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Welcoming Immigrants: Why Empathy Is Smart Economics For Cities

Welcoming Immigrants: Why Empathy Is Smart Economics For Cities | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why should a local government care about welcoming immigrants and becoming an actively empathetic institution?


Creating an environment that is friendly toward immigrants is both a matter of human decency and smart economics.  A welcoming city is more likely to thrive, thus illustrating the “empathy imperative”—the critical importance of empathy within communities today. A person who is welcoming to another resident shows active empathy—the kind that involves concrete steps on behalf of the “welcomer” to help make the resident’s journey smoother.


In this way, the empathy imperative is a powerful economic driver that also makes a city a more vibrant, inclusive, and pleasant place to live.


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Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? | Insight on Conflict

Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? | Insight on Conflict | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Kirthi Jayakumar argues that empathy and dialogue, not force, are the keys to ending the Boko Haram's campaign of violence and terror


A large part of building peace and living in a world of peace comes from cultivating and living in a state of empathy.


As Mother Teresa said, “if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” This state of belonging to each other stems from the fact that we are not only individuals, but also a part of the whole that constitutes the universe. The font of all efforts in peacebuilding stems from the understanding of the significance of empathy: for it is only when we understand where the other comes from, that we are in a place to act accordingly in response to their actions..

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Mindfulness Technique: The Art of Conversation | Mindful

Mindfulness Technique: The Art of Conversation | Mindful | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Mindfulness technique: Five steps to enjoying more empathetic and artful conversation.


Conversation in the original Latin had a very broad meaning. It meant something like “living together, having dealings with others,” and it referred to more than just talking. We can learn a lot from connecting to this original bigger sense of the word.


When we're having a real conversation we're actively exchanging—giving and receiving—which begins with truly being together.


We can’t exchange something with someone when they, or we, are not present. We can talk to them, we can talk at them, but we can’t have a conversation.


By Dawa Tarchin Phillips

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, July 10, 2014 2:37 AM

"If you're not being heard, don’t blame your audience. Come up with something that engages them more."

 

Mark Treadwell's curator insight, July 12, 2014 8:22 PM

Some great advice here when working with young people and encouraging them to have mindful as well as dynamic conversations. 

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Flipping the Empathy Switch

Flipping the Empathy Switch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Jamil Zaki Founder

Empathy is a vital social “glue” that connects people, but it often wavers just when we need it most, such as during interactions with people from different backgrounds.  


Empathy often falters when people encounter others from different racial or cultural groups. Such “empathy gaps” drive pernicious social problems, including our society’s increasing political polarization and widespread school bullying.


Our work suggests that empathy gaps often arise not because individuals are unable to empathize with others, but because they are not motivated to “switch on” their empathic capacities in challenging settings.

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Have No Pity. Use Your Empathy And Show Compassion Instead

Have No Pity. Use Your Empathy And Show Compassion Instead | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Do you offer help packed in Pity, Empathy or Compassion? Find out the subtle differences between these 3 words and use them wisely.
Why I Think Pity Should Be Avoided
  • You mingle so much with the other’s distress that You start crying or feeling as bad as they are. Thus You will not be able to help in any way, because You will be as troubled as they are.
  • When you feel sad or disappointed you are putting a label on what happened to them. And you turn into an almighty judge that states that thing as “terrible”, “horrible”, “outrageous” or whatever other “negative” words. You never know the bigger picture and how things will turn out eventually. I am not saying to agree with bad behaviour or harmful situations, but just to stop adding negativity to it.


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Friday "Get Empathy" Training

Friday "Get Empathy" Training | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Get Empathy is a campaign to end bullying in American schools.


We hold leadership development trainings with high school students that use storytelling and innovative community building strategies to foster healthy, safe, diverse school communities.


The campaign was launched at the Models of Pride conference in Los Angeles in October 2012, with student leaders from 5 LAUSD schools being trained in the skills they need to take leadership in building healthy, diverse community and put an end to bullying. We have since trained over 500 students, teachers, and mentors at over a dozen schools in LA County.

