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Empathy and the genius salesman

Empathy and the genius salesman | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Apple's Genius training manual shows the importance of empathy and investing in staff.

 

One of Apple’s great successes has been in delivering services through its stores. Tech site Gizmodo managed to get a peak at Apple’s training manual for their in-store ‘Genius’ technicians.

A word that keeps popping up in the manual is ‘empathy’ – as Gizmodo says; The term “empathy” is repeated ad nauseum in the Genius manual. It is the salesman sine qua non at the Apple Store, encouraging Geniuses to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes,”

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Empathy and Emotional Intelligence.wmv

Linda J. Ferguson share her video series for improving your Emotional Intelligence so you can understand your own and others' feelings. Sign-Up at www.lindajferguson.com to receive more valuable information on living a life of balance, moving through your stresses quicker, and creating the life you desire.
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Video: Self-Help for Skeptics: Self-compassion helps people overcome stressors

Video: Self-Help for Skeptics: Self-compassion helps people overcome stressors | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research finds it takes four positive thoughts to balance one negative thought.

 

In 15 studies conducted over the past seven years, Dr. Leary has found that self-compassionate people are happier. Three of the studies, soon to be published, examine how self-compassion affects people over age 65. The studies found that people who accepted memory lapses, arthritis and other difficulties of getting older, and who treated themselves extra nicely on tough days, reported more positive emotions and were coping better with the aging process.

 

Self-compassion helps people overcome life's little, and not-so-little, stressors, such as public speaking. In another study, Dr. Leary asked people to stand in front of a videocamera and make up a story starting with the phrase, "Once there was a little bear…" Then he asked them to critique their performance, captured on videotap

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Review: The Primate Mind: Built to Connect with Other Minds by Frans B. M. de Waal and Pier Francesco Ferrari

Review: The Primate Mind: Built to Connect with Other Minds by Frans B. M. de Waal and Pier Francesco Ferrari | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Can chimpanzees imitate behavior? Are apes capable of altruism? Do chimpanzees have a theory of mind?...

 

What is distinctive about this approach is the authors' contribution to the topics of imitation and culture in primates by attempting to show how mirror neurons and the neural processing of others may be the building blocks for the evolution of imitation, empathy, and social rules in primates...

 

The second and third sections in this book: "Empathy, Perspective, and Cooperation" and "Memory, Emotions, and Communication" emphasize the importance of not only examining the primate mind in species appropriate social contexts, but asking what kinds of social factors may affect (and how would they affect) the results found when investigating topics such as theory of mind, empathy, and distress alleviation.

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Mirror Neuron - Normal Movement Selectivity in Autism

Mirror Neuron - Normal Movement Selectivity in Autism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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Individuals with autism exhibited normal fMRI responses in mirror system regions


These responses include typical movement-selective adaptation to repeated movements


Responses were more variable across trial blocks than for control subjects


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It has been proposed that individuals with autism have difficulties understanding the goals and intentions of others because of a fundamental dysfunction in the mirror neuron system. Here, however, we show that individuals with autism exhibited not only normal fMRI responses in mirror system areas during observation and execution of hand movements but also exhibited typical movement-selective adaptation (repetition suppression) when observing or executing the same movement repeatedly. Movement selectivity is a defining characteristic of neurons involved in movement perception, including mirror neurons, and, as such, these findings argue against a mirror system dysfunction in autism.

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Poll: Ahead of speech, Romney faces empathy gap

Poll: Ahead of speech, Romney faces empathy gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A CBS News poll shows 50 percent of Americans think Mitt Romney doesn't understand their problems...

 

A new CBS News poll out Tuesday shows that half of registered voters think that Mitt Romney does not understand their problems, reflecting an empathy gap with President Obama as Romney prepares for his acceptance speech at the Republican nominating convention.


Only 41 percent of Americans said Romney understands their needs and problems, compared to 54 percent who feel Mr. Obama understands their needs and problems.

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Krauthammer: Mitt and Ann Romney Must Show Empathy in RNC Speeches - "It's about this empathy business"

Krauthammer: Mitt and Ann Romney Must Show Empathy in RNC Speeches  - "It's about this empathy business" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Charles Krauthammer "It's about this empathy business:"

 

National syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer talked to Martha MacCallum about the strategy for Mitt Romney’s critical speech Thursday night at the RNC.

