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Conference: Panel 007-A: How to Create a Culture of Empathy with Men

Conference: Panel 007-A: How to Create a Culture of Empathy with Men | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Owen Marcus moderates this panel discussion about how men can deepen their empathy and live more fulfilling lives. Owen, David and Michael facilitate men's groups.

 

I first discovered the power that lies in masculine empathy back in the mid 1970’s. Since then my training and experience showed that as men we were never taught how to utilize our unique Masculine Emotional Intelligence. Through my books, blogs and groups I attempt to teach men what we never learned around empathy and emotions. www.owenmarcus.com is a resource for men and women concerning masculine empathy and micro-communities.

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Rick Ackerly & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Education

Rick Ackerly & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Rick is a nationally recognized educator and speaker with 45 years of experience working in and for schools. With a master’s in education from Harvard University, Rick has devoted his career to building thriving learning communities. Author, "The Genius in Children: Bringing out the best in your child"

How to build culture of empathy? 'Children have empathy; the best way to educate it is to utilize it.

 

All good educators know empathy is one of their greatest abilities, and the origin of some of their greatest passions. Their brains are designed to know how others feel. They are wired with mirror neurons; when someone else is hurt, they feel it. By eighteen months they know that another person might want something different from what they want, and are inclined to give them what they want, rather than what they would choose for themselves.'
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Lesley Grant & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Mindfulness with Couples, Parents & Children

Lesley Grant & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Mindfulness with Couples, Parents & Children | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lesley Grant, founder and director of Marin Mindfulness a unique community cooperative program that teaches mindfulness and loving-kindness practice to parents, teachers and children, preschool-preteens, speaks about how she is adapting mindfulness and applied mindfulness practices for children, parents and co-parenting couples, toward developing a culture of empathy.

 

She says: “Parents who practice mindfulness can develop the capacities to raise children who seek creative non-violent solutions to problems.” Mindful family relationships and both parents and children’s peer relationships are a foundation of a culture of empathy.
Sub Conference: Education (Mindfulne

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Andrea Cohen & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion

Andrea Cohen & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Andrea Cohen is a communications consultant, project developer, and facilitator who has been involved with the Compassionate Listening Project for many years. Author: Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening.

 

For Andrea, empathy is like the exquisite attunement of musical strings to each other. The opposite is chaos, discord, and the sound of finger nails on the chalk board. She offers ways and skills to create and deepen the attunement. How to build a culture of empathy? Listen with the heart and teach people specific conflict resolution skills they can use in the heat of conflict when they might tend to lose their ability to stay centered in the heart.
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Lisbeth Holter Brudal & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Norway

Lisbeth Holter Brudal & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Norway | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lisbeth Holter Brudal is a psychologist living in Oslo, Norway. She developed a 40 hour “Empathic Communication” course for professionals who want to educate others. This method is now used in hospitals, in schools, family centers and different institutions in Norway.

 

By educating professionals in a professional way of communicating based on empathy, we have the experience that our courses influence the daily work in a positive way for doctors, nurses, teachers and others in their contact with patients and pupils and also in the way they cooperate in the hospital or in the school.
 

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Restorative justice: Program aims to increase victim empathy in offenders

Restorative justice:  Program aims to increase victim empathy in offenders | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A five-day programme for convicted offenders has been shown to be effective in increasing their levels of concern for their victims and motivation to change. The Supporting Offenders through Restoration Inside (SORI) programme, which has been piloted in seven prisons across the UK, is the subject of a study published in the journal Criminological and Legal Psychology today.

 

SORI aims to increase victim empathy in offenders and motivate them to change their offending behaviour and take responsibility for the harm they have caused. It consists of a one-day taster programme to help offenders decide whether they want to attend the full four-day victim awareness course, and introduces the principles of restorative justice

 

The rest of the SORI course includes role-plays in group-work settings and individual exercises to encourage victim empathy in offenders.

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Doctor, Doctor: Can You Feel My Pain? | Compassion fatigue starts in medical school.