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How to teach kids empathy

How to teach kids empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy and sympathy are often confused. To have empathy means to identify with the feelings of others and share in them.


People who have sympathy feel compassion for others, but do not relate those feelings back to themselves. Empathy is a learned trait. Teaching children to be empathetic will help them become able to understand and help those who are struggling and suffering. These 3 tips will help you get started in teaching this important character trait.


  1. Discuss empathy in everyday situations...
  2. Set the example...
  3. Involve your children...


A few more thoughts on empathy


by Amy M. Peterson,

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(Book) Understanding restorative justice: How empathy can close the gap created by crime

(Book)  Understanding restorative justice: How empathy can close the gap created by crime | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A new book examined the use of restorative justice in repairing the harm created by criminal offences. The book explored the development of empathy and compassion across the 'timeline' of restorative justice, from the committed offence, through the criminal justice process, to the restorative meeting, drawing on United Kingdom case studies.


This unique book is a clear and detailed introduction that analyses how restorative justice nurtures empathy, exploring key themes such as responsibility, shame, forgiveness and closure.


The core notion of the book is that when a crime is committed, it separates people, creating a ‘gap’.


This can only be reduced or closed through information and insight about the other person, which have the potential to elicit empathy and compassion from both sides.



Contents

http://j.mp/1qOX88y

Introduction Part One: Empathy Level Zero: Hurting

  • Crime and unhappiness
  • The gap caused by crime


Part Two: Empathy Level One: Seeing

  • Entering the criminal justice system
  • Into the criminal courts


Part Three: Empathy Level Two: Voicing

  • Unripe restorative justice
  • Restorative enquiry
  • The keys and blocks to restorative justice
  • Choice, encouragement or coercion?


Part Four: Empathy Level Three: Hearing

  • Indirect restorative justice
  • The restorative meeting


Part Five: Empathy Level Four: Helping

  • 'Doing sorry'
  • Does it always go so well?


Part Six: Empathy Level Five: Healing

  • Into the heart of restorative justice


Conclusion

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Do Social Media Foster Self-Centeredness or Empathy?

Do Social Media Foster Self-Centeredness or Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The growth of social networking websites is believed to have shifted the nature of our social relationships, as well as how we present and perceive ourselves.

But experts disagree on whether social media, like Facebook, allows us to connect, or become more self-centered and less empathetic towards others.

A new study by Tracy Alloway, Ph.D., of the University of North Florida, investigated the relationship among adult Facebook users, between ages 18 and 50, and found a mixed bag:


 some Facebook features are linked to selfishness and others may encourage empathy.


By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor

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Why Cultivate Compassion

Why Cultivate Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion training extends beyond helping you feel more empathy and concern for others. It includes the development of:

  • The strength to be present with suffering
  • The courage to take compassionate action
  • The resilience to prevent empathy fatigue


These qualities support a wide range of goals, from improving personal and work relationships to making a positive difference in the world. Compassion training may also support your health, happiness, and well-being.Preliminary research suggests that the CCT course and similar programs can:


Thupten Jinpa, the senior author of CCT ( principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1985), 

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Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Relationships

Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Relationships | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

After defining empathy, discussing its measurement, and offering an example of empathy in practice, we present the results of an updated meta-analysis of the relation between empathy and psychotherapy outcome.


Results indicated that empathy is a moderately strong predictor of therapy outcome: mean weighted r = .31 (p < .001; 95% confidence interval: .28–.34), for 59 independent samples and 3599 clients. Although the empathy-outcome relation held equally for different theoretical orientations, there was considerable nonrandom variability. Client and observer perceptions of therapist empathy predicted outcomes better than therapist perceptions of empathic accuracy measures, and the relation was strongest for less experienced therapists.


We conclude with practice recommendations, including endorsing the different forms that empathy may take in therapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)


Author Elliott, RobertAuthor Bohart, Arthur C.Author Watson, Jeanne C.Author Greenberg, Leslie S.


image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychotherapy 

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The Empathy Toy

The Empathy Toy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Empathy Toy is a puzzle.

