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Study Links Empathy, Self-Esteem, and Autonomy with Increased Sexual Enjoyment

Study Links Empathy, Self-Esteem, and Autonomy with Increased Sexual Enjoyment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

John Hopkins School of Public Health

 

Sexual pleasure among young adults (ages 18-26) is linked to healthy psychological and social development.

 

Among the young women, measures of self-esteem, autonomy, and empathy are positively associated with the three types of sexual pleasure. “These three developmental assets may enable young women, as well as young men, to experience higher levels of sexual pleasure,” said Galinsky.


Sexual enjoyment in the three areas is consistently associated only with empathy for the young men. “Our hypothesis is that empathetic individuals are more responsive to a partner’s needs, and thus initiate a positive feedback cycle,” said Galinsky.

 

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(Empathy)  Key to Better Sex Revealed in New Study
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People who can better communicate and understand another person's emotions are more likely to have a satisfying sex life, new research finds....Empathy is the ability to take another's perspective, to see things from their angle and understand and respond to their emotions....

 

"Sexual health includes sexual well-being, and sexual enjoyment is an important part [of that]," said study researcher Adena Galinsky, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "How people interact and their ability to listen to each other and take each other's perspective can really influence the sex that they have."

 

 

 

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The Power of Empathy in Massage Therapy

The Power of Empathy in Massage Therapy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy supposes a fusion between self and other, between subject and object. In massage therapy and other healing professions, you also need to be able to withdraw from that connection and move on to another client.

 

Empathy can be a helpful dimension to your therapeutic practice. By nurturing it and keeping it in balance, you may be able to add to your effectiveness as a healer.

 
 

By Linda Fehrs

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Tranquility Rx's comment, April 27, 2012 4:35 PM
Beautiful Site! And it's my experience that I and the client disappear in the massage. It's refreshing for client and myself. I feel grateful!
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thanks Tranquility.
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Compassionate Listening

Compassionate Listening | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We all want to be heard! If we want to be heard and seen for who we are, we can start by hearing and seeing others. Too often we think of listening as waiting for the other person to stop talking so we can get our opinion, feelings, or thoughts expressed. Although this is a common habit, with your willingness and steady practice you can develop the very fundamental skill of listening into a true art form, one that conveys compassion for the other. Here I offer three simple steps to work with: Hearing, Absorbing, and Reflecting.

 

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The Dalai Lama Talks to KPBS

The Dalai Lama gives an exclusive interview to KPBS.
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Empathy for Terrorists, Bullies and Delinquents?

Empathy for Terrorists, Bullies and Delinquents? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How understanding helps make us all much safer.

 

A recent article in the New York Times provides a rare glimpse into the motivations behind four convicted terrorists, Zarein Ahmedzay, Saajid Badat, Bryant Neal Vinas and Najibullah Zazi, who willingly became Qaeda fighters, only to question later whether they were being brainwashed into committing mass murder. Reading their accounts of training camps and the almost boyish camaraderie they experienced under the mentorship of strong willed, ideologues, I can’t help but feel a pang of empathy for men who come across like needy children in search of a friend, a father figure, or both. I don’t say this to excuse what they did in any way. My motivation is instead to find the best way to change them, or prevent others from becoming just like them.

 

That same empathy is, I hope, evoked by my recent novel, The Social Worker...

 

By Michael Ungar, Ph.D

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Lynn Johnson & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Arts Education

Lynn Johnson & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Arts Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lynn Johnson is CEO of Glitter & Razz Productions and theater artist dedicated to building strong connections with creative & compassionate people to bring about positive social change.

 

Using the expressive arts and theater to promote and teach empathy to children and adults. We believe that play lights us up and connects us. We believe that compassion is a skill that can be taught and practiced.
 

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Fred Arment & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Peace

Fred Arment & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy & Peace | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Frederick Arment is President and Executive Director is International Cities of Peace, an organization dedicated to connecting, promoting, and encouraging the global Cities of Peace movement. Author The Elements of Peace: Who Nonviolence Works.

 

Empathy is like opening a door and peace is like sailing in harmony with the wind. We have to learn to open the door

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Molly Rowan & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Restorative Justice

Molly Rowan & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Restorative Justice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Founder and Director of Mali Rowan Presents, Mali Rowan Leach is host, producer, catalyst, social media specialist. Her key focus is social media & transformation, social healing and restorative justice.


She says empathy is like bridge or a pair of shoes that alchemize one's awareness, extending it beyond our immediate selves into the experiences, feelings, and awareness's of others in the past, present and future. The opposite is like living in a dark cave. We need to move the justice system out of the cave into the light of restorative empathy and justice.

