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Holy Cross School, Rumson teaches empathy through disabilities exercise

Holy Cross School, Rumson teaches empathy through disabilities exercise | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“Capabilities Day” at Holy Cross was part of a Catholic Schools Week program designed to give students a peak into what living with a disability is like, and help foster empathy for children different than themselves, Principal William Belluzzi said.


“Kids have the opportunity to take a look at some challenges that life can provide, but still see themselves as capable (despite a disability),” Belluzzi said.


Blindfolded, 10-year-old Bella Scott of Sea Bright sightlessly navigated purple road cones by tapping a red-tipped pole to feel her way.

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Operationalizing Empathy | Reboot

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Empathy allows us to understand and share in someone else’s experiences. The concept plays a prominent role in design methods—where understanding the user experience is critical—but this kind of thinking is less apparent in the international aid and development space.


This might sound surprising. A deep empathy with victims of poverty or disaster should be central to the approach of donor organizations, NGOs, and social enterprises.


The caricature of aid workers and development consultants who parachute in, spend all their time meeting officials in the capital, and fail to relate to the people on whose behalf decisions are made, however, does have its truths. The typical fundraiser’s or journalist’s portrayal of aid recipients is also often dehumanizing. They’ve earned the moniker “poverty porn” and drawn calls for reform for a reason.'


BY DAVE ALGOSO  

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Empathy Helps Where Sympathy and Tough Love Fall Short

Empathy Helps Where Sympathy and Tough Love Fall Short | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Where sympathy and tough love fell short, I believe empathy would have helped: for my mother -- or anyone, for that matter -- to take the time to become conscious of what I was going through, and to be with me in that experience without trying to gloss over or fix orsolve. For someone to say "I feel your pain," instead of "I'm sorry you're going through this. At least..." or "Why don't you...?"


Empathy is rare, maybe because it goes against so many of our habits; our tendency to judge ("What you're going through isn't that bad") and our desire to fix what's broken ("You'd feel better if you got some sleep") both have to be abandoned. Having empathy means lingering in feelings we'd just as soon forget.


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Conference: Panel 26-A What is the Relationship Between Self-Empathy, Empathy,

Conference: Panel 26-A What is the Relationship Between Self-Empathy, Empathy, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In this panel discussion, Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer and Edwin Rutsch discuss the question, 
What is the Relationship Between Self-Empathy, Empathy, Self-Compassion & Compassion?  There is a great deal of confusion about the meanings and definitions of self-empathy, empathy, self-compassion & compassion. We might be talking about the same experience, but are using different words, or are talking about different experiences and are using the same word, etc.

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Culture of Empathy Builder: Denise Cummins

Culture of Empathy Builder: Denise Cummins | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Denise Dellarosa Cummins is a retired Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Philosophy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include the evolution and development of higher cognition in artificial and biological systems.


Her experimental investigations focus on Causal Cognition, Social Cognition, and Moral Cognition. Denise isan author and contributor to several books including, Good Thinking and The Other Side of Psychology. Shewrote an article titled, What's Wrong With Empathyas a response to 'The Case Against Empathy' by Paul Bloom in The New Yorker. 

She writes, "To most of us, the idea that empathy is a good thing is a no brainer. The more we empathize with the plight of others, the more ethical and moral we behave towards them. Yet a number of psychologists and philosophers reject this view....

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Culture of Empathy Builder: Sandy Hope

Culture of Empathy Builder: Sandy Hope | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sandy Hope is a counsellor working with adults and young people in UK. Sandy works from a Carl Rogers Person-Centred perspective and holds workshops on Domestic Violence and Abuse, Difference and Privilege, as well as, Anger Awareness. Sandy wrote the article Empathy – a revolutionary act and says,  "If we want a radical feminist revolution that overturns our current ways of thinking and responding to the world, I believe, and I’m not alone, that this begins (and ends) with empathy.

