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Empathy Deficit in Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Psychodynamic Formulation

Empathy Deficit in Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Psychodynamic Formulation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, is an international psychoanalytic quarterly founded in 1941 by Karen Horney.

 

Empathic difficulty is a highly consequential characteristic of antisocial personality structure. The origin, maintenance, and possible resolution of this profound deficit are not very clear. While reconstructing empathic ability is of primary importance in the treatment of antisocial personality, not many proven procedures are in evidence. In this article, the author offers a psychodynamic formulation of the origin, character, and maintenance of the empathic deficiency in antisocial personality. The author discusses some of the treatment implications from this dynamic formulation.

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How to Listen to Your Child, Even When Listening is Hard

How to Listen to Your Child, Even When Listening is Hard | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When your child's upset, you want to DO something to help. But the best remedy is being quiet.

 

In all empathetic communication the majority of specialists usually identify four stages. However, every encounter between parent and child is unique and we have to learn to navigate them from the point of our experiences.

 

Observation: all the experts agree that empathy requires being capable of realizing the state of being of a person without saying a word. Prioritize the emotional state of your child, looking out for such things as an unusual greeting when she gets home from shool or an abnormal expression on her face. In this instant, and in the most natural way possible, we should say the most open phrase possible.

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Great insghts.Very helpful.
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Empathy vs Sympathy - Difference and Comparison

Empathy vs Sympathy - Difference and Comparison | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Empathy is the ability to mutually experience the thoughts, emotions, and direct experience of others. It goes beyond sympathy, which is a feeling of care and understanding for the suffering of others. Both words have similar usage but differ in their emotional meaning.

 

Contents
1 Emotional differences
2 Origin of the words
3 Relation
4 Examples of empathy and sympathy
5 Empathy as a communication skill
6 Video explaining the differences
7 See Also
8 References

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Lee Charles Kelley & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Dogs

Lee Charles Kelley & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Dogs | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lee Charles Kelley is a dog trainer and has written articles about empathy in dogs. He writes a blog in Psychologytoday.com called My Puppy, My Self: How dogs make us human.

 

Lee and I talked about the nature of empathy in dogs from Lee's perspective of working with dogs as a trainer and having been an actor. We also reviewed the study, 'Empathic-like responding by domestic dogs to distress in humans', by Debbie Custance, and the related articles by Stanley Coren and Kevin Behan. We talked about the definitions of empathy and how dogs don't have the higher self-awareness based empathy that human have.
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Man's TRUE best friend: How dogs can respond to our emotions more than other humans

Man's TRUE best friend: How dogs can respond to our emotions more than other humans | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dogs nuzzle and lick humans they think are in distress - behaving in a submissive manner designed to offer comfort, say Goldsmiths, University of London researchers.

 

‘No such preference was found. The dogs approached whoever was crying regardless of their identity. Thus they were responding to the person's emotion, not their own needs, which is suggestive of empathic-like comfort-offering behaviour.’


Custance told Discovery News: 'We have domesticated dogs over a long period of time. We have selectively bred them to act as our companions.

 

By EDDIE WRENN

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Bypass - Apathy to Empathy

by Destiny Church

 

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ASDCulture - Theory of Mind my Ass: What is With the "No Theory of Mind" Thing?!

ASDCulture - Theory of Mind my Ass: What is With the "No Theory of Mind" Thing?! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Amazingly, 100% of the ASD professionals that I have worked with over the course of the past 16 months have either based their entire bodies of work on autistic theory of mind (ToM)deficits or have used the term quite frequently to refer to things that have nothing to do with ToM.

 

In fact, many times it has been used in reference to me as an autistic adult to explain why the ASD professional and I had a misunderstanding, without any further attempt to understand my perspective. The whole thing is simply “dismissed” (as am I and my views) with a flippant comment that I am lacking ToM. This boggles my mind and also concerns me, as it is so far from the truth.

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Party of Strivers: no talk of community & compassionate conservatism

Party of Strivers: no talk of community & compassionate conservatism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Republican Party unabashedly celebrates individual responsibility en route to material success, but our destinies are shaped by other forces.

 

But there is a flaw in the vision the Republicans offered in Tampa. It is contained in its rampant hyperindividualism. Speaker after speaker celebrated the solitary and heroic individual. There was almost no talk of community and compassionate conservatism. There was certainly no conservatism as Edmund Burke understood it, in which individuals are embedded in webs of customs, traditions, habits and governing institutions.

 

Today’s Republicans strongly believe that individuals determine their own fates. 

 

By David Brooks

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An old Romney friend brings tears to RNC as she recalls his private compassion

An old Romney friend brings tears to RNC as she recalls his private compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“I could tell immediately that he didn’t just see a tangle of plastic and tubes; he saw our beautiful little girl, and he was clearly overcome with compassion for her.”

