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Growing Empathy : Empathy, Race and Trials - the downside of unconscious empathy

Growing Empathy : Empathy, Race and Trials - the downside of unconscious empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy, Race and Trials - the downside of unconscious empathy


I've been thinking this week about unconscious empathy.

Unconscious empathy is when I feel an immediate connection with a person - maybe because I see or hear something about them that reminds me of myself.  This kind of empathy is not intentional; and because it's not intentional I believe that it's just too easy for me to make mistakes when doing it.

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Thoughtful Parenting: The art of empathy

Thoughtful Parenting: The art of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In child development language, to be attuned means to be in harmony and compassion with the child. Attunement allows the caregiver to know and respond to the child’s emotional state.


Some caregivers are so attuned that they can tell from a child’s cry whether he or she is hungry, tired, needs a diaper change or is sick.


By being attuned to the child, the caregiver provides a model to the child for the early development of empathy.


Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. When we are empathically heard and understood, we are more apt to feel accepted as who we are.


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Mediamatters.org: Right-Wing Media Use Paris Attack To Smear Hillary Clinton

Mediamatters.org: Right-Wing Media Use Paris Attack To Smear Hillary Clinton | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Right-wing media are using the Paris terrorist attack to falsely claim Hillary Clinton has encouraged empathizing with terrorists like the ones who carried out the attack.


But conservatives' attacks on Clinton are badly distorting remarks she made during a December speech in which she emphasized the value of understanding one's enemy, and she has repeatedly stated her opposition to negotiating with violent ideological groups.


Following Paris Attack, Right-Wing Media Accuse Clinton Of Empathizing With Terrorists

Rush Limbaugh: By Saying We Should Empathize With Enemies, Clinton Meant That We "Are Owed" Attacks Such As The Paris Shooting. 

On the January 7 edition of his radio program, Rush Limbaugh criticized Clinton's December speech at Georgetown University, during which Clinton mentioned "showing respect even for one's enemies" and "empathiz[ing] with their perspective":



Fox's Richard Grenell: Hillary Clinton "Wants You To Empathize" With Paris Attackers.

 Following news of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, Fox News contributor Richard Grenell used the attack to claiming Clinton "wants you to empathize" with those responsible for the attack:





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Explaining Away Empathy – Mental Illness and Reduced Compassion

Explaining Away Empathy – Mental Illness and Reduced Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is critical for health care providers. Especially in mental health care, empathy and compassion improve outcomes and enhance overall patient well-being.


Thanks to innovative explorations into the way the brain works, mental illness is increasingly defined by biological mechanisms.


But, new research claims that these biological explanations lead to less empathy for patients. 


A recent trend in mental health has focused on offering biological and genetic mechanisms for mental illness.


Experts believed that such explanations would decrease the blame that patients receive for their illnesses since genes, cells, and chemicals are named as culprits. Feelings of compassion should increase for the patients since the illnesses are not their faults, right?


by Jennifer Gibson, PharmD 

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Corporate Empathy Is Not an Oxymoron - HBR

Corporate Empathy Is Not an Oxymoron - HBR | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Enlightened companies are increasingly aware that delivering empathy for their customers, employees, and the public is a powerful tool for improving profits, but attempts to implement empathy programs are frequently hamstrung by the common misconception of it as “wishy-washy,” “touchy-feely,” and overtly feminine. 


So empathy is de-prioritized, and relegated to the status of just yet another HR initiative that looks good in the company newsletter. It is seen as a soft and frilly add-on rather than a core tool.

An additional problem facing CEOs is that many see empathy as an intangible quality, and as such hard to quantify. If you can’t measure empathy then it is very difficult to assess how much empathy your company is delivering, and where the greatest empathy deficits lie.


by Belinda Parmar

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Tom Wojick's curator insight, January 9, 2015 9:02 AM

In the USA we consider corporations the same as individuals, therefore it makes sense that they would possess the capacity for empathy. The question is how do we as individuals help corporations discover their empathy and the positive benefits that they can gain by being empathic.

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Empathy explained by Matthieu Ricard - YouTube

Matthieu Ricard shares his thoughts on empathy. Shining Hope supports his humanitarian projects in northern India. Win a chance to skype with him here http://www.shininghopefoundation.org/


Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  Matthieu Ricard

http://cultureofempathy.com/references/Experts/Matthieu-Ricard.htm


 



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Tom Wojick's curator insight, January 9, 2015 9:07 AM

One of the best books I've read on emotional intelligence is Happiness by Matthieu Ricard. His thoughts on empathy are just as meaningful and important for developing our emotional wisdom

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Whatever happened to the "Compassionate Conservatives"?

