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Wolves Vulnerable to Contagious Yawning

Wolves Vulnerable to Contagious Yawning | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Contagious yawning in wolves give
researchers a glimpse at the
roots of empathy.


Still, these theories don’t totally explain one of the more fascinating aspects of yawning: When we see someone else yawn, our chances of yawning go way up.


The leading hypothesis among scientists, Romero says, is that this contagious yawning is related to empathy—meaning an empathetic person or animal will feel tired when he or she observes another individual looking tired.


(See “‘Contagious’ Yawning Occurs More Among Loved Ones.”)


 by Carrie Arnold

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Boost your empathy for a better career

Boost your empathy for a better career | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Step into someone's else's shoes and build a better workplace.


Empathy, the willingness and ability to step into someone else's shoes and acknowledge their view, while also being aware of their feelings and understanding their needs, is crucial to your success in the workplace.


Empathy is one of the key characteristics that underpin a cohesive team. It not only creates a more caring and supportive work environment, it also determines whether you have a group of individuals working together for their own purpose, or a team working collaboratively for a joint goal.


Furthermore, empathy also allows us to
defuse escalating situations like workplace
conflict or irate customers quickly, productively
and compassionately so it's a critical
characteristic to hav
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Paul Lyons

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An Antidote to the Pathology of the Corporate State

An Antidote to the Pathology of the Corporate State | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Erosion of Empathy

Developmental psycho-pathologist Simon Baron-Cohen put forward the idea of empathy erosion, which one can use to more deeply examine various psychological types such as psychopathy and autism. We all lie somewhere from high to low on a scale, as aspects of psychopathy are to some degree in all of us. He suggests looking at how empathy deficit exists in a spectrum, and that a psychopathic condition indicates near zero empathy.

What is empathy?
Empathy allows us to deeply connect with
others at an emotional level, to imagine
and even experience another person’s pain,
joy and sadness.  


by NOZOMI HAYASE

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This is Roots of Empathy

Take 2 minutes to find out about Roots of Empathy.
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Empathy Simulator: Curtin develops hi-tech simulations for healthcare trainees - YouTube

http://healthsciences.curtin.edu.au/index.cfm Press play, and meet “Jim”. Jim is a virtual reality creation, designed to simulate patients for health care se...
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Perfect solution for understanding students academic worrieso or  problems. Could help reducing worries while writing an outline for a research paper or college essay.

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Begin School Year with Empathy :: Jeremiah's Hope for Kindness

Empathy and kindness are core values of mine and of Jeremiah’s Hope for Kindness. In the past few years there has been an explosion of research exploring empathy and kindness.


The results of these studies, demonstrating the importance of kindness and empathy in most every aspect of our lives, even perhaps at the root of our very survival, are for me powerful, exciting and so very hopeful.

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Measuring and Understanding Empathy

Measuring and Understanding Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Katie Brown and Nicholas Valentino. 

presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA)...


Group empathy is the ability to see through the eyes of another, to take their perspective and experience their emotions. The ability to experience empathy is adaptive in families and friendships. But how can we best measure empathy? And how do life experiences condition one’s ability to feel empathy?..


The authors contend that empathy is not just the ability to take another’s perspective, but the motivation to do so. To this end, they asked 14 questions to create a “Group Empathy Index” (GEI).


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Do doctors lack empathy? It might surprise you to realize who thought the answer was yes

Do doctors lack empathy? It might surprise you to realize who thought the answer was yes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What can humble arguably even the most prominent surgeon in the country? In a word: empathy


Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove was recently tapped by President Obama to lead the troubled VA, and by some accounts, there are few others who are more qualified to take the helm

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Why Empathy is Important For Our Survival - Northwest Earth Institute

Why Empathy is Important For Our Survival - Northwest Earth Institute | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

\NWEI reflects on why empathy is important to our survival and how it is connected to taking responsibility for Earth.


The Northwest Earth Institute staff just participated in our newest discussion course: Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice and Sustainability. For six weeks we delved into the hard issues. Why is their war? How does structural violence relate to human caused environmental degradation? How do our so-called “sustainable” choices still often adversely affect people half the world over?


And, what the heck can we do about it all? As NWEI Board Member Alysa Rose reflects on, a connecting piece is empathy. “As a board member, I first challenged the fit of the topic to NWEI’s mission: Inspiring people to take responsibility for Earth. As I read each of the weekly sessions in Seeing Systems however, it is clear that the issues raised round out our view or definition of “responsiblity” and “Earth.”


And the concept that keeps coming up for me
is EMPATHY.”

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PrawfsBlawg: Bloom, "Against Empathy"

PrawfsBlawg: Bloom, "Against Empathy" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There has been a long debate in law about the role of empathy in judging, a debate that gained new prominence during and after the nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.


