Empathy and Compa...
Follow
Find
215.9K views | +128 today
Empathy and Compassion
The Empathy Movement Magazine: The latest news about empathy and compassion from around the world - CultureOfEmpathy.com
Curated by Edwin Rutsch
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

DO WE NEED AN EMPATHY REVOLUTION?

DO WE NEED AN EMPATHY REVOLUTION? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There’s a revolution in thinking differently that’s well within our grasp, says Australian-born philosopher and author Roman Krznaric. His new book is Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution.


=========================

He’s calling for

revolution in empathy.

===============


There’s been a revelation in the human sciences in the past decade which has discovered we are wired for empathy – we are homo empathetic, beautifully designed for social co-operation.


In fact, Krznaric asserts, 98 per cent of us have the ability to empathise. This is not just sympathy, but something rather more grand. We are fully able, he says, to make that empathetic leap and understand what it’s like to walk in another’s shoes.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

 Children's Charter for Compassion  - Through the Eyes of a Child

 Children's Charter for Compassion  - Through the Eyes of a Child | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Compassion means to feel what others are feeling – especially when they are feeling pain or sadness. Compassion is inside of all of us. It doesn’t matter if you are a girl or a boy, how old you are, what country you live in, where or if you worship, or the color of your skin. We can all show compassion for others.

=========================

If we want the world to be a caring, respectful,

and happy place to live, we must

all practice compassion. 

=========


When we act with compassion, we treat others as we wish to be treated. We show kindness. We show understanding. We try to make others feel better. We put others before ourselves. 

by Erin Henry

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance

Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

=============================

When we put ourselves in another

person’s shoes, we are often more

sensitive to what that person is

experiencing and are less likely

to tease or bully them.

================


By explicitly teaching students to be more conscious of other people’s feelings, we can create a more accepting and respectful school community.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Five-Minute Film Festival: Kindness, Empathy, and Connection

Five-Minute Film Festival: Kindness, Empathy, and Connection | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Amy compiled this moving playlist of videos to explore the importance of human relationships and the power of being kind, generous, and compassionate.


More Resources for Teaching Kindness and Empathy

If you agree that raising a generation of kinder, more compassionate, generous, and connected kids will benefit us all, the next step is to find resources to teach all those wonderful skills. Fortunately there are a number of organizations out there that offer tools for parents and educators to do just that. I've collected just a small sample below.


----------------------------------------------

But do remember that one of the best ways 

we can teach our kids to be thoughtful 

and empathetic is to 

model it ourselves!

--------------------


So start making time for kind and generous acts, no matter how small -- they can make a huge difference.


AMY ERIN BOROVOY


more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Edwin Rutsch from Empathy in the Arts
Scoop.it!

How Narrative Relationships Overcome Empathic Bias: Elizabeth Gaskell's Empathy across Social Difference

How Narrative Relationships Overcome Empathic Bias: Elizabeth Gaskell's Empathy across Social Difference | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Modern and historical scholarship on empathy has consistently demonstrated that people are more likely to empathize with those who are similar to themselves. This empathic bias for similarity means that the affective bonds and ethical motivations that accompany empathy are significantly diminished in relationships with outgroups, as defined by sociological difference.


==========================
Modern & historical scholarship on 
empathy

has consistently demonstrated

that people are more likely to

empathize with those who

are similar to themselves.

=============


I argue that narrative empathy is uniquely capable of circumventing the similarity bias through compositional strategies related to foregrounding and perspective. Turning to modern research on reading as well as to accounts of reading in the nineteenth century, I propose a two-part argument: first, that the act of reading can overcome the bias that scholars have observed in relationships between people and, second, that narrative empathy has the potential to prevent future cases of bias by reconfiguring readers' criteria for similarity.


