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Is Empathy "Women's Work"?

Is Empathy "Women's Work"? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As a user experience consultant, I coach my clients on how to build empathy within their organizations for customers and colleagues. Outsourcing empathy to one department or team — whether it be user experience, design, product, marketing, or even engineering — hurts the company tremendously, resulting in an even less effective product design and greater discord amongst teammates. Empathy must be a part of the organizational ethos, established at the top and implemented equally at all levels.

Whitney Hess

 

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David Hain's curator insight, March 9, 2013 3:45 AM

Spot on!

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, March 11, 2013 8:32 AM

Very interesting piece... women have more mirror neurons... and men are not so bad on cognitive emphaty...

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Sara Konrath and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy

Sara Konrath and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

 Sara Konrath is Assistant Research Professor at the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan. Sara is the Principal Investigator of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research (iPEAR) which is a research lab with a primary focus on the costs and benefits of empathy and related traits (e.g. emotional intelligence, narcissism) and behaviors (e.g. helping, caregiving).

She writes; "Imaginatively taking on another person's thoughts and identifying with their emotions are two habits at the core of empathy. In fact, empathy is not a fixed trait like having brown eyes or long fingers. Empathy is instead a delicate cocktail blending assorted elements of inborn aptitude, social conditioning, personal history, and practice and motivation.

The ability to empathize is like a muscle capable of growth, atrophy, disability, and even regeneration (think Scrooge). People have different innate capacities for building certain muscles, just as we have different incentives for being empathetic and experiences in honing our skills to empathize. For some people, empathy comes easily and naturally; for others, concerted effort is required to stretch our imaginations beyond ourselves."

We held an engaging two hour discussion about the nature of empathy and how to foster it.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, September 12, 2013 10:55 AM

Ah, yes, empathy is something that is missing today!

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Generation Me: Study Finds College Students Lack Empathy

Generation Me: Study Finds College Students Lack Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Are today's college students narcissists? Watch the video to find out!

 

A study presented at the recent meeting of the Association for Psychological Science found that, compared with individuals their age 20 or 30 years ago, today's college students are lacking in empathy. Researchers look at exposure to video games and social media as a possible cause for the rise in narcissism and students' ability to 'tune out' the emotions of others.

 

A recent study led by Sara Konrath at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research suggests that today's college kids are significantly less empathetic than their peers in the 1980s and 1990s.

 

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Sara Konrath

 http://j.mp/Ypd2pm

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Why Empathy Precedes Compassion

Why Empathy Precedes Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy minus the feeling of being overwhelmed moves us in the direction of compassion. It enables us to be a loving force for good in the world.

 

I use this four-level hierarchy to explain the differences between apathy, sympathy, empathy and compassion.
Apathy = I don't care. You are unimportant to me.

Sympathy = I see you and I am feel sorry about your plight. This can feel like one-up/one-down. The person I "feel sympathy for" may feel pitied -- which doesn't feel good. But this is a step up from apathy. I might donate money or express concern from sympathy.

Empathy = I feel what you feel. This is a peer-to-peer experience. When you are sad, I feel the sadness in my body/mind/heart. This has a genuine caring texture to the person who is suffering. But you might feel like you are riding the emotional rollercoaster of emotions. You and I might feel unsafe and distance ourselves if feeling another's pain becomes too much.

Compassion = I feel what you feel and it doesn't overwhelm my circuits. My wisdom circuits remain active and I modulate my emotional state. I see a larger picture. I act skillfully to relieve suffering where I can, or to sit with people who just need accompaniment in their pain (or their joy).

 

by Cindy Wigglesworth

 

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the definitition in of empathy in this article is not very accurate and more like a form of sympathy. For a more indept Definition of Empathy see
http://bit.ly/J6fK91

 

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How To Care: Three Empathy Building Exercises For Work And Home

How To Care: Three Empathy Building Exercises For Work And Home | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Customer experiences are built on customer perceptions - but how can you figure out what someone's feeling? That's where empathy comes in, and we're here to help you learn it...

 

There are 2 types of mirroring exercises – physical and emotional. Physical mirroring is an essential part of a child’s cognitive development. We see it very early on when children begin to mimic the actions of adults. Later on, as we develop emotions, mirroring becomes the basis for our deeper connections with the events we witness in life. Its scientific basis is a set of cells located on either side of our brain, called mirror neurons, which are fundamental to our ability to see and relate to the world and other people.

 

Mirroring the actions and emotions of others is – literally – putting yourselves in their shoes. Whether you engage in a physical or emotional mirror exercise, you’ll identify with the person you’re mirroring by acting out their situation and assessing your own feelings – which you can assume are also theirs.

