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The Empathy Experiment: Can Empathy be Taught? | Video

The Empathy Experiment: Can Empathy be Taught? | Video | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
English, Math, and Science are taught in the classroom, but has anyone ever taken a class on “empathy?” Probably not.

Dr. Denvy Bowman, President of Capital University, is trying to teach empathy outside of the classroom, with a program known as the Empathy Experiment. Beginning this past January, six Capital students will began exploring the condition of the working poor in Columbus by immersing themselves in different experiences designed by community partners.

We’ll discuss the details of the program, and most importantly, whether or not it’s achieving its goal of teaching empathy.

Guests:

* Denvy Bowman (President, Capital University)
* Andy Grizzell ( Empathy Experiment Student Participant)
* Barb Packer (Food Pantries Corporate Director)
* Jeff Biehl (President, Access HealthColumbus)
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Healthy Empathy! - YouTube

Empathy is possibly your most important skill in work and life, yet many of us struggle with it because we weren't taught how it works! You can learn how make your empathy sustainable, intentional, and healthy -- so that you can be a healthy empathic presence in the world and in your own life as well.
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Empathic Design: The Most Difficult Simple Approach to Successful Design

Empathic Design: The Most Difficult Simple Approach to Successful Design | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In his book “Change by Design,” Tim Brown describes empathy as “the mental habit that moves us beyond thinking of people as laboratory rats or standard deviations.”

Unlike the marketing research that deals with numbers and facts, empathic design tries to meet users’ needs and even thinks in terms of what they may need to make their life much easier. Empathic design aims to build an emotional relationship between the end consumer and the product by achieving a better understanding of the user experience and users’ needs at an early stage of new product development (NPD).

While other marketing methods put a high priority on the product and its sales, empathic design puts the end user and building that emotional connection between the consumer and the product first. Putting the consumer first can be considered a strong marketing objective of empathic design.

 

Rafiq Elmansy

Further readings:

Empathy on the Edge PDF (2014) by Battarbee K., Suri J., and Howard S. (IDEO)

Change by Design (2014) by Brown, T. (IDEO)

Spark Innovation Through Empathic Design by Leonard D. and Jeffrey R. (Harvard Business Review)

 

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Why it’s so hard to ignore a baby’s cry

Why it’s so hard to ignore a baby’s cry | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
  • Cry activates adults' brain regions important for attention and empathy
  • Infant distress results in reduced oxytocin levels escalates their crying
  • When a mother hears cries, it raises oxytocin and encourages care-giving
  • Cries cause a dip in testosterone in men, promotiong nurturing behaviour

 


By JORDAN RAINE 

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Theory of Mind | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Theory of Mind | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Theory of Mind
Theory of Mind is the branch of cognitive science that investigates how we ascribe mental states to other persons and how we use the states to explain and predict the actions of those other persons.

 

More accurately, it is the branch that investigates mindreading or mentalizing or mentalistic abilities. These skills are shared by almost all human beings beyond early childhood. They are used to treat other agents as the bearers of unobservable psychological states and processes, and to anticipate and explain the agents’ behavior in terms of such states and processes. These mentalistic abilities are also called “folk psychology” by philosophers, and “naïve  psychology” and “intuitive psychology” by cognitive scientists.

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Reading novels boosts your empathy and tolerance for others

Reading novels boosts your empathy and tolerance for others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“Fiction might be the mind’s flight simulator,” Keith Oatley wrote in a new review of the research on reading and mental health, published Tuesday in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.

Research into the psychological impact of literature suggests that when we read stories in which characters are rich and developed, we actually slip into those characters ourselves. By taking on these other personalities, we learn what it’s like to be someone else, and improve our own social skills.

 

By KAREN WEINTRAUB

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Empathy: The Core of Complex Decisions | Lorien Pratt | TEDxLivermore 

Making decisions based on invisible inputs is like building a sky scraper without a blue-print. Yet that is the norm, even for very complex problems. Contrary to how most of us think about making a decision as being the act of choosing, a decision is the last piece of a long, almost completely invisible, process. The good news: it is possible to make the invisible part of decisions visible.


In working with the Community Justice Advisor Program in Liberia, Africa, Lorien and colleagues helped The Carter Center (founded by Jimmy and Roslyn Carter) use decision models to increase positive outcomes in the domain of civil justice, by identifying the most effective levers for change.