...But not the kind you can solve alone – or the kind with one right answer.


  • The game is simple. The pieces are low-tech. There are no intricacies to blame or cause confusion. The only unpredictable factor is you and the other players. Can you build a common language?
  • You practice collaboration – not just division of labour. You can only succeed by understanding the different perspectives on the same challenge.
  • You learn to communicate creatively – and listen with an open mind for clues, needs, assumptions, blind spots.
  • The sensory problem is immediately personal. The game demands a rare focus and engagement with others – not to mention precise wording. No multi-tasking here....
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Film 'A Machine That Generates Empathy': Roger Ebert Gets His Own Documentary

Film 'A Machine That Generates Empathy': Roger Ebert Gets His Own Documentary | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Steve James' documentary Life Itself looks at the life of critic Roger Ebert, both before and after the profound physical changes that led to his rebirth online.


There's a moment in the documentary in which we hear one of Ebert's great descriptions of film as "a machine that generates empathy."


Presumably, from Life Itself, he would have hoped for something that might generate empathy – not pity and not hushed admiration, but empathy.


"Movies are a machine that generates empathy."   
Roger Ebert
“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.”    
Roger Ebert
“Of all the arts, movies are the most powerful aid to empathy, and good ones make us into better people.” 
Roger Ebert, 2002

“The quality that’s most needed in the world today is empathy…
to walk a little while in their shoes”
– Roger Ebert


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Empathy Is Essential to Humanity

Empathy Is Essential to Humanity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

However, I believe the most constructive approach to dealing with these types of tragedies is to show empathy for the other side and ask empathy from them.


Empathy cannot be demanded without also being shown. It always must be a two-way street. I understand that its hard for Israelis and Palestinians to show empathy in this existential conflict. There are a number of reasons why people want to suppress empathy in order to brace themselves for pain and loss on the other side. Despite the reasons why human beings suppress their fellow feeling empathy is required to keep Israelis and Palestinians humane in the context of the conflict. If you lose your empathy you lose your humanity.


We Arab-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Palestinians, Arabs and Israelis need to work together to eliminate violence and seek empathy for ourselves and others. 


Tala Haikal


image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli%E2%80%93Palestinian_conflict 

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Learning Empathy by Design

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By Eleanor Bedford

How Peace Tables Can Save Classroom Time, Build Problem-Solving Skills, and Increase Confidence


Ask an elementary school teacher what the least enjoyable part of their job is, and many will tell you: managing classroom behavior. Mediating minor disputes between students in the cafeteria, in the classroom and on the playground comes with the territory, but it can also drain teachers' energy and creativity and take up valuable time.

But what would happen if kids were expected to mediate their own disputes?.... 


After that, the process continues but the table itself is no longer there because practicing empathy and conversation has become second nature.


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8 Ways to Teach Compassion to Young People

8 Ways to Teach Compassion to Young People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How compassion can help bring an end to bullying and unwanted aggression


Below, I detail eight ways to help your child and/or student develop compassion both as a character trait and a behavioral style:


1. Walk the Talk...

2. Put the Child on the Receiving End of Compassion...

3. Talk the Talk...
4. Volunteer Your Time...

5. Care for a Pet...

6. Read All About It...

7. Compassion It...

8. Make a Wish...


by Signe Whitson

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How to increase empathy, part 1: why it seems so hard to » Joshua Spodek

How to increase empathy, part 1: why it seems so hard to » Joshua Spodek | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You want to improve your empathy because you’ve heard it’s fundamental to leadership, influence, and motivation, but find it hard to define, measure, or see in use, making it hard to improve or learn from others.


In other words, empathy is important for working with people, but hard to learn, all the more so for those who lack it most.


While I don’t pretend to be the most empathetic person, having started with little, I’ve improved a lot. I can teach you to improve yours. Today let’s see how others make it hard. 


