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Gifts of giving: The role of empathy and perceived benefits to others and self in young adults’ decisions to become organ donors

Gifts of giving: The role of empathy and perceived benefits to others and self in young adults’ decisions to become organ donors | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Trait empathy and self-interest exert a strong influence on different prosocial behaviors, but their role in the promotion of organ donation registration is unclear. A survey examined how perceived benefits of organ donation for others and the self affect people’s willingness to register as donors.

 

Perceived other-benefits did not predict registration. Those with lower risk and greater self-benefit perceptions were more willing to donate.

 

Empathic concern predicted donation willingness and moderated the effect of other-benefit perceptions, such that other-benefit perceptions predicted donation willingness among those with greater empathic concern.

 

Applications of these findings to organ donation promotion are discussed.

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Joy to the World – Empathy and Positive Emotions

Joy to the World – Empathy and Positive Emotions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to perceive and react to another person’s emotions. Much attention has been paid to empathy regarding negative emotions, but little is known about how (or if) we respond to positive emotions in the same way. Now, a new study reports that joy may be harder to share than distress.

 

 Jennifer Gibson

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Seattle hosts first-ever 'Seeds of Empathy' program

Seattle hosts first-ever 'Seeds of Empathy' program | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

They just might be the tiniest teachers in Seattle: infants, being brought into the classroom for a lesson in empathy.  

The 'Roots of Empathy' program has proven popular among elementary-aged children in Seattle.  Now, there's a new twist.

"We've had Roots of Empathy in Seattle for seven years, and Seeds of Empathy is a younger version of Roots of Empathy, it's for three to five year old children," said the program's founder and director Mary Gordon.

 

more at Culture of Empathy Builder: Mary Gordon
http://j.mp/LDeQli


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Noelene Sanderson's comment, January 27, 2013 8:18 PM
What a great scheme. This is so important - catching the children while their hearts are still geared to loving babies and small animals; and before such things as dissection in school biology forces them to harden their hearts in order to cope with seeing it. I do hope such pactices have been banned... God Bless you all in your work..
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James O'Dea and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Peace

James O'Dea and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Peace | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

James O’Dea is the lead faculty for the Shift Network’s Peace Ambassador Training with hundreds of international participants. These trainings are ongoing.


He is on the extended faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and its former President. He is also former Washington office director of Amnesty International and CEO of the Seva Foundation.

 

James is author of, Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st Century Peace Ambassador.


"When we can really put ourselves in the shoes of the other, when we can reach new depths of empathy, then we can be effective ambassadors of peace....

Without empathy there is no way forward for civilization. Individuals who lack empathy are trapped in selfish motivations and ego fixations: they have not learned how to see themselves in the predicament of others. Politicians who lack empathy relate to others through a primitive in-group inclusion or out-group exclusion. This degree of psychological development cannot negotiate any form of middle ground. Conviction is reduced to simplistic binary codes such as "You are either with us or against us.""

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  James O'Dea 

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/James-ODea.htm

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Dorrie Fontaine and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Healthcare

Dorrie Fontaine and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Healthcare | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Dorrie Fontaine, is Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia. At the school she started the Compassionate Care & Empathic Leadership Initiative (CCELI) "which exists to create dialogue around and preparedness for nurses who deal every day with people in life-changing situations–one-time or chronic illness, terminal disease, end-of-life care and even death itself–and all the highly-charged, complex issues surrounding them.

 

 The CCELI focuses on systems that optimize patients’ and their family’s quality of life, incorporate compassion and empathy into personal behavior, interprofessional interactions and encounters with patients and families.  We’re developing clinical, educational and research initiatives that further those aims. Our ultimate vision is to reduce human suffering and promote health and well-being by fostering compassionate people and systems."

 

"Can compassion be taught? UVa Nursing's all volunteer army of nurses, physicians, administrators, professors and students are learning concrete ways to insert compassion into every patient interaction -- and they're bolstering their own resilience in the process."

 

Culture of Empathy Builder: Dorrie Fontaine 

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Others/Dorrie-Fontaine.htm

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Diana Castle and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Acting

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Diana Castle and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Acting

 

Diana Castle is a first generation American born of a holocaust survivor. She attended a fine arts high school before graduating with a BFA in theatre with a music minor. She began her career in both musicals and dramatic roles in NYC, in national tours and regional theatre, as well as on stages internationally.
 

 "Diana Castle’s THE IMAGINED LIFE™ – Acting As The Art of The Empathetic Imagination- is a creative philosophy and practical application of your natural empathetic imagination to the art of acting...

