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How To Create An Empathy Map To Boost Conversions

How To Create An Empathy Map To Boost Conversions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If you could take the necessary steps to better connect with your audience; you'd drastically improve conversions. Making sales is all about knowing your audience. Understanding what they're going through.

 

One of the most useful exercises for gaining a better understanding of your audience is creating an empathy map. An empathy map is essentially a map of someone’s point of view. Your ideal buyers point of view or your target audience’s point of view.

 

It’s what your target buyers see, think, feel and hear. It’s about creating a map and avatar of their perspective allowing you to better understand them. That’s all it is, an exercise to help your understand your audience, their emotions, thoughts and beliefs.

 

by david m wood

 

Empathy Map

http://innovationgames.com/empathy-map/

The Empathy Map is applicable to any business, as it provides insight into key players who are necessary for your company’s success. Learn how to provide a better user experience by viewing the perspective of your stakeholders and identifying how to improve what they see, hear, think, gain, and are challenged by. Through the extensive collaboration and visual organization involved in this game, players are able to form a deeper understanding about what customers and business partners truly want from your company.

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Game Builds Student Empathy: Teaching healthy habits of the mind through gaming

Game Builds Student Empathy: Teaching healthy habits of the mind through gaming | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"I said that it was a challenge to game manufactures to develop games to cultivate compassion and kindness rather than games that promote aggression and violence.” Dr. Richard Davidson (University of Wisconsin–Madison)

 

The team is developing two kinds of games. One is to cultivate attention and the other to cultivate empathy, kindness, and pro-social behavior. Davidson said that ¬attention is a building block for learning. “If you can learn to focus your attention more skillfully and concentrate, that will have ripple effects on all kinds of learning,” he said.

 

Being successful in life may be achieved by being emotionally intelligent and thinking of others, according to Davidson. “Empathy,” said Davidson, who places empathy as a core part of emotional intelligence, “is actually a better predictor of life success than cognitive intelligence.

 

By Kelly Ni

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Fierce Compassion: Compassion does not imply ducking our responsibilities or shirking our power.

Fierce Compassion: Compassion does not imply ducking our responsibilities or shirking our power. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion does not imply ducking our responsibilities or shirking our power. Instead, it is a potent tool for transformation since it requires us to step outside of our conditioned response patterns.

 

I've spent quite a bit of my life as a meditation teacher and writer commending the strengths of love and compassion. So many times people have approached me and said something along the lines of, "I don't know about developing greater love and compassion. Surely that will consign me to only saying 'yes'/ refusing to take a stand/ letting other people be treated unjustly/ being a wimp."

 

by Sharon Salzberg

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How the Rich are Different from the Poor II: Empathy

How the Rich are Different from the Poor II: Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I believe that differences between individuals from relatively upper- and lower-class backgrounds lead to differences in empathy. This prediction is derived from the fact that the environments of lower-class individuals are relatively dependent on the social environment and on others. Disposed to reduced social and economic resources, lower-class individuals' outcomes are more likely to hinge on outside forces....

 

Research supports this prediction. For instance, in one illustrative study, University of Toronto employees from different educational backgrounds took an emotional intelligence test where they attempted to guess the emotions displayed in others' facial expressions.

 

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Animal abuse a 'red flag' for family violence | Voxy.co.nz

Animal abuse a 'red flag' for family violence | Voxy.co.nz | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We can reduce violence in our families and communities if we pay more attention to the abuse of animals, says a prominent US expert.

 

The internationally acclaimed lecturer and author is also to deliver the conference’s keynote speech on ‘Empathy Education’.

"There’s no doubting the link between animal abuse and violence towards our own species. Study after study shows a high incidence of animal abuse in the childhood histories of violent criminals and in the lives of families affected by violence, be it towards partners, children or elders.

 

"It’s also increasingly clear that animal abuse can act as a ‘red flag’ for the likelihood of violence towards humans..

 

 "This year’s conference will be devoted to ‘The Link’, a term covering both the empathetic relationship between animals and ourselves and the much darker connection between animal abuse and violence to humans,"

 

The 23rd NZ Companion Animal Conference 2012 
http://www.nzcac.org.nz/nz-companion-animal-conference/2012-nzcac-conference-details  ;

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Equality, empathy and psychopathy

Equality, empathy and psychopathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Sanatana Dharma is an ancient code of conduct originating with the Vedic culture some 8,000+ years ago.

 

While the work of Roots of Empathy represents the immunisation campaign to stem the spread of psychopathy, the need to quarantine already infected individuals and sanitise our social, economic and political institutions still remains unfulfilled. Nevertheless, time will eradicate psychopathy. Beings who cannot adapt to a changing environment become extinct and leaders who think and act without empathy will one day retire and die.

