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The Empathic Brain « Inside the Brain

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Empathy is a powerful interpersonal tool which is under-valued in our society. Ineed it is a skill that is frequently underutilised. Perhaps this is in part due to the misconception that em-pathetic somehow implies pathetic? It is often confused with sympathetic, but while empathy denotes a deep emotional understanding of another’s feelings or problems, sympathy is more general and can apply to small annoyances or setbacks.

In Deep Brain Learning: Pathways to Potential with Challenging Youth, Brendtro, Mitchell, and McCall summarize empathy as follows:

Empathy is the foundation of moral development and pro-social behavior. The original word began in the German language as Einfuhlung which is literally translated as feeling into. Empathy taps the ability of mirror neurons to display in our own brain the emotions, thoughts, and motives of another. Empathy allows us to share anothers joy and pain and motivates care and concern.
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Brenda Robinson's curator insight, May 13, 2015 9:52 PM

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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Oxytocin receptor genetic variation relates to empathy and stress reactivity in humans

Oxytocin receptor genetic variation relates to empathy and stress reactivity in humans | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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Oxytocin, a peptide that functions as both a hormone and neurotransmitter, has broad influences on social and emotional processing throughout the body and the brain. In this study, we tested how a polymorphism (rs53576) of the oxytocin receptor relates to two key social processes related to oxytocin: empathy and stress reactivity.

 

Compared with individuals homozygous for the G allele of rs53576 (GG), individuals with one or two copies of the A allele (AG/AA) exhibited lower behavioral and dispositional empathy, as measured by the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” Test and an other-oriented empathy scale. Furthermore, AA/AG individuals displayed higher physiological and dispositional stress reactivity than GG individuals, as determined by heart rate response during a startle anticipation task and an affective reactivity scale.

 

Our results provide evidence of how a naturally occurring genetic variation of the oxytocin receptor relates to both empathy and stress profiles.

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What Virtual Reality Can Teach Us About Empathy

What Virtual Reality Can Teach Us About Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Maybe the focus on empathy tells us more about ourselves than about VR’s capabilities. Recent studies that have found that US college students’ empathy levels have dropped 48% in the last decade, with the deepest decline in the last 10 years.

 

“What I’m always interested in is what the stories we tell about the future tell us about the present,” said Genevieve Bell, PhD, an anthropologist at Intel who studies the interactions of humans and machines. “If the thing we most hope the future will deliver is empathy, what does that tell us about our current concerns?”

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New study: White people lack empathy across the socioeconomic spectrum

So while Trump’s rise is often explained as the blowback for a society more focused on Black Lives Matter or trans bathroom bans instead of jobs for coal miners and a growing opioid epidemic, the curious case of a growing racial empathy gap in this country has been unfairly shouldered by Trump’s white voters. An eye-opening new survey, however, reveals that white Americans across the socioeconomic spectrum, including Democrats, are considerably less concerned about both economic and racial inequality -- it just all depends on where on the socioeconomic spectrum they stand.


While working-class white folks made up Trump’s signature demographic, it was a surge of whites with college degrees that helped him flip notably blue states like Pennsylvania. These college-educated white people, a new survey from the nonpartisan PRRI found, lack empathy on issues of poverty that place them in stark contrast with the blue-collar voters who have been identified as Trump’s base.

 

 SOPHIA TESFAYE

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Is it empathy or projection?

Is it empathy or projection? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Ten Ways to Identify the Difference
I’m teaching the 3rd cohort of the Dynamic Emotional Integration® series this year, and one of the students had an excellent question about whether we can, in fact, be accurate about other people’s emotions. Are we able to accurately read the emotions of others, or are we simply projecting based on our own understanding?

Some people make empathic accuracy difficult, because they want to argue about any emotion we suggest:

“I’m not angry — you’re angry!”

“I’m not afraid; fear is for cowards.”

“I’m not sad about it at all. I’m happy it’s over!”

It can be very confusing to try to develop your Empathic Accuracy around people who don’t want to talk about emotions. You can feel as if you’re projecting instead of truly empathizing. Luckily, there are ways to tell the difference, and ways to develop your accuracy.
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Parenting: Teaching kids empathy can reduce anxiety, bullying

Parenting: Teaching kids empathy can reduce anxiety, bullying | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Increasing empathy

Our children are wired for a sense of community. We can help them develop this by asking them to reflect on their feelings, to imagine what someone we come across is feeling or by making a gift for a relative or friend.

Try being silent for five minutes and focus on your breath. Gently move away any thoughts that come into your mind. Be quiet, inside and out. 

Be intentful in listening to someone. What are they saying and what are they feeling? Open your ears and close your lips.

