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One Question That Changed Our Organization: Do you teach empathy at Cleveland Clinic?

One Question That Changed Our Organization: Do you teach empathy at Cleveland Clinic? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It happened eight years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I had been invited to Harvard Business School to discuss a case study on Cleveland Clinic. After a very positive first session, a student at the second session raised her hand and said, “Dr. Cosgrove, my father needed mitral valve surgery. We knew about Cleveland Clinic and the excellent results you had. But we decided not to go because we heard you had no empathy there. We went to another hospital instead.”

 

The student then asked me: “Dr. Cosgrove, do you teach empathy at Cleveland Clinic?”

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Empathy as a Path to Climate (and Energy) Progress

Empathy as a Path to Climate (and Energy) Progress | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Can the kind of empathy driving a new push on gun control carry over to climate change?

 

It’s great to see this line of thinking, and feeling, explored afresh. I’ve been criticized in the past for seeing work that builds the human capacity for connectedness and empathy as more valuable than demanding targets for the concentration of carbon dioxide.

The problem with the argument for greenhouse-gas action based on morality and empathy is that it clashes with other moral imperatives.

 

By ANDREW C. REVKIN

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Empathy 101

Empathy 101 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Create one mandated course for high school students nationwide. What does it include? At a recent dinner, this was one of the prompts for group discussion. Without hesitation, my mind sounded one clear word.

 

Empathy.

 

The ability to reference another’s perspective, considering their experiences and worldview, in order to better understand behavior and intention.

 

“Putting yourself in their shoes.

 

”The capacity to recognize another’s emotions and experiences, closing the gap between selfand other.Identifying a [valuable] perspective different than your own

 

Requires: self awareness, confidence, openness (personal traits)Requires: listening, open communication, careful observation (communication skills)

 

NOT sympathy

 

NOT pity

 

Often a precursor to compassionIntegral for collaborations, understanding, effective and worthwhile discussions, conflict resolution

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Empathy Imperiled: Capitalism, Culture, and the Brain: Gary Olson

The most critical factor explaining the disjuncture between empathy’s revolutionary potential and today’s empathically-impaired society is the interaction between the brain and our dominant political culture. The evolutionary process has given rise to a hard-wired neural system in the primal brain and particularly in the human brain.  

 

This book argues that the crucial missing piece in this conversation is the failure to identify and explain the dynamic relationship between an empathy gap and the hegemonic influence of neoliberal capitalism, through the analysis of the college classroom, the neoliberal state, media, film and photo images, marketing of products, militarization, mass culture and government policy. This book will contribute to an empirically grounded dissent from capitalism’s narrative about human nature.  

 

Empathy is putting oneself in another’s emotional and cognitive shoes and then acting in a deliberate, appropriate manner.   Perhaps counter-intuitively, it requires self-empathy because we’re all products of an empathy-anesthetizing culture. The approach in this book affirms a scientific basis for acting with empathy, and it addresses how this can help inform us to our current political culture and process, and make its of interest to students and scholars in political science, psychology, and other social sciences. 

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A Lack of Empathy Causes Conflict at Family Gatherings

A Lack of Empathy Causes Conflict at Family Gatherings | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

An alarming decrease in empathy can make Christmas 2012 a perfect storm for conflict and anger. Families everywhere will be getting together for festivities, food, and football. Unfortunately, conflict and anger often accompany such family gatherings. Past conflicts come up. Old arguments still brewing percolate at the dinner table. A new front of heated arguments are likely to arise this year as differing views about the recent Connecticut school murders are sure to be a hot topic. Gun control advocates will face off against second amendment defenders. Family gatherings don’t have to be upsetting or full of conflict. With a little empathy and the tips offered below, every household can be full of peace and true Christmas joy.

