“Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.” — Anonymous
“We do this when we listen,” she said. “ It’s also incredibly important that we listen to ourselves so we can understand and meet our own needs for self-care. That way we are better able to care for others. These acts of listening and caring for ourselves first is the realm of self-compassion.”
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What it takes is a social field and a social space that facilitates a turn, a bending of our beam of observation back onto ourselves, back onto its source.
The bending of the beam of observation is called reflection when it happens as a mental process. It's called empathyor compassion
when it happens as a process that activates the intelligence of our heart. And it's called entrepreneurship, or love, or collective action when it happens as a process that activates our deepest capacity to create.
It's called empathy or compassion when it happens as a process that activates the intelligence of our heart.
What I saw at the Forum was the beginning of a collective opening process on all three of these levels:
opening the mind (reflection), the heart (compassion) and the will (creative core).
When that opening happens, we still have the same problems, but we can approach them more in more present, more connected, and more co-creative ways.
Is empathy something that can be taught in schools? openDemocracy talks to Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy, who believes that empathy is central to a successful democracy, and can be "caught but not so easily taught:
What’s the measure of a good education, and what do you want your children to learn in school? Basic proficiency in language, literacy and mathematics perhaps, or a marketable set of skills, or is the purpose of education something deeper?
In today’s hyper-competitive culture where standardized test results are used as a proxy for educational advancement, what chance is there for schools to develop creativity, critical thinking, human solidarity and civic skills?
Empathy is often deemed a “soft skill” in schools, in contrast to mathematics or literacy. What’s so important about empathy in education? ============
The Open Cities Challenge shows that in shaping our future cities, we can start by re-imagining not just the spaces, but the way we participate in decisions and services.
The Open Cities Challenge shows that in shaping our future cities, we can start by re-imagining not just the spaces, but the way we participate in decisions and services. Empathy is not a lofty value here, but our way of re-connecting with the needs of our citizens and empowering them to shape their community.
Empathy is not a lofty value here, but our way of re-connecting with the needs of our citizens and empowering them to shape their community
Openness is no longer an abstract concept in a world where entrepreneurs can inspire solutions, and where anyone can follow the process. And an agile city is a community that can maximise the opportunities that new technologies and innovations may offer to meaningfully improve the lives of its citizens.
Have you also imagined a world where people help each other more? It doesn’t have to be a world made of superheroes, just a simple place where when someone suffers (even silently), there is someone else who will go out of his or her way to help… without expecting something in return. Have you ever dreamed of a more compassionate world? Most of us have.
It is because compassion is an innate attribute of the living. Michael Tomasello and other scientists at the Max Planck Institute have found that infants and chimpanzees spontaneously engage in helpful behavior and will even overcome obstacles to do so.
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Over 1,000 youth and young adults from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland and from the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine will participate in a "compassion rally and march" across the Casco Bay Bridge in support of acts of compassion and saying "no" to violence, organizers noted.
The march will end at Monument Square. On Saturday, March 22, the Atlantic Union Conference of Adventist Youth Ministries is hosting its annual Compassion NOW rally, the city reported
Harrison Ford's Acting Speech is on Informing Performances with Empathy
Ford states that he's always seen empathy as being a part of method acting. In fact, he refers to empathy as the basis for great acting. He says that it's important to understand how people feel. In terms of playing a character, it's important to know how they fit into their environment. Actors need to know whether their characters have a positive or negative effect on their surroundings.
Therapy can feel stuck, stymied and aimless, but fits and starts may be a necessary aspect of transformative therapeutic processes....
How does the process of being stuck and unstuck proceed? This depends partly on how and whether the therapist and client can engage in a co-constructed improvisational activity. Empathy is necessary since its absence may be why the therapy is stuck in the first place. Empathy is required for therapeutic improvisation.
Empathy is necessary since its absence
may be why the therapy is stuck
in the first place.
Some of the therapist’s activity might be seen as setting the stage for improvisation to be possible. A way of thinking about the therapist’s stance of patience, empathy, waiting and toleration is that it serves as an attempt at getting unstuck.
Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn't we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury ... could we help the brain re-grow morality?
Reisel’s research – both with criminals in detention centers and rats in the lab – leads him to suggest that at the root of morality is empathy, the capacity to imagine and identify with the feelings and motivations of another.
And at the root of empathy is the amygdala, a small, almond-shaped part of the brain that stores and processes our emotional memories and is therefore deeply connected with emotional learning. Persons normally classified as socio-pathic typically have a deficient amygdala. But it turns out that the amygdala is one of the few parts of the brain that can generate new cells and grow throughout one’s life. Which means that empathy training is not only possible, but works.
It took me a very long time to work out the difference between being kind to myself and actually being kind to myself. I used to think a long hot bath, a yoga class or a new pair of shoes would suffice to ease a low patch or quieten my noisy inner critic
.These gestures may have helped a bit, but they remained just that – actions representing a kindness rather than actions that also felt kind to myself when I did them. I could practise yoga for an hour and still feel bad. I might even feel rubbish at yoga and leave a class feeling even worse. Learning to be truly kind, compassionate, and even loving toward myself meant some pretty hard work.
This ‘self-compassion’ starts off as a skill, and like many other skills, a tricky one to start with but well worth the effort put in.
The sobering news is that changes underway in higher education are moving us away from the goal of creating a culture that nurtures empathy.
For example, if the culture surrounding us truly shapes our capacity for empathy, then colleges and universities need to be providing our students with as many opportunities as possible for cultivating empathy. While the research is still in its infancy, it seems plausible to theorize that the classroom—where students learn with other students and a teacher and engage in conversation—is a setting that can foster empathy.
The development of empathy relies on reading others’ body language, hearing their voices, seeing their eyes and facial expressions,
The development of empathy relies on reading others’ body language, hearing their voices, seeing their eyes and facial expressions, and perhaps even our unconscious awareness of their odor or smell.
On the importance of doing unto others as THEY would want to be treated.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
This “golden rule” might sound like a great way to live…. but in terms of a personal leadership mantra, it turns out that it might lead you astray.
When our parents or grandparents reminded us to treat others the way we would want to be treated they were probably reminding us about things like not being mean, not speaking behind our friends’ backs, or holding the door for someone coming in behind us. But what this phrase overlooks is that in a lot of other nuanced ways, OTHERS don’t necessarily want to be treated how WE want to be treated.
It turns out we're wired to watch episode after episode after episode
British psychologist Edward B Titchener, active at the turn of the 20th century, might argue that we become glued to complex, emotionally-charged stories because of our ability to recognize the feelings of others. A newly identified phenomenon at the time, Titchener coined the term "empathy" in 1909. In addition to identifying others' discomfort or elation, this branch of "cognitive empathy" examines how humans can also adopt others' psychological perspectives, including those of fictional characters. Psychological tests (through the use of puppets, pictures, and videos) have even been developed to study empathy in preschool-aged children.
Neuro-economist Paul Zak of Claremont Graduate University in California set out to examine the science of empathy in storytelling.
Posts about empathy poster written by Christof Zürn
Inspired by the d.school’s empathy map I designed a poster that can be used in focus group meetings or any other research or interview situation. While asking questions and observing behaviour like body language, tone of voice or choice of words it is important to note everything that occurs in the session.
It's probably never occurred to you, but compassion can have a curious downside.
So finally, such emotional discomfort is perhaps best regarded, paradoxically, as the downside of compassion. And it should be emphasized that it’s generally not very wise to let feelings of guilt—or rather, the attempt to avoid them—play a major role in your decision-making. by Leon F. Seltzer, Ph.D.
A new study found that under stressful situations, men become more self-centered whereas women become empathetic.
People deal with stress differently. Some might turn to anger while others find ways of calming their body and mind. In a new study, researchers examined how stress affects men and women. They found that men who are highly stressed tend to become more self-centered and egotistical whereas stressed women become more empathetic and 'prosocial.
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