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When Parents of Bullies Don’t Teach Their Children Empathy

When Parents of Bullies Don’t Teach Their Children Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Ever wonder where the parents of the school bully went wrong?

 

Ingrain Empathy to Prevent Bullying


Bullies are sadly lacking in empathy; this is obvious to the layman, to other children, even. Parents can't teach empathy by lecturing about it. They must BE empathetic towards their children, and they must put their kids in circumstances that cultivate and grow empathy within them (such as having their kids do volunteer work with those less fortunate).

 

Forcing your kids to share their toys won't cultivate empathy. In fact, when parents get angry about the sharing issue and force it upon their kids, this is a form of bullying on the part of the parent. Bullying behavior can be learned from parents. But so can empathy. It's difficult for bullying and empathy to co-exist in the same child's body.

 

 Jillita Horton 

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Hili Shiponi's curator insight, July 21, 2013 4:32 AM

I never thought of bullies this way. It is really interesting and you relize that maybe this is why a bully, bullies.

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Mindfully Compassionate

Mindfully Compassionate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A new book highlights how mindfulness can help improve social relationships and nurture compassion toward oneself and others.

 

The health benefits of practicing mindfulness are now widely recognized. Research has shown that mindfulness can help reduce stress, improve mood, increase immune function, and decrease chronic pain, leading many hospitals around the country to offer classes in mindfulness to their patients.


Less well publicized are the ways that mindfulness can help improve social relationships and nurture compassion toward oneself and others. Paul Gilbert, head of the Mental Health Research Unit at the University of Derby and appointed Order of the British Empire, aims to correct that disparity with his new book, Mindful Compassion. Drawing from his research and clinical experience, Gilbert gives us a thorough understanding of how we can cultivate mindful compassion in ourselves in order to better understand our emotions and make the world a more compassionate place.


By Jill Suttie

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Jon Burnham's curator insight, June 8, 2013 4:04 PM

Agreed: "Mindfulness can help improve social relationships and nurture compassion toward oneself and others."

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How important is compassion in healthcare?

How important is compassion in healthcare? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Parts of the NHS have come under fire in recent months, with David Cameron among those calling for health professionals to show more compassion. But Tom Shakespeare asks if there are dangers in placing too much emphasis on empathy.

 

A few months ago, I found myself interviewing would-be medical students. When each young person came to my station, my task was to ask them to define empathy and to give an example of when someone had failed to display this quality.

 

Almost without exception, the candidates were able to do this. So far so good, and I filled in the marking sheet accordingly.

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Empowering Students Through Empathy and Collaboration

Empowering Students Through Empathy and Collaboration | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Every year around this time, my students come together and collect all the monies donated within our school for Penny Harvest, a program by Common Cents, Inc. that serves to help schools create service learning projects for children. It starts with young leaders prompting others in the school to make donations to a cause of their choice, but it often evolves into community service projects.

 

This year, for instance, our school decided to dedicate our Penny Harvest to Hurricane Sandy relief, and will gear our community service projects toward non-profits that focus on feeding those in need or helping in animal shelters.

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Roots of Empathy | Media Advisory and Photo Opportunity: Roots of Empathy Celebrates Toronto's Tiny Teachers

Roots of Empathy | Media Advisory and Photo Opportunity: Roots of Empathy Celebrates Toronto's Tiny Teachers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

TORONTO, June 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Over 60 babies will gather to celebrate the conclusion of the past year delivering Roots of Empathy in classrooms throughout the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Roots of Empathy Founder/President Mary Gordon will be present to honour Toronto's youngest educators and their families for their dedication to building caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults

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Routines Matter for Compassion at Work | CompassionLab

Routines Matter for Compassion at Work | CompassionLab | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As organizational researchers, we have a unique interest in understanding how compassion can be unleashed or stifled in human communities. An organizational lens attunes us to the important role played by routines and practices  in  “grooving” the ways we interact with one another. By routines we mean the recurring, repeated patterns of action that typify a particular organization or unit (Feldman & Pentland, 2003). Many organizational researchers think routines are key to an organization’s capability to reliably produce products and services  (e.g., Nelson & Winter, 1982) and  we see routines as part of the key to understanding an organization’s one time (Dutton et al, 2006) or ongoing capability for compassion (Lilius et al., 2011; Grant et al., 2008).

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Roots of Empathy featured in TIME magazine

Roots of Empathy featured in TIME magazine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Roots of Empathy is featured in a special issue of TIME magazine, “The Science of You.” The article explores the power of empathy in fostering positive social and emotional development.

 

“Empathy is based on our ability to reflect back others’ emotions, and Roots of Empathy helps children recognize and describe what that reflection actually looks like and means,” writes Maia Szalavitz.