 

by Andrew Konoff

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University of Michigan News Service | Can you feel my pain? Middle-aged women sure can

University of Michigan News Service | Can you feel my pain? Middle-aged women sure can | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Looking for someone to feel your pain? Talk to a woman in her 50s.

According to a new study of more than 75,000 adults, women in that age group are more empathic than men of the same age and than younger or older people.

 

"Overall, late middle-aged adults were higher in both of the aspects of empathy that we measured," said Sara Konrath, assistant research professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and co-author of an article on age and empathy forthcoming in the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological and Social Sciences.

 

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Empathy Essay Contest

Empathy Essay Contest | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In early March, The Huffington Post is publishing winning essays from the SDCN Fetzer Initiative Essay Content. The first day of reflections has been kicked off by Jackie Joyner-Kersee, an Olympic athlete and community builder. Her essay is the first in a series of five reflections, including four from SDCN's essay winners. Check back at the Huffington Post daily to see each winning essay, starting with today's essay from Joyner-Kersee.

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The Empath Blues: 4 ways to relieve Emotional Fatigue - EliseLebeau.com

The Empath Blues: 4 ways to relieve Emotional Fatigue - EliseLebeau.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Do you suffer from the Empath blues?

Impaired Empaths have a high risk of experiencing “unexplainable sadness”. Constantly feeling the negative emotions of others can trigger a form of emotional exhaustion where nothing feel good anymore. Here’s how to spot and alleviate “emotional fatigue”.  

 

by Elise Lebeau

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Empathy @Cleveland Clinic

CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD, shared this video, titled "Empathy," with the Cleveland Clinic staff during his 2013 State of the Clinic address on Feb. 27, 2013. Vis...
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Ronnie Hausheer's comment, March 3, 2013 5:49 AM
a beautiful video... brought tears to my eyes... not just for health care providers. This is for all of us everywhere... driving a car, checking out at the supermarket, talking on the phone. Thank you for this video.
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Improving ICT Education with Empathy and Perspective

Midwest Center for Information Technology
ICT Educator Conference Program
Improving ICT Education with Empathy and Perspective
Carol Engler, Ashland University, Columbus,OH

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Polina K-B.'s comment, June 2, 2013 3:32 PM
Dear Edwin, that's a very interesting article. We would like t invite you to our seminar: http://www.vitim-it.com/news/2013-04-01.html
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Compassion and Empathy in Social Justice

Compassion and Empathy in Social Justice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Using a few pricinples of non-violent communication and comments from friends, I examine the balance between empathy in social justice and compassion.

 

While I certainly don’t always practice the concepts of non-violent communication, I found the concepts surrounding it useful and I’ve found the discussions and the points my friends have brought up useful as well. While I’ve also struggled with expressing and receiving empathy, I’ve also had issues with arguing and fighting past a point of self-care where I was not only wasting my time, but causing myself more stress and frustration in the end.

 

So with all of these in mind, I want to recap a few basic principles:

 

You are taught and encouraged to be oppressive towards yourself and to others.

Someone who does not have any empathy is incapable of giving you empathy.

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Rafiq Hajat's curator insight, July 14, 2013 9:40 AM

People, who have been dehumanised for decades, may find it difficult to extend humanity to others.

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Steven Spielberg Reflects on 20th Anniversary of 'Schindler's List'

Steven Spielberg Reflects on 20th Anniversary of 'Schindler's List' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"Sometimes it seems as if there are still people immune to the notion of empathy, of compassion," Spielberg said at a news conference Wednesday in Pasadena. "People who see disturbing images on media and on television, people who watch, let's say, a clip of random violence or discrimination or bullying on YouTube and stand silent.

 

So many in the world refuse to bear witness and do something about it. And I'm finding that in many cases technology is becoming more of a vehicle of voyeurism than a vehicle for change."

 

 


Steven Spielberg launches project to teach empathy
http://j.mp/12fgDLV 

"The compassion shown by Oskar Schindler during World War II, which inspired director Steven Spielberg to make "Schindler's List," is the inspiration for a project aimed at the next generation.

 

Spielberg spent Wednesday morning at the Chandler School in Pasadena, where he launched the USC Shoah Foundation's IWitness Video Challenge. 
 

the best way to teach empathy is with examples of it, so that maybe someday, kindness will be a natural reflex and not just a random act."

 

"Sometimes it seems as if there are still people immune to the notion of empathy, of compassion.."

 


 

 

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Sustaining Compassion in Health Care

Sustaining Compassion in Health Care | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As demands on health care providers increase, compassion becomes more difficult to sustain. But a new training holds the promise of helping them meet those challenges.

