to be offended, even confronted.
The saying goes, “to walk in someone’s shoes is to understand her.” What most people miss is that there is no way to walk in someone’s shoes if you don’t know what that person is thinking or feeling. Instead, you make assumptions and let those assumptions guide your behavior and decisions. Worse, you don’t realize you’re doing it, which makes assumptions pernicious.
What if you could become more skillful at recognizing and dispelling your assumptions? What if you could gather reliable understanding about how another person reasons, in order to have smoother collaboration and richer creative ideas? Cognitive empathy is about having a curious mindset, interested in understanding how another person reasons.
This workshop is not about team-building, conflict-resolution, or culture change. There is no group-sharing. It is about practical abilities that you can develop as a part of your own skillset. You’ll be cultivating abilities that can ultimately bring about a new way of collaborating within your organization.
Some researchers, including Gallup, believe that contagious yawning behavior in different species could be connected to a primitive form of empathy.
Frans de Waal of Emory University in Georgia told the New Scientistthat "contagious yawning by itself is not exactly empathy, but it hints at the tendency to mimic and synchronize with the bodies of others" and that the "process is probably the basis of mammalian empathy."
Although Gallup's experiments don't tell us everything about the contagious yawning behavior among budgies, it has potentially interesting implications for future experiments. "Since contagious yawning may represent a primitive form of empathy,"
Robin Grille is an "empathy farmer", father, a psychologist in private practice with twenty years' experience, and a parenting educator. His articles on parenting and child development have been widely published in Australia and overseas.
A passionate speaker and social change activist, Robin's extensive research has led him to feel that improved attention to babies' and children's emotional needs is the most powerful way to move societies toward sustainability and peace.
"The human brain and heart that are met primarily with empathy inthe critical early years cannot and will not grow to choose a violent or selfish life."
"Building of human empathy is one brick at a time and sometimes thebricks come down in thebuilding process."
Empathy is the capacity to enter into the hidden desires and unspoken needs and pains of people who are not from your tribe. It allows us to take seriously what might it be like to be someone else. Empathy is also a crucial factor in the growth of many enterprises – and the lack of it is a huge (though easily ignored) obstacle to success....
Our anxieties inhibit our capacity for empathy. We need help.
Novelists are the world’s masters at empathy. We can learn a lot about empathy by looking at their work.
Putting yourself in someone else's shoes is good, but not when it becomes the default mode of relating to others. Here's how to avoid the empathy trap.
Empathy is having its moment. The ability to feel what another person is feeling, from that person’s perspective, generates lots of press as the ultimate positive value and the pathway to a kinder, less violent world. Schools across the country are teaching empathy to children, and myriad books explore it from every possible angle: how to get it, why it makes you a better person, how its absence can breed evil.
Empathy is exalted by thinkers from Zen Buddhist monk Thích Nhâ’t Hanh to British writer Roman Krznaric, who just launched an online Empathy Museum where you can virtually step into someone else’s shoes.
Established scientists like primatologist Frans de Waal and developmental psychiatrist Daniel Siegel explore the deep roots of empathy in animals and its essential nature in humans. Even the business world exalts empathy as a way to ensure the success of companies and their products, with design firm IDEO leading the charge. We are exhorted to examine our empathic capacity and instructed how to develop it in ourselves and in our children..
How does the moving image manage to make us feel for the characters on the screen?
Do we really side with the characters in the story, or with the implicit observer on the other side of the camera?
Looking at concepts such as 'empathy' and 'engagement', as well as recent results from cognitive neuroscience, this event will provide an overview of recent shifts in our understanding of spectatorship and explore how our brains, minds and senses engage with films.
Fostering a positive environment with empathy-based learning in physical education courses
What is Quality PE? Quality PE integrates empathy.
An empathetic instructional approach facilitates more positive experiences for students and brings about a greater chance to impact the long-term health of participants. Positive early PE experiences will lead to an overall positive attitude towards physical activity for life.
It’s important to remember that teaching empathy in the classroom is a developmental construct; it takes time. The effort of physical educators should be to humanize PE by making students feel more comfortable, confident and supported....
How can you begin to instruct with an empathetic approach? ...
My gut tells me that while we can try, pure empathy is unlikely, in design and in management. So, we came up with a modification: Problempathy. Where empathy is about putting yourself in the user’s shoes,
Problempathy is about putting yourself in the problem’s shoes; e.g., when we are redesigning an app, we take on the perspective of the app. Problem statments now sound like this: “I wish I could do more, but my designer forgot a feature that would have really helped the user,” or “I’m embarrassed I keep crashing.”e
The neuroscience makes an important distinction between emotional empathy and cognitive empathy (Shamay-Tsoory,2011). Emotional empathy refers at an immediate emotional sharing, while cognitive empathy refers to a cognitive system that involve understanding of the other’s perspective.
Saxe and colleagues (2005) show the role of right temporo-parietal junction (rTPJ) in the perspective taking when our point of view is different from other, establishing an incongruence about the different states of mind.
Autore: Claudio F. Bivacqua – Università di Palermo,
The ideologies of slavery that kept human beings classified as property for hundreds of years continue to be used today to oppress non-human animals. Does this statement make you uncomfortable?...
As humans, we can only directly relate to what it’s like to be human – and sometimes even that is incredibly difficult — but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.
Our ability to empathize allows us to have compassion for people who are suffering; extending that compassion to non-human animals, whether we have definitive proof of their emotions or not, is the more humane choice.
Empathy is the ability to recognize and relate to other people’s emotions and thoughts. Empathic thinking is often characterized as the willingness and ability to place oneself in another person’s situation, to feel another person’s feelings, or to recognize that another person might experience feelings in the same way as oneself. Empathy on the part of the therapist for those in therapy is also an important characteristic of therapeutic relationships.
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