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Compassion and Empathy in Social Justice

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Using a few pricinples of non-violent communication and comments from friends, I examine the balance between empathy in social justice and compassion.

 

While I certainly don’t always practice the concepts of non-violent communication, I found the concepts surrounding it useful and I’ve found the discussions and the points my friends have brought up useful as well. While I’ve also struggled with expressing and receiving empathy, I’ve also had issues with arguing and fighting past a point of self-care where I was not only wasting my time, but causing myself more stress and frustration in the end.

 

So with all of these in mind, I want to recap a few basic principles:

 

You are taught and encouraged to be oppressive towards yourself and to others.

Someone who does not have any empathy is incapable of giving you empathy.

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Rafiq Hajat's curator insight, July 14, 2013 9:40 AM

People, who have been dehumanised for decades, may find it difficult to extend humanity to others.

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Steven Spielberg Reflects on 20th Anniversary of 'Schindler's List'

Steven Spielberg Reflects on 20th Anniversary of 'Schindler's List' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"Sometimes it seems as if there are still people immune to the notion of empathy, of compassion," Spielberg said at a news conference Wednesday in Pasadena. "People who see disturbing images on media and on television, people who watch, let's say, a clip of random violence or discrimination or bullying on YouTube and stand silent.

 

So many in the world refuse to bear witness and do something about it. And I'm finding that in many cases technology is becoming more of a vehicle of voyeurism than a vehicle for change."

 

 


Steven Spielberg launches project to teach empathy
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"The compassion shown by Oskar Schindler during World War II, which inspired director Steven Spielberg to make "Schindler's List," is the inspiration for a project aimed at the next generation.

 

Spielberg spent Wednesday morning at the Chandler School in Pasadena, where he launched the USC Shoah Foundation's IWitness Video Challenge. 
 

the best way to teach empathy is with examples of it, so that maybe someday, kindness will be a natural reflex and not just a random act."

 

"Sometimes it seems as if there are still people immune to the notion of empathy, of compassion.."

 


 

 

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Sustaining Compassion in Health Care

Sustaining Compassion in Health Care | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As demands on health care providers increase, compassion becomes more difficult to sustain. But a new training holds the promise of helping them meet those challenges.

 

After 30 years in health care, I was ready to retire. But instead I found myself walking into a classroom at the Stanford University School of Medicine for the first day of a teacher-training program at the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education. I was about to learn a new model for teaching the cultivation of compassion.

 

As a Buddhist practitioner, I had always believed that the transformation of the mind and heart was possible for every human being. It was clear to me that these contemplative practices that I had known personally to be transformative could change health care. But only recently has scientific evidence emerged that validated these beliefs.

 

By Robert McClure

 

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Reducing School Violence by Teaching Empathy

Reducing School Violence by Teaching Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far. " -  Professor Daniel Goleman

 

Over the past month, we have had informal discussions at the Center about violence from bullying to bullets.  Teachers and parents, given the events of the past few months, seem to be struggling to find ways and resources to help their children be more in touch with their feelings and concerns about what happens to themselves and others.  Thus, I want to say a few words about empathy.

 

Reflecting on our discussions, I began asking myself some questions about the emotions of sympathy and empathy.  For example, the cards, flowers, letters that the Sandy Hook tragedy generated - were those the expressions of sympathy or empathy?

 

By Ed DeRoche

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Children and empathy | MSU Extension

Children and empathy | MSU Extension | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a skill that develops with teaching, modeling and practice. Michigan State University Extension says that there are several ways to help children develop a sense of empathy:

 Use nurturing discipline techniquesTeach children to express their feelingsIdentify and honor your children’s feelingsModel empathyTeach children to care for things like pets and plants Teach children to share

Most of all, children learn empathy when they are treated with empathy. For more information, read How Children Develop Empathy.

 by Angela Harris


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How to Help Your Child be Empathetic

How to Help Your Child be Empathetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Few emotions in life are more difficult to teach a child than empathy.  It is a confusing, complicated and mature emotion that even most adults have yet to master.  However, teaching a child empathy can have lasting effects on her as she grows up.  Empathy is a valuable tool to possess and can help a child cooperate with others in school and in life.  It can help her grow to be a compassionate and kind person.


Show empathy to your child and others.  This is always the first step you should take when teaching your child anything.  She cannot learn empathy unless someone first works to understand her point of view. 


