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Roots of Empathy Evaluation Reflections | Nick Petten

Roots of Empathy Evaluation Reflections | Nick Petten | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This short post summarizes the evaluation work of the Roots of Empathy program up to 2012.


I was not involved in the evaluation. Regardless, I suggest some recommendations for future evaluations in different cultural contexts considering the emerging international scope of the program. You can view publications of the Roots of Empathy program here


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 Furthermore, empathy is understood to be
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Designing With Empathy in Health Care |

Designing With Empathy in Health Care | | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The user experience begins and ends with empathy. It matters more than in any other industry given the sensitivity of the subject and the fragility of the user.


I can go on for days about how technology will create efficiencies in how we manage and deliver health care, but if we forget about the patient then it will serve no purpose.


The user experience begins and ends with empathy.


It matters more than in any other industry given the sensitivity of the subject and the fragility of the user. I can go on for days about how technology will create efficiencies in how we manage and deliver health care, but if we forget about the patient then it will serve no purpose. 


by Damian Priday

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Are Women Too Empathetic to Be Engineers?

Are Women Too Empathetic to Be Engineers? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Engineers need to solve complicated technical problems and develop complex systems. Systemizing and logic seem like the main qualities we need in engineers. Won't empathy just get in the way of objectivity?...


"Empathize." That was David Kelley's recent advice to 2014 engineering graduates from Dartmouth.


David is the founder and chairman of IDEO and the founder of Stanford's d. school and he chose to talk about empathy with a group of engineers? Really? Maybe he didn't understand his audience (so much for empathy)? Or did he?


Empathy is the ability to recognize emotions in others. Individuals range in their ability and desire to empathize and studies have found gender-based differences with regard to empathy. In general, men show greater systemizing behavior, while women show greater empathizing behavior. Systemizing behavior is the drive to analyze the variables in a system and to derive the underlying rules that govern a system's behavior, whereas empathizing is the capacity to predict people's behavior by inferring their mental states. 

by Vicki May 


Thayer School Investiture 2014: David Kelley's Speech
http://youtube.com/watch?v=5wvWZJ5muF8&t=3m46s 




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The amazing emotional intelligence of our primate cousins

The amazing emotional intelligence of our primate cousins | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Danielle Radin

Gorillas cooperating to dismantle poachers's snares, altruistic, food sharing chimpanzees, grieving lemurs performing death rituals ... Danielle Radin finds an extraordinary emotional depth and capacity for empathy in our fellow primates.


These new findings suggest a level of empathy and social welfare amongst primates never before studied.

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(Empathic Design) Monkeys and User Centered Design, or, On Empathy

(Empathic Design) Monkeys and User Centered Design, or, On Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“Monkey see, Monkey do,” goes a saying. But turns out, this old saying reveals more about our brain and how it works.


In the 90s, Italian researchers led by Dr. Giacomo Rizzolatti discovered “mirror neurons:” monkeys who watched others–monkeys and humans–eat something experienced the same activities in their brains as when they ate something themselves. Subsequent studies using more sophisticated equipment like fMRIs revealed that humans have complex systems of understanding others’ actions and experiences through these neurons, and feelings generated by them. And it is widely accepted today that empathy is “soft-wired” in our brains, a natural, innate ability in almost all of us.


"Empathy is the foundation of a human-centered design process.” d.School, Stanford University


image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkey

 

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Empathy – I’ll Know it When I Feel it

Empathy – I’ll Know it When I Feel it | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
I was reminded of the importance of small things that reflect empathy just last week and how it can make such an important difference. I was at my mother’s


“I’ll know it when I see it” is a phrase often used to describe a thing or situation which is typically subjective in nature and cannot be clearly defined. 


However, when it comes to empathy perhaps a better way to describe it is “I’ll know it when I feel it”.


In our workshops we talk a lot about empathy and in fact, it is hard to define.  Empathy is not what we do so much as how it is reflected (or not) in what we do. 