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Crying for empathy - Roots of Empathy

Crying for empathy - Roots of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In thousands of schools around the world, children between the ages of five and 12 take lessons from a newborn baby. The result? Increased emotional intelligence, understanding and empathy towards classmates, and less bullying and aggression


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Since the launch of the programme in Canada in 1996, its mission has been “to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.”

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The Art of Empathy: Joel-Peter Witkin and Jerome Witkin

The Art of Empathy: Joel-Peter Witkin and Jerome Witkin | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Lita Barrie

It is the empathy for their subjects that draws the viewer's imagination inside their work - into a powerful identification with the heroic spirit of people who experience suffering with dignity and courage.


This empathetic quality gives their work both an emotional gravitas and infectiousness rarely seen today.


German philosopher Rudolf Lotze first coined the term "empathetic" (a translation of Einfuhlung) in 1858 to explain "in feeling" - the way we "feel into" works of art. The importance of the empathy we experience in art was derived from the Greek doctrine of empatheria (em "in" + pathos "feeling"). T


"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eye for an instant?"

Henry Thoreau.

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How to prevent bullying? Is teaching empathy the answer?

How to prevent bullying? Is teaching empathy the answer? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Teaching empathy is better than other ways to prevent bullying, says researchers. Children are less likely to bully others if they are empathetic.


Children are less likely to pick on their peers if they know the extent that the damage they have done, can go to. Experts also back up this prevailing wisdom. But kids are not born empathetic. They are susceptible to impulses.


Trying to tame bullies by teaching them empathy is one of the most effective ways to prevent bullying. But experts also suggest that teaching empathy may have the opposite effect on children.

Is Empathy the Solution to Bullying?


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What Have I Done? : A Victim Empathy Programme For Young People

What Have I Done? : A Victim Empathy Programme For Young People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What Have I Done? will be ideal for victim empathy work in Youth Offending Teams and Young Offender Institutions, and can equally be used in schools, children's homes, youth groups and any context with young people.


The programme is measurable, featuring pre- and post-programme empathy scales, and is suitable for young offenders subject to a youth rehabilitation order.


Pete Wallis
With Clair Aldington and Marian Liebmann
Illustrated by Emily Wallis


On Google Books http://j.mp/1sormwN 

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Dogs feel empathy for humans, study suggests

Dogs feel empathy for humans, study suggests | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A recent study by UK researchers from Goldsmiths College in London suggests that dogs may be capable of empathy.


They set out to collect 18 untrained pet dogs and place a stranger and the dogs owner in different places. The owner and stranger would alternately express themselves vocally in various ways. 15 of the 18 dogs sought out the person making distressed sounds, even if it was the stranger(Garrett).


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this demonstrates that dogs are capable of exhibiting consolatory behavior, and thus, a degree of empathy in trying to comfort the sad person.
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Dog owners have known this for a long time, but scientists are more careful naming things. 

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Woman Has Part Of Her Brain Removed, Develops 'Hyper Empathy'

Woman Has Part Of Her Brain Removed, Develops 'Hyper Empathy' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In a strange case, a woman developed "hyper empathy" after having a part of her brain called the amygdala removed in an effort to treat her severe epilepsy, according to a report of her case. Empathy is the ability to recognize another person's emotions.

 

The case was especially unusual because the amygdala is involved in recognizing emotions, and removing it would be expected to make it harder rather than easier for a person to read others' emotions, according to the researchers involved in her case.


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Her empathy seemed to transcend
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Madison Area NVC - Nonviolent Communication in southern Wisconsin

Madison Area NVC - Nonviolent Communication in southern Wisconsin | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Wisconsin Empathy Guild (WEG) is thrilled to share with you the changes we have made. We are expanding possibilities, building on the foundation we laid as Madison Area NVC. We have high hopes of increasing opportunities to share compassionate communication through commitment to our new mission:


To contribute to a world where everyone's needs matter and to support peace in ourselves, our community, and beyond.


We will foster understanding and integration of nonviolent, compassionate communication and practices consistent with its principles through dialogue, seminars, study groups, workshops, retreats, fun, play, and other appropriate means.


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