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Compassionate City - LouisvilleKy.gov

Compassionate City - LouisvilleKy.gov | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Pursuing his goal of making Louisville an even more compassionate city, Mayor Greg Fischer has signed a resolution adopting the international “Charter for Compassion” – making Louisville the largest city in America to take this action. Louisville will also embark on a 10-year campaign for compassion which will be implemented by a new local group, the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville. The Partnership will be co-chaired by Louisville attorney Tom Williams and Sadiqa Reynolds, Mayor Fischer’s chief of community building.

 

Compassionate Louisville | Students: Give your views on compassion

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This is a special invitation to all schools, all age groups, to tweet, text, write, draw, paint, photograph or video what you see, feel, express or think about compassion. The Courier-Journal will make the selections and publish entries in the Nov. 11 Sunday Forum and online.

 

Nov. 11 marks the one-year anniversary of Compassionate Louisville. Help the city celebrate by sharing what you see as compassion.

 

All students from all schools — including home schools — can participate.

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Can psychopaths really teach us about success?

Can psychopaths really teach us about success? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

when we talk about psychopaths, we're actually talking about people who have a distinct set of personality characteristics — ruthlessness, fearlessness, mental toughness, charm, persuasiveness — and they lack a conscience and empathy...

 

The hallmark of a true psychopath and an 'almost psychopath' is impaired capacity or lack of capacity for empathy," Schouten says. "It's a matter of degree and intensity...

 

Lack of empathy, or the ability to identify with the feelings, thoughts or attitudes of another, is a key factor in psychopathic tendencies, other experts agree.

 

"Empathy is on a continuum. Everybody has a little in some ways," says researcher Sara Konrath, of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. "It's considered a very fundamental moral trait. And if you don't have it, people would consider you to be not a moral person

 

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Day-long seminar - Mindfulness & Compassion GGSC

Day-long seminar  - Mindfulness & Compassion GGSC | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This day-long seminar and live webcast will explore the conceptual, biological and practical relationship between mindfulness and compassion.

 

The goal of this conference is to explore the important connections between mindfulness and compassion by providing answers to questions such as how are they similar or distinct, how does one promote the other, which research-tested programs have been shown to boost mindfulness and/or compassion, and much more.

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BRAC Blog: The importance of empathy: Five questions on education with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

BRAC Blog: The importance of empathy: Five questions on education with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Vocational skills are important. But empathy is also increasingly seen as a skill that is crucial to a wider and wider array of jobs, including many that don’t exist yet. That’s why, for example, Ashoka Changemakers ran a competition this summer on best models for teaching empathy in schools, and Harvard Business Review Blogger James Allworth argued that empathy is the most valuable thing they teach at Harvard Business School.

 

The subject of empathy came up right away when we asked BRAC founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed to name one educator that inspired him.

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Evolution, Empathy, and Frans deWaal

Evolution, Empathy, and Frans deWaal | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

First we feel it, then we think it


One example that links humans to other primates is de Waal’s “emotion first theory”. Although we often focus on the face, our entire bodies convey emotion. In fact, we trust postures more than facial expressions. Our bodies show how we feel in a language that is immediate and honest.

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RSA Screens: Love, Hate and Everything In Between

RSA Screens: Love, Hate and Everything In Between | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Join us for a special screening of Alex Gabbay’s documentary film, Love, Hate and Everything In Between.

 

The screening will be followed by an audience Q&A with Alex Gabbay, Mary Gordon, founder and president, Roots of Empathy and Simon Baron Cohen, professor of developmental pyschopathology, University of Cambridge.

 

Man’s capacity for kindness and compassion is overshadowed only by his ability to be as cruel and destructive. Can empathy resolve issues of aggression and subjugation, where wars, politics and economic sanctions have failed?

 

New research in neuroscience, psychology, education and technology suggests it might.

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Dalai Lama’s visit to Boston prompts laughter, contemplation

Dalai Lama’s visit to Boston prompts laughter, contemplation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Dalai Lama’s first lecture during his three-day visit to Boston was filled with laughter and discussion on the meaning inter-faith harmony, as he spoke to a crowd of close to 2,000 in a packed ballroom at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel.

 

The talk was hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, a think tank established in 2009 that focuses on the development of ethics and moral purpose in research and education.

 

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Listening Mothers Program – what’s it all about? | Community of Mindful Parents

Listening Mothers Program – what’s it all about? | Community of Mindful Parents | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This essay is about my understanding of the experience of becoming a mother and the needs that are created by this creative process. I will write about how some of these needs may be met by participation in a group which includes both new-mother-peers, and a trained and empathic facilitator to do the parallel work of containing the new mothers who must contain their infants’ experience. And I will talk about one specific new mothers group known as the Listening Mothers program.

 

I have facilitated Listening Mothers groups for a number of years and therefore can only speak from my personal and professional understanding of the group. I hope my perspectives will be interesting and helpful.

