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Simulation suits teach medical students empathy

Over 30 filmed OSCE examinations covering cardiovascular, abdomen, renal, respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurology cases Over 100 OSCE format .

The Social Enterprise was set up in May 2013 after winning the champion of the 2012 HK Social Enterprise Challenge. Their vision is to help the Hong Kong .

Eldpathy strives to promote Empathy for elderly by encouraging public participation in elderly philanthropy. Because of the increasing number of elders, Hong .

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Tabor Academy speaker series focuses on empathy

Tabor Academy speaker series focuses on empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Taber Academy is exploring the theme of empathy this year with its students and the tri-town community through a slate of speakers, beginning with Dr. Michael Kimmel on Sept. 23.

Kimmel, director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University and author of “Guyland,” spoke with Tabor students and faculty as well as faculty from Old Rochester Regional High School.

Tabor believes instilling empathy and habits of inclusive behaviors are critical to creating a safe and healthy learning living community for students.

“Empathy is a key twenty-first century learning disposition, and our efforts to focus on understanding how best to see through the perspective lens of others carries such power and opportunity,” said Dean of Students Mel Bride, who is responsible for much of this programming.
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‘Compassion in the Face of Terror’ discusses how empathy can save lives

‘Compassion in the Face of Terror’ discusses how empathy can save lives | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The lecture emphasized the role that verbal and nonverbal presence plays in establishing compassion in times of crisis.

“We are living in a society where increasingly we are not present,” Tracy said. “Compassion begins with the choice to communicate.”

Tracy said that moving forward she hopes that her research will be built off of to further analyze and understand situations similar to Tuff and Hill’s interaction.

Neal Lester, the director of Project Humanities and an English professor at ASU, helped moderate a discussion following the lecture where several audience members voiced their opinions on and asked questions about the 2013 incident and the results of the research conducted afterwards.

“The idea is to remind us that we haven’t lost our humanity,” Lester said in closing, referring to events like “Compassion in the Face of Terror” that Project Humanities sponsors.

 

By Erin Beals 

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Empathetic Policing Model: Is there a place for it in corrections?

Empathetic Policing Model: Is there a place for it in corrections? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Police cultivate a good relationship with the public they serve; could this also work between COs and inmates?

There are plenty of ways to go about this, but one idea worth considering is promoting a culture based on an empathetic police model of service. 

An empathetic police model of service is essentially an enhancement of community policing in general and starts at the hiring process, is developed in the training function and continues throughout an officer’s career through a culture of professionalism and trust. Caring about those we serve to make going “above and beyond” the norm is what the empathetic police model is all about.  

Think about the New York City police officer who recently used his own money to buy a down trodden man a new pair of boots in the winter and you will get the idea.  


By Tom Wetzel

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Why it's OK to be empathetic toward inmates

Why it's OK to be empathetic toward inmates | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Anthony Gangi


Does empathy make individuals vulnerable? Empathy is defined as ‘the ability to share and understand the feelings of others.’ By this definition, being empathetic is considered objective, because a true understanding of the feelings of others cannot be blinded by emotion.

In the correctional setting, staff may confuse empathy with sympathy. Sympathy is defined as ‘a mutual affinity towards another’ and, by definition, sympathy can lead to pity. By this standard, sympathy can be seen as more subjective and, therefore, may lead an individual down a path where they become emotionally blinded.


Being empathetic is by no means exposing vulnerability. On the contrary, empathy can be a powerful tool.

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5 Saturdays Empathy and Understanding Workshop

5 Saturdays Empathy and Understanding Workshop

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A Force for Good - The Empathy Gap

A Force for Good - The Empathy Gap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

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The Empathy Gap
Daniel Goleman shows us how compassion repairs social inequalities in the world. This is an excerpt from his audiobook—A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World.


About A Force for Good
Daniel Goleman’s A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our Worldhighlights the Dalai Lama’s core beliefs, presents evidence that supports their relevance, and explains how these can be applied to promote a better future.
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A Lack of Empathy Enables Evil to Thrive | J.K. Rowling

A Lack of Empathy Enables Evil to Thrive | J.K. Rowling | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared......


Amnesty mobilises thousands of people who have never been tortured or imprisoned for their beliefs to act on behalf of those who have. The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet. My small participation in that process was one of the most humbling and inspiring experiences of my life...


What is more, those who choose not to empathise enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it, through our own apathy.


http://harvardmagazine.com/2008/06/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination



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Leading With Empathy: Human-Centered Design and Engineering: there is a growing movement for a more empathic product-design process.

Leading With Empathy: Human-Centered Design and Engineering: there is a growing movement for a more empathic product-design process. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Product design is a fundamentally compassionate act. After all, the best products come from designers who listen intently to the populations they serve and have empathy for the people who might use their product or service.


Unfortunately, the world is not full of those products. Perhaps designers and engineers fall victim to not yet realizing mass customization and personalization on an affordable scale. Maybe ever-shrinking timelines limit designers’ ability to get customer feedback early and often. Or maybe it’s just carelessness or narcissism by designers who don’t look beyond themselves for design requirements.


