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Cultivating Empathy in the Cafeteria

Cultivating Empathy in the Cafeteria | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Problem-solving Tips from Bridport Elementary

 

As students at Bridport Elementary school move forward forging deeper, more empathetic understanding of one another, we are left wondering: how can lessons learned from the cafeteria be applied elsewhere? Students and adults all over the country could benefit from an approach in which every person is always welcome at the table in any situation. Imagine what it will look like when Bridport Elementary alumni attend social events as adults, where they see someone sitting by his or herself, without anyone to interact with? Will they join their friends in an exclusive conversation, or will they open their arms and hearts to others and create an inclusive environment?

 

Here are a few tips and mindsets that helped Bridport Elementary School cultivate empathy:

 

By Sandra Hinderliter

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Tim Gable's curator insight, January 20, 2014 12:05 PM

Lets all take the time to extend our friendship to someone new.

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Your most important skill: Empathy - Chad Fowler

Your most important skill: Empathy - Chad Fowler | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to

 

Why practice empathy?

Why should you explicitly work to enhance your ability to empathize with others?

 

You will be more likely to treat the people you care about the way they wish you would treat them.

 

You will better understand the needs of people around you.

 

You will more clearly understand the perception you create in others with your words and actions.

 

You will understand the unspoken parts of your communication with others.

 

You will better understand the needs of your customers at work.

 

You will have less trouble dealing with interpersonal conflict both at home and at work.

 

You will be able to more accurately predict the actions and reactions of people you interact with.You will learn how to motivate the people around you.

 

You will more effectively convince others of your point of view.

 

You will experience the world in higher resolution as you perceive through not only your perspective but the perspectives of those around you.

 

You will find it easier to deal with the negativity of others if you can better understand their motivations and fears.

 

Lately when I find myself personally struggling with someone, I remind myself to empathize and I immediately calm myself and accept the situation for what it is.

Chad Fowler

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How Disasters and Trauma Can Affect Children’s Empathy | TIME.com

How Disasters and Trauma Can Affect Children’s Empathy | TIME.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Do children become more kind and empathetic after a disaster— or does the experience make them more focus more on self-preservation?

 

The first study to examine the question in an experimental way shows that children’s reactions may depend on their age.

The ability to study the altruistic and empathetic tendencies of youth before and after a natural disaster emerged after an earthquake struck in May 2008 in Mianyang, China. Scientists from the U.S. and Canada were already collaborating with Chinese researchers in the town in Sichuan province on a study of altruistic behavior when the earthquake, which measured 8.0 on the Richter scale, killed some 87,000 people, including many children.



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Jean-François Thys's curator insight, January 18, 2014 11:51 PM

I find this very interesting, thank you!

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UNH researchers say teaching empathy to students can help reduce bullying | New Hampshire Education

UNH researchers say teaching empathy to students can help reduce bullying | New Hampshire Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have learned that teaching students civility and empathy early on can help prevent incidences of bullying.

They have learned it through the application of the nationally recognized “Courage to Care” bullying prevention program created by UNH researchers and educators and unveiled in 2011.

More than 60 middle schools nationwide use the program, and more and more teachers participate in a three-day leadership training course on the program at the Browne Center each year.

Now, future educators can also learn how to teach the program in a new course offered through UNH’s graduate education program titled “The Courage to Care: Teaching Empathy in the Classroom.”

 

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Brittany Hunter's curator insight, January 17, 2014 12:57 PM

I think teaching students empathy is a good thing. Bullying in the United States is becoming a really big thing all over the country; especially in middle schools. I think that when students learn what empathy is, and how they can relate to how other students feel in certain situations or when they are bullied, it can help to prevent bullying. I think that schools and universities need to be able to take other actions other than disciplinary actions, and teaching them empathy is a very good way to help abolish bullying.

Brenda Robinson's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:17 AM

 

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Uniting the World through Compassion | School of International and Public Affairs

Uniting the World through Compassion | School of International and Public Affairs | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Please join us for a conference featuring a series of interfaith speakers. 


These six speakers will focus on the themes of universal compassion, empathy, understanding, forgiveness and unity between religions and cultures of the world.
 

Arun Ghandi – Mahatma Ghandi’s grandson, founder of M.K Gandhi Institute


Paramahamsa Prajnanananda – Lineage Leader of Kriya Yoga


Dr. Nathan Katz – Professor for Religious Studies at Florida International University and Academic Program Director for the Jewish Museum of Florida


 Lama Karma Chötso – Buddhist Nun and director of the Kagyu Shedrup

 

Chöling Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center in South Florida


 Reverend Diane Hudder from the Christ Congressional Church in Miami.


