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Brain research shows psychopathic criminals do not lack empathy, but fail to use it automatically

Brain research shows psychopathic criminals do not lack empathy, but fail to use it automatically | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A brain imaging study in the Netherlands shows individuals with psychopathy have reduced empathy while witnessing the pains of others. When asked to empathize, however, they can activate their empathy.

 

 Criminal psychopathy can be both repulsive and fascinating, as illustrated by the vast number of books and movies inspired by this topic. Offenders diagnosed with psychopathy pose a significant threat to society, because they are more likely to harm other individuals and to do so again after being released. A brain imaging study in the Netherlands shows individuals with psychopathy have reduced empathy while witnessing the pains of others. When asked to empathize, however, they can activate their empathy. This could explain why psychopathic individuals can be callous and socially cunning at the same time. Why are psychopathic individuals more likely to hurt others? 

 

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Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest Los Angeles Planning Meeting

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Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics is pleased to invite all civic, interfaith, intercultural, environmental, social justice and educational organizations to join in the first planning meeting of the Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest on Sunday, July 28th at 4:15pm at the Yahoo Center


Community Room 2500 Broadway in Santa Monica, CA. 90404. The cross streets are Cloverfield and Colorado. Please RSVP to Sande Hart at sandehart at gmail.

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Center for compassion gains approval

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DANBURY -- Months before the Dalai Lama's October visit to Western Connecticut State University, its leaders resolved the university would honor his message of compassion and tolerance once the Nobel Peace Prize laureate moved on.


Now that resolution is taking shape. The Board of Regents, the state university system's governing body, has approved creation of the Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation at Western. Led by Chris Kukk, professor of political science and director of the honors program at the university, the center has the potential to guide the teaching of compassion around the world. 

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Compassionate San Francisco

Compassionate San Francisco | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Compassionate San Francisco is an incubator, accelerator and clearinghouse for compassion projects within the community. Compassion is the recognition that all beings are profoundly interconnected,...

 

Compassion is the recognition that all beings are profoundly interconnected, such that the joys and sufferings of one are the joys and sufferings of all, with a corresponding commitment to appreciate and treat with respect all individuals as we ourselves would want to be treated—even and especially when we find it difficult to do so—and to alleviate suffering when and where we encounter it.

While local governments are unable to provide the previous levels of service, many people feel disconnected and disempowered to address these needs.  A network of individuals and groups organized around compassion will empower the people of San Francisco to help meet these need and to promote general welfare.  

Building and growing San Francisco's reputation as a compassionate city and the leading city to champion worldwide human rights is essential for advancing social justice both locally and around the world.

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The Role of Empathy in GoodWork: Applications and Hesitations

Howard Gardner discuss empathy.
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The Autism team created the Empathy Box @ Design for America

The Autism team created the Empathy Box @ Design for America | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Autism team created the Empathy Box, a collaborative storytelling tool to build empathy for families affected by autism.  They had originally focused their project on the design of learning spaces for children with autism.  However, through attending parent support groups they realized that the broader problem is a lack of understanding about autism and their children’s needs and behaviors.  The Empathy Box helps families share their stories and build understanding, creating new advocates within the community.  Parents and children fill the box with their stories and artifacts that reflect their experience, pass it on, and repeat.  Each box is tracked and documented, eventually returned to DFA to be uploaded onto http://empathybox.org/ to build a gallery of stories.  The team launched the Empathy Box at the Autism Project’s annual Imagine Walk, where they distributed 150 boxes!  The team has received several grants and will be continuing their work through the year.

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Empathy: A Coveted Job Skill That You Already Have

Empathy: A Coveted Job Skill That You Already Have | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
One of the best networking tips we've encountered is to be selfless. Listen actively, immerse yourself in a stranger's work life for the duration of the conversation and figure out what you can do for them.

 

This corporate trend has been linked to an "affective revolution" in neuroscience. As researchers observe emotions and the physiology that drives them, and some even seek the neural basis of empathy, companies look to capitalize on the empirical measurement of emotions.