Regardless of the reason, there is a growing movement for a more empathic product-design process. It’s aptly named human-centered design.

 

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Empathy + Critical Thinking = Compassionate Action

Empathy + Critical Thinking = Compassionate Action | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Critical thinking, especially critical thinking that leads to compassionate action, requires a wellspring of empathy. The connection between critical thinking and empathy might not be obvious; it might even seem contradictory.


However, if critical thinking involves seeking, analyzing, and evaluating multiple perspectives on a complex question or issue, then being able to "see" through someone else's eyes is essential.

In school, then, students need time and structures for listening deeply to each other. They need many opportunities to hear from and discuss the views of those who differ from them. The empathy gained from perspective taking is a precursor to nuanced thinking, communicating effectively, and taking positive action in the real world.


three specific practices they employed to teach empathy, 

  1. Illuminate Real-World Problems with Complex Text...
  2. Create a Safe Space for All to Speak and Be Truly Heard...
  3. Transform Emotion into Understanding and then into Personal Action...



Making change begins with empathy steeped in deeper learning.


by Anne Vilen,

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Empathy Is Still Lacking in the Leaders Who Need It Most

Empathy Is Still Lacking in the Leaders Who Need It Most | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Many people and a host of commentators instinctively recoiled at the callous management practices described in a scathing New York Times article last month about Amazon. So did Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive. In a memo to Amazon employees, he wrote, “Our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero.”...


For three years my colleagues and I at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism crisscrossed the U.S. and travelled to other nations asking business leaders what attributes executives must have to succeed in today’s digital, global economy...


Frankly, when empathy kept coming up in our research, I was surprised. All of the people we interviewed were serious business executives. Empathy was not the first virtue I associated with the rough and tumble of today’s highly competitive business world. I expected to hear about boldness, perseverance, and toughness.


by Ernest J. Wilson III



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The Limits of Virtual Reality: Debugging the Empathy Machine | MIT

The Limits of Virtual Reality: Debugging the Empathy Machine | MIT | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Ainsley Sutherland


Be Another Lab, the creative collective behind Machine, is not necessarily interested in the complete reconstruction of the subjective experience of “the other”, nor only in straightforward social perspective-taking. In this performance piece, they explore how the boundaries of the “self” can be manipulated and perhaps expanded.


This case study describes the Machine to be Another project, examines the role of empathy in this work, reactions to the project– including my own– and discusses the technologies involved in its implementation. Some guiding questions are:

  • 1) how can artistic intervention relate to discoveries in psychology and biology, and
  • 2) what effects are obscured when “empathy” is used as a cover-all description of impact?
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Is Empathy Carly Fiorina’s Favorite Word?

Is Empathy Carly Fiorina’s Favorite Word? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This week, surging Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina offered some praise of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. “She's smart, she's hardworking, she's giving it all she's got,


  • ” Fiorina said of Clinton. “I feel empathy with every woman who is working really hard and giving it all they've got — and Hillary is.”
  • “I have such great admiration and empathy for Hillary Clinton.”
  • "faith gives us humility and empathy and optimism and I think those are important.”
  • “I have great empathy for Joe Biden,” 
  •  “but I also think empathy and connection are hugely important.” 

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The Pope's Address To Congress: Let us remember the Golden Rule:

The Pope's Address To Congress: Let us remember the Golden Rule: | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Mt 7:12).

This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.


The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us. The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.

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Pope Francis Gets the Moral Framing Right: A global empathy for all humanity, all of life

Pope Francis Gets the Moral Framing Right: A global empathy for all humanity, all of life | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

These are just a few examples of the many metaphors and frames used to powerful effect in this document. They have one thing in common, which they also share with the progressive value system: they are rooted in a worldview based on empathy.
 
 This is Empathy writ large, beyond individual empathy: it is a global empathy for all humanity, all of life -- animals, fish, plants, and Nature, which provides all life. What is absent is the all too common narrow view of religion as about individuals alone, in which THE spiritual issue is whether YOU get into Heaven, and that is a matter of personal responsibility.
You are responsible for yourself, not for others, not for all of life and what is life-giving. That narrow view of individual, not social or global responsibility is completely absent from the Pope's message.


by George Lakoff

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Tactical Empathy: Getting inside the criminal mind

Tactical Empathy: Getting inside the criminal mind | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Tactical Empathy refers to the active intelligence gathering of a professional investigator who is attempting to learn what a person is thinking in an attempt to learn how to generate his/her voluntary compliance, cooperation, and collaboration.

Developing Tactical Empathy not only allows an officer to remain physically safer from a possible assault, but also allows them to potentially control an individual’s behavior through understanding what motivates them.


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Is technology killing empathy?

Is technology killing empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

BY KITTY KNOWLES 

Most Facebook users will recognise that simply ‘liking’ a traumatic or emotional post can feel awkward or inappropriate, and just last week company founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the platform would expand its ‘like’ function to include more “empathetic” reactions.

Now however, a new report claims that while our understanding of technology as a population is soaring, our more emotional personal skills are falling short – and it’s effecting our businesses.

