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It’s Time for Design to Start Empathy Too

It’s Time for Design to Start Empathy Too | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a really big word in design, specifically in the practice of “Design Thinking.” However, this article examines a different role for empathy in design, one that is very frequently overlooked.

 

In Design Thinking, empathy is what kicks off a project – it is the first step in understanding what the end user might need by being able to get hands-on experience understanding their problems and “pain points.” The space in which empathy is quite absent from design, however, is in communication materials, a medium that is historically sympathetic. Sympathy, as opposed to empathy, does not foster a deep understanding or emotional connection. Empathy, as opposed to sympathy, is a way for us to develop our understanding by sharing an experience.

 

By Matthew Manos

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Empathy in Creativity and Design Thinking

Empathy in Creativity and Design Thinking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How empathy is leading the way in creative fields

 

The new RSA animate video, The Power of Outrospection is quite thought provoking and has gotten me  thinking about all kinds of links between empathy and creativity.

In the video, philosopher Roman Krznaric explores the idea that we live in a time that demands more empathic adventurers in all aspects of life.  Empathy not just so we act better towards others, but also because it helps us create better innovations, services and quality of life.

 

By  Ben Weinlick of Think Jar Collective

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Empathy Circles

A basic outline of the Empathy Circles and the stages of empathy we work with.  

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A Christmas Wish: The Gift of Compassion

A Christmas Wish: The Gift of Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion, to me, is freely giving of myself to another with no expectation of return. True compassion is that which takes all those parts of us, such as love, humility, forgiveness, and binds us together through spiritual action. And therein lies the key; action.

 

Without action, compassion is nothing more a momentary pause; a hanging of the head, a tear, an ache in the heart. The momentary emotional pause, however, is only a first step. It is the pause which allows us to feel the need to act. Whether or not we act, is the next step, and where we many times fall short.

 

by JACK HAMLIN 

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To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem - What's important is self-compassion.

To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem - What's important is self-compassion. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If you look under the Self-Help heading on Amazon, you'll find roughly 5,000 books listed under the subhead Self-Esteem. The vast majority of these books aim to not only tell you why your self-esteem might be low, but to show you how to get your hands on some more of it. It's a thriving business because self-esteem is, at least in Western cultures, considered the bedrock of individual success. You can't possibly get ahead in life, the logic goes, unless you believe you are perfectly awesome...

 

A growing body of research, including new studies by Berkeley's Juliana Breines and Serena Chen, suggest that self-compassion, rather than self-esteem, may be the key to unlocking your true potential for greatness.

 

by Heidi Grant Halvorson

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Ana Tapia's curator insight, December 27, 2012 10:23 AM

Self - Esteem or  self-compassion: The main point  it´s to read what is this meaning of self- compassion, according new studies.

this time this space's curator insight, February 2, 2013 6:54 PM

There is a middle ground and to get their one has to first manifest humility. In North American humility is not looked upon as a virtue by most youthful people. Perhaps they are far too busy healing themselves ot low self esteem and applying I am awesome band-aids to go deeper and then develop 9 Practical Superpowers  http://www.iam-u.org/index.php/how-to-develop-9-practical-superpowers

 

Angel Muñoz's curator insight, March 5, 2013 1:18 PM

Believe in your Awsomeness and you'll definitely get better in life. Taken from a recent scoop by TimeThief

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Self-Compassion is More Important to Success than Self-Esteem

Self-Compassion is More Important to Success than Self-Esteem | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Being proud of your work and showing some self-esteem and confidence will get you a long way in life, but at the office, sometimes it's the ability to forgive yourself and learn from your mistakes that's more valuable than pure ego. Self-compassion can help you learn and grow, which is key to succeeding in any career.

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Melanie Darter's curator insight, July 21, 2013 3:08 AM

new concept, supported by data, self-compassion instead of self-esteem

Diane Allton's curator insight, September 12, 2013 1:56 PM

Take it easy on yourself.  Accepting that you are not perfect is a key ingredient to wellness and having good self esteem. 

Diane Allton's curator insight, September 12, 2013 2:28 PM

Don't be hard on yourself. Accepting that you are not 100% perfect can actually be good for you. 

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Hundreds Gather to Celebrate the Power of Compassion

Hundreds Gather to Celebrate the Power of Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This past Saturday, more than 250 COK supporters—including very special guests Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin,Cupcake Wars champion and owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats Doron Petersan, and COK founder Paul Shapiro—joined us to celebrate the power of compassion at our annual holiday party

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Way of compassion worth a try | The Japan Times Online

Way of compassion worth a try | The Japan Times Online | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 How do we suffer with each other in our particular circumstances?

How do we suffer with people like the friends and family members who are grieving in Connecticut? How do we share in the suffering of people around us every day?

