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The Empathy Movement Magazine: The latest news about empathy and compassion from around the world - CultureOfEmpathy.com
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Addiction Today: EMPATHIC PEOPLE ARE NATURAL TARGETS FOR SOCIOPATHS – PROTECT YOURSELF

Addiction Today: EMPATHIC PEOPLE ARE NATURAL TARGETS FOR SOCIOPATHS – PROTECT YOURSELF | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The empathy trap: therapists and counsellors almost by definition are empathic, to facilitate clients’ recovery – but this quality can mean those carers are targets for sociopaths, aided by what Dr Jane & Tim McGregor call “apaths”. The first UK article on this cruel sport shows how to identify and thus avoid it.

 


People targeted by a sociopath often respond with self-deprecating comments like “I was stupid”, “what was I thinking” of “I should’ve listened to my gut instinct”. But being involved with a sociopath is like being brainwashed. The sociopath’s superficial charm is usually the means by which s/he conditions people.

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Empathy: the Key to Successful Startup Communities

Empathy: the Key to Successful Startup Communities | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy and a true understanding of the other is critical to building flourishing startup communities.

 

Empathy is often looked down upon in the business world because it is seen as antithetical to the modern day corporate environment (competitive, cutthroat, ladder to the top, etc.). However, it is one of the most important values that an organization can adopt and promote as part of its company culture. Empathy at its basest form is that ability to connect with and relate to others. This means we have to adopt a stance that goes beyond just seeing and hearing what goes on around us and truly seek to understand the logical and emotional reasoning of the people around us.

 

The notion of empathy being critical to business is not new; Ashoka has deemed empathy as the force that drives business; Forbes called empathy invaluable to business; and the Guardian deemed it the last big business taboo that needs to be overcome.
 

by Ryan Smith

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Realizing Empathy: The Empathy Workshop - October 2013

Our speaker - Rhode Island based Seung Chan Lim, a Digital Creative Professional for over 10 years - presented some of the findings from his book called "Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of Making". He elaborated on his notion that a creative process is essentially a process of realizing empathy.

 

He told us the story of how he came to this conclusion by starting with a definition of empathy, and then moved toward examples of how to realize it. Slim has been sharing his findings all up and down the Eastern Sea Board, and we are honored to have him visit the NYC UXPA while he was in town.

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Ability To Literally Imagine Oneself In Another's Shoes May Be Tied To Empathy

Ability To Literally Imagine Oneself In Another's Shoes May Be Tied To Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
New research indicates the way our brain handles how we move through space -- including being able to imagine literally stepping into someone else's shoes -- may be related to how and why we experience empathy toward others.

 

The research was recently published in the online scientific journal PLoS One.

Empathy involves, in part, the ability to simulate the internal states of others. The authors hypothesized that our ability to manipulate, rotate and simulate mental representations of the physical world, including our own bodies, would contribute significantly to our ability to empathize.

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Stanford’s Altruism Research Is Funded by the Dalai Lama

Stanford’s Altruism Research Is Funded by the Dalai Lama | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We can be healthier, live longer, and make the world a better place by exploring our potential for compassionate behavior, according to neurosurgeon James Doty,founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, part of the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences.

 

Where does your strong interest in compassion, altruism and empathy come from?


Having grown up in poverty with a father who was an alcoholic and a mother who was an invalid, I was exposed to suffering—lack of shelter, lack of food. Sometimes you would see people in positions of power or wealth who could intervene to help, and either would be silent observers or would turn away. And then you would see other people who would immediately reach out. Why is it that there are some who are immediately engaged, and others who turn away as soon as they see suffering because they don't want any proximity to it? That paradox stuck with me.

 

By Elizabeth Svoboda

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Self-compassion battles homesickness

Self-compassion battles homesickness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The lack of self-compassion could be a contributing factor in the development of homesickness, according to a recent study.


Self-compassion is defined in the study as "the degree to which people treat themselves kindly during distressing situations." The study found that having self-compassion could potentially help many new college students adapt to campus life, thereby improving their overall college experience.


By Zarah Udwadia | 

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Manipulative and empathetic people both adept at reading emotions

Manipulative and empathetic people both adept at reading emotions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

People shouldn't assume that someone who can easily read their feelings always has their best interests at heart.

 

Although good emotion-recognition skills might seem like concern and empathy, some people might use these skills to manipulate others, new University of Michigan research suggests.

Both manipulative and empathetic people are equally capable of reading others' emotions, according to U-M researchers, who conducted two studies examining the relationship between narcissism, empathy and emotion recognition...

 

"Negative emotions can often signal vulnerability," Konrath said...

 

Taken together, the studies contribute to an emerging research literature examining potential "dark sides" of emotional intelligence.