Those who are interested in that debate may enjoy a new essay in the Boston Review by Paul Bloom titled "Against Empathy." 


There are a host of responses, with a reply by Bloom. He defines empathy as "the process of experiencing the world as others do, or at least as you think they do." A couple of snippets:


I’ve come to realize that taking a position against empathy is like announcing that you hate kittens—a statement so outlandish it can only be a joke.


And so I’ve learned to clarify, to explain that I am not against morality, compassion, kindness, love, being a good neighbor, doing the right thing, and making the world a better place. My claim is actually the opposite: if you want to be good and do good, empathy is a poor guide.


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Could Wolves Understand Empathy?

Could Wolves Understand Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Could wolves feel empathy? A recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE shows that just like humans and other types of dogs, these creatures are also susceptible to yawn contagion.

With yawning contagion, scientists from the University of Tokyo, Japan, actually believe that these animals may be capable of understanding others in the pack.

Previous studies have shown that contagious yawning is experienced in domestic dogs who also witness their owners yawning.


However, up until now, scientists were uncertain of how the phenomenon rooted in the evolution of mammals or whether it evolved due to domestication.
For the

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Reddit.com: Against Empathy - New Article by Paul Bloom

Reddit.com: Against Empathy - New Article by Paul Bloom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is biased; we are more prone to feel empathy for attractive people and for those who look like us or share our ethnic or national background.


And empathy is narrow; it connects us to particular individuals, real or imagined, but is insensitive to numerical differences and statistical data.

Sounds like an argument for more empathy, not less. If empathy is naturally too narrow, work to make the scope bigger.



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Beyond BFFs: Using Texting to Promote Empathy

Beyond BFFs: Using Texting to Promote Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Questions Answered

  1. Is it possible to “teach” empathy?
  2. Why focus on teens?
  3. Why texting (versus mobile apps, games, etc.) to promote empathy?
  4. What design principals can be used to help create a product that promotes empathy?
  5. What’s the research behind empathy-promoting technologies?

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Wolves Feel Empathy? Yawning Study Suggests They Do

Wolves Feel Empathy? Yawning Study Suggests They Do | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Researchers looked at whether or not wolves caught yawns from each other.


On the basis of observational and experimental evidence, several authors have proposed that contagious yawn is linked to our capacity for empathy, thus presenting a powerful tool to explore the root of empathy in animal evolution," the researchers stated in their PLOS ONE tudy abstract.



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Despite the small sample size the results

suggest contagious yawning may relate 

to the wolves'  capacity for empathy;

 

other animals may also have the same ability

to experience empathy.

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Enhancing Virtues: Caring (part 1)

Enhancing Virtues: Caring (part 1) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

'Empathy draws on both mammalian circuits that we share with other animals and cognitive abilities that only appear to be present in our closest relatives, the great apes and and cetaceans, and ourselves.


 As with happiness and self-control, there is strong evidence that differences in our capacity for compassion and empathy are tied to differences in the brain structures and neurochemistries that they depend on.


To feel much for others and little for ourselves, that to restrain our selfish, and to indulge our benevolent affections, constitutes the perfection of human nature; and can alone produce among mankind that harmony of sentiments and passions in which consists their whole grace and propriety.

–Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments pt i, ch i (1759)


Caring Brains

  • Selection for Altruism ...
  • Emotional Empathy and Mirror Neurons...
  • Cognitive Empathy and Theory of Mind ...
  • Oxytocin  ...
  • Testosterone ...
  • Serotonin ...
  • Personality: Agreeableness ...


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Introduction to Nine empathies – Empathy for empathy itself.

Introduction to Nine empathies – Empathy for empathy itself. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Greg Swann

I’m writing a short book of philosophy this weekend discriminating among depths of empathy. This is how it begins: Introduction:

Introduction: Empathy unbound.

When it comes to empathy, I feel so all alone. Determinist/reductionist science is bound and determined that virtue mustbe vice. In consequence, academics have so convoluted empathy as to miss most of what it is, this in preference to extruding elaborately detailed claims about everything it isn’t.


Here is everything empathy is not: Self-sacrifice.

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A New Understanding of Compassionate Empathy

A New Understanding of Compassionate Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A User's Guide To Compassionate Empathy


Sharing our deep feelings is the way out of the isolation of loneliness. It creates a doorway into the practice of what we call compassionat eempathy.


Compassionate empathy is the key to getting out of an irrelationship.

While empathy can be all-absorbing[consuming] and leave one totally empty and burned-out, to the point that one loses a sense of one’s own boundaries, compassionate empathy allows behaviors that allow profound feelings of connection to another person, without danger to one’s own emotional balance because the compassion applies to oneself and others. 