Whatever happened to the "Compassionate Conservatives"? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The question is, what is a “Compassionate Conservative” and how can he reconcile his party’s increasingly right wing rhetoric with this stance?

When the Prime Minister searched around for explanations for how his government’s planned cuts to benefits which could put as many as 900,000 children into poverty, he struggled to sound compassionate. His eventual answer was that, “Compassion is measured in creating a growing economy”. I could only cringe.


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What Is Empathy and Why Is It So Important?

What Is Empathy and Why Is It So Important? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy allows us to understand and share the feelings of others. Why do we feel empathy in some situations and not others? Learn more.


We are generally pretty well-attuned to our own feelings and emotions. But empathy allows us to "walk a mile in another's shoes," so to speak. It permits us to understand the emotions that another person is feeling.

For many of us, seeing another person in pain and responding with indifference or even outright hostility seems utterly incomprehensible. But the fact that some people do respond in such a way clearly demonstrates that empathy is not a universal response to the suffering of others.


So why do we feel empathy?

Why does it matter?

And what impact does it have on our behavior?


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Measuring the Immeasurable? Compassion Under a Microscope

Measuring the Immeasurable? Compassion Under a Microscope | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Measuring the Immeasurable?


In 2012, two scientific colleagues at my university, Drs. Lisa Olson and Celine Ko, began a study to measure the physiological and psychological effect of the Compassion course on the students.

They wanted to see if the stories of personal transformation played out in terms of quantitative scales and lab levels. The initial results confirmed what the various religions have always said: Compassion is good for us.

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Why This Anti-Rape Workshop-Running College Bro Says Empathy Is The Most Important Idea Of 2015

Why This Anti-Rape Workshop-Running College Bro Says Empathy Is The Most Important Idea Of 2015 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Eric Barthold believes that we need to develop our ability to take another person's perspective.


I would love to see our education system value actively build students' ability to empathize and take others' perspective. The lack of empathy is particularly obvious in today's script of masculinity for young men and boys of all ages. In a society still often directed by men, the separation between ourselves and the "other" is inherent in how we define being male and therefore boys in particular have trouble understanding what it would feel like to be in someone else's shoes, so to speak.  
 

If our world placed more value on being empathetic we could lessen the many the tensions behind many pressing issues in today's society, from environmental conservation to all forms of social justice and injustice (race, gender, class, and sexuality), simply by having the ability to actively understand another person's experience and perspective.

by Rachel Signer

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FILM: Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and Connection | Compassion Journal

FILM: Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and Connection | Compassion Journal | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’d like to offer up a video playlist to remind all of us about the power of empathy, kindness, and human connections. It’s always a good time to practice gratitude for the relationships that sustain us all — for the people who have taught us in a school setting and beyond, and for the young ones we are able to nurture and inspire.

I was also thinking about how many of us are living out the paradox of being ever more plugged in, and ever more aware of what’s happening in our community via social media platforms, while at the same time, face-to-face interactions are less frequent than ever before. We are in constant touch, but barely touching.  


By Amy Borokovoy

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ERIC - Empathy: Implications of Three Ways of Knowing in Counseling,

From a humanistic orientation, Carl Rogers (1964) described 3 ways of knowing with reference to empathic understanding: subjective, interpersonal, and objective.


In the context of a threefold perspective of knowledge, the author expands on Rogers's conception of empathy. As a consequence of a conceptual change in the direction of empathy, implications for counseling are affected.


The purposes of this article are

  • (a) to discuss Rogers's conception of three ways of knowing with respect to empathy and
  • (b) using the three ways of knowing, to expand on Rogers's view of empathy, presenting implications for counseling. A case study that provides a counseling example of the three ways of knowing, is presented in this article.


Arthur J. Clark, 

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Practical Empathy by Indi Young

Practical Empathy by Indi Young | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Conventional product development focuses on the solution. Empathy is a mindset that focuses on people, helping you to understand their thinking patterns and perspectives.


Practical Empathy will show you how to gather and compare these patterns to make better decisions, improve your strategy, and collaborate successfully.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. How to Use This Book
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Contents
  7. Foreword
  8. Introduction
  9. Chapter 1: Business Is Out of Balance
  10. Chapter 2: Empathy Brings Balance
  11. Chapter 3: Put Empathy to Work
  12. Chapter 4: A New Way to Listen
  13. Chapter 5: Make Sense of What You Heard
  14. Chapter 6: Apply Empathy to What You Create
  15. Chapter 7: Apply Empathy with People at Work
  16. Chapter 8: Apply Empathy Within Your Organization
  17. Chapter 9: Where Do You Go from Here?
  18. Index
  19. Acknowledgments
  20. About the Autho
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Can Monkeys Learn to Recognize Themselves in the Mirror?

