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Readers Sleep Better, Have Lower Stress, More Empathy, Says Study

Readers Sleep Better, Have Lower Stress, More Empathy, Says Study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Curling up with a good book pays off BIG-TIME.


In even greater news, science proves that bookworms are more empathetic than non-readers.


The New Yorker highlighted a study published in The Annual Review of Psychology which found that "when people read about an experience, they display stimulation within the same neurological regions as when they go through that experience themselves. We draw on the same brain networks when we’re reading stories and when we’re trying to guess at another person’s feelings."


The perks of being a lover of the printed word keep on getting better and better.


By Cassandra Guerrier

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7 do’s and don’ts to help your family build empathy skills

7 do’s and don’ts to help your family build empathy skills | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by S. Michele Fry

Empathy is at the root of what it means to be human, experts say, and it’s at the core of all good relationships — personal and professional. Some children may naturally have more of it than others. But not to worry, empathy — the ability to understand and share the feelings of another — is something that experts say can be enhanced, learned, and practiced.


Try these suggestions to strengthen your child’s empathic muscles and avoid habits that destroy an empathic mindset.


1. Model caring for others
2. Model good listening skills
3. Be forgiving
4. Challenge prejudices and stereotypes
5. Help them learn to recognize, express, and manage their feelings
6. Encourage responsibility
7. Immerse them in literature and art


 


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Counselor’s Corner: Teaching Kids Empathy, Antidote to Bullying

Counselor’s Corner: Teaching Kids Empathy, Antidote to Bullying | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When I work with kids who are involved in bullying behavior, I start with empathy.


Some kids seem to be born with an ability to feel for others while other kids need coaching. Just as they need to be taught words to identify their own feelings, so do they need instruction on why we need to be aware of another person’s feelings and how to take another’s perspective— to “walk in his or her shoes.”


Only then will they be able to comprehend how and why it is important to show compassion.


As parents, we need to start this coaching in the earliest years. We teach empathy and compassion skills when we respond to misbehavior with sadness rather than anger...


It is our job as caring, responsible parents to be constant teachers and role models when it comes to fostering empathy and positive social behavior. 

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Eileen Otero's curator insight, June 11, 2015 2:39 PM

Bullying must be detected as early as preschool in order to avoid bigger problems on later years.

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Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired for Fear

Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired for Fear | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Last week, a report by the University of San Diego School of Law found that about 686,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect in 2013.


Traumatic childhood events can lead to mental health and behavioral problems later in life, explains psychiatrist and traumatic stress expert Bessel van der Kolk, author of the recently published book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.


Children’s brains are literally shaped by traumatic experiences, which can lead to problems with anger, addiction, and even criminal activity in adulthood, says van der Kolk. Sound Medicine’s Barbara Lewis spoke with him about his book. 

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Dorothy Retha Cook's comment, July 30, 2015 11:45 AM
Just one question and I am not coming from the race view but from the children view. The children of slaves were terrorized and traumatized beyond where I want to go or think they were not their own but property of the Master to do with as He saw fit. Now the Master was Liberalin view just as long as it was for his benefit and the slave children were used to purchase property/land and homes and much more for their masters gain not their own. The culture they had was endoctrinated by sheer abuse and brute force but not one of them ever was given a choice. The culture was done as the master say's or get beatin like a dog to the blood runs from their bodies and even for more punishment they were made to watch their parents and other slave members be hang by a neuce by the master with a word of if you ever think of doing thus and so you will surely be next. For some reason the government has not changed much and neither have the abuse of the children and a great deal of it is not in the home or culture environment and some children by law have to return back to the abusive environment and be abused or they or their parent go to jail by law. therefore my question is liberal parenting or not in the 21st century
Dorothy Retha Cook's comment, July 30, 2015 11:48 AM
Who has the true authority over your child(ren) you or the GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS Liberal or not? sorry did not get question in in previous post. WHO HAS THE FINAL SAY and what say do you have if your child(ren) are traumatized by the GOVERNMENT?
Ngozi Angeline Godwell's comment, August 14, 2015 9:17 AM
I quote:"In essence the kids live in a war zone and they get "bombed" and "shelled" and hurt and if they complain there will be more of the same. And on top of that you have "traps" that look innocent but are "gotchas" ! So - from the perspective of an abused kid - nothing, absolutely nothing can be trusted! A little story. A childless couple adopts a foster kid as they can't seem to have kids on their own. They encourage being called mom and dad! She now gets pregnant. The couple fears for their newborn and promptly send the kid back to foster hell! I ask: "You are surprised that they don't trust?". Dolphins are intelligent! We train them. Every human being is trained to live in their cultural matrix! And for abused kids it is enforced with inhuman punishment - not treats. You get what you put in! You put in hate and force and terror - you can't expect love! The kids see aggression and hate and force and brutality and that is their life experience? And if they saw "love" there was probably a trick to really set them up for failure. Gregory Bateson's book "Steps to an Ecology of Mind" touches on these issues.
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How Do You Treat Teenage Depression? How to Prevent Teenage Suicide? a lot more EMPATHY

