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Empathy & Why Obama Won: Why Mitt Romney Lost: Empathy

Empathy & Why Obama Won: Why Mitt Romney Lost: Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Tuesday night, Barack Obama won reelection because of one big reason: empathy. More specifically, he and the Democratic Party were more successful at expressing empathy than Mitt Romney and the Republicans.

 

I am obsessed with empathy. I have written about it in the past and I am writing about it today because in the coming weeks and months, I intend to address this idea of the empathy gap. Empathy should not be confused with sympathy; to put it simply, empathy is about feeling and understanding the pain or joy of another. Moreover, empathy is not about pity... far from it.

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Empathy & Why Obama Won: The Politics of Empathy and Inclusivity Played Key Role at the Ballot Box

Empathy & Why Obama Won:  The Politics of Empathy and Inclusivity Played Key Role at the Ballot Box | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Presidential exit polls indicate that a majority of voters thought the economy was the most important issue and that Mitt Romney would be best able to handle the economy and the federal budget deficit. Yet a majority of these same voters elected President Obama. But, among those who cared most about their presidential candidate understanding and caring about their needs, 81 percent voted for Obama and 18 percent voted for Romney.

 

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Why Bonobo Yawning Is Contagious - Science News

Why Bonobo Yawning Is Contagious - Science News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In the study, the researchers, Elisa Demuru and Elisabetta Palagi, observed 12 captive bonobos for 3 months at the Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands. Observation sessions lasted 6 hours and took place in both the morning and in the evening. A total of 1,125 yawns were recorded from the adult apes during the observation period.

 

Besides studying the contagious element of yawning, the researchers also looked into a potential empathetic component to the behavior. Empathy involves the sharing of emotional states and many recent studies suggest yawning could be a form of empathy.

In support of the empathy hypothesis, the researchers noted bonded male-female pairs were seen ‘infecting’ each other with yawns at a higher rate. However, the two scientists were unable to make any strong correlation between empathy and yawning based on their observations and analysis.

 

 Brett Smith

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Effects of Empathic Paraphrasing – Extrinsic Emotion Regulation in Social Conflict

Effects of Empathic Paraphrasing – Extrinsic Emotion Regulation in Social Conflict | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

From Frontiers in Emotion Science, this interesting study confirms what seems kind of obvious to anyone who worked with non-violent communication and been in imago therapy - when we respond to someone with empathy, in this case through paraphrasing a stressful incident the person has just related in way that let's him or her know we got it, the person feels better about the incident just related. The full paper is free for download at the link below.

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Jesse Wiens & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Zen NVC

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

Jesse Wiens is a multi-media performance artist, passionate gourmet chef, and Center for Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer. His work is a celebration of life, drawing from his travels and experiences in countries as far off as Afghanistan and Tibet, to living as a Zen monk in the U.S., dancing at punk rock shows, orchestrating meals for hundreds of guests at an exclusive retreat center, and teaching in California San Quentin State Prison.


Jesse says empathy is like a rubber band. It gets stretched out and that's fear, anxiety, disconnection, etc. It automatically comes back into to the natural shape.
Sub Conference: NVC

 

http://j.mp/TItwmZ

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Bonobos Catch Yawns from Friends: may have its roots in empathy,

Bonobos Catch Yawns from Friends:  may have its roots in empathy, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Contagious yawning in the monkeys may have its roots in empathy, which can help coordinate the emotions of a group..

 

For bonobos, yawning is contagious, but only between friends.

Yawns spread more easily between family and close friends, and from high-status monkeys to those lower on the totem pole, according to a study published online today (Nov. 14) in the journal PLoS ONE. This pattern of social yawning mimics one found in humans and suggests infectious yawning is a byproduct of empathy, which coordinates emotions in a group.

 

by Tia Ghose,

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Empathy Becomes a Revolutionary Force for Change

Empathy Becomes a Revolutionary Force for Change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is about to hit the big time. The view that we are essentially self-interested creatures is being overturned by evidence that we are also homo empathicus, wired for empathy, social co-operation and mutual aid. Neuroscientists have identified a ten-section “empathy circuit” in our brains, and evolutionary biologists such as Frans de Waal have shown that we naturally evolved to care for each other.

