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The Empathy Movement Magazine: The latest news about empathy and compassion from around the world - CultureOfEmpathy.com
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John Gerzema: The Connection Between Vulnerability And Innovation - PSFK

John Gerzema: The Connection Between Vulnerability And Innovation - PSFK | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Athena Doctrine author explores why a shift towards traditionally ‘feminine’ traits and characteristics underlies structures of society.

 

In the social age, empathy and humility are new forms of currency. Technology, the financial crisis and globalization mean we live in a world that’s increasingly open and interdepen­dent. Millennial values are also a catalyst. But what really surprised us (Michael D’Antonio my co-author and I) is how the most innovative men and women were attacking intractable problems by being flexible, empathetic and collaborative.  


After completing the research, we spent two years traveling nearly four times around the globe to eighteen countries, interviewing world political leaders from Shimon Peres to Maria Damanaki – an EU Commissioner whose sympathy with the plight of unemployed fishermen resulted in a novel program to have them fish for plastic.


 By John Gerzema


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Annette Bening on Acting and Empathy

Annette Bening on Acting and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Actress Annette Bening told the Epoch Times that learning to be another person as an actress has also changed her as a person—for the better.

Acting requires its practitioners to submit to a director’s vision, and look at the world through someone else’s eyes, said Bening. 

“It’s very healthy, because of course there is a part of you that knows it is not real. If you don’t, then you’re insane,” she joked.

“It becomes a doorway into trying to empathize,” she said. 

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How Mindfulness Training Benefits Both Doctors And Their Patients

How Mindfulness Training Benefits Both Doctors And Their Patients | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A growing body of research has shown multiple benefits of mindfulness, includinghelping smokers quit their habit, improving sleep quality, and even helping students score higher on standardized tests. Now, mindfulness training has been linked with a number of positive outcomes for physicians and their patients.

 

Mindfulness practice -- the cultivation of a focused awareness on the present moment -- can improve physicians' performance by not only preventing burnout, but also by helping them better connect with their patients, according to two small, recent studies in the September/October issue of Annals of Family Medicine.

 By Carolyn Gregoire

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Communication Insight - Empathy, Apology and Forgiveness

Communication Insight - Empathy, Apology and Forgiveness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Takaku’s research offers important insights on how apologies “work.” Mutual empathy is key. While the offer of an apology may be the result of, and an expression of, the offender’s empathy with the offended party, forgiveness requires empathy from the offended to the offender. Empathy must be experienced by, and communicated by, both parties to the conflict, not simply one or the other. In other words, to be effective in resolving conflict, apology and forgiveness are best viewed as interactive processes, not simply one-sided speech events.

Takaku’s research demonstrates that an offended party has the power to shift the nature of a conflict interaction by reflecting on his or her own “imperfect nature,” developing empathy for the offender, and thus being open to the process of apology and forgiveness. Some people can undertake such reflection on their own; others might need to be prompted toward reflection. However, Takaku also urged caution: care must be taken regarding who prompts the offended party to reflect on his or her own imperfections. For example, if the offending party makes the prompt, it would likely generate resistance on the part of the offended party and actually escalate the conflict. 

 

Dorothy J. Della Noce

 

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How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others)

How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy, compassion, and giving -- which is simply empathy and compassion in action -- are the building blocks of our being. With them we flourish; without them we perish.

 

Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that he coined and that has now spread across the world. Mary Gordon is a former kindergarten teacher who founded Roots of Empathy, an organization dedicated to teaching emotional literacy and promoting empathy in children. She was also one of the first Ashoka fellows.

 

Our visit started with talk of the newborn recently welcomed by one of our editors, Gregory Beyer, whereupon Mary presented him with a onesie with "Empathy Teacher" emblazoned on the front. But as Mary -- a great empathy teacher herself -- told us, it's a two-way street, and empathy is best nurtured by example. "Love grows brains," she told us. "We need to show children a picture of love as we raise them."

 

Arianna Huffington

 

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John Michel's curator insight, September 13, 2013 1:52 PM

Since Einstein, scientists have been trying to come up with the "theory of everything," which would explain our entire physical world by reconciling general relativity with quantum physics. In the study of our emotional world, there's no analogous theory of everything, but if there were, empathy and giving would be at the center of it. And modern science has overwhelmingly confirmed the wisdom of those early philosophers and religious traditions. Empathy, compassion, and giving -- which is simply empathy and compassion in action -- are the building blocks of our being. With them we flourish; without them we perish.

