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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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Why Empathy Is Your Most Important Skill (and How to Practice It)

Why Empathy Is Your Most Important Skill (and How to Practice It) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Why Practice Empathy?
Why should you explicitly work to enhance your ability to empathize with others?

  • You will be more likely to treat the people you care about the way they wish you would treat them.
  • You will better understand the needs of people around you.
  • You will more clearly understand the perception you create in others with your words and actions.
  • You will understand the unspoken parts of your communication with others.
  • You will better understand the needs of your customers at work.
  • You will have less trouble dealing with interpersonal conflict both at home and at work.
  • You will be able to more accurately predict the actions and reactions of people you interact with.
  • You will learn how to motivate the people around you.
  • You will more effectively convince others of your point of view.
  • You will experience the world in higher resolution as you perceive through not only your perspective but the perspectives of those around you.
  • You will find it easier to deal with the negativity of others if you can better understand their motivations and fears. Lately when I find myself personally struggling with someone, I remind myself to empathize and I immediately calm myself and accept the situation for what it is.

 

 

Chad Fowler 

 

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The Limits of Empathy: Why the Burden of Empathy Shouldn’t Rest on the Oppressed

The Limits of Empathy: Why the Burden of Empathy Shouldn’t Rest on the Oppressed | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I am deeply troubled by our usage of empathy in this moment. For me, empathy is an active process where one works to understand the experiences and feelings of another.
  • But when we talk about empathy, we are really talking about power. With whom are we encouraged to empathize?
  • How do we decide who is worthy of empathy?

 

I am alarmed at all the ways in which empathy has been weaponized.

 

In its wake, we see countless demands for the oppressed to be superhuman all while white supremacy is left to play the victim. It has been a dark kind of amusing to be told that above all else, I should be more empathetic in our age of President(-Elect) Trump.

 

 By Christopher Persaud 

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Paul Bloom on why VR empathy projects won’t save the world: Empathy is all too easy to exploit

Paul Bloom on why VR empathy projects won’t save the world: Empathy is all too easy to exploit | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Can we save the world through empathy? For the past year, that idea has been a source of public debate as people try to figure out who deserves empathy, who doesn’t, and how to cultivate more of it to solve our problems.

Technology has been a key part of this conversation. Virtual reality proponents have long seen the potential of their work to do good, whether it’s using Oculus Rift to understand homelessness or trying to Kickstart an “empathy-increasing device to end avoidable violence.”

All of this is misguided, says Yale University psychology professor Paul Bloom, whose book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion came out this week. First things first: Bloom is a fan of empathy. He thinks it’s an important and powerful experience. But using empathy alone to make decisions can cause real harm, and calling for “more empathy” in politics isn’t the solution to our problems.

 

 by Angela Chen

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STUDY: How heritable is empathy? Differential effects of measurement and subcomponents

STUDY: How heritable is empathy? Differential effects of measurement and subcomponents | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is an important psychological concept influencing social interaction. However, knowledge about its etiological components is still scarce.

 

Estimates for the heritability of empathy range between 0 and 70 % depending on the sample, method of measurement, and level of aggregation. In this study, we investigated the heritability of empathy using an extended twin design.

 

We employed the self-report questionnaire Interpersonal Reactivity Index and an emotion recognition task (Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test). N = 742 twins and non-twin siblings were investigated. For affective empathy and the behavioral paradigm, we found heritability estimates between 52 and 57 %. For cognitive empathy, genetic variance was smaller (27 %), indicating that the heritability of empathy depends on the measured subcomponent, which could be relevant for intervention programs like empathy or compassion trainings.

 

Environmental influences on empathy are mainly effects of non-shared environment, which is an important finding for our understanding of the development of empathy.

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Review: ‘Against Empathy,’ or the Right Way to Feel Someone’s Pain

Review: ‘Against Empathy,’ or the Right Way to Feel Someone’s Pain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Paul Bloom’s new book, “Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion,” is too highbrow to be a self-help or parenting manual, but parts of it could be.

