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EmpathyApp.org

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LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY FOR REAL CONNECTION

Empathy App connects trained empathizers via smartphone to people in need of empathy. It’s instant support whenever you need it.





CULTURAL SHIFT

This is about making empathy, the most important natural resource in the world, instantly accessible, scalable, and profitable, and most importantly: creating an empathy revolution.  



Mica Stumpf and Peijman Kouretchian

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Empathy Movement Magazine

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Sponsored by Edwin Rutsch Empathy Guide Services
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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.


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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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(Empathc Design) Exercises: Empathy Workshops - Tips to Promote Empathy in Your Designs 

(Empathc Design) Exercises: Empathy Workshops - Tips to Promote Empathy in Your Designs  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
But how can you promote empathy in your designs? Here, I’ll be running you through some of the ways we promote empathy among our designers and with our clients in workshops. 

 

EVIL UX

Therefore, it’s time to tap into your inner supervillain and think specifically about bad ideas. Turn the brainstorm on its head, and instead of searching for the one true good idea, ask yourself the following:

 

STINKY FISH

Stinky Fish is a short activity. It focuses on sharing fears and anxieties the group may have about a project – their smelly fishes – and laying them bare for all to see. Some people may find this uncomfortable at first but it’s worth it – trust me.

 

THE OBITUARY
The obituary is the final empathy-building workshop I’ll be outlining today. This one is a little more morose, but it’s a great way of meeting your users halfway.

 

by Matt Gibson

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(Empathy and VR) Fidelity exploits virtual reality for 'empathy training'

(Empathy and VR) Fidelity exploits virtual reality for 'empathy training' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Fidelity is using virtual reality to transport staff into the homes of fictional customers so that they can see the impact of their responses to queries both during and after a simulated telephone call. The virtual environment has been created in association with Strivr, an immersive training company, to conduct 'empathy training' with Fidelity associates that handle incoming customer calls.
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Human empathy gene might determine your emotional ability | Genetic Literacy Project

Human empathy gene might determine your emotional ability | Genetic Literacy Project | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In a first-of-its kind study looking at empathy, researchers have found strong evidence that the ability to read and understand emotions in others simply by looking into their eyes is influenced by our genes.

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(Empathic Relationships) Empathy: The Secret Sauce to a Happy Marriage

(Empathic Relationships) Empathy: The Secret Sauce to a Happy Marriage | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Are you empathetic? Is your partner? It might be the secret to a happier marriage. According to a recent study from Harvard University, being able to accurately read a partner's emotions--and believing that your partner is trying to understand your emotions--is related to couple relationship satisfaction. ..

10 Things Happy Couples Do

The authors suggested that for men, being able to understand and be empathetic to their partner's negative emotions may feel threatening to the relationship, but women don't seem to find negative emotions threatening. Findings suggest that effort, not just accuracy, positively impacts relationships.

Developing Empathy
If your relationship is distressed or if you simply want to make a good relationship better, here are some ways to work on your empathy skills.

 

by Julie Hanks

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GoodTherapy.org: Empathy

GoodTherapy.org: Empathy | 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 is distinct from sympathy, which is the ability to care about and acknowledge another person’s feelings. It is also distinct from compassion, a trait that combines elements of both empathy and sympathy. Empathy enables compassion as well as acts of charity but is not a necessary prerequisite for either; people may behave kindly for a number of reasons, many of which are not related to empathy.

Altruism, or unselfish behavior that benefits others, is closely related to empathy. Altruistic acts generally indicate that a person experiences a high level of compassion for others. Studies show that many animals other than humans, such as primates and bears, are capable of altruistic behavior.
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Empathy exercise can enhance communication

Empathy exercise can enhance communication | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The closest thing we have to a remedy for polarization is empathy, which was what our experiment at The Register-Guard was designed to promote. Though our experiment was largely successful, it was not without risk, as the immigration group discovered.

I hope when we all gather with family or friends over Thanksgiving, we can attempt to replicate this process of sharing experiences and reservations. I challenge you to give it a try — but if passions rise, be ready to guide the discussion back on track.

The path to empathy is clogged with the charred remains of the fires of our discontent. How do we pick our way through this detritus, learning how to see the world from the perspectives of others, without being overcome by passion, or falling prey to the manipulations of demagogues who stoke our fears?

Sharon Schuman of Eugene
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The Eight Exploitations of Empathy

The Eight Exploitations of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You are an empathic individual. This is why we chose you. This is why we want people like you because you have certain traits which appeal considerably to us. You have traits which are ripe to be exploited by us and only someone like you can provide such an opportunity to our kind. You have certain traits which we need to exploit for our own purposes; these are eight of them

1. Trust...

2. Honesty..

3. Decency...

4. Equality...

5. Fidelity...

6. Tenacity...

7. Healing...

8. Loving...

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These are the days for empathy

These are the days for empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As an optimist, I could easily assume a life free from oppression is the norm. Nevertheless, to overcome our societal problems, we must empathize with one other – we must understand each other. We may still disagree, but in seeking to understand each other’s opposing views, we begin to build bridges to common ground.

