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A Teacher's Reflections on Building Kindness and Intelligence Through Trust

A Teacher's Reflections on Building Kindness and Intelligence Through Trust | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A teacher expresses how empathy has helped build reciprocal trust and confidence in her students.

 

For me, empathy is at the heart of all I do.  It is no longer something to be thought of as an add-on in our classrooms.  Rather, it should be looked at as the work that we do that allows learning to happen.  To be a changemaker in this world you need empathy.  Empathy allows us to say, “Wait a minute, something isn’t right here.” Empathy allows us to move our thoughts from, “That’s too bad” to “We need to do something about this.”  

 

In order to create a world full of changemakers we need to help children feel they can make change.  Empathy is the vehicle for this success.  Will you join me in helping to ensure that every child feels they have a voice and that their voices are worth hearing?  I look forward to working with you and hearing your stories.

Kathy Clunis D’Andrea

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Open hearts: Is compassion something you can teach?

Open hearts: Is compassion something you can teach? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
At the heart of the initiative is the idea that compassion can be taught.

 

Since her arrival, Fontaine has built on that idea with the Compassionate Care and Empathetic Leadership Initiative. It’s a long title for a simple concept: Give nurses the tools to take on the challenge of facing illness and death on a daily basis, and they’ll be better prepared to help patients and families do the same. Better health care relationships, better health care

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At the heart of the initiative is the idea that compassion can be taught. Nursing students keep journals reflecting on their experiences, practice tough conversations with simulated patient encounters, and attend workshops and retreats where they learn techniques to clear their minds.

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Can empathy be engineered? - Science Omega

Can empathy be engineered? - Science Omega | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A new study from Linköping University has confirmed that engineering students are less empathetic than counterparts working in the caring professions. The findings, which have been published in the European Journal of Engineering Education, show that engineering students tend to be less capable of assuming the perspectives of others, than those studying to become doctors and nurses.

The researchers used a questionnaire to measure variables such as a respondent’s degree of imagination, their ability to assume the perspective of others and whether or not the student cared about others. In line with earlier studies, the team found that engineers had a lower degree of empathy than their peers within the healthcare sector.

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How Disasters and Trauma Can Affect Children’s Empathy | TIME.com

How Disasters and Trauma Can Affect Children’s Empathy | TIME.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Do children become more kind and empathetic after a disaster— or does the experience make them more focus more on self-preservation?..

 

“[The study] clearly shows that empathy and altruism are naturally linked, and that pro-social behavior and caring for others have evolved from our natural capacity to share emotions and care for others,” Decety says.

 

While the results support the intuitive sense that the personal experience of pain can increase compassion, there are cases when it can have the opposite effect. Indeed, research shows that if suffering occurs too early in life, when young brains are not equipped to process the experience, or if the pain is too overwhelming, it can make people less sensitive and more focused on self-preservation, such as often occurs in cases of child abuse and neglect.

 


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Engineers less empathetic

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Are engineering students less empathetic than students in the caring professions? Yes, the findings from a study performed at Linköping University indicate that this is the case. The study comprises more than 200 students from six different study programs and was carried out by Chato Rasoal, a researcher in psychology, together with two colleagues.

The researchers measured empathy with a well-established questionnaire that shows, for example, the degree of imagination, the ability to assume the perspective of others, and whether the subject cares about others, along with the subject´s own worries and anxiety. 

– Empathy can have both a cognitive and an emotional aspect, explains Chato Rasoal. The capacity to see things from the point of view of others is primarily cognitive, while caring about others is a more emotional component.

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Empathy in caring profession students

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Students in caring professions may be more empathetic than their peers in subjects such as engineering, newresearch has shown. Led by Chato Rasoal, a researcher in psychology at Linkoping University, the study revealed marked differences between these two groups when it comes to empathy levels.

Comprising more than 200 students from six different study programmes, the investigation also showed women tend to be considerably more empathetic than their male counterparts.