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Video: Stephen Colbert Tears Up After Being Called a Bully

Video: Stephen Colbert Tears Up After Being Called a Bully | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
‘The Colbert Report’ host learns a lesson in empathy by the author of ‘Sticks & Stones,’ a book about defeating the culture of bullying.

Stephen Colbert may not have known what empathy was at the start of this clip about bullying, but he gets a little taste of it toward the end.

As Colbert interviews Emily Bazelon about her new book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, he stops her with a burning question.

 

“Do you think I’m a bully?” he asks.

 

Her response sets Colbert into an emotional tailspin.



By Paige Brettingen

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Andrew Lawrence's curator insight, April 10, 2013 9:42 PM

LOL at Colbert. It's about time someone gave him some of his own medicine. Joking. But Emily is right. Bullying has become a bigger problem with the development of social networking sites and such. Cue, "Oh, hold up gurl, hold my earrangs. Imma tweet about this [explicit]."

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The Practice of Empathy - Forbes

The Practice of Empathy - Forbes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A client of mine is totally fed up with his boss. He has recently undergone quite a difficult, uncomfortable operation – the second in a series. Since then, there have been several interactions with his boss. Not once has he been asked how he is; worse, the task heat is full-on with a series of late night conference calls, led by the boss who always requires my client’s attendance. Amazed by the complete lack of empathy shown by his boss, my client is fast losing trust in him.

 

Empathy is right at the core of trusted relationships. If someone is genuinely on our side, interested in what we are thinking and feeling, and intent on helping us out – then we feel safer with them, readier to talk about what is uncomfortable and challenging for us, and more prepared to give them our trust.


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Nicole Chen and Vinitha Watson: On Empathy and the Medical Student Resident Experience

Nicole Chen and Vinitha Watson: On Empathy and the Medical Student Resident Experience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Power of Design ThinkingDesign thinking is a process that employs "creativity grounded in user insight, empathy, visual storytelling, prototyping, and innovation," as Chen describes it. "It is powerful because it's a specific, actionable approach that can help solve complex, ambiguous problems in creative ways." Watson adds: "It's grounded in observation and ethnography, and centered on human needs."

The process of working with Johns Hopkins began with empathy, inspired by Watson's personal experience. "The School of Medicine had originally approached me about designing a humanitarian and ethics-based program to more deeply educate their doctors about patient care.

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Reading Fiction Can Make You More Empathetic

Reading Fiction Can Make You More Empathetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Fiction as an empathy workout. What makes bookworms such bleeding hearts? A new study led by P. Matthijs Bal of VU University in the Netherlands finds that readers who emotionally immerse themselves with written fiction for weeklong periods can help boost their empathetic skills.


The researchers discovered this by having university students read either fiction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and José Saramago or items from a newspaper. Gauging the participants' empathetic abilities and self-reported emotions before and after such reading sessions, they found that the fiction readers got more of an emotional workout than the nonfiction readers. And they became noticeably more empathetic after a week of such experiments.


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Scott Swain's curator insight, February 25, 2013 9:32 PM

Being a book nerd since 4 months old when mom put books in her vagina, I love hearing stuff like this!

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Wrapped up in a Book: The Role of Emotional Engagement in Reading | EveryONE

Wrapped up in a Book: The Role of Emotional Engagement in Reading | EveryONE | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The researchers conducted two studies to explore the relationship between fiction and empathy. In the first, they recruited university students and randomly assigned them to read either a piece of fiction or non-fiction. Participants in the fiction group read an excerpt from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Adventure of the Six Napoleons’. Participants in the non-fiction group read selections from a newspaper. To make the passages as similar as possible, the researchers chose news articles that focused on an individual, mirroring the potential for fiction readers to engage with the main character in story.

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Ode to empathy

Ode to empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The discussion around empathy seems to be growing exponentially. From the huge splash Brené Brown is making with her work on shame, vulnerability and empathy to Jeremy Rifkin’s vision of our moving towards an Empathic Civilization,empathy is becoming a 21st century buzzword. And rightfully so.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.

 

by Jen Hinton

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Ryan Burwell's curator insight, March 3, 2013 2:16 PM

It's wonderful to hear the growing call for global empathy.  It is essential that we use our communication tools to spread more than just information around the globe.  Gaining insight rather than just knowledge, and compassion rather than just awareness is the next step of the social media revolution.

