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Empathy As Your Starting Point for Great eLearning Design

Empathy As Your Starting Point for Great eLearning Design | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How Can You Become an Empathetic Instructional Designer?

Empathy as a mindset can be cultivated. With appropriate practice, it can even become your second nature. Before heading to the drawing board or defining the learning objectives, try practice being empathetic by understanding your learners.

1) Understand Your Target Audience...

2) Use Appropriate Tools to Convey Empathy...

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Facial emotion workout video helps patients and physicians alike

Facial emotion workout video helps patients and physicians alike | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The ability to read and reflect back facial emotion is the most basic skill of communicating empathy. This crucial skill allows health professionals to let patients know that we truly understand and care, and allows patients to let their caretakers know they are appreciated.

As a practicing physician for many decades and as a teacher of psychiatric interviewing for my entire professional life, I have found that physicians sometimes need to work to develop this skill. I have tested many groups of students and found that reading and reflecting facial emotion is more difficult for medical students than, for example, acting students....


 This is a major conceptual contribution we can offer from psychoanalysis, and no medical school curriculum can afford to ignore this teaching of empathy and identification with the patient.


In time, I hope to use the videos to teach residents and nurses as well.  I recently learned that the “Making Faces” video will soon be required viewing in a Narrative Medicine course for Medical, Dental, Nursing and Public Health students taught by Rita Charon. I am deeply gratified that our effort will find all these audiences and become an essential ingredient in their development of clinical empathy. 


David V. Forrest, M.D 

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Empathy: The Missing Ingredient

Empathy: The Missing Ingredient | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Realistically, we all know there is no magic bullet to get our children – and especially our teenagers – to listen to us. However, we often bypass an important step on the way to delivering life lessons. That step is empathy.


Unlike sympathy, which is the capacity to feel pity or sorrow for another’s misfortune, empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, whatever those feelings may be. As a parent – or a therapist for that matter – to empathize is to fully accept and acknowledge a child’s perspective without trying to change it. Bear in mind that acceptance is not agreement, and you may empathize with a person without agreeing with her.

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Get Empathy

Get Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Get Empathy is a successful youth leadership program for schools and community groups whose primary focus is on empowering youth to work together to foster a culture of empathy in their schools.


We train students in a hybrid model of community organizing and relational support, giving them the tools they need to build supportive community for one another while catalyzing their leadership through storytelling, activism, and artistic expression.

The campaign was launched at the Models of Pride conference in Los Angeles in October 2012 in collaboration with LifeWorks, with student leaders from 5 LAUSD schools being trained in the skills they need to take leadership in building healthy, diverse community and put an end to bullying. We have since trained over 1,200 students, teachers, and mentors from over two dozen schools in LA County. As our movement spreads, more and more schools will have the opportunity to bring Get Empathy to their campuses and make real and lasting change in their community. 

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Joe Boutte's curator insight, January 3, 2015 8:02 PM

Everyday leadership comes from all parts of society, but it's especially refreshing when the youth take the lead for the problems and challenges they encounter.  In every sector of society, when  the members take control of their destiny, solutions and better results are achieved.   Congratulations to this group of leaders in countering bullying and other issues.

Brenda Robinson's curator insight, January 6, 2015 8:23 AM

Good for you!  Thank you!

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We Are Wired to Be Kind: How Evolution Gave Us Empathy, Compassion & Gratitude

We Are Wired to Be Kind: How Evolution Gave Us Empathy, Compassion & Gratitude | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy, compassion and gratitude — these traits don’t usually spring to mind when you think about Darwinism and natural selection.


No, your mind more immediately drifts toward anti-social characteristics like competition, survival of the fittest, and selfishness (as in the “selfish gene”)


 But above, on the first day of 2015, UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner reminds us that evolution can bring out the best in us, and Darwin recognized that. As Darwin wrote in The Descent of Man, the strengthening of our capacity for “sympathy” played a central role in human evolution:

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The Importance of Empathy

The Importance of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy isn’t about feeling sorry for someone, it’s about sharing their feelings even if you can’t completely understand their situation. It’s about stepping outside of yourself and realizing that at the root of all of your experiences are feelings that can transcend any cultural, racial, or religious barriers that exists in our world today.