Can Monkeys Learn to Recognize Themselves in the Mirror? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In humans, self-recognition is sometimes considered a hallmark of empathy, which is thought to involve a similar brain mechanism, Gong said.


If monkeys can be trained to develop self-recognition, perhaps they have the mental capacity for empathy as well, scientists say — though so far, there is only anecdotal evidence to support this idea.


(For example, The Guardian published a video of a monkey at a train station in India that attempts to revive another monkey that had been electrocuted on the tracks, by biting the stunned animal's head and splashing it with water.)


by Tanya Lewis

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The Civilized World Cowers in Fear - The Rush Limbaugh Show - we've gotta empathize with our enemies

The Civilized World Cowers in Fear - The Rush Limbaugh Show - we've gotta empathize with our enemies | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

She said we've gotta empathize with our enemies and we've got to endeavor to understand them.  We have to endeavor to understand how what we do makes them feel.  And we have to endeavor to understand and use empathy in dealing with them, and we can't always just consider them flat-out enemies, that they have points of view that it would be worth our effort to try to understand.  That's what Mrs. Clinton said. ...


When you have the likely Democrat 2016 presidential nominee saying about people like this, "Hey, we gotta be careful and we must empathize with them. We must try to reach out and understand their grievance....


That's why we must try to understand. It's what Mrs. Clinton means when she talks about needing empathy.  We're guilty! ...


And you know the best way to express that or explain that?  In this country, it is the Tea Party that arouses real anger and thoughts of evil in the Democrat Party and the left.  Not ISIS.  Not Al-Qaeda, but the Tea Party.  That's who they think is evil.  These guys, we gotta empathize.  You ever heard Hillary say we need to empathize with the Tea Party? We need to empathize with Sarah Palin?  We need to empathize with Ted Cruz?  Nope.  But we do need to empathize with these guys. ...

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How empathy trumps school smarts in successful leaders

How empathy trumps school smarts in successful leaders | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
By Ana Sáenz de Miera
But that’s not all. Empathy in action, contrary to common misconceptions, is not only good because it helps others. Empathy is essential to achieve personal success.


Empathy makes you a better team member. It helps you become a good leader. It makes companies focus on the true needs of their clients. Empathy enables us to know how to behave in a job interview.

Empathy is not only about looking around you. Empathy makes you look in a different way, focusing on the needs and preparing yourself for action.

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Being Cold Is Contagious, So Keep That In Mind In This Frigid Weather, Folks

The researchers claim their findings are due to the fact that “empathetic understanding for primary low-level physiological challenges (as well as more complex emotions) are grounded in somatic simulation,” or in human speak: we feel for people in these tough situations because we imagine we’re experiencing them as well.


They don’t, however, suggest a deeper explanation for the phenomenon, such as a long-lost human mechanism for ensuring people protect or look out for one another when it’s too cold.


by CECILY TROWBRIDGE


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Can We Teach Empathy?

Can We Teach Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Questions about our empathetic capacities have interested humans for centuries. Today, we understand that human beings are actually wired for empathy, with vast networks of neuro-transmitters and mirror neurons supporting positive connections.


However, our capacity for empathy is as much the result of our experience and practice as it is of our genetic makeup. Educators can enable this experience and practice.


Some key elements in my own teachings include: 

  • Safe Space: The environment supports my ability to be present, to listen deeply and to feel heard. I know that I have the power to share, keep private, or take back any part of my story.
  • Deep Listening: I feel truly heard and not judged. I know that the act of sharing my story itself takes precedence over the final product.
  • Reciprocity: Rather than one person holding all the power, the experience of storytelling is mutual; everyone has skin in the game.
  • Continuity: I recognize the larger purpose for which my story is shared and that my story “belongs” to something bigger than myself.
  • Action: An action highlights my connections with others in a shared world that needs our energy to make it a better place.

By Alisa Del Tufo
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Matthieu Ricard on Altruism and Empathy

Matthieu Ricard on emotional and cognitive empathy .


If altruism and compassion are really two expressions of the same sort of same fundamental benevolence.  Empathy is slightly different.  Empathy is something that helps  you to know that someone else needs this or that to be happy or that someone else is suffering. Because if you don't even notice,  then why should you be concerned, you'll be indifferent,  you'll ignore it. 


So there are several aspects of empathy,

One is the affective resonance.


You come with a big smile full of joy, I sort of have this affective resonance. Which I know is you, it's not pure contagion. I know because you are joyful I become joyful. But if you suffer, and if I have this empathic resonance, effective resonance, then I suffer because you suffer. 