 

When they heard of Kate’s passing, both Mitt and Ann paused, to personally reach out to extend us sympathy, and express their love,” 

 

“When the world looks at Mitt Romney, they see him as the founder of a successful business, the leader of the Olympics, or a governor,” she said. “When I see Mitt, I know him to be a loving father, man of faith and caring and compassionate friend.”

 

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Is the Republican Party the Anti-Empathy Party?

Is the Republican Party the Anti-Empathy Party? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The way to choose a candidate for political office is to examine their capacity for empathy. That is if you wish to avoid years of unbearable distress.

 

Republican number crunchers like Romney and Ryan have the least empathy. You can bet your last dollar, and you can bet it will be your last dollar, they will be silent when the elderly cannot keep up with the costs of M.R.I.’s or prescription medicines, or when the poor and uninsured become increasingly sick through lack of preventive care.

I don’t have the data to support my thesis that Conservative

 

Republicans suffer from a brain empathy deficit disorder. But I can quote Maureen Dowd who said on August 14 that Paul Ryan is, “the cutest package that cruelty ever came in.”

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Finding Self-Compassion through Focusing

Finding Self-Compassion through Focusing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Focusing is one of the few methods that has helped me understand depression as I experience it, well beyond the scope of clinical descriptions. It has also given me an approach to self-compassion that is more effective than the various meditations I have tried.

 

by John Folk-Williams

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Empathetic GPs may reduce depression, self-harm in older patients

Empathetic GPs may reduce depression, self-harm in older patients | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
TEACHING GPs to be more empathetic may reduce the prevalence of depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts in older patients, a study has found.

 

Published in the Annals of Family Medicine, the biggest study of depression in older people in Australia was conducted by UWA researchers with more than 370 GPs and almost 22,000 patients taking part in the two-year project. 

 

It found a physician’s empathy and willingness to discuss the emotional concerns of patients might play an important role in reducing thoughts of self-harm and depression.

 

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Everyone Isn't a Winner--and Shouldn't Be

Everyone Isn't a Winner--and Shouldn't Be | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How to compete in a way that creates "good" winners and losers.

 

 Empathy goes hand-in-hand with collaboration. Does that mean that empathetic parenting and teaching should be devoid of competition? It’s natural to want to shield our kids—whether our students or our offspring—from losing. But eliminating competition from our children’s lives would be doing them a disservice. The world is full of competition, full of opportunities to win out and to lose out. Applying to college, entering the job market, navigating romantic relationships—all of these inevitable “real” life experiences will involve wins and losses.

 

 

By Laura Zax

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Laura Zax
http://j.mp/Ms6eSR

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Music makes kids more empathetic, research finds

Music makes kids more empathetic, research finds | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Exposure to music can makes kids more empathetic, a recent study has found. The University of Cambridge research, though preliminary, may affect how school systems, policymakers and educators view music and its relationship to a child's development.

 

"Empathy is considered to be a precursor of pro-social behavior, a crucial ingredient in our daily social lives," said Rabinowitch. "Empathy keeps us 'together,' connected, and aware for each other."

 

 By Edward Ortiz

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More data suggesting that studying music makes us better people!  How many of you have been changed for the better by music?

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Technology Can Teach Healthcare Professionals Empathy

Technology Can Teach Healthcare Professionals Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Bringing the nature/nurture debate to health IT, author Jennifer Thew shows how technology can actually teach empathy to caregivers.

 

How does technology affect empathy in health care?

I think many people feel that soft skills like empathy are incompatible with data driven, hardwired technology. Healthcare workers are often the first ones to mention this. On one of my many hospital admissions during my complicated pregnancy, a nurse was entering my prenatal history into the computer. Midway she stopped and said, “I’m sorry. These computers make me feel like patients are just here so I can get data to put into the computer to make it run.”

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Kevin Behan & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Dogs

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Kevin Behan is a dog trainer and has written articles about empathy in dogs. He is author of: Your Dog Is Your Mirror: The Emotional Capacity of Our Dogs and Ourselves. "canine cognition labs around the world are conducting experiments to elucidate how dogs have become so attuned to human beings that they seem to have developed a capacity for empathy. But is this kind of empathy a form of emotional contagion or a form of higher cognition? Or is it something else entirely?... "


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Stanley Coren & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Dogs

Stanley Coren & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Dogs | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Stanley Coren is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of many best-selling books on dogs including, 'How Dogs Think: Understanding the Canine Mind', 'How To Speak Dog' and 'The Modern Dog'.


Stanley says empathy is the glue that connects us and that "there is a consensus that the mind of a dog is very similar in capacity and behaviors to the mind of a human 2 to 3-year-old." "Recent research demonstrates that dogs have empathy and recognize when humans are emotionally distressed. Their response is an attempt to comfort the unhappy person as best they can." One way to foster empathy in children is for children to have a dog, which helps them learn how to connect and relate to others. The dog will not judge them but offers empathic connection.