Tune in to your own feelings. What is your body doing? Listen to your heart. Feel your stomach. Are you nervous? Stressed? Distracted?

In a recent article in Forbes, Teri Citterman, CEO of Talonn, writes, “Why empathy? Because it has the ability to make a material difference in how leaders lead and people respond. When people feel like their boss knows them, they

  • feel cared for and heard;
  • it translates to inspired and motivated employees.
  • Their trust increases.
  • Creativity increases.
  • Most importantly, people who feel cared about, feel safe. They feel like they matter and that their work has purpose.”
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Karen Mejia's curator insight, September 20, 2:54 PM
This article it is very interesting because it shows that teaching the students the empathy students the anxiety and the bullying can reduce due to that their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. Thus it makes that students become more creative in solving problems. 
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White People Lack Empathy Across the Socioeconomic Spectrum, New Study Reveals

White People Lack Empathy Across the Socioeconomic Spectrum, New Study Reveals | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
So while Trump’s rise is often explained as the blowback for a society more focused on Black Lives Matter or trans bathroom bans instead of jobs for coal miners and a growing opioid epidemic, the curious case of a growing racial empathy gap in this country has been unfairly shouldered by Trump’s white voters.

 

An eye-opening new survey, however, reveals that white Americans across the socioeconomic spectrum, including Democrats, are considerably less concerned about both economic and racial inequality -- it just all depends on where on the socioeconomic spectrum they stand.

 

 

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The Quality of Employee Engagement

The Quality of Employee Engagement | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Business Empathy Forum and thank you for your visit.

In this post I direct your attention to a thoughtful article entitled ‘Quit Measuring Employee Engagement’, by Claire Lew. With many enterprises tightly focused on ‘metrics’ and the quantitative measurement of results, Lew makes an interesting case for a more qualitative and empathic approach to engagement.

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Empathy in the work place: A case for better non-verbal communications perhaps?
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Why Empathy is Declining and How to Inspire More  

Why Empathy is Declining and How to Inspire More   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Why is Empathy Important?

People with good empathy skills:

  • Express more generosity and concern with people’s welfare.
    Have greater wellbeing.
  • Tend to have happier relationships.
  •  Live longer, happier, healthier lives. A longitudinal Harvard study found that how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health. Psychiatrist George
  • Vaillant, a director of the study, said, “When the study began, nobody cared about empathy or attachment. But the key to healthy aging is relationships, relationships, relationships.”


Empathy is one of the most important abilities that help people understand each other. It is critical to building bridges between individuals and to establishing healthy relationships.

 

 We all have the capacity for empathy. Part of empathy is natural and can be honed, and the rest can be learned. Below are eight practical tips for improving empathy, but let’s understand why we are currently devaluing it.

 

  • 1.Be Fully Present  ...
  • 2. Become a Fluent Listener ...
  • 3. Imagine From the Other Person’s Perspective ...
  • 4. Ask Yourself What You are Feeling ...
  • 5. Validate and Test Your Instinct ...
  • 6. Make Yourself Vulnerable ...
  • 7. Read Literature ...
  • 8. Spend Time with Babies ...

 

Bob Avenson

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Why Empathy is the Secret to Negotiating.

Why Empathy is the Secret to Negotiating. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
These techniques may sound like manipulation. But if we do them with empathy, open our minds, and truly listen to others all in the name of self-interest then they can be used for good, proper communication and negotiation.
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Molly Crockett and Jesse Prinz – Is Empathy Important for Morality?  Video

Molly Crockett and Jesse Prinz – Is Empathy Important for Morality?  Video | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is widely and increasingly heralded as an essential ingredient of morality. It is said to be necessary for moral development, moral motivation, and even for comprehending the moral domain.

 

But is empathy really important for morality? Prof Jesse Prinz and Prof Molly Crockett will address these claims and engage in a discussion and Q&A session. Prof Prinz argues that empathy is in fact not necessary for morality, and it may even be harmful. Because empathy can bias us towards our near and dear, and blind us to demands of justice, we should look beyond empathy in developing recommendations about how to instill moral competence and encourage moral commitment. For Prof Crockett, answering the question of whether empathy is necessary to morality has been difficult due to the limitations of methods for measuring morality in the lab.

 

Most research on human morality has relied on hypothetical judgments but there is evidence that hypothetical judgments are poor predictors of real moral decisions. In her talk she will describe newly developed methods for quantifying morality in the lab and present the results of a series of behavioral experiments investigating how people disvalue the pain of strangers relative to their own pain. These studies provide empirical data bearing on the question of whether empathy is important and necessary for morality.