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Developing Global Compassion Webisode 1: Why Global Compassion? - YouTube

Second in a series of webisodes - excerpts from Dr. Ekman's conversation with the Dalai Lama. Dr. Ekman and the Dalai Lama examine the relationship between a...
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Empathy May Be Genetic

Empathy May Be Genetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Do you jump to help the less fortunate, cry during sad movie scenes or tweet and post the latest topics and photos that excite or move you? If yes, you may be among the 20 percent of our population that is genetically predisposed to empathy,


according to Stony Brook Univ. psychologists Arthur and Elaine Aron. In a new study published in Brain and Behavior, Aron and colleagues at the Univ. of California, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Monmouth Univ. found that Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging


(fMRI) of brains provide physical evidence that the “highly sensitive” brain responds powerfully to emotional images.



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Bill Drayton on the importance of empathy

Bill Drayton on the importance of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The single most important skill that every person must have today is empathy, according to Bill Drayton.


Drayton believes that the world will become an Everyone A Changemaker world, meaning people will understand that they can contribute value in their own way, they will organize themselves in teams similar to Google, and each team member will have mastered empathy.


“A simple analogy is a basketball team. When you watch basketball the ball goes to this person. That person makes an instantaneous decision. They have to make a judgment. There’s no team leader telling them what to do. Every team member is trying to help every other team member be the best possible player they can for the game and for all games. That’s what every team is trying to do,” said Drayton.

And in this new way of organizing, empathy is more important than ever.


“Every child must master empathy-based ethics. Why?  Because if you don’t have empathy-based ethics....


by Melissa Ip

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Teaching Empathy: The Ancient Way Is Now Cutting-Edge

Teaching Empathy: The Ancient Way Is Now Cutting-Edge | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Many people became aware of how emotional intelligence plays a role in a person’s success, both socially and professionally, with the publication of Dr. Daniel Goleman’s landmark book, “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ,”


in 1995. Since then, organizations like CASEL (co-founded by Dr. Goleman and Timothy Shriver) and the Developmental Studies Center (founded by Dr. Eric Shaps) have conducted research on social and emotional learning programs and the positive effects these programs have on student achievement.


The Novo Foundation, the 1440 Foundation, and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust have invested in evidence-based social and emotional learning programs that promote, among other things, pro-social skills development, empathy-consciousness within schools, equity-based opportunities for disenfranchised youth, and self-regulation and mindfulness practices.


By David Levine

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Compassion Training | Karuna Netherlands

Compassion Training | Karuna Netherlands | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion Training: Study and Practice in Contemplative Psychology 

This experiential two-year training teaches us to recognize basic sanity in ourselves and others and to trust that. We also learn to (re)connect with basic sanity and how we can utilize this when working with others. Mindfulness, compassion and meditation are the ground of our training. 


Mindfulness and Compassionate Presence in Working with Others 

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Empathy and Human Values in Products •

Empathy and Human Values in Products • | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’m going to speak about Empathy and what it has to do with designing and creating products that people will love.

Nima Gardideh

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Are you an Empath?

Are you an Empath? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Unfolding the Higher Paradigm. 

Imagine being able to feel and sense everything, whether positive or negative around you, 24/7.


An Empath can’t turn off empathy (unlike someone who is perhaps ‘empathising’). It is possibly one of the most challenging of psychic gifts to master.


I am an Empath who has spent nearly
two decades, since awakening,
mastering my empathic nature


 It is an ongoing process. I am still not perfect and not sure that I ever will be whilst incarnated here. I am however content, despite the challenges of integration, as I see it as an incredible gift to humanity…


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Raising an Empathetic Child -

Raising an Empathetic Child - | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here are five tips for raising an empathetic child:

  1. Be a responsive parent. Beginning in infancy, babies learn empathy when their needs are met by a caregiver....
  2. Label feelings.  When children are able to identify and name their own emotions, they are better able to recognize emotion in others. ...
  3. Allow all feelings to be okay. Many parents want to quickly jump in and make sad or angry feelings go away for their children. ...
  4. Model empathy. Sue Boxer, director of early childhood at B’nai Jehudah, is inspired by the quote “If you don’t model what you teach, you are teaching something else.” ....
  5. Volunteer. Finding ways to serve others allows your child to think about what it would be like to be in someone else’s shoes. ...


