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The Republican Autopsy and the Empathy Gap

The Republican Autopsy and the Empathy Gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

But partly it’s a failure of empathy. I really do mean empathy, not sympathy. Conservative elites are aware that poor people exist and genuinely want them to become wealthier. They are just completely failing to put themselves in the shoes of the poor or even the middle class and understand what they would actually find helpful, in the way they can understand that unauthorized immigrants would like to become citizens and gay people would like to get married. They fixate on distortions and costs created by Obamacare and don’t even pause to think about why someone would value a guarantee of affordable health coverage.

 By Josh Barro

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Morality, Capitalism and Empathy

Morality, Capitalism and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When you start to talk about issues of morality and empathy, the default tendency that most of us have these days, is to define the conversation in terms of politics and class.

 

Earlier in the week I led a panel discussion on "empathy in business" with a great group of co-panelists: Angel Cabrera, President of George Mason University, Bill Drayton, CEO and Founder of Ashoka Innovators for the Public, Carly Fiorina, formerly CEO of HP and currently CEO of Carly Fiorina Enterprises, and Julie Rogers, President and CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.

 

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Interview about Empathy and Child Development with Dr. Bruce Perry

Interview about Empathy and Child Development 
Bruce Perry co-author BORN FOR LOVE:Why Empathy Is Essential and Endangered" 


"One of the most important aspects of being a human being, is being able to be in a relationship. Being able to successfully form and maintain a relationship. And at the heart of that capability is the capacity to put yourself in somebody else's shoes, to see the world how they see it. That capacity is empathy"

Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX 

http://ChildTrauma.org/

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How to Shrink the Dangerous Republican Empathy Gap

How to Shrink the Dangerous Republican Empathy Gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What recent event is going to be more defining for the Republican Party, Sen. Rob Portman’s about-face on gay marriage or thestridentrhetoric of the Conservative Political Action Conference? The GOP ought to pray it’s the former and hope it keeps the party’s empathy gap from turning into the Grand Canyon.


By Jill Lawrence 

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Radio: Teaching Social and Emotional Learning | KQED Forum

Radio: Teaching Social and Emotional Learning | KQED Forum | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Oakland schools have launched programs to help students manage their emotions, establish positive relationships and resolve conflicts. One of the programs, Roots of Empathy, brings infants and their mothers into school to help students recognize emotions and experience empathy. We discuss the social and emotional learning movement, which aims to teach fundamental life skills in schools, and how it's being used in Oakland.

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The Positive Psychology of Empathy

The Positive Psychology of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A student recently asked me: What is the opposite of bullying? I answered: empathy. The strength of empathy and the weakness of bullying are mutually exclusive actions. There is neuroscience truth to the adage “walk a mile in my shoes”.

 

Bullying and empathy are brain-based behaviors found on opposite ends of the emotional continuum. Empathy is a neural function dependent on the mirror neurons. Students say, “Let me try what I see. Let me act on what I feel.” 

 

by Patty O'Grady

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Compassion Fatigue: Changing Culture in the NHS (Thinking about Health Annual Conference, 26-28 June, Birmingham)

Compassion Fatigue: Changing Culture in the NHS (Thinking about Health Annual Conference, 26-28 June, Birmingham) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Thinking about Health Annual Conference
26 – 28 June 2013,  Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmgingham

Can the language of compassion capture the moral problems confronted by the NHS, or might it obfuscate and distract us from more subtle and demanding issues?

 

Through a series of plenary addresses, workshops, panels and shared opportunities for discussion, ‘Compassion Fatigue’ will provide an opportunity to explore the language of compassion, and the impact that it has on the practice of health care provision. Workshops will address the politics of compassion; compassion and spirituality; compassion and nursing; compassion and the experience of the patient. Panels will bring together the perspectives of GPs, nurses and patients.

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Attack On Christian Homes In Lahore And The Murder Of Human Empathy

Attack On Christian Homes In Lahore And The Murder Of Human Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is engraved into the core of our consciousness as human beings- that softest part inspired from the Divine Ruh (Spirit). Those who confine or deflect it are on the wrong side of humanity and history. In the long run, their narrative will lose out and history’s merciless verdict against them shall be ineradicable.

 

by Maryam Sakeenah

http://maryamsakeenah.blogspot.com

 

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How Babies Demonstrate Empathy | Health

How Babies Demonstrate Empathy | Health | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is what makes other people matter to us and reminds us to acknowledge the people around us as we understand and share their feelings. At what stage in our social development does empathy begin? 
As an intuitive counselor, Dr. Caron Goode is an expert on the early development of empathy and a child’s sensitivity to others. She notes that empathy exists in early mother-infant bonding.


Even before birth, a baby in the womb is sensitive to the mother’s feelings, whether positive, neutral, or negative. Once born, a baby shows receptivity to both parents’ anger, tension, and depression, as well as their caring, responsiveness, and love. 

In an article titled “Empathy: Big Feelings from Little Ones,” the Talaris Research Institute concludes that life starts with a biological bent toward empathy.