 

Charles Krauthammer:  Ann Romney,  "She’s the best thing he’s got going for him when it comes to humanizing, softening him and showing a man who clearly has empathy and feeling. But he has a lot of trouble showing it,” 

 

Mitt, "does't  have to tell a lot of sob stories, all he has to do is speak in terms that are empathetic, that are a lot softer..."

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Connect To Thrive: Social Connection Improves Health, Well-Being & Longevity

Connect To Thrive: Social Connection Improves Health, Well-Being & Longevity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 We all know the basics of health 101: eat your veggies, go to the gym and get proper rest. But how many of us know that social connection is as important? Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. One telling study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure.

 

On the the flip side, strong social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity. Social connection strengthens our immune system (research by Steve Cole shows that genes impacted by social connection also code for immune function and inflammation), helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life. People who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression.  Moreover, studies show they also have higher self-esteem, are more empathic to others, more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them.

 

by Emma Seppala, Ph.D

 

more on Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Emma Malcolm Seppala

http://j.mp/NdBlho

 

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Fighting Self-Compassion

Fighting Self-Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Strange as it may seem, I find myself fighting therapeutic approaches based on self-compassion. The reasons run deep and reveal a lot about the difficulty of trying to get depression completely out of my life....

 

The problem is, to be blunt, that I don’t want to be kind or compassionate or caring to myself. I have a visceral reaction when I read about this idea. Engaging the book turns out to be like working on a chain gang. I’ll read a page, toss the thing aside in contempt, try to break away, then feel myself pulled back to read some more. Luckily, she’s on to people like me and articulates exactly what we go through:

 

by John Folk-Williams  

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Serial Killers, the Brain, and the Mind: Empathy Research in Current Society

Serial Killers, the Brain, and the Mind: Empathy Research in Current Society | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A discussion of empathy and the implications of a lack of empathy as well as current research by University of Chicago professor Jean Decety.

 

But why examine the abnormal and the psychopathic to learn about empathy? Says Dr. Decety, “To study empathy, as in psychiatry and affective developmental neuroscience, one should also look at when the system is broken: When there is a dysfunction.”

 

By studying the brain scans, Dr. Decety hopes to see a change in the brain activity and changes in the connectivity between regions of the brain that are critical to emotion and moral decision-making. This would render finding the dysfunctional circuitry or region a simpler task, and once the dysfunction is found, it is not a far leap towards beginning to understand the mechanisms that underpin the experience of empathy in normal individuals.

 

Dr. Decety’s research has multiple purposes: while furthering the understanding of the brain’s mechanisms and functions is and has been a paramount goal, he also hopes to make progress in early-intervention strategies for psychopathy.

 

BY SYDNEY REITZ

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Yahnnis Rivera's curator insight, June 26, 2013 7:32 PM

El celebro de los asesinos, sera que los asesinos tiene algo en particular que por ende los defina como "asesinos"? habra algun indicador que diga quien es o sera asesino?

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The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction

The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Stories stimulate the brain. Metaphors like “He had leathery hands” rouse the sensory cortex.

 

Scientists call this capacity of the brain to construct a map of other people’s intentions “theory of mind.” Narratives offer a unique opportunity to engage this capacity, as we identify with characters’ longings and frustrations, guess at their hidden motives and track their encounters with friends and enemies, neighbors and lovers.
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It is an exercise that hones our real-life social skills, another body of research suggests. Dr. Oatley and Dr. Mar, in collaboration with several other scientists, reported in two studies, published in 2006 and 2009, that individuals who frequently read fiction seem to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and see the world from their perspective.

 

 

By ANNIE MURPHY PAUL

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Rape and the death of empathy

Rape and the death of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is no longer an American virtue. Ayn Rand held the same attitude to rape that she applied to economic affairs. If you get screwed (literally or metaphorically) its because that’s what you deserve. By definition, winners win and losers lose. Self-made men embrace Ayn Rand because of her contempt for the least and the last, not in spite of it.