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Compassion as a Moral Force

Compassion as a Moral Force | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The more frequently any of us feels compassion in our daily lives, the more it prevents escalations of violence as a method to deal with the immoral actions of others. Of most import, it doesn't even matter toward whom we feel that compassion...

 

The compassion we feel for one inhibits our aggression toward others. It's not that it makes us suckers willing to accept being cheated; it just makes us work to address transgressions through nonviolent means. The upshot is clear: The more frequently any of us feels compassion in our daily lives, the more it prevents escalations of violence as a method to deal with the immoral actions of others. Of most import, it doesn't even matter toward whom we feel that compassion. As we've seen, it will generalize to anyone. What matters is that we try to cultivate it daily, and in so doing, build resilient relationships and societies.


David DeSteno
Northeastern University professor and author, "The Truth About Trust"


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Empathy, democracy and the economy

These examples capture the economy of empathy in action.
 Time-Banking will not eliminate all economic inequalities, nor can empathy construct a new economy by itself: that must be given shape through concrete institutions.  But by building these institutions from a different base of values and relationships, empathy, sharing and co-operation can nurture an economy in which everyone can define themselves as valuable contributors, whatever their work and however much money they possess.


An economy based on empathy is one that values all forms of citizen engagement and all people equally, and there is no better basis for democracy than that.

 

 Edgar Cahn 

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Understanding empathy: a global perspective

Understanding empathy: a global perspective | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Imagine – while eating lunch, you observe that a spider is slowly crawling across a friend’s forearm. Immediately, your own arm tingles uncomfortably, but when you briefly glance downwards, no such spider is crawling up your own arm. Your mind has seemingly tricked your body into experiencing the sensation. Or, you are visiting a hospital nursery, and one newborn begins to cry. Immediately, and for no apparent reason, other babies respond to the first child’s cries with cries of their own. Soon, the nursery is overwhelmed by distressed babies....


Recent discoveries have led to the discovery of neurons that may contribute to empathy in social interaction. These cells, referred to as “mirror neurons,” fire when an individual observes somebody executing an action, resulting in the individual experiencing the process vicariously ... 


by Emily Wang

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Strange Case of 'Hyper Empathy' after Brain Surgery

Strange Case of 'Hyper Empathy' after Brain Surgery | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Removing a person's amygdala, a brain structure involved in emotions, could make it harder for them to recognize other peoples' emotions, but in a strange case, a woman showed the opposite of what was expected – she developed “hyper empathy."...

 

In a strange case, a woman developed "hyper empathy" after having a part of her brain called the amygdala removed in an effort to treat her severe epilepsy, according to a report of her case. Empathy is the ability to recognize another person's emotions.

 

The case was especially unusual because the amygdala is involved in recognizing emotions, and removing it would be expected to make it harder rather than easier for a person to read others' emotions, according to the researchers involved in her case.

 

By Bahar Gholipour,

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Do doctors lack empathy for overweight patients?

Do doctors lack empathy for overweight patients? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research reveals that physicians show less empathy for overweight patients; new training programs help med students develop a better rapport.

 

Gudzune, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine, wanted to learn how bad these doctor-patient relationships might be, so she started reading on the topic. She says she found that "a lot of health care providers hold negative attitudes and in general have less respect for obese patients," which got her wondering: Does that affect what happens in the doctor's office? She obtained permission to record 208 patients' appointments, and discovered that the 39 doctors they had visited provided the same basic information on disease, medication, and healthy living to all patients, including those who were overweight. However, the doctors were far less empathetic with the overweight group, less likely to use language such as "I can see how you feel" or "I know it's frustrating, but you're making progress" to reassure, show concern, or reflect emotions back to the patient. 


Kelly Brooks 

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Empathy Week coming to K-State Sept. 9-12

Empathy Week coming to K-State Sept. 9-12 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

K-State Libraries' Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies is partnering with iEmpathize to bring Empathy Week to the K-State campus and Manhattan community Sept. 9-12. Empathy Week is an opportunity for everyone to enter into the story of survivors and victims of sex trafficking and make a difference. 

 

Very little has been accomplished to eradicate child exploitation through just awareness of shocking statistics. iEmpathize believes that creating an empathetic movement in the world that engages injustice, must involve helping every person enter into the story, and that the arts present the best opportunity for any individual to enter in, explore and engage.

 

Questions about iEmpathize or any of the Empathy Week activities can be directed to Darchelle Martin, events and programs coordinator at K-State Libraries. 

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Cultivating Compassion in Addiction Recovery

Cultivating Compassion in Addiction Recovery | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Using mindfulness to cultivate compassion allows addict to lean into recovery.