By Mark Jala

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Diana Smith, M.S., Ed's curator insight, December 20, 2012 9:32 PM

Or...families in denial say and do the right same thing-the ritual of denail. No one talks about real issues, real life unless the black sheep of the family, the one person everyone dreads and avoids. You know, the truth teller. The one that speaks on the topic at hand as everyone else, but unlike the others, they haven't learned the denial lingo, so they speak..the truth as they remember. Those truth tellers can be terrifying ...can ruin a family function in less than a minute. And the worst part? They are clueless. They just talk as they talk with the people they hang out with. But instead of being shown other viewpoints or compassion about a tough situation. At the dinner table, the truth teller doesn't know what they said or did that was wrong. No one says anything, but first the silence sets in, then the host looks uncomfortable, then her husband gives her a knowing glance and a quick shake of the head. The topic is changed, but the truth teller should be warned. They are on to you now. Expect more silence whenever you join a small crowd of talkers. You don't belong. People don't lie truth tellers, and will go to extremes to avoid them when their words will not help or support the mask or wall of denial they share with others. You are a threat, a very real threat. Someday through the gossip chain you may hear how you offended everyone, you talked about taboo subjects (like a funny story  you experienced, but you forgot to get the other version), or how mean you were. Never to your face. But you'll apologize even if not true or you don't understand why the truth wasn't mentioned at the time; you did not have a clue. While this is tough on the TT, the good news is, should any of them every need to hear the truth or ask about something no one else will say, you will be the first to hear from them. But worry not, it's not likely. Then you wouldn't be the outcast. You'd start a rebellion. My God, what's next?

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Teaching Children Compassion Instead of Violence | VegWorld Magazine

Teaching Children Compassion Instead of Violence | VegWorld Magazine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

For years I visited classrooms and led compassionate-living programs for students of all ages.  The school programs consisted of three basic parts:

 

1.  Connect children to the natural world so they can fall in love with the earth.


2.  Give them background on the reality and impacts of many of our daily choices, including those surrounding our food, entertainment, medical testing, clothing and other products.


3.  Provide them with empowering, compassionate, alternative choices in all areas of life. 


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Mindfulness Training and the Compassionate Brain: Meditation cultivates concentration, empathy, and insight at a neural level.

Mindfulness Training and the Compassionate Brain: Meditation cultivates concentration, empathy, and insight at a neural level. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Meditation cultivates concentration, empathy, and insight at a neural level.

 

A study from November of 2012 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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Compassion Fatigue: Practical Applications for Nursing Professionals.

Compassion Fatigue: Practical Applications for Nursing Professionals. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Nurses are on the front line of care for the ill, wounded, and traumatized individuals and are called upon to deliver compassionate care to their clients. Empathy and compassion are essential qualities for successful healing environments, vital for both the providers and receivers of health-promoting interactions.

Betsy Murphy is a certified holistic nurse who is interested in exploring mind body methods to help preserve compassion in nurses.
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An added element that may be what you needed to help your patients #nursing 

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Teaching the ABCs of Attention, Balance and Compassion: Susan Kaiser Greenland at TEDxStudioCityED

Founder of the Inner Kids program, Susan Kaiser Greenland adapted adult meditation practices for kids, seeing a marked improvement in their capacity to focus, calm themselves, and manage stress. She is also the author of The Mindful Child.

Susan shares her insights on how children can learn practical skills to live more balanced, joyful lives. Her approach for teaching mindfulness to kids involves research-based techniques and playful activities.
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Moral evaluations of harm are instant and emotional, brain study shows | ScienceBlog.com

Moral evaluations of harm are instant and emotional, brain study shows | ScienceBlog.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

People are able to detect, within a split second, if a hurtful action they are witnessing is intentional or accidental, new research on the brain at the University of Chicago shows.

The study is the first to explain how the brain is hard-wired to recognize when another person is being intentionally harmed. It also provides new insights into how such recognition is connected with emotion and morality, said lead author Jean Decety, the Irving B. Harris Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at UChicago....

The research may help inform other areas of neurodevelopment research, including studies of the moral responses of psychopaths and of children who lack empathy for others, displaying what are called callous-unemotional traits.

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Tragedy underscores need to teach empathy

Tragedy underscores need to teach empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
For 30 years, we've taught children to care foremost about themselves. That was a mistake.

As the country pours out its empathy for the latest shooting victims, we all ask ourselves the question: "Why do events like this happen?"

I believe the root cause is our nation's fetish with self-esteem building and our collective failure over the last 30 years to teach our children how to empathize with one another.