In an extended case study of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life (1848), I argue that Victorian social-problem literature thematizes empathy across difference and that the self-conscious treatment of cultural difference is particularly helpful for overcoming similarity bias.


by Mary-Catherine Harrison
Assistant Professor, English



more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Interdisciplinary Symposium: Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen

Interdisciplinary Symposium: Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This interdisciplinary symposium invites scholars, filmmakers, mental health practitioners and consumers to explore questions about representations of mental illness in film and television across two days of papers, screenings and workshops. The symposium has a particular focus on women’s mental health and the portrayal of mental illness in Australian films.


==============================

KEYNOTE LECTURE

Professor Raymond Gaita

The University of Melbourne

The Limits of Empathy

==============


A key theme of the symposium is the emotion of empathy. If sympathy suggests feeling for someone (that is, feeling sorry for them), empathy is distinguished by feeling with them.


This sharing of emotion gives us valuable insight into how things are with another person. This insight can lead to a greater understanding that reduces stigma and discrimination, and helps us to see ‘the other’ as an equal human being. 


That is why empathy is such an important concept in philosophy, politics, psychology and human rights education.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

The Dax Centre: Shift toward empathy

The Dax Centre: Shift toward empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
With the recent success of films such as Silver Linings Playbook and TV shows like Homeland and United States of Tara, there has been a marked shift in how mentally ill characters are portrayed on screen.


Dr Hopgood points to these guidelines as evidence of the shift towards empathy. “By moving away from stereotypes and stigmatising representations towards more accurate and sensitive portrayals, filmmakers and TV producers can develop a stronger emotional connection between a character who is mentally unwell, and the viewer,” she says. “The storytelling becomes richer, more creative, and ultimately more satisfying.”


This shift towards empathy is the focus

of an upcoming two-day event to be held

at The Dax Centre 


This shift towards empathy is the focus of an upcoming two-day event to be held at The Dax Centre on 13 and 14 February.

The interdisciplinary symposium, Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen, will bring together filmmakers, academics, mental health professionals and the public to explore questions such as: How is mental illness represented in film and television? What emotions are elicited from the viewer?

by Ryan Sheales

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Study: Lack of empathy: Violent video games 'weaken morality'

Study: Lack of empathy: Violent video games 'weaken morality' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It was the combination of the content of games and the amount of time that seemed to affect teenagers' attitudes.


The study said: "Spending too much time within the virtual world of violence may prevent [gamers] from getting involved in different positive social experiences in real life, and in developing a positive sense of what is right and wrong." 


=======================

Empathy, trust and concern for others,

which should develop as teenagers grow up,

were found to be delayed.

=============


For these screen-obsessed teenagers, the researchers say that parents should try to put them in social situations where they have to see other people's perspectives or needs, such as charity work.


By Sean Coughlan

more...
Betty Skeet's curator insight, February 10, 2014 8:16 AM

Playing violent video games has an impact on children's weaker morality...?

Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Brené Brown Talks to The Shriver Report: The Power of Shame on Women Living on the Brink

Brené Brown Talks to The Shriver Report: The Power of Shame on Women Living on the Brink | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As part of our series on A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brinkin partnership with Center for American Progress, I wanted to ask Brené how shame and vulnerability impact, and perhaps compound, the issues that are a part of financial insecurity. 


TSR: What’s the antidote to that?


Brené: Empathy is the antidote to shame. Where that’s really going to come from is community, a community of people who are facing the same struggle. It’s the only way I think change happens. Not only about organizing the community for change, but also with practical support with things like shared babysitting and grocery co-ops. But the obstacle is that we foresee any kind of dependence on other people as weakness.


========================
Empathy is the antidote to shame.

Where that’s really going to come

from is community, a community of people

who are facing the same struggle.

 ==============


Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Brené Brown
http://bit.ly/JbOnjz 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Do Engineers Need Empathy? Study reveals that today’s U.S. engineering grads lack compassion

Do Engineers Need Empathy? Study reveals that today’s U.S. engineering grads lack compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A study from Rice University finds that engineering students are less concerned about the welfare of others after graduating college than they were when they entered.


