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5 Tools for raising compassionate, empathetic kids

5 Tools for raising compassionate, empathetic kids | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy, compassion and the resulting kindness they instill are key ingredients to a life of happiness. Find out how to raise children with these qualities.

 

Raising kids to be compassionate and to have empathy is possible.

The good news is that multiple studies say children as young as toddlers have innate feelings of compassion and empathy. Empathy is defined as the ability to imagine walking in the shoes of another. And compassion is the emotional response generated by the suffering of others and then wanting to act on it by helping.

 

Research also says the empathy, compassion and the resulting kindness they instill are key ingredients to a life of happiness. What we do as adults matters in raising children to further develop those innate responses. Here are five tools that we can each incorporate into our lives.

 

by Robert V. Taylor i

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Pål Dobrin's curator insight, August 9, 2013 3:59 AM

Want to raise happy kids?
Then you need to teach them compassion and empathy...

Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, August 9, 2013 4:24 PM

Once more the importance of compassion and empathy! Basic ingredients for a peaceful life!

Alexandra Strickland's curator insight, September 12, 2013 6:32 AM

Nicely said!

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The Importance of Judicial Empathy | The Nation

The Importance of Judicial Empathy | The Nation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Courtroom sketch of Judge Shira Scheindlin. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams) A decision is imminent in New York’s historic stop-and-frisk case, tried for two months in a Manhattan federal courtroom.

 

Empathy does play a greater role where a judge may have some discretion, in sentencing for example, and often in family law. Yet, even then, one’s empathetic understanding may not trump other factors. I once had to decide whether a woman could move to a distant country with her three kids, leaving the father in New York. Throughout the non-jury trial I could appreciate the wife’s feelings that the man was a rotten husband and only a passable father. I saw through her why it would be good for her to get away, start life anew, have more opportunities. It was what I would have wanted to do in her place. But then the gold standard—the best interest of the children—kicked in and, despite my understanding of her, even my personal opinion, there was no evidence that it was in the best interest of her kids to be cut off from their father and their culture. Empathy placed me in the shoes of each of the family members.

 

by Emily Jane Goodman 

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The empathy of corporate psychopaths

The empathy of corporate psychopaths | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In my workshops orkshops on Lifting Your Emotional Intelligence, I spend a certain amount of time on how to recognise and deal with corporate psychopaths.

Many participants have difficulty in understanding how I can claim that one reason corporate psychopaths are successful is that they have considerable empathy. Far too many people immediately conclude that empathy and psychopathy are mutually exclusive. What I have said in workshops up till now is that while psychopaths do not have emotional empathy, they certainly have cognitive empathy.  

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Program on empathy scheduled at UU

Program on empathy scheduled at UU | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Mary Richards will speak about “Empathy: A Most Human Attribute” during the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of North Central Iowa on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Richards, who is the former Story County attorney and has worked with Fight Crime, Invest in Kids in Washington D.C., will tie the topic into the third UU principal — acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.

 

Fellowship meets Sundays at 606 N. Monroe Ave. Complimentary coffee is served at 10:15 a.m. The service begins at 10:30 a.m.

 

For more information, call 641-423-1670 or go to http://uufnorthcentralia.org.

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Psychopaths Don't Lack Empathy, They Just Have to Turn It On

New research points to the possibility that psychopaths can actually put themselves in someone else's emotional shoes. The catch is that they have to make a conscious decision and put forth an effort to make that happen.

Psychopaths, who are characterized by exuding manipulative charm while having little to no capacity for actual empathy or remorse, have long been considered to be almost entirely irredeemable. 

New research points to the possibility that they can actually put themselves in someone else's emotional shoes. The catch is that they have to make a conscious decision and put forth an effort to make that happen. 

This was suggested by a recent study involving 18 violent criminals who were, due to their diagnosis as psychopaths, housed in a psychiatric facility in lieu of a prison.