 

And how do we suffer with people like Adam Lanza, after and before they perpetrate such crimes?

 

To many, this sounds like giving in to defeat ... as if we're merely saying it's the poor who are blessed. I've been in too many business and personal situations in which everyone's intuition is flat wrong. That's reason enough to believe that the way of compassion might be worth a try.

 

By REV. WILLIAM L. BULSON

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'Doctors must learn care and compassion': Prince Charles claims modern medicine is putting the 'human touch' at risk

'Doctors must learn care and compassion': Prince Charles claims modern medicine is putting the 'human touch' at risk | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, His Royal Highness made a heartfelt plea to the medical profession to foster a climate of care and compassion yesterday.''

 

The Health Service must learn to listen to its patients and be more caring, Prince Charles said yesterday. Modern medicine and technology are putting the ‘human touch’ at risk, according to the heir to the throne.

 

 

In a heartfelt plea, he said medical schools should try to foster a climate of care and compassion among doctors. Charles’s intervention follows a series of reports of appalling treatment by NHS staff, including dying patients left screaming for water.

 

He called on doctors and nurses to heed what patients say so they can develop the ‘healing empathy’ so badly needed.


By JENNY HOPE MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT

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Daily Kos: Empathy, Pain, Politics, and Polarization

Daily Kos: Empathy, Pain, Politics, and Polarization | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We may or may not, be hardwired to be empathic creatures -- but without it, human society can become one very ugly place. A place without help; a place without hope; a place built upon the bricks of anger and fear....

 

Empathy is also a choice. It is a mindset. It is the force of human will, that builds bridges,instead of bombs.

Empathy is a choice. One we get the opportunity to make again and again, with the dawning each new day.  To feel someone else's pain -- or not. To share in the struggle, or to withdrawn from society and erect an invisible wall, to protect "your own."



 
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Hospital Impact - Communicate with empathy for a better patient experience

Hospital Impact - Communicate with empathy for a better patient experience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy and compassion dwell at the core of the collective physician intention. We hold a noble commitment, and have taken a sober oath, to offer healing and caring to all who come to us with suffering.

In the swirling eddies of our busyness, we may take shortcuts that do not demonstrate how deeply we care about our work and our patients.

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Empathy plays a greater role in healthcare

Empathy plays a greater role in healthcare | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

With the Affordable Care Act tying patient satisfaction to hospitals' incentive payments, patient experience efforts have been moving up the priority list.

But at the Cleveland Clinic, the impetus to make it a top priority goes back to 2004, when a Harvard Business School student questioned the hospital system's lack of empathy, Cleveland Clinic CEO Delos "Toby" Cosgrove wrote yesterday in a blog post.

 

"Dr. Cosgrove, do you teach empathy at Cleveland Clinic?" asked the student, whose father chose a more empathic hospital for surgery, despite the system's clinical reputation.


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Empathy

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All About Empathy

Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Empathy is known to increase prosocial (helping) behaviors. While American culture might be socializing people into becoming more individualistic rather than empathic, research has uncovered the existence of "mirror neurons," which react to emotions expressed by others and then reproduce them.

 

http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/empathy ;

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Empathy at scale | Design Thinking

Empathy at scale | Design Thinking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One of the principles of design thinking is that it requires empathy for users to inspire ideas. Normally we think about getting that from ethnographic style research. Diving deep into the lives of a relatively small number of people, understanding the environment they live in, their social networks, seeing things first hand. We have lots of evidence that this works but I sometimes wonder if we aren’t also missing something. The problem with looking deeply at a few people is that you miss the opportunity for insights that might come connecting more broadly across cultures.

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Compassion & Business Conference | The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

Compassion & Business Conference | The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 - 8:00am - 4:00pmLocation: Stanford University, Room TBA

The purpose of the Compassion & Business Conference, a one-day conference to be held April 30, 2013, is to present and create a dialog around cutting-edge research and best practices on compassion and business by leading research experts in the field as well as business leaders who have successfully implemented compassion-based programs in their organization.

Conference presenters will explore and discuss the neural correlates, biological bases and antecedents of compassion with regards to its application to the corporate world; the effects of compassion on behavior, physiology, physical and psychological health and well-being and the brain; and methods, techniques, and programs for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society-wide.

 

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Daily thought: global empathy

Daily thought: global empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The shootings in an elementary school in Connecticut rocked the Nation but it also raised an awareness of Americans and Globalempathy.

 

Empathy is the ability to understand the pain of others. In the Daily thought: acceptance and empathy a neuro-science study conducted by an executive director and attorney, Kimberly Papillion, found that some people have a pre-disposition to only have empathy for those who are related to them in some way.

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Science Shows Empathy from Doctors Can Lead to Happier, Healthier Mesothelioma Patients

Science Shows Empathy from Doctors Can Lead to Happier, Healthier Mesothelioma Patients | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Mesothelioma patients may react better to treatments and will be happier when their patients show them some empathy.