 

 This shift is starting to filter out from science and into psychology, business and social action. Smart advertising agencies talk about “empathic brands” that respond to their customers’ needs and make them feel socially connected – in 2013 they will be marketing them to you

 

By Roman Krznaric

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The Empathy Formula

The Empathy Formula | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Instead of offering disconnected but well-intentioned efforts to help children think, feel or act, would adults start to help children think, feel and act?

 

For over a year now, I've been working with a remarkable group of people at Ashoka who believe empathy is the foundational skill we need in order to become effective changemakers in modern society -- and who are bold/quixotic enough to envision a world in which one day, every child learns to master it as readily as s/he masters the ability to read and write.

 

As it turns out, there's a formula we can use to explain how people master empathy, even if no one's ever described it that way before. And best of all, it's got a familiar ring to it:

E = EC⊃2;.

 

by Sam Chaltain

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Harnessing Empathy In My New Role

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In June, after the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy’s annual meeting exploring “widespread empathy” I offered three ideas for bringing empathy into system focused work.


A week into my tenure as VP of Policy and Communications (after spending seven years in the program department) I find myself ruminating on empathy again. This time, what role can empathy play in integrating the foundation’s program, policy, and communications work?

 

Elizabeth Krause

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Top tips on how to teach empathy and curb bullying

Top tips on how to teach empathy and curb bullying | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
On World Kindness Day, Vinciane Rycroft finds out why happiness may matter more in the classroom than results...

 

Teaching empathy is experiential. There is no flash card for empathy, it does not develop like that. You have to see it, to experience it, so we need to teach with empathy. My main advice to teachers is very simple: "Let's be people, human beings, before we are teachers."

 

And that starts with taking care of ourselves. Teachers are incredibly hard on themselves, in the same way that parents are hard on themselves. People don't appreciate how emotionally exhausting teaching is. So my first advice is really love yourself. Also, we might find that when we teach with empathy, we are less exhausted, because as we are connecting with students, they will behave differently, and it will reduce stress in the classroom.

 

Vinciane Rycroft

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I'll Be Doing Myself a Favour on World Kindness Day

I'll Be Doing Myself a Favour on World Kindness Day | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You see, scientific research is showing that being kind and compassionate to others is surprisingly good for you, and it's got me intrigued. Did you know, for example, that when we do something for someone else it activates the same parts of the brain that turn on when we eat a piece of chocolate, receive a reward or have sex?

 

Studies have also confirmed that we can deliberately 'train' in compassion - both towards ourselves and others - with a resulting boost to our happiness, our health, our working life and our relationships with others.

 

Andy Fraser

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Compassionate Louisville | Celebrate compassion today and each day

Compassionate Louisville | Celebrate compassion today and each day | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

On 11-11-11, Louisville became the seventh city in the world to affirm the Charter for Compassion. Soon thereafter, the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville was formed to lead and support a 10-year campaign to fulfill that commitment. The partnership is made up of many “leader supporters” who have dedicated their time and talents to this work.

 

The mission of the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville is to nurture and champion the growth of compassion.

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Oxytocin: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Oxytocin: Too Much Of A Good Thing? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There's been plenty of research showing that when people inhale oxytocin, they tend to have more positive social behavior: trust, generosity,empathy and communication. But if taking one whiff of oxytocin can make younicer, will taking oxytocin regularly keep you nicer? If you take a biggerdose, will it make you even nicer?

 

U.C. Davis researchers wanted to find out the long-term effects of taking oxytocin, so they studied prairie voles, the monogamous rodents that first demonstrated the positive social effects of this brain chemical.

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Empathy & Why Obama Won: It's the Compassion Narrative, Stupid

Empathy & Why Obama Won: It's the Compassion Narrative, Stupid | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Obamacare did not help the President get reelected Tuesday, but exit polls suggest the narrative that Obama cares more may have been the difference between winning and losing.

