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The Four Myths of Self Compassion

The Four Myths of Self Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others. – Dalai Lama

 

We are conditioned to put the other person ahead of ourselves, sometimes to the detriment of our own ability to be kind to ourselves. Why is this?

 

Dr. Kristin Neff was teaching a workshop I recently attended about self-compassion. She had the workshop participants get into pairs and sit facing our partners. Then, one person closed her eyes while the other looked at her and silently repeated a loving-kindness meditation Dr. Neff shared with us.

I didn’t know the person I was paired with. But, as I looked at her and silently directed the meditation toward her, I felt waves of compassion and kindness and even love for her.

 

By Bobbi Emel

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Empathy and Yawning: Why Is Yawning Contagious?

A well done video on yawning and how it relates to empathy. 

 

 

Contagious Yawning: Why We Do It, What It Shows About Us (VIDEO)

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 "One's tendency to catch other people's yawns may depend on empathy. Children with autism spectrum disorders—who tend to exhibit impaired empathy— also show less susceptibility to catching yawns. The video is full of interesting facts about yawning, including why other animals use it to look intimidating, attract mates, or just realign their jaws after a big meal."

 

 

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Empathy: The Most Valuable Thing They Teach at Harvard Business School

Empathy: The Most Valuable Thing They Teach at Harvard Business School | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

These probably aren't words that you were expecting to see in the same sentence — Harvard Business School and empathy. But as I reflect back on my time as a student there, I've begun to realize that more than anything else, this is one of the the most valuable things that the school teaches...

 

It's a trait that is sorely lacking at the moment. There's a case to be made that the American political system is suffering at present because empathy has been almost entirely exorcised from within its walls.... 

 

 The place for me, however, where an appreciation of empathy is most undervalued, is in business. The potential upside for those in business who are able to be empathetic is huge...

 

by James Allworth

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Study of the Day: Why There's No Love Lost Between Political Enemies

Study of the Day: Why There's No Love Lost Between Political Enemies | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
New research in Psychological Science uncovers a deterrent to our ability to relate to other people: our political ideologies.

 

CONCLUSION: Our tendency to project our visceral feelings onto others does not extend to people who we consider to be very dissimilar from us.

 

IMPLICATION: Opposing political views may make people seem extremely different and unrelatable. "This as a problem of empathy," says O'Brien. "We don't want to step into someone else's shoes when we disagree with them."

 

by Hans Villarica

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WATCH: Arianna Huffington Interviews The Dalai Lama

WATCH: Arianna Huffington Interviews The Dalai Lama | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

His Holiness the Dalai Lama sat down with Arianna Huffington at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to celebrate his Templeton Prize, and discuss the importance of a productive conversation between spirituality and science.

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Capitalists and Other Psychopaths: exhibiting a lack of interest in and empathy for others

Capitalists and Other Psychopaths:  exhibiting a lack of interest in and empathy for others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Wall Street is capitalism in its purest form, and capitalism is predicated on bad behavior. This should hardly be news.

 

THERE is an ongoing debate in this country about the rich: who they are, what their social role may be, whether they are good or bad. Well, consider the following. A recent study found that 10 percent of people who work on Wall Street are “clinical psychopaths,” exhibiting a lack of interest in and empathy for others and an “unparalleled capacity for lying, fabrication, and manipulation.” (The proportion at large is 1 percent.) Another study concluded that the rich are more likely to lie, cheat and break the law.

 

By WILLIAM DERESIEWICZ

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May 14, 2012: Roots of Empathy research symposium - Toronto, ON

May 14, 2012: Roots of Empathy research symposium - Toronto, ON | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Recognized in 2011 as the top social innovation in Canada by the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation, Roots of Empathy continues to be a leader in understanding social-emotional development. On May 14-16, Roots of Empathy will bring together 18 leading experts to present their research on neuroscience and social-emotional development, empathy and gender binary, and research on the Roots of Empathy program.