 

It was demonstrated that differences between caring students and applied physics engineering scholars remain even when adjusting for gender differences has been made.

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Empathy Series: Part 2: How accurate is your empathy?

Empathy Series: Part 2: How accurate is your empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

With the help of your innate Einfühlung capacities, you can feel your way into nature, art, music, literature, and movement — and you can have intense emotional experiences and empathic relationships with things that are not alive. In my new book (The Art of Empathy, October 2013), I rely upon this empathic capacity when people are hyperempathic and overloaded with the emotional needs of others. I have them begin to direct their empathic skills toward art, literature, music, dance, movement (etc.) — so that they can work with their skills in a safer and more manageable way.

 

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Engineers less empathetic than students in caring professions, study suggests

Engineers less empathetic than students in caring professions, study suggests | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Are engineering students less empathetic than students in the caring professions? Yes, the findings from a study performed at Linköping University indicate that this is the case. The study comprises more than 200 students from six different study programs and was carried out by Chato Rasoal, a researcher in psychology, together with two colleagues....

 

Earlier research has shown that engineers have a lower degree of empathy than future doctors and nurses. This may seem perfectly natural, after all, you don´t need much empathy to work with machines and calculations, do you?


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Reflections: Good communication requires true empathy

Reflections: Good communication requires true empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In a culture that emphasizes judgment, criticism, punishment and blame, the need to be heard and to matter are two of the greatest unmet needs. Smith teaches that true empathy meets those needs.

 

Smith says, "People want empathy and not sympathy." She teaches that often sympathy, the expression of pity, is confused with empathy, total presence, hearing and acceptance of another's reality. To practice true empathy, we learn to put aside a life time of cultural conditioning. That takes a lot of practice.

 

Smith teaches when we are empathetic, we do not judge or blame, agree or disagree, wonder what he can do to help, or how we might respond. . We sit in quiet, still presence with an open heart. This requires gentle attentiveness to our own state of mind.

 

Ashok Nalamalapu 

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Chimpanzees successfully play the Ultimatum Game: Apes' sense of fairness confirmed

Chimpanzees successfully play the Ultimatum Game: Apes' sense of fairness confirmed | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Researchers have shown that chimpanzees possess a sense of fairness that has previously been attributed as uniquely human.

 

Co-author Frans de Waal, PhD, adds, "Until our study, the behavioral economics community assumed the Ultimatum Game could not be played with animals or that animals would choose only the most selfish option while playing. We've concluded that chimpanzees not only get very close to the human sense of fairness, but the animals may actually have exactly the same preferences as our own species." For purposes of direct comparison, the study was also conducted separately with human children.

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So You Feel My Pain?

So You Feel My Pain? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy may not need a prescription, but you won’t find it over the counter. By Dr. Mark Borigini, M.D....

 

For several years there has been active research undertaken in the field of empathy. Currently, researchers are studying the relationship between empathy and the approach to patient care, particularly the holistic approach to patient care. A study published last year in the “International Journal of Medical Education” examined the effects of reflective writing among health care providers, and this showed the power of narrative and reflective writing to increase individual empathy. The conclusion is that medical schools need to encourage reflection and empathic behavior as means to improve the delivery of health care.

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Empathic social workers at higher risk of burnout and stress

Empathic social workers at higher risk of burnout and stress | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Social workers with high levels of empathy for their clients are more at risk of burning out, particularly if they are unable to manage their emotions and reflect on their practice effectively, research reveals.

 

Findings from a study of over 300 social work trainees found that the more empathic social workers reported higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression than their colleagues. Distress was also higher among students who had a lower ability to reflect on their practice effectively.

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How do children develop empathy?

How do children develop empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Are children born good? Or do they develop positive traits such as empathy and altruism as they get older?