 

by Theresa St. Amant,

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The Icemen Cometh: Romney-Ryan and the future of compassion in America

The Icemen Cometh: Romney-Ryan and the future of compassion in America | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This national election has now become a referendum on whether we will choose the value of selfishness or of compassion.

 

Yes, Ryan’s attachment to the works of Ayn Rand is revealing of his own views and it’s deeply problematic. But the problem of selfishness as a virtue is far more widespread and corrosive in American society than the views of any one person.

 

Through decades of conservative ideology, the concept of freedom itself has been narrowed to mean simply ‘it’s okay to be selfish.’ In fact, caring for our fellow citizens is regarded as the antithesis of our own individual freedom.

 

Biblical truth teaches us that selfishness is profoundly destructive. The extreme of the “freedom agenda” is actually a counsel of despair.... 

 

Freedom isn’t selfishness. My freedom ultimately depends on my capacity to feel compassion for you, and the freedom we achieve together in mutual responsibility.

 

by the Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

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Patrick's comment, August 12, 2012 11:58 AM
For me personally, compassionately including the needs of the people around me into my decisions, is the most selfish thing I can do :)
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Romney Renews Focus on Empathy Gap With Obama

Romney Renews Focus on Empathy Gap With Obama | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A bruising summertime campaign by Democrats to tarnish and define Mr. Romney before he could fully introduce himself has contributed to a significant empathy gap with Mr. Obama. It is a rising concern among Romney campaign advisers, who are feverishly working to find ways to persuade voters that even though Mr. Romney is not like them, he can still relate to their lives.

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The Empathy Paradox: Mastering Empathy for Others Begins With Knowing Yourself

The Empathy Paradox: Mastering Empathy for Others Begins With Knowing Yourself | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Tahoe is my place for self-reflection – where is yours?

 

Empathy is ultimately other-regarding, but I’m convinced that mastering it begins with understanding yourself – your emotions, your desires, your flaws. And for me, it includes understanding how lucky I am to have Tahoe in the first place. In this way, empathy is hard: it takes awareness and perspective. It takes space. But in our world of relentless demands and distractions, it’s far easier to become self-absorbed than self-aware. Which is why it’s essential that we create this space for ourselves – in big ways and small – so that we can use our understanding of ourselves to better understand and serve others.

 

By Michael Zakaras

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Greater Good Science Center: Jason Marsh on How to Build a Culture of Empathy?

Greater Good Science Center: Jason Marsh on How to Build a Culture of Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Jason Marsh is editor in chief of Greater Good magazine and website at U.C. Berkeley. Jason is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a co-editor of, The Compassionate Instinct.

 

How to Build a Culture of Empathy?


First, promote personal contact across different groups. Do this in places like the workplace, schools and so on.

 

Second, encourage cross-group contact and perspective taking among kids and in schools. Create a curriculum of empathy within schools.


Third, inequality creates a negative spiral, it reduces empathy which creates more inequality, which reduces empathy further, which creates more inequality, etc. We need to create a positive spiral of more empathy, more equality, more empathy, more equality.

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Empathy Conference: Panel 11: Nurturing Empathy in the home: Attachment and reflective capacity.

Empathy Conference: Panel 11: Nurturing Empathy in the home: Attachment and reflective capacity. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Kim, Sarah and Elle discuss promoting empathy, reflection, safety, and compassion in relationships between adults and the infants and toddlers in their care.

 

Elle works as a life and business coach and has over 10 years experiencein the field of Health and Well-Being. Her background includes work as both an interventionist and educator in Infant Mental Health. Currently, she collaborates with entrepreneurs and leaders in effective online promotion of their work and assists individuals to operate at their maximum personal potential.

 

Kim has worked as a mental health therapist and consultant for 20 years. She has worked in the fields of both education and psychology most of her career. Her background includes work as an interventionist and teacher in child development and counseling couples, families and individuals. Currently, she collaborates with teachers and parents in coming up with a guidance plan to meet the social and emotional needs of children in Head Start and working with couples.

 

Sarah has been an Early Childhood Educator since 1996, working with young children, parents, and educators in the home and the community. She currently works part time as an Infant Mental Health Consultant providing support and guidance to childcare centers, foster programs, and Early Head Start staff.

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Empathy Conference: Panel 18: The intersection of conflict resolution and empathy

Empathy Conference: Panel 18: The intersection of conflict resolution and empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How do conflict resolution professionals describe empathy? What are the connections between empathy and healing conflict? How do coaches and mediators build empathy for their clients and themselves? How do forgiveness and empathy connect? These eloquent, distinguished experts in the field have a free ranging discussion of these and other related questions.