How Do You Treat Teenage Depression?  How to Prevent Teenage Suicide?   a lot more EMPATHY | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It’s always been tough being a teenager. Name it – raging hormones, multiplying neurons, learning the ways of the world. But these days, ya’ gotta’ be kiddin’ me. Media influence, peer pressure, bullying, an overwhelming world. I say teens deserve a lot more EMPATHY...


Dr. Silverstone is the creator of EMPATHY (Empowering a Multimodal Pathway Towards Healthy Youth), a pilot program that helps decrease teen anxiety, depression, and suicide. 


by Bill White 

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Teaching Kids Empathy

Teaching Kids Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One of the many goals of parenting (seriously, this gig is exhausting) is to raise children who feel empathy. Hopefully, they’ll go out into the world and act with kindness and social responsibility.


We all want kids who will care about others, the community and the world at large. Also, with some empathy on board they may not be so quick to ship us off to some rundown old age facility the first chance they get. So teaching them empathy is a win/win....

1. Validate all emotions: ....
2. Empathise with your child: ...

3. Encourage an emotional vocabulary: ...

4. Explore all emotions: ...

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Daniel Goleman on the Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World: Compassion - YouTube

Daniel Goleman, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and A Force for Good, talks about compassion as it relates to the Dalai Lama's vision for our world.
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‘Empathy’ is a False God: ‘Responsiveness’ is the Real Deal

‘Empathy’ is a False God: ‘Responsiveness’ is the Real Deal | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
‘Empathy’ has been revered as the emotional analog of wisdom. I’m here to say that it is vastly overrated, and there is something else far better. More on that later.


Empathy is variously defined as “The feeling that you understand and share another person’s experience and emotions; the ability to share someone else’s feelings.” (Merriam-Webster), ‘the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.’ (Oxford Dictionary); ‘The projection of one's own personality into the personality of another in order to understand the person better; ability to share in another's emotions, thoughts, or feelings.’(Your Dictionary). It is an imaginative projection of one’s own consciousness on another person.


By ROBERT BEREZIN, MD

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School 'EMPATHY' program helps youth cope with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts

School 'EMPATHY' program helps youth cope with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Silverstone, a professor in the University of Alberta’s Department of Psychiatry, is the creator of EMPATHY, a pilot program that has been used in Red Deer Public Schools since 2013 to help lessen incidents of youth anxiety, depression and suicide.


Now, new research published in the May edition of the journal PLOS ONE gives definitive proof the program is having an impact

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“We have had a significant decrease in suicidal thinking


. Kids are not thinking about harming themselves as much. It’s quite profound,” says Silverstone. “We’ve also had a decrease in the entire school ratings for anxiety and depression, and this occurred in every school, in every grade.”

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Empathic Family: The Benefits of Helping Preschoolers Understand and Discuss Their Emotions

Empathic Family: The Benefits of Helping Preschoolers Understand and Discuss Their Emotions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Increasingly, research confirms the efficacy of explicit training inemotional intelligence starting at a very young age. According tomultiple studies, preschoolers who participate in social-emotional skills programs exhibit less aggression and anxiety and become better social problem solvers.


