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Preponderance of compassion puts adamant of evil in doubt

Preponderance of compassion puts adamant of evil in doubt | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

To be honest, most of the evening’s presentation – although fascinating in a sort of “I have no idea what she’s saying but she says it so well” sort of way – left me wanting.

 

Of course, there’s really no one to blame but myself. There I was, a former liberal arts major, listening to a lecture by a well-respected psychologist and research scientist on “The Neurobiological Basis of Compassion and Implications for Inflammatory Disease.” What was I thinking?

 

Fortunately, the lecturer, Stony Brook University associate professor of preventative medicine Stephanie Brown, started off with a pretty basic definition of compassion: “A type of helping behavior and/or the motivational state that gives rise to this behavior.”

 

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Oxytocin Keeps Attached Men Away from Other Women

Oxytocin Keeps Attached Men Away from Other Women | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The "love hormone" oxytocin may help maintain romantic relationships by prompting men to keep their distance from attractive women, a new study from Germany suggests.

In the study, men in monogamous relationships who were given an oxytocinnasal spray stayed about four to six inches farther away from an attractive, woman they didn't know, compared with men in monogamous relationships who received a placebo.

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Design Thinking – Empathy

Design Thinking – Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When it comes to integrating Design Thinking into Product Concept Design, Empathy is the crux of the matter. The goal of Design Thinking is framing Product Concept Development in terms of a ‘human-centered’ approach, and Empathy is how you relate the needs of people to your designs.

 

How to Build Empathy into your Next Product

While building Empathy into a product might seem like a complicated task it really only requires two key components, both of which are natural extensions of the way we do most things in life. They are:

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The Limitations of Empathy: A Response to Matthew Remski

The Limitations of Empathy: A Response to Matthew Remski | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Over the last year I’ve written several articles and a book chapter trying to demonstrate the moral ambiguity of spiritual practices like yoga and meditation. In other words, I’ve argued that these practices won’t lead one to be aware of or challenge the injustices in their surrounding culture. They are ethically and politically neutral. Furthermore, the increased presence, clarity and focus gained from these practices can and has been used to support war, killing and racial hierarchies.

 

In response to my recent article “Why the Dalai Lama is Wrong to Think Meditation Will Eliminate Violence,” my writing colleague Matthew Remski (see the new book 21st Century Yoga) challenged my assertions. One of his central arguments is that there are some practices like “mindfulness meditation” that can and do create states of empathy and lead to progressive politics.

 

by: Be Scofield

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Greater Good Science Center: Why Practice Empathy?

Greater Good Science Center: Why Practice Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a building block of morality—for people to follow the Golden Rule, it helps if they can put themselves in someone else’s shoes. It is also a key ingredient of successful relationships because it helps us understand the perspectives, needs, and intentions of others. Here are some of the ways that research has testified to the far-reaching importance of empathy.


Seminal studies by Daniel Batson and Nancy Eisenberg have shown that people higher in empathy are more likely to help others in need, even when doing so cuts against their self-interest.

 

See my interview with GGSC magazine and website editor - Culture of Empathy Builder: Jason Marsh
http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Jason-Marsh.htm

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Discover Your Capacity For Empathy With Poverty Simulations

Discover Your Capacity For Empathy With Poverty Simulations | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
With 50 million Americans living in poverty, odds are you know someone affected. A poverty simulation can help you gain empathy and inspire you to help.

 

A good poverty simulation though, can help you gain true empathy for the millions of people who suffer from poverty right in your community. In-depth poverty simulations will force you to live on your own for several days without access to your funds. You’ll sleep outside, wear donated clothing, and try to make enough money just to feed yourself by trying to find odd jobs or begging on the streets. You’ll also do service outreach for people who are in the very situation you’re trying to replicate. Ultimately, it doesn’t truly give you a picture of how terrifying poverty can be, because you’ll know that at the end of the project, you’ll get to sleep safely in your own bed (which will probably feel like one of the world’s best places to sleep after several days on the streets). But it certainly will help you access levels of empathy that may inspire you to make a real long-term difference through community outreach.

