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Personality, Empathy, and Satisfaction in Relationships | Florida Institute of Technology

Personality, Empathy, and Satisfaction in Relationships | Florida Institute of Technology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Researchers have begun taking a deeper look into studying positive aspects that promote the development of stable relationships over time. Recent findings suggest that the secret to a more stable and happy relationship may be Empathy.

 

Empathy is the ability to understand and share what the other person is feeling. It is considered by some psychologists to be a stable personality characteristic or dispositional tendency. In fact, researchers Davis and Outhout reported that empathy can play a major role in how we respond to conflict with our partner.

 

by Sarah Arnett.

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Are You a Hero or a Bystander? Empathy, or care or concern for others, runs high in people with heroic tendencies,

Are You a Hero or a Bystander? Empathy, or care or concern for others, runs high in people with heroic tendencies, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 heroism is far more complex than that. Some heroes have qualities that enable them to blast through obstacles, recent research shows. Empathy, or care or concern for others, runs high in people with heroic tendencies, according to a 2009 study led by Sara Staats, a professor emeritus of psychology at Ohio State University in Newark.

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Inspiring Compassion: MFA's Humane Education Program

Inspiring Compassion: MFA's Humane Education Program | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Teaching students to have empathy for animals is one of the most effective, long-lasting, and meaningful ways to build a more compassionate world. With flexible programs that can be modified to fit the specific curricular needs and interests of any audience, MFA's humane education program has been cultivating kindness toward animals at high schools and college classrooms, conferences, community and religious organizations, and other venues around the country for years.

 

By Nathan Runkle

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Closing the Empathy Gap

Closing the Empathy Gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

So, how do we move from elementary listening and responding to a more sophisticated source of insight for planning creative, effective programs? Here’s an imperfect list of sources of empathy, and how brands are using the insights to drive business results.

 

Five Sources of Empathy..

 

1) Social Focus Groups...

 

2) Social Personas...

 

3) Search Intent...

 

4) Cultural Trend Spotting

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So too is the empathetic organization is a fragile one, easily crushed by any number of harsh realities in the marketplace

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Roots of Empathy Seeks Volunteer Instructors

Roots of Empathy Seeks Volunteer Instructors | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Roots of Empathy (ROE) is an international award-winning program that develops children’s social-emotional skills, promotes empathy, and reduces bullying. Having introduced a successful pilot in six East Bay schools this past year, ROE have been invited to expand into additional elementary school classrooms in Oakland and San Francisco this coming fall. The program centers on regular classroom visits by an infant, providing the chance for children to observe the baby’s emotions, temperament, development, and relationship with a caregiver.

 

In coordination with the Greater Good Science Center, ROE is seeking to recruit and train volunteer instructors who have some experience working with children, including those who have a background in teaching, social work, counseling, early childhood education, health and wellness, or other youth and family support.

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What is an Empathy Savings Account? And why you should build one with your child.

What is an Empathy Savings Account? And why you should build one with your child. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Practicing empathy--becoming an empathetic individual--requires time to observe your child, to understand him and capture his mood or his emotions through such details as a subtle furrowing of the brow, an unrecognizable expession in the eyes, a harsher gesture or a grunt we didn't recognize.

 

But we can't always connect empathetically. Sometimes it's due to external circumstances: the school bell will ring within the next 10 minutes; we're about to go into a meeting which we must attend. Or it's because we ourselves are flooded with emotions when we see our children upset or anxious. Or simply it's because we're furious with their grades or that they lost their cellphone yet again.

 

By Carolina Diaz

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Study: Psychosocial and Psychophysiological Effects of Human-Animal Interactions: The Possible Role of Oxytocin

Study: Psychosocial and Psychophysiological Effects of Human-Animal Interactions: The Possible Role of Oxytocin | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

During the last decades, animal assistance in therapy, education, and care has greatly increased. Today, the value of animal-assisted interventions [AAI, including animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and activities] is widely acknowledged. In the light of the rapid development of the practice of AAI, research evaluating the effects of AAIs as well as studies investigating the basic effects of human-animal interaction (HAI) and the underlying mechanisms seem to lag behind.

