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Bodies in Sync | Contagious laughter, yawns, and moods offer insight into empathy’s origins.

Bodies in Sync | Contagious laughter, yawns, and moods offer insight into empathy’s origins. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

That is where empathy and sympathy start—with the synchronization of bodies—not in the higher regions of imagination, or in the ability to consciously reconstruct how we would feel if we were in someone else’s “shoes.” And yet empathy is often presented as a voluntary process, requiring role taking, higher cognition, and even language. Accordingly, most scholarly literature on empathy is completely human centered, never mentioning other animals. As if a capacity so visceral and pervasive could be anything other than biological! To counter such widespread views, I decided to investigate how chimpanzees relate to and learn from one another.

 

By Frans de Waal

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StartEmpathy: Empathy Matters Journal Series: One principal shares about how she tries to cultivate empathy

StartEmpathy: Empathy Matters Journal Series: One principal shares about how she tries to cultivate empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One principal shares about how she tries to cultivate empathy within her students, teachers, staff, and administration.

 

This journal is dedicated to the idea that in order for schools to be places that foster empathy in its students, the teachers, staff, and administration need to be actively and collaboratively cultivating an empathic work environment. Therefore, in my journal entries I will focus on how I, as a school leader, actively seek to create a working environment in which empathy is encouraged and extended among the staff. I will examine how my role as a school leader presents me with unique challenges and opportunities for creativity, reflection, relationship building, and conflict resolution.

 

By Michelle Hughes

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Therapy Today - Promoting wellbeing through compassion

Therapy Today - Promoting wellbeing through compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research suggests that teaching people to develop self-compassion can reduce shame and self-criticism, as well as lead to improvements in other psychiatric symptoms

 

It’s hard to think of any talking therapy that doesn’t assume the importance of practising with compassion, and at the very least we are all familiar with Rogers’ core conditions of unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence. ...

 

CFT in practice
Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist who works for a mental health team in East London and was supervised by Gilbert. ‘I have been using CFT as my overarching model clinically for about six years with a broad base of clients including severe and chronic depression, trauma and enduring mental health problems. Sometimes just working with the formulation alone can be very powerful and it can be fascinating to see how patients depict the sizes of the circles with pen and paper – with the “threat circle” being huge, the drive system small, and the soothing system a tiny dot.’

 

by Julia Bueno

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Meditaters’ Brain Activity Changed Even When Not Practicing - Psych Central News

Meditaters’ Brain Activity Changed Even When Not Practicing - Psych Central News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A new study discovers participation in a meditation program can impact brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating.

 

Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston University (BU), and several other research centers also discovered brain changes were specifically linked to the type of meditation practiced.

 

"The two different types of meditation training our study participants completed yielded some differences in the response of the amygdala — a part of the brain known for decades to be important for emotion — to images with emotional content,” said Gaëlle Desbordes, Ph.D., corresponding author of the report.

 

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Prof. rats out rodents’ empathy on PBS show – The Chicago Maroon

Prof. rats out rodents’ empathy on PBS show – The Chicago Maroon | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

U of C neurobiology professor Peggy Mason and her team of researchers published their research that found that rats are capable of empathy, thus giving insight on how humans themselves interact last December. Wednesday night she shared her findings to a larger audience when she made a cameo on the PBS television show, NOVA ScienceNOW.


Mason’s research has already received significant attention from mainstream media and the scientific world, with her work featured in The New York Times and Scientific America, but she wanted to publicize the research further through the show so that it could be accessible to everyone.

 

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Corporate Empathy - Video Stories

Corporate Empathy - Video Stories | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"We all understand the need to treat our customers well and differentiate our product and service offerings - and paradoxically here lies the problem - most organisations aim to do exactly the same thing to customers.


Through this 30-video series I aim to simplify complex corporate phenomena’s through simple unrelated stories and models which will help you to think differently about particular situations and to find solutions” 

 

By Jamie Lywood

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Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain - Massachusetts General Hospital

Meditation appears to produce enduring changes in emotional processing in the brain - Massachusetts General Hospital | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A new study has found that participating in an 8-week meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. In their report in the November issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston University (BU), and several other research centers also found differences in those effects based on the specific type of meditation practiced.

 

"The two different types of meditation training our study participants completed yielded some differences in the response of the amygdala – a part of the brain known for decades to be important for emotion – to images with emotional content," says Gaëlle Desbordes, PhD, a research fellow at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH and at the BU Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology, corresponding author of the report. "This is the first time that meditation training has been shown to affect emotional processing in the brain outside of a meditative state."

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How Empathy Paves The Way For Innovation

How Empathy Paves The Way For Innovation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sometimes, the best weapon to have in your business arsenal is a little empathy. Learn how you can help yourself by thinking about others....

 

But what is so powerful about Goleman's study is that we are more than simply wired to connect. In the words of Daniel Stern, MD, a research psychiatrist at the University of Geneva, "our nervous systems are constructed to be captured by the nervous systems of others, so that we can experience others as if from within their own skin, as well as from within our own."2 In short, we are not just wired to connect, we can resonate--experience the "other" intimately, directly, and unmistakably...