 

Its wingspan is too wide to be a simple guide to philanthropy, but parts of it could be that as well. And it’s a bit too clotted with caveats to be a seamless read, which is a shame, because it could have been, with more shaping.

Look past the book’s occasional loop-the-loops and intellectual fillips. “Against Empathy” is an invigorating, relevant and often very funny re-evaluation of empathy, one of our culture’s most ubiquitous sacred cows, which in Mr. Bloom’s view should be gently led to the abattoir.

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Doctors need to develop broader skill of empathy

Doctors need to develop broader skill of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Developing a broader skill of empathy is a more realistic goal for medical students and doctors than urging them to be more compassionate.

 

Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Dr David Jeffrey, an honorary lecturer in palliative medicine at the Centre for Population Health Sciences in Edinburgh, says that doctors are at risk not only of personal distress but eventually burnout if their feelings of sympathy and compassion for patients override the more nuanced stance of empathy.

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Politics and Pain: Staying Connected through the Post-Election Divide

Politics and Pain: Staying Connected through the Post-Election Divide | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When discrimination or hate enters the picture Empathy becomes much more difficult and some would argue irrelevant if one person’s position directly demeans or diminishes the other person’s humanity.

 

Some would say that caring for and even loving a person who demeans or hates you for who you are is a spiritual move while others find it intolerable. Both of these positions are valid. When empathy seems beyond reach…


A failure of empathy is not necessarily a failure of love

 

Harriet L. Schwartz, PhD

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Reflections on Empathy and Listening

Reflections on Empathy and Listening | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy turns out to be a matter of maintaining a proper distance from its object. Too little distance (which Doehring calls merger) risks a loss of personal identity in the experience of the other.

 

If, after doing the work of listening to women reflect theologically about the experience of miscarriage, I presumed to speak as though I knew what that was like, I would be forgetting my own maleness and, in the process, committing a kind of ethical violence by displacing the voices of those to whom the experience belongs. Too much distance, by contrast, risks disengagement, a callousness that in extreme forms manifests as sociopathy.

 

That is, I can’t relegate miscarriage to the category of “women’s issues” and then treat that category as a useful repository for things I can safely disregard as irrelevant to me.

 

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(Empathic Design) Empathy as a Precursor to Innovation 

(Empathic Design) Empathy as a Precursor to Innovation  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy as a Precursor to Innovation
And once again…relationships take centre stage

The role of empathy in innovation is a constant reminder that innovation requires relationships. How can we possibly understand what someone needs if we do not know them?...

 

We need to find the soul of our data and that soul is always found in the stories of those we serve. We need to understand those we serve — the students, their families, our staff, in order to improve upon what we already do. We need to stop acting from what we think we know and listen to those we serve, to find what is truly needed. The key is empathy.

 

Seth Godin

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(Empathic Design) Design Thinking: The Need for Empathy

(Empathic Design) Design Thinking: The Need for Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The figure below indicates that in order to achieve the user-centered design in a product, three main components should be considered in the process; feasibility (business), viability (technology) and desirability (user). While the design thinking process can help designers to focus on the users’ problems, it takes more than the just number of research methods to understand the user needs, it requires so-called empathy.

 

Empathic design is an approach that aims to go beyond the numbers and understand the people’s problem by putting our ourselves in their shoes, learn more about their lives, what they love and hate, and how their lives can be improved through design. The empathic design focuses more on the emotional experience that the users have when facing a specific problem.

 

 Rafiq Elmansy

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The Downsides of Empathy

The Downsides of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Although empathy could solve many of the world’s problems – including many issues that show up in the workplace – it has its limits and it has its downsides. Steve contends a lack of empathy characterized both sides of the recent presidential election. But empathy can also lead to burnout, indecisiveness, and a misdirected moral compass.
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Empathy Carries Us to Standing Rock

Empathy Carries Us to Standing Rock | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How does a person learn about empathy?

How does a person gain insight into another person’s experience of the world?

What leads people to respond to a call to pray with others with willingness to stand beside them?