 

In a recent article in Berkeley University’s “Greater Good,” Paul Gilbert, PhD, wrote about turning our attention toward compassion. He discussed how the brain works, the ways many mental health problems begin, and how we can counteract or heal some of these issues through mindfulness. Mindfulness develops and deepens compassion toward others and ourselves, an important emotion to foster for anyone, but certainly among addicts in recovery.

 

Compassion means “to suffer together.” It is the feeling that arises when we see someone suffering and want to help alleviate that suffering. Compassion is what I feel when I first meet an addict seeking recovery. 

 

by Constance Scharff, Ph.D., and Richard Taite

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Empathetic learning is all the rage in the Common Core.

Empathetic learning is all the rage in the Common Core. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathetic learning is all the rage in the Common Core.  They call it SEL (Social & Emotional Learning).  Sort of like the newfangled “empathetic medicine” where I suppose the surgeon feels the pain of the patient.  Hopefully, not while operating.   Yup, put yourself right into someone else’s shoes, literally.  Not sympathy where I feel your pain but rather, I KNOW your pain.  Yup, empathy.  Well, your 9-year-old better have a whole lot of it 10 months a year, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am-3pm   because, like with everything else in CCSS (Common Core State Standards), empathy’s been revised, rebranded and repackaged for the 21st Century classroom...

 

But what CASEL calls empathy isn’t empathy at all.  It’s sympathy.  You can feel or project feelings onto another person’s situation without ever experiencing it. 

 

Fred Brownbill

 

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OnFiction: Research Bulletin: The Role of Empathy in Experiencing Emotions from Narrative

OnFiction: Research Bulletin: The Role of Empathy in Experiencing Emotions from Narrative | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Although it can hardly be denied that narratives can evoke emotions, not a great deal is known about the specifics of how this occurs. A recent paper by Mikkel Wallentin* and his colleagues examined whether and how empathy might relate to the emotions evoked while we process a story. 

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Compassion - Bridging Practice and Science

Compassion - Bridging Practice and Science | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is the difference between empathy and compassion? Is it possible to train compassion? Can it be measured? How useful is compassion training in schools, clinical settings, and end-of-life care? Can the brain be transformed through mental training?

 

The free eBook: Compassion. Bridging Practice and Science by Tania Singer andMatthias Bolz describes existing secular compassion training programs and empirical research as well as the experiences of practitioners. The state-of-the-art layout of the eBook includes video clips and a selection of original sound collages by Nathalie Singer, and artistic images by Olafur Eliasson.

 

In addition, the film Raising Compassion by Tania Singer and Olafur Eliasson brings together workshop participants in a remarkable exchange between science, art, and contemplative practice.

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Empathy, Apology and Forgiveness

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One of the ‘founder generation’ of transformative mediation, Dorothy J. Della Noce, has published an interesting piece on apology in the first issue of the Dutch journal, ConflictInzichtmagazine.  It’s largely based  on research by Seiji Takaku, a report of which appeared in theJournal of Social Psychology, 141(4), 494-508 under the title, “The effects of apology and perspective taking on interpersonal forgiveness: A dissonance-attribution model of interpersonal forgiveness.”

 

For me, the key learning point is:

 

Empathy must be experienced by, and communicated by, both parties to the conflict, not simply one or the other. In other words, to be effective in resolving conflict, apology and forgiveness are best viewed as interactive processes, not simply one-sided speech events.

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Empathy Before Education: Responding to the Past

Empathy Before Education: Responding to the Past | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When someone comes to us in distress and begins to describe an event that we remember or experienced differently, our first impulse is often to correct the other person. After all, we may reason, if the other person just got the story right, she would no longer feel distress, right? So we set about to educate, to correct the facts or interpretations that we know are different from her version....


Putting empathy before education can make a world of difference in our daily interactions. It makes it possible to receive everyone with consideration. The phrase “empathy before education” can serve as a handy reminder to take the time to really hear the other person before we hurry to offer our own interpretations. Then we can shift the focus away from the past—even if it’s the very recent past—in order to make connecting agreements in the present and future.


by Ike Lasater with Julie Stiles

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Pilar Bermejo Gonzalez's curator insight, October 27, 2013 5:57 AM

La empatía una importante herramienta en la escucha activa

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The Cycle of Child Abuse and How to End It

The Cycle of Child Abuse and How to End It | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy

Empathy plays a very big role in the cycle of abuse. If you are traumatized and you haven’t started to heal your inner wounds, the chances are that you lack empathy – for yourself, and, by extent, for others. Such person is disconnected from his or her true emotions and lack awareness. There’s no empathy for yourself and no real emotional connection with your personal history and your child-self.