 

The research symposium will provide a forum for experts to discuss a decade of research, and begin looking ahead to the next 10 years of study on the effects of the Roots of Empathy program on social-emotional development. Together, with Roots of Empathy, experts will determine what the new questions are, and how findings will be measured.

 

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The Moral Molecule: The biochemistry of love and empathy

The Moral Molecule: The biochemistry of love and empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In his latest book The Moral Molecule, neuroeconomist Paul Zak describes oxytocin’s role in trust, bonding and even virtuous behaviour. New Scientist caught up with him about avoiding the term “the cuddle chemical” and trying not to make a bride faint on her wedding day..

 

Human oxytocin-mediated empathy involves, besides oxytocin, both serotonin and dopamine, which reinforce moral behaviours. This leads people to perform moral actions even when they don’t have to. In times of high stress, adrenaline inhibits the release of oxytocin. This also happens when testosterone levels are high

 

by Jessica Hamzelou

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Patch Self-help's comment, June 27, 2012 9:09 AM
This seems to suggest that we are all at the mercy of our hormones.
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Obama’s decision to support gay marriage: It’s About the Empathy, Stupid

Obama’s decision to support gay marriage: It’s About the Empathy, Stupid | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Barack Obama’s decision to support gay marriage was a rare act of empathy in this presidential election.

 

..the thing Obama does at his best: He listens. My oracle at Facebook tells me that many of us think that is also precisely the thing Obama does worst—he compromises, triangulates, and negotiates. But perhaps we could at least stipulate that listening to and—yup, I’m saying it—empathizing with people who are very different from you, and rejiggering your views to accommodate them, is a quality we have seen almost none of in this presidential campaign, from either side.

 

We need to listen to the experiences of others before dismissing them as dangerous, immoral, and wrong. Obama wrote in The Audacity of Hope, that his whole moral code was conditioned on the idea that to be able to empathize with people richer and poorer, more liberal and more conservative, is to be "forced beyond our limited vision.”

 

By Dahlia Lithwick

http://bit.ly/J6IqPi

 

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Rachel AB's comment, May 12, 2012 9:34 AM
Except that it's selective empathy - only toward those who are coupled... As Lauren Taylor points out so eloquently: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/no-celebration-for-this-lesbian/2012/05/10/gIQAlPxfFU_blog.html
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How Technology Killed Empathy : Sam Vaknin

How Technology Killed Empathy : Sam Vaknin | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Whatever happened to empathy? Where have solidarity, charity, and compassion gone?

A series of earth-shattering social, economic, and technological trends converged to render empathy a tedious nuisance best avoided. Foremost among these is the emergence of modern technology.
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FREE LISTENING Workshop: Embracing the Gift of Listening

FREE LISTENING Workshop: Embracing the Gift of Listening | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
FREE LISTENING Workshop
Embracing the Gift of Listening
With Allison Goldstein of The FREE LISTENING Project of Puget Sound

 

"Silence is the training ground for the art of listening."
-- Linda Douty

 

In a world that seems to move faster every day, we rarely have the time to slow down or take the time to listen to each other. There are so many sights and sounds vying for our attention that we have forgotten how to truly listen.

 

Presenter: Allison Goldstein, Founder of the FREE LISTENING Project of Puget Sound and the Managing Director of the Compassionate Listening Project.

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The Power of Being 'Grokked' - (to understand intuitively or by empathy)

The Power of Being 'Grokked'  - (to understand intuitively or by empathy) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It is unrealistic to expect compassion from others when we are abandoning ourselves. If you want to experience the power of being "grokked" by others, you first need to "grok" yourself!

 

The Oxford English Dictionary defines grok as "to understand intuitively or by empathy; to establish rapport with" and "to empathize or communicate sympathetically (with)."