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Gillian Trebilcock's comment, August 2, 2013 11:09 PM
this is important
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Appealing To The Romantic, Empathic Gamer: A Q&A With Silicon Sisters' Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch

Appealing To The Romantic, Empathic Gamer: A Q&A With Silicon Sisters' Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a primary issue that both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg feel games need to overcome in order to progress as a medium, do you agree?


Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch (BBG): I guess that depends on how you perceive progress. If amazing graphics and incredible physics are your criteria, then we are very advanced as a medium. But if, like the filmmakers mentioned, you view the ability of the storyteller to connect with their audience in a more emotional and meaningful way, then I think empathy is an important tool. And there are some games that have done that incredibly well.
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Newsy Video: Psychopaths Able to Empathize, Study Suggests

Newsy Video: Psychopaths Able to Empathize, Study Suggests | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Researchers in the Netherlands say psychopaths' empathic circuits were activated when they were asked to imagine how others feel.

  

More at Christian Keysers and Edwin Rutsch: The Empathic Brain - Chapter by Chapter Book Review, Christian Keysers is professor and group leader of the Social Brain Lab at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. The lab explores the biological nature and neuroscience of empathy.
Christian is author of 'The Empathic Brain: How the Discovery of Mirror Neurons Changes our Understanding of Human Nature'.http://bit.ly/parLOs

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Suzan Clark's curator insight, January 28, 2014 3:20 PM

Well, if this is true...it undose the belief that they can't help it. It would mean they had a choice, and chose not to be moral..ethical, and that is...ah... evil. Yup..

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How Does “Empathetics” Teach Physicians to Be More Empathetic? - Science and Religion Today

How Does “Empathetics” Teach Physicians to Be More Empathetic? - Science and Religion Today | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How Does “Empathetics” Teach Physicians to Be More Empathetic?

Empathetics’ approach for teaching empathy to physicians includes three primary components: neuroscience, verbal and nonverbal responsiveness, and mindfulness.

 

The neuroscience of empathy has demonstrated that empathy is hard-wired into the human brain, yet a well-documented decline in empathy begins during the rigors of medical training and the recovery rate is diminishing post-training. Empathy is a highly valued capacity in health care and patients have been calling for greater patient-centered and compassionate care for the past decade. The medical world has become increasingly technologically advanced, resulting both in highly sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic tools and also greater challenges to the interpersonal relationships with clinicians prized by patients

 

Dr. Helen Riess is the co-founder, chief scientist, and chairman of Empathetics; the director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital; and an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  Helen Riess
 http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/others/Helen-Riess.htm

 

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Realizing Empathy: What is Empathy?

Empathy is an explanatory principle for our potential to experience an event where we feel as if we are embodying or understanding the experience of an other and its related meanings from the context and vantage point of that other.

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  Seung Chan (Slm) Lim http://j.mp/13ptSKb

Seung Chan Lim, better known as Slim, is the director for project Realizing Empathy. Realizing Empathy is a project that asks what it means to make something, how it works as a process, and why it matters to our lives. It explores these questions across disciplines such as fine arts, performing arts, design, science, and engineering.

"As a designer, I must find ways to harness the most complex of technologies into an experience that is not only pleasant, but also empowering and meaningful. As an engineer, I must make sure that I can not only talk the above talk, but also walk the above walk. As a strategist, I must make sure that the talk is not only talked, but heard, and the walk is not only walked, but seen."

 

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Professor Jill Jameson's curator insight, July 26, 2013 8:11 PM

Reflection: what is the relationship between empathy and trust: interesting question.... 

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Study: Music Can Induce Empathy

Study: Music Can Induce Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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-- According to a new study, empathy is something that can be learned and taught. The research was conducted at the University of Cambridge and the results were published in the Psychology of Music (July 2013). The lead author of the study, Tal-Chen Rabinowitch, predicts that one day school districts will have the option to add “empathy education” to their curriculum. “Perhaps the most important thing the study tells us about the development of emotional empathy is that it is amenable to intervention,” Rabinowitch said. “We now have the (very friendly and enjoyable) tools to influence and enhance emotional empathy in children, a significant building block for shaping a more empathic and other-minded society.”