Empathy alone, on the other hand, can become very lopsided when compulsive caregiving is involved. Compassionate empathy is built on the skill of sharing honestly with another person. It makes isolation difficult to maintain because it undermines self-obsession.  Compassion is the antidote to compulsion.

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Empathy versus compassion | Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

Empathy versus compassion | Wildmind Buddhist Meditation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
On the Boston Review, Paul Bloom has a provocative article titled "Against Empathy." It's not advocating an uncompassionate approach to life, and in fact


It is worth expanding on the difference between empathy and compassion, because some of empathy’s biggest fans are confused on this point and think that the only force that can motivate kindness is empathetic arousal. But this is mistaken. Imagine that the child of a close friend has drowned.


A highly empathetic response would be to feel what your friend feels, to experience, as much as you can, the terrible sorrow and pain. In contrast, compassion involves concern and love for your friend, and the desire and motivation to help, but it need not involve mirroring your friend’s anguish.

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How Empathy Became My Ultimate Game

How Empathy Became My Ultimate Game | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I grew up selfish. Everyone in my family was selfish and competitive so it seemed normal. For most of my life I assumed everyone operated this way....


 As the founder of Electronic Arts and creator of EA Sports, I am well-known for making video games...
 

Then I had children and they began going to The Nueva School where they teach SEL (Social and Emotional Learning), including empathy. I knew there was hope for me when my own children began to correct my behavior.


I knew they were right and began to study SEL, where both empathy and compassion are critical.


I discovered that I felt happy when I was feeling and expressing empathy and compassion and being a team-player.

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torah | Temper judgments with empathy | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California

torah | Temper judgments with empathy | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The idea of empathy as an important element in judgment is perhaps most aptly captured in Maimonides’ code of law, the Mishnah Torah.


In a section describing the qualities of judges, Maimonides rules that “One may not appoint to the Sanhedrin [the supreme rabbinic court] one who has no children — in order to ensure that he will be compassionate” (Mishnah Torah, Laws of Sanhedrin 2:3). Though the requirement may not seem politically correct today, Maimonides believed a judge must have a parental nature. Indeed, this very empathic parental instinct seems to be critical for the execution of justice itself.

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Author and global ed advisor Homa Tavangar makes a case for why empathy is the most important back-to-school supply we can give our children.


My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a fresh box of crayons, it can come in many colors. Better than the latest gadget, it's possible to equip every student with it, and even better, when we do, it can transform our world.


It's actually a "muscle" I've been working on all summer. It's empathy.

What's the Big Deal About Empathy?Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own.

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The Corner On Character: Building Empathy

The Corner On Character: Building Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It's not so much a storybook as it is a guide for its reader. 
It's a litany of ideas and examples through which children can stretch theirempathy
Simple, every-day ways. 
At home, in school, in their communities. 
Through acts of kindness and service. 
By working to understand one another's feelings.
It ends with reflections and tips to help evoke empathy
in our future leaders. We must teach empathy so students can cultivate compassion and practice kindness.
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Dalai Lama returns to foster empathy in B.C. students

Dalai Lama returns to foster empathy in B.C. students | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A decade after he raised the idea of “educating the heart” of B.C. children, the Dalai Lama will return to Vancouver this fall to help make it happen. The Dalai Lama will visit the Vancouver Convention Centre Oct. 21 for a Heart-Mind Summit, where he will urge British Columbians to balance education of both the heart and mind — with cognitive development on one hand and kindness, mindfulness and compassion on the other.


B.C. has been a leader in heart and mind education, Schonert-Reichl added, with social and emotional learning as part of the K-12 school curriculum.


The Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education has also tried to foster the Dalai Lama’s principles at six school districts in Metro Vancouver, as well as measure and provide empirical data that shows empathy is linked to well-being and lifelong success.


BY KELLY SINOSKI, VANCOUVER SUN

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Gonzalo Riva: Empathy in Education

Gonzalo Riva: Empathy in Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Most of us think of toys as child's play, something to keep the kids occupied or a reward for good behaviour. But toys, and play, have benefits that extend beyond the playground, from teaching the value of teamwork to unlocking empathy.


Gonzalo Riva, Chief Operating Officer and Lead Strategist for Twenty One Toys, sits down with Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss the benefits of using toys in the boardroom and the classroom, and why empathy is an important skill to develop in school.

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Effective Leaders Practice Empathy

  • Effective Leaders Practice Empathy Joel H Head Headwinds LLC 
  • If I could choose just one emotion to improve employee engagement, which one should I choose? 2 In search of the Silver Bullet…
  • Empathy Empathy is the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions. ~ Roman Krznaric 


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