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Vinciane Rycroft & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Education

Vinciane Rycroft & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Director and Co-Founder at Mind with Heart, an educators' network for a secular education in empathy and compassion. The main focus is on creating the conditions for young people to come to a firm commitment to empathy and compassion based on their own reasoning, experience and initiative.

 

 

Hosting the Conference: Empathy and Compassion in Society. The Conference will address three topics:
1. Compassion and empathy: scientific definitions, misunderstandings and function.
2. Compassion, the benefits at the personal level.
3. Compassion in action and social cohesion

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Bully: How can we teach kids to be empathetic?

Bully: How can we teach kids to be empathetic? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What can be done to stop this horrific plague in our schools? Ebert was critical of the makers of “Bully” for showing us how dire the problem is but not offering solutions. I saw a solution.

 

One of the children in the film talked about being a bully himself in third grade. Then in fourth grade, he started thinking that it might not be so cool, and by fifth grade he had realized the hurt he had caused, felt awful about it, and swore off that behavior.

 

The 15 seconds where the audience is privy to that young boy’s development of empathy for his target was the highlight of the film’s optimism. But aside from teaching kids to sing the old Joe South’s hit “Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” how do we teach children to be empathetic? She or he who cracks that mystery will have the answer to how we stop the bullying.

 

by KATHY REILLY

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Are Religious People Less Compassionate?

Are Religious People Less Compassionate? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why are highly religious people are lesslikely to be moved by compassion than atheists, agnostics, and people who are religiously unaffiliated? After all, charity is a central tenet of most religious traditions.

 

But, according to a new study from scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, that fact may be exactly why highly religious people are least likely to be moved by compassion.  In a series of experiments, the scientists found that nonreligious people were consistently compelled toward acts of generosity by feelings of compassion.

 

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Original Study: My Brother’s Keeper? Compassion Predicts Generosity More Among Less Religious Individuals

Original Study: My Brother’s Keeper? Compassion Predicts Generosity More Among Less Religious Individuals | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Past research argues that religious commitments shape individuals’ prosocial sentiments, including their generosity and solidarity. But what drives the prosociality of less religious people? Three studies tested the hypothesis that, with fewer religious expectations of prosociality, less religious individuals’ levels of compassion will play a larger role in their prosocial tendencies.

 

In Study 1, religiosity moderated the relationship between trait compassion and prosocial behavior such that compassion was more critical to the generosity of less religious people.

 

In Study 2, a compassion induction increased generosity among less religious individuals but not among more religious individuals

 

In Study 3...

 

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Highly religious not as compassionate as non-believers, says study

Highly religious not as compassionate as non-believers, says study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One can well imagine that when the faithful see the results of this study, they will call it the work of the devil...

 

According to a new University of California-Berkeley study, the highly religious are less motivated to show generosity than are non-believers. The findings are being published in the online issue of “Social Psychological and Personality Science.”
The results seem to conflict with a 2008 University of British Columbia study asserting that the faithful are “more helpful, honest and generous.” 

 

The study conducted three experiments, with social scientists finding that compassion “consistently drove less religious people to be more generous.

 

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Can Online Video Usher In A New Age Of Empathy?

Can Online Video Usher In A New Age Of Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Online media is effectively creating a global living room by transforming how people across distances can share an experience. Video especially can pack a powerful punch of humanity. It can convey sights, sounds, and emotions in a different way than written word, audio, or other mediums. And web video is allowing anyone with an Internet connection to share a moment together, whether it is a Bollywood film, a Lady Gaga song, or a small glimpse into someone’s life. It allows us to identify via our interests rather than just our demographic. As media moves from being created and shared regionally to more open, international platforms, empathy and understanding follow.

 

by HUNTER WALK 

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Video: Do dogs have empathy? 'What is your dog thinking? Brain scans unleash canine secrets'

Video: Do dogs have empathy? 'What is your dog thinking? Brain scans unleash canine secrets' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The researchers aim to decode the mental processes of dogs by recording which areas of their brains are activated by various stimuli. Ultimately, they hope to get at questions like: Do dogs have empathy? Do they know when their owners are happy or sad? How much language do they really understand?