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Debra Manchester's curator insight, August 2, 2013 11:20 AM

Music is the universal language. See a wonderful example of music and lessons to build social and emotional intelligence in children at KidsEps.org.

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Building an other-minded society: Musical interaction cultivates empathy in children

Building an other-minded society: Musical interaction cultivates empathy in children | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

New research suggests that understanding the emotional state of others is something that can be learned and practiced.

 

Schools could one day add “empathy education” to their curriculum. New research suggests that understanding the emotional state of others is something that can be learned and practiced.

 

According to a study published in the July issue of Psychology of Music, playing musical games can help cultivate a sense of empathy in children.

Eric W. Dolan 

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Tal-Chen Rabinowitch
http://bit.ly/KQZRY5

 
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Psychopaths 'have empathy switch'

Psychopaths 'have empathy switch' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Psychopaths do not lack empathy, rather they can switch it on at will, according to new research, which could explain how psychopaths can be both callous and charming.

 

Psychopaths do not lack empathy, rather they can switch it on at will, according to new research.

Placed in a brain scanner, psychopathic criminals watched videos of one person hurting another and were asked to empathise with the individual in pain.

 

Only when asked to imagine how the pain receiver felt did the area of the brain related to pain light up. Scientists, reporting in Brain, say their research explains how psychopaths can be both callous and charming.

By Melissa Hogenboom

 

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Study: Can Violent Psychopaths 'Switch On' Empathy?

Study: Can Violent Psychopaths 'Switch On' Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Even heartless killers can be caring -- when they want to be.

Psychopaths do not lack empathy, as previously thought. Instead they can switch it on and off at will, BBC News reports.

When placed in a brain scanner, 18 convicted psychopathic criminals had no trouble feeling empathy while viewing a video of a person in pain -- when they were asked to.

If not prompted the areas of the brain related to feelings of empathy for others did not light up. The study focused on the brain's so-called "mirror system," which helps us feel other people's pain,  SBS World News reports. 

by Brett Nuckles

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Compassion Corner Earthbench

The Compassion Corner Earthbench commemorates the work of David Breaux, who has dedicated the last four years of his life inspiring passers-by to reflect on the meaning of the word "compassion" at the corner of 3rd and C in downtown Davis. The California Aggie and AggieTV were there to capture the construction and inauguration of the bench, which is a gift to the City of Davis' public arts collection. 
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Empathy: A powerful tool for leaders

Empathy: A powerful tool for leaders | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Marie Peeler | Empathy, Leadership development

 

Developing empathy helps develop your business

Empathy is the ability to sense and understand the feelings of others. When you understand others’ frustrations, their needs, and the way they think, you increase your connection to them and you gain an understanding of many things that are important to your business.

 

Empathy allows us to gain competitive intelligence. By putting ourselves into the shoes of customers and listening to what they feel, we begin to gain an understanding of how to design products and services that better meet their needs.

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Empathy: the last big business taboo?

Empathy: the last big business taboo? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy must no longer be perceived as a soft overtly feminine skill but as a commercial tool that businesses ignore at their peril

 

Lack of empathy in the workplace is one of the reasons that women find it difficult to flourish in corporations. In the technology industry alone,41% of women leave before 10 years. Must the companies that make our machines treat their staff as if they were machines too?

 

We can see the empathy deficit in the culture of business. Most corporations have become places where 'systemisers' flourish. According to professor Simon Baron-Cohen, these are individuals who excel at logic and analysis but tend to perform worse at empathy skills. Systemisers are more likely to be male.

 

Corporations place very little value on the other extreme: the empathisers: These are people who are good at reading emotions and understanding the dynamics of a situation and they tend to be female.

 

by Belinda Parmar

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Keith Meyer's curator insight, August 5, 2013 10:11 PM

I have to agree and more to the point state that the best way to gain productive loyalty from employees is by showing empathy and practicing open and honest communication.