The author, Erin Cech, an assistant professor of sociology at the Houston school with a degree in electrical engineering, surveyed 300 students from four U.S. engineering schools before they started their degree program and again after they graduated. Both times they were asked to rate the importance of matters that show compassion, such as wanting to improve society, being active in their communities, and helping those in need.


========================

She found that compassion for

others declined after students

completed their studies. 

==============


By MONICA ROZENFELD

more...
Eli Levine's curator insight, February 8, 2014 2:49 PM

Short answer: yes.

 

You need to understand and be able to empathize with other humans if you're going to be designing for humans.

 

The world is biological, not mechanical.

 

And it requires a doctor's touch to make it work at its best.

 

Think about it.

Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Neuroscience and the Emerging Mind: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Consciousness and Compassion - UCSD-TV

Neuroscience and the Emerging Mind: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama on Consciousness and Compassion - UCSD-TV | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
University of California Television provides informational, educational, and enrichment television programming to the public and draws upon the vast intellectual, scientific, and creative talents of the University of California.


==========================
I truly believe that compassion provides

the basis of human survival.

Dalai Lama

==================


more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Edwin Rutsch from Empathy and HealthCare
Scoop.it!

Beyond Compassion Fatigue: The Transactional Model of Physician Compassion

Beyond Compassion Fatigue: The Transactional Model of Physician Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Antonio (Tony) Fernando is a medical doctor and Senior Lecturer at the School of Medicine in the University of Auckland located in Auckland, New Zealand. His research interests include diagnosis and treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders. He is currently working on a PhD on compassion in healthcare.

 

Tony wrote an article titled;  Beyond Compassion Fatigue: The Transactional Model of Physician Compassion. He writes, "Paradoxically, despite being central to the practice of good medicine, the bulk of studies across the past two decades have been focused not on compassion, but on compassion fatigue....

 

We have suggested that the scientific study 
of compassion in medicine may be

enhanced when conducted within

a transactional framework..
 

"We have suggested that the scientific study of compassion in medicine may be enhanced when conducted within a transactional framework in which compassion is viewed as stemming from the dynamic interactions between physician, patient, clinical, and institution/environment factors. The Transactional Model of Physician Compassion offers a framework within which to identify and organize the barriers and facilitators of physician compassion and thus better inform future interventions aimed at enhancing physician compassion."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Practitioners need to build empathy | Orthotics Prosthetics

Practitioners need to build empathy | Orthotics Prosthetics | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Patients may leave a practice for any number of reasons, but learning to communicate with empathy can help build trust,making it less likely they will leave. Patients do not like to feel judged, so instead, judge the condition or behavior, O’Connell said.



The practitioner should not call the patient “fat” or “lazy” but should ask him if he understands the connection between exercise or smoking, for example, to poor health. If patient think their practitioners are judgmental, they will not want to continue going to them, O’Connell said, so it is important to normalize patients’ ambivalence to change in behavior or reluctance to continue as a patient. Normalizing simply tells patients that it is ok to feel uncertain, he said.



Patients may leave a practice for any
number of reasons, but learning to
communicate with empathy
can help build trust...



Appropriate self-disclosure helps to build empathy, O’Connell said, but this does not include telling a patient ‘I understand how you feel,’ because in all likelihood, the practitioner does not.


Appropriate self-disclosure helps to

build empathy... 




image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physician


more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

SFU Showcase: Empathy in Action

SFU Showcase: Empathy in Action | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

RADIUS and Ashoka Canada are proud to host the 2nd Annual SFU Changemaker Showcase featuring renowned speaker, teacher and social enterprise leader, Jonathan Lewis. Thursday, March 6, 2014

========================

This year’s showcase will explore the theme, Empathy in Action, through

social innovators connected to SFU.

