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Botox May Deaden Empathy As Well As Your Face - The Consumerist

Botox May Deaden Empathy As Well As Your Face - The Consumerist | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When you shoot Botox into your face to freeze it into a mask of dispassionate youthful non-expression, you might also be harming your ability to perceive emotions in others, a new study says.

"if muscular signals from the face to the brain are dampened, you're less able to read emotions."
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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
This article is the fourth in a series abou Emotional Contagion. It explores why empathy is decreasing and offers tips to improve it.

Why is Empathy Important?

People with good empathy skills:

 

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.

 

 Bob Avenson

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Stop Ghosting and Date With More Empathy

Stop Ghosting and Date With More Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If you’re looking for a quick and dirty exit to a romantic entanglement with someone you’re not too likely to run into again, ghosting can seem like a tempting, blissfully simple option.

 

But then, one day, you find yourself on the opposite end of the ghosting equation, lovelorn and wondering why people can’t just treat each other like goddamn human beings for once!!!

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Flexing your Empathy with Edwin Rutsch | Episode 128

Flexing your Empathy with Edwin Rutsch | Episode 128 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What is it that separates empathy and action? For some, it’s easier to remain focused on ourselves than it is to clue in to what’s going on with the folks around us. For others, we’re worried that by empathizing with others, we might somehow weaken our own ideals and perspectives.

 

Edwin Rutsch has made it his mission in life to help teach what empathy is, and more importantly how to embrace it. Because it’s when we realize that we don’t have to abandon who we are to be with someone else, that something truly powerful can happen.

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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 

(Empathic Design) Empathy Workshops - Tips to Promote Empathy in Your Designs  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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.”

 

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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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Reading rewires your brain for more intelligence & empathy  

Reading rewires your brain for more intelligence & empathy   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The benefits are plenty, which is especially important in a distracted, smartphone age in which one-quarter of American children don't learn to read. This not only endangers them socially and intellectually, but cognitively handicaps them for life. One 2009 study of 72 children ages eight to ten discovered that reading creates new white matter in the brain, which improves system-wide communication.
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Resources to Help Children Build Empathy

Resources to Help Children Build Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

How can we help children work through their feelings? Exploring resources that show children what it means to be empathetic will generate important discussions about helping each other work through tough times.

Recognizing Feelings

How can you tell how someone is feeling? Sometimes, you can tell just by looking at the way they behave. Dr. Michele Borba, an Educational Psychologist, shared an important lesson in empathy from a classroom in Alberta, Canada. A teacher placed a seven-month-old baby in the middle of a circle of students. The teacher asked children to simply watch the baby and describe what the baby was feeling. She then asked them to support their statements.

 

How do they know the baby is feeling frustrated when the baby can’t talk? This exercise gives children the opportunity to consider someone’s feelings by looking at their body language. Children can then use these same observation skills to recognize when classmates are in distress and think about ways they can help them work through their troubles (Borba, 2017).

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Kind’s Foundation Is Investing $20 Million To Teach Kids Empathy | Empatico

Kind’s Foundation Is Investing $20 Million To Teach Kids Empathy | Empatico | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

On October 17, the Foundation announced its biggest bet yet, putting $20 million into Empatico, a video-conferencing and digital learning platform aimed at elementary schools that the foundation launched as a pilot earlier this year. Empatico creates interactive lesson plans that schools across America and abroad can do together, expanding everyone’s understanding of differing cultures and social norms. Part of the money will come from Lubetzky’s shares in the company.

“One of the most critical things we need to do in society is to develop critical thinking skills, emotional intelligence, and the ability for people to empathize with one another,”

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The Teachers Guild - How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other? 

The Teachers Guild - How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other?  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

TRY THESE ACTIVITIES TO BUILD EMPATHY AND COMMUNITY

 Empathy in Your Classroom


http://9de85015abbf33ddd90e-1f69badc2e0d0c2f55d8bfc02212a52e.r82.cf5.rackcdn.com/Empathy_Book_TheGuild_17.pdf

 

In a 10-week design journey, The Teachers Guild asked its network of optimistic educators across the country to design and share ideas to cultivate empathy in their classrooms. This project generated over a hundred solutions, sparked active conversations on and offline about the limits of empathy in schools, and the role that  student voice plays in building bridges across divides in classrooms today. 


We launched this project because we believe in the power of empathy to positively transform student and teacher experience. If you’ve been in a school for any length of time, you know that whether you’ve asked for it or not, you’re bound to encounter 
extremely vulnerable situations.

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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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