Lauran Star's curator insight, August 6, 2013 8:53 AM

Empathy is strength!

malek's comment, August 19, 2013 7:22 AM
with empathy, you can't fake it, till you make it
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Study: Burnout and empathy in primary care: three hypotheses

Study: Burnout and empathy in primary care: three hypotheses | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In the last 10 years, a growing literature about empathy in primary care indicates that, for both patient and clinician, empathy helps to improve many aspects of health care practice and patient satisfaction.

 

Wensing ndicated that humaneness, exploring the needs of patients, and good communication skills are some of the high priorities that patients expect from their GP.

 

Cape showed that doctor empathy coded by external observers was positively correlated with listening interactions and patient involvement.

 

Vedsted and Heje found that patients tended to recommend their GP to others if they judged them as ‘empathic’.

 

Mercer showed a positive relationship both between GP empathy and patient enablement at the consultation, and between patient enablement and changes in the main symptom and well-being evaluated 3 months after the consultation.

 

Finally, Verheul investigated the impact of a warm and empathic consultation compared to a cold and formal consultation on the certainty of the outcome. The greatest beneficial effects of empathic communication on stress reduction and expectancies were observed when it was combined with a positive expectations style.

 

To preserve effective empathy in care, the health provider must be in a positive frame of mind and not affected by stress or burnout. Burnout occurs when individuals feel emotionally overwhelmed by the demands of their job. Physicians in particular are frequently overloaded with the demands of caring for sick patients within the constraints of time and resources.

 

Franck Zenasni, Assistant ProfessorUniversité Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, IUPDP, Boulogne-Billancourt, France Emilie Boujut, Assistant ProfessorUniversité Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, IUPDP, Boulogne-Billancourt, France  Aude Woerner, Medical ResidentUniversité Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, General Medecine Department, Paris, France  Serge Sultan, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher
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Police Chief Urges Officers to Load Up — on Empathy - St. Louis

Police Chief Urges Officers to Load Up — on Empathy - St. Louis | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It's a common problem for police to come upon the scene of a shooting and have difficulty establishing rapport and trust with the people they are trying to serve.

 

Police Chief Sam Dotson spoke to commanders about the importance of absorbing the lessons of sensitivity training and encouraging officers to show more empathy.

Kevin Killeen

 

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Born to Connect

Born to Connect | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Psychology studies can seem confusing and contradictory. Mom Psych cuts through the clutter to bring the latest research home.

 

What experiences are necessary for the developing infant brain? It may seem obvious, but the first needs of human beings include cuddling, healthy touch and gentle, affectionate stimulation. To develop what psychologists call “secure attachment” infants need caretakers who are attuned to their emotions, who demonstrate that they love them, who meet their needs, calm their fears, keep them safe and encouragingly help them achieve physical milestones. When these basic needs are withheld, the brain’s corresponding neurosystems are shaped accordingly. Since they are “use-dependent,” the systems that do not become stimulated at this crucial time will not develop, and these are the very areas of the brain that moderate our ability to maintain healthy relationships, to respond appropriately to stress, and to mediate pleasure and empathy


. GINA STEPP 

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lolz's curator insight, December 10, 2013 7:17 AM

importance to create a strong bond between care giver and child

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Empathy and Global Stewardship: The Other 21st Century Skills

Empathy and Global Stewardship: The Other 21st Century Skills | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy has always been valued as an important skill to possess as a human being, so what makes it a 21st century skill?  I was recently asked by Steve Hargadon during a short video interview, “Is global education important?  If so, why?”  My response was, “Given that we are now living in a hyper-connected world, we can no longer plead that we don’t what is going on in other parts of the world.  Look at the recent incidents of the uprising in Egypt and Syria.  Global events are being streamed and tweeted in real time. 

 

Global empathy and stewardship need to be part of the education of children.”  This is also why I have chosen to group empathy and global stewardship together. 