 

 

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Obviously it is vital to be able to differentiate between empathy and manipulation.  -Lon

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Empathy or Imitation—Do Chimps Yawn Because They Care? - Answers in Genesis

Empathy or Imitation—Do Chimps Yawn Because They Care? - Answers in Genesis | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

While chimps, bonobos, and baboons catch yawns from each other, especially when strong social bonds exist, contagious yawns seem to have no intrinsic survival value, making the evolutionary impetus to select for such behavior enigmatic. By viewing caught yawns as evidence of empathy, however, evolutionary researchers can chalk them up to being a way of communicating cooperation with one’s group and then try to unravel their evolutionary basis along those lines.

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Business Book Interviews: Organizing through Empathy: Chapter 12: Transcendent Empathy: The Ability to See the Larger System

Business Book Interviews: Organizing through Empathy: Chapter 12: Transcendent Empathy: The Ability to See the Larger System | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


Keiko Krahnke is Associate Professor of Management; Business Communications at University of Northern Colorado in the Montfort College of Business. Areas of research interests include spirituality and business, systems thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, and corporate citizenship.

Peter Michael Senge is an American scientist and director of the Center for Organizational Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

 

"We suggest that empathy is something broader than knowing or feeling another's psychological or emotional state. The fundamental concept of empathy is to care about another as if you were in the shoes of the other. Our purpose here is to expand this caring to the larger living systems of which we are part.

 

We propose the notion of "transcendent empathy" as the ability to see these larger systems in time and space, to move beyond mere intellectual understanding to embrace "system sensing" as a doorway to other awareness of what exists now and to future possibilities."

 

* Introduction
* Need for Understanding A System:
* *  Towards Seeing Processes, Patterns and Wholes
* * Reflection and Seeing the Real Issues Beyond the Symptoms
* Transcendent Empathy: Empathy As the ability to See the Larger System
* * How Wide Can Out Circle of Compassion Spread - Empathy as Biosphere Consciousness
* * Empathy as the Recognition That We Co create the World
* * Empathy as the Ability to See Connections across Time
* *  Empathy as Organizational Culture
* Rethinking Human Nature and the Concept of Self
* Cultivating Transcendent Empathy

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New Business Book Interviews: Organizing through Empathy: Introduction - empathy is the most important organizing mechanism

New Business Book Interviews: Organizing through Empathy: Introduction - empathy is the most important organizing mechanism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I'll be posting a series of interviews with contributors to a new business book titled 'Organizing through Empathy.' seehttp://j.mp/11X7OBd 
In this interview, editors Kathryn Pavlovich and Keiko Krahnke give a broad overview of the book and the individual chapters.

Organizing through Empathy. "This book challenges the existing paradigm of capitalism by providing scientific evidence and empirical data that empathy is the most important organizing mechanism.... 

Empathy dissolves the boundaries between self and others, and feelings of altruism towards others are activated. This process results in more compassionate and caring contexts, as well as helping others in times of suffering. This book provides evidence from neuroscience and quantum physics that it is empathy that connects humanity, and that this awareness can create a more just society.

* Overview of the Book
* Contemplative Approaches
* Applied Empathy
* * Empathy and Leadership
* * Empathy and Decision Making
* * Empathy in Context
A Systems Approach.

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When do medical students lose their empathy?

When do medical students lose their empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I’m not sure the exact moment was when I started to lose my empathy.

 

It’s common knowledge among third year medical students that statistically a lot of us are mentally damaged in some way. Knowing these stats makes us feel better about our ongoing feelings of low self esteem, high anxiety and sometimes outright panic. In the car on the way to rotations, regular starters of conversation are statements like, “Did you know 35% of med students are depressed at any given time?”, to which everyone nods seriously because we’re all thinking exactly the same thing: “Well, at least I’m not the only one.”

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A Rising Empathy Gap Hurts the Poor—But Also the Economy

A Rising Empathy Gap Hurts the Poor—But Also the Economy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Discussion is growing of an empathy gap rooted in our society's dramatic increase in inequality. As David Madland argues in Democracy,...

