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University of Virginia School of Nursing: Compassionate Care & Empathic Leadership Initiative

University of Virginia School of Nursing: Compassionate Care & Empathic Leadership Initiative | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Compassionate Care & Empathic Leadership Initiative (click here to view CCELI video) exists to create dialogue around and preparedness for nurses who deal every day with people in life-changing situations–one-time or chronic illness, terminal disease, end-of-life care and even death itself–and all the highly-charged, complex issues surrounding them.

 

The CCELI focuses on systems that optimize patients’ and their family’s quality of life, incorporate compassion and empathy into personal behavior, interprofessional interactions and encounters with patients and families. We’re developing clinical, educational and research initiatives that further those aims. Our ultimate vision is to reduce human suffering and promote health and well-being by fostering compassionate people and systems.

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Career Article - The Selling Power of Empathy - Beyond.com

Career Article - The Selling Power of Empathy - Beyond.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One trait today’s companies look for in their salesforce is the ability to empathize with a customer. These salespeople drill down to a customer’s needs. They ask the question: why does this customer need our product or service? They go out of their way to match needs with benefits. Customers appreciate this so much so that they’re willing to do business with that salesperson on a continuing basis. For these customers, it’s more than one sale. It’s, “What else can I buy from this company via this salesperson?”  

 

In Apple’s Genius Training Student Workbook, "empathy" is repeated endlessly and prospective geniuses are encouraged to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes." Apple's two-week, strictly regimented, tightly scheduled training program includes a major section on the "Power of Empathy."

 

 By: Alex Kecskes

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Relationship Matters: Empathy is our catalyst to moral actions

Relationship Matters: Empathy is our catalyst to moral actions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A national tragedy unites communities in sharing the pain, loss and disbelief about the unimaginable cruelty that led to suffering and loss of life. Most caring beings are impacted by the sights and scenes of trauma caused by nature or human actions. We feel deep compassion for the sufferers -- but is feeling empathy enough?

 

Empathy is the emotion evoked in us when we imagine ourselves in another person's circumstances. The tender, compassionate response to what we think the other is feeling, such as fear in the face of a life-threatening situation, is not empathy. Resonating with what the other actually feels -- is true empathy.

 

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Book Review: Increasing Collaboration Through Empathy

Book Review: Increasing Collaboration Through Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Marie Miyashiro is passionate about empathy. A popular speaker and coach for teams with the Elucity Network, an empathy-based consulting and training group, she has written The Empathy Factor, an informative book with a proven method for developing and practicing empathy as a workplace skill. Her insights focus on how a compassionate workplace is a path to greater productivity and greater profit...


The essence of empathy is the metaphor of walking in someone else’s shoes. Miyashiro says, “Empathetic connection is built around guessing someone’s feelings and needs, rather than knowing them.”

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Dr. Anthony Jack, Case Western Reserve University – Empathy and Analytic Thought

Dr. Anthony Jack, Case Western Reserve University – Empathy and Analytic Thought | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Anthony Jack of Case Western Reserve University explains why it’s hard to be analytical and empathetic at the same time.

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  Anthony I. Jack

http://j.mp/SlAEXa

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Compassion, Not Anger, Is Best Response to Sandy Hook Massacre

Compassion, Not Anger, Is Best Response to Sandy Hook Massacre | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

That is the path of fear, and the absurd notion that more guns will result in less violence. The path of fear leads to anger, hatred, violence and depression. As a physician I can say it leads to mental and physical illness. It helps neither the parents nor any surviving children in the family.

 

There is another path, one of human connection and compassion. We all watched the victims and the parents, and we felt emotionally attached to them. We saw retired psychologist Gene Rosen talk about how he saw a group of frightened children in his front yard, and how he took them inside and gave them the stuffed animals that his grandchildren play with. How do we continue that connection – not just by sending teddy bears to the streets of Newtown but by urging our lawmakers to ban these deadly weapons; by going further and following the example of Australia, which after buying back existing weapons observed its murder rate plummet.