Empathy is not just an ingredient for altruism anymore -- it's a commodified skill. 'Tis the season for the student job hunt, so some of you are probably wondering, "how can empathy make me gainfully employed?"... An empathetic employee can actually bring in more money.

 

Craig and Marc Kielburger

Co-Founders, Free The Children

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Compassion Programs at UCSD Center for Mindfulness

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Learn about the compassion programs offered by the UC San Diego Health System.

 

Two important components of Mindfulness are wisdom (clear seeing) and compassion (the heartful desire to alleviate suffering). Wisdom and compassion are often described as the two wings of a bird. Without either wing the bird is unable to fly. Life sometimes brings with it painful events both large and small. What we can do is learn to hold what happens with warmth and kindness.

 

Toward that end, we offer mindfulness-based programs that aid us in developing our capacity for compassion.

Our programs are designed to address the quality of attention that we pay to what arises and to actively cultivate the capacity for kind and compassionate action in response to difficulty. Each option is designed to build skills in a particular area. A brief description of each program, including benefits and the format offered follows.

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I can personnaly attest to how amazing this program is

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A historical epistemology of empathy from Darwin to de Waal: primates and perspective-taking after World War II

A historical epistemology of empathy from Darwin to de Waal: primates and perspective-taking after World War II | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Much overlooked in Darwin's theory of natural selection is his argument for the origin of social instincts that gave rise to shared common feelings between animals in a group. For Darwin, the “moral sense” had its foundations in the pleasure an animal felt from their social community and their identification with the internal state of others, or perspective-taking. From this followed the emergent instinct to “perform various services for them,” a trait that was promoted through natural selection when groups with a high level of reciprocation “would flourish best and rear the greatest number of offspring.”


This concept subsequently formed the basis for Peter Kropotkin’s 1902 work Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution, first appearing as a series of articles in The Nineteenth Century beginning in 1890, and culminating in his posthumous work Ethics: Origin and Development in 1924. Both Darwin and Kropotkin emphasized that adopting the perspective of another was a natural evolutionary strategy and formed the basis for the modern conceptions of social duty and justice. 


Eric M. JOHNSON  | University of British Columbia, Canada

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See What I See

See What I See | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a day-to-day struggle of sorts, a test of our compassion and capacity for listening with understanding. It pushes us to break from the limits of our own stories, our own biases, and see someone in a different light.

 

As I've grown up though, Sam, I've realized that the Golden Rule doesn't quite capture what's become my guiding light: empathy. Think about the concept again. "As you would like to be treated," is a bit presumptuous. It assumes that the way you want to be treated is preferred, that it trumps how someone else might want to be treated. What if you prefer brutal honesty to less direct communication? What if you prefer complete transparency about who you are and what you care about to keeping some things to yourself? What if you just want to be heard but aren't looking for advice? This list could go on and on, made even longer by culture and context.  


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Empathy - teachapedia

Empathy - teachapedia | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy1 What is empathy?


 2 Related Articles


 3 Common Core Standards


 4 How to teach it?


4.1 Assessments

 

4.2 Classroom activities

 

4.3 Graphic organizers and sentence frames

 

4.4 Handouts and worksheets

 

4.5 Slideshows, videos and music

 

4.6 Interactive resources


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What To Do With Empathy

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Paul Bloom’s recent New Yorker essay, “The Baby in the Well,” has created a small internet stir by calling out the many vices rather than the oft heralded virtues of empathy—a major academic and self-help trend. Bloom’s basic criticism can be summed as follows: empathy distracts us from what really matters since it requires feeling or relating to the situation of others to necessitate social/political action; such feelings are typically directed at concerns of relative insignificance when compared to situations of dire importance that fail to engender much empathy. Hence Bloom’s point that empathy justified the millions of dollars in charitable donations given to the relatively affluent community of Sandy Hook, despite the fact that almost twenty million American children go to bed hungry each night.

by Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins 

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Building an Empathy Muscle: Five Ways to Build an Empathy Muscle:

Building an Empathy Muscle: Five Ways to Build an Empathy Muscle: | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
1. Talk about what you care about.  When you see qualities like compassion and generosity displayed, point them out, whether it’s at the dinner table, while grocery shopping, or in a movie (quietly).  Without our realizing, our youngest daughter was paying attention to the conversations on service, friendship, caring and global developments that we were having with other adults and our older daughters.  When we frame complex ideas through a lens of positive qualities, then difficult situations, nearby or far-away, become less overwhelming, and the vocabulary to talk about peaceful solutions starts building.
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Compassionate Mind, Healthy Body

Compassionate Mind, Healthy Body | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Decades of clinical research has explored the psychology of human suffering. Yet that suffering, as unpleasant as it is, often has a bright side: compassion.'

 

Human suffering often inspires beautiful acts of compassion by people wishing to help relieve that suffering. What led 26.5 percent of Americans to volunteer in 2012 (according to statistics from the US Department of Labor)? What propels someone to serve food at a homeless shelter, pull over on the highway in the rain to help someone with a broken down vehicle, or feed a stray cat?

 

By Emma Seppala

 

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, July 24, 2013 5:50 PM

Compassion is the best medicine for suffering.

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http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/compassionate_mind_healthy_body


Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, July 29, 2013 3:58 PM

compassion is one of the most powerful emotions to change our life!

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Wanted in Malaysia: Empathy

Wanted in Malaysia: Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by The Malaysian Insider July 24, 2013

How did Malaysia come to this point? Where billions have been spent on national unity programmes, Bangsa Malaysia initiatives and grandiose 1Malaysia schemes and yet EMPATHY for each other is so glaringly missing from daily life.

 

The Oxford Dictionary defines empathy as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Some may see it as “standing in someone else’s shoes” or “seeing through someone else’s eyes”.

Whatever the definition, implicit in it is a feeling of compassion for another.

If the feeling of empathy courses through the veins of Malaysians, we would be very slow to ridicule the religious practices of another or even place each other in racial pigeonholes. Very slow. Because we would feel the hurt that a wayward word or action could cause another group of Malaysians. 

KIT SIANG

 

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Integrity and empathy key in creating good public service: Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean

Integrity and empathy key in creating good public service: Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said integrity and empathy are key to making a good public service.
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Designing with Empathy at #btconf

Designing with Empathy at #btconf | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I used my time on stage in Düsseldorf this past May to talk about ways we can and should inject more empathy into our work.

 

A little over a month ago I had the pleasure of speaking at Beyond Tellerrand in Düsseldorf, Germany. It was my second time speaking (and attending) the conference and I can honestly say it’s easily one of my favorites. Marc Thiele does an amazing job organizing the event and the speaker roster was nothing short of amazing.

 

In an effort to continue spreading my wings beyond talking about code, I delivered a talk about empathy. Empathy is something I’ve written about here before both explicitly and as an underlying motivation for progressive enhancement and overall usability. Empathy is something I feel we need deperately in our lives and especially in our work—empathy for both our users andour co-workers. 

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About the Project | Empathy Box

About the Project | Empathy Box | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Empathy Box brings the power of guerilla storytelling to children on the autism spectrum, their families, and their supporters. Guerilla storytelling is a way toget stories to people who wouldn’t otherwise hear them – in this project’s case, a way to get the vibrant and colorful stories of spectrum families to their neighbors, relatives, and friends who remain otherwise unaware.


We believe that sharing stories builds empathy, a quality so often hindered by the gulf of misunderstanding between the spectrum community and their uninvolved communities.