 

NBC exit polling suggests an answer "On the attribute of whether the president or his GOP rival was 'a candidate who cares about people like me' Obama had a massive lead over Romney." In other words, the candidates were tied on the big issue of the day, but voters were convinced Obama cared more. Advantage Obama.

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Empathy & Why Obama Won: Compassion in chief: Why Obama won - washingtonpost.com

Empathy & Why Obama Won: Compassion in chief: Why Obama won  - washingtonpost.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s reelection was a victory for compassion, generosity, and tolerance over calculated divide-and-conquer as the president acknowledged in his acceptance speech.

 

 “We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an immigrant’s daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag.”

 

In 2012, compassion, generosity and tolerance triumphed over the idea that there are 47 percent of Americans about whom the others need not care. Exit polls showed Obama had a massive lead over Romney on the question of which was “a candidate who cares about people like me.”

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Study: Effects of Empathic Paraphrasing – Extrinsic Emotion Regulation in Social Conflict

Study:  Effects of Empathic Paraphrasing – Extrinsic Emotion Regulation in Social Conflict | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In the present study, we investigated the effects of empathic paraphrasing as an extrinsic emotion regulation technique in social conflict. We hypothesized that negative emotions elicited by social conflict can be regulated extrinsically in a conversation by a listener following the narrator’s perspective and verbally expressing cognitive empathy.

 

Twenty participants were interviewed on an ongoing or recently self-experienced social conflict. The interviewer utilized 10 standardized open questions inviting participants to describe their perception of the conflict. After each of the 10 descriptions, the interviewer responded by either paraphrasing or taking notes (control condition)....

 

The results show that demonstrating cognitive empathy through paraphrasing can extrinsically regulate negative emotion on a short-term basis. Paraphrasing led to enhanced autonomic activation in recipients, while at the same time influencing emotional valence in the direction of feeling better. A possible explanation for these results is that being treated in an empathic manner may stimulate a more intense emotion processing helping to transform and resolve the conflict.

 

Maria Seehausen

Philipp Kazzer

Malek Bajbouj

and Kristin Prehn

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Study: PLOS ONE: In Bonobos Yawn Contagion Is Higher among Kin and Friends

Study: PLOS ONE: In Bonobos Yawn Contagion Is Higher among Kin and Friends | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In humans, the distribution of yawn contagion is shaped by social closeness with strongly bonded pairs showing higher levels of contagion than weakly bonded pairs. This ethological finding led the authors to hypothesize that the phenomenon of yawn contagion may be the result of certain empathic abilities, although in their most basal form. Here, for the first time, we show the capacity of bonobos (Pan paniscus) to respond to yawns of conspecifics.... The importance of social bonding in shaping yawn contagion in bonobos, as it occurs in humans, is consistent with the hypothesis that empathy may play a role in the modulation of this phenomenon in both species.

 

Elisa Demuru
Elisabetta Palagi 

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Bodies in Sync | Contagious laughter, yawns, and moods offer insight into empathy’s origins.

Bodies in Sync | Contagious laughter, yawns, and moods offer insight into empathy’s origins. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

That is where empathy and sympathy start—with the synchronization of bodies—not in the higher regions of imagination, or in the ability to consciously reconstruct how we would feel if we were in someone else’s “shoes.” And yet empathy is often presented as a voluntary process, requiring role taking, higher cognition, and even language. Accordingly, most scholarly literature on empathy is completely human centered, never mentioning other animals. As if a capacity so visceral and pervasive could be anything other than biological! To counter such widespread views, I decided to investigate how chimpanzees relate to and learn from one another.

 

By Frans de Waal

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StartEmpathy: Empathy Matters Journal Series: One principal shares about how she tries to cultivate empathy

StartEmpathy: Empathy Matters Journal Series: One principal shares about how she tries to cultivate empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One principal shares about how she tries to cultivate empathy within her students, teachers, staff, and administration.