 

Topic and Questions

The general topic is the intersection of conflict resolution and empathy. I'm thinking of questions like--
 -  What does empathy mean to you?
- How does empathy fit with the work you do?
- How do you help clients/parties find empathy for each other?
- How/why does this help heal conflict?
- What makes finding empathy challenging?
- How are empathy and forgiveness different/the same?
 

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Can Borderline Individuals Show Empathy? Probably not when they're under stress....

Can Borderline Individuals Show Empathy? Probably not when they're under stress.... | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

For a number of reasons, showing empathy is problematic for people with borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, or both. Those with BPD are so caught up in their own emotional tornados that your concerns get lost in the chaos. And lack of empathy is defining feature in people with NPD, similar to the way fear of abandonment is a hallmark of BPD. In this blog post, I'll first explore the former. In the next, I'll look at the latter.

What is Empathy? How is it Different from Sympathy?

 

Empathy is the action of understanding, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another—even if you haven't had the same experience.

 

by Randi Kreger

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Self-Appreciation: The Flip Side of Self-Compassion

Self-Appreciation: The Flip Side of Self-Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Appreciation for our good qualities is really an expression of gratitude for all who have shaped us as individuals. Self-appreciation humbly honors those who have helped us become the person we are today.

 

So how do we celebrate our admirable qualities in a healthy way? I believe the answer is self-compassion, which involves treating ourselves with kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindfulness when considering our perceived inadequacies -- though in a different guise. I like to call it "self-appreciation." When we can enjoy what's good about ourselves, acknowledging that all people have strengths as well as weaknesses, we allow ourselves to revel in our goodness without evoking feelings of arrogance or overconfidence.

 

by Kristin Neff

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Empathy’s neural mechanism

Empathy’s neural mechanism | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Theory of Mind” (ToM) is a concept of the cognitive sciences that defines our ability to understand the intentions of others.

 

“Theory of Mind” (ToM) is a concept of the cognitive sciences that defines our ability to understand the intentions of others. Comprehending language requires reading in between the lines of spoken word. In comparison, ToM is a science that focuses on our adeptness at deciphering the meanings and intentions of conversation. ToM incorporates verbal and nonverbal elements of communication, from body language to voice inflections.

Recently, the neural network of ToM responsible for interpreting the full meaning behind a single remark has been identified.

 

by Cassandra Garbutt

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Equality, empathy and psychopathy

Equality, empathy and psychopathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Mirror neurons represent the hard-wired brain circuitry that animals possess for the function of empathy. Empathy is not an emotional faculty. It's a feature of our motor skills. Our brains are designed to allow us to know how other beings might be feeling and thinking as we observe them acting. Studies reveal that this isn't a psychic link, but rather something of a remote personal experience. We mentally experience vicariously with others as they experience physically.

 

Empathy is a healthy natural mental function in humans and other animals. There is no species barrier that prevents one species from empathising with another. In fact, empathy is known to arise quite naturally toward inanimate objects too. Being concerned about the environment isn't sentimental. It's the natural response of a healthy brain. Knowing how others might feel is a biological faculty and not a manmade moral option any more than equality is. Neither can be excluded from our conduct on the basis of personal choice. If a person chooses to live, they automatically enlist themselves into taking empathy and equality affirmative actions.

 

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Bullies squelched when bystanders intervene: study

Bullies squelched when bystanders intervene: study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Humans have evolved a genetically-controlled drive to help weaker individuals fight back against a bully. The drive to help the weaker group members led to a dramatic reduction in group inequality and eventually enabled humans to develop widespread cooperation, empathy, compassion and egalitarian moral values, according to the paper which appears today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

 

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Rat and ant rescues 'don't show empathy' - University of Oxford

Rat and ant rescues 'don't show empathy' - University of Oxford | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Studies of how rats and ants rescue other members of their species do not prove that animals other than humans have empathy, according to a team led by Oxford University scientists.

 

Empathy – recognising and sharing feelings experienced by another individual – is a key human trait and to understand its evolution numerous studies have looked for evidence of it in non-human animals

 

The article, entitled 'Pro-sociality without empathy' is published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

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Rat and ant rescues 'don't show empathy'

Rat and ant rescues 'don't show empathy' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Studies of how rats and ants rescue other members of their species do not prove that animals other than humans have empathy, according to biologists.

 

The ability to rescue another individual in distress, a typical empathic response of humans, appears in several other animals. Two recent laboratory studies led by US and French researchers looked at how rats and ants will attempt to free individuals of the same species they share a cage or nest with which have been restrained. However, writing in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, the Oxford-led team argues that such studies are not rigorous enough to separate examples of 'pro-social' behavior, the tendency to behave so as to benefit another individual, from genuine empathy.