 

After 30 years in health care, I was ready to retire. But instead I found myself walking into a classroom at the Stanford University School of Medicine for the first day of a teacher-training program at the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education. I was about to learn a new model for teaching the cultivation of compassion.

 

As a Buddhist practitioner, I had always believed that the transformation of the mind and heart was possible for every human being. It was clear to me that these contemplative practices that I had known personally to be transformative could change health care. But only recently has scientific evidence emerged that validated these beliefs.

 

By Robert McClure

 

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Empathy, the real measure of a doctor

Empathy, the real measure of a doctor | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

SCHOOLED IN EMPATHY

 

Can empathy be taught then? In one recent study, doctors were randomly put through three 60-minute empathy modules.

 

The empathy training group showed greater changes in “empathy” scores compared to the control group, and showed greater changes in knowledge of the scientific basis of empathy and in the ability to decode facial expressions of emotion. Three hours was all it took.

 

The authors hypothesised that “the quality of care in medicine could be improved by integrating the neuroscience of empathy into medical education”.

 

BY JEREMY LIM

 

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Women in 50s and 60s show most empathy

Women in 50s and 60s show most empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Women in 50s and 60s show most empathy
 
 Anyone looking for someone to feel their pain should talk to a woman in her 50s or 60s, a new report shows.
 
 For according to the latest study of more than 75,000 adults, women in that age group are more empathic than men of the same age and than younger or older people.
 
 "Overall, late middle-aged adults were higher in both of the aspects of empathy that we measured," says Sara Konrath, co-author of an article on age and empathy forthcoming in the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological and Social Sciences.
 
 Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Sara Konrath
 http://j.mp/Ypd2pm

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The 5 Barriers to Empathy in Marriage (And How to Overcome Them)

The 5 Barriers to Empathy in Marriage (And How to Overcome Them) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the foundation of any authentic connection. It’s the bedrock of togetherness, it’s the fuel of compassion, and it’s the mortar of grace. We must hone our ability to feel it and to give it. But empathy can be elusive. Even psychologists, who are skilled in empathy, can struggle with it when they walk out of the office and into their homes…


The Five Reasons We Don’t Give Empathy

I think there are at least five fatal barriers to establishing empathy in our intimate relationships:

1. I don’t want to go first. In any relationship, both members need empathy. But at any given moment, empathy is unidirectional—it can only flow in one direction at a time. Which means someone has to go first. Someone has to be willing to meet the needs of the other, before their own needs are met.

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by Kelly Flanagan


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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, March 15, 2013 10:01 AM

Don't pass this up because the title says this is about marriage.  Check this out because the 5 reasons also apply to your office relationships.

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Training Kids for Kindness

Training Kids for Kindness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Brooke Dodson-Lavelle explains how a trailblazing compassion training program expands children's natural capacity for empathy and kindness—even toward so-called "bullies.

 

..My colleagues and I at Emory University believe people have a natural capacity for empathy, love, and compassion, and that it can be deliberately deepened and expanded—to include even so-called “bullies”— through training. 

 

Compassion involves both the heartfelt wish that others be free from suffering and the readiness to act on their behalf. It arises from a deep sense of affection for others, coupled with a sensitivity to their pain and the recognition that their suffering can be transformed. 

 
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Parrot Partner's curator insight, March 9, 2013 7:37 PM

Humane Education through animal rehabilitation has been shown to raise empathy levels in both children and adults!

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I Think It Might Be Empathy

I Think It Might Be Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This is the winning entry for the Student category of The Fetzer Institute -- Sustained Dialogue Empathy Essay Contest.


Of late, I have experienced a certain recurring sensation, one of dissonance, vulnerability and courage. I am not sure what it is but I think it might be empathy.

 

Calling me opinionated is an understatement. I can rarely resist an opportunity to engage. Easily 30 percent of my time in college has been spent in corners of dining halls and on futons in friends' rooms, talking about topics ranging from the merits of social choice funds to the evolutionary purpose of our discolored areolas.

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Tweeting Empathy

Tweeting Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sara Konrath’s single mother struggled to raise their large family until Ruth befriended them, helping out in every way she could until she became a surrogate grandmother.

 

“Her amazing care and empathy has stayed with me all my life,” Konrath tells us.

 

Konrath has a life-long fascination with empathy—what makes people like Ruth care so selflessly for others? It’s a fascination to which we can relate. Today Konrath, who was raised in Canada, is a researcher at the University of Michigan where she puts empathy under the scientific microscope.

She and her colleagues have just released some startling findings about empathy in different age groups, and launched a new experiment to see if new media—like social media—can teach people to be more empathetic.