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Literary fiction readers understand others' emotions better, study finds

Literary fiction readers understand others' emotions better, study finds | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Alison Flood
Literary fiction by the likes of Salman Rushdie, Harper Lee and Toni Morrison helps improve readers’ understanding of other people’s emotions, according to new research – but genre writing, from authors including Danielle Steel and Clive Cussler, does not.

Academics David Kidd and Emanuele Castano, from the New School for Social Research in New York, put more than 1,000 participants through the “author recognition test”, which measured exposure to fiction by asking respondents to identify writers they recognised from a list. The list included both authors and non-authors, and ranged from writers who are identified as literary, such as Rushdie and Morrison, to those such as Cussler and Steel who are seen as genre authors.

 

The participants then did the “reading the mind in the eyes” test, in which they were asked to select which of four emotion terms most closely matches the expression of a person in a photograph.

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The Value of Empathy  

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The Value of Empathy
In December of last year, I clicked on an article from Fast Company about the most empathetic companies in the world. In fact, that was the title: “These Are The Most Empathetic Companies In The World.”

 

I remember skimming the piece made me want to launch my computer into the sun, especially after I clicked through to look at the survey and the overall methodology. It’s been more than two months now, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about just how flawed and bad the entire underlying idea is: The idea that we can measure empathy.

 

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Being an empathetic company

Being an empathetic company | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy has morphed into a sort of catch-all for our collective desire to give a shit”

When one of Leah’s bosses made her cry she was taught that under no circumstances was she allowed to cry at work and that the office was no place for emotions. It’s out of this premise that she talks about the importance of empathy at work in order to be able to look at things from different perspectives.

 

This gets even more relevant when we’re nowadays expected to bring our whole selves to the office.


At its most basic, empathy it’s the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. This ability is well needed if we effectively and meaningfully are to understand people that are shaped out of other norms, cultural preferences and experiences other than our own.

Leah also talks about how empathy within a company is not merely the process of identify a need and fix it with a new product or service. It runs deeper than that. Empathy can give you a completely new regard for others, and by being truly empathetic at work, open up a world for better understanding.

 

 Leah Reich

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My radio show on Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, EdD, PhD author of The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience.

My radio show on Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, EdD, PhD author of The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This week on Relationships 2.0 my guest is Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, EdD, PhD author of The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience.

 

This is part 2 of our chat about his book. 

 

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Cornell Council for the Arts 2016 Biennial to focus on empathy

Cornell Council for the Arts 2016 Biennial to focus on empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) 2016 Biennial, “Abject/Object Empathies,” will feature 12 new projects by invited artists, Cornell faculty members and students. Most of the works will be presented on campus between Sept. 15 and Dec. 22, all on the theme of the cultural production of empathy.

A video projection at various sites across campus will kick off biennial events, and artist-in-residence Pepon Osorio will launch his participation with a public talk Sept. 15 at 5:15 p.m. in Milstein Hall. He joins fellow biennial artists and invited speakers Sept. 16 for a daylong series of “Biennial Conversations,” including an Intergroup Dialogue Project workshop. Visit cca.cornell.edu for a full schedule of events and project locations.
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UT engineer receives funding to develop empathy mirror - The Daily Texan

UT engineer receives funding to develop empathy mirror - The Daily Texan | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“The idea is that you are looking at a mirror, but the mirror is really a screen or TV that just looks like a mirror,” Korgel said. “You’d basically be looking at your image, a reflection of you, and that reflection will say things back to you that you don’t believe.

 

It could be political things, it could be almost anything. The idea is that if you see yourself saying things that you really don’t agree with, but are potentially debatable, you might react to them.”


The team received $100,000 in April and will use this funding to develop a prototype of the empathy mirror over the next two years. 

 

BY ZIA LYLE

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When It Comes to Empathy, Your Gut May Be Failing You

When It Comes to Empathy, Your Gut May Be Failing You | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The presumed advantages of intuition for empathic accuracy is also endorsed in several national security contexts, as evidenced by the U.S. Navy’s $3.85 million dollar program of research on intuitive thinking processes.”

 

But what if this common sense is wrong? What if the way to better understand what someone else is feeling — to enhance your empathic accuracy, to use the term researchers use — is to sit down and think about it in a more rational, logical way? That’s what the researchers have found, in three experiments they just published.