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An empathy tour? | dream into change

An empathy tour? | dream into change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 I am lit up about a new idea, and I want to share it with you!

I am dreaming up an “empathy tour.”

 

Empathy has been on my mind a lot lately.  As I have been stepping back a bit and re-envisioning what my Dream Into Change practice might look like from a client’s perspective, I have been focusing more on my Happy to Listen practice.  I really love that work, holding sacred space for people who choose to live consciously to express whatever challenges, triumphs, or explorations are alive for them at any given time.

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About

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Silence, Memory and Empathy is an AHRC funded research network running 2012-2013. UK Project partners include Buckfast Abbey, Historic Royal Palaces, the Cultural Learning Alliance, Imperial War Museums, National Maritime Museum, Oriel High School, the Hitchin Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland, Royal Armouries Museum Leeds, The Highlanders Museum, Birmingham University and City University London.

 

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Workshop 2 was held on 6th July 2012 at the Tower of London. The specific focus for the day was Empathy, namely the following questions:

 

- Do participation and co-production in heritage aid empathetic engagement?

- How might empathy and emotional engagement be better articulated?

- Are learning outcomes the best ways to think about this?

 

The day started with a paper from Jenny Kidd on empathy and education, followed by a paper from Sam Cairns, and group discussion. The afternoon session involved a tour of the Tower where questions were raised about empathy, emotion, silence, space and the ethics of interpretation (or making decisions not to interpret).

 

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Empathy and Education in the Museum

Jenny Kidd, City University London

http://silencememoryempathy.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/jenny-kidd_empathy1.docx

 

 

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I Don't Feel Your Pain: Overcoming Roadblocks to Empathy

I Don't Feel Your Pain: Overcoming Roadblocks to Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why empathy is import at home and work and how to be better at it.

 

Neuroscientists have recently discovered that humans are wired to experience empathy through multiple systems of mirror neurons in our brains. These mirror neurons reflect back actions that we observe in others causing us to mimic that action in our own brains.  When we observe someone in pain or when we are with someone happy, we experience that to a certain extent. These mirror neurons are the primary physiological basis of empathy. They create a neural Wi-Fi that connects us to the feelings of people around us. 

 

Many people seem to be naturally empathetic. Others are not.  The good news is that research shows that empathy can be learned. There are however a few potential roadblocks to empathy that must be overcome.

 

by David F. Swink

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, March 10, 2013 2:56 PM

Did you know that those who negotiate with hostage-takers are trained to "fake" empathy?  Read more to see what happens!

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 1, 2013 9:57 PM

Empathy is a key skill to dealing and interacting with people in a manner that produces positive outcome and builds healthy relationships.  The article does a good job explaining what emphathy is, as well as giving some tips to improve in this area.  It also includes facts to support the assertion that empathy matters at work, "Empathy is also important in the workplace. A study conducted by the Center for Creatively Leadership investigated 6,731 leaders from 38 countries. Their results reveal that empathy is positively related to job performance. The study concluded that managers who show more empathy toward direct reports are viewed as better performers in their job by their bosses."

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Frans de Waal presents his new book, The Bonobo and the Atheist

Frans de Waal presents his new book, The Bonobo and the Atheist | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Professor de Waal was brought to campus as part of the Jardezky Lecture Series on Science, Culture and Ethics...

 

Much of the talk focused on empathy. de Waal divides empathy into two distinct types: bodily empathy, which involves basic mimicry and coordination between individuals, and cognitive empathy, which allows individuals to distinguish themselves from others and take the place of others in their minds.

 

Cognitive empathy is more complex, and depends on an organism’s ability to form an image of themselves as a distinct individual. This is often investigated by a mirror test, where an animal is marked with paint, then presented with a mirror and tested to see if they notice the change. Humans are able to pass this test starting when they are about two years old, which corresponds with an increase in ability to know other people’s emotions.

 

Other animals, such as apes and dolphins, have shown they can pass this test as well.

 

By Jonathan McJunkin

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Empathy

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Empathy is a topic of philosophical discussion linked especially to fundamental issues inphilosophy of mind and ethics. Let’s review some of the main issues pertaining to this topic.

 

Other Minds
It seems pretty intuitive to think that you do have a mind, that you do have a self-consciousness; but, how do you know that there are other people who have a mind too? You certainly are not them: each has a different self-consciousness; so, how is it possible to know that others have a mind, much like we do rather than being sophisticated machines?

 

By Andrea Borghini, 

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Connecting to the Heart of Compassion with Pema Chodron’s Tonglen Practice

Connecting to the Heart of Compassion with Pema Chodron’s Tonglen Practice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Pema Chodron fans may be familiar with a practice she encourages called “tonglen.” Tonglen practice is a wonderful way to work with difficult emotions and, as Pema Chodron says, to connect with suffering.  And it’s simple.  One sits quietly and breathes in the pain or difficult feelings of a situation, and breathes out relief.  In with pain and difficulty, out with relief, spaciousness, good wishes, compassion.