Denying others’ reality is a form of oppression that hinders empathy and impedes bridge building. Yes, it takes courage to acknowledge opposing realities, but the optimist in me believes we have the courage to be touched collectively by something that will grow and bloom in all of us – if we can only learn empathy.
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(Empathy at Work) Why Business Empathy Is Important

(Empathy at Work) Why Business Empathy Is Important | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Renowned Psychiatrist and Author Dr. Mark Goulston travels the world teaching mentoring to companies and organizations. Some of his books include Just Listen and Get Out of Your Own Way. Dr. Goulston specializes in teaching empathy in business and all areas of life.

Why Business Empathy Is Important

Tell us a little about yourself and the services you provide?
What is your philosophy of doing business? Why are you special?
What results do clients get when working with you?
Who is your ideal client?
Why is empathy so important in business?

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Virtual Reality - The Frontier of Peacemaking

Virtual Reality - The Frontier of Peacemaking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Academics and artists alike praise virtual reality (VR) as the ultimate empathic medium which allows its users to walk a mile in another’s shoes and open the doors of perception. Numerous evidence-based studies stemming from social neuroscience and cyberpsychology have shown virtual reality’s potential for transforming attitudes and behavior.

This article, by leading social entrepreneur Dr Alexandra Ivanovitch, explores how VR works in practice, the cognitive and psychological mechanisms underlying VR, and its potential application in the field of peacebuilding and conflict resolution. She reviews cutting-edge scientific research on how VR creates a “body ownership illusion” and “embodied cognition”, which help us transcend neurophysiological limitations inherent to our own point of view, and to adopt the perspective of another human being.

 

The article also discusses experiments that show VR can reduce biases, build empathy and encourage prosocial behavior. Dr Ivanovitch calls for collaboration between technology, science and art to identify ways that immersive technology can be used to strengthen peace.

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(Empathic Design LITERATURE ON EMPATHISE

(Empathic Design LITERATURE ON EMPATHISE | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

LITERATURE ON EMPATHISE

Here’s the entire UX literature on Empathise by the Interaction Design Foundation, collated in one place:

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(Empathic Design) Why is empathy important for design? – 

(Empathic Design) Why is empathy important for design? –  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is one way of thinking about the difference between art and design. If art is about exploring the possibility of human imagination and expressing this through physical media, design is about exploring the possibility of human imagination and connecting this to the reality of people’s lives.

 

Design is about being helpful and useful as well as being provocative and surprising. Design makes “the art of the possible” a collective endeavor.

 

Mark Gatenby

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(Empathic Design) Empathy Workshops - Tips to Promote Empathy in Your Designs 

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by Matt Gibson 

 

What is empathy? Many people often confuse empathy with sympathy, but the two aren’t the same thing – far from it, in fact. Sympathy is the act of understanding a person's perspective, but empathy goes further: it is the identification of and experience of feeling the emotions of another. It’s the identification part that’s key. The object and the subject never become one, but they can understand one another.

Empathy is all about convergence, whereas sympathy is experienced from more of a distance. It’s because of this that empathy is of the utmost importance for designers; with empathy, you can identify the problems your users might face and provide practical solutions from a designer’s perspective.

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(Empathic Relationships) Empathy: The Secret Sauce of Happy Marriages

(Empathic Relationships) Empathy: The Secret Sauce of Happy Marriages | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Everyone has an innate desire to be understood, to be heard, and to be validated. This is why close relationships can be so powerful.

They give us the opportunity to connect with others in ways that allow both individuals to be seen, respected, loved, and really feel known by the other person. But as many of us have experienced, even burning love can cool down, and even couples who once had a deep emotional engagement with one another may find themselves feeling disconnected and dissatisfied.

As a clinical therapist of more than 20 years, I’ve sat with many disheartened couples who are confused about where their love has gone and why they don’t feel the same way about each other that they once did. There are a great number of reasons why a marriage or romantic relationship could be in distress, and I won’t attempt to solve or remedy all of them in a single article.  

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The Genetics of Empathy  

The Genetics of Empathy   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In a first-of-its kind study looking at empathy, researchers have found strong evidence that the ability to read and understand emotions in others simply by looking into their eyes is influenced by our genes.

Published in the journal of Molecular Psychiatry, the study was led by a team of scientists at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, who combined genetic data from 23andMe with results from a cognitive empathy test developed by the university almost two decades ago called “Reading the Mind in the Eyes.”