 

By Jesse Singal

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Using Persona Empathy Mapping to Understand User Behavior

Using Persona Empathy Mapping to Understand User Behavior | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Persona is one of the tools that is used to build a better understanding of user behavior either in UX research or in marketing research by building a virtual avatar that represents the target consumer’s characteristics.

 

However, achieving empathic design requires more than just drawing a virtual character that represent the target consumer, it also requires that designers put themselves in the shoes of the consumer to learn more about what they love, hate, think, and feel about the product.

 

This target can be achieved through building a persona empathy map that can bridge the gap between the virtual character’s persona and the real consumer’s experience.

 

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Types of Empathy | SkillsYouNeed

Types of Empathy | SkillsYouNeed | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Our page on empathy defines empathy as ‘feeling with’ someone – being able to put yourself in their place as if you were them, and feeling those feelings. It explains that there are several different elements that make up empathy.

There are also, however, different types of empathy that have been defined by psychologists. These are cognitive, emotional and compassionate empathy.

This page explains what is meant by each of these types if empathy. It also explains how and why it is possible to demonstrate one or more of the three types of empathy, yet still come across as uncaring.

 

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Empathy and Sympathy in Ethics | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Empathy and Sympathy in Ethics | Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. An Example and a Working Definition
  3. The Anglo-American Tradition
  4. Hume’s Many Meanings of “Sympathy”
  5. Adam Smith’s Philosophy of Sympathy
  6. Contractualism and Sympathy in Rawls
  7. Nagel’s Incomplete Version of Empathy
  8. Empathy as a Moral Criterion in Slote’s Ethics of Caring
  9. The Continental Tradition
  10. Nietzsche’s Empathy of Smell Complements His Suspicion
  11. The Challenge to Empathy of the Event of the Holocaust
  12. Ethics Against Empathy in Levinas
  13. Empathy in the Context of Psychoanalysis and Ethics
  14. A Common Root of Empathy and Ethics
  15. References and Further Reading
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E is for Empathy - The Gottman Institute

E is for Empathy - The Gottman Institute | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By: Zach Brittle

But what is it?

Empathy is generally understood as the capacity to identify and share someone else’s emotions and experiences. Dr. Gottman describes empathy as mirroring a partner’s feelings in a way that lets them know that their feelings are understood and shared. He cites it as the key to attunement with your partner as well as essential to the emotion coaching style of parenting.

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Five Steps to Calm Anger With Empathy

Five Steps to Calm Anger With Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When you are upset, you likely yearn for someone who will listen without judging or trying to fix you, and perhaps responses that gently nudge you in the direction of restoring your sense of belief and hope in yourself or others, perhaps life.  Everyone needs this from time to time. It’s like the refresh button on the computer.

What word describes this feeling? Empathy.
Empathy is what helps you connect to your compassion in ways that can turn problems into joy-filled great relationships.

According to Dr. Al Kasziniak, empathy is:

  • Feeling what another person is feeling.
  • Knowing what another person is feeling.
  • Responding compassionately when another is in distress.

 

1. Stop. Breathe. Set an Intention...

 2. Notice your self-talk....

3. Connect with your feelings and needs....

4. Connect with the other’s feelings and needs...

5. Verbalize your guess...

 

By Athena Staik, Ph.D.

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Introducing empathy

Introducing empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
MICHAEL ZAKARAS and LENNON FLOWERS
2 September 2013

Is the “empathy revolution” just a passing fad or the key to peace and social justice? This is the first in a week-long series of articles on empathy and transformation.

 

More than twenty years ago, scientists made a breakthrough that altered our understanding of human behavior in fundamental ways: they discovered empathy. While observing a group of monkeys, they noticed that certain brain cells were activated both when one member of the group grabbed a peanut and when other monkeys did the same.

Later found to exist in human beings, these “mirror neurons” explain why we wince when we see someone fall off a bike or stub a toe. The discovery of mirror neurons has challenged our understanding of everything from language and philosophy to psychotherapy. According to neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran, they are the source of the first forays by human beings into complex social behavior, and thereby form “the basis of civilizati
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Let's Talk Empathy! The presence of empathy allows us to work together peacefully

Let's Talk Empathy! The presence of empathy allows us to work together peacefully | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Psychotherapist Nannette Funderburk joined us on the WFMY Good Morning Show to talk about empathy.