 

Still, there is already quite a body of scientific literature on this topic. However, this is spread out over a number of journals and fields, constraining an integrative view. In the following, we will provide an overview of studies assessing effects of AAI as well as pet ownership which meet certain scientific criteria.

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lecture: "Empathy" at Al-Farooq Masjid

Dr. M. Hisham Hawasli gives a lecture titled "Empathy" at Al-Farooq Masjid on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

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Have compassion: Why? How?

Have compassion: Why? How? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion is essentially the wish that beings not suffer – from subtle physical and emotional discomfort to agony and anguish – combined with feelings of sympathetic concern. You could have compassion for an individual (a friend in the hospital, a co-worker passed over for a promotion), groups of people (victims of crime, those displaced by a hurricane, refugee children), animals (your pet, livestock heading for the slaughterhouse), and yourself. Compassion is not pity, agreement, or a waiving of your rights. You can have compassion for people who’ve wronged you while also insisting that they treat you better.


Compassion by itself opens your heart and nourishes people you care about. Those who receive your compassion are more likely to be patient, forgiving, and compassionate with you. Compassion reflects the wisdom that everything is related to everything else, and it naturally draws you into feeling more connected with all things.

 

by: Rick Hanson

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Rick Hanson
http://bit.ly/lr1IVH

 

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Study: Pro-sociality without empathy

Study: Pro-sociality without empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy, the capacity to recognize and share feelings experienced by another individual, is an important trait in humans, but is not the same as pro-sociality, the tendency to behave so as to benefit another individual. Given the importance of understanding empathy's evolutionary emergence, it is unsurprising that many studies attempt to find evidence for it in other species. To address the question of what should constitute evidence for empathy, we offer a critical comparison of two recent studies of rescuing behaviour that report similar phenomena but are interpreted very differently by their authors. In one of the studies, rescue behaviour in rats was interpreted as providing evidence for empathy, whereas in the other, rescue behaviour in ants was interpreted without reference to sharing of emotions.

 

Evidence for empathy requires showing that actor individuals possess a representation of the receiver's emotional state and are driven by the psychological goal of improving its wellbeing. 

 

by Marco Vasconcelos, Karen Hollis, Elise Nowbahari and Alex Kacelnik

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Empathy work lost on one in five cyber bullies

Empathy work lost on one in five cyber bullies | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

TACTICS commonly used by schools to deal with cyber bullies, such as asking them to show empathy towards their victim, are ineffective in dealing with some of the worst offenders, new research has found.


Despite the millions of dollars spent on programs to stamp out cyber bullying in schools, no research has been conducted to assess whether they are successful

 

by Nicole Brady

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Empathy Stories: How to watch TV in Samoa

Empathy Stories: How to watch TV in Samoa | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I have recently begun collecting stories of empathy experiences from around the world for a new book I am writing. Here is one of the latest, in which Antonina Elliott, a graphic designer who lives in New Zealand, describes a memory from a family visit to Samoa when she was five years old.

 

I have never truly stopped to consider the importance of empathy in my life until now. In recent events, my actions and words have hurt family and friends and left a trail of broken relationships in my wake, resulting in me seriously doubting whether I ever possessed any empathy at all.

 

By Roman Krznaric

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Self-Appreciation: The Flip Side of Self-Compassion

Self-Appreciation: The Flip Side of Self-Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Appreciation for our good qualities is really an expression of gratitude for all who have shaped us as individuals. Self-appreciation humbly honors those who have helped us become the person we are today.

