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The empathy imperative

The empathy imperative | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Ernest Hemingway’s famous 6-word story immediately puts the reader in the (tiny) shoes of someone else, forcing them to empathise. Indeed according to a new piece of research, well-written fiction has the unique effect of being able to boost the empathy skills of readers in their daily lives. Why is this important? Because business is suddenly taking empathy seriously. But this new KPI will only become valued if people work out ways to measure and improve it. (And before we proclaim a new age of business, leaders are generally short on empathy, according to recent research).

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Video: ScienceTake: The Contagious Yawn - It may have to do with empathy

Video: ScienceTake: The Contagious Yawn -  It may have to do with empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

People are not the only animals who yawn, or who catch yawns from each other; dogs and chimps even catch human yawns. It may have to do with empathy, which seems to have deep roots in evolution.

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Pain, passion and empathy – what I've learned about peacemaking - Tony Blair

Pain, passion and empathy – what I've learned about peacemaking - Tony Blair | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"In foreword to new Alastair Campbell book, former PM ascribes his success as conflict mediator to empathy skills"


"In a conflict there is suffering of a nature and on a scale that we from the outside can scarcely appreciate, because it is not within our experience. Each side has a sense of pain and of cruel consequence from the other side's actions. They need to know that those mediating get this feeling, not at a rational but at an empathetic level. In getting it, the mediator is then able to pass something of the pain of each side to the other. Especially where there has been violence over a prolonged period, and in conflict the violence often either falls or is even directed at the innocent, being able to articulate the sense of hurt and know that the other side has been forced at least to confront it, is a powerful way of opening up the dialogue that can lead to peace." 



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Four Tips to Help Children Develop Empathy

Four Tips to Help Children Develop Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Teaching children how to be more empathetic can help children get along better with others and develop into caring adults. Here are some tips for teaching empathy to children.

 

Play Empathy Games 

Read Books, Watch Movies and TV

Model Empathy

Look For Ways to Help Others 

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Study: Meditative Dialogue: Cultivating Compassion and Empathy with Survivors of Complex Childhood Trauma

Study: Meditative Dialogue: Cultivating Compassion and Empathy with Survivors of Complex Childhood Trauma | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

\Complex childhood trauma often affects the capacities of survivors to experience empathy and compassion toward themselves and others. Recent mindfulness literature recognizes meditation as an evidence-based practice that is able to change the brain, increasing one's capacities for empathy and compassion. This article offers an exploration of selected literature on complex childhood trauma and on mindfulness practices related to the development of compassion and empathy. A case study illustrates the use of a meditative dialogue practice in psychotherapy with a survivor of complex childhood trauma that serves to increase her ability to have empathy and compassion for herself and others. 

 

Susan A. Lord

 

 

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Why We Are Wired to Connect: Matthew Lieberman - Scientific American

Why We Are Wired to Connect: Matthew Lieberman - Scientific American | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Scientist Matthew Lieberman uncovers the neuroscience of human connections—and the broad implications for how we live our lives.

 

When we experience social pain — a snub, a cruel word — the feeling is as real as physical pain...

 

Across many studies of mammals, from the smallest rodents all the way to us humans, the data suggests that we are profoundly shaped by our social environment and that we suffer greatly when our social bonds are threatened or severed.  When this happens in childhood it can lead to long-term health and educational problems.  We may not like the fact that we are wired such that our well-being depends on our connections with others, but the facts are the facts.


By Gareth Cook

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Using Books as an Empathy Resource

Using Books as an Empathy Resource | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
You gave us empathy book recommendations. Now we're giving you the questions to ask children while reading them.

 

It is one thing to read a book. It is another thing to comprehend a book. It is quite another thing to understand its characters.

 

Researchers have found that people who read fiction develop empathy when they are emotionally transported into the story. This is a fantastic opportunity for parents, peers and educators to help children explore the complexity of characters’ actions and emotions. How we read books with children affects their perceptions of social interactions, feelings and events. So the more we help children explore the emotions and perspectives of story characters, the better we equip them with the real-world capacity to understand the actions and feelings of other people.

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Why is EMPATHY the key to brand success in the 21st century?

Why is EMPATHY the key to brand success in the 21st century? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
THE PROMISE OF EMPATHYIn 2008, Karina Encarnacion, an eight year-old girl from Missouri, wrote to President-elect Barack Obama with some advice about what kind of dog he should get for his daughters.

She also suggested that he enforce recycling and ban unnecessary wars.