 

It is gratifying for all of us to be deeply known -- to be "grokked." When we are feeling the very painful feelings of life -- the loneliness, heartache, heartbreak, grief, sorrow and helplessness that result from others' choices and from past and present life events -- it is profoundly healing to know that another knows exactly what we are feeling and has deep empathy for our feelings. 

 

by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

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Ashoka: Innovators For The Public: "The Future of Social Entrepreneurship"

Ashoka: Innovators For The Public on Livestream. Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.  Bill Drayton talks about the importance of empathy.

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A Yawn as Good as a Kiss Between Friends and Family

Italian researchers say that contagious yawning occurs at a faster rate among friends and family than strangers. Their study, aimed at advancing the understanding of empathy between people, also uncovered similar findings among other primates.
 

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Gil Fronsdal - Empathy and Mindfulness

Recorded at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA on April 6,2011.
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On Empathy: Obama's, Cheney's, and Ours

On Empathy: Obama's, Cheney's, and Ours | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’ve long advocated what I call “diffuse empathy”. People tend to take more of an interest in the sufferings of others when they can relate to an individual’s story, and see how much they have in common with that person. This can happen through personal acquaintance, through art, or even the news media. For example, movies such as “Schindler’s List” help us feel the abstract horror of genocide acutely by taking us into the lives of particular victims. The problem is that this makes our compassion contingent on the particular stories that happen to reach us. Thus, while it’s important to keep the awful history of the Holocaust in memory, tragedies going on right now – such as in Palestine, Yemen, - rarely seem to gain Hollywood’s attention....

 

If empathy can be likened to light, a diffuse glow extending everywhere is far better than a powerful but narrow beam focused on a select few, while leaving the rest of the world in darkness.

 

by Jon Reinsch

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Liberals have no monopoly on compassion

Liberals have no monopoly on compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Haycox says that liberals, of course, understand the problems with this approach and that "a rising tide cannot lift the boats that are tethered to the pilings." The professor concludes by lamenting the lack of "compassionate" conservatives. Perhaps he is longing for the return of George Bush, but I think not.... 

 

The professor suggests that conservatives lack compassion. I've heard others say they are selfish and uncaring. Conservatives are used to this because most critics lack ideas and facts to back up their positions, so they just demagogue and question the other side's morality. Most conservatives assume liberals' intentions are good, however misguided.

 

 

Inequality's roots deep in U.S. history
Professor Steve Haycox 

http://www.adn.com/2012/05/03/2451327/inequalitys-roots-deep-in-us-history.html ;

What liberals understand is that too many inequalities in society are consciously created, are self-serving and are incompatible with real democracy. A conservatism truly compassionate would act on this same understanding.

 

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Bhismadev Chakrabarti at the University of Reading, UK

Bhismadev Chakrabarti at the University of Reading, UK | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lab website for Bhismadev Chakrabarti at the University of Reading, UK. The lab works on empathy, emotions, and autism and is located within the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics.

 

Empathy and Emotion

Empathy is the lens through which we view emotions in others. The highly empathic can sense others' emotions automatically, while those with lower empathy (as well as people with Autism Spectrum Conditions) are often marked by a deficit in picking up socio-emotional cues from other people. Empathy exists in a continuum across the population, and our research here targets the following questions:
a) how does empathy influence the perception of emotions in others and in ourselves?
b) what are the neural and behavioural processes underlying empathy?

 

Genetics of Empathy and Emotion Perception

The experience and perception of emotional states is a primary building block for social behaviour. It is therefore of immense theoretical interest to uncover the molecular bedrock of these ancient instincts. While there is a large body of animal literature on the molecular underpinnings of social-emotional behaviour, work on humans is comparatively recent, and has been limited to correlational studies of genetic variability with behavioural and neural measures. Our work seeks to expand these frontiers , studying how genetic polymorphisms relate to individual differences in emotion perception and empathy.

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Barack Obama's Happy Mother's Day Message: She taught me the values...compassion and empathy

Mother's building a culture of empathy and compassion by teaching and passing on these values.