 

by Izzeldin Abuelaish

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Teaching your child to be compassionate

Teaching your child to be compassionate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As society becomes increasingly competitive, there is a danger that we are all losing that essential quality that makes us human; compassion. In order to ensure that we do not become robots devoid of emotion, it is important to raise compassionate children...

 

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Monkey see, monkey do. Children learn what they live. Do to others what you want them to do to you. I could go on and on with similar phrases and they would all be true. If you want your child to be compassionate and humble, you have to be that way yourself. These qualities need to be a part of who you are, though, not just what you do when it’s convenient or out of obligation. It needs to come from the heart.

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How to Develop Empathy in Children through Human-Animal Relationship

How to Develop Empathy in Children through Human-Animal Relationship | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It is an element of emotional intelligence and is related to success in many areas of development – personal, social and academic. Empathy is a human trait that many people have a “low reserve” thus all the problems we have in the world today.


Empathy skills can also be cultivated and developed. Parents can help children develop empathy by using the human-animal relationship. Children naturally love and are fascinated by animals. Parents can take advantage of that by fostering animal care, thereby inspiring the child’s intelligence and imagination to be empathetic and extend care in another person. Learning how to respond empathetically is also the best antidote to violence, bullying, and other unwanted aggressive behavior.


by Kessy Sawang

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Happy New Year: Compassion for Self and Others a Top New Year's Resolution | Family Goes Strong

Happy New Year: Compassion for Self and Others a Top New Year's Resolution | Family Goes Strong | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Before we start resolvin' about all the clutter we're going to dump, the bad habits we're going to stop, the pounds we're going to lose (ie: 2013 is the year I'm going to lose the baby weight….since the baby's going to college….) I'd like to stop everything, offer a pregnant pause, a mindful moment, to propose a radical alternative to the usual New Year's resolutions...

 

What if, instead of all the self-critical ways we beat ourselves up about what we should change, how great we'd be if we weren't so lazy, tired, distracted… What if, as a radical departure, we spoke to ourselves with the kindness, compassion and empathy we offer our best friends.

 

BY: PAMELA CYTRYNBAUM

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Fostering Empathy in Teens

Fostering Empathy in Teens | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Yshai Boussi L.P. C., Adolescent and Couples Therapist, joined us with great tips on how to foster empathy in our teens.  You'll find more great articles about parenting teenagers on Yshai's blog.

 

1. Pay attention to the details. Get your teen to have more empathy for your point of view by paying attention to the details of their life. Don't just focus on the big issues. Ask her about her friends, the music she's listening to, current movies/TV shows/video games, and other topics. Try to remember as much as you can. Find a way to stay curious and interested. Teens can sniff out judgment from miles away so stay away from that. At least initially, she doesn’t really care what you think, so don’t tell her unless she asks or unless your opinion is supportive of her own. This may feel boring to you at times, but it’s a very important way to get your teen to care more about what you think and how you feel.

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More Music, More Empathy

More Music, More Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The previous post examined the relationship between music and empathy, including the emotional connection that can occur between musician and audience. My thoughts on the issue were originally inspired by a quote in the book Rat Girl, a memoir by musician Kristin Hersh:...

 

Are Musicians More Empathetic?

Self-absorbed rock star stereotype aside, it would be difficult to determine causality if this were the case. Do more empathetic people choose to take up music (à la the tortured artist), or does musical training make one more empathetic?