Doctor, Doctor: Can You Feel My Pain? | Compassion fatigue starts in medical school. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion fatigue starts in medical school.

 

A recent study by Daniel Chen et al found that students with higher empathy scores tended to choose more people-oriented specialties, such as primary care and psychiatry, over more technical specialties like surgery or pathology. ..

 

At present, the battle to sustain doctors’ empathy in the face of compassion fatigue is already being lost during training. If we want more doctors at the front-line of patient care, then schools need to provide a learning environment that develops and sustains empathy during medical training, especially in the clinical years.

 

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Science Overview: Contagious Yawning: Evidence of Empathy?

Science Overview: Contagious Yawning: Evidence of Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When is a yawn just a yawn? When is a yawn more than a yawn? Contagious yawning – the increase in likelihood that you will yawn after watching or hearing someone else yawn – has been of particular interest to researchers in fields as varied as primatology, developmental psychology, and psychopathology.

 

At first, scientists thought that yawning was a mechanism designed to keep the brain cool. However, it turns out that there is a correlation between the susceptibility for contagious yawning and self-reported empathy.

 

By Jason G. Goldman 

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Sara Lazar on how meditation can reshape our brains: improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate,

Neuroscientist Sara Lazar's amazing brain scans show meditation can actually change the size of key regions of our brain, improving our memory and making us more empathetic, compassionate, and resilient under stress.

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Tal-Chen Rabinowitch & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Music Arts

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Why Would Making Music Together Increase Empathy More Than Other Group Activities?

Why Would Making Music Together Increase Empathy More Than Other Group Activities? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I believe that any group activity that emphasizes self-other interaction can contribute to increasing social-emotional capacities, such as empathy, but that musical group interaction may be substantially more effective in doing so.

 

This may be due to the many mental, social, and emotional skills specifically required for playing music together, and which appear to also be necessary for empathic behavior. It is almost as if the purpose of music making is to train us to become more empathic.

 

by Tal-Chen Rabinowitch is a doctoral student at the Centre for Music and Science at the University of Cambridge.

 
more at:  http://bit.ly/KQZRY5

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Developing Empathy: Don't Take Away the Music | Psychology Today

Developing Empathy: Don't Take Away the Music | Psychology Today | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When schools need to make cuts to save money, music is often top of the list. In the UK, funding for music in schools and the training of music teachers continues to be cut...

 

In today’s modern world, we exert our own powers of selection via culture: for better and for worse. If we want our children to grow up with more ‘empathic concern’, to be less disruptive and more cooperative, then maybe music should be as essential throughout the school curriculum as math and English.

 

by Gillian Ragsdale

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Reading boosts empathy, but sympathy for the devil too

Reading boosts empathy, but sympathy for the devil too | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research claims that reading fiction helps us understand other points of view, but history doesn’t always bear that out...

 

What about stories that denounce or deride empathy, that describe success and social order through sheer self-centredness (e.g. Ayn Rand)? And couldn’t empathy for the wicked lead us astray? Is it good for us to empathize with the hero of American Psycho? Isn’t this exactly what conservatives argue when they restrict high-school reading lists to the morally uplifting?

 

by RUSSELL SMITH

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Sylvia Haskvitz & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with NVC

Sylvia Haskvitz & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with NVC | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sylvia is a trainer, coach, mentor in Compassionate Communication, Nutrition Consultant and Registered Dietitian with a Holistic twist. She offers support in helping people to take full responsibility for their health and well-being. Author of, Eat by Choice, Not by Habit.

 

Empathy is like an inner spa, getting a massage, sitting in the hot tub and relaxing. The opposite is like the pain of hearing the fingernails on the chalkboard. Creating the empathy spa entails inner work, compassion within, compassion interpersonally and
compassion in the greater community.
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Lidewij Niezink & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy

Lidewij Niezink & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lidewij Niezink hosts the Empathy and Charter for Compassion groups on Linkedin. Her Ph.D was in empathy and altruism. She is a strategic advisor, trainer and innovator, and helps organizations, groups and individuals to implement different aspects of empathic concern into their professional as well as private lives.