 

Other research has confirmed this empathy gap. Last year, Paul Piff caused quite a stir when he published his finding that upper class individuals were, more likely to break driving laws, take goods from others, lie in a negotiation, cheat and endorse unethical behaviour (this, of course, stands at odd with Charles Murray's rather naive belief that the rich are rich because of their superior moral scruples). Piff summarizes his conclusions,

 

While having money doesn't necessarily make anybody anything, the rich are way more likely to prioritize their own self-interests above the interests of other people. It makes them more likely to exhibit characteristics that we would stereotypically associate with, say, assholes.

http://media.wix.com/ugd//80ea24_edd136e3b72b07c93775906aee3dfa35.pdf

 

Posted by Sean McElwee 

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How to Improve Your Relationship Using Empathy

How to Improve Your Relationship Using Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One study in Scientific American showed that our ability to feel empathy is actually a muscle that can be strengthened with a little mental exercise. In the study they had subjects participate in “compassionate meditation,” which basically involved focusing on five specific people (someone they loved, a friend, someone they’re fighting with, a stranger, and of course, themselves) while repeating a compassionate phrase like “May you be free from suffering.” And lo and behold, after two short weeks of doing this for 30 minutes a day, they were more altruistic and empathetic. by Laura Willcox 

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Social and Emotional Focus: Developing Empathy

Social and Emotional Focus: Developing Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Recently, some our our teachers attended a conference on self-regulation and empathy with field expert Bob Sornson of the Early Learning Foundation. The following resource to develop empathy in the home and classroom was shared with our teachers, which we wanted to pass along to you.


1. Start with safety and security. Fear interferes with the development of empathy. Learn to set limits in the home or classroom with respect and love.


2. Regular family or classroom routines build a sense of predictable security for children. Well established routines also help children practice self-regulation skills.

 

by Emily Young 

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New Book | Design for an Empathic World

New Book | Design for an Empathic World | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In Design for an Empathic World Van der Ryn shares his thoughts and experience about the design of our world today. With a focus on the strengths and weaknesses in our approach to the design of our communities, regions, and buildings he looks at promising trends and projects that demonstrate how we can help create a better world for others and ourselves. Architects, urban designers, and students of architecture will all enjoy this beautifully illustrated book drawing on a rich and revered career of a noted leader in their field. The journey described in Design for an Empathic World will help to inspire change and foster the collaboration and thoughtfulness necessary to achieve a more empathic future.


Sim Van der Ryn

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The power of self-compassion - Harvard Health Publications

The power of self-compassion - Harvard Health Publications | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Forgiving and nurturing yourself can set the stage for better health, relationships, and general well-being. Self-compassion yields a number of benefits, including lower levels of anxiety and depression. Self-compassionate people recognize when they are suffering and are kind to themselves at these times, which reduces their anxiety and related depression.


While some people come by self-compassion naturally, others have to learn it. Luckily, it is a learnable skill.
 

Harvard psychologist Christopher Germer, in his book The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, suggests that there are five ways to bring self-compassion into your life: via physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual methods. He and other experts have proposed a variety of ways to foster self-compassion. Here are a few:

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Ep 41 - Downtown Podcast (ft. Scott Stratten)

Gear up for episode #41 of the Downtown Podcast! In this episode, we welcome Scott Stratten, also known as @unmarketing online. Scott was recently named one of the top 5 social media influencers in the world on Forbes.com and we were thrilled to have him by to talk about social media and branding for startups. We also speak with two of the creators behind StandInMyShoes.com, a movement to expose and erase the empathy deficit. Finally, we talk with Rachel Warbelow, a teachers behind an Indiegogo campaign that's receiving local and national attention with the goal to bring a computer lab to a students learning to code.
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The Deeper Meaning Of Compassion

The Deeper Meaning Of Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion is a word that can feel a bit overused these days. Everyone seems to remind us to be compassionate with ourselves and others. But there is immense worth to the concept and the deeper meaning behind it.

 

I’ve been reading a classic in the great variety of Buddhist books, Chogyam Trungpa’s “Spiritual Materialism”. Trungpa was one of the first Tibetan lamas to bring the dharma to the West, and his insights are of a timeless validity.

 

“Compassion is not feeling sorry for someone”, he writes. “It is basic warmth.” This warmth is to be extended to oneself first with the help of meditation practice. “Meditation is a delightful and spontaneous thing to do. It is the continual act of making friends with yourself.”

 

By GERTI SCHOEN, MA, LP

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“You do not need to secure your ground”, Trungpa said. We don’t have to hold on so tightly to what we think we need from life. We can stop making unreasonable demands and just be open whatever comes at us.

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New study reveals reasoning for lack of empathy in psychopaths

New study reveals reasoning for lack of empathy in psychopaths | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In order to better understand criminals’ thought processes, Dr. Jean Decety, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Chicago, conducted a two-year study that analyzed why psychopaths don’t feel empathetic about committing crimes.

 

Published on Sept. 24 by Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, an academic publisher and research network, the study was funded by a $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

 

“We have to break the concept of empathy down into its pieces and then look at how the components work together,” Decety said.

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political empathy

political empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lately I have begun to fantasize about a different kind of discourse. What if, rather than learning to demonize people who hold different views, we learned how to picture them positively and empathize with them, even if we continued to believe they were wrong? If you think of politics as war this may sound like unilateral disarmament. But I wonder: How many people do the current tactics actually persuade anyway? When ordinary folks have been angered or humiliated, do they change their minds? Or do they go back to their partisan mentors to learn the counterarguments they should have used?..