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Empathy Fail - Childswork-Childsplay Blog

Empathy Fail - Childswork-Childsplay Blog | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There is a popular myth that autistics lack empathy. I think most parents of autistic children (and autistics themselves when asked) recognize that as false. What I think is more fair to say is that empathy can be hard, hard for anyone. And if I’m to teach my kids how to empathize with their peers, I should know how myself, right? Well, I’ve been doing empathy wrong.


Empathizing doesn’t mean admitting you’re wrong.

I don’t think that empathizing necessarily means that you have to change anything. I don’t think it means that you are always wrong and the other person is always right. It just means instead of dismissing the other person’s emotional response, you do the hard work of trying to understand it before deciding.


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Cultivating Compassion: Empathy, Leadership and Social Change

Cultivating Compassion: Empathy, Leadership and Social Change | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 March 6, 2013 in the Kirby Ballroom. The conference begins at 9 am with a welcome from Vice Chancellor Lisa Erwin and ends at 6 pm. 

The conference is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. There will be a wide variety of topics addressing empathy including Neuroscience, Evolution and Empathy; Empathy and Healing through Art; Poetry and Empathy; Empathy, Race and Character; and many others. There is limited space for some of the workshops and preregistration is encouraged. Registration and information is online at: Cultivating Compassion: Empathy, Leadership, and Social Change.

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Does Mindfulness Make You More Compassionate?

Does Mindfulness Make You More Compassionate? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research has started to document empirical evidence of this connection between mindfulness and compassion, consistently finding over the past two decades that mindfulness increases empathy and compassion for others and for oneself.

 

For example, in my first research publication, published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine in 1998, we found that Jon Kabat-Zinn’s eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program significantly increased empathy in medical students.

 

Another study that my colleagues and I conducted, published in the International Journal of Stress Management in 2005, concluded that MBSR training increased self-compassion in health care professionals. More recently, we examined the impact of mindfulness training on counseling psychology students and discovered that it significantly increased self-compassion—which, in turn, led to declines in stress and negative emotion and increases in positive emotion.

 

By Shauna Shapiro

 

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Lucas Eaton's curator insight, May 28, 2013 11:45 PM

Interesting, through my own stress management plan i also noticed myself become more compassionate. Im no physcologist but i imagine it has something to do witht he elimination of distractions. When you eliminate distractions brought on by stress it allows you to see the world for the full picture and not the world through the distroted eye of a stressed person. When doing this you ignore the things that make you frustrated and start seeing the world as a philanthropist, a place where one can do good and help. 

Miguel A. de Jesus's curator insight, September 6, 2013 1:15 AM

Another article that builds on our current knowledge of Self Awarenes and Self Management, two of the core principles in developing Emotional Intelligence.

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Empathy vs Sympathy - Difference and Comparison

Empathy vs Sympathy - Difference and Comparison | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What's the difference between Empathy and Sympathy? Empathy is the ability to mutually experience the thoughts, emotions, and direct experience of others.

 

Empathy is the ability to mutually experience the thoughts, emotions, and direct experience of others. It goes beyond sympathy, which is a feeling of care and understanding for the suffering of others. Both words have similar usage but differ in their emotional meaning.

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Is Empathy the Antidote to Bullying?

Is Empathy the Antidote to Bullying? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This idea of empathy is one that will not only have a bearing on our children's school lives, but also on the adults they will grow into being. The culture of bullying extends way beyond teasing in the schoolyard and far into the reaches of how our society operates.

 

Corporations bullying the planet and its resources for profit, politicians bullying citizens for control and dominance, police bullying peaceful protesters out of fear of revolution, countries bullying countries in the form of war. Many people excuse both bullying and this type of destructive systemic geopolitical activity as "human nature," but according to Jeremy Rifkin, author ofThe Empathic Civilization, empathy is our natural state of being.

 

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Brookfield students learn about empathy, bullying through Climb Theatre interplay

Brookfield students learn about empathy, bullying through Climb Theatre interplay | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As stories about bullying in schools, on school buses and on playgrounds circulate nationwide, a Minnesota-based theater teamed up with two Elmbrook schools to teach young children ways to prevent it from happening.

 

Climb Theatre presented 40-minute empathy interplays for all of the students at Brookfield and Burleigh elementary schools last week, meant to show students what it's like to be on the receiving end of bullying.