 

Diana works with actors, singers, writers and directors of diverse backgrounds from all over the world in an effort to illuminate an experience of alternative perspectives, facilitate catharsis and create community through her creative philosophy and the empathetic imagined life experience."

 

We had a fun, dynamic and almost 2 hour discussion about the nature of empathy and how to embody it through acting. We explored how to not just talk about empathy, but embody it.

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  Diana Castle

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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

Engineers less empathetic | 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.

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

Empathy in caring profession students | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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.

 

Karla McLaren.

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Dalai Lama live - January 17-22, 2013

Mind and Life XXVI: Mind, Brain and Matter - Critical Conversations Between Buddhist Thought and Science

There will be live webcasts of the The Mind and Life XXVI conference from Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India, on January 17-22, 2013. Twenty of the world’s foremost scientists and philosophers with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other senior Tibetan scholars will address topic over the course of the week that include the historical sweep of science and the revolutions in our understanding of our physical universe and the nature of the mind.


Scientific and the classical Buddhist philosophical methods of inquiry will be studied, as well as selected topics in quantum physics, neuroscience, and Buddhist and contemporary Western views of consciousness. In addition, the applications of contemplative practices in clinical and educational settings will be explored.

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Empathy ups brain response to atypical bodies

Empathy ups brain response to atypical bodies | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Interestingly, we found that individual differences in trait empathy affected the result," says Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, assistant professor at the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC. "That is, individuals who scored higher in their ability to empathize with other people showed more activity in motor regions when observing actions made by residual limbs."

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Jodi Halpern and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Healthcare Series

Jodi Halpern and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Healthcare Series | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Jodi Halpern. M.D., Ph.D, is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and the School of Public Health. As a psychiatrist with a background in philosophy, she investigates how emotions and the imagination shape healthcare decisions of clinicians and patients. She is author ofFrom Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice.

 

Clinical Empathy: "As a psychiatrist as well as a faculty member in bioethics at UC Berkeley for almost two decades, I’ve investigated what happens to patients when their doctors show a lack of empathy. Doctors were trained to believe that emotional detachment from patients is personally and professionally necessary, but experience shows that patients don’t trust doctors who are aloof or superficially friendly. Yet, only recently have studies proven just how harmful detachment and how beneficial empathy is for healing...." 

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  Jodi Halpern
http://j.mp/T63aQf

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Louise Grant and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy

Louise Grant and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Louise Grant is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Bedfordshire. Louise has been studying the role of empathy in fostering resilience in social workers in the UK.


She says, "My teaching interests are in children and families social work and in particular in developing reflective practice for effective social work and developing supervision knowledge and skills in social workers. My research focus is on reflective practice and developing emotional resilience for social work practice"


Louise is co-author of the study, 'Exploring Stress Resilience in Trainee Social Workers: The Role of Emotional and Social Competencies'. In order to inform the development of interventions to enhance the work-related well-being of early career social workers, this study examined several emotional and social competencies (i.e. emotional intelligence, reflective ability, empathy and social competence) as predictors of resilience in 240 trainees.


Culture of Empathy Builder:  Louise Grant

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Others/Louise-Grant.htm

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Mark Honigsbaum and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy

Mark Honigsbaum and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

Mark Honigsbaum is a Research Associate at the University of Zurich's Institute for Medical History and the author of 'Living With Enza'.

Mark wrote some articles about the role empathy, The Politics of Empathy and Barack Obama and the 'empathy deficit' which was published in the Guardian. We talked about his articles and views on the role of empathy in society

 

Mark said, "I'd be very happy to talk to you about empathy just so long as you understand that I am primarily an historian of medicine so, while I am all for promoting greater compassion and awareness of the predicament of those less fortunate than myself, I am wary of this notion of empathy as intrinsically pro-social and moral. This strikes me as a very recent notion, traceable to the birth of the psy sciences around the turn of the last century. Moreover, if alleviating the suffering of the poor and disadvantaged is to be more than a feel-good sound bite it has to be married with a real political agenda, which means making choices and taking sides (in my opinion of course)"

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  Mark Honigsbaum
http://j.mp/149K9B7

 

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George Lewis and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Photography

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 George Lewis and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Photography

 

George Lewis is a photographer exploring the nature of empathy. He says, "For me, one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is to make people more visible to one another, to find ways for people to engage, empathize, and learn of each other’s deepest values and concerns. We need to lay the foundations for a new global human identity, one that transcends differences and is predicated on mutual understanding and respect, celebrating the beauty of difference. In short my art is all about Empathy. " 

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  George Lewis

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Others/George-Lewis.htm

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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

Embodiment of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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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