 

So how do we celebrate our admirable qualities in a healthy way? I believe the answer is self-compassion, which involves treating ourselves with kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindfulness when considering our perceived inadequacies -- though in a different guise. I like to call it "self-appreciation." When we can enjoy what's good about ourselves, acknowledging that all people have strengths as well as weaknesses, we allow ourselves to revel in our goodness without evoking feelings of arrogance or overconfidence.

 

by Kristin Neff

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The Widespread Problem of Doctor Burnout: quickly losing their sense of empathy for others

The Widespread Problem of Doctor Burnout: quickly losing their sense of empathy for others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Up to half of practicing doctors say they experience emotional exhaustion, detachment or a low sense of accomplishment, putting patients and doctors at risk, a new study reports.

 

Research over the last 10 years has shown that burnout – the particular constellation of emotional exhaustion, detachment and a low sense of accomplishment – is widespread among medical students and doctors-in-training. Nearly half of these aspiring doctors end up becoming burned out over the course of their schooling, quickly losing their sense of empathy for others and succumbing to unprofessional behavior like lying and cheating.

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Empathetic insight into human cruelty

Empathetic insight into human cruelty | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

THE concept of evil has come to seem archaic. It suggests something external to us, something apart from human agency, and invoking the word has the opposite effect of what is usually intended: it reduces moral responsibility.

 

Calling the extermination camps and medical experiments of the Nazis evil stops inquiry in its tracks. The problem remains, however: we humans did that, and why did we? Josef Mengele was despicable beyond words, but what does it mean to say he was evil?

 

Simon Baron-Cohen's new book, Zero Degrees of Empathy, is an attempt to tease out this problem.  

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Harvard Business Review: Why America Lacks Global Leaders: True cultural empathy springs from...

Harvard Business Review: Why America Lacks Global Leaders: True cultural empathy springs from... | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Some 20 years of research by hundreds of experts have found that successful global leaders have great soft skills, At a recent conference on global leadership at Northeastern University, nearly 150 experts in the field came together to discuss the qualities and competencies of global leaders. Their recent combined work still tallies with studies conducted since 1994 in finding, over and over, that the common characteristics of successful global leaders fall into the same soft-skills bucket, like "emotional intelligence," "listening," and "authenticity." ...

 

Cultural empathy requires a degree of egolessness, because you have to surrender the notion that your country, or language, or point of view is best. Cultural empathy means that you have to not just see through the eyes of someone who is different, but you have to think through that person's brain. True cultural empathy springs from personality, early nurturing, curiosity, and appreciation of diversity.

 

by Bronwyn Fryer

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Nyheter | Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education Sweden

Nyheter | Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education Sweden | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The first international conference on compassion takes place in Telluride, Colorado on 19-22 July. Co-organizers are CCARE Sweden & The Swedish Association for Contemplation in Education and Research (SACs)

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“Letters To My Bully,” A Lesson in Empathy - Beating the Bully: Cope with Bullying At Any Age

“Letters To My Bully,” A Lesson in Empathy  - Beating the Bully: Cope with Bullying At Any Age | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Huffington Post blogger Kergan Edwards-Stout posted an interview with Azaan Kamau, editor of the new anthology,“Letters To My Bully.” Mr. Edwards-Stout wrote the preface to the anthology as well as a letter to his own bully. He was the target of cruel bullying for years after coming out as a gay teen.

 

After reading Mr. Edwards-Stouts letter, I sat teary-eyed at my desk. Empathy. It was powerful, poetic with a twinge of sadness and regret. His voice, as well as the thousands who are/have been targeted, need to be heard.

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Affective (self-) transformations: Empathy, neoliberalism and international development

Affective (self-) transformations: Empathy, neoliberalism and international development | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I argue that in the neoliberal economy in which the international aid apparatus operates, empathetic self-transformation can become commodified in ways that fix unequal affective subjects. Empathy may function here less to produce more intersubjective relations and ways of knowing than it does to augment the moral and affective capacities of development professionals. Yet, I suggest, it is in the ambivalences, tensions and contradictions of both emotion and neoliberalism that spaces for thinking and feeling transnational encounters differently might be cultivated.