 

 BY CRAIG & MARC KIELBURGER

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What Is Your Empathy IQ? How Did It Get There?

What Is Your Empathy IQ? How Did It Get There? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I have learned that empathy may not be a natural reflex for each of us, but it can be developed and nurtured over a lifetime. Learning to flex my empathy muscle made me stronger. It helped shape me into a leader who listens.

 

In the winning Empathy Essays appearing here during the next few days, you will read stories where an individual, often in an unplanned moment, clears the hurdle of escalating conflict to reach new momentum in their understanding of others. I cannot begin to compete with their eloquence, so instead I will offer reflections on "empathy" as a process and a skill.

 

According to Hal Saunders, founder of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, "Dialogue is a process of genuine interaction through which human beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn...."

by Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee
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Empathy in health care - Dr Saul Green Memorial Lecture 2013

In his lecture, Dr. Brian Goldman focuses on the way health professionals often treat patients with dementia as an example of how we could improve.
He gives some of the reasons why we have seemingly lost the capacity for empathy and demonstrates, using his own experience with his aging parents as an example, how he now appreciates the patient point of view. Dr Goldman also talks about initiatives in health care that reveal a new-found sense of empathy.

Delivered by Dr. Brian Goldman at the University of King's College on 21 February, 2013.


Presented by Shaar Shalom Synagogue, in cooperation with the University of King's College.

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Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) Trainin

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Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) Certification Outcomes

 

Those individuals who are certified as Compassion Fatigue Professionals will demonstrate the acquisition of the following knowledge and skills:

Understanding of the historical developments in the field of care giving that gave rise to the concept of compassion fatigueAbility to articulate the etiology of compassion fatigue through its two primary components: secondary traumatic stress and burnout.Clear understanding of the potential symptoms and effects associated with compassion fatigue.

 

 

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Guggenheim Symposium - Empathy, Affect, and the Photographic Image

Learn more at http://www.guggenheim.org/dijkstra

 

In conjunction with Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective, on view at the Guggenheim Museum June 29-October 8, 2012, leading scholars discussed the role that empathy plays in the interactions among photographer, subject, and viewer. Organized by Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, and moderated by George Baker, University of California, Los Angeles.

Introduction, Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Moderator introduction, George Baker, Associate Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

"The Age of Empathy" and Rineke Dijkstra's Photographic Portraits, Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

You've Lost That Loving Feeling, Johanna Burton, Director of the Graduate Program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College

For Rineke Dijkstra, a Tiergarten is Not a Tear Garden, Carol Mavor, Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, University of Manchester

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Cultivating Compassion: Empathy, Leadership and Social Change

Cultivating Compassion: Empathy, Leadership and Social Change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 March 6, 2013 in the Kirby Ballroom. The conference begins at 9 am with a welcome from Vice Chancellor Lisa Erwin and ends at 6 pm. 

The conference is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. There will be a wide variety of topics addressing empathy including Neuroscience, Evolution and Empathy; Empathy and Healing through Art; Poetry and Empathy; Empathy, Race and Character; and many others. There is limited space for some of the workshops and preregistration is encouraged. Registration and information is online at: Cultivating Compassion: Empathy, Leadership, and Social Change.

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Does Mindfulness Make You More Compassionate?

Does Mindfulness Make You More Compassionate? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research has started to document empirical evidence of this connection between mindfulness and compassion, consistently finding over the past two decades that mindfulness increases empathy and compassion for others and for oneself.

 

For example, in my first research publication, published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine in 1998, we found that Jon Kabat-Zinn’s eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program significantly increased empathy in medical students.

 

Another study that my colleagues and I conducted, published in the International Journal of Stress Management in 2005, concluded that MBSR training increased self-compassion in health care professionals. More recently, we examined the impact of mindfulness training on counseling psychology students and discovered that it significantly increased self-compassion—which, in turn, led to declines in stress and negative emotion and increases in positive emotion.

 

By Shauna Shapiro

 

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Lucas Eaton's curator insight, May 28, 2013 11:45 PM

Interesting, through my own stress management plan i also noticed myself become more compassionate. Im no physcologist but i imagine it has something to do witht he elimination of distractions. When you eliminate distractions brought on by stress it allows you to see the world for the full picture and not the world through the distroted eye of a stressed person. When doing this you ignore the things that make you frustrated and start seeing the world as a philanthropist, a place where one can do good and help. 

Miguel A. de Jesus's curator insight, September 6, 2013 1:15 AM

Another article that builds on our current knowledge of Self Awarenes and Self Management, two of the core principles in developing Emotional Intelligence.