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Have Compassion for Yourself

Have Compassion for Yourself | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How one author breaks the cycles of self-loathing


As journalist Anneli Rufus sees it, the self-hating person inhabits a world of muted despair that prevents him or her from ever feeling at ease in the world. InUnworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself, Rufus mines the intractable, negative perceptions that she and others have held about themselves, and analyzes the emergence of self-esteem as a goal that feels unattainable for many people. I spoke with Rufus about what it's like to live with low self-esteem in an esteem-driven world, and how people who experience self-loathing can establish healthier relationships with themselves and others in their lives.


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If we can have compassion for ourselves,

then we are inviting ourselves to have

compassion for others, which makes

relationships fairer and more equal.

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Umbuntu: What I learned from Nelson Mandela by Boyd Varty

Umbuntu: What I learned from Nelson Mandela by Boyd Varty | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" -- defined as, "I am, because of you." And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 25, 2014 11:21 AM

Ubuntu - what a great word.  We should all study it!

Ricard Lloria's comment, May 25, 2014 11:52 AM
Ubuntu it´s essential word for our life.
COMMON GOOD FORUM's curator insight, May 27, 2014 9:01 AM

ubuntu, closed to the notion of Common Good in Africa

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My fellow conservatives are wrong: Here’s why we’re losing the empathy gap

My fellow conservatives are wrong: Here’s why we’re losing the empathy gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The way we treat immigrants is wrongheaded and counterproductive. Yes, they really are acting out of love


One of the most important takeaways from the 2012 election was that Republicans were suffering from a perceived “empathy gap.”


Exit polls showed that among voters looking for a candidate who “cares about people like me,” Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by a stunning 63 percentage points.


The conservative reaction to Jeb Bush’s immigration comments indicates that Republicans are still unprepared to take the simple steps necessary to begin to close that gap.


by DANIEL ALLOTT

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TEDxOmahaSalon - The Power of Empathy

TEDxOmahaSalon - The Power of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This TEDxOmahaSalon will focus on the topic of The Power of Empathy. The following TED Talk videos will be shown:
1. Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela
2. Sam Richards: A radical experiment in empathy

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Bruce Perry: No Empathy, No Survival | "Don't Try This at Home"

Bruce Perry: No Empathy, No Survival | "Don't Try This at Home" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is what makes us human,” says brain scientist Dr. Bruce Perry, MD  –  but this has not sunk in for Americans.  If simple kindness isn’t enough, what about the minor fact that it’s brain science?  Or that by ignoring this basic fact, we’re violating biology, so we’re dying as a species?


To let Dr. Perry make his point, today I’ve just got a few quotes from his May 4 Washington DC address, to provoke you to watch the video kindly posted by the National Council for Behavioral Health..


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”From birth, we seek intimate connections, bonds made possible by empathy — the ability to love and to share the feelings of others,”
 

Perry begins. But “our  policies routinely violate the biological reality of empathy, and that’s destructive…

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As Fitbits for Feelings Emerge, Whither Empathy?

As Fitbits for Feelings Emerge, Whither Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Search Google for “empathy + technology” and you’ll read that "Studies have shown that increased dependence on technology has resulted in the diminishing of empathy" and "The Internet desensitizes us to shocking images, diminishing our empathy.”


Meanwhile, narcissism (think selfies) and cyberbullying appear to be at all time highs. And reality television is thriving on voyeuristic depictions of human weakness, competition, and cruelty...


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Technology and society now intersect
at empathy 
in ways the world has
never seen before.

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Eri Genty


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Empathy Conference October 16–17, 2015 Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience - Flint, Michigan

Empathy Conference October 16–17, 2015 Insight Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience - Flint, Michigan | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The theme should be interpreted broadly. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • What is empathy? It is a cognitive process? an emotion? an attitude?
  • Is empathy a natural condition/capacity or a social condition/capacity?
  • Is it possible to verify that a person is empathetic or is feeling empathy?
  • Do mirror neurons provide insight into how empathy is experienced or the role it plays in our treatment of and attitudes about others? How useful is studying mirror neurons for understanding empathy?
  • Is there a clear difference between affective and cognitive empathy?
  • What exactly is Theory of Mind? What exactly do Sally-Anne test results show? Is having a compromised Theory of Mind (if that is possible) relevant to one’s ability to be empathetic?
  • At what age do people develop the capacity to be empathetic? In what way, if at all, does developing empathy facilitate other cognitive and emotional processes or abilities?
  • Can we teach people to be more empathetic? If so, how?
  • What social conditions foster or damage empathy?
  • Does society have an obligation to ensure conditions are met so that people can most successfully develop a capacity to be empathetic? If so, what would that mean?
  • What are the consequences of lacking empathy?
  • What is the connection between being moral or ethical and having empathy? Is empathy a necessary condition, sufficient condition, or only incidentally relevant to morality/ethics? Can empathy impede or prevent a person from acting morally or ethically?
  • Can empathy cause immoral or unethical behavior? If so, how or when?
  • If non-humans are capable of experiencing empathy, does that imply that non-humans are capable of morality? Why or why not?
  • Are humans the only beings capable of empathy? What evidence is relevant to that claim?
  • If humans are incapable of feeling empathy, does that mean they are incapable of being morally good or ethical?
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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, May 24, 2014 5:05 PM

Many great questions to ponder on the topic of empathy. 