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Empathic design - Wikipedia

Empathic design is a user-centered design approach that pays attention to the user's feelings toward a product (Crossley 2003).[1][2] The empathic design process is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Empathetic design.[3]

The foundation of empathic design is observation and the goal is to identify latent customer needs in order to create products that the customers don’t even know they desire or, in some cases, solutions that customers have difficulty envisioning due to lack of familiarity with the possibilities offered by new technologies or because locked in an old mindset. Empathic design relies on observation of consumers as opposed to traditional market research[4] which relies on consumer inquiry with the intention to avoid possible biases in surveys and questions, and minimizes the chance that consumers will provide false information.

Observations are carried out by a small team of specialists, such as an engineer, a human-factors expert, and a designer. Each specialist then documents their observations and the session is videoed to capture subtle interactions such as body language and facial expressions.

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The Season of Recreation

The Season of Recreation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How parents can have empathy for the classroom environment''

 

This isn’t a call for empathy for teachers. That would be lovely, and I won’t turn that gift away, but I’m asking parents to have more empathy and protective instinct for the entire classroom community. Classrooms should be egalitarian, in that no one student is more important than the others, and all are integral to the class’ academic and social success.

 

As we pass through this season of re-creation, I hope parents will consider planting seeds of empathy in their own backyards, to teach their children how to cultivate that virtue by setting an example. No need to worry if it’s a second planting; we could all use some reserves going into the year ahead.

 

By Jessica Lahey:
Audio: Season Of Recreation

http://digital.vpr.net/post/lahey-season-recreation

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We Contain Multitudes: Walt Whitman, Charles Darwin, and the Song of Empathy

We Contain Multitudes: Walt Whitman, Charles Darwin, and the Song of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In the struggle for existence how do we herald the better angels of our nature?


Author’s Note: On Tuesday I will be traveling to Manchester, England for the International Conference for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine where I’ll be giving my talk entitled “A Historical Epistemology of Empathy from Darwin to De Waal.” In the lead up to my journey across the pond the iCHSTM organizers offered me the opportunity to publish a shortened version of my talk on the conference blog where I will be cross-posting what follows.



A historical epistemology of empathy from Darwin to de Waal: primates and perspective-taking after World War II

http://www.ichstm2013.com/programme/guide/p/1082.html

Much overlooked in Darwin's theory of natural selection is his argument for the origin of social instincts that gave rise to shared common feelings between animals in a group. For Darwin, the “moral sense” had its foundations in the pleasure an animal felt from their social community and their identification with the internal state of others, or perspective-taking. From this followed the emergent instinct to “perform various services for them,” a trait that was promoted through natural selection when groups with a high level of reciprocation “would flourish best and rear the greatest number of offspring.”


This concept subsequently formed the basis for Peter Kropotkin’s 1902 work Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution, first appearing as a series of articles in The Nineteenth Century beginning in 1890, and culminating in his posthumous work Ethics: Origin and Development in 1924.


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TEDx Hayward May 2013 Emma Seppala

The science behind social connection
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This woman is amazing!

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Empathy Notes #3: Empathy versus rationality?

Empathy Notes #3: Empathy versus rationality? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Several weeks ago my good friend Miki Kashtan sent me two articles  - ”The Baby in the Well” by Paul Bloom and ”The Case Against Empathy” by David Harris-Gershon – that critically compare empathy with reason. 

 

These two essays maintain that empathy causes us to focus on the narrow needs of visibly suffering individuals – especially those who are like us or whom we know and love. This focus distracts us from broader or invisible suffering – and from the systemic causes of suffering – for which changes in policy, systems, culture, etc., are called for rather than our personal kindness and help. Therefore, suggest the essayists Paul Bloom and David Harris-Gershon, reason is a more dependable guide to our moral responses than empathy.

Tom Atlee 

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It turns out empathy can be taught: 5 tips to improve business leaders' emotional intelligence

It turns out empathy can be taught: 5 tips to improve business leaders' emotional intelligence | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Organizational psychologist Craig Dowden shares five tips garnered from recent medical research that can help executives become more effective business leaders.    by Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins 

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