 Mitchell Chefitz, Rabbi. Scholar-in-Residence, Temple Israel of Greater Miami

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Learn to use the gift of empathic listening.

Learn to use the gift of empathic listening. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Two programs at DCM this month: understand your personality and learn to listen empathically.

 

USING THE GIFT OF EMPATHIC LISTENING 


Facilitator:  Ann Walters, OP

Friday, January 21 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

 

Summary: Would you like to enhance your relationship with family members, friends and colleagues? Can you think of any situations when you purposely wanted to reduce the level of distress in a  relationship?Understanding your gift of empathy can help you answer these questions in a positive way. Using your gift of empathy helps:

* build trust and respect in relationships

* enables you to release emotions in a safe way

* encourages the surfacing of information necessary needed for a healthy relationship

* creates a safe environment that is conducive to collaborate relationships

 

Workshop Topics:

1. What is empathy?

2. What is the difference between empathy and sympathy?

3. Growth in the awareness of when your gift of empathy is operative.

4. Skills and discipline necessary to practice the gift of empathy.

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Empathy Library launches today!

Empathy Library launches today! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Today I’m pleased and proud to announce the launch of my new project, the world’s first online Empathy Library. It’s a digital treasure house where you will find inspiring and powerful books and films that catapult your imagination into other people’s lives. There are Top Ten Charts, you can browse by themes like love or poverty, and join the library to add your own favourite items. Think of it as Goodreads for the Empathy Revolution! Supporting organisations include The School of Life, Friends of the Earth, Ashoka and Roots of Empathy


.By Roman Krznaric

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Restorative Circles program builds empathy, conflict resolution skills in middle school students

Restorative Circles program builds empathy, conflict resolution skills in middle school students | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

]Restorative Circles, a new program at Godfrey Lee Middle School, teaches conflict resolution skills and builds empathy with help from the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan.

 

The goal of the restorative plan is to restore harmony to the school, so the teacher can get back to teaching and students can focus on learning, Gilman says. The circle process also fosters empathy, active listening, and healthy communication skills. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings and points of view.
 
The Dispute Resolution Center secured several grants to offer Restorative Circles at Godfrey Lee, including one from the Wyoming Community Foundation and two at the state level. Godfrey Lee was identified at the state level for being a school with a large disparity between the suspension and expulsion rates of special education and minority students versus white students, Gilman says. Curry says the school has a high minority population and very few fights.


 MARLA R. MILLER

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▶ matt harvey - empath man

Mat Harvey performs the opening scene of Empath Man - contemporary superhero with advanced listening skills and the ability to stay open and vulnerable in a tight situation...

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Stories foment empathy

Stories foment empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The correlation between literature and empathy is becoming increasingly strong as researchers examine the issue. In "The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined," Steven Pinker states that the "human capacity for compassion is not a reflex that is triggered automatically by the presence of another living thing." But he goes on to discuss how being exposed to the stories — both fictive and non — of others does encourage adopting those people's vantage points. And it's that adoption, that understanding of such, that breeds compassion and empathy.

 

Pinker concludes, "Technological advances in publishing, the mass production of books, the expansion of literacy ... all preceded the major humanitarian reforms of the 18th century.

 

Shawna Bethell 

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M Angus MacLean Hix's curator insight, January 16, 2014 9:41 AM

This is article confirms how I've been using "the power of story" in the work of Building Beloved Community - i.e., helping people tear down the identity walls that divide them from other people.  Thanks Steven Pinker for the affirmation!

 

Nathalie Bos's curator insight, January 16, 2014 11:51 AM

La lecture favoriserait  l'empathie et la compassion.
Le développement de l'édition et de l'accès aux livres au 18e siècle.a grandement facilité la propagation des idées des Lumières.
Sur quoi va donc déboucher notre révolution numérique actuelle ? (et on n'a encore rien vu !) 

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Spill Expands ‘empathy Engine’ to High School Students, Launches Mobile App | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Spill Expands ‘empathy Engine’ to High School Students, Launches Mobile App | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Previously exclusive to college students, Spill extends its listening network to high school students and post-grads. Individuals can now “spill” about life anonymously on the iPhone and Android apps, and share encouragement with one another.

 

How do we stomp out bullying in our classrooms? Reduce the prevalence of shootings in our schools? Stop young adults from ending their lives too soon?

 

One word: Empathy. By challenging young adults to take the time to listen, understand, and relate to one another, we can grow the next generation of rational decision makers.