 

How to build a culture of empathy? Stop looking for the qualities of empathy and compassion outside of ourselves. We ALL possess these qualities already (as research is showing us). Develop and make use of the methods offered to cultivate empathy and compassion within ourselves according to what speaks to our individual minds and hearts.

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Howard Zehr & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Restorative Justice (Restorative Empathy)

Howard Zehr & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Restorative Justice (Restorative Empathy) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” Zehr began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field. Author of many books including The Little Book of Restorative Justice.

 

 

We talked about the role of empathy as a foundational value in the restorative justice movement. Edwin thinks a more accurate term would be restorative empathy. Howard said, "This vision of mutuality is supported by neuro science and attachment theory. The new neuro science is teaching us that we as a human being, our brains are designed to connect with other people." He feels victims of harm may be resistant to talking about empathy. Sub Conference: Justice

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Leah Green & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion

Leah Green & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Leah Green is Founder and Executive Director of the Compassionate Listening Project. She has led 26 training delegations to Israel/Palestine, speaks and writes about Middle East peace-building, and has produced three documentaries about the conflict. Contributor to the book: Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening.

 

Leah shared many personal stories about the power of empathy and compassion. How to build a culture of empathy? Training, I just believe that we need to integrate programs starting in school - meaning preschool, kindergarten, whatever age...and consistently include these programs at every level. For parents, I also think it would be incredibly helpful if every family had to have “training” before they have children. Sub Conference: Education

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Pathways to Empathy?

Pathways to Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dipping into the vast  literature on clinical empathy, one quickly discerns the dominant storyline. Everyone agrees that empathy, while hard to define, hovers around a kind of physicianly caring that incorporates emotional connection with patients.

 

The connection conveys sensitivity to the patient’s life circumstances and personal psychology, and gains expression in the physician’s ability to encourage the patient to express emotion, especially as it pertains to his medical condition. Then the physician draws on her own experience of similar emotions in communicating an “accurate” empathic understanding of how the patient feels and why he should feel that way.

 

by Paul E. Stepansky, Ph.D.

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Same-sex marriage: Empathy or right? by Charles Krauthammer

Same-sex marriage: Empathy or right? by  Charles Krauthammer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There are two ways to defend gay marriage. Argument A is empathy: One is influenced by gay friends in committed relationships yearning for the fulfillment and acceptance that marriage conveys upon heterosexuals. That’s essentially the case President Obama made when he first announced his change of views. No talk about rights, just human fellow feeling. Such an argument is attractive because it can be compelling without being compulsory

 

The empathy argument both encourages mutual respect in the debate and lends itself to a political program of gradualism. State by state, let community norms and moral sensibilities prevail. Indeed, that is Obama’s stated position.

 

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Mike Lewinski's comment, May 19, 2012 9:06 AM
Without discounting the general importance of empathy, I have to say that this first argument of gradualism does not sway me.

What if we had waited to end slavery until community norms and moral sensibilities had changed? Yes, that approach could have fostered mutual respect but would it have ever ended slavery?

In Loving vs Virginia, the landmark Supreme Court case that overturned all state bans on interracial marriage, the justices wrote that marriage is "one of the basic civil rights of man".

They were talking about our so-called inalienable rights there I believe. These are not rights that the federal or state governments (or our neighbors) grant to us. Rather, they are inalienable because we are born with them and do not have to ask permission to exercise them.

This is why Loving is called a landmark case. It overruled community norms and moral sensibilities across the land because those norms and sensibilities were codified in a form of injustice that was absolutely incompatible with our nation's highest ideals.

Laws that said whites could only marry other whites never actually defined who was "white" except to say that even "one drop" of black blood disqualified you (but such laws never really defined black either, and assumed it was self-evident). The Supreme Court saw the problems with such laws. I am confident they will see similar problems with DOMA and other laws against same-sex marriage. There is no legal definition for man or woman, nor is it possible to construct one without denying some intersex people their fundamental rights.

