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Use Empathy to Create Breakthrough PPC Ads

Use Empathy to Create Breakthrough PPC Ads | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Desperately seeking inspiration or to obliterate writer’s block and create relevant and engaging PPC ads? Creative breakthroughs generally come from two places: empathy and context. So let’s talk about empathy and how to generate it for PPC.

 

 By empathy, I mean something more than “I feel your pain.” That’s sympathy. I mean more than an intellectual appreciation for your prospect’s problems, desires, feelings, and needs.

 

Empathy, as it informs creative marketing, is nothing short of becoming your prospect at the moment they’re struggling with the problem you can help them overcome. If you’ve ever done acting, or improv, or taken funny mushrooms, you know what I’m talking about.

 

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Mary Gordon on the importance of fostering empathy

Mary Gordon on the importance of fostering empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Social entrepreneur speaks to students and alumni about Roots of Empathy and reducing childhood bullying 

 

Roots of Empathy, as the program name suggests, focuses on building empathy in young children to increase emotional literacy. The program aims to foster the capacity for caring by working with babies. The children learn to identify how the baby feels in given situations—for instance, if a toy is taken away.

 

“We have the opportunity to say [to the children], ‘when was a time you felt like the baby, when you were crying inside?’ And I promise you there are many broken hearts in every classroom,” Gordon said.

by: Andra Cernavskis

 

Culture of Empathy Builder: Mary Gordon
http://j.mp/LDeQli

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\Too Much of a Selfless Good Thing: Pathological Altruism

\Too Much of a Selfless Good Thing: Pathological Altruism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There’s a good chance you’ve been lectured on the virtues of selflessness.

 

When Helping Hurts, and Why Some of Us Can’t Stop
A desire to alleviate others’ suffering — even if by means that harm, rather than improve, another person’s well-being — arise from our brain’s hardwired empathy circuits, empathy researchers Carolyn Zahn-Waxler and Carol Van Hulles note. The mere sight of another’s distress evokes patterns of activity in our own nervous systems that mimic others’ emotional or physical pain as if it were our own, albeit at a much less intense level than the actual sufferer. So it’s no wonder most of us would like to get rid of the not-so-pleasant feelings ASAP.

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What Do You Value More- Goodness or Grades?

What Do You Value More- Goodness or Grades? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Education is vitally important but being a good person is essential in my book. Like grades, compassion and consideration takes effort and hard work sometimes, especially for young children as they grow up and start to think of others, rather than just themselves. Think of how many adults you know who still do that, and what a better place this world would be if everyone learned compassion and empathy as a child.

 

Do you value grades over goodness? Do you praise your child for being kind? Was goodness valued in your home as a child? Compassion? Or just grades?

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Compassion Games – You are compassion

Compassion Games – You are compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Many people are studying compassion in order to introduce it into schools and other places. Some say it should be taught. Others have won awards for their programs that teach about compassion. Cities are touted as being the most compassionate. I guess this might be similar to the idea that “a corporation is a person”. Are we really ready to get serious about compassion? Even just saying the word may evoke a spark of “something” for you or me. I know that when I say or see the word it is as if I know it “compassion” intuitively. My first impression about compassion was during my childhood when my pet hamster died. 

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New Study: Self-Compassionate People Make Better Romantic Partners

New Study: Self-Compassionate People Make Better Romantic Partners | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Practicing self-compassion not only makes individuals healthier and happier but also is a good predictor of healthy romantic relationships, according to a new study by University of Texas at Austin educational psychologists Kristin Neff and Tasha Beretvas.

 

Their findings counter traditional views on relationship satisfaction, indicating that being kind and supportive to ourselves helps us to be kinder and more supportive to those we care about. The research may help therapists better tailor treatments for couples with relationship problems and could help individuals learn how to relate to themselves and their relationships in a new way.

 

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Chris Haynes – Empathy & Immigration Policy Preferences: The Interactive Pathway for Permissive Change

Chris Haynes – Empathy & Immigration Policy Preferences: The Interactive Pathway for Permissive Change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Social psychology research has shown that priming both emotion-giving and perspective-taking empathy can increase positive attitudes towards other groups. Yet, political scientists have yet to explore the attitudinal implications of this emotional construct in a political context. However, in a previous pilot study of students, Chris Haynes finds evidence that empathy can have a permissive effect on people’s immigration policy preferences.

 

Here, he builds on these insights by presenting the results of two experiments, one laboratory and one online M-Turk, which evaluate the following expectations:

 

First, he argues that while empathy is multidimensional, empathic effects on immigration policy preferences depend largely on the presence of both emotion-giving and perspective-taking empathy.  

 

Second, he asserts that these effects will be moderated by the permissive effects of dispositional empathy.