While these outcomes may make for a more peaceful classroom environment, the benefits outlive preschool: prosocial behavior in early childhood is strongly linked with future academic performance and mental health.  In other words, when children learn how to calm themselves down, use language to express their feelings and treat others with kindness, they are laying the foundation for future success and wellness.


What Parents and Teachers Can Do

  1.  Name emotions: Reflective listening is a hallmark of effective counseling...  
  2. Normalize emotions...
  3. Develop Strategies...
  4.  “Read” pictures....
  5. Practice mindfulness...


By Deborah Farmer Kris

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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others? Listening, Empathy, Woman

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others?  Listening, Empathy, Woman | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Instead, the smartest teams were distinguished by three characteristics.

(Listening) First, their members contributed more equally to the team’s discussions, rather than letting one or two people dominate the group.

(Empathy) Second, their members scored higher on a test called Reading the Mind in the Eyes, which measures how well people can read complex emotional states from images of faces with only the eyes visible.

 (Woman) Finally, teams with more women outperformed teams with more men. Indeed, it appeared that it was not “diversity” (having equal numbers of men and women) that mattered for a team’s intelligence, but simply having more women. This last effect, however, was partly explained by the fact that women, on average, were better at “mindreading” than men.


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Marie Miyashiro - Empathy and nonviolent communication at work

http://www.nvcboston.org/be-the-flower-not-the-bee-interview-with-marie-miyashiro/ Marie Miyashiro is coming to the New York Intensive in Nonviolent Communic...
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Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking

Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A look at how empathy is needed in all domains these days, especially for business innovation and design thinking.


EMPATHY IN MARKETING
In the advertising world for instance, there is a lot of talk about finding “the story”, because stories help us relate and empathize...


EMPATHY IN DESIGN
In realm of design, design-thinking is rooted in empathy, where you try to see from the perspective of a user of a given design or product. There is a lot more to design thinking than that, but in a nutshell it is about human centered design where empathy is king...


EMPATHY IN HUMAN SERVICES
In the social services field I’ve been striving to lead new thinking in, there is also a focus on empathy when designing quality support services...


EMPATHY IN CREATIVE FIELDS
One last example I have for this whole empathy thing being a big deal for creativity and innovation is something Greg Saunier of the band Deerhoof said in an interview I did with him a while back....


BEN WEINLICK

 

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How Being Vulnerable Will Make You A Better Designer - Empathy in Design

*Presented at the UX Cocktail Hour in June 2015 at Philips Headquarters, Amsterdam* 

We create things for other people. When we feel what others are feeling, we understand them and connect much more deeply than with just market research or personas.


Empathy allows us to forge these deep connections by understanding people on a personal level. This talk discusses why empathy is important as well as how we can feel empathy ourselves, how we can help others feel it, and how we can create things that help people empathize with each other.


by Brian Pagán 

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Does social media 'delete' empathy? UVic student to find out

Does social media 'delete' empathy? UVic student to find out | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A University of Victoria doctoral student is investigating how Twitter and Instagram are changing how much teenagers care.


Rebeccah Nelems has been awarded $180,000 to study empathy in Canadian youth as they use social media to connect not only with local friends, but peers around the world.


She says the possibility teens are becoming less empathetic makes it important to examine what problems are cropping up, as well as potential solutions.


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Responding with Empathy & Compassion (Module 2/Video 2)

This video provides tips and best practices for responding to problems with empathy and compassion; key words and phrases to diffuse difficult situations; and ways to apply what you have learned.
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How Can Providers Elicit Patient Perspectives and Respond with Empathy?

How Can Providers Elicit Patient Perspectives and Respond with Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Learning Objectives: At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the importance of empathy and open communication in the patient-provider relationship.
  • Demonstrate how to make empathetic statements.
  • Explain how providers can elicit patient perspectives during a visit.
  • Demonstrate techniques to engage patients in open dialogue.
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Imagining the Lives of Others

Imagining the Lives of Others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What could be more exhilarating than experiencing the world through the perspective of another person?