Scholars and theologians have their answers. A new book by Nate Walker, Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person – Without Exception, provides good insights. As for me? While my seminary professors may be disappointed to hear it, I learned empathy when I was in 9th grade, from Bob Hammerstrom, the youth director at the Lutheran church in which I was raised. It was a suburban church in a first-ring suburb of Minneapolis.

 

The community was lily white. But Bob Hammerstrom was driven to expand the worldly awareness and moderate the self-absorption of the junior high youth group of which I was a part.

 

 

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On The Importance Of Empathy

On The Importance Of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
To look at life through another’s eyes is to expand your own mind and thoughts.

Empathy is one of the abilities that makes us human. Without it, our society would spin into chaos. Empathy is often debated as either learned behavior or ingrained in our brain from birth; nature versus nurture.

 

Either way, it is an essential element in our everyday lives, whether we are aware of it or not. The dictionary defines empathy as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another” but it seems to be much, much more than that.

 

Empathy can make or break any relationship; romantic, friendly, professional, or otherwise. It is a component in our lives that make us seem friendly, understanding, caring and loving.

 

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Fostering empathy in young men to prevent violence against women | Canadianwomen.org

Fostering empathy in young men to prevent violence against women | Canadianwomen.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When we talk about violence prevention, there’s one small word that can make a big difference in practice: empathy.

Over the past two decades, school-based programs that have an emphasis on empathy-building have been gaining ground in countries including Canada, the US and Australia.

 

By learning to empathize with others and solve problems in group settings, students practice how to resolve conflicts without aggression, build emotional and social skills, and develop healthy relationships.

The Respectful Relationships (R+R) program, an award-winning violence prevention program developed by SWOVA and delivered in Canadian schools, is an example of this work.

 

by Anqi Shen

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Is Your Empathy Determined by Your Genes?

Is Your Empathy Determined by Your Genes? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A new study of twins explores where empathy comes from: nature or nurture?

 

In this divided world, there is a growing interest in cultivating empathy—in populations ranging from preschoolers to police officers. And for good reason: Studies suggest that, besides increasing kind and helpful behavior and making the world a better place to live, empathy contributes to our relationships and career success.


But where does empathy come from? Is it mostly taught by parents, teachers, and community? Or is it an innate personality trait determined by genetics?

 

By Summer Allen

 

 

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Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self

Self-Control Is Just Empathy With Your Future Self | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Which makes perfect sense. Empathy depends on your ability to overcome your own perspective, appreciate someone else’s, and step into their shoes.

 

Self-control is essentially the same skill, except that those other shoes belong to your future self—a removed and hypothetical entity who might as well be a different person. So think of self-control as a kind of temporal selflessness. It’s Present You taking a hit to help out Future You....

 

This tells us that impulsivity and selfishness are just two halves of the same coin, as are their opposites restraint and empathy. Perhaps this is why people who show dark traits like psychopathy and sadism score low on empathy but high on impulsivity. Perhaps it’s why impulsivity correlates with slips among recovering addicts, while empathy correlates with longer bouts of abstinence. These qualities represent our successes and failures at escaping our own egocentric bubbles, and understanding the lives of others—even when those others wear our own older faces.

 

ED YONG

 

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Can institutions be empathetic?

Can institutions be empathetic? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In recent years, there has been a growing call for museums to be “empathetic” as a solution to a raft of problems.

 

Mike Murawski links empathy and social impact (something he also spoke about at MuseumNext), Robert J. Weisberg draws diversity into the discussion, and the Empathetic Museum group argues that museums are impossible without an inner core of institutional empathy, or “the intention of the museum to be, and be perceived as, deeply connected with its community.”

 

There is even a new book aimed at fostering empathy through museums. But, as much as I love the values embodied in the Empathetic Museum Maturity Model, this is a concept I struggle with.

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Doctors need to develop broader skill of empathy

Doctors need to develop broader skill of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dr Jeffrey suggests a broad model of empathy, which could replace the vaguer concepts of sympathy and compassion. This, he says, would enable improvements in patient care, psycho-social research and medical education.

