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Bill Drayton on the importance of empathy

Bill Drayton on the importance of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The single most important skill that every person must have today is empathy, according to Bill Drayton.


Drayton believes that the world will become an Everyone A Changemaker world, meaning people will understand that they can contribute value in their own way, they will organize themselves in teams similar to Google, and each team member will have mastered empathy.


“A simple analogy is a basketball team. When you watch basketball the ball goes to this person. That person makes an instantaneous decision. They have to make a judgment. There’s no team leader telling them what to do. Every team member is trying to help every other team member be the best possible player they can for the game and for all games. That’s what every team is trying to do,” said Drayton.

And in this new way of organizing, empathy is more important than ever.


“Every child must master empathy-based ethics. Why?  Because if you don’t have empathy-based ethics....


by Melissa Ip

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Teaching Empathy: The Ancient Way Is Now Cutting-Edge

Teaching Empathy: The Ancient Way Is Now Cutting-Edge | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Many people became aware of how emotional intelligence plays a role in a person’s success, both socially and professionally, with the publication of Dr. Daniel Goleman’s landmark book, “Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ,”


in 1995. Since then, organizations like CASEL (co-founded by Dr. Goleman and Timothy Shriver) and the Developmental Studies Center (founded by Dr. Eric Shaps) have conducted research on social and emotional learning programs and the positive effects these programs have on student achievement.


The Novo Foundation, the 1440 Foundation, and the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust have invested in evidence-based social and emotional learning programs that promote, among other things, pro-social skills development, empathy-consciousness within schools, equity-based opportunities for disenfranchised youth, and self-regulation and mindfulness practices.


By David Levine

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Compassion Training | Karuna Netherlands

Compassion Training | Karuna Netherlands | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion Training: Study and Practice in Contemplative Psychology 

This experiential two-year training teaches us to recognize basic sanity in ourselves and others and to trust that. We also learn to (re)connect with basic sanity and how we can utilize this when working with others. Mindfulness, compassion and meditation are the ground of our training. 


Mindfulness and Compassionate Presence in Working with Others 

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Empathy and Human Values in Products •

Empathy and Human Values in Products • | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’m going to speak about Empathy and what it has to do with designing and creating products that people will love.

Nima Gardideh

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Are you an Empath?

Are you an Empath? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Unfolding the Higher Paradigm. 

Imagine being able to feel and sense everything, whether positive or negative around you, 24/7.


An Empath can’t turn off empathy (unlike someone who is perhaps ‘empathising’). It is possibly one of the most challenging of psychic gifts to master.


I am an Empath who has spent nearly
two decades, since awakening,
mastering my empathic nature


 It is an ongoing process. I am still not perfect and not sure that I ever will be whilst incarnated here. I am however content, despite the challenges of integration, as I see it as an incredible gift to humanity…


By Openhand

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One Woman’s Empathy Is Another Man’s Bias: On Judges With Daughters

One Woman’s Empathy Is Another Man’s Bias: On Judges With Daughters | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
What should we make of a new study showing that judges who have at least one daughter may be more likely to rule in favor of women?


A recent study conducted by Maya Sen, a political scientist at the University of Rochester, and Adam Glynn, a government professor at Harvard, shows that judges who have at least one female child may be more likely to rule in favor of women in certain types of cases.


The report “Identifying Judicial Empathy: Does Having Daughters Cause Judges to Rule for Women’s Issues?” finds that having at least one daughter corresponds to a 7 percent increase in the proportion of cases in which a judge will vote in a feminist direction.


The study further finds that having one daughter as opposed to one son is linked to a 16 percent increase in the proportion of “gender-related cases decided in a feminist direction.” The study found the “daughter effect” was more dramatic in judges appointed by Republican presidents than in those appointed by Democrats.


By TAMARA TABO

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A Heart to Heart Conversation on Empathy

A Heart to Heart Conversation on Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There is a road from one heart to another


We also use empathy when hunting, not only for food and animals, but also for ideas in the business world.


  It is a way for us to stay ahead of the game by thinking like another to predict the next steps ahead.


Empathy is something that we do every day
without even realizing it
.


Empathy is a tool that when used for the greater good can provide us with creative thinking skills that might lead us to new scientific discoveries, better designed products that are good for us and also for our environment, or might lead us to positive behavior change which might simply enable us to be better friends, parents, and global citizens.


By Elif Gokcigdem

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The Art of Empathy

The Art of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Stories and narrative art teach us what lies at the heart of being the Church.


When Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan, he is reminding those listening that they have lost the ability to be empathetic.


But why did Jesus need to tell a story to make this point? Why not just say, “Ya know, you all need to be more empathetic”?


by Nate Risdon

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Try Walking In My Shoes: Fincina Hopgood and Patricia di Risio in Conversation

In February 2014, film scholars Fincina Hopgood and Patricia di Risio co-convened "Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen" in conjunction with the School of Culture of Communication at The University of Melbourne,


The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and The Dax Centre. Here "In Conversation" they discuss their motivations for mounting this rich, inter-disciplinary symposium  


and why empathy is such a crucial emotion
to explore in relation to
mental illness.