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On Human Compassion: Encountering The Dalai Lama's Scientific Mind : NPR

On Human Compassion: Encountering The Dalai Lama's Scientific Mind : NPR | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In a speech at the College of William and Mary, the Dalai Lama described the unique nature of human compassion versus that of other animals. What matters as much as his conclusions, says commentator Barbara J. King

 

In this way the Dalai Lama moved fluidly between what I'd call a continuum model of compassion, one in which our brand of loving kindness emerges from that of other mammals, and a dichotomy model, which stresses that our species' compassion is like no other animal's.

 

But is this accurate? Is there a sharp division such that other animals never express compassion for strangers or enemies? I'm not entirely sure. When Frans de Waal discusses empathy, he likes to tell the story of the captive bonobo Kuni who came to the aid of a wounded bird. And in the wild, elephants may try to help an ailing or dead elephant, even when that animal is a stranger.

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On Social Marketing and Social Change: The Empathy Link in Social Marketing

On Social Marketing and Social Change: The Empathy Link in Social Marketing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"Practitioners of the design discipline use the idea of empathy as a key driver for their research; social marketing research should do the same. Brown (2009) identifies connecting with people as the most important distinction between academic thinking and design thinking. Indeed, many design research techniques are crafted to put designers in front of, and more important alongside of, people whose lives they hope to improve in some way.

 

Such empathetically directed techniques, in contrast to data-driven ones, can help to uncover both the needs people have that they may not be aware of and the emotions that guide their behaviors.

 

From: Lefebvre, R.C

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Dalai Lama preaches peace, compassion in W&M visit

Dalai Lama preaches peace, compassion in W&M visit | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s long-exiled spiritual leader, brought a message of peace and compassion Wednesday to an appreciative audience of 8,200 at the College of William and Mary.

 

Addressing the crowd in William and Mary Hall as “my dear brothers and sisters,” the Nobel laureate said people must rise above hate, anger and suspicion and extend compassion not just to those close to them but to strangers and even their enemies.

 

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Empathy Imperiled: Capitalism, Culture, and the Brain by Gary Olson

Empathy Imperiled: Capitalism, Culture, and the Brain by Gary Olson | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is putting oneself in another’s emotional and cognitive shoes and then acting appropriately. The evolutionary process has given rise to a hard-wired neural system, described as “the most radical of human emotions, that equips us to connect with one another. But this critical connection has been short-circuited by the dynamic convergence of culture, politics and the brain under the hegemonic influence of neoliberal capitalism.

 

The book explores this process through sections on education, the neoliberal state, neuromarketing, corporations, militarization, mass culture, film, photo images and media. How does the system blunt, bracket off and or otherwise channel empathy’s revolutionary potential? What does this reveal about how the world works and especially, how it might work better?

 

Empathy Imperiled offers a provocative, empirically grounded dissent from capitalism’s narrative about human nature. It offers a unique perspective on our current political culture and process and as such it will appeal to students and scholars in political science, psychology, anthropology, and several related fields.

 

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Lady Gaga calls for peace through empathy and compassion.

Lady Gaga calls for peace through empathy and compassion. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lady Gaga calls for peace through empathy and compassion.

 

"So world, breed compassion. Can we put compassion above all things? Can we be brave enough to fight for peace with no fight at all?...

 

and find peace throught this compassionate communication...

 

what about peace througth compassion...

 

"You can give peace a chance if you breed compassion. We all have the potential to communicate with empathy and seek peace on our own as a civilization...."

 

 

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Essential Empathy, Sociopathy and Government Programs

What is missing from those who want to solve complex social problems with blunt government force. Freedomain Radio is the largest and most popular philosophy...

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Beyond empathy

Beyond empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In some circles, it is increasingly accepted that empathy is a key capability of a leader. Even in the face of research, some still ignore this. However, there is a growing tide of evidence that empathy is a core skill for the modern workplace.

 

Empathic ability is positively correlated to better performance as a leader. It facilitates much improved working relationships and in the modern workplace, we often don’t get to choose who we work with. An increasingly diverse workforce creates challenges for us and in order for us to get things done, we need to learn how to get on with a greater variety of working styles, viewpoints and personalities.

 

Getting a deep, felt sense of what it’s like for someone else grants us greater ability to make decisions, be inclusive, resolve conflicts and share responsibility.

 

by John Wenger

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Ed on Empathy: Through My Eyes

Chapter 2 in a series of short videos in which animator, filmmaker, and whimsical genius Ed Stockham explores what empathy is, why it matters, and how we "start" it. Stay tuned--new chapters will be released every other Friday!

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Conscious Capitalism : CEO Summit Speaker Dev Patnaik

Conscious Capitalism : CEO Summit Speaker Dev Patnaik | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dev is the author of the book Wired to Care: how companies prosper when they create widespread empathy. It was named one of the best books of the year by both Fast Company and Business Week. Noted author Malcolm Gladwell called Wired to Care “just what we need for the lean years ahead.

 

When he’s not working at Jump, Dev is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, where he teaches a course called Needfinding. In the class, students draw upon methods from anthropology, design and business strategy to discover insights about ordinary people and create new products and services.

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Loving Families Practice Compassion: Here’s How… | How's Your Family Really Doing?