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'Empathetically Correct' Is the New Politically Correct

'Empathetically Correct' Is the New Politically Correct | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The movement for "trigger warnings" in college classrooms is part of a troubling trend toward protecting people from their own individual sensitivities.


But it seems political correctness is being
replaced by a new trend—one that might
be called “empathetic correctness.”


While political correctness seeks to cultivate sensitivity outwardly on behalf of those historically marginalized and oppressed groups, empathetic correctness focuses inwardly toward the protection of individual sensitivities. Now, instead of challenging the status quo by demanding texts that question the comfort of the Western canon, students are demanding the status quo by refusing to read texts that challenge their own personal comfort.

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How 'Neurofeedback' May Teach Empathy To The Cold-Hearted

How 'Neurofeedback' May Teach Empathy To The Cold-Hearted | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Matthew Mientka

With implications for the treatment of antisocial personality disorder and postpartum depression, researchers in Brazil say the human brain may be "trained" to develop greater feelings of empathy for others.


Salman Rushdie once described the human spirit in The Satanic Verses as a mixed dichotomy between the angelic devil and the devilish angel. Similarly, neuroscientists say a continuum of empathic intelligence exists with the species, with varying tendencies toward altruism and psychopathology.


Now, researchers in Brazil say the use of newly developed biofeedback techniques may help to “train” the mind to feel greater levels of empathy and tenderness for others.

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Are You a Relationship Empath?

Are You a Relationship Empath? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In my practice and workshops, I'm struck by how many sensitive people come to me wanting a long-term soul mate. Personally, I can relate to this.


Yet despite online dating services, expensive match-makers, friend fix-ups and blind dates, they still remain single. Or else they're in relationships but feel constantly fatigued and overwhelmed. The reason isn't simply that "there aren't enough available people 'out there'" or that they're neurotic. Personally and professionally, I've discovered something more is going on...


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Empaths are highly sensitive, intuitive,  
and caring, but they're also

shock  absorbers with an extremely
permeable nervous system and
 hyperactive reflexes. 
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by Judith Orloff MD 

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(Empathic Design) Why Empathy is the Secret to Creativity

(Empathic Design) Why Empathy is the Secret to Creativity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Laura Swinton  

With the highest scoring films notching up scores of over 200 million each, there is obviously an appetite for resonant, authentic, creative content.


As I wracked my brains to figure out why these films had been such a hit with the procrastinating public at large it struck me –


the secret ingredient is empathy. 

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Neurofeedback Increases Affection, Builds Empathy

Neurofeedback Increases Affection, Builds Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Squabbling with your spouse lately? Someday, couples therapy could mean watching your own brain activity to train your compassionate side


...The approach relies on neurofeedback, in which people can see and respond to their own real-time brain activity...


Moll believes there are multiple clinical implications. Affiliative emotion is a component of fondness, empathy and compassion.


Training tenderness could benefit feuding

couples and groups, boost empathy

and compassion or even assist

individuals with more severe

antisocial personalities.


By Daisy Yuhas

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What is Empathy? Q&A with Dr. Susan Stillman - YouTube

In this brief interview, Susan explains that we often think of empathy is "walking in others' shoes," but it's much more -- it's a process of connecting. It's not just 1-way, empathy means valuing and understanding... people... animals... even the whole planet.


also doing a class at;

http://www.6seconds.org/2014/05/21/empathy-adventure/


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Teaching Kids Empathy for Those with Autism and Special Needs

Teaching Kids Empathy for Those with Autism and Special Needs | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Children with special needs like autism experience a high rate of bullying and often are excluded from activities like sports.


In this video, HealthMaker Matthew Certner, cofounder of SNAP (snapclinics.org), discusses SNAP's efforts to teach empathy.

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Why We Feel Others' Pain -- or Don't

Why We Feel Others' Pain -- or Don't | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Wray Herbert Become a fan  Author, 'On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits'


What is it that makes two minds respond so differently to the same encounter with misfortune?...


Scientists have spent a lot of effort exploring the emotional, cognitive and neurological underpinnings of human empathy, but much less time studying how our fundamental world views might affect our ability to feel others' pain.


We all hold theories about human nature and the world -- whether we articulate them or not.


Is it possible that these implicit theories

play a role in our ability to

empathize and care?

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(Empathic Design) Jocelyn Wyatt: Designing With Empathy

Jocelyn Wyatt: Designing With Empathy
Within the context of her own personal journey, IDEO social innovation lead shares her process for building social enterprises in the developing world.