================


Co-presented by RADIUS, an initiative of the Beedie School of Business, and Ashoka Canada, the evening will feature two other TED-style talks from social entrepreneurs, a round of lightening pitches from others working on cool ideas, great food and drink from the wonderful folks at Lost + Found Cafe, and a room full of inspiring people to me

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

The Science of Empathy at Work

The Science of Empathy at Work | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How do you move from empathy to connection?

First learn the signals and science of chronic stress and burnout and build skills for prevention and coping through developing attention of your emotions.


Building on these skills of self awareness you will learn how to preform and sustain the highest form of emotional intelligence in the workplace: empathy.

You will learn:

  • What does science tell us about stress?
  • How does identifying emotions change our reactions?
  • How does empathy work?

======================

Build your emotional awareness and

empathy skills in this science-based

session with Eve Ekman.

================

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Resources for Learning About Empathy on Valentine's Day

Resources for Learning About Empathy on Valentine's Day | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Valentine's Day creates a lot of excitement for students, and of course, there are plenty of teachable moments around the day.  


Social and emotional learning (SEL) has been one of The George Lucas Educational Foundation's primary strategies for learning since its inception. And in honor of Valentine's Day, we wanted to pass along some valuable SEL-themed resources from around the Web.


========================

in honor of Valentine's Day, we wanted to
pass along some valuable SEL-themed
resources from around the Web.

============ 


The good news is that if you're running short on time this month, these lesson plans, tips, and toolkits can be used throughout the year, and they provide inspiring context for students, parents, and teachers. We'll start with a quick animated video that answers the question: What's the difference between empathy and sympathy?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Georgetown Day School Teacher: Exercising Your Empathy Muscles: How do you build empathy?

Georgetown Day School Teacher:  Exercising Your Empathy Muscles: How do you build empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A Georgetown Day School teacher talks about her favorite activities for keeping the empathy muscles strong


How do you build empathy and other changemaker skills (leadership, teamwork, problem-solving) in your students?


====================

There are several things I do in my

classroom that really help build empathy

and changemaker skills

in my students.

==============


• Role Play: Role play situations help kids take on a role and practice responding to situations in a safe environment. That way they have tools to respond, and practice in a safe way where they don’t feel threatened.


• Building Community: We do this in a really intentional way. We use responsive classroom greetings like making eye contact and recognizing each other during morning meeting. Students also share every day. You share who you are, not what you have, like aspects of your identity and culture. We do different read-alouds on gender, ethnicity, and race. The idea is that the more they share about themselves, the more they create windows and mirrors to see things that are similar and see what is different, and that is okay


• Appreciation Circles: ..

• Empathy Play Dates: ...


.By Sandra Hinderliter

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen

Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A key theme of the symposium is the emotion of empathy. Speakers are invited to examine the ways in which the viewer’s empathy is elicited (or not) by the portrayals of mental illness on screen. In addressing this theme, paper/workshop topics may include, but are not limited to:


A key theme of the symposium is the emotion 

of empathy. Speakers are invited to

examine the ways in which the

viewer’s empathy is elicited


•    The role of acting and performance in the portrayal of mental illness on screen
•    Conventions of genre and/or commercial considerations
•    Narrative and stylistic techniques eg. sound, music, mis-en-scene
•    The socio-historical context in which these portrayals are produced
•    Issues of stigma and stereotypes that are perpetuated and/or challenged by screen portrayals of mental illness
•    The relation between screen portrayals of mental illness and other forms of visual culture
•    The ways in which gender, sexuality, class or race impact upon the representation and/or interpretation of mental illness
•    The portrayal of psychiatry/psychology on screen
•    The impact of screen portrayals on the lived experience of mental illness

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Child Connection Trust - Helping Children Prosper through Empathy and Love

Child Connection Trust - Helping Children Prosper through Empathy and Love | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"Touch is a Universal Language"
Helping Children Prosper through Empathy and Love


Mission Statement
We are teachers and Massage Professionals

throughout the world who bring Peer Massages

into School Curriculum within the topic

of Empathy and Compassion 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Movie: Empathy for the Devil - Can you have empathy for the Devil?