Know that developing and practicing empathy is a lifelong process, not something that happens overnight. 



by KIMBERLY LEVITAN

image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infant 
 

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#mindfulness #compassion

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Thayer School Investiture 2014: David Kelley's Speech - YouTube

David Kelley, founder and chairman of IDEO and Professor at Stanford University, speaks at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth's Investiture on June 7, 2014.


"to be successful in the world you need to have a wide perspective."
 

"This allowed me to focus on one thing, one thing I'm really passionate about and that's an important skill for engineers, and that skill is called empathy. To build great stuff today we really have to collaborate with people, especially people that we want to use the things that we come up with.  But it's a team sport. I believe that engineering is a team sport now.  So having empathy for your colleagues, as well is important, especially for non techies. And we do have to learn to create with everyone around us."
 

"thought you might not know it I think empathy is an engineers greatest strength. And history provides a lot of examples of that."
 

"Empathy allows us to walk in each others shoes... Many schools have been slow to start teaching this point of view. That makes a lot of peoples education incomplete."


We find that with more empathy, with more of a human-centered approach, people are able to do that more easily. They are more motivated and become more effective in their lives.

 

We believe that more than any technical skill that you can get as an engineer, empathy for others will allow you to gain that creative confidence and be able to innovate more routinely and accomplish what you set out to do."

 

"Don't just have the ambition to be a great engineer, have the ambition to be a great human. Wear your empathy as a badge of honor. It will allow you to do your best work."

 

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Website: Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal

Website: Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Website of Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal, a postdoctoral researcher at the university of Chicago studying the Neurobiology of empathy and pro-social behavior.


Empathy, the recognition and sharing of emotional states between individuals, is a powerful motivator of pro-social behavior. The field of social neuroscience has been shedding light on the biological mechanisms that drive the empathic experience.


In humans, empathy for the pain of others is correlated with activation of a shared neural network for processing the pain for self and other.


This network, refered to as the affective pain matrix, includes areas in the limbic system as well as the Anterior Cingulate Cortex, the Insula, and frontal areas. These circuits interact with hormones related to social behavior such as oxytocin and vassopressin, and the HPA axis to generate the empathic experience. These systems act together to generate an aversive response to the distress of others, and can motivate the observer to help the other in need. 

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Brain Hacking Our Way To World Peace: New Neuroscience Says It Just Might Be Possible

Brain Hacking Our Way To World Peace: New Neuroscience Says It Just Might Be Possible | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a blog arguing that the social component of video games seems to be increasing empathy and somehow blocking the contagiousness of violence....


As lead researcher Luis Moya Albiol told Science Daily: 


“We all know that encouraging empathy has an inhibiting effect on violence, but this may not only be a social question but also a biological one—stimulation of these neuronal circuits in one direction reduces their activity in the other.”


It is also worth mentioning that this is not the first time researchers have discovered these kinds of binary relationships in the brain. In her now classic book, Animals in TranslationColorado State University professor of animal science Temple Grandin argues that most mammals seem incapable of feeling fear and curiosity at the same time—meaning the presence of one inhibits the other.


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Empathy and violence are active in the same areas of the brain?   That means you increase one which reduces the other?  Intriguing implications.  -Lon  

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The Cutting-Edge of Empathy Research

The Cutting-Edge of Empathy Research | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Michael Kraus reports on some of the surprising conditions that can enhance human and animal empathy.


At the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS),

  • Dacher Keltner (UC Berkeley),
  • Nancy Eisenberg (Arizona State University),
  •  Inbal Bartal (University of Chicago), and 
  • Michael Kraus ([Me] University of Illinois)

discussed some of the newest research on the topic of empathy.


In particular, the symposium was focused on two areas of research on empathy:


(1) Describing the social factors that predict enhanced empathic responding in social interactions and across the life-course; and


(2) Highlighting the social and survival-related benefits of empathic processes and behaviors.


The four talks were notable in that they used a wide-variety of methods that include controlled laboratory experiments, longitudinal assessments, animal models, and big data approaches.