 

Szalavitz notes the students’ intense focus on their ‘Tiny Teacher’ during a Family Visit, as well as their insightful observations about the relationship between mother and baby. Roots of Empathy Founder/President Mary Gordon explains the power of the baby on the green blanket, “Babies are exquisite teachers of empathy because they are theaters of emotion. They don’t hide anything.”



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Minista Jazz's curator insight, June 5, 2013 7:10 PM

"Don't hide anything... we need to SEE each other." #authenticity

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Study: The Effect of Empathy in Environmental Moral Reasoning

Study: The Effect of Empathy in Environmental Moral Reasoning | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Based on Batson’s Model of Altruism, in the present work it is argued that moral reasoning about the environment (number of moral reasons given for pro-environmental behaviors) can be improved by manipulating the emotion of empathy. It is also argued that the argument of moral reasoning will be different depending on whether the object of empathy is a natural object (vulture) or a human being (young man). The present work reports a study using a factorial design (2x2) with control group on the relationship between empathy level (high or low), empathy object (vulture or young man) and moral reasoning about ecological dilemmas.

 

 

The reasoning was evaluated using four different ecological moral dilemmas, with responses coded in three categories (anthropocentric, ecocentric and nonvenvironmental). The results of the study indicate that participants who showed a high empathy level provided more arguments of moral reasoning than those in the low empathy group. When the object of empathy was a vulture the number of moral arguments of an ecocentric nature increased; when it was a young man the number of moral arguments of an anthropocentric nature increased.

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How empathy plays key role in moral judgments

How empathy plays key role in moral judgments | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In each experiment, those who reported lower levels of compassion and concern for other people - a key aspect of empathy - picked the utilitarian over the non-utilitarian response.

 

However, other aspects of empathy, such as being able to see the perspective of others and feel distress at seeing someone else in pain, did not appear to play a significant role in these moral decisions. Similarly, demographic and cultural differences, including age, gender, education and religiosity, also failed to predict moral judgments. 

 

"Diminished emotional responses, specifically, reduced empathic concern, appear to be critical in facilitating utilitarian responses to moral dilemmas of high emotional salience," the researchers concluded. "

The study was published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE

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The Helix Center

The Helix Center | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation, a division of The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute,

 

Is selflessness a necessary illusion? Are we condemned to weigh the costs (whether consciously or not) of the welfare of others against the benefits to ourselves ? We develop a "theory of mind" around age three, concurrently building our capacity to recognize emotions experienced by others. In other words, we begin to develop empathy, the sine qua non of compassion, and hence, of altruism. But if altruism is evolutionarily adaptive, as many believe, can it be unadulterated by self-interest? Or might acts of altruism truly reveal "the better angels of our nature"?

 

Stephanie Brown is an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.


Lisa Cataldo is an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education...


Alan Leslie is a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Rutgers University, where he directs the Cognitive Development Laboratory.


Wynn Schwartz is a clinical psychologist and research psychoanalyst on the core faculty of The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and on the faculties of Harvard Medical School and The Harvard Extension School.

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Book Review : Thubten Chodron – “Don’t Believe Everything You Think- Living With Wisdom And Compassion “

Book Review : Thubten Chodron – “Don’t Believe Everything You Think- Living With Wisdom And Compassion “ | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Venerable Thubten Chodron is a notable author, Buddhist monastic and the founder/abbess of Sravasti Abbey, a meditation community in Newport, Washington. She also hosts the Bodhisattva Breakfast Corner channel on YouTube which I highly encourage you to check out as well as her website which is chock full of information. It’s quite remarkable how often I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of Dharma discovery when visiting it.

Her latest book, Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Living with Wisdom and Compassion is a commentary on The Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas by Togmay Zangpo, a Tibetan monk and Bodhisattva.

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Preview: Karen Armstrong on Losing Faith and Finding God - Video - OWNTV

Preview: Karen Armstrong on Losing Faith and Finding God - Video - OWNTV | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Former Roman Catholic nun and best-selling religious historian Karen Armstrong, who created TED's Charter for Compassion, shares how she found her faith after losing her way.
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Texas Conflict Coach » Upcoming Programs

Texas Conflict Coach » Upcoming Programs | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I'll be interviewed four times this month by Pattie Porter, the Texas Conflict Coach, about how to foster empathy for resolving conflict. See the program schedule and listen in at:http://j.mp/130SJQ9 

Pattie is a conflict resolution expert, mediator, conflict coach, facilitator and speaker.  In this first of our four episode radio series – Conflict and Empathy: Where Has Empathy and Compassion Gone?– we will introduce the “wheel of empathy” and the “feel of empathy” as defined by Edwin Rutsch, Founder of a global empathy movement called The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. We will also discuss how compassion intertwines with empathy and set the foundation for how you build empathy. 

Welcome to Texas Conflict Coach. I am your host Pattie Porter, conflict resolution expert, mediator, conflict coach, facilitator and speaker.