 

Spill, an anonymous network for peer encouragement, is announcing the expansion of its college ‘empathy engine’ to high school students and post-grads. With the simultaneous release of its iPhone and Android apps, users can now “spill” confidentially about personal problems at any time in any place through their smartphones, and receive encouraging messages from fellow peers.

 

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Study: 'I know how they must feel': Empathy and judging defendants | The European Journal of Psychology

Study: 'I know how they must feel': Empathy and judging defendants | The European Journal of Psychology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The current study investigated the effects of state and trait empathy in legal judgments and tested the relationship between trait and state emotion in one hundred and fifty eight students aged 18-59.


Assessments were taken of participants' trait empathy and then state empathy was induced in half the sample. Following this all participants read a trial transcript and made judgments regarding: the verdict decision; the defendant's responsibility for the offense; what would be an appropriate punishment; the likelihood that the offender would offend in the future; and whether the defendant felt remorse for committing the offense.


Findings showed that both trait and state empathy predicted attributions of offender remorse. State empathy also predicted judgments of offender responsibility and agreement with verdict decisions in a lenient direction. Findings also showed that state and trait empathy did not interact. The results indicate that trait and state empathy work independently to influence legal judgments and that inducing empathy in decision-makers can impact on trial outcomes above and beyond the facts of the case.

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Roots of Empathy celebrates 2013

Roots of Empathy celebrates 2013 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As another year closes, we look back on 2013 and celebrate our many accomplishments in the amazing year we've had:  Including new programs starting this past fall in ten countries,

 

Roots of Empathy has now reached over 600,000 children on three continents since the first programs were offered in Canada in 1996.

2013 saw the completion of Roots of Empathy pilot programs in three new countries – England, Wales and Germany – with an increased number of programs being offered in all three countries this past fall.

 

Seeds of Empathy continued to grow in Canada and the United States, programs piloted in Scotland will continue, and...

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AI is so over: This is artificial empathy

AI is so over: This is artificial empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Your local call center may know more about you than your therapist

 

Mattersight's system, on the other hand, is more like "artificial empathy": It takes the same stream of verbal input, and it extracts information about the speaker's mood, personality, and interaction style. This is basically the same thing that people do intuitively when listening to one another: Assessing mood, feelings, and personality.

 

A truly insightful person can "read" people very effectively. Empaths sometimes bill themselves as "psychics" and impress audiences by doing "cold reads" on strangers with amazing accuracy. In fact, however, such people are using the same types of subtle cues that Mattersight uses to recognize patterns and divine personality traits. Yet it seems so much more creepy when a machine does it during a customer service call.


By Greg Stevens, 

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Ecstasy may bring the love by filtering the fear

Ecstasy may bring the love by filtering the fear | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Ecstasy users often describe the high as feeling ‘loved up’ and MDMA is frequently described as an ‘empathogen’ but until now, little was known about how it genuinely affects the recognition of emotions in other people.

A new study just published in Biological Psychiatry has tested the supposed ‘empathy boosting’ effects of MDMA and found that it actually makes people worse at picking up on emotions in the face – but only for threatening expressions.

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Spill launches iOS and Android apps, expands ‘empathy engine’ to high school students and post-grads

Spill launches iOS and Android apps, expands ‘empathy engine’ to high school students and post-grads | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Spill, an ‘empathy engine’ where students can anonymously share their problems with others in order to receive advice, has launched its first mobile apps for iOS and Android devices today, as well as expanding the reach of the service beyond college students to include high school students and post-grads in the US and Canada.

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Academy of empathy

Academy of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 The Academy of empathy is a sense of community and working knowledge broker / inside, change managers / and scientists / inside from various fields with the value proposition to promote interpersonal understanding, personal and entrepreneurial potential development and success.

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Empathy is essential: The "soft skill" that engages the whole brain

Empathy is essential: The "soft skill" that engages the whole brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When we talk about executive functions, we’re usually talking about distinct, discrete skills that are easy to get our arms around. Empathy, while often lumped in with executive functions, is not a singular skill, but a package of skills that pulls from multiple parts of the brain. Children who are empathetic can form and sustain friendships, are more likely to behave well in class, and are less likely to engage in aggressive, antisocial, or criminal behavior.

 

What is empathy?

Empathy is often defined as the ability to identify with the suffering of another. This definition, however, is only partly correct. Human beings have the capacity for three kinds of empathy:

 

....Teaching empathy


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TBB Gap Year Programs Teach Higher Order Empathy - Thinking Beyond Borders

TBB Gap Year Programs Teach Higher Order Empathy - Thinking Beyond Borders | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The third post in a 5-part series highlighting TBB's impact on students. Come learn about how we develop higher order empathy!