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Use Empathy to Create Breakthrough PPC Ads

Use Empathy to Create Breakthrough PPC Ads | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Desperately seeking inspiration or to obliterate writer’s block and create relevant and engaging PPC ads? Creative breakthroughs generally come from two places: empathy and context. So let’s talk about empathy and how to generate it for PPC.

 

 By empathy, I mean something more than “I feel your pain.” That’s sympathy. I mean more than an intellectual appreciation for your prospect’s problems, desires, feelings, and needs.

 

Empathy, as it informs creative marketing, is nothing short of becoming your prospect at the moment they’re struggling with the problem you can help them overcome. If you’ve ever done acting, or improv, or taken funny mushrooms, you know what I’m talking about.

 

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Mary Gordon on the importance of fostering empathy

Mary Gordon on the importance of fostering empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Social entrepreneur speaks to students and alumni about Roots of Empathy and reducing childhood bullying 

 

Roots of Empathy, as the program name suggests, focuses on building empathy in young children to increase emotional literacy. The program aims to foster the capacity for caring by working with babies. The children learn to identify how the baby feels in given situations—for instance, if a toy is taken away.

 

“We have the opportunity to say [to the children], ‘when was a time you felt like the baby, when you were crying inside?’ And I promise you there are many broken hearts in every classroom,” Gordon said.

by: Andra Cernavskis

 

Culture of Empathy Builder: Mary Gordon
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\Too Much of a Selfless Good Thing: Pathological Altruism

\Too Much of a Selfless Good Thing: Pathological Altruism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There’s a good chance you’ve been lectured on the virtues of selflessness.

 

When Helping Hurts, and Why Some of Us Can’t Stop
A desire to alleviate others’ suffering — even if by means that harm, rather than improve, another person’s well-being — arise from our brain’s hardwired empathy circuits, empathy researchers Carolyn Zahn-Waxler and Carol Van Hulles note. The mere sight of another’s distress evokes patterns of activity in our own nervous systems that mimic others’ emotional or physical pain as if it were our own, albeit at a much less intense level than the actual sufferer. So it’s no wonder most of us would like to get rid of the not-so-pleasant feelings ASAP.

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What Do You Value More- Goodness or Grades?

What Do You Value More- Goodness or Grades? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Education is vitally important but being a good person is essential in my book. Like grades, compassion and consideration takes effort and hard work sometimes, especially for young children as they grow up and start to think of others, rather than just themselves. Think of how many adults you know who still do that, and what a better place this world would be if everyone learned compassion and empathy as a child.

 

Do you value grades over goodness? Do you praise your child for being kind? Was goodness valued in your home as a child? Compassion? Or just grades?

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Compassion Games – You are compassion

Compassion Games – You are compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Many people are studying compassion in order to introduce it into schools and other places. Some say it should be taught. Others have won awards for their programs that teach about compassion. Cities are touted as being the most compassionate. I guess this might be similar to the idea that “a corporation is a person”. Are we really ready to get serious about compassion? Even just saying the word may evoke a spark of “something” for you or me. I know that when I say or see the word it is as if I know it “compassion” intuitively. My first impression about compassion was during my childhood when my pet hamster died. 

by Dee Williams

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Sunday seminar on compassion - Dr. Dominic Vachon,

Sunday seminar on compassion - Dr. Dominic Vachon, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dr. Dominic Vachon, director of the Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, College of Science, University of Notre Dame, will discuss recent research that shows how human beings are hard-wired for compassion and the implications of this research for the way we live our daily lives.

 

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Ready for a vulnerability hangover? Five ideas from Brené Brown

Ready for a vulnerability hangover? Five ideas from Brené Brown | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I recently had the great privilege and pleasure of interviewing Brené Brown, one of the world's most original and exciting thinkers about emotional life,... Roman Krznaric

 

4.Empathy is the antidote to shame

 

But if shame is such a burden, what are we supposed to do about it? The answer is developing ‘shame resilience’, and it is empathy that is the ‘real antidote to shame’. What does she mean? ‘If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.’

 

So we can’t really get over shame without other people. We can’t keep shutting it out by keeping ourselves busy (or distracted). We can’t wish it away by denying our feelings. What we really need to do is seek connection with someone who is going to lend us an empathic ear, someone who is able to listen to us and endeavour to understand our fears, anxieties and uncertainties.

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Preponderance of compassion puts adamant of evil in doubt | Washington Times Communities

Preponderance of compassion puts adamant of evil in doubt | Washington Times Communities | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Is it possible that by nurturing in thought even a modicum of goodness we might reduce – even overcome – the apparent preponderance of evil, including sickness and disease?

 

Of course, there’s really no one to blame but myself. There I was, a former liberal arts major, listening to a lecture by a well-respected psychologist and research scientist on “The Neurobiological Basis of Compassion and Implications for Inflammatory Disease.” What was I thinking?


Fortunately the lecturer, SUNY Stony Brook associate professor of preventative medicine, Dr. Stephanie Brown, started off with a pretty basic definition of compassion – “A type of helping behavior and/or the motivational state that gives rise to this behavior.”