Opening Your Heart, Expanding Your Vision
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Empathy for Men in a Post-Feminist World

Empathy for Men in a Post-Feminist World | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Most people do a decent job of being empathetic. When a friend has a string of bad luck, we offer a listening ear. If a cat is stuck in a tree, someone calls for help. When an old woman has nowhere to sit on the bus, we offer her our seat.

 

Our empathy also extends beyond our individual lives, into the realm of collective efforts. Peacekeeping forces risk their lives protecting people they have never met before. Environmental organizations spend time and money protecting animals and our whole biosphere. Many people volunteer for charities...

 

The day that we start including men’s issues in conversations about gender—in schools, universities, the media and in politics—is the day that our empathetic embrace finally expands to include men and the male gender role.


by Pelle Billing


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I think this article gives us another perceptive of the other extreme effect of the change of the gender roles. When male role are being potrayed in a less masculine ways, the audience see it as a form of comedy. Abuse and  mistreatment of male are use as comedic relief in media. We are fighting for gender equality where the change of gender role in male should not be seen as being weak or a joke. 

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Empathy: A Gateway to Objectivity in Leadership

Empathy: A Gateway to Objectivity in Leadership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Most leaders have learned along the way that empathy is a critical leadership skill but few have an understanding of why. Empathy is a form of attention that goes beyond the intellect and involves directly sensing what it is like to be in someone else's shoes. How do we do this?

 

We sense what other people are experiencing or feeling by sensations that arise in our own bodies. All of us are like walking antennas, receiving and registering the felt experience of those around us. Some of us are better at this than others.

 

Jan Birchfield, Ph.D

Founder, Princeton Leadership Development (PLD)

http://princetonleadershipdevelopment.com/bios.html

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Father Helps Promote Empathy by Sharing Emotions in Class - Roots of Empathy

Andy Haner accompanies his wife Layla and eight-month-old daughter Emory to a third grade class once each month as part of Roots of Empathy. The non-profit program teaches children about emotions and feelings through by following the growth and development of infants. While mostly mothers bring their babies to the schools, Andy is one of the few fathers to do so and explains why.

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The murder of human empathy

The murder of human empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In Pakistan religion is increasingly used as one of the most powerful means of deflecting empathy from those outside the faith and sectarian affiliation..

 

Empathy humanises and civilises. Its suppression intensifies secondary drives like narcissism, materialism, violence and aggression. The task of religion, education and the media must be to bring out the empathic sociability stretching out to all of humanity and prepare the groundwork for what Rifkins has called an ‘empathic civilisation’.

 

by Maryam Sakeenah

http://maryamsakeenah.blogspot.com/ ;

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The Teaching of Empathy

The Teaching of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Our Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014 is ... Mr. Barton. Congratulations!"

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Who am I? What have I done to become Teacher of the Year? I am an empathetic teacher who tries to stand in my students' shoes. I teach my students to stand in each other’s shoes. I practice the teaching of empathy. This is my greatest achievement, my greatest contribution to public education and to my world.

 

by Trevor Scott Barton

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Practice Self-Compassion for Lifelong Success « Everyday Fitness

Practice Self-Compassion for Lifelong Success « Everyday Fitness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Pamela Peeke, MD

 Balance self-discipline with self-compassion. Self-compassion means treating oneself with kindness and support when things don’t go well.

 

The first time I mentioned this to one of my patients years ago, she gave me a puzzled look. “How do I do that?” I asked her to think about the last time she expressed compassion for someone in her life.

 

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Part II: The Future of Care & Compassion in Business

In part two of this brief four part video series from the Academy of Management Review, Prof. Jane Dutton discusses the future of care and compassion and how...
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Mentoring in the Workplace: Empathy by the Back Door

Mentoring in the Workplace: Empathy by the Back Door | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

While there are many private sector mentoring programmes in place, these are too often seen as 'nice-to-have', but not essential.

 

Successful mentoring relationships often transcend this as mentors gain an understanding of the world view of another generation and equally, mentees can help senior colleagues to see new perspectives and shifts in societal behaviour, for instance, the growing importance of social networks. These partnerships, inevitably, bring a new level of empathy into the workplace as greater understanding between groups of people develops. This empathy can increase mutual respect for co-workers and remind us of the nuances of an individual's needs, as opposed to just focusing on generic rules and regulations.


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ACP Internist,: New research links empathy to outcomes

ACP Internist,:  New research links empathy to outcomes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It’s not hard to understand why patients might value empathy in medicine.

“Who doesn’t want to have a physician who understands what they’re feeling? Everybody wants that. Everybody feels in their gut that is important,” said Daniel Z. Louis, managing director of the Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

 

But Mr. Louis and his colleagues suspected that the benefits of empathy extend beyond good feelings, and they recently found evidence for it in a study of 242 Italian primary care physicians and 20,961 diabetic patients.

 

By Stacey Butterfield 

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