The style of thinking that characterises patriarchy/kyriarchy is individualistic, self-orientated, and based on competition, control and domination. It comes from a false belief that these are the natural drivers of human nature, a belief that is unfortunately self-reinforcing... 
 When I started my Facebook page, Lesbians and Feminists Against Transphobia my purpose was to build empathy between feminist, lesbian and trans* communities. Although this was intended to be a reciprocal process, and the empathy needs to be two-way, I was motivated by the institutional transphobia I had encountered within lesbian and feminist circles towards trans* people, a phenomenon entirely based in lack of empathy.  This mattered to me because I witnessed the social exclusion of trans* people as having a profoundly detrimental effect on their psychological wellbeing"


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Culture of Empathy Builder: Josh Stearns

Culture of Empathy Builder: Josh Stearns | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Josh Stearns is a journalist, organizer and community strategist. He is Journalism and Public Media Campaign Director for Free Press, a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization working to reform the media through education, organizing and advocacy. In this dialog we talk about the role of empathy, listening and community in journalism.

 

Josh wrote the article, The Need for Listening and Empathy in Journalism. He writes, "What is the role of empathy in journalism?...  the question of empathy has two facets: empathy in the newsroom, and the empathy our stories foster in our readers. What connects these two elements is the act of listening...

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How to start an Empathy Revolution: Roman Krznaric at TEDxAthens 2013 - YouTube

Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living. This talk is based on his new book Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution. Roman is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in London, and advises organisations including Oxfam and the United Nations on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He is also founder of the world's first Empathy Library (http://empathylibrary.com/). He has been named by The Observer as one of Britain's leading lifestyle philosophers.http://www.romankrznaric.com/

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Meditating on compassion brings change

Meditating on compassion brings change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The term “monkey mind” describes me perfectly. There’s always something clamoring for attention up there.


My attempts at meditation usually went something like this: Deep breath in, deep breath out, hmmm ... do I need to add money to Ben’s lunch account? Speaking of lunch, what will I eat today — a salad or sandwich? Gosh, 20 minutes is a long time to sit here.


by Jessica Thiel

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Introducing the World's First Empathy Library!

Introducing the World's First Empathy Library! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We’ve all read books and watched films that have transported us and changed us, that have catapulted our imaginations into lives vastly different from our own. Think of a movie like City of God, which reveals the violent world of two boys growing up in the shantytowns of Rio. Or the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, with its classic line “You never really understand another person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”


These are the kinds of books and films that take us on unforgettable empathic journeys, enabling us to step into the shoes of strangers and look through other people’s eyes. It’s what I refer to in my new book Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution as “armchair empathy” – a kind of travel you can do from the comfort of your own home.

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Is This a New Wave of Compassionate Conservatism? an empathetic vision for Republicans

Is This a New Wave of Compassionate Conservatism? an empathetic vision for Republicans | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In her Republican response to the State of the Union, McMorris Rodgers lays out an empathetic vision for Republicans.


While Republicans are not calling it "compassionate conservatism," they are attempting to take the high ground with the war on poverty. And one of the biggest signs of this push was clear in the empathetic tone of the GOP's official response to the State of the Union.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, one of the party's rising female stars, added a caring touch to her verbal rebuttal to President Obama's prime-time address, highlighting her experiences as a mother and offering a path for out-of-work or desperate Americans.

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Essential Embodied Tools: Empathy

Essential Embodied Tools: Empathy. This is social awareness, awareness of other people. Empathy is a huge part of leadership. It is a huge part of bonding as it builds connection and trust. 
This video in the Essential Tools series of The Body of Leadership Course - looking at the importance of empathy and social awareness for effective leadership.

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Daniel Goleman: Focus and Compassion

The bestselling author explains the key ideas behind his new book, "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence."
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Empathy in Policymaking | CHANNELING EMPATHY INTO POLICYMAKING - Reboot

Empathy in Policymaking | CHANNELING EMPATHY INTO POLICYMAKING - Reboot | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Channeling empathy into the policymaking process means intentionally seeking a deep understanding of the lived experiences of those a policy will affect to inform how that policy is designed.

Previously, we’ve written about how operationalizing empathy in international aid institutions can support more successful development programs. When applied to the policymaking process, an empathetic approach helps ensure:


1) the process is collaborative, grounded in regular engagement between policymakers and constituents; and, ultimately,


2) the resulting policy is both inclusive and appropriately tailored to the local context, able to serve as an effective framework for guiding programmatic interventions.