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VizTip: How to use an empathy map to understand your target market

For more information, visit www.jeannelking.com Have you ever wanted to understand who your target market is? Have you ever needed to get into the head of th...
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Self-compassion and Parenting: The Radical Art of Teaching Children to be Nice to Themselves

Self-compassion and Parenting: The Radical Art of Teaching Children to be Nice to Themselves | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Metta meditation is a core practice for many people, and if you meditate or participate in a contemplative tradition, the concept of “self-compassion” is probably very familiar to you. Most versions of metta begin with one’s self as the object of compassion. As the well-known meditation teacher Jack Kornfield explained, “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

 

The logic of self-compassion is very sound. If you want to be compassionate to others, you must be compassionate to yourself first. You simply cannot give what you do not already have. As Pema Chodron has explained “in order to have compassion for others, we have to have compassion for ourselves.” Strong metta always includes the meditator in some sense.

 

by Ron

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Children do what we do, not what we say. Compassion is an important quality to instill in children. The way we do that is largely through role modeling self-compassion as well as kindeness to others.
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Can compassion and empathy be learned?

Can compassion and empathy be learned? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Can compassion be taught?

 

At the University of Virginia, our nascent Compassionate Care and Empathic Leadership Initiative — a lengthy, fancy name for a simple, purposeful way to teach kindness, usher resilience and nurture compassion — is seeding change in fertile ground. An all-volunteer army of more than 70 nurses, physicians, chaplains, students and others are gathering monthly to consider meaningful, relevant ways to develop our personal reservoirs of compassion, noting simple, small ways we can better care for our patients, one another and ourselves.

 

These are concrete ways that help us to be more compassionate caregivers — ideas that could, in this season, be spread not with high-minded self-righteousness but rather with quiet kindness and empathy.

Perhaps the biggest lesson is to cultivate an ability to listen to others. Not planning on what you’ll say next while another person is talking, but really hearing what is being said, taking the time to consider it before responding. And sometimes, taking what someone says and sitting with it, quietly, and thoughtfully, and even without response.

 

Dorrie K. Fontaine is dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing

 

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Compassionate Conservatism

Compassionate Conservatism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Defeat, like death, concentrates the mind wonderfully. It also liberates the mind. People venture to think the unthinkable, or at least, the impermissible. A new generation of conservatives may be moved to reconsider some ideas that have fallen into disuse or even disrepute. Compassion is one such idea. ...

 

Above all, what conservatives can do, and what Ryan and others are now trying to do, is to recapture compassion from the liberals, de-sentimentalizing while reaffirming it. Properly understood (as Tocqueville would say), compassion is a preeminently conservative virtue. It dignifies the individual (the donor of charity as well as the recipient); it thrives in a free and sound economy where the individual can “better himself”; it nurtures a spirit of independence rather than fostering the dependency that is too often the result of misguided entitlements; and it finds expression and fulfillment in civil society more often than in government. This is not to deny the validity or utility of safety nets and entitlements in principle, only to define and limit them in practice. Nor is it to deny any role to government, only, again, to define that role more precisely and to limit it more severely. "

 

BY GERTRUDE HIMMELFARB

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Humane Connection: Humane Educator's Toolbox: The Power of Outrospection

Humane Connection: Humane Educator's Toolbox: The Power of Outrospection | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Enough navel gazing! It's time to look outward to know ourselves, and to help create a better world!, says philosopher and author Roman Krznaric. In this 10 minute video (animated by RSA Animate) Krznaric argues for a turn to "outrospection." He focuses on the power of empathy as a revolutionary tool for changing the world.

In outlining his argument, he uses powerful examples, such as strategies being used  to bring about peace between Palestine and Israel. He also talks about the power of empathy as a mass force -- something that happens on a collective scale.

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Barack Obama and the 'empathy deficit'

Barack Obama and the 'empathy deficit' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The US president claims the 'empathy deficit' is a more pressing problem than the federal deficit, but, says Mark Honigsbaum, empathy may be merely a product of changing scientific fashions.

 

Although empathy has become something of a political buzzword, it is surprisingly difficult to define. Moreover, a survey of the scientific and historical literature reveals that its meaning has shifted significantly over time.

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Understanding and Responding to other people’s feelings: Empathy

Understanding and Responding to other people’s feelings: Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This month we will focus on the Powerful Word, “empathy.”