You don’t have to agree with a person’s feelings or even their current situation but don’t let judgment be your first response to that disagreement. In fact, don’t let it be any of your responses. It’s impossible for us to understand what other people are going through because we don’t often take the time to try to understand.

I know that might be hard for everyone to do but empathy is not a foreign concept. We all have the ability to be empathetic; to understand and share the feelings of others. Though our experiences may differ, our emotions are all the same. There is not one emotion that is unique to any one culture, race, or religious group.

Once we all realize that, the world will slowly but surely become a better a place to live in.

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Christophe CESETTI's curator insight, January 1, 2015 4:00 PM

More about "Empathie, Compassion, Altruisme"
http://www.pearltrees.com/t/pnl-pensees-positives/empathie-compassion-altruisme/id3288028

Susan Stillman's curator insight, January 2, 2015 9:19 AM

Let empathy, not judgment be our first response...As we start the new year, an important reminder that we are all connected by our emotions.

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Five Basic Values That Put The Compassion In Leadership

Five Basic Values That Put The Compassion In Leadership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In particular, he draws attention to the “action-centered leadership” model, which consists of three overlapping circles, representing the task, the team and the individual.


According to this approach, it is the role of the leader to achieve the task, build the team and develop the individual. The concept is one of the foundations of Hopkinson’s own Compassionate Leadership approach.

But the heart of the approach is “understanding self”. Early in his book, Hopkinson writes: “A Compassionate Leader starts their understanding at home. Look in the mirror first: Who are you? How are you? Really? Be honest.” His point is that once people have a true understanding of themselves, they can gain a better understanding of others and so create more effective business and personal relationships. And doing this requires communication. Like many others, he believes that stories are crucial since they enable messages to be understood and remembered, so improving the chances of behavioral changes.

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Martha Nussbaum, empathy, and the moral imagination

Martha Nussbaum, empathy, and the moral imagination | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Nussbaum builds upon the capability approach’s attempt to sketch out the needs that must be met in order for a person to be fully empowered. 


Echoing Simone Weil’s conception of the core interrelated ‘needs’ of humans in The Need for Roots, Nussbaum highlights empathy as an essential ingredient of humanity. 


In her work on disgust, shame and dignity, she dismantles the concept of disgust to highlight the necessity of empathy for social justice and shows how constructs of disgust have been deployed to deny the full humanity of marginalised people – constructing taboos around issues such as menstruation and the policing of rigid frameworks of sexuality have limited the scope of who is considered worthy of humane and dignified treatment. 


Those we dehumanise and Other-ise are outside of our circle of empathy, beyond the realm of the concern of the state or society.


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Teaching Empathy to Children - And why it matters!

Teaching Empathy to Children - And why it matters! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We could all benefit from more empathy. A deficit of empathy in our culture is evident in school violence, bullying, depression and even suicide. Increasing empathy, on the other hand, results in better communication, more harmonious interactions and better-behaved kids.


In fact, recent research – in neuroscience, school psychology, clinical psychology and parent/infant interaction – points to empathy as central to emotional, social, cognitive and even physical growth and development.


This knowledge has created a new wave of “empathy awareness” programs in schools and has had a profound influence in new philosophies about parenting.


by Anne Paris,


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8 Ways To Stop Your Child From Becoming A Bully

8 Ways To Stop Your Child From Becoming A Bully | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There are numerous ways to ensure that your child has the greatest possible chance to learn to be kind and empathic to others. All of these are things that are easy for you to do at home...


Nobody thinks that their sweet little baby will grow up into a bully, but some parents have a rude awakening when this is in fact what happens.


There are numerous ways to ensure that your child has the greatest possible chance to learn to be kind and empathic to others. All of these are things that are easy for you to do at home, starting from the time that your toddler is conscious of his or her social environment. These tips center around teaching empathy, which means awareness and respect for others' feelings and perspectives..