We implemented this approach to help channel empathy into the policymaking process in RAAN. Some of the concrete steps we took included: 


BY SAMANTHA HAMMER  

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Trends in Cognitive Sciences - Dissociating the ability and propensity for empathy

Trends in Cognitive Sciences - Dissociating the ability and propensity for empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Neuroimaging suggests psychopaths have reduced vicarious activations when simply witnessing pain but less so when asked to empathize. This inspired us to distinguish the ability from the propensity to empathize. We argue that


(i) this ability–propensity distinction is crucial to characterizing empathy in psychiatric disorders such as psychopathy and autism,


(ii) that costly helping might be best predicted by the propensity for empathy, and


(iii) suggest how social neuroscientists can start exploring this distinction.


Christian Keysers  and Valeria Gazzola

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British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum'

British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A recent report entitled “Making Education Work” urges the British government to introduce radical changes into the English education system. ....


The independent advisory board emphasized the need for “team-working, emotional maturity, empathy, and other interpersonal skills,” which, according to them, are “as important as the proficiency in English and Mathematics in ensuring young people’s employment prospects.” A capacity for empathy has often been found to be an important characteristic of individuals who are effective in bringing about positive social change.


by Rukmini Banerjee

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Culture of Empathy Builder: Jesse Prinz

Culture of Empathy Builder: Jesse Prinz | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Jesse Prinz is Distinguished Professor at City University of New York, Graduate Center. He says "I work primarily in the philosophy of psychology, broadly construed. I am interested in how the mind works. I think philosophical accounts of the mental can be fruitfully informed by findings from psychology, the neurosciences, anthropology, and related fields. My theoretical convictions are unabashedly empiricist. I hope to resuscitate core claims of British Empiricism against the backdrop of contemporary philosophy of mind and cognitive science."

 

Jesse wrote a couple of papers critical of empathy titled, 'Against Empathy' and 'Is Empathy Necessary for Morality? His work has been referenced by other articles critical of empathy like 'The Baby in the Well, The case against empathy' bPaul Bloom in The New Yorker and 'The Limits of Empathy' by David Brooks in the New York Times.

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Culture of Empathy Builder: Gay Leah Barfield

Culture of Empathy Builder: Gay Leah Barfield | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Gay Leah Barfield was a Fellow of Center for Studies of the Person for nearly 30 years where she created one of the first Women's Centers in San Diego, as well as the 22 year long series of "Living Now" Summer Institutes.  With Carl R. Rogers she co-directed the Carl Rogers Institute for Peace, applying person-centered principles to real and potential international crisis situations, for which Dr. Rogers was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987.  

 

Gay wrote the forward to: Being Empathic: A Companion for Counsellors and Therapists, by Steve Vincent.

She published several chapters in person-centered texts over recent years relating to feminism and politics and PCA, with additional journal articles.

 

Semi-retired, she continues to see private clients, mentor and train MA graduate student therapists at the University of Hawaii in Hilo, as well as write and publish about her experiences over the past 40 years as a "gatherer," social activist, and stubborn idealist. Her immediate concern for increasing civil discourse, based on Rogerian principles, particularly as applied to the political dialogue process, is paramount among her interests.

 

Gay and I talked about her work with Carl Rogers, her insights into the nature of empathy and what she sees as the many benefits of empathy.

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Culture of Empathy Builder: Sarah Lloyd-Hughes

Culture of Empathy Builder: Sarah Lloyd-Hughes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sarah Lloyd-Hughes is a popular speaker on confidence and inspiration, an award winning social entrepreneur, founder of Ginger Training & Coaching and author of “How to Be Brilliant at Public Speaking: Any Audience. Any Situation.” In her speaking and courses, Sarah teaches that to become a more influential communicator doesn’t involve pretending to be someone you’re not – instead you must understand and unleash the six qualities of an inspiring speaker that already live inside you.