"Empathy starts with curiosity and imagination", writes Dr Jeffrey. "Doctors need to imagine being the patient undergoing the patient's experience, rather than imagining themselves undergoing the patient's experience. This more sophisticated approach requires mental flexibility, an ability to regulate one's emotions and to suppress one's own perspective in the patient's interests."

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Empathy, sympathy and compassion in healthcare: Is there a problem? Is there a difference? Does it matter? (DOI: 10.1177/0141076816680120)

 

by David Jeffrey will be published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 

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Therapists Urge 'Empathy' at Thanksgiving, Christmas

Therapists Urge 'Empathy' at Thanksgiving, Christmas | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
But the turkey feasts don’t have to be combative, says Traci Ruble of Half Moon Bay, a therapist and founder of Psyched in San Francisco. And she and counterpart, Edwin Rutsch from the Culture of Empathy in El Cerrito, advocate not to nix the holiday meal.

 

Instead, the two put out a role-playing video teaching families how to listen to each other, instead of fighting about Trump’s transition team whether Clinton should have been locked up over her emails. It's pretty personal for Rutsch, as he said he is a gay man going with his partner to his evangelical relatives' for dinner.


“I actually don't believe in ‘no politics,’ rule,” Ruble said. “We think everyone should get five minutes at the table, where everyone gets to speak in a structured conversation. Everyone else has to listen with empathy. What happens when we feel heard? Our nervous system calms down. When somebody understands, even if they don't agree, they feel known.”

By Lisa Fernandez
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The Urgency of Empathy & Social Impact in Museums

The Urgency of Empathy & Social Impact in Museums | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
  1. In it Mike asked how we can start an empathy revolution in museums?
  2. How can we more fiercely recognize the meaningful work that museum professionals are doing to enact change around the relevant issues in our communities?
  3. How do we radically expand the work of museums in bringing people together and contributing to strong, resilient communities?


Questions like these seem increasingly vital for museums, especially in this time of polarized political discourse and highly-charged social debates.

 

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Failing the Empathy Exams

Failing the Empathy Exams | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There’s been a lot of talk about empathy lately. Most of this talk, though, has been disastrously misguided. Many on the beleaguered American left have been vehemently pushing back against mainstream calls to empathize with Trump supporters since the election.

 

With swastikas appearing all over America, the “alt-right” rising, and increased violence toward marginalized groups, it’s easy to repudiate empathy as it has been defined in popular political discourse. But it’s much harder to rationalize how many on the left side of the political spectrum have willfully accepted this as the only definition of empathy without exploring the other ways it can potentially be used, the other things it can do.

 

One of the flash-points in this debate was Colby Itkowitz’s interview of Professor Arlie Russell Hochschild in the Washington Post, bearing the title, “What Is This Election Missing? Empathy for Trump Voters.

 

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Tea & Empathy Party in PDX

Tea & Empathy Party in PDX | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a communication superpower. When we can be present with others’ emotions – without trying to change them or offer unsolicited advice – it can transform our relationships. Increasing the empathy in relationships deepens connection and allows us to feel seen and heard.


Have you ever been in a situation where someone is telling you something they're struggling with and you don't know what to say? Tea & Empathy helps you through those moments, what to say that's helpful, and when it's better to say nothing at all.

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How to foster empathy

How to foster empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Seeking to understand
At its most basic, empathy is the ability to put yourself in another’s shoes. It’s a skill that allows you to understand — at least to some degree — what another person is going through, even if you’ve never experienced something similar yourself. It’s also the ability to communicate that understanding to another person.


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So, for example, when a friend’s father dies, empathy is what enables you to both recognize their suffering and communicate that recognition to them. It’s saying, “This must be hard for you. I’m sorry you’re going through this.”

Empathy is not, however, saying, “I’ve felt this way, too,” or “I’m grieving about this, too.”
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The Power of Empathy In Marriage

The Power of Empathy In Marriage | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I first paid attention to the word empathy back when we started therapy and Erin developed an insatiable desire to read and watch everything she could that may help save our marriage. Mostly because that word seemed to be a key element in every resource she found on relationships. And it seems like empathy came up in every session with our marriage counselor.

 

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