Loving Families Practice Compassion: Here’s How… | How's Your Family Really Doing? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Loving families teach kids to learn from mistakes. Several exercises to practice both self-compassion and kindness to others.
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Empathy: The Antidote to Bullying

Empathy: The Antidote to Bullying | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We must change from re-acting against bullying, to pro-acting for empathy. We change our culture by how we interact relationally with others, not by sloganizing.

 

Empathy has little to do with slogans, rallies, reports, celebrities, or anti-defamation league banners.Empathy is a quiet, powerful work; it is the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person's feelings, or in simple colloquialism "walking in someone else's shoes." It is about "connecting." Bullying, conversely, is about "disconnection." The bully needs to identify and establish something about the victim that is different (that provides reason to disassociate) in order to bully. The bully needs to feel and believe there is a disconnection. In some ways bullying serves as a barometer showing the health of our communities. It measures the level of disconnect we allow between one another.

 

by Diane Murrell

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Nick Lesley's comment, May 27, 12:59 PM
it needs to be a law that if you bully you should pay a fine cause its cold-hearted and disrespectful to others it doesnt just hurt them either it could lead to suicide and hurt other families as well.
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The Dalai Lama Shares His Whimsical Wit and Compassionate Philosophy with Students at William & Mary [VIDEO]

The Dalai Lama Shares His Whimsical Wit and Compassionate Philosophy with Students at William & Mary [VIDEO] | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has received many accolades over the course of his life for his soft spoken words as well as respectful manner, retaining a following that many others have aspired to acquire, but have always come short of attaining...

 

His lessons taught with both whimsical wit and engaging wisdom are what have enabled him to completely bewitch his audiences time and time again. After having the pleasure of witnessing one of His Holiness’ beguiling speeches firsthand on Wednesday afternoon, those at the College of William & Mary now understand the need for compassion – human for human, religion for religion, nation for nation.

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Empathy in counseling

 
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Introducing Ashoka's Inaugural Class of Changemaker Schools

Introducing Ashoka's Inaugural Class of Changemaker Schools | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Cultivating empathy and empowering children to become effective changemakers in their communities isn’t an add-on, or a brand-new concept: it starts with simply articulating, and then amplifying, how great teachers build empathy in students.

 

Ashoka has set out to do just that, beginning with five pioneering elementary schools in the US. Through actions big and small – from posting observed student “Acts of Kindness” in the hallway, to creating a partnership with Ashoka Fellow Mary Gordon’s Roots of Empathy – the Empathy Initiative’s first cohort of Changemaker Schools is leading the way forward in empathy education. Together, we are working to make those practices a new norm, by identifying and sharing stories, tools, and how-to’s that can help educators everywhere put empathy into practice.

 

By Laura White

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Video: 'The Cross in the Closet': From Bigotry to Empathy

Straight Christian man pretends he's gay and writes about his experience.
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With Mary Gordon, Founder of Roots of Empathy : McGill Reporter

With Mary Gordon, Founder of Roots of Empathy : McGill Reporter | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What was your motivation behind founding the Roots of Empathy program?


I had worked for some years in Toronto with families who were struggling with domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, mental illness and any number of factors that were contributing to the dysfunction of the children.


I realized that in regards to the violence, the common denominator in most cases is the lack of empathy, whether it was the partner being abusive to the wife or an adult being abusive to a child.
These people were not monsters, they were people who could not identify with the feelings of the person they were harming. I knew if I wanted to break the cycle of violence and poor parenting that I really had to develop empathy in children

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The Future of Successful Business Means Scaling Empathy - Part 1 - Customer Personas

The Future of Successful Business Means Scaling Empathy - Part 1 - Customer Personas | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Many of the most popular brands have exhibited a clear mastery of the power of empathy. The first step to this is understanding your customer. Try starting with personas.

 

How many times have you heard someone profess the importance of being a more “human” business? That’s usually followed by a bevy of information about how social media is the key to that. I’d argue that social media is more the enabler. It amplifies and gives more prominence to something every business needs to implement more of to be successful. You need to understand the importance of empathy.

 

by ADAM HELWEH 

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Empathy and Leadership

Empathy and Leadership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to identify and understand another's situation, feelings, and motives. Find out why this is so important in the workplace.

 

A few weeks ago, I came across a bumper sticker that said: "I am not good at empathy. Will you settle for sarcasm?" The humor in the bumper sticker led me to think of the slight unease or self-conscious discomfort that many people feel when a term such as "empathy" is introduced in a business environment. Notions of "touchy-feely," spring to mind.


While empathy is a right brain activity, it is far from being a touchy-feely topic. At its core, empathy is the oil that keeps relationships running smoothly. The fact that empathy is an important component of effective relationships has been proven: In studies by Dr Antonio Damasio (outlined in his book: "Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain."), medical patients who had damage to part of the brain associated with empathy showed significant deficits in relationship skills, even though their reasoning and learning abilities remained intact.

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