Rather than prefabricated reasons to dismiss and vilify those we would like to change, we might enter the room with prefabricated reasons to empathize and understand. Mastering those tools might give us confidence to start and sustain the kinds of dialogue that change people rather than just defeat them.

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Empathy Video Games Change Players Thinking - Video

Empathy Video Games Change Players Thinking - Video | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There is a new type of video game out and it’s one that doesn’t involve violence. Instead, players experience and fight ‘real life’ problems.

 

Video game creators have started to move away from fighting and sports themes in favor of exploring deeper issues and emotions, according to industry experts.

 

“We live in a world where empathy is tough to achieve. This is a medium that could teach, that could inform, that could promote something very positive,” said Burak

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In this scoop it I wanted to pick it because I used to play it. What this game does to you is mess with your brain and it is causing problems around the world. When I played this game it made me mad and angry all the time so I got rid of it. These call of duty games scienst have said in books and on the news that it is the worst game out there for you which I thing that is very true. My mom read a book on all of it and she said that not one kid in the world should be playing this. And this game makes you addictive to it and which could affect your grades our anything in school. And for any kids out there don't play this game!!!

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New Business Book Interviews: Organizing through Empathy: Chapter 10, The Caring Climate: How Sport Environments Can Develop Empathy in Young People

New Business Book Interviews: Organizing through Empathy: Chapter 10,  The Caring Climate: How Sport Environments Can Develop Empathy in Young People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Lori A. Gano-Overway is Associate Professor in Health and Exercise Science interested in the psychosocial aspects of physical activity.  She teaches sport psychology, health and exercise psychology, motor behavior, research methods, and administration of sport and physical education programs

 

"By developing empathy, youth learn to attend to emotional cues, listen, become sensitive to others, understand another's perspective, and read the needs of others, which allows them to work and live with others in community and act with compassion toward others' needs."  

 

 

* Introduction

* Caring Relation

* African Ethic of Ubuntu

* Creating a Caring Climate

* * Establishing Caring Interpersonal Relationships

* * Nurturing Care in Athletes

* * Developing a Caring Team

* * Developing the Caring Community

* * Building Solidarity and Harmony

* * Promoting Inclusion and Acceptance

* * Emphasizing Consensus Building and Community 

* * Decision Making

* Conclusion

 

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Do You Suffer From Compassion Fatigue? | Yahoo Health

Do You Suffer From Compassion Fatigue? | Yahoo Health | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One of the more common negative stereotypes surrounding nurses is that we are cold and heartless. And while there are some nurses who do fit this stereotype, the vast majority of us care deeply about our patients. I have personally cared for patients who I have thought about even while not at work. But what happens when that sense of caring goes beyond the job and begins to negatively affect you? You may suffer from what is called compassion fatigue.

 

What is compassion fatigue?

 

Compassion fatigue is the stress one feels while caring for patients who are very ill physically and/or emotionally. This differs from caregiver role strain, as compassion fatigue is reserved for healthcare professionals caring for sick patients rather than family members caring for a sick relative. However, it is possible for someone to suffer from both conditions simultaneously.

 

By Jennifer Budd, RN

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Doc's Empathy Can Help Caregivers

Doc's Empathy Can Help Caregivers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A study showed 42 percent of caregivers with non-empathetic physicians reported signs of depression, compared to only 27 percent whose doctors offered a kind ear. The study also found caregivers caring for people with numerous physical needs showed symptoms of depression. These caregivers, researchers report, ended up taking out loans to cover health-care costs and often had to deal with patients considering physician-assisted suicide, an issue that can be emotionally draining.

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Unity, Respect, and Empathy: Recipe for Bullying Prevention?

Unity, Respect, and Empathy: Recipe for Bullying Prevention? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights launched an online curriculum on October 1, 2013, for students to learn how to address and stop bullying.

 

Children and teenagers who bully others exhibit “a lack of appropriate concern for the other, commonly considered a lack of affective empathic concern” (Borgwald & Theixos, 2013).

Various efforts have been launched over the years in an attempt to eradicate bullying behaviors and rehabilitate those who engage in it. Some are more effective than others. In a recent article published in Social Influence, the authors argue that the federally instituted “zero-tolerance policies,” which involve systematic punishments and expulsions to deal with bullying are “ineffective, counterproductive, and unjust” (Borgwald & Theixos, 2013). They instead suggest the implementation of “inclusion and empathy training” as an effective approach for integrating those identified as bullies in the school system and community at large.


By Elise Curtin

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