I am a counselor in a residential treatment program that works with kids who have a vast array of personality disorders. I go to work with the knowledge that if my coworkers and I are not effective in the messages we are sending to the students we work with, any one of them has the potential to produce the scene that was witnessed Friday in Newtown, Conn

Article by: LUKE MILLER
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Daily Kos: Empathy, Pain, Politics, and Polarization

Daily Kos: Empathy, Pain, Politics, and Polarization | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We may or may not, be hardwired to be empathic creatures -- but without it, human society can become one very ugly place. A place without help; a place without hope; a place built upon the bricks of anger and fear.
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Empathy comes from the heart, not the mind

Empathy comes from the heart, not the mind | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In his book, "Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis," Jeremy Rifkin argues that "...what is needed is a more transparent public debate around views of freedom, equality and democracy…a moratorium on the hyperbolic political rhetoric and incivility...and begin a civil conversation around our differing views on human nature. This would offer us a moment in time to listen to each other, share our feelings, thoughts, concerns and aspirations, with the goal of trying to better understand each others' perspectives, and hopefully find some emotional and cognitive common ground."
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Empathy plays a greater role in healthcare

Empathy plays a greater role in healthcare | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

With the Affordable Care Act tying patient satisfaction to hospitals' incentive payments, patient experience efforts have been moving up the priority list.

But at the Cleveland Clinic, the impetus to make it a top priority goes back to 2004, when a Harvard Business School student questioned the hospital system's lack of empathy, Cleveland Clinic CEO Delos "Toby" Cosgrove wrote yesterday in a blog post.

 

"Dr. Cosgrove, do you teach empathy at Cleveland Clinic?" asked the student, whose father chose a more empathic hospital for surgery, despite the system's clinical reputation.


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Empathy

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All About Empathy

Empathy is the experience of understanding another person's condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Empathy is known to increase prosocial (helping) behaviors. While American culture might be socializing people into becoming more individualistic rather than empathic, research has uncovered the existence of "mirror neurons," which react to emotions expressed by others and then reproduce them.

 

http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/empathy ;

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Empathy no substitute for good governing

Empathy no substitute for good governing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

But as the US opinion polls showed, empathy worked for Obama in this year's election only because he promised policies to match his rhetoric: healthcare for the uninsured, higher taxes on the wealthy, tax relief for the middle class.

 

The other problem with empathy, is that you inevitably exclude some people from what's supposed to be the great healing moment. Was Obama only talking to those with children when he said ''there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do''? There is something mildly offensive in the (unintended) implication that only those with children can truly feel solidarity and grief with parents at such a time.

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Author of Cook, Talk, Love Cites Lack of Empathy as a Source of Conflict at Family Gatherings, Offers Solutions

Author of Cook, Talk, Love Cites Lack of Empathy as a Source of Conflict at Family Gatherings, Offers Solutions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A lot of conflict today is caused by an alarming decrease in empathy. A 2010 study conducted at the University of Michigan found college students had a 40% decrease in empathy compared to their peers 30 years ago, with most of the decrease occurring in the last 10 years. Empathy is the ability to recognize feelings in other people. Empathy is a requirement of compassion. Empathy is where the line is blurred between our feelings and that of another person. Without empathy, one doesn’t care what another is feeling. Without empathy, it’s all about that person and no one else. This lack of empathy hurts relationships.

 

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Mirror Neurons: The Most Hyped Concept in Neuroscience?

Mirror Neurons: The Most Hyped Concept in Neuroscience? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Mirror neurons are fascinating but they aren’t the answer to what makes us human By Christian Jarrett, Ph.D...

 

Back in the 1990s neuroscientists at the University of Parma identified cells in the premotor cortex of monkeys that had an unusual response pattern. They were activated when the monkeys performed a given action and, mirror-like, when they saw another individual perform that same movement. Since then, the precise function and influence of these neurons has become perhaps the most hyped topic in neuroscience.

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Scientists Probe Human Nature--and Discover We Are Good, After All: Scientific American

Scientists Probe Human Nature--and Discover We Are Good, After All: Scientific American | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Recent studies find our first impulses are selfless

 

Although this evidence does not definitely solve the puzzle of human nature, it does give us evidence we may use to solve this puzzle for ourselves—and our solutions will likely vary according to how we define “human nature.” If human nature is something we must be born with, then we may be neither good nor bad, cooperative nor selfish. But if human nature is simply the way we tend to act based on our intuitive and automatic impulses, then it seems that we are an overwhelmingly cooperative species, willing to give for the good of the group even when it comes at our own personal expense.

