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Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers

Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Being kind to yourself isn’t just about patching yourself up so you can head back out onto the battlefield to fight for social justice. It’s a personal and political act which shows that you are worthy of being valued, cared for and loved, writes Julie Catt....


Ways to develop self-compassion

  •   Spend a little time in nature each day, allowing yourself to feel part of, rather than a visitor to, the natural environment.

  •  Become familiar with your body. Stroke your skin, sink into crevasses and over lumps. Appreciate it as a complex, changeable, warm, imperfect landscape that is uniquely your own, for the rest of your life.

  • Develop a mantra (something like: “I accept myself fully, and all feelings pass”, “I’m not afraid of being afraid”, or whatever fits), learn a breathing technique that works for you, and use them when anxiety comes to visit. ...
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Empathy Movement Magazine

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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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The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy  

The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organizes Empathy examines how the requirements, stimuli, affects and environments of work condition our empathy. In some cases, work calls for no empathy – characters who don’t blink or flinch in the face of danger nor crack under pressure. In other cases, capitalism requires empathy in spades –charming, friendly, sensitive and listening managers, customer service agents and careers. 

When workers are required to either ignore their empathy to-do a job, or dial it up to increase productivity, they are entering a psychopathic modality. The affective blitz of work, flickering screens, emotive content, vibrating alerts and sounding alarms erode our sensitivities whilst we are modulated with attention stimulants, social lubricants and so called anti-anxiety drugs. This is amidst a virulent and exacerbating climate of competition and frenzied quantification. Capitalism pressures us to feign empathy and leverage social relationships on one hand, whilst being cold and pragmatic on the other. We are passionate and enthusiastic whilst keeping a professional distance. 

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Why Empathy is the Secret to Creativity 

Why Empathy is the Secret to Creativity  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Little Black Book, Why Empathy is the Secret to Creativity. 

 

Empathy, the ability to intellectually and emotionally connect with the experience of another, is one of humanity’s defining characteristics.

 

Now, it may not feel like that as you endure the thoroughly antisocial daily commute or the machinations of Machiavellian colleagues, but according to researchers it’s the cornerstone of civilisation (language, art, politics are all products of our sociable natures and desire to communicate with and understand others).

 

It may even be the key to our species’ long-term survival.

 

 Laura Swinton

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Entertainment or Empathy - What do People Really Want From VR? 

Entertainment or Empathy - What do People Really Want From VR?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
VR, empathy and beyond

Whilst the gaming industry is an obvious candidate for adopting Virtual Reality technology, could VR find its most lucrative niche in more practical uses? Reports and opinion pieces seem to come in on a daily basis around how VR will revolutionise business meetings, help cure stage fright, and assist cutting edge medical research for both physical and mental health concerns, amongst countless other functions.

These new frontiers of Virtual Reality are arguably just as newsworthy as entertainment-focused ones, if not more so. Beyond its recreational uses, Virtual Reality has been described as “the ultimate empathy machine”—hence how it has already been embraced by journalists from the New York Times to the Guardian to put viewers into war-torn Syria and solitary confinement, amongst others things. The latter publication singled out the medium’s ability to provide “embodiment and perspective” when telling stories.
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Practicing Empathy with Jane McGonigal

Practicing Empathy with Jane McGonigal | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
World-renowned game designer, Jane McGonigal, defines two different types of empathy and how we can practice being more empathetic to imagine a better future.
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Selling What They Preach: the Rewards of Empathy

A recent ad for the InterContinental hotel brand, a lush video set in London, features an interview with Kathryn Sargent, the first woman master tailor to open her own shop on Savile Row. “The whole experience of making a beautiful garment for someone,” Sargent tells the camera, as she expertly marks a piece of wool, “empathy is at the heart of that.”

 

The video is titled, for YouTube purposes, “Stories of the InterContinental® Life Presents: Empathy—A Bespoke Connection”; it is accompanied by the “Rewards of Empathy” episode of InterContinental’s podcast, which features another discussion with Sargent and culminates in, as the episode’s notes put it, “a chat with a pair of philosophy experts about the rewards of empathy in our daily lives.”

 

Kurt Halfyard

 

 

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To understand perpetrators, we must care about them: Empathy can help with understanding the experiences and motivations of perpetrators.

To understand perpetrators, we must care about them: Empathy can help with understanding the experiences and motivations of perpetrators. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Preventing future atrocities requires empathetic understanding of how regular people transform into monsters. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging perpetrators.

 

Deliberately cultivating empathy for the veterans I talked to was essential in dealing with an inevitable fact of the interviews: their lies. The men I met told two sorts of lies: lies they knowingly told others (one veteran who murdered children, for instance, tried repeatedly to deny doing so), and lies they unknowingly told themselves (one man tried insisting that he had consensual sex with comfort women, that he was not a rapist). 

 

It was important to get past both kinds of lies, but I could not do so effectively if I could not empathize with their need to lie, with their need to defend themselves against their worst shames. Keeping that at the front of my emotional awareness allowed me to practice empathetic interrogation—which was, in my view, the only way to get the truth from people whose testimony was entirely voluntary.