 

BY ALAN BEAN 

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The emergence of Empathy

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Although I may be hedging my bets by opening my first ever blog post with a quotation, I consider it suitably apt for the topic of creating empathy within the museum space. I recently met Roman Krznaric (founder of the School of Life) who has created the Museum of Empathy model, a space which, rather than just educating its visitors, encourages them to empathise with the denoted culture. This may be a case of understanding the labour and wage paid to go into the cup of coffee you drink, to facing the cruelties of enduring a hurricane.

 

By Edmund Connolly

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Everyone Isn't a Winner--and Shouldn't Be

Everyone Isn't a Winner--and Shouldn't Be | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How to compete in a way that creates "good" winners and losers.

 

 Empathy goes hand-in-hand with collaboration. Does that mean that empathetic parenting and teaching should be devoid of competition? It’s natural to want to shield our kids—whether our students or our offspring—from losing. But eliminating competition from our children’s lives would be doing them a disservice. The world is full of competition, full of opportunities to win out and to lose out. Applying to college, entering the job market, navigating romantic relationships—all of these inevitable “real” life experiences will involve wins and losses.

 

 

By Laura Zax

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Laura Zax
http://j.mp/Ms6eSR

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Courthouse Dogs--Promoting Justice with Compassion

Courthouse Dogs--Promoting Justice with Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Centre County, Pennsylvania has developed a program that uses a highly trained dog to provide emotional support for children in the County's criminal justice system. The program was developed by Judge Brad Lunsford and Faith Burger and is reported to be the first program of its kind in Pennsylvania.

 

The Centre County District Attorney says that its dog "Princess" "...specializes in comforting and easing the fears of the children of our community who have been victimized and who are required to come into the courtroom setting to testify."  

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Rogério Rocha's comment, August 28, 2012 4:46 PM
A laudable initiative!
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Our Diminishing Capacity For Empathy

Our Diminishing Capacity For Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A Failure Of Empathy: The casual cruelty of Barbara Sumner-Burstyn's Facebook posting about the death of Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker offered swift corroboration of Dr Bruce Perry's claim that social media are diminishing our capacity for empathy....

 

ARE SOCIAL MEDIA making us crueller? Dr Bruce Perry, an American neuroscientist currently touring New Zealand, argues that the explosive growth of communications technology is diminishing our capacity for empathy. By undermining face-to-face relationships and weakening the intimate and ethical bonds that hold communities together, claims Dr Perry, social media are changing the way our brains work.

 

by Chris Trotter

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Johnice Reid-English's comment, September 1, 2012 12:28 PM
I disagree with the premise. I believe the social media sites have provided the general public an avenue to spill their darker side without the fear of having to look into the eyes of their victim. Mush like the racists who gather in a restroom to 'share' rather than the lunchroom where they may be overheard. The general population is not as empathetic, not as high a percentage as one would like to think and that is our more serious issue.

The explosive lack of civility after the 2008 election has not been due to a new self-realization of a lack of empathy, it is out of a freedom NOT to hide it due to a submerged xenophobic attitude which has become inherent in about 40% of the US population.
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Empathy: What It Is, Why You Need It and How to Develop More of It

Empathy: What It Is, Why You Need It and How to Develop More of It | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A few months ago the New York Times published a blog: Can Doctors Learn Empathy? It was written about doctors, but it could have just as easily been written about lawyers.

 

I found this interesting:

 

Greater physician empathy has been associated with fewer medical errors, better patient outcomes and more satisfied patients. It also results in fewer malpractice claims and happier doctors.

 

By Cordell Parvin

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Panhandler ingeniously inspires empathy

Panhandler ingeniously inspires empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I wonder how this would work in real life... It seems like it would almost certainly be more effective than a cardboard sign.
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"I Am" Film Screening & Conversations on Compassion with James Doty, MD and film director Tom Shadyac

"I Am" Film Screening & Conversations on Compassion with James Doty, MD and film director Tom Shadyac | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"I Am" Film Screening & Conversations on Compassion with James Doty, MD and film director Tom Shadyac


Category: Film Screening & Conversations on Compassion
Event date: Thursday, October 25th, 2012 - 5:30pm
Location: TBA


Tom Shadyac is a renowned comedy director, writer and producer. Among the films he has worked on are Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, Patch Adams, Accepted , and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. The event will begin with the screening of his film I AM at 5:30, followed by a conversation on compassion with Dr. James Doty.