 

In an article posted earlier this month, it was noted that medical providers in the UK are encouraged to be cognizant of the impact their words can have on their patients. When telling a patient of his newly-diagnosed mesothelioma, for example, the doctors are encouraged to walk in their patient’s shoes to understand the repercussions their words could have. Now, researchers report empathy from physicians can lead to “happier patients with better health outcomes.”

 

Researchers from Michigan State University can now back this up through a small scientific study of patients after discussions with doctors. They found that “a doctor-patient relationship built on trust and empathy doesn’t just put patients at ease — it actually changes the brain’s response to stress and increases pain tolerance.

More articles by Nancy Meredith


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Our Challenge For 2013: Empathetic Social Media

Our Challenge For 2013: Empathetic Social Media | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy lately. Maybe you have, too.

By its very definition, empathy involves connecting with others to understand how they feel. And we’ve never been more connected. With Skype and Hangouts, social media and instant messaging, friends and family are never far away. Making a new connection is as easy as sending a Facebook request or clicking “follow.”

 

by Courtney Seiter

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2012 Highlights: The Power of Compassion

Thanks to the kindness of our wonderful members and the dedication of our amazing volunteers, 2012 has been a tremendous year for Compassion Over Killing — and for animals. Together, with your support today, we're building a kinder tomorrow.
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Empathy cannot be legislated

Empathy cannot be legislated | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Some are born with an innate capacity for empathy. The smallest children sometimes show a deep wordless compassion that is astonishing. But not all of us are created this way, so we need to be taught. The most basic teaching begins with manners -- saying please and thank you, behaving with kindness and generosity. We are, or should be, taught this by our parents. However, true empathy needs to be further developed through the teaching of more subtle concepts. Themost familiar is the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

 

Empathy cannot be legislated. There is no law -- prohibiting gun ownership, requiring our schools, hospitals and airports to become fortresses -- that will overcome this gaping hole in the contemporary soul. Teaching is the only way that the vast majority of us can learn to be something that we would not become if left to our own devices. 


Mary Lou McKenney

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Design Empathy

Design Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Here is a great presentation from Braden Kowitz on optimizing the design process. Lot of insights around empathy and the importance of testing often and early. Arthur has been putting a very simila...
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The Chill of Loneliness

The Chill of Loneliness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Feeling excluded from the crowd literally makes us colder.

 

“It’ll be cold, so cold, without you to hold.”

The poets were right about the chill of isolation and rejection — more, perhaps, than even they knew: when a person feels lonely or is being excluded by others, his or her skin literally becomes colder. 

 

By HANS IJZERMAN and JUSTIN SADDLEMYER

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Hospital Impact - 4 key ingredients for creating an exceptional patient experience: Empathy, Compassion...

Hospital Impact - 4 key ingredients for creating an exceptional patient experience: Empathy, Compassion... | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

2. Empathy

Empathy is the ability to identify with and understand another's feelings, situation and motives.

 

As I wrote in a previous Hospital Impact article, Tony DiGioia, M.D. says the key to delivering exceptional care experiences to everyone, all the time," requires caregivers to "view all care experiences through the eyes of the patients and families."

 

Empathy enables us to take off our own eyeglasses and put on those of the patients and families we are called to serve so as to see through their eyes. When we do so,empathy transforms "I" or "you" to "we."

Fortunately, empathy is a teachable skill, which is why business schools like Harvard, hospitals like Massachusetts General and world-class companies like Zappos are training students, residents and employees alike how to understand and respond to another person's feelings.

 

3. Compassion

 

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One Question That Changed Our Organization: Do you teach empathy at Cleveland Clinic?

One Question That Changed Our Organization: Do you teach empathy at Cleveland Clinic? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It happened eight years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I had been invited to Harvard Business School to discuss a case study on Cleveland Clinic. After a very positive first session, a student at the second session raised her hand and said, “Dr. Cosgrove, my father needed mitral valve surgery. We knew about Cleveland Clinic and the excellent results you had. But we decided not to go because we heard you had no empathy there. We went to another hospital instead.”

 

The student then asked me: “Dr. Cosgrove, do you teach empathy at Cleveland Clinic?”

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Empathy as a Path to Climate (and Energy) Progress

Empathy as a Path to Climate (and Energy) Progress | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Can the kind of empathy driving a new push on gun control carry over to climate change?

 

It’s great to see this line of thinking, and feeling, explored afresh. I’ve been criticized in the past for seeing work that builds the human capacity for connectedness and empathy as more valuable than demanding targets for the concentration of carbon dioxide.

The problem with the argument for greenhouse-gas action based on morality and empathy is that it clashes with other moral imperatives.

 

By ANDREW C. REVKIN

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