 

Sarah wrote an article titled, Inspire through Empathy (part 1) about the role of empathy in public speaking andGetting to know your audience (part 2).  Sarah writes, "One of the biggest problems speakers face is focusing too much on themselves and not enough on their audience. Developing an empathetic approach to public speaking will help your speaking in more ways than one…

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Culture of Empathy Builder: Kelly Bryson

Culture of Empathy Builder: Kelly Bryson | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Kelly Bryson, MA, MFT is the author of the best selling book, Don't Be Nice, Be Real – Balancing Passion for Self with Compassion for Others. He is a licensed therapist in private practice, lecturer, workshop facilitator, and consultant. He has been an authorized trainer for the International Center for Nonviolent Communication for over 20 years, and has trained thousands in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. Kelly is also a humorist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He in now working on building new authentic empathy communities & cultures.


Kelly writes, "When I empathize with someone, I become a strong and gentle wind, filling the sailboat of the other’s inner exploration.  As the Wind, I have no control over the steering of the boat.  That is left up to the captain of the ship, the person I am being present to.  I do not try to direct, only connect with where the other is in this very present moment.  I bring in no ideas of thoughts about the past or the future.  I bring in no thoughts of my own.  I have no preference for where we go on this journey – only that it come from the captain’s heart and choice.  The purpose of my presence is connection, never correction.  I am a steady, present trade wind, not an impatient and gusty gale."

 When I empathize with

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Empathy: Handbook for Revolution - My children became my greatest teachers

Empathy: Handbook for Revolution - My children became my greatest teachers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Childhood trauma left Roman Krznaric emotionally withdrawn. Since then, he has tried to repair the damage and his own children have taught him how to step into someone else's shoes

 

Growing up, I knew this was the reason why I rarely felt other people's joys and found it equally hard to connect with their sorrows. But it was only a few years ago that I realised it was also the spur to my obsessive research into empathy: I was driven by an unconscious desire to recover the empathic self I had lost as a child. This realisation launched me on a personal quest to explore – and tackle – my empathy deficit through my family life.


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learning from our children

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How a Library with No Books Could Change the Way We Read (And Bring Us Closer Together)

How a Library with No Books Could Change the Way We Read (And Bring Us Closer Together) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We've all read books and watched films that have transported us and changed us, that have catapulted our imaginations into lives vastly different from our own. Think of a movie like City of God, which reveals the violent world of two boys growing up in the shantytowns of Rio. Or the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, with its classic line, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."


These are the kinds of books and films that take us on unforgettable empathic journeys, enabling us to step into the shoes of strangers and look through other people's eyes. It's what I refer to in my new book Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution as "armchair empathy"—a kind of travel you can do from the comfort of your own home.


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Open your mind: Roman K on Empathy « Psychologies

Open your mind: Roman K on Empathy « Psychologies | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Few of us are as open minded as we’d like to believe. It takes effort to challenge your prejudices and become a more flexible thinker. But the road to empathy is intensely rewarding, once you learn the steps. Psychologies Deputy editor Lauren Hadden speaks to cultural thinker Roman Krznaric about opening our hearts and freeing our minds.


Step 1 (IS EASY)

Read a book or watch a film: History and culture can teach us a huge amount about how to shift our thinking and challenge our own prejudices. Start by watching, or rewatching, Schindler’s List, an inspiring film about a paid-up member of the Nazi party who gradually goes through a transformation and begins to humanise others. ‘Watch and notice the moments where he overcomes his prejudice and becomes a flexible thinker,’ says Krznaric. 


 

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What is empathy video - YouTube

What is empathy video. http://integrationtraining.co.uk/comm...  What is empathy video and what empathy is not based on NonViolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg. Useful for communication training and conflict resolution. With Mark Walsh of Integration Training

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You want trust from your project stakeholders, including your project team, you need to become genuinely empathic

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Empathy--"an intention to connect in the present moment"

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Essential Embodied Tools : Empathy Exercises

Essential Embodied Tools : Empathy Exercises. This is about giving and receiving with others and being receptive to their state as well as your own. Mark talks through some exercises. 

Video in the Essential Tools series of The Body of Leadership Course - looking at embodied listening exercises.

From The Body of Leadership online course with Mark Walsh.http://www.thebodyofleadership.com

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