 

This journal is dedicated to the idea that in order for schools to be places that foster empathy in its students, the teachers, staff, and administration need to be actively and collaboratively cultivating an empathic work environment. Therefore, in my journal entries I will focus on how I, as a school leader, actively seek to create a working environment in which empathy is encouraged and extended among the staff. I will examine how my role as a school leader presents me with unique challenges and opportunities for creativity, reflection, relationship building, and conflict resolution.

 

By Michelle Hughes

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Therapy Today - Promoting wellbeing through compassion

Therapy Today - Promoting wellbeing through compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research suggests that teaching people to develop self-compassion can reduce shame and self-criticism, as well as lead to improvements in other psychiatric symptoms

 

It’s hard to think of any talking therapy that doesn’t assume the importance of practising with compassion, and at the very least we are all familiar with Rogers’ core conditions of unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence. ...

 

CFT in practice
Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist who works for a mental health team in East London and was supervised by Gilbert. ‘I have been using CFT as my overarching model clinically for about six years with a broad base of clients including severe and chronic depression, trauma and enduring mental health problems. Sometimes just working with the formulation alone can be very powerful and it can be fascinating to see how patients depict the sizes of the circles with pen and paper – with the “threat circle” being huge, the drive system small, and the soothing system a tiny dot.’

 

by Julia Bueno

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Meditaters’ Brain Activity Changed Even When Not Practicing - Psych Central News

Meditaters’ Brain Activity Changed Even When Not Practicing - Psych Central News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A new study discovers participation in a meditation program can impact brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating.

 

Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston University (BU), and several other research centers also discovered brain changes were specifically linked to the type of meditation practiced.

 

"The two different types of meditation training our study participants completed yielded some differences in the response of the amygdala — a part of the brain known for decades to be important for emotion — to images with emotional content,” said Gaëlle Desbordes, Ph.D., corresponding author of the report.

 

By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor

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Prof. rats out rodents’ empathy on PBS show – The Chicago Maroon

Prof. rats out rodents’ empathy on PBS show – The Chicago Maroon | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

U of C neurobiology professor Peggy Mason and her team of researchers published their research that found that rats are capable of empathy, thus giving insight on how humans themselves interact last December. Wednesday night she shared her findings to a larger audience when she made a cameo on the PBS television show, NOVA ScienceNOW.


Mason’s research has already received significant attention from mainstream media and the scientific world, with her work featured in The New York Times and Scientific America, but she wanted to publicize the research further through the show so that it could be accessible to everyone.

 

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Corporate Empathy - Video Stories

Corporate Empathy - Video Stories | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"We all understand the need to treat our customers well and differentiate our product and service offerings - and paradoxically here lies the problem - most organisations aim to do exactly the same thing to customers.


Through this 30-video series I aim to simplify complex corporate phenomena’s through simple unrelated stories and models which will help you to think differently about particular situations and to find solutions” 

 

By Jamie Lywood

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Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain - Massachusetts General Hospital

Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain - Massachusetts General Hospital | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A new study has found that participating in an 8-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. In their report in the November issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston University (BU), and several other research centers also found differences in those effects based on the specific type of meditation practiced.

 

"The two different types of meditation training our study participants completed yielded some differences in the response of the amygdala – a part of the brain known for decades to be important for emotion – to images with emotional content," says Gaëlle Desbordes, PhD, a research fellow at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH and at the BU Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology, corresponding author of the report. "This is the first time that meditation training has been shown to affect emotional processing in the brain outside of a meditative state."

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How Empathy Paves The Way For Innovation

How Empathy Paves The Way For Innovation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sometimes, the best weapon to have in your business arsenal is a little empathy. Learn how you can help yourself by thinking about others....

 

But what is so powerful about Goleman's study is that we are more than simply wired to connect. In the words of Daniel Stern, MD, a research psychiatrist at the University of Geneva, "our nervous systems are constructed to be captured by the nervous systems of others, so that we can experience others as if from within their own skin, as well as from within our own."2 In short, we are not just wired to connect, we can resonate--experience the "other" intimately, directly, and unmistakably...

 

The slogan "Resonate" encourages us to totally and completely open to our world and recognize such openness to be ultimately compassionate...

 

From Fearless at Work by Michael Carroll,

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