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Why you should invest in empathy: Why Is It Essential?

Why you should invest in empathy: Why Is It Essential? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


Whether we feel empathy or not, we are all connected. You are connected in innumerable ways to Kevin Bacon but also to someone halfway around the world living in utterly different conditions.

Want to learn more? Empathy: Design tool and outcome describes additional background on the concept of empathy and answers design-related questions like:

 

How can decision makers get a better intuitive sense of their customers to complement the faceless data?


What are some creative ways that working teams can get a deeper sense of walking in their customers’ shoes?


How can you recognize when there is an opportunity to increase empathy among customers?


How does technology act against empathy today and what can we do about it?

 

 Check out the full paper here.

http://www.artefactgroup.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/reports_11_Empathy.pdf

 

by Dave McColgin

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The Republicans’ empathy is gone: Romney and Ryan envision a society of pure selfishness

The Republicans’ empathy is gone: Romney and Ryan envision a society of pure selfishness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We have thus created a society of enormous individual freedom and success, but it has been paced by a sense of empathy.


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 Stanley Crouch

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How about Some Bleeding-Heart Conservatism?

How about Some Bleeding-Heart Conservatism? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion toward criminals is cruelty toward their victims. That was Fielding's insight, and never in modern times was it made more blindingly obvious than when CNN anchor Bernard Shaw asked the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis if he would support the death penalty were his own wife Kitty to be raped and murdered. Dukakis coolly replied: "No I don't, Bernard, and I think you know that I've opposed the death penalty during all of my life."


Dukakis met Shaw's plea for empathy with the victims of crime by flatly refusing to show empathy even with his own nearest and dearest. 

 

By Karl Spence

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Helping others does not prove empathy

Helping others does not prove empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a distinctly human trait, despite suggestions that other animals are capable of recognising and sharing the feelings of another individual of the same species, according to researchers from four institutions in America, Britain, France and Portugal.

In a paper describing their research, published in the journal Biology Letters, the authors say empathy is not the same as pro-sociality, which is the tendency to behave so as to benefit another individual.

 

“Given the importance of understanding empathy's evolutionary emergence, it is unsurprising that many studies attempt to find evidence for it in other species,” the researchers write.

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Compassion Games: Compassion in Action for Collective Impact

Compassion Games: Compassion in Action for Collective Impact | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion in Action for Collective Impact

You are invited to participate in the 2012 Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest. Challenge and inspire your neighbors to make our community a safer, kinder, more just and better place to live by participating in the Compassion Games!

 

The Compassion Games begin on Friday September 21st with the United Way Day of Caring, and end on Sunday October 21st, the last day of The Next Fifty at Seattle Center. Anyone can play!

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How To Create An Empathy Map To Boost Conversions

How To Create An Empathy Map To Boost Conversions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If you could take the necessary steps to better connect with your audience; you'd drastically improve conversions. Making sales is all about knowing your audience. Understanding what they're going through.

 

One of the most useful exercises for gaining a better understanding of your audience is creating an empathy map. An empathy map is essentially a map of someone’s point of view. Your ideal buyers point of view or your target audience’s point of view.

 

It’s what your target buyers see, think, feel and hear. It’s about creating a map and avatar of their perspective allowing you to better understand them. That’s all it is, an exercise to help your understand your audience, their emotions, thoughts and beliefs.

 

by david m wood

 

Empathy Map

http://innovationgames.com/empathy-map/

The Empathy Map is applicable to any business, as it provides insight into key players who are necessary for your company’s success. Learn how to provide a better user experience by viewing the perspective of your stakeholders and identifying how to improve what they see, hear, think, gain, and are challenged by. Through the extensive collaboration and visual organization involved in this game, players are able to form a deeper understanding about what customers and business partners truly want from your company.

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