Michael Kraus   

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Limbaugh: In Hillary Clinton's 'Zero Empathy' World '$50 Million Is Peanuts'

Limbaugh: In Hillary Clinton's 'Zero Empathy' World '$50 Million Is Peanuts' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Monday amid the growing controversy of Hillary Clinton's insistence that she and her husband former President Bill Clinton are not wealthy, Rush Limbaugh attempted to explain the former secretary of state's "zero empathy" attitude on personal finances. 

The conservative talk show host said, "In her world, $50 million is peanuts" and added,


"This is tone deafness on steroids.
 It is an inability to relate to people.
It is zero empathy.
It is just stunning"

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Could this robot improve empathy?

Could this robot improve empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The machine has three emotional states: "curious", "calm" and "scared" and will react depending on the volume and tone of the conversation. Loud or aggressive sounds will make the robot shake and become "scared".


It is hoped that by interacting with the
robot in a gentle way it will improve
people's  empathy for each other..

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Headquarters Counseling Center volunteers offer empathy to suicide hotline callers

Headquarters Counseling Center volunteers offer empathy to suicide hotline callers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It’s the short sentences from callers that crisis counselors at Headquarters Counseling Center remember most.


“I want to die.”


The counselors are trained to respond calmly
and empathetically, but it doesn’t
mean their heartbeat doesn’t
speed up.


“Even on crisis calls it can be really nerve-racking, but by the end of it, if you know everything turned out okay or you at least got them to be okay for that night, it’s a really great feeling,” said Zoe Morton, a recent graduate from [...]


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10 Talents of Parenting: Understanding and Empathy

10 Talents of Parenting: Understanding and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If we look under the surface of our children's behavior, at how they might be feeling, we are often in a better position to get things back on track. How have you nurtured that talent of looking deep inside, understanding where a child's behavior is coming from and seeing the pain behind the problems?

By Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D.


When our children have been "bad," it's hard for us to remember that they need comfort rather than punishment. After all, when you have made a mistake, would you rather get understanding or criticism?

The best way to cultivate empathy is to focus on children's underlying needs and feelings, instead of reacting to the behavior.


If we tune in to what they need - including the need to be understood - then children will be more cooperative and happier.

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Building the Empathic Classroom

Building the Empathic Classroom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In my opinion, one of the underpinnings to social-emotional learning is empathy. The other is vulnerability.  I’d like to examine these two in isolation and then in tandem with each other....


Humans are hardwired for empathy.  In fact, everything I’ve read so far has supported this idea. It is instinctual and equally as beneficial to our survival and evolution as breathing and eating.


 We are hardwired to connect with others, and this connection is critical to our development as well as our mental and physical health.


 This is no different in the classroom.  I know it makes teachers crazy, but this is extremely apparent in each and every moment we find ourselves asking our students to “stop talking” to a neighbor.  They sit within feet of these other little humans, and they yearn for connection with them.  So what do they do?  They talk.

by Paul France
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How Do You Operationalize Empathy?

How Do You Operationalize Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How do you operationalize empathy? This is the essential leadership and business challenge for us, and we need to address empathy as a way to lead.


“Empathic leadership is the ability of leaders to understand, relate to and be sensitive to customers, colleagues and communities….


The empathic leader will try to understand why their customers want to buy into their brand, not simply in a soft, touchy-feely way but literally from their point of view – from standing in their shoes. This brings a powerful and compelling aspect to the design, build and delivery of any product or service, the holy grail of business success and one reason why some brands are market leaders, but most are not.


Jon Mertz


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Zahavi - Beyond the Empathy

Drawing on the work of Scheler, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Husserl and Sartre, this article presents an overview of some of the diverse approaches to intersubjectivity that can be found in the phenomenological tradition.


Starting with a brief description of Scheler’s criticism of the argument from analogy, the article continues by showing that the phenomenological analyses of intersubjectivity involve much more than a ‘solution’ to the ‘traditional’ probleof otheminds. Intersubjectivity 

doesn’merely concern concrete face-to-face encounters between individuals.


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