1. Your child needs to be aware of others' inner experiences....

2. Discuss your own emotions too....

3. Discuss both siblings' or friends' emotions after any conflict, validating and empathizing with both sides. Do not only validate the child whose actions you agree with more....

4. Make sure to speak for those who cannot speak, such as pets or babies.  ...

5. When you interact with others outside the home, discuss their feelings later together...

6. Aim for consistency around the issue of meanness and teasing...
7. When children see others who are different from them...
8. When you are mean, apologize...


by Samantha Rodman

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Pope: True charity takes compassion that does not demand conversion

Pope: True charity takes compassion that does not demand conversion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Criticizing approaches that devalue human lives, especially the lives of those who suffer from serious illness, Pope Francis highlighted the importance of offering increased care and concern instead, urging people to demonstrate a compassion that does not judge and that "does not demand conversion."
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Mastering the Art of Empathy - Introduction to Emotional Resilience And Resiliency

Mastering the Art of Empathy - Introduction to Emotional Resilience And Resiliency | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is perhaps the single most powerful communication skill you can learn.


Yet, there is a lot of misunderstanding about empathy and it is rarely practiced in a way that unleashes its full potential. Let's start by getting a clear idea of what empathy is and how it is often misunderstood.


What is empathy?

Empathy is the ability to feel something similar to what another person is feeling. When you can come alongside another person and allow yourself to engage with their emotion it sends the message that you are truly listening and that you care about them.


by Gary Gilles

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The Long Road to Teaching Empathy

The Long Road to Teaching Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy seems like it should be a natural trait that just blossoms as we grow. Yet, a stop in a playground can prove an intense reminder that empathy is a skill and consciousness we need to teach, practice, and repeat from the time we walk until, well, always.


Empathetic leaders are the best leaders.


Empathetic partners give hope to successful marriages. Empathic children learn academic and classroom skills that last for a lifetime. Empathy reduces school aggression,bullying, and hurting others in big acts and small. Teaching a child with disabilities the consciousness of empathy is no small task.

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Houses of healing: Kathleen Macferran at TEDxMonroeCorrectionalComplex

Houses of healing: Kathleen Macferran at TEDxMonroeCorrectionalComplex | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Are we really safer when we put those who harm others behind bars and forget about them? Explore turning our prisons into houses of healing and creating connections that lead to greater safety for our communities. 

Kathleen holds a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world. She works as a certified trainer and assessor for the Center for Nonviolent Communication and offers communication, conflict resolution and restorative justice system exploration to organizations and individuals. She is a lead trainer for the Freedom Project, an organization that strengthens community safety by supporting the transformation of prisoners into peacemakers.


"We can get  training in the many many pathways that lead toward  empathic action."

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Compassion for the Police

Compassion for the Police | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One thing that would help enormously would be a more compassionate approach to preventing crime. To take a proactive approach and target things like poverty and inequality, the very things that drive people to dishonest ways of living.


Compassion isn't just some airy-fairy thing for prophets and hippies, it's a very practical and intelligent approach, far more so than our current revenge-based system of “justice”.

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, January 3, 2015 6:32 AM

Compassion is given but it can not be made to be received as compassion when certain police officers are involved as not all are the same but murder for compassion is not exceptable  the good are effected by the deeds of the bad just as in any other job and or profession because we all have a choice no one can  force them to shoot them in the back until death if they are trying to escape when you are trained because why not a shot to the ankle or leg stopping the person from escaping an they have no weapon to cause harm.Compassion works two ways it has to be given and received to be effective for all the police and the citizens they are sworn to protect and serve.

David Slepkow's curator insight, January 8, 2015 6:27 AM

The American people are very unhappy with their federal government, probably the least happy they've been since they were under British rule. People want change, they know their government is betraying them on a regular basis. I feel the government knows the people are right on the edge of open rebellion, so they do the bare minimum to appease the people.