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(Empathic Leadership) Is Empathy Boss? Empathy Still Matters: In Every Way

(Empathic Leadership) Is Empathy Boss? Empathy Still Matters: In Every Way | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

No matter what your favorite definition of leadership is (there are 462 million Google® entries), we believe it’s largely dependent on a single ingredient: mastering successful conversations. By the end of each day, leaders likely have had multiple conversations with a range of their constituents. Each of these interactions will collectively determine their ultimate success as a leader.

For more than four decades, DDI has been developing millions of leaders in a set of eight interaction skills. These fall within two broad categories: providing structure to conversations (practical skills) and engaging others (personal skills). While all the skills are critical, we wanted to determine which have the highest impact on overall performance for early stage leaders and whether this conclusion would vary based on the purpose of the conversation.

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(Empathic Leadership) Is Empathy Dead? How Your Lack Of Empathy Damages Your Reputation And Impact As A Leader

(Empathic Leadership) Is Empathy Dead? How Your Lack Of Empathy Damages Your Reputation And Impact As A Leader | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a critical aspect of empowering leadership. Is your lack of empathy hurting you as a leader and a manager?

 

Ever since I studied renowned humanist psychologist Carl Rogers’ groundbreaking work on empathy during my Master’s degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy, I was deeply struck by the power of empathy to improve lives, build meaningful connections, and develop leaders.

 

In my executive coaching work too, I see that empathy is something that we humans today vaguely understand is important, but very few of us have been trained or taught how to cultivate empathy in our lives and work as a daily practice.

 

Kathy Caprino ,

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Empathy games tread thin line between 'edutainment' and virtual voyeurism

Empathy games tread thin line between 'edutainment' and virtual voyeurism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“Humans learn empathy through interaction and imitation and play,” Mr. Hohn says. “That’s how children learn empathy. And a lot of studies do suggest that immersing yourself in another person’s state of mind is beneficial to empathy.”

Games like “Dys4ia” can offer an intial step toward understanding the experiences of marginalized communities, but the work of developing true empathy needs to be ongoing and should include both active engagement with people from those communties and a certain amount of self-reflection, says Anthropy.

The label “empathy game” gives players implicit permission to excuse themselves from doing the “ongoing, conscious work of addressing their privilege,” Anthropy says. Once players believe they have sufficiently empathized with the subject of the game, they can parachute out of the experience without actually applying that empathy to their lives.
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If Current Events Have You on an Emotional Roller Coaster, New Empathy Research Could Help You

If Current Events Have You on an Emotional Roller Coaster, New Empathy Research Could Help You | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has found that the brain can be trained to display a more level empathic response to the world around us. 

 

In humans, scientists now know how much empathy—defined simply as the ability to feel what another is feeling and/or understand what another is feeling—a person will display is at least partly influenced by a single gene, a naturally-occurring genetic variation of the oxytocin receptor. But, it's not just genetics. 

 

Sarina Saturn, an assistant professor at the University of Portland studying the biology of social emotions and author of empathy research, explains, “We’re not doomed based on our genetics because we’re very much influenced by our environment." 

 

BRITTANY PATTERSONSEP 19, 2017

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9 Exercises to Build Your Child's "Empathy Muscles" | Dr Michele Borba

9 Exercises to Build Your Child's "Empathy Muscles" | Dr Michele Borba | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is integral to kids’ current and future happiness, success, and well-being. And the good news is, it’s a skill set that can be actively nurtured and taught at any age (just like learning to ride a bike or speak a foreign language). I’ve spent the last decade studying empathy, observing dozens of classrooms and interviewing top researchers, and found that empathy can be cultivated.

 

I also discovered that empathetic children use nine essential habits to help them navigate the emotional minefields and ethical challenges they will inevitably face throughout life. These nine habits also guide their empathic urges and inspire them to help others. And all nine are teachable and culled from the latest science in child development, neuroscience, and social psychology.

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Can empathy be taught

Can empathy be taught | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Can empathy be taught

So much of what we do in Service-Learning is attempting to facilitate experiences where participants develop an ability to articulate the story of another individual or community whose experience may differ radically from our own. How can we use approaches in the classroom to encourage empathy? This workshop will provide relevant tools and approach

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INTELLECTUALISM  M e e t s  Empathy
We at bridgeUSA recognize that the greatest intellectual experience is an immersive one. Growing friendships across the partisan divide is a key aspect to a wholistic political educational experience, and does much to heal the poisonous atmosphere plaguing civic discourse in this country.