 

The slogan "Resonate" encourages us to totally and completely open to our world and recognize such openness to be ultimately compassionate...

 

From Fearless at Work by Michael Carroll,

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When Mindfulness Meets Compassion: Close Encounters in Contemplative Science

When Mindfulness Meets Compassion: Close Encounters in Contemplative Science | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

At the world's first International Symposia on Contemplative Studies held this April in Denver, it seemed as if the emerging field of meditation research had finally come of age. The gathering brought together research pioneers Jon Kabat-Zinn, Richie Davidson, John Teasdale and Marsha Linehan with groundbreaking contemplative teachers Sharon Salzberg, Roshi Joan Halifax, Matthieu Ricard and Brother David Stendl-Rast.

 

In fact, as the nearly 750 participants convened for what could have been just one more hi-tech conference, the event felt not just historic but oddly unearthly, like a real-world version of Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

 

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

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Empathy - Wiki Spoken Article

Empathy is the capacity to recognize feelings that are being experienced by another sentient or semi-sentient (in fiction writing) being. Someone may need to have a certain amount of empathy before t...
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Alcoholic men demonstrate a deficit in empathy and distorted view of irony | Science Codex

Alcoholic men demonstrate a deficit in empathy and distorted view of irony | Science Codex | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Emotions are often implicit undertones to our communication interactions, and decoding them requires substantial social and cognitive abilities. Prior research has shown that chronic alcoholics often demonstrate impaired socio-cognitive and communicative abilities as well as emotion-related behaviors. Male alcoholics in particular suffer from dysfunctions in empathy. A study of the ability of chronic male alcoholics to recognize the emotional component of irony in relation to their empathic abilities has found a clear deficit.

 

Results will be published in the February 2013 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View.

 

 

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Alcoholism Linked to Poor Sense of Empathy, Irony in Men

Alcoholism Linked to Poor Sense of Empathy, Irony in Men | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Alcoholic men tend to lack empathy and have a distorted view of irony, which suggests that they may have difficulty understanding complex forms of communication, according to a small new study.

 

Empathy is the ability to understand another person's feelings, and irony is a communication technique that uses words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of the literal meaning, for example, saying "What a beautiful view" when looking out the window at a brick wall.

 

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Study: Anterior insular cortex is necessary for empathetic pain perception.

Study: Anterior insular cortex is necessary for empathetic pain perception. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy refers to the ability to perceive and share another person's affective state. Much neuroimaging evidence suggests that observing others' suffering and pain elicits activations of the anterior insular and the anterior cingulate cortices associated with subjective empathetic responses in the observer. However, these observations do not provide causal evidence for the respective roles of anterior insular and anterior cingulate cortices in empathetic pain. Therefore, whether these regions are 'necessary' for empathetic pain remains unknown. Herein, we examined the perception of others' pain in patients with anterior insular cortex or anterior cingulate cortex lesions whose locations matched with the anterior insular cortex or anterior cingulate cortex clusters identified by a meta-analysis on neuroimaging studies of empathetic pain perception

 

Gu X, Gao Z, Wang X, Liu X, Knight RT, Hof PR, Fan J.

 

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Bonobos Catch Yawns from Friends: may have its roots in empathy,

Bonobos Catch Yawns from Friends:  may have its roots in empathy, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Contagious yawning in the monkeys may have its roots in empathy, which can help coordinate the emotions of a group..

 

For bonobos, yawning is contagious, but only between friends.

Yawns spread more easily between family and close friends, and from high-status monkeys to those lower on the totem pole, according to a study published online today (Nov. 14) in the journal PLoS ONE. This pattern of social yawning mimics one found in humans and suggests infectious yawning is a byproduct of empathy, which coordinates emotions in a group.

 

by Tia Ghose,

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Empathy Becomes a Revolutionary Force for Change

Empathy Becomes a Revolutionary Force for Change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is about to hit the big time. The view that we are essentially self-interested creatures is being overturned by evidence that we are also homo empathicus, wired for empathy, social co-operation and mutual aid. Neuroscientists have identified a ten-section “empathy circuit” in our brains, and evolutionary biologists such as Frans de Waal have shown that we naturally evolved to care for each other.

 

 This shift is starting to filter out from science and into psychology, business and social action. Smart advertising agencies talk about “empathic brands” that respond to their customers’ needs and make them feel socially connected – in 2013 they will be marketing them to you

 

By Roman Krznaric

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The Empathy Formula

The Empathy Formula | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Instead of offering disconnected but well-intentioned efforts to help children think, feel or act, would adults start to help children think, feel and act?

 

For over a year now, I've been working with a remarkable group of people at Ashoka who believe empathy is the foundational skill we need in order to become effective changemakers in modern society -- and who are bold/quixotic enough to envision a world in which one day, every child learns to master it as readily as s/he masters the ability to read and write.

 

As it turns out, there's a formula we can use to explain how people master empathy, even if no one's ever described it that way before. And best of all, it's got a familiar ring to it:

E = EC⊃2;.

 

by Sam Chaltain

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Harnessing Empathy In My New Role

Harnessing Empathy In My New Role | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In June, after the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy’s annual meeting exploring “widespread empathy” I offered three ideas for bringing empathy into system focused work.