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Asperger's: A Study on Empathy - NCLD

Asperger's: A Study on Empathy - NCLD | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As someone with Asperger’s, I have noticed that, now, when I mention to people that I have Asperger’s, they tend to ask questions such as, “Are you Rain Man?” and “Do you have emotions?” 

I’d like to offer a different perspective on what it means to have Asperger’s (slated to be placed under the umbrella of “Autism Spectrum Disorder” in the newest edition of the DSM). Despite all the grief that it has given me, it has been a positive part of my life. One characteristic of Asperger’s Syndrome is “limited empathy.” Apparently, I’m supposed to have a hard time understanding the needs and emotions of others. I feel that my experience has been contrary to that idea; Asperger’s has made me a kinder and more caring person who understands what it means to struggle and wants to make life easier for others

 

By: Adam Ninyo, Intern

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Science of Compassion: Business & Compassion Part 2

Science of Compassion: Business & Compassion Part 2 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In my previous blog regarding stress in the workplace, I discussed the deleterious effects of stress on job performance and health. But how can this be done? Clearly, the solution is bringing into balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. By increasing the tone of the parasympathetic nervous system and decreasing the tone of the sympathetic nervous system, we are brought into true balance. This is done through compassion. 

 

In a compassionate workplace, employees are fulfilled, committed, and engaged, leading to maximal productivity.

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People with OCPD have a natural gift for empathy.

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People with OCPD have a natural gift for empathy.

 

People with OCPD have the capacity to experience great emotional depth because of their  hypersensitivity. They are able to feel emotions that most of the world will never be able to feel or understand. People with emotional sensitivity also have a heightened sense of the emotions of others. Even if others say, “I’m doing fine,” people with OCPD have the ability to see right through surface level communication. In an instant, people with OCPD can assess the body language and tone of voice of others and figure out the true emotions behind all the masks that people put on.


Some people with extreme emotional sensitivity, such as myself, possess a  

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The Most Empathetic Generation?

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Ladies in your 50s, give yourselves a pat on the back. And maybe pat a few friends while you’re at it: After all, new research shows that women in their 50s are more empathetic than individuals in any other age group. 

 

Researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed survey data from more than 75,000 American adults to reach that conclusion. In particular, they found that women aged 50 to 59 were more likely to report reacting emotionally to the experiences of others, as well as making an effort to understand different perspectives. 


By Erin Maher

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Empathy, Misbehavior, and Developing a Conscience

Empathy, Misbehavior, and Developing a Conscience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Nancy Eisenberg’s article on helping children develop their natural tendencies for empathy touches on issues addressed in three or four of my pieces in this column in the past five years. Though the columns in question have addressed empathy in a variety of ways, the thread is the same: there are actions—easily accomplished actions—we can take in our schools that can help children grow up with a disposition to be aware of others and sensitive to their needs.

The “king” of empathy studies and translating them to the public is Martin Hoffman, whose book Empathy and Moral Development (Cambridge, 2000) is a valuable resource for educators and parents alike. Certainly Hoffman would agree with Nancy Eisenberg’s eight suggestions in this newsletter (he cites her research at several points in his book), but the action he clearly stresses above others entails pointing out the consequences of actions and trying to understand others’ feelings.

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Bringing Empathy into the Social Media Sphere

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A look at how we can use social media in a more respectful and empathetic way towards our kids.

 

For parents, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter can be a mixed blessing. Seeing other people's adorable children can be heartwarming, but depending on the kind of day you are having, it can also leave you feeling inadaquate, unsure, or like you are the only parent in the world who is stressed out or dealing with less than ideal behavior…

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Young and Old Alike Show Less Empathy Than the Middle-Aged

Young and Old Alike Show Less Empathy Than the Middle-Aged | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy over the lifespan is an inverted U-shaped curve

 

'm always made a little uncomfortable by studies that assert that Millennials are the most narcissitic generation in history. To me, being young has always meant being self-absorbed; in many ways, that's what youth is for.

 

But this new study about empathy over the lifespan is less offensive to me, even though it reaches a similar conclusion, because it doesn't single out young adults as being self-centered; older adults are almost as bad. The study found that empathy actually exhibits an inverted U-shaped curve over a typical life -- it's not so great in youth, but it's not so great in old age, either. If you want to find someone who can truly feel your pain, turn to a middle-aged woman.

 

“Overall, late middle-aged adults were higher in both of the aspects of empathy that we measured,” said Sara Konrath, PhD, an assistant research professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and co-author the article, which appeared this month in Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.


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