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Joel Feldman Lecture about Compassionate Lawyering

Joel Feldman Lecture about Compassionate Lawyering | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Distracted driving, victim empathy and community outreach were the topics of a lecture given by Anapol Schwartz equity partner, Joel Feldman.

 

Anapol Schwartz attorney Joel Feldman spoke about distracted driving at the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association 2012-13 Luncheon Lecture Series on October 10. Feldman’s lecture, called “Distracted Driving - Litigation, Victim Empathy, and Community Outreach,” is part of an effort to educate attorneys about the nature of grief and mourning so they may better represent clients and be more empathetic and understanding members of the community.

 

The lecture discussed how a more compassionate approach with clients can help lawyers discover fuller details of a client’s unique story of loss so that they can better represent the client when arguing damages. Feldman gave practical suggestions concerning how to speak with, listen to and comfort someone who is in mourning.

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Empathic Parenting

Empathic Parenting | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is so special about empathic care? Why can't a conscientious parent serve an infant well by supplying a careful regime of temperature control, feeding, holding, stimulating, bathing, grooming, and diapering, without persistent positive attachments, attentive awareness, tenderness, and sensitive resonance characteristic of empathic care? Anna Freud addresses this question as she observes:

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Self-Compassion: Learning to Be Nicer to Ourselves | Tiny Buddha

Self-Compassion: Learning to Be Nicer to Ourselves | Tiny Buddha | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We all deserve self-love and compassion. Here are 3 ways to be nicer to yourself, starting today.

 

“Be gentle first with yourself if you wish to be gentle with others.” ~Lama Yeshe 

 

Several months ago, I sat in a large workshop audience being led by Kristin Neff, a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research.

She directed us to divide up into pairs for a self-compassion exercise. I turned to the young woman next to me. We introduced ourselves and returned our attention to Kristin.

 

by Bobbi Emel

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Managing compassionately

Managing compassionately | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Of all the management principles I have adopted over the years, either through direct experience or learning from others, there is one I aspire to live by more than any other.

 

Of all the management principles I have adopted over the years, either through direct experience or learning from others, there is one I aspire to live by more than any other. I say "aspire" because as much as I'd like to do it consistently and without fail, given the natural ebb and flow of day-to-day operations and challenges, and the subsequent range of responses that follow, I find this particular principle harder to practice consistently than others. That principle is managing compassionately.

 

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EMPATHY WEEK is about ERADICATING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

EMPATHY WEEK is about ERADICATING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

U Boulder. EMPATHY WEEK is about ERADICATING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION and directly impacting the lives of vulnerable and victimized children.
 

 EMPATHY WEEK is an opportunity to use your voice, resources, and skill set to make a difference. EMPATHY WEEK features an immersive exhibit open throughout the week, sharing the STORIES of real victims and survivors of FORCED PROSTITUTION through film, photography, and artifacts.

 

Immerse yourself and your friends in the issue by taking the EMPATHY TOUR, advocating through your own campaign and the MATTRESS VIGIL, and joining us for the EMPATHY EXPERIENCE.

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Beyond empathy

Beyond empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In some circles, it is increasingly accepted that empathy is a key capability of a leader. Even in the face of research, some still ignore this. However, there is a growing tide of evidence that empathy is a core skill for the modern workplace.

 

Empathic ability is positively correlated to better performance as a leader. It facilitates much improved working relationships and in the modern workplace, we often don’t get to choose who we work with. An increasingly diverse workforce creates challenges for us and in order for us to get things done, we need to learn how to get on with a greater variety of working styles, viewpoints and personalities.

 

Getting a deep, felt sense of what it’s like for someone else grants us greater ability to make decisions, be inclusive, resolve conflicts and share responsibility.

 

by John Wenger

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Ed on Empathy: Through My Eyes

Chapter 2 in a series of short videos in which animator, filmmaker, and whimsical genius Ed Stockham explores what empathy is, why it matters, and how we "start" it. Stay tuned--new chapters will be released every other Friday!

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Conscious Capitalism : CEO Summit Speaker Dev Patnaik

Conscious Capitalism : CEO Summit Speaker Dev Patnaik | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dev is the author of the book Wired to Care: how companies prosper when they create widespread empathy. It was named one of the best books of the year by both Fast Company and Business Week. Noted author Malcolm Gladwell called Wired to Care “just what we need for the lean years ahead.

 

When he’s not working at Jump, Dev is an adjunct professor at Stanford University, where he teaches a course called Needfinding. In the class, students draw upon methods from anthropology, design and business strategy to discover insights about ordinary people and create new products and services.

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Loving Families Practice Compassion: Here’s How… | How's Your Family Really Doing?

Loving Families Practice Compassion: Here’s How… | How's Your Family Really Doing? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Loving families teach kids to learn from mistakes. Several exercises to practice both self-compassion and kindness to others.
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