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Get Empathy Movement (a project of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center)

Get Empathy Movement  (a project of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


In partnership with LifeWorks (a project of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center), The Relational Center is developing student leaders at LAUSD campuses to support their efforts in building a movement of empathy that creates safety and opportunity for all youth at school. Our aim is to help build leadership skills and capacity among student activists as they engage their peers, teachers, administrators and community leaders in changing the cycle.

 

Get Empathy is a social movement funded through charitable gifts and foundation grants. This year's antibullying project is made possible, in part, by a grant from The Annenberg Foundation.

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Inside the Empathy Machine: A Face-in-Face Interview with Megan May Daalder, Inventor of the Mirrorbox

Inside the Empathy Machine: A Face-in-Face Interview with Megan May Daalder, Inventor of the Mirrorbox | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Megan May Daalder is a young artist in Los Angeles who is responsible for the Mirrorbox, a hands-on piece that uses two-way mirrors and a lighting sequence to allow two participants to momentarily blend their faces together in a genuinely arresting illusion.

 

People tend to leave the Mirrorbox reeling from the temporary sensation of embodying another identity. Like an echo, the after-effects take a moment to dissipate. In an informal survey Daalder conducted with hundreds of participants early in the project’s development, the same response bobbed up consistently: people still saw themselves in each other, even after the illusion had ended.

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BayNVC: Growing Compassion: Building On Interdependence! Telesummit

BayNVC: Growing Compassion: Building On Interdependence! Telesummit | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Bay Area Nonviolent Communication is offering a new telesummit on Growing Compassion. Participate in daily calls with twenty-one trainers and teachers of Nonviolent Communication throughout the month of September. Some sample talks are:

 

Miki Kashtan – Practices for Opening our hearts

 

Alan Seid – Supporting Compassionate Actions of Social Change Agents

 

Meganwind Eoyang – Transforming Self Judgments

 

Catherine Cadden – Empathy First Responder

 

Carol Chase – Compassion in the Face of Adversity

 

Newt Bailey – The Compassion Switch: Finding and flipping on the compassion switch

 

Mair Alight – Self-Empathy Core Competency- Practicing with Wisdom Circles

 

Roberta Wall – Growing Compassion

 

Roxy Manning – Authentic Dialogues: Growing compassion across sociocultural differences

 

Allso see: The International Online Conference on:
How Can We Build a Culture of Empathy and Compassion?

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How to build a culture of empathy with Compassionate Communication or Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
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Schools Join Empathy and Compassion Debate

Schools Join Empathy and Compassion Debate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Mind with Heart is encouraging schools to make empathy and compassion priority topics for the next academic year.

 

 Are human beings compassionate or selfish? Does caring for others really make you less stressed? Do you have to be ruthless to succeed in life?

 

Three hundred 15–18 year-olds from schools across the UK are to explore these and other questions during the Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference Youth Gathering, which takes place at London’s Southbank Centre on 22 November 2012.

 

By Tom Lawson.

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Helping others does not prove empathy - University World News

Helping others does not prove empathy - University World News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a distinctly human trait, despite suggestions that other animals are capable of recognising and sharing the feelings of another individual of the same species, according to researchers from four institutions in America, Britain, France and Portugal.

In a paper describing their research, published in the journal Biology Letters, the authors say empathy is not the same as pro-sociality, which is the tendency to behave so as to benefit another individual.

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Romney friends describe his faith and compassion

Romney friends describe his faith and compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"Mitt's response to those who came was compassion in all its beautiful varieties: He had a listening ear and a helping hand," he continued. "Drawing on the skills and resources of those in our congregation, Mitt provided food and housing, rides to the doctor and companions to sit with those who were ill.

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Video: Why Dogs Really Do Feel Your Pain : Discovery News

Video: Why Dogs Really Do Feel Your Pain : Discovery News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dogs may empathize with humans more than any other animal, including humans themselves, several new studies suggest.

 

The latest research, published in the journal Animal Cognition, found that pet dogs may truly be man (or woman's) best friend if a person is in distress. That distressed individual does not even have to be someone the dog knows.

 

"I think there is good reason to suspect dogs would be more sensitive to human emotion than other species," co-author Deborah Custance told Discovery News. "We have domesticated dogs over a long period of time. We have selectively bred them to act as our companions.

 

By Jennifer Viegas

 

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http://news.discovery.com/videos/news-dogs-and-humans-think-act-alike.html

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Empathy and the genius salesman

Empathy and the genius salesman | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Apple's Genius training manual shows the importance of empathy and investing in staff.

 

One of Apple’s great successes has been in delivering services through its stores. Tech site Gizmodo managed to get a peak at Apple’s training manual for their in-store ‘Genius’ technicians.

A word that keeps popping up in the manual is ‘empathy’ – as Gizmodo says; The term “empathy” is repeated ad nauseum in the Genius manual. It is the salesman sine qua non at the Apple Store, encouraging Geniuses to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes,”

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