There have been hateful attacks targeted at actress Leslie Jones on social media recently. People are questioning how some can say hurtful things.

Dr. Funderburk said our decrease in face-to-face, deeply felt, interpersonal connections has made it easier not to see the humanity in others.

She also talked about how the presence or absence of empathy impacts our society. Dr. Funderburk said human beings are built for connection. This is why infants are prescribed "skin time" or why solitary confinement is a punishment that can lead to mental health issues.

 

The presence of empathy allows us to work together peacefully to continue to meet the needs of a community. Its absence leads to individuals becoming more and more isolated, until the whole is no longer recognizable.

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Being an empathetic company: Marcela Sapone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hello Alfred

Being an empathetic company: Marcela Sapone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hello Alfred | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

”What’s your formula? Make it stupidly simple so you will dream about it”

Marcela Sapone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hello Alfred who has built a business model based on empathy. In the "Being an empathic company session" she talked about how to generate maximum value for your customers, employees and yourself.

Hello Alfred is a part service technology company who have managers visiting their customers to take care of things for them on their behalf so that they can make the most meaningful use of their time. Hello Alfred been described as “a fixer for your life”. The trust between company and customer is so strong that Marcela states that they’re the only company in the world who have the key to its customer’s home.

 

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Practicing Empathy — Learning in Recovery

Practicing Empathy — Learning in Recovery | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Practicing empathy is something that takes the back burner in our lives when we are addicted. Addicts are infamous for thinking only of themselves and their compulsion to use substances. Consequently, the feelings and needs of other people not only are overlooked but are often manipulated in order to meet the addict’s own unhealthy needs...

 

 

Some of the behavioral changes we might make are:

  •  Including others in our decision making when decisions affect them.
  • •Having open and clear communication with others.
  •  Practicing listening to what others are communicating.
  •  Being honest and open with others.
  • •Treating others with respect when they express their thoughts, feelings, needs and opinions.
  • •Supporting the hopes, dreams and life goals of others.

 

By MarieM

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2016 BIENNIAL: Abject/Object Empathies | Cornell Council for the Arts

2016 BIENNIAL: Abject/Object Empathies | Cornell Council for the Arts | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The 2016 CCA Biennial focus is on the cultural production of empathy. The upcoming biennial will address the ways in which feeling is form and explore how the objects, buildings, clothing, machines, languages, and images we construct are shaped by our intentional or implicit emotional, interdependent relationship to others.

 

Whether by framing a connection that already exists or by providing the condition for new connections, what we create can either merely extend our own personal desires, goals, and directives, or can alternatively function as a bridge between who I am and who you are so that aesthetic experiences are interdependent, collaboratively generated and inherently reciprocal.

 

RACE & EMPATHY PROJECT
Inspired by existing oral history archives and student-focused social justice initiatives, this project, conceptualized by Human Development faculty Corrina Loeckenhoff and Anthony Burrow in collaboration with Francois Guimbretiere (Information Science) and Cornell's Intergroup Dialogue Project, aims to record, archive, and share the everyday stories of Cornellians that evoke racial empathy or the ability to identify and understand the feelings of someone of a different race or ethnicity.

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 26, 4:11 PM

Empathy, essential to a mindful education.

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Schools And Racism: Education Secretary Urges To Teach Empathy After Black Lives Matter Movement

Schools And Racism: Education Secretary Urges To Teach Empathy After Black Lives Matter Movement | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There are tons of social and cultural issues happening outside and even inside schools. Which is why United States Secretary of Education John King urges schools to tackle racism.

 

He urges schools to teach empathy. With the Black Lives Matter movement on the rise, it has shone a spotlight on racism in the education system and the school institution itself.

 

The racial bias is clearly seen and has also led to a resistance and rising tensions between people of different colors and the state police. According to WNPR, John King points out that racism can be minimized or zeroed out if schools teach empathy

 

"As an educator, part of our role is to help students to see the world through others' eyes,"says Education Secretary King.

 

King believes that creating a curriculum that focuses on creating a diverse school community.

 

By Jane Reed

 

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The Empathy Trap

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Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is good, but not when it becomes the default mode of relating to others. Too much empathy can blind you to your own needs.

 

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 Hąnh 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.

 

By Robin Stern Ph.D., Diane Divecha Ph.D.,

 

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