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From Whitacre's Virtual Choir to Virtual Collective Empathy

From Whitacre's Virtual Choir to Virtual Collective Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The psychological phenomena underlying such amazing virtual collective action are worthy to be addressed.

 

These nonverbal cues helped you figure out others' perspectives regardless of any explicit discourse that can occur between you and other people. This capacity to infer others' intentions, desires, beliefs and many cognitive states of mind is called the theory of mind. The latter aims to anticipate (re)actions and to pull off a meaning from what appears to be a behavioral randomness in our environment. When it comes to the affect, this theory of mind becomes the AToM and will summon beyond cognitive mechanisms other psychological entity such as empathy.

 

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‘An actor’s job is empathy’

‘An actor’s job is empathy’ | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Natalie Portman shared this short but sweet observation on TV recently: “An actor’s job is empathy.” Actors and would-be actors would do well to mull that succinct statement over, and evaluate themselves or how well they vivify it in their own work.

 

So, many local actors of the “looker” sort have a hard time empathizing with the characters they play, enough for them to believably vivify them.


What do they need to do to make up for lost empathy? Natalie Portman is more beautiful than most, so how come she doesn’t have a problem in this regard?

 

By Nestor U. Torre

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An Empathy Artist

An Empathy Artist | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy Coordinator and 1st Grade Teacher Eleanor Palm explains how to cultivate empathy through reading...

 

Despite the huge size of the school, Palm masterfully creates a small and caring community of students in her class. One of the main ways that she creates this empathic community is through storytelling. From sharing the stories of how they got their names, to telling stories of day-to-day life, students in Palm’s class are constantly communicating, giving and building empathy. However, this sharing and storytelling does not stop in class – students also bring home nightly readings to discuss and enjoy with their parents. An expert at empathy and literature, Palm was excited to share a few tips for encouraging empathy in your children while you read together:

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The empathy machine: Sherlock was right

The empathy machine: Sherlock was right | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Holmes takes an imaginative leap, not only into another human mind, but into the mind of an animal. This perspective-taking, being able to see the world from the point of view of another, is one of the central elements of empathy, and Holmes raises it to the status of an art.

 

Usually, when we think of empathy, it evokes feelings of warmth and comfort, of being intrinsically an emotional phenomenon. But perhaps our very idea of empathy is flawed. The worth of empathy might lie as much in the ‘value of imagination’ that Holmes employs as it does in the mere feeling of vicarious emotion. Perhaps that cold rationalist Sherlock Holmes can help us reconsider our preconceptions about what empathy is and what it does.

 

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Learning from Psychopaths: Q&A With Psychologist Kevin Dutton | TIME.com

Learning from Psychopaths: Q&A With Psychologist Kevin Dutton | TIME.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Psychopaths don’t have the caring part of empathy, but they are better than average at the “mind reading” part where they can predict other people’s behavior in order to manipulate it.

 

It’s a real paradox. Some years ago, I interviewed a psychopath — and I can’t work out for the life of me whether he being manipulative or telling the truth — it was probably a bit of both, but he said, ‘If you had a deaf guy standing watching a building burn down and had a child in the building screaming in pain and the deaf guy didn’t go in, you wouldn’t hold him to blame. Imagine if you’re emotionally deaf. You can hear the sound, but it doesn’t do anything for you. You don’t feel that emotional kick in the backside to go in and do something.’

 

By Maia Szalavitz

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Language That Denies Choice - Moral Judgment

Language That Denies Choice - Moral Judgment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Avoid the trap of moral judgments. Increase empathy, connection, and awareness by using value judgment instead.

 

Moralistic judgments are when we judge another person [often as wrong or bad] when they do things that are not in agreement with our values or we don't understand. If you say
"You are selfish,"
"He is a lazy bum,"
"You are neurotic,"
"She did wrong,"
"You are too fat,"
you are making a moralistic judgment. For efficiency-sake, I'm going to call them "moral judgments".

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A Review of the Biological, Psychological and Spiritual Basis of the Empath Experience by Elise Lebeau, Ph.D. | EliseLebeau.com

A Review of the Biological, Psychological and Spiritual Basis of the Empath Experience by Elise Lebeau, Ph.D. | EliseLebeau.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The term empath is used to describe someone who experiences the emotions of others as their own. But is there a basis in reality for the empath experience?