Movie: Empathy for the Devil - Can you have empathy for the Devil? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Tired of being maligned and blamed for

the world's problems, Satan hires

a public relations firm

to improve his image.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

How to Use an Empathy Map for UX: A Tool for Organizing Users' Thoughts and Emotions

How to Use an Empathy Map for UX: A Tool for Organizing Users' Thoughts and Emotions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Learn how to capture users' feedback to build a better experience using this free UX tool from Tadpull.


Our take on the Empathy Map came about as a way to distill and organize qualitative data. We start every project by interviewing and observing current and potential customers to better understand their pain points and aspirations.


========================

Our take on the Empathy Map came

about as a way to distill and

organize qualitative data.

 ==============

 

Then, as we sift through pages of raw notes, sketches, audio/video files and photos, we use the empathy map to glean the juicy parts and make it visual to help drive the User Persona and eventually the Creative Brief.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill

Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

With classrooms operating more like grade factories, it's hard to make the case for school-driven empathy. Faced with an endless cycle of memorize, drill, spit back and test, teachers have become the wardens of a new educational reality that pits the head against the heart.


========================

Worried about the shrinking presence

of empathy in our schools?

I know how you feel.

 ==============


Even if educators manage to skate past the dizzying array of standards and value-added evaluations, they must still contend with this fundamental divide: academic rigor, with its unflinching emphasis on measurable success, seems strangely at odds with emotional intelligence, a soufflé of moods and feelings. Which leaves many to wonder -- can empathy feel its way back into the classroom?


Joe Hirsch Educator, 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

About the Empathy Center

About the Empathy Center | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Established in 2012, the Center for Science and Education of Empathy and Compassion (SEEC) is a collaboration of scientists and lay members of the community who are committed to understanding the brain's role in and developing ways to increase empathy and compassion.


  a collaboration of scientists and lay members

of the community who are committed to

understanding the brain's role in

and developing ways to increase

empathy and compassion.


Vision

A scientific and lay community that understands the neural basis for empathy and compassion and uses newly developed insights and tools to create methods to enhance the ability of humans to practice these mental states.


Mission

To establish at UCSD and affiliated institutions, a powerful multidisciplinary collaborative whose goal is to decipher the neural basis for empathy and compassion and whose work leads to methods that can be applied by individuals to engage in and benefit from these mental states.

 

Aims

Understand the brain mechanisms underlying empathy and compassion


Promote a neuroscience-based understanding of empathy and compassion


Develop new approaches to increase empathy and compassion

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

The Many Faces of Empathy - World of Psychology

The Many Faces of Empathy - World of Psychology | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

While empathy doesn’t come in as many varieties as are found in the cereal aisle, it is no more uniform than it is universal. Empathy is generally understood as the ability to appreciate the ideas and feelings of another, even if those ideas or feelings are different from one’s own.


It is also volitional — I have to put on someone else’s shoes to be able to walk around in them awhile.


Empathy is generally understood as the ability to appreciate the ideas and feelings of another,

even if those ideas or feelings are

different from one’s own.

 

By SUSAN DONNELLY 


more...
Sharrock's curator insight, December 19, 2014 2:54 PM

This statement says a lot: "Empathy requires that we suspend our own judgments and emotions about a situation or person, and attempt to walk in their shoes, hence the more volitional aspect of true empathy."


This points to the skill-aspect of empathy. What do you do to redirect or turn off your judgments and emotions? We seem to naturally jump to conclusions and judge the actions and decisions of others, so this restraint is somewhat unnatural. The book Crucial Conversations offers a number of actions to take in order to overcome these impulses, but it is also clear that tiredness and stress will make such mental acrobatics difficult to even consider using. There are aikido-like mental moves to reframe discussions or to focus on different goals, but it is clear that a certain amount of training is necessary before one can become competent or to master such skills. The "staying in the moment" processes of being present also has some promise.