Join me and our special guests live every Tuesday for a 30 minute program.

Our program aims to “Coach you through conflict constructively” to
• Become more self-aware
• Build your conflict competency skills
• Learn to negotiate effectively
• Manage and cool your hot buttons
• Learn resources and tools for effective conflict management

You will hear about all kinds of situations and strategies to deal with those stressful conflict tensions that show up in our everyday lives whether it be at work, in our relationships with family or neighbors, in our communities and church, in your business partnerships, or just simply the conflict we deal within ourselves.

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Sandy Hook Teacher Starts Nonprofit to Teach Empathy

Sandy Hook Teacher Starts Nonprofit to Teach Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Having survived the horrific attack at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and been on the receiving end of enormous generosity afterward, 1st grade teacher Kaitlin Roig began thinking about ways to give back. In an essay in Goodmagazine, she explains feeling compelled to teach her students about—and give them a chance to express—kindness and empathy.

 

One example of her approach:

I brought a large box a friend had mailed to my class and placed it in front of the room. "This box is filled with things for us to use during recess." I told my students. As I pulled out puzzles, games, coloring books, and markers their eyes grew wide.

By Liana Heitin

 

 

"Students will learn kindness by being kind, they will learn to care by caring, and they will learn empathy by being empathetic. By creating an environment where students learn to care for others not by talking but by doing, we cultivate a message that our lives are not separate, but in fact completely connected. When we teach kindness, compassion, love and empathy, there is no room for hate." Kaitlin M. Roig

https://www.classes4classes.org/Info/Mission.aspx

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In Depth: Compassion Fatigue

In Depth: Compassion Fatigue | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Caring too much can hurt. When caregivers focus on others without taking care of themselves burn out, poor judgement and bad overall health can follow.

 

According to the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, caring too much can hurt.

 

When caregivers focus on others without taking care of themselves burn out, poor judgement and bad overall health can follow.

 

It's also possible that members of the general public also face compassion or emotional fatigue by constantly witnessing bad news events such as the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, Super Storm Sandy, the Oklahoma tornadoes, the Boston Marathon bombing and other tragedies.

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John Burik's comment, July 20, 2013 12:09 PM
I'm reminded of Laurence Olivier's line from Marathon Man, "Is it safe?". We need to, first, chill out.
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Ode to empathy

Ode to empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
With the emergence of a global civilization, we need to move beyond the “us and them” mentality that lends itself to so much conflict, violence, and self-destruction. An absolutely essential ingredient for this is empathy.

 

Here are just a few more extremely interesting ideas that are changing the way we think about our species:

Roman Krznaric’s concept of Outrospection, the act of learning more about ourselves and our world by empathizing with others, and “The Six Habits of Highly Empathic People”;Charles Eisenstein’s ideas about an expanded sense of self explained in his books, Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics;Non-Violent Communication, developed by Marshall Rosenberg (we even have a newly-formed local Non-Violent Communication team here in Athens, Greece); andScilla Elworthy’s powerful Ted Talk about fighting with non-violence.

Also, more and more organizations centered around empathy, compassion, altruism and generosity are popping up all the time. Here are just a few: Greater Good, Roots of Empathy, Center for Building a Culture of Empathy, Random Acts of Kindness, Charter for Compassion, The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (not to mention all of the talk and action around sharing and gift economies, like the Post Growth Institute’s Free Money Day.)  by Jen Hinton,

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Here's a hopeful post for a positive future...

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Throwing Out the Baby With the Bath Water - Revisiting the case against empathy

Throwing Out the Baby With the Bath Water - Revisiting the case against empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Paul Bloom recently wrote an interesting essay in the New Yorker (5/20/2013) called “The Baby in the Well,” in which he suggested that desires for a more empathic society are misguided, and that in fact, empathy is morally problematic. He writes:“Empathy is parochial, narrow-minded, and innumerate. We’re often at our best when we’re smart enough not to rely on it.”

 

Bloom sets up an extreme argument in his essay, essentially asking, “what does empathy without reason or logic look like?” To me this is an unfair question, because it assumes that empathy and reason always operate in opposition to each other, with the implicit idea that being empathic is not very intelligent.


Culture of Empathy Builder:  Sara Konrath

 http://j.mp/Ypd2pm

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Dr. Sara Konrath, University of Michigan – Age and Empathy

Dr. Sara Konrath, University of Michigan – Age and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sara Konrath is a research assistant professor in the Research Center for Group Dynamics and an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research is focused on the implications of the combination of self-focus (narcissism, individualism) and other-focus (empathy, collectivism, authoritarianism), both as personality traits and as situational variables. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

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No Time for Self-Compassion? Notes on healing postpartum depression

No Time for Self-Compassion? Notes on healing postpartum depression | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sometimes it’s easier to take care of others than it is to take care of ourselves. Nowhere is this more true than with postpartum women.