 

 JAMES DAWES

 

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How to Difference between revisions of "Avoid Misunderstandings with Your Partner"

Actively listen. Listening to your partner can help you understand what they want and need.

1] Even if they disagree with your opinion or perspective, listening is an important first step in avoiding misunderstandings with your partner.

[2] Pay attention to nonverbal information. For instance, if you ask your partner if they want to go see a movie and they exhale with a “tsh” sound, raise their eyebrows sharply, and reply “Yeah,” they might not want to see a movie even though they said they did.


Rephrase what your partner says. For instance, if your partner says, “The pasta is a bit stiff still and the water is cold,” you might reply, “It sounds as though the pasta is not done cooking yet, is that right?”

Ask questions. In addition to paraphrasing what your partner says, you should ask questions if there’s anything you don’t understand or wish to obtain more information about.

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Our Approach | IDEO.org

Our Approach | IDEO.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Human-centered design sits at the intersection of empathy and creativity

 

We use human-centered design to create products, services, and experiences that improve the lives of people living in poverty.

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How Museums Can Help Promote Empathy - Museum Hack

How Museums Can Help Promote Empathy - Museum Hack | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We talk a lot about how museums can use storytelling to transform museum experiences. We love thinking about fresh and innovative ways to re-engage new audiences and draw in new visitors.

But today we are going to focus on how museums, as institutions of history, culture and change, can help change the world. And, more specifically, how they can help increase empathy.

Elif M. Gokcigdem recently wrote an article for The Greater Good Science Center, located in Berkeley California. In this article, “Five Ways Museums Can Increase Empathy in the World,” Gokcigdem discusses the concept of empathy and how museums can be become champions for the increasing empathy in the world.

 

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Teaching children empathy through the arts

Empathy is an essential skill to connect with the people and world around you. It is also so much more than even compassion- to be truly empathetic one has to feel how it might be to be in another’s place. So how can we teach this skill, and how can we simplify it enough to teach bit effectively to children?

 

The most effective way to teach it is experientially- and the most fun way is through the arts. On this Voices in the Family, we will speak with people involved in the film “The Other Side of the Fence”, a musical performed in schools to teach kids empathy experientially, and we will also speak to the founder and the director of Chicago’s Changing Worlds project- a project that goes into schools to provide artistic experiences through which kids can connect to others different than themselves. 

 

 

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Your Brain on Empathy | KPFA

Your Brain on Empathy | KPFA | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Our host Timothy Regan and guest Sarah Peyton take you into how your brain works in relationship, with detailed attention to our capacity for empathy – what it is, and how to know it and grow it, through stories, demonstrations, and live calls.

Sarah Peyton, international speaker and facilitator, has a passion for weaving together neuroscience knowledge and experiences of healing that unify people with their brains and bodies. Funny, touching, and filled with personal stories and up-to-date research on our nervous systems and how they interact with each other, her teaching changes lives and invites self-acceptance and self-compassion. Sarah offers healing experiences of hearing ourselves and others deeply.

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14 Books and Movies to Teach Kids About Empathy

14 Books and Movies to Teach Kids About Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Dr. Seuss schools kids on the importance of inclusion with this story about the “us vs. them” mentality. The Sneetches is about birdlike creatures that are exactly the same— except some have stars on their bellies, and some do not. The Star-Belly Sneetches think that they are better and look down upon the star-less Sneetches.
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Empathy  

Second video in our HELPRR series. Target group is 7-9 year olds. The video reviews the definition of empathy, its importance and steps to understanding empathy. This video is to be utilized as a supplement to the lesson plan and activity book produced by PECH Pros

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(Empathic Parenting) Sympathy vs. Empathy: why parents should know the difference

(Empathic Parenting) Sympathy vs. Empathy: why parents should know the difference | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research shows an ever-growing sense of entitlement in our youth, along with an exponential rise in bullying, despite anti bullying efforts. Why? Because too frequently, parents confuse w sympathy w empathy.

Dr. Leonard, psychotherapist, explains the difference between the two.

 

 1) Sympathy is feeling sorry for your child. When you feel sorry for your child, you tend to lower expectations, make concessions, and demand rules be changed for them. This creates a sense of entitlement in the child.

 

2) Empathy is emotional attunement.

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Is empathy overrated?

Is empathy overrated? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
While it may result in tremendous good, empathy can also be narrow, biased and surprisingly insensitive, argues psychology professor Paul Bloom.

Does empathy make the world a better place? It certainly looks like it. After all, empathy drives people to treat others’ suffering as if it were their own, which then motivates action to make the suffering go away. I see the bullied teenager and might be tempted initially to join in with his tormentors, out of sadism or boredom or a desire to dominate or be popular, but then I empathize — I feel his pain, I feel what it’s like to be bullied — so I don’t add to his suffering. Maybe I even rise to his defense. Empathy is like a spotlight directing attention and aid to where it’s needed.
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Empathy: How it can re-establish the connection between people

Empathy: How it can re-establish the connection between people | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The benefits of empathy may still be confusing for some, and may even be confused with comparing it with sympathy, but if one reading this article is a student, teacher, parent, or someone who stumbled upon it – this is why as humans it is unquestionably important to develop empathy as a natural skill.