 

The empath experience is a term used to describe a process by which a person feels the emotions of someone else as their own. Initially born in fiction novels and movies, this concept has gained momentum as potentially having a basis in reality, mostly through self-reports on internet web sites dedicated to empaths. A discussion is presented on the potential biological processes that could be involved in the empath experience, such as mirror neurons. We also discuss the relationship between the psychological concept of empathy and the empath experience as well as the major challenges faced by empaths, such as mental illness, lack of widespread information and a fear of being ridiculed upon disclosure of their experience. Finally, an in-depth exploration of the deeper purpose behind the emergence of this ability strengthens the possibility that the empath experience has transcended fiction to become part of our everyday life.

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Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
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Design Thinking. Bringing Empathy and Collaboration to Your Designs

  Design Thinking is a process of bringing integrative thinking, experimentalism, collaboration and empathy into the design process in a structured way. In this episode Vince and Allison walk us through the empathy and collaboration aspects of this framework.

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Michele Ivanisevic's curator insight, April 30, 2013 11:39 AM

Empathy and Collaboration = Design thinking;  Integrative Thinking: Designers harmonize seemingly conflicting ideas into a useful hole; - Experimentalism - questions about usefulness; Collaboration - variety of interdisciplinary ideas; Empathy - imagine the use by customers through a true understanding of how the customer interacts with their environment  

 

Collaboration with target audience is key - hands on experience - managing the opinions of a focus group - meaningful insights into the benefits and flaws of current designs -- Self-Reflective -- feedback 

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Catholic priest: Pell showed 'sociopathic lack of empathy' for abuse victims - (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Catholic priest: Pell showed 'sociopathic lack of empathy' for abuse victims -  (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The parents of two children abused by a Catholic priest have told a Victorian inquiry that Australia's most senior Catholic of showing a sociopathic lack of empathy for their plight..

 

Anthony and Chrissie Foster had two daughters who were abused by a priest while at primary school in Melbourne's south-east in the late 1980s.

 

By Stephanie Anderson and staff

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Greater Good Science Center: How to Cultivate Empathy?

Greater Good Science Center: How to Cultivate Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Humans experience affective empathy from infancy, physically sensing their caregivers’ emotions and often mirroring those emotions. Cognitive empathy emerges later in development, around three to four years of age, roughly when children start to develop an elementary “theory of mind”—that is, the understanding that other people experience the world differently than they do.

 

From these early forms of empathy, research suggests we can develop more complex forms that go a long way toward improving our relationships and the world around us. Here are some of the best research-based practices for nurturing empathy in ourselves and others.

 

See my interview with GGSC magazine and website editor - Culture of Empathy Builder: Jason Marsh
http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Jason-Marsh.htm

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Greater Good Science Center: What Is Empathy?

Greater Good Science Center: What Is Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The term “empathy” is used to describe a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.


Contemporary researchers often differentiate between two types of empathy: “Affective empathy” refers to the sensations and feelings we get in response to others’ emotions; this can include mirroring what that person is feeling, or just feeling stressed when we detect another’s fear or anxiety. “Cognitive empathy,” sometimes called “perspective taking,” refers to our ability to identify and understand other peoples’ emotions. Studies suggest that people with autism spectrum disorders have a hard time empathizing.

 

See my interview with GGSC magazine and website editor - Culture of Empathy Builder: Jason Marsh
http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Jason-Marsh.htm

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German, Berlin: Academy of Empathy > What's it about? - Empathieakademie.de

German, Berlin: Academy of Empathy > What's it about? - Empathieakademie.de | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The art of thinking together

Empathy means to achieve understanding and to make previously hidden potential source of personal satisfaction, good relationships, social recognition and professional success.

How would I feel, I would be at his or her place?

 

Empathy is the key to collective thinking. Collective thinking is sincere dialogue and not just the balance of interests or negotiating a compromise. An empathic guided dialogue respecting the interests of the parties and protects the interests of those affected.