In “Remembrance of Things Past,” Marcel Proust’s narrator says that the only true voyage of discovery is not to visit other lands but “to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds.”


This is one of the central projects of the humanities; it’s certainly part of the pleasure we get from art and literature.


Many believe that this psychological connection is also essential for political change. They may argue, for instance, that in order for white Americans to adequately respond to the events in Baltimore,Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere, they need to put themselves in the shoes of those in minority communities....


To make the world better, we shouldn’t try to put ourselves in the shoes of Eric Garner or anyone else. Our efforts should instead be put toward cultivating the ability to step back and apply an objective and fair morality.


By PAUL BLOOM

 



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Insomnia leads to decreased empathy in health care workers

Insomnia leads to decreased empathy in health care workers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Results show that subjects with an Insomnia Severity Index ISI of greater than 8, scored significantly higher across all four subscales of empathy.


"Insomnia affects empathy in health care workers which can lead to adverse clinical outcomes,"


said lead author Venkatesh Basappa Krishnamurthy, MD, assistant professor, Sleep Research and Treatment Center, department of psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.

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short-film exploring empathy, friendship and grief: NVC based

short-film exploring empathy, friendship and grief: NVC based | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Espejo is a 3-minute short film on empathic change that we believe the world needs. Why? Because videos are a great way to illustrate, to a large amount of people, the transformative power of empathy in a simple yet profound way.


When Christine and I met a few months ago, I talked to her about the urgency I see in providing moving/ high-production/ fresh visual aid to the cause of spreading NonViolent Communication (NVC)

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The Act Of Listening

The Act Of Listening | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Listening — to loved ones, strangers, faraway places — is an act of generosity and a source of discovery. In this episode, TED speakers describe how we change when we listen deeply.


  1. Dave Isay: What Happens When People Are Given A Voice?
  2. Honor Harger: What Does Space Sound Like?
  3. Evelyn Glennie: How Do We Listen When We're Unable to Hear?
  4. Rev. Jeffrey Brown: How Can Listening Transform An Entire Community?
  5. Dave Isay: How Do We Change When We Really Listen To The People We Love?


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The 3rd International Symposium on Healthcare Communication

The 3rd International Symposium on Healthcare Communication | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The 3rd International Symposium on Healthcare Communication


Communicating for Compassionate Healthcare: Mobilizing Values to Practice

29 June 2015, 8:30 am – 6 pm, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

We invite healthcare professionals, clinicians, educators, researchers and others from around the world to join us for this exciting event.

The Symposium brings together leading local and international practitioners, educators, academics, and leaders to share and discuss innovative practices, educational strategies, and cutting edge research that effectively promote compassionate healthcare, attention to core values and skilled communication in different healthcare settings around the world.

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Do You Cry Easily? You May Be a ‘Highly Sensitive Person’ - HSPs are more empathic

Do You Cry Easily? You May Be a ‘Highly Sensitive Person’ - HSPs are more empathic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Brain-scan studies of HSPs show differences in their neural activity, compared with non-HSPs: HSPs are more empathic, pay closer attention to their environment and are more attentive to social clues from their close friends and partners....


Highly sensitive people showed more activation of their primitive reward system, compared with non-HSPs, when looking at photos of their partner smiling. Another area of the brain concerned with empathic responses was more active when they looked at both happy and sad photos.

The researchers believe this shows that HSPs are more empathic and feel happier when they see their partner happy. “They think more deeply about things,” says Lucy Brown, clinical professor of neurology at Einstein College of Medicine in New York and a researcher on the study.


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Joe Biden's Advice On Compassion And Family, In His Own Words

"It's not all that difficult, folks, to be compassionate when you've been the beneficiary of compassion in your lowest moments ...


because when you know how much it meant to you, you know how much it mattered," Biden said. "It's not hard to be compassionate."

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