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The formula for combating hate: ‘Empathy,’ says former neo-Nazi  

The formula for combating hate: ‘Empathy,’ says former neo-Nazi   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Frank Meeink spoke for more than two hours last week Thursday at Ripon College to a rapt audience.

   But his talk came down to one word.

   Empathy.

   “Look, here’s the key to the *** kingdom, to everything,” he said, interspersing “colorful” language throughout his talk. “Empathy. People showing *** empathy.”

   It’s a lesson Meeink learned the hard way, through many years of mistakes, as he admitted to the students in Great Hall.

   But his experience as a former neo-Nazi have helped him better understand the mindset of others — and use that understanding to make a difference.

 

 Ian Stepleton,  

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Best Practice for Leadership and Empathy

Best Practice for Leadership and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
An important habit for any leader or executive is to consistently confirm understanding of facts, assumptions, and issues. Having the discipline to ‘slow things down’ in order to check your understanding is a visible indicator of effective listening, strategic discipline, and general professionalism.

 

Mark Brown 

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Dads2Dads: 'Walk a mile in my shoes' a lesson in empathy

Dads2Dads: 'Walk a mile in my shoes' a lesson in empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We feel empathy when we understand things from another person's perspective. A rare thing these days. Yet, empathy is critical to building a healthy society. It helps us understand each other. It removes obstacles to forward motion and allows us to help each other. When you really see others, it raises awareness, provides perspective, decreases hostility and promotes kindness.

Empathy makes it easier to solve problems. It provides us with patience and clarity and allows us to respect the thoughts and feelings of others. Empathy can calm anxiety and fear and help us control our emotions. It can help us to be more tolerant.

 

 by Tom Tozer and Bill Black

 

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5 Ways to Increase Empathy

5 Ways to  Increase Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Here are 5 ways we can increase empathy:

Becoming an active listener

Empathy requires that we cultivate the trait of active listening. Most people are thinking how they are going to respond while the other person is still speaking. Active listening means being totally focused on what the other person is saying. To practice this, pretend that your job is to only focus on what the person has to say and accurately feed back to them what they have just said.

 

A bonus, if you do your job really well, is to be able to receive additional information and have the person to go deeper than they normally would have without your feedback. As your active listening skills increase, you will find people drawn to you and opening up to you more.'

 

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(Empathic Leadership) How To Lead With Empathy

(Empathic Leadership) How To Lead With Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A new breed of CEOs is defined less by “command and control” and more by “inspire and empower.”

Empathy and soft skills have often been derided in the cutthroat bureaucracies of corporate America. “Suck it up” has been the edict to aspiring masters of the universe; generosity of spirit and openness have often taken a backseat to aggressiveness and sub terfuge. Which is what makes Nadella’s ascension so refreshing. His playbook includes these five lessons:...

5. EMPATHY IS A TOOL.

Some may look at Nadella’s efforts and say, “All he needed to succeed was to not be a jerk.” That underestimates the nuance of what effective empathy requires. Putting yourself in someone else’s place is a powerful way to alter behavior and outcomes. 

 

BY ROBERT SAFIAN

 

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Giving action to empathy

Giving action to empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The gravitation of trends in communication, culture, and transportation – all drawing us closer together – is irreversible. This calls for heaping bushels of empathy. 

 

From Houston to Wolverhampton, and in schools from Massachusetts to Denmark, love is empathy empowered – a lesson to be learned in any classroom or even at recess. 

 

Mark Sappenfield

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(Empathic Leadership) High-Resolution Leadership: Is Empathy Boss

(Empathic Leadership) High-Resolution Leadership: Is Empathy Boss | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

High-Resolution Leadership is a collection of findings that reflects how leadership shapes today's business landscape. Through 18 different lenses focused on leadership, we see everything from how leaders impact financial growth and execute economic turnaround to the ways in which they skyrocket rise to the top.

As the most powerful synthesis of data of its kind, this landmark report includes 15,000 DDI leadership assessment participants ranging from frontline leaders to the C-suite.

“Overwhelmingly, empathy tops the list as the most critical driver of overall performance. It also consistently relates to higher performance in each of the four leadership domains.”

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Nine Arrested During Protest of Berkeley Shapiro Event . Category: Page One from The Berkeley Daily Planet

Nine Arrested During Protest of Berkeley Shapiro Event . Category: Page One from The Berkeley Daily Planet | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Amber Cummings, the self-designated (but no-show at least in this female persona) organizer of the August 27 right-wing non-rally at Berkeley's MLK Park, engages in dialogue with (presumably) a protester against Ben Shapiro's appearance on the UC Berkeley campus.

 

The Empathy tent, a fixture at recent contentious demonstrations, is maintained by volunteers who offer to listen to everyone.

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