A study of 1,000 people found that while “almost 100 per cent” had technical and computer skills, very few were able to pass tests for “soft” skills such as good verbal communication, effective listening and empathy.

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CCARE Science of Compassion 2014: Introduction to the Science of Empathy, Altruism, and Compassion

Introduction to the Science of Empathy, Altruism, and Compassion


Moderator: Paul Ekman, PhD
Paul Gilbert, BA, MSc, PhD, FBPsS, OBE, Components of Compassion
Felix Warneken, PhD, The Developmental Origins of Human Altruism 
Daniel Batson, PhD, The Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis: What and So What?
Daryl Cameron, PhD, Motivation, Capacity, and the Limits of Compassion 


The Science of Compassion conference is a two-day event held by Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education to share and explore the latest research and application of compassion from experts in the field of psychology, neuroscience and compassion education.

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Why I dislike Facebook’s latest idea: Empathy can’t be conveyed with a click

Why I dislike Facebook’s latest idea: Empathy can’t be conveyed with a click | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The empathy expressed by many people in my circle via containers of soup, lifts, visits, hugs and sincerely penned notes were the only upsides to eight months of what Zuckerberg would call “not good moments.”

Their acts had a physical impact on me. The science of empathy is still young, but what we know is that to influence someone else’s emotional state, hormones are key. Oxytocin is released when we make eye contact and reach out to someone in person, according to neuroscience research. A hug, a pat on the arm – even just a handshake – is enough to release this neuropeptide, which tamps down stress, kills pain and fosters tissue repair. Supportive contact releases what has been dubbed “the cuddle chemical” because all mammals, but especially mothers and babies, secrete it when they’re close enough to nurture and be nurtured.


Susan Pinker 

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The 5 Myths of Self-Compassion: What Keeps Us from Being Kinder to Ourselves?

The 5 Myths of Self-Compassion: What Keeps Us from Being Kinder to Ourselves? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Most people don’t have any problem with seeing compassion as a thoroughly commendable quality. It seems to refer to an amalgam of unquestionably good qualities: kindness, mercy, tenderness, benevolence, understanding, empathy, sympathy, and fellow-feeling, along with an impulse to help other living creatures, human or animal, in distress.


But we seem less sure about self-compassion. For many, it carries the whiff of all those other bad “self” terms: self-pity, self-serving, self-indulgent, self-centered, just plain selfish. Even many generations removed from our culture’s Puritan origins, we still seem to believe that if we aren’t blaming and punishing ourselves for something, we risk moral complacency, runaway egotism, and the sin of false pride.


By Kristin Neff

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TedxBoulder 2015 examines empathy and malice

TedxBoulder 2015 examines empathy and malice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If you live in Boulder, odds are you’re familiar with Tedx, a community that organizes events to motivate and inspire people. Last Sunday’s TedxBoulder event in the University of Colorado’s Macky Auditorium marks it’s sixth consecutive year here in Boulder.


While empathy and malice was this year’s official theme, the speakers and entertainers also focused on a strong sense of community.

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Waltham firm helps computers learn empathy by mapping the human face

Waltham firm helps computers learn empathy by mapping the human face | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“We spend a lot of time with our devices, yet our devices have no clue how we’re feeling,” said el Kaliouby, a former MIT research scientist with a doctorate from Cambridge University in the UK. “There’s an opportunity here. Our devices could be more empathetic.”


If a student got stuck on a tough math problem, an empathetic school computer would recognize the confused look on his face, and instantly offer additional help.


An office laptop might see that a worker is bored, and suggest that he take a coffee break or play a simple computer game. A TV that notices that nobody laughed at last night’s Adam Sandler movie might suggest Woody Allen next time.


by Hiawatha Bray

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Mike Donahue's curator insight, September 23, 2015 9:57 AM

Wouldn't it be nice if we could do the same thing for voices? Companies using automated answering/routing system could hear the frustration or anxiety in customer voices, often exacerbated by the system, they might opt for a less frustrating way to handle inbound calls.

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Workshops: Empathy Bootcamp

Workshops:  Empathy Bootcamp | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Workshops You got this! Empathy Bootcamp:
Deepen your relationships in just three hours. Feel like a better friend, colleague, and neighbor just by being who you are.

What You’ll Learn
Tired of the awkward feeling of not knowing how to support a colleague, neighbor, family member or friend in a difficult time?


 Taught by Dr. Kelsey Crowe, the three hour Empathy Bootcamp will provide you with tips and tools for building relationships when it really counts. Learn essential skills to enhance your life and the people you care for, without impacting your busy schedule.

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Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine

Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What if you really could walk a mile in someone’s shoes? Shared perspective breeds understanding. Until now, though, the closest we could come to that old saying was through video documentary. Follow someone around long enough and you get a taste for what their life is like. But it’s still their life.

Virtual reality represents a giant leap forward in mankind’s propensity for compassion. You don’t just walk in someone’s shoes, but see the world through their eyes. In essence, a virtual reality headset is an empathy machine.


by Josh Constine 

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