 

Higher order empathy is not easy. It requires advanced self-awareness and metacognitive skills that must be intentionally developed. These are not simply academic pursuits. They require learning and engagement with the world that is personal, rooted in an examination of one’s assumptions and values. They come to the surface as emotions and perspectives about critical issues with real human consequence. By developing these capacities, TBB is preparing students to approach their higher ed and professional careers with the ability to synthesize information, work across disciplines, and innovate toward meaningful social impact.

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Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy

Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Techniques to help you hear, process, and respond.

 

Study after study has shown that listening is critical to leadership effectiveness. So, why are so few leaders good at it?

 

Too often, leaders seek to take command, direct conversations, talk too much, or worry about what they will say next in defense or rebuttal.  Additionally, leaders can react quickly, get distracted during a conversation, or fail to make the time to listen to others.  Finally, leaders can be ineffective at listening if they are competitive, if they multitask such as reading emails or text messages, or if they let their egos get in the way of listening to what others have to say.

 

Instead, leaders need to start by really caring about what other people have to say about an issue. Research also shows that active listening, combined with empathy or trying to understand others’ perspectives and points of view is the most effective form of listening.  Henry Ford once said that if there is any great secret of success in life, it lies in the ability to put oneself in another person’s place and to see things from his or her point of view –as well as from one’s own.


by Christine M. Riordan 

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Bill Drayton - the important role of leadership to catalyze empathy-based movements

Bill Drayton shares the four necessary and integrated skills all people and organizations everywhere must have to thrive in a world of constant change, the important role of leadership to catalyze empathy-based movements that forever change our actions, and the challenge for us all to reach for pattern- and frame-changing impact in our innovations and collaborations -- not only to outpace change, but to create new value for the good of all.

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The Empathy Library

The Empathy Library | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Empathy Library search page. Use keywords to search for books and films, or browse the collection using filters (e.g. under Book Type select 'children's books' or under Theme choose 'love' or 'poverty'). Results are automatically ranked by popularity. Join the library to add items, comment and give ratings 

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Anita Vance's curator insight, January 16, 2014 5:04 PM

A good start for finding titles for empathy - I would use these for teaching diversity- understanding others from all backgrounds...

I like the idea of adding new titles, too.

Barbara Kerr's curator insight, January 17, 2014 2:17 PM

Wonderful resource   

Karen R. Harker's curator insight, January 20, 2014 9:34 AM

Interesting...t'would be nice if there was a link to WorldCat so that these could be found in a local library.

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Empathy and literature? | BusinessWorld Online

Empathy and literature? | BusinessWorld Online | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
MY FRIEND Ponchit (who lives in the US) called my attention to an interesting (recent) academic study that links the reading of literature to the capacity for empathy. Apparently, reading “serious” literature can enhance one’s ability to understand another person’s feelings and to view his (her) situation from his (her) perspective.If true, that would suggest that we can improve everyone’s social behavior -- thereby making the world more “sociable” and less conflict-riddled -- by insisting that everyone read Tolstoy’s War and Peace or Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Doubtless, Dostoevsky was referring to empathy when he wrote, “It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.”
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Business World ,Mind over Matter!

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Social experience leads to empathetic, pro-social behavior in rats | UChicago News

Social experience leads to empathetic, pro-social behavior in rats | UChicago News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Rats have been observed showing empathy-driven behavior, such as freeing trapped companions from restrainers. This behavior also extends toward strangers, but with a catch—rats require prior, positive social interactions with the type of the unfamiliar individual in order to show empathy, report University of Chicago scientists in the open access journal eLife.

 

The findings suggest that social experiences, not genetics or kin selection, determine whether an individual will help strangers out of empathy. The importance of social experience extends even to rats of the same type—a rat fostered and raised with a type different than itself will not help strangers of its own kind.

 

By Kevin Jiang

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Social experience drives empathetic, pro-social behavior in rats

Social experience drives empathetic, pro-social behavior in rats | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy-driven behavior has been observed in rats who will free trapped companions from restrainers. This behavior also extends toward strangers, but requires prior, positive social interactions with the type (strain) of the unfamiliar individual, report scientists from the University of Chicago, in the open access journal eLife on Jan. 14

The findings suggest that social experiences, not genetics or kin selection, determine whether an individual will help strangers out of empathy. The importance of social experience extends even to rats of the same strain—a rat fostered and raised with a strain different than itself will not help strangers of its own kind.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-01-social-empathetic-pro-social-behavior-rats.html#jCp

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