The recognition of injustice seems to me to be a special kind of empathy. I suffer because I see others suffering, and relate it back to my own position of relative privilege that is free from that suffering. In this case, I understand that it isn't a matter of gay rights but of human rights, and if they can be denied the basis to marry the person they love on the basis of sex, my own rights may be abridged some day on the very same basis. So there's an element of self-protection involved in this kind of empathetic response to injustice. I'm genuinely suffering for their suffering, and also fearful that their suffering will become mine by law when the political winds shift some day.
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Bill Drayton: Empathy-Based Ethics: A Strategic Essential

Bill Drayton: Empathy-Based Ethics: A Strategic Essential | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In the ‘everyone is a changemaker’ world, no business can succeed unless it works consistently to ensure that all its people have this core capacity and inner commitment...

 

The Man: Founder and CEO of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public is often called the ‘godfather of social entrepreneurship’; helped hundreds of entrepreneurs working on social problems collaborate,... He tells us why empathy will be the most important skill going forward.

 

 

Bill Drayton: The rules of this new world are still undefined. They are in a state of flux and as the world becomes more complex, the original rules don’t apply. In this world, where value is first in contributing to change, people need different skills. They must master empathy first; it is the foundation of everything else.

 

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No More Blaming - Cultivating Empathy for the Person We Blamed

No More Blaming - Cultivating Empathy for the Person We Blamed | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Cultivating Empathy for the Person We Blamed
Finding empathy for the person we blame is one of the most difficult practices we can develop. I remember a time when I was in a relationship with someone, let’s call her Nancy, who was addicted to a substance. One time I was in deep trouble and asked Nancy to stay with me instead of reaching for the substance.

 

In response, she became angry at me and walked away. I was so distraught that I most literally couldn’t fall asleep. I lay in bed blaming her for not caring about me. This only increased my agitation, until I decided that since I couldn’t sleep anyway, I might as well engage in finding an empathic understanding of her choice.

 

by: Miki Kashtan

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Tal-Chen Rabinowitch & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Music Arts

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Tal-Chen Rabinowitch is working in Cambridge towards a PhD. Her research explores the social nature of musical group interaction in children and the ways in which it can be directed towards the long-term enhancement of emotional empathy.

This work explores experimentally the effects of musical group interaction on children’s every day capacity for empathy, and in particular, the emotional impact of synchronization during musical interaction. Her research suggests that music promotes empathy.

 

 More about Tal-Chen Rabinowitch's work at:
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Want A Less Fussy, Easier to Soothe, Kinder Child? Make Music! |TIME.com

Want A Less Fussy, Easier to Soothe, Kinder Child? Make Music! |TIME.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Want a happier, easier to calm infant and a more empathetic child? Three new studies suggest that teaching even the youngest children to make music with others can not only reduce distress and make infants smile and laugh more but also enhance brain development and boost empathy....

 

Researchers found significant increases in empathy in the children who made music together. They were not only better able to understand and mirror the emotions felt by actors in a short film clip they watched, but they also improved in their empathetic responses to statements like “It makes me sad to see a girl who can’t find anyone to play with” or “I really like to watch people open presents even when I don’t get a present myself.”...

 

By Maia Szalavitz 
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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).

 

Tal-Chen Rabinowitch - University of Cambridge, UK
Ian Cross - University of Cambridge, UK
Pamela Burnard - University of Cambridge, UK

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Making Music Together Increases Kids’ Empathy

Making Music Together Increases Kids’ Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

New research from the U.K.suggests certain types of group music-making can help kids develop empathy...

 

Music education produces myriad benefits, strengthening kids’ abilities in reading, math, and verbal intelligence. New British research suggests it may also teach something less tangible, but arguably just as important:
The ability to empathize.


In a year-long program focused on group music-making, 8- to 11-year old children became markedly more compassionate, according to a just-published study from the University of Cambridge. The finding suggests kids who make music together aren’t just having fun: they’re absorbing a key component of emotional intelligence.

 

By Tom Jacobs

 


Reasearch by Tal-Chen Rabinowitch  
Darwin College, Cambridge

http://www.mus.cam.ac.uk/CMS/people/tcnr2/

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