 

The new field of infant morality studies aims to answer that question

 

READ MORE ABOUT CHILDREN AND MORALITY

Understanding How Children Develop Empathy (NY Times)

Are Babies Born Good? (Smithsonian Magazine)

The Importance of Teaching Children Kindness at a Very Young Age (The Atlantic)

From Mine to Ours: Nurturing Empathy in Children (Huffington Post)

How Disasters and Trauma Can Affect Children's Empathy (Time)

The Human Spark: Chimps v. Children (PBS)

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TWITTER CEO: 'Managing By Trying To Be Liked Is The Path To Ruin'

TWITTER CEO: 'Managing By Trying To Be Liked Is The Path To Ruin' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The difference between empathy and sympathy is one that's lost on many people. Empathy is just recognizing someone else's emotions. Sympathy is usually a reaction.

 

When it comes to management

, that's a critical difference. Empathy is fine. Sympathy, according to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, can be a problem, because it often means you're just trying to be liked.



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Is Empathy The Secret Ingredient To A Social Business? | Business 2 Community

Is Empathy The Secret Ingredient To A Social Business? | Business 2 Community | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What separates a social business from a “regular” business? The truth is, identifying a social businesses and separating those traits from less social
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Exercise Your Empathy. I exercised my empathy

Exercise Your Empathy. I exercised my empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Humans are social creatures and empathy is one of our most mystifying yet wonderful attributes; but as they say neurons that fire together wire together. In other words, use it or lose it. So in addition to my yoga practice, I spend my downtime watching sappy movies and television shows that make me cry.


Because without empathy, we begin to stop being kind to ourselves. And when that happens, we begin to withdraw from others and the cycle of insidious self-destruction begins. Our brains are social organs and in isolation they begin to suffer.

 

Mirror neurons are just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Sue Jones,

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Mike Lewinski's comment, January 21, 2013 9:40 PM
I disagree with this "use it or lose it" approach, particularly as it is formulated here. The author may get some entertainment or relaxation value from her approach, and in itself that's not any more objectionable to me than other forms of entertainment (there's a time and place for entertainment as long as we don't confuse it for something else).

Sappy movies rely on sentimentality: a cheap appeal to canned emotions. They manipulate us into feelings without depth. Why is this dangerous? Because it opens the way for other forms of emotional manipulation that are more dangerous than the degradation of art.

I explain in greater detail the connection between sentimentality, propaganda and advertising in my blog here:

http://wildernessvagabonds.com/blog/?p=106
Johnson Watts's comment, January 22, 2013 1:30 AM
Johnson Watts Sentimentality and cynicism are both pitfalls, and it would be easy to recoil from one pole only to wind up at the other. On the other hand, human perception is not an extensionless point to be plotted with precision on some linear graph representing a continuum between two poles. Human experience seeks FULLNESS and RANGE on multiple dimensions. Fear of change and fear of the unknown constrain the depth and breadth of consciousness, stunting our capacity for awareness and for acting freely, meaningfully, and thus, with *vitality* --and in harmony with deeply held values.
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Empathy Explorer

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EMPATHY EXPLORER

Take a look at this series of short videos in which the whimsical genius Ed Stockham explores what empathy is, why it matters, and how we "start" it.

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Embodiment of empathy

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After Justice David Souter retired from the Supreme Court in the spring of 2009, President Obama launched a brief national media freak-out by putting “empathy” at the top of his wish list for his first Supreme Court nominee. Empathy, Obama said, was an “essential ingredient” for arriving at “just decisions and outcomes.”

 

When he named federal appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill Souter’s seat, his “empathy standard” was widely debated and derided by those who saw it as code for every imaginable judicial evil, including bias, sentimentality and, quite possibly, generalized female-ness.

 

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Empathy and Academics, Seamlessly Integrated

Empathy and Academics, Seamlessly Integrated | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

“Empathy is a way of being and does not come in a binder.”

 

How Todd Elementary School infuses empathy throughout the curriculum.  In her time as principal over the past three years, McDermott has committed to making empathy a major component of the Todd education. Much of the experience McDermott brought to this task came from her background as a Habits of the Mind national trainer.