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Empathy In Action: One Teacher’s Story, Techniques and Tips

Empathy In Action: One Teacher’s Story, Techniques and Tips | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How project-based learning and a student-centered environment promotes plenty of opportunities for applying empathy


Creative Collaboration. When students work together on projects, they practice problem solving and critical-thinking. A recent study of economics prompted Leah’s class to decide that they wanted to open and run a school snack shop. So they needed to advertise! Students worked in groups of six to create advertising campaigns.


“The necessity of having to include everyone’s ideas in creating a unified vision for their campaigns was a great opportunity for practicing empathy,”


Leah observed. Ensuring that everyone’s ideas were incorporated was no small task, but it worked. Brilliantly!


By Eleanor Bedford


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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, June 20, 2014 5:09 PM

Now that "Empathy" is becoming a key word in education, bring on the arts.

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Empathy with Roman Krznaric - (Happyness Conference) YouTube

Roman Krznaric reveals how empathy can enrich our lives and help create a happier and more caring world. This talk was filmed at an Action for Happiness even...


Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Roman Krznaric 
http://bit.ly/yogvQs 


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Can empathy really work in a business world dominated by testosterone?

Can empathy really work in a business world dominated by testosterone? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy isn't some soft and fluffy add-on best left to the "dolly birds" in HR, but a hard, teachable skill that opens the door to profit. But he wasn't the only one needing to wake up to the benefits of empathy. The fact is that the corporate world is an empathy desert: most managers still ladle out dollops of self-centred survivalist Darwinian advice to those climbing the corporate ladder.


Their failure to understand the attraction of empathy is born of a simple misconception; empathy isn't about people-pleasing.
It's not about being a pushover.


Instead, empathy, the ability to understand the impact your actions have on others, is essential to being a player in the corporate game. It needs to be embedded from the boardroom right through to the shop floor.


by Belinda Parmar


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The Inside and Outside of Compassion

The Inside and Outside of Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Even without direct contact, we can still cultivate a general feeling of human connection at spiritual and emotional levels through being committed to expanding our empathy and sense of oneness with all beings....


When people think about how to treat one another, the Golden Rule often comes to mind. The Golden Rule compels us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. The word 'do' is pivotal here, not just think of or feel toward others as we would have them think or feel toward us. Together, thinking, feeling, and doing are all vital aspects that form the complete principle of compassion. Activating the virtue of compassion is the cornerstone of positive social interconnection and humanism. 


Compassionate empathy involves caring and understanding of all others without judgments and preconceived notions about them.


Dr. Hyder Zahed 

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10 Talents of Parenting: Understanding and Empathy

10 Talents of Parenting: Understanding and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If we look under the surface of our children's behavior, at how they might be feeling, we are often in a better position to get things back on track. How have you nurtured that talent of looking deep inside, understanding where a child's behavior is coming from and seeing the pain behind the problems?

By Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D.


When our children have been "bad," it's hard for us to remember that they need comfort rather than punishment. After all, when you have made a mistake, would you rather get understanding or criticism?

The best way to cultivate empathy is to focus on children's underlying needs and feelings, instead of reacting to the behavior.


If we tune in to what they need - including the need to be understood - then children will be more cooperative and happier.

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Building the Empathic Classroom

Building the Empathic Classroom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In my opinion, one of the underpinnings to social-emotional learning is empathy. The other is vulnerability.  I’d like to examine these two in isolation and then in tandem with each other....


Humans are hardwired for empathy.  In fact, everything I’ve read so far has supported this idea. It is instinctual and equally as beneficial to our survival and evolution as breathing and eating.


 We are hardwired to connect with others, and this connection is critical to our development as well as our mental and physical health.


 This is no different in the classroom.  I know it makes teachers crazy, but this is extremely apparent in each and every moment we find ourselves asking our students to “stop talking” to a neighbor.  They sit within feet of these other little humans, and they yearn for connection with them.  So what do they do?  They talk.

by Paul France
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How Do You Operationalize Empathy?

How Do You Operationalize Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How do you operationalize empathy? This is the essential leadership and business challenge for us, and we need to address empathy as a way to lead.


“Empathic leadership is the ability of leaders to understand, relate to and be sensitive to customers, colleagues and communities….


The empathic leader will try to understand why their customers want to buy into their brand, not simply in a soft, touchy-feely way but literally from their point of view – from standing in their shoes. This brings a powerful and compelling aspect to the design, build and delivery of any product or service, the holy grail of business success and one reason why some brands are market leaders, but most are not.


Jon Mertz


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Zahavi - Beyond the Empathy

Drawing on the work of Scheler, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Husserl and Sartre, this article presents an overview of some of the diverse approaches to intersubjectivity that can be found in the phenomenological tradition.


Starting with a brief description of Scheler’s criticism of the argument from analogy, the article continues by showing that the phenomenological analyses of intersubjectivity involve much more than a ‘solution’ to the ‘traditional’ probleof otheminds. Intersubjectivity 

doesn’merely concern concrete face-to-face encounters between individuals.


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Are we teaching empathy by example?