 

June 6, 2017 

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Book: You, Me and Empathy

Book: You, Me and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
One of the most important social skills a child can learn is empathy. Being able to understand how another person is feeling and recognizing their needs helps people to connect to one another across race, culture and the diversity that is ever-present and so important to our world.

We know from research, that empathy is a learned trait and one we need to promote and nurture with the children in our care. What better way to model empathy than through the scenarios in a children’s picture book? Through the gender-neutral character, Quinn, the story portrays a child who learns from the kindness they are shown and then transfers this to others.
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(Empathic Relationships) Empathy Improves Relationships

(Empathic Relationships) Empathy Improves Relationships | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A successful, supportive intimate relationship can be one of the most rewarding relationships a person will ever have. But achieving this type of union can be challenging. For some couples, communication can seem one sided, and effective dialogue is rare.

 

However, licensed psychotherapist Julie Hanks, LCSW, reveals that couples can start down the path of healthy communication by developing empathy. In a recent article, Hanks explains how empathy can help partners avoid frustration and improve relationships.

 

 Hanks, J. (2012). Empathy: The secret sauce to a happy marriage. Retrieved from http://ca.shine.yahoo.com/blogs/love-sex/empathy-secret-sauce-happy-marriage-044200327.html

 

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What is Radical Empathy?

What is Radical Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

RADICAL IS DEFINED AS:

  • of or going to the root or origin; fundamental: a radical difference.
  • thorough going or extreme, especially as regards change from accepted or traditional forms: a radical change in the policy of a company.
  • favoring drastic political, economic, or social reforms: radical ideas; radical and anarchistic ideologues.
  • favoring, supporting, or representing extreme forms of religious fundamentalism: radical Muslims.
    forming a basis or foundation.
  • existing inherently in a thing or person: radical defects of character.
  • Radical has been used to describe other movements or ideas like being radical feminism or political radicalism. In these cases it means extreme or revolutionary.
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 Hillary Clinton - We need empathy in policies and politics 

“And when we lose empathy, when it does become everyone for themselves, children are the first to suffer."

“I personally continue to believe in the value of the European Union, and more broadly of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace. No small accomplishment. And Britain has always been a lynchpin of that vision. What’s missing in both of our countries (US and UK) at the moment it seems to me, and what we need more than anything else, is empathy. It should not only be at the center of our individual lives, families and communities, but at the center of our policies, politics and public lives'

 

"What Happened" by Hillary Rodham Clinton, 
p. xii
"And I share my thoughts on big challenges I've grappled with for decades that have taken on new urgency, such as roles that gender, race, and class plan in our politics and the importance of empathy in our national life. "

 

p. 444
"I'm coming around to the idea that what we need more than anything at this moment in America is what you might call 'radical empathy. This isn't too different from the "mutuality of respect" I hoped for at Wellesley all those years ago."

 

"And, practicing "radical empathy" means more than trying to reach across divides of race, class, and politics, and building bridges between communities. We have to fill the emotional voids that have opened up within communities, within families, and within ourselves as individuals."

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Hillary Clinton: 'We need empathy in policies and politics' 

The former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton was recognised with a honorary doctorate at Swansea University. She calls for empathy 'at the centre of policies, politics and public lives'.
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The Week contest: No empathy

The Week contest: No empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This week's question: Four people were arrested after a fistfight broke out in an "empathy tent" at the University of California Berkeley, a space where left-wing activists and supporters of President Trump were supposed to find common ground. Please come up with a more appropriate name for a place where these two sides can meet to discuss their differences.

Please include your name, address, and daytime telephone number for verification; this week, please type "No empathy" in the subject line. Entries are due by noon, Eastern Time, Tuesday, Oct. 17. Winners will appear on the Puzzle Page on the Oct. 27 issue and at theweek.com/puzzles on Friday, Oct. 20. In the case of identical or similar entries, the first one received gets credit. All entries become property of The Week.

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Practical Empathy for Powerful Decision Making

Practical Empathy for Powerful Decision Making | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What You’ll Learn

  • Investigate the different kinds of empathy
  • Recognize the difference between applying and developing empathy
  • Learn tips for deep listening sessions
  • Weigh solution-focused versus person-focused research

 

When navigating obstacles, we often turn to well-established solutions and get stuck churning in that problem space. We become cyclical and self-referential. Involving others and developing empathy can bring fresh input, perspective, and ideas.
Empathy is a buzzword these days.

 

But what does it really mean and how do you apply it to your work? In this seminar with Indi Young, author of the Rosenfeld Media book Practical Empathy, you’ll learn the different types of empathy, how to develop it, and some tips for persuading the people around you to pay more attention to this powerful tool.

 

 

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