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Empathy, logic and science. Can you trust Empathy and should you rely on Empathy alone?

Empathy, logic and science. Can you trust Empathy and should you rely on Empathy alone? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Can you Trust Empathy and rely on it alone?
 

Empathy as we know it is a complex ability that is influenced by both outward stimuli and our own state of mind. While focusing our Empathy in one direction often helps us discern the answers we seek, it just as often can be hijacked by sudden and highly charged emotions coming from within or from those we are close to and even by a passing stranger.

I believe Empathy can be trusted but to do so one must have strong focus and lots of practice with control over one's own emotions.
We must be able to ignore all other internal and external stimuli except as it pretains to our focus. However, it takes practice to decipher what is and is not related.

by Roy Brian Cokenour

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The Empathy Movement Magazine: Front Page

The Empathy Movement Magazine: Front Page | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Visit the individual magazines specifically for empathy and;

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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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Encoding Empathy in Technology

Encoding Empathy in Technology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Sachin Malhan


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.

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Teaching Empathy | Activ8Change

Teaching Empathy | Activ8Change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
David Levine

David’s work as an empathy specialist is highlighted in his books Teaching EmpathyBuilding 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.

 


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Is empathy overrated? — Yes! Empathy is a minor player with a distinctly "Dark Side".

Is empathy overrated? — Yes! Empathy is a minor player with a distinctly "Dark Side". | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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. 


by Jim Vaughan 

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For more on this process, see Manfred Kets d'Vries work on Folie a deux.  This is the ability for charismatic leaders to somehow get followers to share in their lunacy (see Hitler, Jim Jones Cult, Charles Manson Family, etc.).

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Empathetic budgies yawn when they see their peers do the same

Empathetic budgies yawn when they see their peers do the same | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 by Penny Sarchet


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.



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Philosophers Empathy Circle : For & Against Empathy : Lori Gruen, Jesse Prinz, Edwin Rutsch

Philosophers Empathy Circle : For & Against Empathy :  Lori Gruen, Jesse Prinz, Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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?


Jesse Prinz is Distinguished Professor at City University of New York and
 author of 'The Emotional Construction of Morals'.
 
"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."


Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University and 
author of 'Entangled Empathy: From an Ethics of Justice to an Ethics of Empathy'
 

"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."

"I feel we need to build a global culture of empathy.
 It's the only way humanity and the planet can survive."
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Empathy: crucial for effective healthcare

Empathy:  crucial for effective healthcare | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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.”)

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Q&A: How Can Writers Generate Empathy for Their Characters?

Robert McKee explains what a writer should and should not do when trying to create empathetic characters.
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Empathetics, Inc. and Paul Ekman Group Announce Strategic Partnership

Empathetics, Inc. and Paul Ekman Group Announce Strategic Partnership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"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."

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Empathy Can Make A World Of Difference

Empathy Can Make A World Of Difference | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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?


BY JOEL GRATCYK 

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Trauma, Media Exposure, an Increased Tolerance to Violence Its Impact on Empathy

Trauma, Media Exposure, an Increased Tolerance to Violence Its Impact on Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Discover the latest issue of the Trauma Matters Newsletter. A publication devoted to current research on practice and policy in the field of trauma.


" 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 Neurobiology of Empathy | Therapy and the Brain

The Neurobiology of Empathy | Therapy and the Brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Neurobiology of Empathy


Recent research on the neurophysiology of empathy teaches us that we are hard-wired to connect. That connection can go haywire from trauma or repeated external stressors.


In this one hour keynote presentation at the International Imago Therapy conference, Dr. Earley discusses the neurophysiology of empathy.


Empathy part starts at 1:21 

  • Starts with Embodied Mind
  • Definition
  • importance of naming of feelings 
  • Malfunctions of empathy
    • * Alexitymic
    • antisocial personality, 
    • Narcissistic
    • Sadistic, 
    • shadenfreude, 
    • autism
  • Components of Empathy; 
  • feel emotions
  • conceptualize the other person
  •  theory of mind
  • differentiation between you and others
  • Reading faces -  Botox difficult to read others feelings
  • * yawning example
  • 1:37 mirror neurons 
  • Theory of Mind - perspective of others




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imago_Therapy

http://imagorelationships.org
Imago therapy is a highly effective form of relationship and couples therapy that has positively affected thousands of couples around the world. More than one thousand therapists in nearly approximately thirty countries are “changing the world one relationship at a time” by teaching the Imago Dialogical processes. 


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Even an Earthquake Can’t Stir Student Empathy

Even an Earthquake Can’t Stir Student Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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.


By Ranjan Adiga

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Empathy for Business « ConveyUX - 2016

Empathy for Business « ConveyUX - 2016 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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.

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Yawning budgies can make other budgies yawn too, study suggests

Yawning budgies can make other budgies yawn too, study suggests | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Budgerigars, also known as parakeets, are susceptible to catching the urge to yawn from watching other budgies do it.


[What yawning bonobos can teach us about empathy]'


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,"

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Nurturing Empathic Family and Parenting, Part 1 & 2: Robin Grille and Edwin Rutsch

Nurturing Empathic Family and Parenting, Part 1 & 2:  Robin Grille and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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.


Robin's first book: 'Parenting for a Peaceful World'  has received international acclaim and led to speaking engagements around Australia, USA and New Zealand. 'Heart to Heart Parenting' is Robin's second book.

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 in the 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 the bricks come down in the building process.
 

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Innovation, Empathy and Introspection

Innovation, Empathy and Introspection | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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.



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How not to be trapped in the feelings of others: Empathy is having its moment.

How not to be trapped in the feelings of others: Empathy is having its moment. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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..



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Film and Empathy: Crossing Perspectives

Film and Empathy: Crossing Perspectives | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
  • Why are films so engaging? 
  • 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.



http://events.sas.ac.uk/ip/events/view/18386/Film+and+Empathy%3A+Crossing+Perspectives

Programme 06 June 2015, 16:00 - 18:30


4-4.40pm Vittorio Gallese (Neuroscience, University of Parma)
 Visions of the Body: Cinema and Neuroscience


4.40-5.20pm Murray Smith (Film Theory, University of Kent) 
Film, Art, and the Third Culture 
 

5.20-6pm Alessandro Pignocchi (IJN, Paris)
 Reading the Director's Mind 
 

6-6.30pm General Discussion 


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Bringing fun back to PhysEd: An empathetic approach to physical education

Bringing fun back to PhysEd: An empathetic approach to physical education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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? ...

How can you develop an empathetic PE practice?...


By Lindsay Raymond

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Making PE a positive and playful experience while empoweringchildren to develop empathy

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Crafting An Empathy-Driven Approach To Management

Crafting An Empathy-Driven Approach To Management | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Thoughtful management is a process, not a method.


Use “Problempathy” to Reformulate Problems

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

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Empathy: the role of the temporo-parietal junction in empathy

Empathy: the role of the temporo-parietal junction in empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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, 


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Extending Empathy to Non-Human Animals

Extending Empathy to Non-Human Animals | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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.

Jessie Huart Sullivan
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Empathy @goodtherapy.org

Empathy @goodtherapy.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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.


  • Understanding Empathy

  • Empathy and Psychology

  • Role of Empathy in Therapy

  • Five-Point Scale to Measure Empathy

  • Origins of Empathy

  • Empathy in Animals

  • The “Cost of Caring”


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