The government, as well as the rich and powerful few the government represents, need the police to protect them. They need the police on their side. When a bank takes a home away from someone, who actually enforces that? It's not the bank that ends up doing the dirty work, it's the police that end up having to throw someone out if they refuse to leave.


It must be very difficult being a police officer, I don't think I could do it. As human beings, our own happiness grows by spreading it to others. For a police officer, it often becomes their job to ruin someone's day, to go take a parent away from their children, or sometimes the other way around. That has to be hard on a person, and I imagine it becomes common for police to suppress their feelings, to deny the very things that make them human.


I'm writing this because I feel it's a mistake to get angry at the police, I don't believe more hatred is the answer. The news media is feeding into this though, encouraging this growing divide between the police and the people. The mainstream media represents the interests of the elite, just like the government, and the elite need the police a whole lot more than the police need those parasites. The elite need to make sure the police are on their side, and what better way than to create this hostile relationship between the police and the general population?


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The Weird Reason It’s Hard to Empathise And Be Logical At The Same Time — PsyBlog

The Weird Reason It’s Hard to Empathise And Be Logical At The Same Time — PsyBlog | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The strange influence of empathising on the capacity for logical thought.


When the brain activates the network of neurons involved in empathising, it suppresses the network used for cold, hard analysis. The reverse is also true: activating the brain’s analytical networks reduces the ability to empathise.


These conclusions come from a study published in the journal Neuroimage, which is the first to find that we are constrained in our ability to be analytical and empathetic at the same time (Jack et al., 2012).

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What transgender teen's death should show us

What transgender teen's death should show us | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Laws and culture form sturdy beams, but the foundation of civilization is empathy.


It is a slender but invaluable thread that allows us to communicate with those who speak a different language, explains why men double over at the sight of a male being struck in the groin, why our own eyes fill with tears at others' sorrow and loss and why laughter is contagious.
Our innate ability to identify with the needs and experiences of others -- to have compassion, empathy -- is the very thing that makes us human.


Thus, the less empathy we have for others -- the less "all lives matter" to us - the less civilized we become. The less civilized we become, the less human we are.


By LZ Granderson

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Occupy Empathy Design Team: International design, planning & action

Occupy Empathy Design Team: International  design, planning & action | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Visit  http://facebook.com/events/735961719786164/

We're forming a design team for designing the Occupy Empathy movement. We can meet online via Google hangouts and in Berkeley, California. You can join from anywhere in the world to support this movement. We are looking for empathic, caring, responsible and committed people for the core design team. 

To Join the Design Team
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Fill out this time availability page http://j.mp/1zBLr99

Next Online Meeting via Google Hangouts 
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Wed, Jan 7, 2015, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM PST
join at http://j.mp/1zqX7fk

More about Occupy Empathy 
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Home http://cultureofempathy.com/occupyempathy/
We’re All In It Together 100% – No More ‘Us Versus Them’
Join us in building a true revolution of values beginning in downtown Berkeley. Come by for; a visit, free empathic listening, empathy circles, conflict mediation, mediation training and empathic design (human-centered design) project team building.

Offer your skills and connection building expertise. Invite your friends for an opportunity to listen, connect, hear and be heard, see and be seen, share 
and much, much more.

Warmly,
Edwin


  

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Felicia Mareels's curator insight, January 18, 2015 6:25 PM

*OCCUPY EMPATHY * is the first  SOLUTION movement of change  that  is created without taking sides. Find out how to be involved in the wave of Oneness Consciousness that is CREATING THE PEACE THAT CHANGES THE WORLD.

 

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The need for strategic empathy

The need for strategic empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The book is a study in decision making, and judging from what I have skimmed so far, it advances a fairly simple thesis: successful foreign policy depends upon what Shore calls ‘strategic empathy’, that is to say an ability to understand what motivates your enemy.


This does not mean imagining what you would do if you were in your enemy’s place. Rather it means really understanding them, their desires, the constraints under which they operate, and so on.