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About the Power of WE: Leading with Compassion Business 2 Community

About the Power of WE: Leading with Compassion  Business 2 Community | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Continuing on the path of one of my previous articles (About people skills and empathic leadership) where I wrote about people skills and that the ability to ‘think outside of the box’ and to create a climate of exchange, knowledge sharing and trust while leading is of major importance for providing direction and innovation to any company, I have to add the following: in fact leading with compassionand empathy is truly the most effective type of leadership. Why? Well let me take the time to explain this to you!

 

By Jenny Ebermann,
 

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Teaching empathy to men could save lives

Teaching empathy to men could save lives | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Play acting has proved suprisingly effective in fighting domestic violence.

 

The distraught young man above underwent regular individual therapy sessions incorporating play acting and role reversal in the consulting room. This enhanced his ability to empathise. His wife/victim also received individual therapy sessions comprising validation, confidence building and encouraging feelings of empowerment. Both the victim and perpetrator were suffering depression and needed additional therapy for depression. This helped make them feel hopeful. The result 10 weeks later was a happy reunion.

 

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Through Meditation, Veterans Relearn Compassion

Through Meditation, Veterans Relearn Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder has pushed the VA to explore new and sometimes unorthodox treatments...

 

Despite how common this is, there are no easy answers for how to treat PTSD. Talk therapies can work, but they take a long time and not all vets stick with them.

 

Antidepressants, like Prozac, have been disappointing. In 2007, a VA study found that no drug should be considered effective for PTSD in vets, but today, they're still widely prescribed, and a lot of vets do find them useful.

 

The idea here is that in combat, the way to stay safe is to think of everyone as a potential threat. Fear and distrust are default. But with PTSD, it stays that way, even after combat is over. The soldier with PTSD has lost the ability to relate to people as just people. Compassion meditation is about getting that ability back, learning to see oneself in others.

 

By Amy Standen

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Pain empathy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pain empathy is a specific subgroup of empathy that involves recognizing and understanding another person’s pain. The ability to recognize when another human is in pain and appropriately respond to and aid that person is evolutionarily beneficial for human group survival. Empathy is the mental ability that allows one person to understand another person’s mental and emotional state and how to effectively respond to that person. In order to have empathy for another person, one must understand the context of that person’s experience and maintain a separation from their own experience. This is also true of pain empathy, in the sense that it allows one to understand the pain another is experiencing.

There are many different definitions for the concept of empathy. Empathy allows one person to understand the emotion and behavior of another person. Pain empathy activates neural pain circuits within the brain and allows a person to relate to another person's pain. From an evolutionary perspective, when one person is injured the pain empathy elicited in non-injured person would motivate them to offer aid to the injured, and to avoid injury themselves. There are several cues that can communicate pain to another person: visualization of the injury causing event, the injury itself, behavioral efforts of the injured to avoid further harm, and displays of pain and distress such as facial expressions, crying, and screaming.[1]

Perceiving another person's affective state can cause automatic changes in brain activity in the viewer. This automatic change in brain activity is known as resonance and helps initiate an empathetic response. The inferior frontal gyrus and the inferior parietal lobule are two regions of the brain associated with empathy resonance.[2]

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Call for papers: Challenging Memories - Silence and Empathy in Heritage Interpretation — LEM Project

Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the network 'Silence, Memory and Empathy in Museums and at Historic Sites' has been working for two years to explore the diversity of approaches to silence and empathy, to share practice and develop...

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Compassion Games -- Survival of the Kindest

Compassion Games -- Survival of the Kindest | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Where The Hunger Games are the imagined price of a failed transition to sustainable prosperity, Compassion Games are the authentic reward for successful transition. May kindness be with you in the game of life!

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Inspired by the "Charter for Compassion," Seattle declared itself a "compassionate city" in 2010. Now more than 80 cities and other communities around the world have joined the movement. This is where the fun begins: Confirmed as a "compassionate city" in November 2011, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer stated, "Earning an international reputation as a city of compassion will help set Louisville apart, identifying our community as a place where people want to live, and companies want to locate and grow their business."

 

Duane ElginSpeaker, Author, Trans-Partisan Media Activist

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