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Sociopath World: Using babies to teach empathy

Sociopath World: Using babies to teach empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A friend sent me this older NY Times article about teaching at risk youth empathy by exposing them to and asking them to consider the well-being of babies. Why this works, no one knows for sure, but it seems to trigger in them a natural inclination to help altruistically, also shared by primates:

We know that humans are hardwired to be aggressive and selfish. But a growing body of research is demonstrating that there is also a biological basis for human compassion.

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Empathy: Obama's ace in the hole

Empathy: Obama's ace in the hole | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In political terms, empathy is usually described as “caring about the needs and concerns of everyday people like you", and is hugely influential because it logically follows that if someone cares about your needs, they'll try to fix them.
 

Thus, it's a more important measure than simple likability. After all, everyone likes Ronald McDonald, but we all know he's trying to kill us. If, however, he had empathy, he'd still be likable, but he wouldn't be trying to kill us, and we'd let him build in our neighborhoods.

Thus, empathy is, arguably, much more important to voters than the more popular measure of "likability".

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Panel Call for Papers--Empathy and Freedom: Race in the U.S. South

Panel Call for Papers--Empathy and Freedom: Race in the U.S. South | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Panel Call for Papers – Empathy and Freedom: Race in the U.S. South
Southern American Studies Association Conference
January 31-February 2, 2013
Charleston, SC

 

This panel will interrogate the relationship between empathy and the struggle for racial equality particularly in the U.S. South. Empathy remains a compelling mode of political engagement even when often dismissed as either insufficient or naive. In light of recent discoveries about the science and psychology governing the capacity for empathetic relations, this panel is particularly interested in rethinking the practice of empathy in historical, cultural, and literary accounts that seek to address and redress racial inequality. Ultimately, it is concerned with the cultural investment in empathy alongside the realities of its political consequences.

 

Questions to be considered include (but are certainly not limited to):

Is there still something to learn about matters of race from American literature’s most controversially empathetic writers (e.g., Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harper Lee, Kathryn Stockett)?
What is the relationship between gender and racial empathy? Is empathy gendered?
What is the relationship between sentimentality and empathy?
What is the instructive value of empathy in a neoliberal/late capitalist moment?
Can anyone really walk in someone else’s shoes without condescension, paternalism, or privilege?
Does empathy have any experiential authority?
And finally, what happens to the narrative of race in the U.S. South without the discourse of empathy?

This panel welcomes proposals that consider a ra

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Dee Reynolds & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Kinesthetic Empathy

Dee Reynolds & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Kinesthetic Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dee Reynolds is professor of French at the University of Manchester. She is editor/author of, among other books, Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices. A key interdisciplinary concept in our understanding of social interaction across creative and cultural practices, kinesthetic empathy describes the ability to experience empathy merely by observing the movements of another human being.

 

Dee is a founder of the 'Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy' project that uses audience research and neuroscience to explore how dance spectators respond to and identify with dance. It is a multidisciplinary project, involving collaboration across organizations and four institutions. The project has a website, Ning group and held a conference.

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Empathy Conference: Panel 6: How does Empathy Show up in Your Restorative Justice Work?

Empathy Conference: Panel 6: How does Empathy Show up in Your Restorative Justice Work? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


1. How do you all think restorative justice helps build empathy? Do you have a story of when you saw it or felt it?
2. When you are sitting in a restorative justice process how do you know when empathy is happening?
3. What ways do you work to build empathy when doing restorative justice?
4. What else would you like to say about restorative justice and empathy?

 

I’m Deb Witzel, the Executive Director for the Longmont Community Justice Partnership and CO-producer of the Colorado Restorative Justice Summit set for August 9, 10 and 11th in Denver.

 

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Top 10 reasons why empathy is a bad idea for business

Top 10 reasons why empathy is a bad idea for business | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

People talk quite a lot about empathy as an important quality of modern leaders. There are blogs and sites vaunting its beneficial powers (See below for a good list of resources). The issue is that empathy is not a natural skill. It takes time to develop and hone. And, I would argue that one’s ability to show or experience empathy changes according to the person, the context and one’s state of mind. Thus, empathy is something that may be in constant development. That takes effort and a certain myndset. For those of you not willing to make the effort, taking another tack, may I suggest this list is for you. What empathy is not for!

 

Herewith the top 10 reasons why empathy may not be a good idea in business. I have added some {tweet this} links to make it easier to tweet out certain phrases, if you feel like it!

 

1. Being an Army General and sending soldiers to war,...

2. In a fear and control style of management

3. When you have to cut costs and lay off people,

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by Minter Dial

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Mitch Owen's comment, August 22, 2012 6:47 AM
I would argue your examples validate the need for empathy. While business decisions have to be made in order to ensure a successful business, one should be emphatic in how one lay of employees. Being emphatic does not mean ignoring the context and difficulty of sound decision making.... rather the two go hand in hand to ensure success.