Are we teaching empathy by example? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Are you good at being able to understand the feelings of others and share in their struggles? Here is why it is important to model empathy for your children to learn from.


Being a parent requires a lot of patience. It requires us to be kind, understanding and empathetic towards our children. However, this is often easier said than done. It's not so simple to keep calm when you're under stress or when you need to get the kids out the door. It's not so simple to pay attention to your child's needs all the time.


But there is a lot of value in
modelling empathy to your children.



by Thuy Yau 


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Empathy and Morality - by Heidi L. Maibom

Empathy and Morality - by Heidi L. Maibom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
ABSTRACT

Empathy’s centrality to morality is heavily debated. Many religious and philosophical traditions have favored empathy, sympathy, or compassion as key to moral thought, conduct, or motivation.


David Hume famously thought that the pains and pleasures of others move people only because they are capable of feeling what they feel by communication, as it were. In recent decades, there has been a resurgence of interest in the idea that empathy or sympathy is central to moral judgment and motivation, but the view is increasingly attacked.


Empathy is so morally limited, some argue, that researchers should focus their attention elsewhere. Yet, the importance of human capacities to feel with and for others is hard to deny. This collection is dedicated to the question of the importance of these capacities to morality. It brings together original papers in philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, and neuroscience to give a comprehensive overview of the issue, and includes an extensive survey of empathy and empathy-related emotions.


It is distinctive in focusing on the moral import of empathy and sympathy.


Though there are many scholarly volumes
on empathy few, if any, are dedicated
to this question.

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Roots and Collapse of Empathy

Roots and Collapse of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Spanning from care-giving infants and civilian rescuers risking their life to the collapse of empathy in agents of torture and extinction, this unique book deals with and illustrates the altruistic best and atrocious worst of human nature.


It begins with infant roots of empathy, then turns to the neurosocial support of empathic participation, and to the nature and nurture of good and ill.


It raises questions about how abuse may invite vicious circles of re-enactment, and as to how ordinary people may come to commit torture and mass murders, such as the Auschwitz doctors and the sole terrorist attacking Norway on July 22, 2011.

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Self and Other Ratings of Dyadic Empathy as Predictors of Relationship Satisfaction

Self and Other Ratings of Dyadic Empathy as Predictors of Relationship Satisfaction | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Jonathan G. Kimmesa*, Anne B. Edwardsa, Joseph L. Wetchlera & Jerome Bercika


In this study, self and other ratings of dyadic empathy are proposed to predict relationship satisfaction. One-hundred and fifty-one individuals over the age of eighteen who were in a relationship of at least six months in length at the time of the survey completed the Interpersonal Reactivity Index for Couples (Péloquin & Lafontaine, 2010) and the Couples Satisfaction Index (Funk & Rogge, 2007).


Total scores for self and other rated dyadic empathy as well as scores of the congruity between self and other were assessed for each respondent.  


The results indicated that total perceived dyadic empathy and perceived dyadic empathic congruity were significant predictors of relationship satisfaction.

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"Take your genius, your optimism, and your empathy and go change the world". Melinda Gates

"Take your genius, your optimism, and your empathy and go change the world". Melinda Gates | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 "Take your genius, your optimism, and your empathy and go change the world". Melinda Gates http://gates.ly/SOyaqu 

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Emotional Intelligence: Going On An Empathy Adventure - Susan Stillman and Edwin Rutsch

Emotional Intelligence: Going On An Empathy Adventure - Susan Stillman and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Susan Stillman is Director of Education at Six Seconds, The Emotional Intelligence Network, Institute for Social Innovation. Through the Six Seconds website, she is hosting the Empathy Adventure over a six weeks period. 

Susan writes, "Empathy is one of the vital competencies of the 21st century. Empathy is related to collaboration, building trust, problem solving, health, and peaceful resolution of conflict. It is an essential component of leadership and critical to success in business and education. Empathy and compassion may even be key to the survival of the human race.

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Sowing Empathy and Justice in Schools Through Restorative Practices | NEA Today

Sowing Empathy and Justice in Schools Through Restorative Practices | NEA Today | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The biggest thing we do is create empathy, and the way you get empathy is by talking about how you feel and by listening to how others feel,”


says Danna. “I tell them that you have to understand each other’s perspectives.


It doesn’t mean you have to be friends. But you do have to figure out how to get through your day together. It’s a very assertive way of teaching them to take care of themselves.”


By Mary Ellen Flannery 

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, June 19, 2014 3:50 PM

Listening--a powerful tool we can  all learn  to understand each other. 

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Why Self-Regulation and Empathy? - Corwin Connect

Why Self-Regulation and Empathy? - Corwin Connect | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Children with good self-regulation skills, empathy, and social skills are more likely to be successful in school. They are more likely to feel connected to both adults and other children.


They are better able to struggle, can deal with mistakes and moments of sadness, and are better able to stand up for themselves and others. These children are more likely to develop grit, resilience, self-control, and self-efficacy.


Children with good self-regulation skills, empathy, and social skills are more likely to be successful in school and in life after school. 


by Bob Sornson

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