 

By Adrian F. Ward

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Empathy at All Ages and Stages

Empathy at All Ages and Stages | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is everywhere at Georgetown Day School, from the kindergarteners earnestly trading “peace roses” to resolve peer conflicts to the fifth graders spiritedly debating food access in impoverished DC communities. The school’s comprehensive social curriculum, which encompasses all 1000 of the pre-K to 12th grade students, proves that it is indeed possible to meaningfully teach empathy at any age.

Starting as young as four, GDS students practice mediating conflicts by focusing on their friends’ perspectives, learning to put themselves in others’ metaphorical Velcro sneakers.

By Lita Tandon

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Guns and the Decline of the Young Man

Guns and the Decline of the Young Man | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Even if guns were to vanish, the specter that haunts our young men would still hover in silence, darkly.

A partial solution to these toxic circumstances could be a coordinated cultivation of what might be called an empathic habit. Most people surely felt an impulsive empathy for the parents and survivors involved in the Sandy Hook massacre, as shown by the countless memorial services and candlelight vigils that took place after the murders. But empathy could help best if exercised before rather than after such tragedies.

Empathy could serve many of us: those who have not yet put themselves in the position of a person who is losing their power and those who can aim a gun at someone without imagining themselves on the other end of the barrel. For those of us who belong to a demographic that is doing increasingly better, a trained empathic reflex toward those we know to be losing for our gains could lead to a more deferential attitude on our part and could constitute an invitation for them to stay with us. To delight in their losses and aim at them the question, “How does it feel?” will only trigger a cycle of resentment and plant the seeds for vengeance. It is crucial to accommodate the pain of others.

By CHRISTY WAMPOLE
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Patient Experience Empathy + Innovation

Patient Experience Empathy + Innovation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Patient experience has emerged as a dynamic issue for healthcare CEOs, physicians, and industry leaders. No provider can afford to offer anything less than the best clinical, physical and emotional experience to patients and families. As patients become savvier, they judge healthcare providers not only on clinical outcomes, but also on their ability to be compassionate and deliver excellent, patient-centered care.

The Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit is a three-day, multidisciplinary conference devoted to exploring patient experience as a key differentiator essential to the future of healthcare delivery. Click here to see the agenda from the May 20-22, 2012 Summit. The Summit will feature expert panel discussions about the national patient experience movement, providing participants from all disciplines the opportunity to identify shared challenges and inspire innovative solutions to help transform the patient experience and elevate customer satisfaction as a competitive differentiator.
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Annette Schmelling tells me the Cleveland Clinic is world class.  Looks like it to me!

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Ancient Bones That Tell a Story of Compassion

Ancient Bones That Tell a Story of Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In Vietnam, archaeologists say, a Stone Age community took care of a man who couldn’t take care of himself.

While it is a painful truism that brutality and violence are at least as old as humanity, so, it seems, is caring for the sick and disabled.

And some archaeologists are suggesting a closer, more systematic look at how prehistoric people — who may have left only their bones — treated illness, injury and incapacitation. Call it the archaeology of health care.

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International Coach Federation: Understanding empathy as a mirror neuron tool in a coach kit

International Coach Federation: Understanding empathy as a mirror neuron tool in a coach kit | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There are numerous examples in our day to day life where we relate to other people’s experiences almost as if they were our own. A person watching a football game can feel the rush and excitement almost to the same extent as the players themselves. While watching suspense movies, we find ourselves totally immersed in the experience of the movie characters. How one is able to tune into other people’s experiences, emotions and intentions so easily and instinctively?
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Schools need to create human beings and citizens who are empathetic

Schools need to create human beings and citizens who are empathetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There is a growing consensus that bullying and other kinds of violence can be reduced by encouraging empathy at an early age

While most of American is jostling over issues like gun control, improving mental health care, and reducing violence in media, we’re missing an indispensable element – why schools need to create human beings and citizens who are empathetic. Empathy is the ability to identify and understand the feelings and conditions of another person. Or as Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Empathic Civilization, puts it, “Empathy is the social glue that allows increasingly individualized and diverse populations to forge bonds of solidarity across broader domains so that society can cohere as a whole. To empathize is to civilize.”

by NIKHIL GOYAL
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