 

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Compassion Without Borders: His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama | KPBS.org

Compassion Without Borders: His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama | KPBS.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
San Diego State University, UC San Diego and the University of San Diego were honored to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's first visit to America's finest city, April 17-19, 2012. This program is a taping of the conference at SDSU on April 19.
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Self-Compassion Expert Chris Germer on Lessons Learned From the Dalai Lama

Self-Compassion Expert Chris Germer on Lessons Learned From the Dalai Lama | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Germer's got a new book out, Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy, which he co-edited with psychologist Ronald Siegel. This edited anthology was inspired by none other than the Dalai Lama and Harvard's 2009 Meditation and Psychotherapy Conference, which His Holiness graced on Germer and Siegel's invitation. In this densely rich volume, mindfulness-oriented therapists, meditation scholars and scientists aim to answer an ambitious question: How can therapists cultivate wisdom and compassion in themselves and their clients?

 

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Daniel Bassill & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy

Daniel Bassill & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Daniel Bassill is founder of Tutor/Mentor Connection and CEO of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
Sympathy = random acts of kindness. The philanthropic systems of support for charity are built more on sympathy than empathy, thus they are not consistent streams of support that are required to solve complex problems in many places.

 

How to build a culture of empathy?


a) information collection.

 

b) advertising/public awareness to increase number looking at info.

 

c) facilitation/building understanding = like what happens in faith groups every week

 

. d) action – people using ideas in many places, where they provide time, talent, dollars, leadership, advocacy, etc. to help kids to careers

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Irmtraud Kauschat & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with NVC

Irmtraud Kauschat & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with NVC | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Irmtraud Kauschat is a medical doctor in Germany who works with alternative medicine, Compassionate Communication (NVC) and restorative conflict processes. She uses empathy in her medical practice and has done conflict mediation in Kenya.

 

Empathy is like creating bridges between people. The opposite is like a big river between people where they are separated.

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Mary Mackenzie & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with NVC

Mary Mackenzie & Edwin Rutsch:  How to Build a Culture of Empathy with NVC | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Mary Mackenzie is a CNVC Certified Trainer and executive director of Peace Workshop International. She is the author of "Peaceful Living: Daily Meditations for Living with Love, Healing and Compassion".

 

Empathy is like shifting smoothly into gear while the opposite is grinding the clutch and gears. To develope a culture of empathy, first, develop a consistent self empathy practice that you are committed to.

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Let's Talk About Empathy. How to Understand It.

Let's Talk About Empathy. How to Understand It. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathetic people are usually warm, affectionate, tender, endearing, those exact words, no exaggerating. They won't feel awkward or embarrassed in case they see you cry, and perhaps they will cry too just you won't feel alone. They are not afraid of shedding some tears, crying for them it's not something to be embarrassed about. Soon they come to realize that the emotions they've been experiencing during those moments are inhumanly strong and difficult to control and they share them back, they keep it mutual, sharing it's one of their things. They trust you, by default, that you can overcome different difficult situations, they inspire you with enough self-confidence to do that.

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Cultivating empathy and compassion in education

Cultivating empathy and compassion in education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Vinciane Rycroft considers the value of teaching compassion in schools...

 

Many commentators are now calling for children to be educated in empathy and compassion. Bill Drayton for example, one of the fathers of social entrepreneurship, calls on educators to ensure that every young person learns applied empathy to avoid being marginalised...

 

An education in empathy gives young people opportunities to acknowledge the perspective of others. An education in compassion brings it one step further by identifying our fleeting response to an individual’s suffering and transforming it into a sustained altruistic attitude.

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Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers

Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"Love thy neighbor" is preached from many a pulpit. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists, agnostics and less religious people. 

 

In three experiments, social scientists found that compassion consistently drove less religious people to be more generous. For highly religious people, however, compassion was largely unrelated to how generous they were, according to the findings which are published in the most recent online issue of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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Are Highly Religious People Less Compassionate?

Are Highly Religious People Less Compassionate? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A provocative new study from the University of California, Berkeley suggests highly religious individuals are less likely to help a stranger than less religious... 

 

Overall, we find that for less religious people, the strength of their emotional connection to another person is critical to whether they will help that person or not,” said UC Berkeley social psychologist Dr. Robb Willer, a co-author of the study.

 

“The more religious, on the other hand, may ground their generosity less in emotion, and more in other factors such as doctrine, a communal identity, or reputational concerns.”

 

By RICK NAUERT

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A New Study Changes Conventional Thinking About Very Religious People And Helping Strangers

A New Study Changes Conventional Thinking About Very Religious People And Helping Strangers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Overall, according to Willer, the research suggests that "although less religious people tend to be less trusted in the U.S., when feeling compassionate, they may actually be more inclined to help their fellow citizens than more religious people."


The study did not directly examine the reasons for why highly religious people are less compelled by compassion to help others.

 

by  Michael Kelley
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