I would take this further and say that strategic empathy is important not just when dealing with ‘enemies’ but in politics more generally, and that it is precisely the lack of such empathy which has pulled Russia-West relations into the mess which they are today.

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Manley Hopkinson - Compassionate Leadership

Manley Hopkinson - Compassionate Leadership | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This book will introduce you to the art of compassionate leadership - the art of getting the best for and out of people through the fulfilment of self-worth. It will show leaders how to give their teams a real sense of purpose and direction in order to motivate and inspire them to perform at a high level.

To illustrate his message, author Manley Hopkinson draws on his background as a board member of companies including ATLAS Consortium and Hewlett Packard Defence UK, his career as an inspirational speaker and his adventure experiences as team leader in the BT Global Challenge (a round the world yacht race) and The Polar Race (an expedition style race to the Magnetic North Pole).
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Six ways to bring more empathy to the internet

Six ways to bring more empathy to the internet | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by LIZ PLEASANT and JIM MCGOWAN  


A more empathic Web could help put an end to that. And research suggests that practicing empathy leads to happier relationships and more satisfying lives, so more empathy online can benefit our offline spaces too.

Luckily, there are many ways you can help build a more empathic Internet through your own interactions. Here are six ways to start.


1. Use live video and chat whenever you can.2. Use the web to branch out of your comfort zone.3. Invest in content you enjoy.4. Document injustice and inform others about it.5. Join the (book) club.6. Practice self-compassion.
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How to Teach Your Kids Empathy

How to Teach Your Kids Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As a psychologist, parents frequently ask me how to cultivate empathy in their children. Instead of only understanding their own point of view, parents want their children to learn how to share, take others’ perspectives, and how to value other people’s opinions just as they value their own.


Here are five ways to teach empathy to your children, whether they are toddlers, preschool aged, or school aged.


1. Teach them about emotions...

2. Read and watch TV together....

3. After conflicts, discuss what everyone was feeling...

4. Let them see you resolve conflicts in your own life...

5. Speak for people/creatures who can’t speak...



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'I know just how you feel': The power of radical empathy

'I know just how you feel': The power of radical empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Think about that. Put yourself in Schwerner's shoes. Imagine what it would have taken to summon such stillness, such profound and sincere compassion for one's killer, at the moment of death.


And then put yourself in the shoes of that Klansman. After all, we know this story only because the Klansman later told it to investigators. He was haunted, for the rest of his life, by the depth of empathy that he confronted in that fateful instant.


This story has stayed with me too, challenging me to admit it when in my comfortable everyday existence I fail to demonstrate even a fraction of that empathy and self-realization.


by Eric Liu


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Nobel Peace Prize Winner From India Calls for 'Movement of Compassion'

Nobel Peace Prize Winner From India Calls for 'Movement of Compassion' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Practicing Compassion
Satyarthi told Epoch Times that compassion is needed “to ensure sustainability and peace” in the world, and that comes from a connection with ones self.

“A connection of everyone with her or his inside is what makes you a global citizen and helps you find solutions to persisting problems,” he said over the phone.

Especially in countries where corruption and mismanagement are common, “compassion could be a very strong element to be honest,” he said.

He practices compassion by connecting transparently, and honestly with others, he said, and maintaining his “child inside.” He also says that compassion for him is about action, and translates into his work for justice, equality, and peace.

“Let’s globalize compassion,” he said at the Constitution Club press conference. “Take it out—use it to protect children, to protect the environment.”
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(Empathic Design) We Need More Empathy, From the Notebook of Aaron Gustafson

(Empathic Design)  We Need More Empathy, From the Notebook of Aaron Gustafson | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Aaron Gustafson


For a while now I’ve been beating the “empathy” drum (notes), trying to get folks in our industry to understand the importance of creating connections with the people for whom we build software, websites, etc. After all, we design and build tools to solve the needs of actual people, not some generic “user”.


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Empathy is difficult when we are surrounded by others like us. We need to be surrounded by different people. 

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