  • Empathy will help us to understand the needs and situations of the people around us.
  • One will be more likely to treat those the way one want to be treated.
  • More open to connections and relationships with the people around us, and more beneficial to learning and new experiences.
  • Communication and listening skills will become stronger, learning to closely read what a person is really saying, instead of making assumptions.
  • Empathy humanizes the ‘other’, instead of creating distance with nothing more than something that is beneath us.

 

 Kristen Leer

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Machine Learning Without Empathy Fails

Machine Learning Without Empathy Fails | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Customer empathy will continue to be a key attribute startups must master in order to compete with, and outperform the giants in their industry.

 

Startups that value customer empathy’s role in marketing and tackle real customer relationships alongside machine learning will succeed. Those who don’t will fail.

 

William Gradin

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​Empathy gets a bad rap 

​Empathy gets a bad rap  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I beg to differ. Empathy is the exact quality necessary to make a good judge an exceptional one. Empathy means, “I get it, I feel your pain.” It allows for better understanding when evaluating all the components of a case.

A lack of empathy, in psychiatric circles, is often defined as the mark of a sociopath, showing a clear lack of willingness or inability to hear and understand the perspective, experience or emotions of others.

Politics, ambition, and a lack of experience or character may prevent a judge from being empathetic. Therefore, in some cases, empathy can mean the difference between providing justice or not.

Embracing empathy
As leaders, we are asked to be arbiters for the success or failure of the people we manage every day. To be both significant and effective, we need to not only understand empathy but embrace it wholeheartedly.

 

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(Against Empathy) Did a lack of empathy cause both Brexit and Trump?

(Against Empathy) Did a lack of empathy cause both Brexit and Trump? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Defenders of empathy typically recommend that we try to change our biases, training ourselves to feel as deeply with the different or the distant as we do with those at home. Bloom argues that this is bound to fail: we will never feel as much for a stranger’s child as we do for our own. (Even if we could, it might not be a good thing: one study suggests that high-empathy individuals have higher levels of aggression.)

 

Instead, we should train ourselves to think about consequences, and to respond to situations with “rational compassion”. This demands approaching others with warmth and understanding but remaining emotionally detached when deciding how to act.

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Five Ways Feeling Good Can Be Bad for You

Five Ways Feeling Good Can Be Bad for You | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

5. When you’re empathizing with suffering

Research suggests that being happier in general makes us kinder and more generous. But people who try to feel good all the time, at all costs, can miss some opportunities to connect with others.


A 2014 study, for example, found that positive people less accurately empathize with certain negative emotions. Over 120 young adults watched four videos, where people described good or bad events in their own lives (e.g., winning a scholarship or having a dispute with a landlord).

 

During the videos, the participants continuously rated how they believed the storyteller was feeling on a scale of one to nine, changing their rating any moment they sensed an emotional shift. Those ratings were compared to the storytellers’ ratings of their own feelings over the course of the video.

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(Against Empathy) Empathy's Unintended Consequences

(Against Empathy) Empathy's Unintended Consequences | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"When you choose to broaden your ambit of concern and empathize with the plight of others," then-senator Barack Obama told a standing-room-only crowd in 2006 at Xavier University's commencement, "whether they are close friends or distant strangers—it becomes harder not to act, harder not to help.

 

" Empathy has become, in many precincts of 21st-century America, both the preferred tool for moral reasoning and a paramount value in its own right. But in this well-reasoned tract, Paul Bloom punctures empathy's seeming invulnerability by outlining its serious flaws, arguing instead for the use of compassionate but rational judgment in reaching ethical decisions.

 

  By MICHAEL M. ROSEN

THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

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5 Talks On Empathy | CreativeMornings

5 Talks On Empathy | CreativeMornings | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
5 Talks on Empathy That Will Change How You Connect and Create
The world might always have a shortage in empathy.

To understand someone’s worldview that is foreign to yours is the hard work of being human. We need space to critically think and also have the support of people who possess a compassionate understanding so that our assessments aren’t entirely self-serving.

Empathy is a conscious choice—a decision to hit pause on our emotions, say hello to our hidden biases, and acknowledge the information that we’re not seeing or are choosing to ignore.
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Empathy on part of infected people can halt disease outbreaks, finds study

Empathy on part of infected people can halt disease outbreaks, finds study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The researches found that only if sick persons took precautions to avoid infecting others could the illness be eradicated.

To avoid infecting other people, perceptive sick persons were more likely to stay home from work or cover their cough

Turns out, it just takes a little empathy to halt infectious disease outbreaks.

 

The Georgia Institute of Technology researchers used a networked variation of game theory to study how individual behaviour during an outbreak of influenza – or other illness – affects the progress of the disease, including how rapidly the outbreak dies out.

 

The study pitted the self-interests of susceptible individuals against those of infected persons, and found that only if sick persons took precautions to avoid infecting others could the illness be eradicated. Healthy people attempting to protect themselves couldn’t, by themselves, stop the disease from spreading. Among the key factors was empathy of infected persons.

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