A Happy Mother's Day greeting from Barack Obama;

"My mother was the single most important influence in my life. I saw her struggles as a single mom. She taught me the values of hard work and responsibility, but also of compassion and empathy - being able to look at the world through somebody else's eye and stand in their shoes."

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Oxytocin - The Moral Molecule | Book by Dr. Paul J. Zak

Oxytocin -  The Moral Molecule | Book by Dr. Paul J. Zak | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Website: Why do human beings engage in courageous acts of compassion but also perpetrate violence? Could the apparent flip-flopping morality of our species have a hidden explanation?

 

The Moral Molecule is a first-hand account of the discovery of a molecule that makes us moral. It reveals that compassion is part of our human nature, why loneliness can kill you, and why your neighbor may be a psychopath. From the laboratory to the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Paul Zak takes you on an amazing journey that reveals what it means to be human.

 

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Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?

Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Psychologists now believe fledgling psychopaths can be identified as early as kindergarten. The hope is to teach these children empathy before it’s too late...

 

For the past 10 years, Waschbusch has been studying “callous-unemotional” children — those who exhibit a distinctive lack of affect, remorse or empathy — and who are considered at risk of becoming psychopaths as adults...

 

 Researchers hope, for example, that the capacity for empathy, which is controlled by specific parts of the brain, might still exist weakly in callous-unemotional children, and could be strengthened.

 

...we worry about hurting others, because we feel empathy. Or we worry about other people not liking us. Or we worry about getting caught. When you start to take away those inhibitors, I think that’s when you end up with psychopathy.”

 

by Jennifer Kahn

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The Empathy Belly® with Murphy, Sam and Jodi: Woman's Hospital:

We brought the Empathy Belly® to the studio of Murphy, Sam and Jodi for the guys to try on. The Empathy Belly® is a multi-component, weighted "garment" that ...
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Can Experience-Taking While Reading Increase Our Empathy? - Science and Religion Today

Can Experience-Taking While Reading Increase Our Empathy? - Science and Religion Today | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In recent research, Lisa Libby and I explored the phenomenon of experience-taking, the spontaneous process of assuming the identity of a character in a written narrative and simulating that character’s subjective experience (e.g., the character’s thoughts, emotions, behaviors, goals, and traits) while immersed in the world of the story.

 

This work demonstrates that experience-taking is a unique and powerful process that gives individuals the chance to live different lives, take on different identities, and have new and varied experiences, which can be quite unlike the ones they have had in their own lives.

 

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Spill: Building an “Empathy Engine” With Suicides Averted as a Metric

Spill: Building an “Empathy Engine” With Suicides Averted as a Metric | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Allstop told me she’s out raising another half million as she transitions Spill from an exclusive focus on campuses and students — it will soon be available at MIT – into a platform for anyone to receive or give support. She calls it “an engine for empathy.”

 

Spill is a peer support network where users can talk — spill — to someone confidentially about problems in their life. Users’ issues are screened by professionals and then referred to an anonymous peer who can talk through the problem and offer support.

 

by Walter Frick

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Spill is a nationwide peer support network made OF and FOR college students. You can vent here, confidentially, about whatever is bothering you. Within 24-48 hours, we'll give you feedback from a handful of trained peers who can relate to your problem. 
https://spillnow.com

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How Does Religion Shape Compassion?

How Does Religion Shape Compassion? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A GGSC-sponsored study found that compassion is less important for moving religious people to perform acts of kindness. But that doesn't mean they are less compassionate!

 

Last week, we reported the results of a GGSC-sponsored study about the relationship between compassionate action and religious belief.
The results? People higher in compassion performed real world acts of kindness more frequently than those with less—which is no surprise....

 

I was invited to discuss the study on “The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann,” which titled the segment, “Who’s more compassionate… atheists or fundamentalists?”

 

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas

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