So it's not like a distress contagion, but it's like I suffer because I'm not happy to see you suffer.  That is the affective empathy. '


Then there is the cognitive empathy.

Which is to think, 'Oh, event thought I don't feel this strong emotional response,  but what is that person feeling now? Why is that person seems so distressed and anxious, even I'm not distressed. 


She has an airplane and a flight fear. I don't have it, but I see she is so much disturbed. So I feel concern because I know that she is in that state..  So I can either try to imagine what she feels. Or it's something that I might feel myself I will try to imagine what I would feel if I was in the place of that person. That is slightly different.  


So, both affective and cognitive empathy allows you to know the situation of the person in terms of experience.  So that for instance, what will trigger the transformation of altruistic love and compassion. It will be catalyzed by empathy  because you know that personal is suffering through by either affective resonance or by imagining what the person feels. So it is a very important catalyst to relate to others and if you are concerned by others, it helps you do the right thing.


Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  Matthieu Ricard

http://cultureofempathy.com/references/Experts/Matthieu-Ricard.htm


 

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Video: Researchers using virtual reality therapy to teach self-compassion

Video: Researchers using virtual reality therapy to teach self-compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Researchers say self-compassion can be taught using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, with their trials showing reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion in participants.


The scientists behind the study are now investigating the longevity of the therapy and say it could be applied to treat a range of clinical conditions. Matthew Stock reports.

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Naomi Feil’s Listening with Empathy

Naomi Feil’s Listening with Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Feil tells of a woman who repeatedly mentioned seeing a man under her bed. Instead of telling her to ignore the man and pretend he’s not there, Feil walked her through her feelings by asking what he looked like and what he was doing.


Feil discovered that this woman had been raped, and when she told her mother about it her mother slapped her. “So the woman had to swallow her fear and her anger and her pain,” says Feil.


“She kept it inside. You have to listen with empathy. If you don’t, this doesn’t work. You really have to believe that the person sees their children or that something awful happened.


The secret to Validation is really empathy.”

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Center Focuses on Compassion to Improve Ethics, Health

Center Focuses on Compassion to Improve Ethics, Health | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Through a generous gift from the Arizona Friends of Tibet, the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is positioned to explore this question through the newly launched Center for Compassion Studies — the nation's first formalized collegiate center for compassion studies.


Housed within the UA college and involving faculty from across the University, the center represents a breakthrough in higher education, bringing the UA to the forefront of the dialogue on how the application of mindfulness and compassion can impact important aspects of daily life such as consumer behavior, health and school climate.


By Candice Childress and Lori Harwood,
UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
| January 5, 2015

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Cleveland Clinic: Patient Experience, Empathy Innovation Summit 2015

Cleveland Clinic: Patient Experience, Empathy Innovation Summit 2015 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As caregivers entrusted with helping people, improving the patient experience is our collective responsibility. Success comes from the ability to work together, network, share best practices and challenge each other to identify new ways to practice.


Many of the best solutions for challenges are found at the front lines of the caregiver-patient relationship, and bringing people together to share and network ensures that we all have access to the latest innovations. Patient experience is not about enhancing satisfaction - it is about transforming the way medicine is delivered.


Patient experience is a dynamic issue not only for healthcare CEOs, physicians, nursing executives and industry leaders; it’s an issue for everyone in the industry. No provider can afford to offer anything less than the best clinical, physical and emotional experience to patients and families. As patients become savvier, they judge healthcare providers not only on clinical outcomes, but also on their ability to be compassionate and deliver excellent, patient-centered care.


As the world’s largest independent summit exclusively focused on improving the patient experience, the 2014 Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit attracted more than 2,100 attendees from 49 states and 39 countries (click here to see the 2014 agenda).

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Empathy in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Perspectives and Practices - Arthur J. Clark

Empathy in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Perspectives and Practices

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The purpose of this text is to organize the voluminous material on empathy in a coherent and practical manner, filling a gap that exists in the current therapeutic literature. Empathy in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Perspectives and Practices comprehensively examines the function of empathy as it introduces students and practitioners to the potential effectiveness of utilizing empathic understanding in the treatment process.
 
Employing empathy with full recognition of its strengths and limitations promotes sound strategies for enhancing client development. As an integral component of the therapeutic relationship, empathic understanding is indispensable for engaging clients from diverse backgrounds. This cogent work focuses on understanding empathy from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and developing interventions for effectively employing the construct across the course of treatment. The book also presents a new approach for integrating empathy through a Multiple Perspective Model in the therapeutic endeavor.

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