Since she was interested in focusing on empathy, McDermott applied for a grant from the Briarcliff Manor Education Foundation and the Briarcliff PTA to bring in David Levine of the Ashokan Center to lead pro-social education professional development with the school staff.

 

By Laura White

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Beginning the Journey of Nonviolent Communication and Empathy

Beginning the Journey of Nonviolent Communication and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A Level 1 workshop is 12 - 14 hours of direct instruction. We begin our journey toward open authentic communication by experiencing the healing power of EMPATHY. This workshop includes a small amount of theory and many experiential activities.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to learn andpractice the components of life-serving thinking and communicating as developed through NVC:

Peggy Smith 
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Understanding, Preventing and Dealing with Bullying Today

Understanding, Preventing and Dealing with Bullying Today | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dr. Joel Haber discusses the causes of bullying, how we can prevent it, and how empathy can help reduce bullying in our schools.

 

3. How can empathy building in schools and at home help to prevent bullying?

Empathy is the cornerstone of human behavior and an antidote of bullying.  When children learn empathy and choose to use it when they see bullying, it changes the way peers feel safe.  The challenge for me has been to give students ways to use their empathy so they do not feel that they will become the next targets of the bully if they intervene. 

 

Helping children utilize empathy in a way that they would like others to use empathy with them is the key.  Every child needs support and encouragement even after bullying.  When children feel supported by others, even if it is after a bullying situation, they do not feel the isolation and pain that others feel without support.  Teaching empathy scripts in pre-school, elementary, middle and high school helps build the brain networks to utilize empathy when most needed.

 

By Erika MacLeod

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In this blog Dr. Joel Haber discusses the causes of bullying, how we can prevent it, and how empathy can help reduce bullying in our schools.

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How to Increase Your Compassion Bandwidth

How to Increase Your Compassion Bandwidth | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Many of us assume that we only have so much compassion to spare. But research says we can build our capacity to alleviate suffering.

 

Compassion is a powerful moral emotion—it moves us to care for the suffering of others, and enables us to live cooperatively with one another.

 

Yet we live in a society of constant connection, in which the successes and sorrows of others are brought to us instantly through phones, computers, TV, radio, and newspapers. With that increased connection comes the risk of becoming overwhelmed or overburdened by our emotions. Fearing exhaustion, we turn off ourcompassion.

 

But my research suggests we can actually expand our compassion bandwidth without hurting ourselves. As the science of compassion develops, we can find empirically supported ways to cultivate and sustain compassion when it is needed the most.

 

By C. Daryl Cameron

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page:    Daryl Cameron

http://j.mp/SEGSUx

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Leading Through Empathy | Flagstaff Business & Online News | Northern Arizona Local Newspaper

Leading Through Empathy | Flagstaff Business & Online News | Northern Arizona Local Newspaper | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy” conjures up visions of touchy-feely, “oh you poor baby” sorts of interactions. What could empathy possibly have to do with leadership? Quite a bit, actually. Last month, we explored why listening is important to leadership. Listening is the key to understanding, which is the key to persuasion. Leadership is all about persuasion. But what does empathy have to do with this? Empathy is a deeper form of understanding. Empathy goes beyond understanding by putting yourself in the other person’s shoes, in order to understand what she feels. Empathy is the ability to understand the emotions of others, and enhances your skill at dealing with people according to their emotional reactions.

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Is Empathy The Secret Ingredient To A Social Business | B2B Marketing Insider

Is Empathy The Secret Ingredient To A Social Business | B2B Marketing Insider | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What makes a social business different. Could empathy be the key? And how do you get hard-charging corporate execs to put customers and employees first?

 

Is Empathy The Secret Ingredient To A Social Business?

Search for branded websites that you love and you will find that nearly all of them speak to you (the visitor) and the value you will receive as opposed to being about themselves (what they sell). Look at brands that connect with you and you will realize that they make you feel like they sincerely care about you.

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