And therefore you feel no empathy for children – both for real children and inner children in grownups. And you lack awareness of what’s really going on in you and around you. Thus it’s not surprising that such person will unconsciously – and sometimes even consciously – hurt children.

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Video: Erase Bullying with the Compassion Games

Video: Erase Bullying with the Compassion Games | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Today marks the start of the 2013 Compassion Games, a global community service project that anyone can get involved in with just one random act of kindness. Seattle is one of the nearly two dozen cities around the world chosen as a compassion community and for the next two weeks everyone from high school students to businesses, including Lush Cosmetics, are getting in on the action.


Compassion Games' Maya Nader and Manager of Lush Cosmetics at South Center, Courtney Maccario, join New Day to discuss the inspiring movement.


by New Day Producers

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Salvador Ramirez's curator insight, September 15, 2013 5:27 AM

A great idea on focusing how we can focus as individuals and businesses to tge dilemma of bullying and how we can all take steps to lesses those attributes in a positive manner. Great article with many quality source references for business organizations to benefit from.

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Video: Understanding dogs and empathy

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John Van Zante from Rancho Coastal Humane Society gets to the bottom of whether dogs have empathy, taking a look at various studies. He also introduces us to this week's adoptable dogs.

 

John Van Zante from Rancho Coastal Humane Society gets to the bottom of whether dogs have empathy, taking a look at various studies. He also introduces us to this week’s adoptable dogs. Rancho Coastal Humane Society is open Wednesday through Monday in Encinitas.

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The Benefits of Empathy

The Benefits of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Being able to put yourself in another’s shoes and to realize that they are just like you has far-reaching benefits for both your emotional and physical wellbeing. These are just a few of the many benefits of empathy.

 

1. Makes you happier...

You’re happier in the sense that you’re able to meet people on a level of understanding, meaning that your social interactions are more amiable and less apprehensive....

 

2. Makes you healthier..

 

3. Makes you smarter..

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John Michel's curator insight, September 12, 2013 2:37 PM

Your mind is opened and sympathetic to the daily lives of others, and because we are all sharing the same experience, it is easier, as a human being, to understand the plight of another.

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Compassion Games 2013! — Survival of the Kindest

Compassion Games 2013! — Survival of the Kindest | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Compassion Games are designed to make our communities safer, kinder, more just, and better places to live. No matter where you are you can perform a Random Act of Kindness, or become a Secret Agent of Compassion and receive a secret mission for each of the eleven days.

 

On Facebook

http://facebook.com/compassiongames ;

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Empathy, democracy and the economy | openDemocracy

Empathy, democracy and the economy | openDemocracy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

At present, our economic systems afford us only the narrowest view of human potential. They deny us the ability to see people for what they truly are. We define others not by what they have but by what they lack. Rather than examine what they can offer, we categorize vast swaths of our society by what they need. And the harm that is done to others through poverty, inequality and pollution is dismissed as a trade-off against economic efficiency and growth. Ifempathy is the ability to understand the perspectives of others and use that understanding to guide one’s actions, then it’s safe to conclude that our current economies inculcate the opposite.

 

What would change if the economy was re-structured with empathy at the center? 

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on the Culture of Compassion - Central Tibetan Administration

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on the Culture of Compassion - Central Tibetan Administration | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Riga, Latvia 9 September 2013

At the end of a long journey from India, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was warmly welcomed when he landed under bright skies in the northern European port city of Riga, capital of Latvia, yesterday. Members of the organizing committee for his visit, led by Janis Martins Skuja, met him at the airport and a smiling crowd of well-wishers awaited his arrival at his hotel.\

His program today began with a meeting with the press. He opened, declaring:

“I’m very happy to be here for my third visit to this very pleasant city. Wherever I go I try to generate awareness of the sameness, the oneness of humanity. And as a Buddhist monk, I try to foster inter-religious harmony. All religions teach about compassion and to practice it we need tolerance and forgiveness which serve to protect our practice. Regarding Tibet, I retain a responsibility to try to preserve Tibetan Buddhist culture, which is a culture of peace and compassion.”

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How to Listen to Your Child, Even When Listening is Hard

How to Listen to Your Child, Even When Listening is Hard | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When your child's upset, you want to DO something to help. But the best remedy is being quiet.

 

 

Observation: all the experts agree that empathy requires being capable of realizing the state of being of a person without saying a word. Prioritize the emotional state of your child, looking out for such things as an unusual greeting when she gets home from shool or an abnormal expression on her face. In this instant, and in the most natural way possible, we should say the most open phrase possible

 

By Carolina Diaz

 

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