Empathy refers to our ability to “take a walk in someone else’s shoes” so we can imagine how they feel and respond appropriately. A crucial social skill, empathy allows people to problem solve together as well as make and retain friends. Without the ability to determine the emotions and take the perspective of others, children may choose to act in ways that are wholly self-serving.

 

 by MANNY CABRERA 

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HerVoice: Fargo artist shares hat to inspire empathy |

HerVoice: Fargo artist shares hat to inspire empathy | | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Using a red hat and a camera, Heather Zinger is encouraging empathy and union.

 

The Fargo artist started her “Red Hat Project” in October and plans to have a photograph taken of her and at least one other person swapping hats and maybe even coats every day for a year.

 

The project is a series of photo performances. Its purpose is to empathize and unite with others by sharing concerns and clothes. Zinger hopes to display the photos in a travel-ing exhibit at the end of the year.

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A Timely Interview With Jon Ramer About Creating Collective Compassion (Part 1)

A Timely Interview With Jon Ramer About Creating Collective Compassion (Part 1) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A Timely Interview With Jon Ramer About Creating Collective Compassion (Part 1) - The Huffington Post

 

Jon Ramer is a software entrepreneur turned social engineer, a civic leader, a community organizer, an inventor, and a musician. He is the designer and co-founder of several Deep Social Networks, including the Ideal Network. He was an organizational participant in Seeds of Compassion, an event in Seattle coordinated around the His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 2008 visit to Seattle which focused on nurturing compassion throughout the world. Following the Seeds of Compassion, Ramer co-founded the Compassionate Action Network.

 

More about Culture of Empathy Builder: Jon Ramer

 http://j.mp/XfHGnK

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7 Tips to get More Empathy from your Teen

7 Tips to get More Empathy from your Teen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The words “empathy” and “teen” may feel like an oxymoron if you’re a parent. You may have accepted that your teen is self-centered and that’s just how it’s going to be until they grow out of it. Actually, teens are much more empathetic than they often appear.

 

Just ask their friends or their friend’s parents.  However, you may be understandably frustrated by your teen’s inability to grasp the impact their behavior has on you. You may feel disappointed by the lack of compassion and awareness they show towards others who are different from them or who have had struggles that they haven’t had.

 

The good news is that empathy can be learned and developed just like any other skill.

Foster empathy in your teen by trying the following suggestions:

 

1. Pay attention to the details


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Sympathy for the Deficit – or Better Empathy?

Sympathy for the Deficit – or Better Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It seems that prosocial behavior is acquired, not hardwired into the genes. If that is so, the recent failure of empathy in the European Monetary Union has much deeper roots than financial problems.

 

Perhaps antisocial behavior was rewarded too much in the past, with taxes falling for the wealthier part of Europeans, tax flight being more and more common and financial crimes were decriminalized. The Washington Post reports on the recently found ability of rats showing empathy:

 

by Dirk Ehnts

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Trust, Empathy and Dialogue Network - University of Birmingham

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Trust, Empathy and Dialogue Network

The project was developed out of Naomi Head’s research on these themes undertaken as part of her ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship on 'Conflict, Dialogue and Ethics in International Relations: From the Responsibility to Protect to a Responsibility to Discuss?’.

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The Vision Before the Design: Empathy is the Key

The Vision Before the Design: Empathy is the Key | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Reaching this vision takes a little time, planning and empathy is at the center of the task. The most successful organizations engage a broad spectrum of constituents.


Reaching this vision takes a little time, planning and empathy is at the center of the task. The most successful organizations engage a broad spectrum of constituents. It’s important to think about all of the potential “users” of a healthcare facility. Not only are the administrators and clinical staff important, but also patients, family members and support staff. The next step is to bring these groups together. Firsthand knowledge sharing is powerful.


By Jonathan Bykowski 

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