 

How many times have I caught myself saying to a client, if you were only half as good at taking care of yourself as you are of others, you would feel better? How many women have looked back at me with tired eyes that seemed to say, “Really? I have nothing left to give.”

 

Recently I came across the work of Kristen Neff, Phd and her focus on self-compassion. Dennis Tirch also does this work, but Kristen’s “self-compassion breaks” resonated with our work with postpartum women.

 

by Karen Kleiman,

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Be your best friend, not worst enemy

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Green with Empathy

Green with Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The tool every environmentalist needs.

 

A study published in Environment and Behavior proposes that people will become more concerned about the environment if they try to take the perspective of animals or plants and imagine how those objects are affected by human activity. To test this hypothesis, Spanish psychologist Jaime Berenguer presented study participants with an image of a bird or tree harmed by human impact. After viewing the image, the participant was then either prompted to “feel the full impact of what the bird or tree has been through” or “remain objective and detached.” 


Compared to participants who remained detached, participants instructed to take the perspective of the imperiled bird or tree reported stronger empathic feelings toward those objects, and toward the environment as a whole.


At Start Empathy

By Greater Good Science Center

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/green_with_empathy

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A Dynamic Model of Empathy: Jock McKeen at TEDxGabriolaIsland

Jock McKeen is an accomplished presenter and author. Starting out as an emergency physician

 

In A Dynamic Model of Empathy, McKeen argues that empathy is not a thing but a developing, cyclic, and lifelong process. He demonstrates the similarity of this cycle to the Chinese Five Stages of Change. McKeen makes the point that children show evidence of caring and interest in others much earlier than previously thought. If children learn empathy in families, then we teach best by example. If parents are in a growing situation where the empathy cycle is in play, their children will learn by example.

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International Psychoanalysis » Altruism and Empathy at the Helix Center

International Psychoanalysis  » Altruism and Empathy at the Helix Center | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

YPSI’s Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation is pleased to present

Altruism and Empathy


Stephanie Brown, Lisa Cataldo, Alan Leslie, Wynn Schwartz

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium
247 East 82nd Street, NYC

 

Free and open to the public.
Please register at www.nypsi.org under Events and Lectures

 

Educational Objectives:
After attending, participants will gain a greater appreciation and knowledge of the psychological and neurocognitive dimensions of empathy and altruism, their role in development and adult life, and their clinical and research implications.

 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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The Moral Molecule: How oxytocin can revolutionise your organisation - with Paul Zak

The Moral Molecule: How oxytocin can revolutionise your organisation - with Paul Zak | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

we spoke with Paul Zak, aka Dr Love, who is professor of economic psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University. He believes that increased levels of oxytocin in the brain can help to make better functioning organisations.

 

You're clearly a proponent of empathy as a powerful tool in business. But how important are emotions like empathy, love and trust alongside more "classically accepted" drivers of business success like aggression and ruthlessness in building modern businesses?

 

Zack - The leadership literature goes back and forth on whether empathy is an important quality in managers. My work on the neuroscience of organizations shows empathy as a vital part of management and as guiding both information acquisition from colleagues and from treating colleagues in appropriate ways.  

by Robin Hough

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Paul Zak
http://j.mp/YhPowm

 

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Succès devrait-il rimer avec agression? Pas nécessairement : bonne nouvelle!

David Hain's curator insight, June 8, 2013 6:51 AM

Fascinating!

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Linking Empathy to Health, Green-living, and Peace

Linking Empathy to Health, Green-living, and Peace | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Lesa Walker discusses how she has implemented a unique empathy-driven project in schools across the United States and in Ghana.

 

I looked to the research about positive psychology, happiness and empathy and noticed several cross-cutting themes.  There is power to effect positive change through simple, effective techniques such as increasing our daily positive intentional awareness, expressing our gratitude, holding positive thoughts in our minds and daily journaling.  I created the Olymp-i-a Challenge, utilizing these techniques to engage people in the practice of positive ideas and actions for health, green-living and peace.  The “i” and the “a” in “Olymp-i-a” stand for positive “ideas” and “actions.”... 

 

Empathy is expressed in many of the students’ daily ideas and actions.  They talk about helping another person or animal or helping clean up or recycle. "

 

By Lesa Walker

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The Yellow Brick Road to Empathy: Mary Gordon at TEDxGabriolaIsland

See Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Mary Gordon
http://j.mp/LDeQli

 

Mary Gordon is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy. In 2000 Gordon established the national and international organization Roots of Empathy, which now offers programs in every province of Canada, New Zealand, the USA, the Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, and Germany.

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Debra Manchester's curator insight, June 4, 2013 11:23 AM

Empathy is the building block of good communication and connection.