This event is free and open to the public. Registration required.

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Global Public Relations Summit: Agenda Details Announced

Global Public Relations Summit: Agenda Details Announced | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Details of the agenda, featuring leaders from every sector of the public relations business, will be announced over the next week.

 

The second day of the Summit, October 31, will feature an equally compelling range of discussions, including:


• Empathy: The Growing Importance of Personal Connections in an Increasingly Impersonal World Led by Hill+Knowlton Strategies chief executive Jack Martin, this panel examines the ever-increasing and immediate need for empathy in the midst of a changing and evolving communications landscape.


• Persuasion, Empathy, and Neural Coupling: Where PR Meets Mr. Spock Led by Ogilvy PR chief executive Chris Graves, three top scientists reveal their explorations into changing minds and crafting stories that trigger empathy at the neuron level of the brain.

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The Rise of the Compassionate Leader: Should You Be Cruel to Be Kind? Article and Audio

The Rise of the Compassionate Leader: Should You Be Cruel to Be Kind? Article and Audio | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There's a powerful link between productivity and what has been identified as "compassionate leadership" in organisations, observes Christina Boedker, a lecturer in accounting at the Australian School of Business and leader of a major business research study that looks at the links between leadership and organisational performance.

 

 The single greatest influence on profitability and productivity within an organisation, according to the research project – which to date has taken in data from more than 5600 people in 77 organisations – is the ability of leaders to spend more time and effort developing and recognising their people, welcoming feedback, including criticism, and fostering co-operation among staff.

 

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Storied Mind Newsletter: Self-Esteem & Self-Compassion

Storied Mind Newsletter: Self-Esteem & Self-Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research Contrasting Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion

 

According to a series of studies, self-compassionate people show greater personal initiative in making necessary changes in their lives, including career changes. Unlike people whose primary motive is to protect or enhance self-esteem, the self-compassionate push themselves forward because of the intrinsic interest in what they pursue, not because it will help them feel better about themselves. That's exactly the opposite of what I had always assumed.

 

Self-compassion, as Neff puts it, “is available precisely when self-esteem fails us - when we fall flat on our face, embarrass ourselves, or otherwise come in direct contact with the imperfection of life.”

 

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Culture of Empathy website

Culture of Empathy website | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I have finally taken time to look more thoroughly at a site noted in a comment to my July 25 post on compassion research. The "Culture of Empathy" site is an aggregator of resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. It makes interesting, if a bit overwhelming, browsing. I feel like a complete trogdolyte as only now do I notice sites like CAUSESthat hosts seven different empathy related causes that one can sign on to, listing the very same gentleman who commented on my post (Edwin Rutsch) as leader; or Scoop.it!, that hosts four different empathy related web based magazine hosted by, guess who?, Mr. Rutsch.

 

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Treating Yourself with Compassion: Self-compassion helps you overcome failure..

Treating Yourself with Compassion:  Self-compassion helps you overcome failure.. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

At the surface, it is tempting to say that the cultures of Silicon Valley and Boston promoted a different level of fear of failure. An interesting paper in the September, 2012 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin by Juliana Breines and Serena Chen suggests that the difference might actually lie in the self-compassion promoted by each region.

 

Self-compassion is the degree to which people treat themselves with warmth and understanding. People are not hard on themselves are treating themselves with self-compassion. At one level, this might feel similar to self-esteem, which is the degree to which people think of themselves positively. But, you can treat yourself with compassion without necessarily feeling positively toward yourself.

 

by Art Markman

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The Republicans’ empathy is gone 

The Republicans’ empathy is gone  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Today, though, that sense of empathy is disappearing in the ranks of the Republican Party. For the most extreme conservatives, empathy is no more than liberal claptrap. It was Mitt Romney, after all, who said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”


Even staunch conservatives like Barry Goldwater had more integrity than that. And George W. Bush popularized the term “compassionate conservatism,” even if his presidency did not put it into practice as often as he might have wanted to.

 

 

 by crouch stanley

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