 

by  Jackie Gerstein,

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Are You Codependent or Compassionate? - World of Psychology

Are You Codependent or Compassionate?  - World of Psychology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If a woman doesn’t want to have sex with her husband but does it anyway to please him, is she codependent or compassionate? That was the subject of debate a few days ago among some friends and I. Half said she was codependent and half said compassionate. 

The line between codependency and compassion can be fuzzy because the intentions of both appear the same. However, while compassion promotes effective communication and mutual respect, codependency destroys the foundation of healthy relationships.

By THERESE J. BORCHARD

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Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, July 28, 2013 9:02 AM

respect yourself first, and you will be able to build healthy relationships! 

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Study finds musical interaction cultivates empathy in children | The Raw Story

Study finds musical interaction cultivates empathy in children | The Raw Story | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Schools could one day add “empathy education” to their curriculum. New research suggests that understanding the emotional state of others is something that can be learned and practiced.

 

According to a study published in the July issue of Psychology of Music, playing musical games can help cultivate a sense of empathy in children.

 

“Perhaps the most important thing the study tells us about the development of emotional empathy is that it is amenable to intervention,” Tal-Chen Rabinowitch of the University of Cambridge, the lead author of the study, told PsyPost. “We now have the (very friendly and enjoyable) tools to influence and enhance emotional empathy in children, a significant building block for shaping a more empathic and other-minded society.”

 

By Eric W. Dolan

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Tal-Chen Rabinowitch
http://bit.ly/KQZRY5

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Study: Long-term musical group interaction has a positive influence on empathy in children

Study: Long-term musical group interaction has a positive influence on empathy in children | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Musical group interaction (MGI) is a complex social setting requiring certain cognitive skills that may also elicit shared psychological states. We argue that many MGI-specific features may also be important for emotional empathy, the ability to experience another person’s emotional state. We thus hypothesized that long-term repeated participation in MGI could help enhance a capacity for emotional empathy even outside of the musical context, through a familiarization with and refinement of MGI empathy-promoting musical components (EPMCs).


We tested this hypothesis by designing an MGI programme for primary school children consisting of interactive musical games implementing various EPMCs. We ran the programme for an entire school year and compared the emotional empathy of MGI children to control children using existing and novel measures of empathy before and after the programme. Our results support our hypothesis: MGI children showed higher emotional empathy scores after the study compared to its beginning, and higher scores than control children at the end of the study.


These findings shed new light on the emotional processes involved in musical interaction and highlight the remarkable potential of MGI for promoting positive social-emotional capacities such as empathy.

Tal-Chen RabinowitchIan CrossPamela Burnard

 

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http://bit.ly/KQZRY5


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Study: Brain research shows psychopathic criminals do not lack empathy, but fail to use it automatically - Christian Keysers & Edwin Rutsch

Study: Brain research shows psychopathic criminals do not lack empathy, but fail to use it automatically - Christian Keysers & Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Christian Keysers is professor and group leader of the Social Brain Lab at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. The lab explores the biological nature and neuroscience of empathy. Christian is author of 'The Empathic Brain: How the Discovery of Mirror Neurons Changes our Understanding of Human Nature'.

Christian discusses his teams new findings. "A brain imaging study in the Netherlands shows individuals with psychopathy have reduced empathy while witnessing the pains of others. When asked to empathize, however, they can activate their empathy." ScienceDaily 


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Brain research shows psychopathic criminals do not lack empathy, but fail to use it automatically

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A brain imaging study in the Netherlands shows individuals with psychopathy have reduced empathy while witnessing the pains of others. When asked to empathize, however, they can activate their empathy.

 

Criminal psychopathy can be both repulsive and fascinating, as illustrated by the vast number of books and movies inspired by this topic. Offenders diagnosed with psychopathy pose a significant threat to society, because they are more likely to harm other individuals and to do so again after being released. A brain imaging study in the Netherlands shows individuals with psychopathy have reduced empathy while witnessing the pains of others. When asked to empathize, however, they can activate their empathy. This could explain why psychopathic individuals can be callous and socially cunning at the same time.

Why are psychopathic individuals more likely to hurt others?

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