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Preventing bullying at its roots

Preventing bullying at its roots | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Program promotes empathy, needs daily votes for grant moneyTeaching empathy to kids can help turn a bully personality into a protector personality. That’s what the classroom-based program for kindergarten to Grade 8 students, Roots of Empathy, strives to accomplish. It’s to help children recognize the humanity
in each other.
 by Lisa Goudy 
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At Pa. School, Teens Build Empathy By Confiding In A Crowd

At Pa. School, Teens Build Empathy By Confiding In A Crowd | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Kids can act out when they're feeling isolated, so one Philadelphia school encourages students to take the mic and reveal their deepest fears in front of their peers. The result? Honesty and kindness.


Imagine this: a high school assembly where students share their deepest, most painful secrets — and instead of judgment from their peers, they get applause.


That's the approach Philadelphia's Freire Charter School has taken in its effort to prevent the next violent outburst or the next tragedy on campus. Instead of turning to guards or metal detectors, the school is making empathy part of its curriculum.


For the students, it starts with a simple prompt: If you really knew me, this is what you'd know.


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He then challenged his classmates and

put this empathy-building exercise

to the test.  

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by KEVIN MCCORRY

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Empathy - Patient Care| By Steve Thompson

Empathy - Patient Care| By Steve Thompson | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Teresita argues that genuine empathy for patients—a level of empathy that allows understanding what they’re going through well enough to be able to meet their needs and adequately support them—can only be learned one way: from the patients themselves.


She offers a very simple, straightforward form of observational evidence to support her claim. Namely, she says that a good number of the newly minted nurses she’s worked with over the years, as much as they may sympathize with patients, have lacked that empathy when they start. It doesn’t matter what kind of person they are, or how they’ve been trained, or where, she says.


They may be highly empathetic people in general, but when it comes to truly connecting to patients’ needs and challenges, they often fall short.

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Cultivating empathic sensitivies vital to "Uncommon Decency"

Cultivating empathic sensitivies vital to "Uncommon Decency" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Civility requires that we reduce the psychological distance between ourselves and others. We need to develop a sense of commonality with people who initially strike us as very different from ourselves. One important means of doing this is by cultivating empathy.


“Empathy” literally means “in-feeling” — it is to project myself into another person’s feelings so that I begin to understand what it is like to have his experiences. If I want to gain empathy for a neighbor who is consistently defensive and insulting, I can try to imagine what it is like to be torn by the hurts and fears that give rise to his antisocial behavior. In doing so I may find links between his inner life and my own; or


I may use my imagination to explore feeling

that I myself have never experienced directly.


Tom Grosh IV

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Empathy Lessons: Training Police To Understand People With Mental Illness

Empathy Lessons: Training Police To Understand People With Mental Illness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
To help them handle the growing proportion of police work that involves mental health crises, some Massachusetts officers take advanced training that teaches them to better understand -- and empathize with -- people with mental illness.


“It’s a very lofty goal, but you’re trying to teach officers empathy for people with mental illness, and that’s why I think that ‘Hearing Voices’ training was very important,” he said.


“Officers need to have empathy today —
that’s what society expects from officers
and it’s what they deserve,
and it’s what people need.


 Carey Goldberg


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Symposium on empathy - Quebec

Symposium on empathy - Quebec | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Symposium on empathy is a new event not to be missed for anyone wishing to learn or deepen its integration of listening and non-judgmental toward themselves and other practices. 


Programming, headed by professional trainers in counseling and conflict resolution will provide lectures and practical workshops for everyone. Meet hundreds of individuals from Quebec and elsewhere that


vibrate to the rhythm of the global movement

for education for compassion.

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(Perspecive taking) Chris Kluwe: How augmented reality will change sports ... and build empathy

Chris Kluwe wants to look into the future of sports and think about how technology will help not just players and coaches, but fans. Here the former NFL punter envisions a future in which augmented reality will help people experience sports as if they are directly on the field — and maybe even help them see others in a new light, too.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 23, 2014 7:44 AM

This technology has all sorts of applications!

Rhoda Floyd's curator insight, May 23, 2014 2:59 PM

This is still mostly about eye space, but it's an interesting look at where things will be headed.

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Training brain patterns of empathy using functional brain imaging

Training brain patterns of empathy using functional brain imaging | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

An unprecedented research conducted by a group of neuroscientists has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to train brain patterns associated with empathic feelings – more specifically, tenderness.


The research showed that volunteers who received neurofeedback about their own brain activity patterns whilst being scanned inside a functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) machine were able to change brain network function of areas related to tenderness and affection felt toward loved ones.


it was demonstrated that those who received

a "real" feedback were able to "train" specific

brain areas related to the experience

of affiliative emotions that

are key for empathy. 

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7 Hacks To Be An Empathetic Boss

7 Hacks To Be An Empathetic Boss | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Global research increasingly shows that empathetic bosses make for the best leaders in the long haul. Not just that, they are even perceived to be better managers by their own superiors.


Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings being experienced by another and act accordingly. In the context of work space, there are three levels of empathy:


Cognitive Empathy: Where you can perceive how a colleague/junior thinks, which means you effectively communicate in a way that it is understood just as you would intend.


Pallavi Srivastava

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