A week into my tenure as VP of Policy and Communications (after spending seven years in the program department) I find myself ruminating on empathy again. This time, what role can empathy play in integrating the foundation’s program, policy, and communications work?

 

Elizabeth Krause

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Top tips on how to teach empathy and curb bullying

Top tips on how to teach empathy and curb bullying | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
On World Kindness Day, Vinciane Rycroft finds out why happiness may matter more in the classroom than results...

 

Teaching empathy is experiential. There is no flash card for empathy, it does not develop like that. You have to see it, to experience it, so we need to teach with empathy. My main advice to teachers is very simple: "Let's be people, human beings, before we are teachers."

 

And that starts with taking care of ourselves. Teachers are incredibly hard on themselves, in the same way that parents are hard on themselves. People don't appreciate how emotionally exhausting teaching is. So my first advice is really love yourself. Also, we might find that when we teach with empathy, we are less exhausted, because as we are connecting with students, they will behave differently, and it will reduce stress in the classroom.

 

Vinciane Rycroft

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I'll Be Doing Myself a Favour on World Kindness Day

I'll Be Doing Myself a Favour on World Kindness Day | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You see, scientific research is showing that being kind and compassionate to others is surprisingly good for you, and it's got me intrigued. Did you know, for example, that when we do something for someone else it activates the same parts of the brain that turn on when we eat a piece of chocolate, receive a reward or have sex?

 

Studies have also confirmed that we can deliberately 'train' in compassion - both towards ourselves and others - with a resulting boost to our happiness, our health, our working life and our relationships with others.

 

Andy Fraser

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Compassionate Louisville | Celebrate compassion today and each day

Compassionate Louisville | Celebrate compassion today and each day | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

On 11-11-11, Louisville became the seventh city in the world to affirm the Charter for Compassion. Soon thereafter, the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville was formed to lead and support a 10-year campaign to fulfill that commitment. The partnership is made up of many “leader supporters” who have dedicated their time and talents to this work.

 

The mission of the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville is to nurture and champion the growth of compassion.

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Oxytocin: Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Oxytocin: Too Much Of A Good Thing? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There's been plenty of research showing that when people inhale oxytocin, they tend to have more positive social behavior: trust, generosity,empathy and communication. But if taking one whiff of oxytocin can make younicer, will taking oxytocin regularly keep you nicer? If you take a biggerdose, will it make you even nicer?

 

U.C. Davis researchers wanted to find out the long-term effects of taking oxytocin, so they studied prairie voles, the monogamous rodents that first demonstrated the positive social effects of this brain chemical.

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6 Ways to Deepen Your Compassion to Help Other People | Tiny Buddha

6 Ways to Deepen Your Compassion to Help Other People | Tiny Buddha | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

True compassion is hard work, but it’s worthwhile. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”\

In trying to help him, I too was changed for the better.

Among the many things I tried as part of the process, some worked. Here are the top six that have stood the test of time.

1. Listen.

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Signup to Join an Online Empathy Circle (Wait-List) | Facebook

Signup to Join an Online Empathy Circle (Wait-List) | Facebook | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We are creating a 'Waiting List' for joining new weekly Empathy Circles. Our Empathy Circle meetings are filled at the moment, but we will slowly be expanding them. Sign up now by clicking the [Join] button above and we will contact you as new circles form and spaces are available.

 

More About the Empathy Circles
Where: Online using Google Hangouts.
When: Committed Weekly or Drop-in Weekly
Length: 1 hr. 30. min to 2 hours
* No cost
* Four to five people to circle
* Circles are recorded and saved on YouTube

 

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" when a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, "Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me." Carl Rogers
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Start Empathy: How Nurturing Babies Cultivates Empathy

Start Empathy: How Nurturing Babies Cultivates Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sue Gerhardt, author of 'Why Love Matters', illustrates the important connection between nurturing infants and the development of empathy.

 

Why do you think empathy is important for children to develop?
 

Empathy is one of our highest human skills and holds families and societies together. Feeling connected to other people is probably the deepest satisfaction we will ever know. How terrible for children who are being brought up without that capacity – and how risky for the future of the planet. I talk about some of these bigger issues in my book The Selfish Society: How We Forgot to Love Each Other and Made Money Instead (Simon and Schuster 2010).

 

At what point do you think children who have been nurtured at a

young age are able to behave with a spirit of empathy?

 

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Empathy is the best medicine, says new study - - ModernMedicine

Empathy is the best medicine, says new study - - ModernMedicine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Patients of empathetic physicians have better outcomes and fewer complications, according to a new study conducted by a team at Thomas Jefferson University and researchers in Italy.

The study, a larger-scale version of one conducted in 2011, found that diabetic patients of more empathetic physicians suffered fewer acute metabolic complications.

 

Compared to the 2011 study, which measured physician empathy by the hemoglobin A1c test and cholesterol levels, the new study measured how physician empathy impacted acute metabolic complications because they require hospitalization and can develop quickly. Additionally, the prevention of acute metabolic complications is more likely to be influenced by primary care physicians, according to researchers at Thomas Jefferson University.

 

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