Obama wrote to thank her, and offered some advice of his own:

“If you don’t already know what it means, I want you to look up the word ‘empathy’ in the dictionary. I believe we don’t have enough empathy in our world today,   and it is up to your generation to change that.”

 

Graham Brown

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Thank you to the Empathy and Compassion in Society Community - Empathy and Compassion in Society

Thank you to the Empathy and Compassion in Society Community - Empathy and Compassion in Society | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Thank you for making Empathy and Compassion in Society 2013 such a remarkable gathering.

 

600 participants from 14 countries on all five continents attended the event - the youth gathering, the conference, the cultural evening and the workshops. 


Videos from the youth gathering will be available next week, in time for World Kindness Day on 13 November and for Anti-Bullying Week on 18-22 November. The conference videos including the powerpoint slides will be available to participants early in December.

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Social and Emotional Focus: Developing Empathy

Social and Emotional Focus: Developing Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Recently, some our our teachers attended a conference on self-regulation and empathy with field expert Bob Sornson of the Early Learning Foundation. The following resource to develop empathy in the home and classroom was shared with our teachers, which we wanted to pass along to you.


1. Start with safety and security. Fear interferes with the development of empathy. Learn to set limits in the home or classroom with respect and love.


2. Regular family or classroom routines build a sense of predictable security for children. Well established routines also help children practice self-regulation skills.

 

by Emily Young 

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New Book | Design for an Empathic World

New Book | Design for an Empathic World | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In Design for an Empathic World Van der Ryn shares his thoughts and experience about the design of our world today. With a focus on the strengths and weaknesses in our approach to the design of our communities, regions, and buildings he looks at promising trends and projects that demonstrate how we can help create a better world for others and ourselves. Architects, urban designers, and students of architecture will all enjoy this beautifully illustrated book drawing on a rich and revered career of a noted leader in their field. The journey described in Design for an Empathic World will help to inspire change and foster the collaboration and thoughtfulness necessary to achieve a more empathic future.


Sim Van der Ryn

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The power of self-compassion - Harvard Health Publications

The power of self-compassion - Harvard Health Publications | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Forgiving and nurturing yourself can set the stage for better health, relationships, and general well-being. Self-compassion yields a number of benefits, including lower levels of anxiety and depression. Self-compassionate people recognize when they are suffering and are kind to themselves at these times, which reduces their anxiety and related depression.


While some people come by self-compassion naturally, others have to learn it. Luckily, it is a learnable skill.
 

Harvard psychologist Christopher Germer, in his book The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, suggests that there are five ways to bring self-compassion into your life: via physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual methods. He and other experts have proposed a variety of ways to foster self-compassion. Here are a few:

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Ep 41 - Downtown Podcast (ft. Scott Stratten)

Gear up for episode #41 of the Downtown Podcast! In this episode, we welcome Scott Stratten, also known as @unmarketing online. Scott was recently named one of the top 5 social media influencers in the world on Forbes.com and we were thrilled to have him by to talk about social media and branding for startups. We also speak with two of the creators behind StandInMyShoes.com, a movement to expose and erase the empathy deficit. Finally, we talk with Rachel Warbelow, a teachers behind an Indiegogo campaign that's receiving local and national attention with the goal to bring a computer lab to a students learning to code.
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Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play

Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Video games can offer a playful approach to learning a new concept, providing a jumping off point for diving deeply into a topic. Games can’t do all the teaching, but they are an engaging way to get kids thinking -- even about ethics.

 

It might seem strange that a video game could promote empathy given some research suggesting video game play can actually dull empathy because they take place  in a simulated world, rather than the real one. But Quandary’s developers don’t see those critiques as applicable in their game. Instead, they see it as a tool that allows players to experience a diverse set of character viewpoints. “The game offers a unique decision-making mechanic, one where the choices and outcomes available to players are not a binary ‘good or bad’, and where there are no easy, right answers,” said Stidwill. “It’s designed to promote reflection and discussion – and from what we’ve seen, it does this really well.

 

”Katrina Schwartz 

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7 myths about empathy - Doug Johnson

7 myths about empathy - Doug Johnson | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Not just logic, but also EMPATHY. “What will distinguish those who thrive will be their ability to understand what makes their fellow woman or man tick, to forge relationships, and to care for others. Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind

 

"I'm not quite sure why I did it, but I volunteered to speak about empathy at the Global Education Conferencecoming up in a couple weeks. So I spent some time this weekend trying to learn a little more about the topic.I've been interested in empathy as a possibly teachable/developable skill since reading Pink's A Whole New Mind book some years ago and thinking about how reading builds empathetic understandings.

 

What surprised me in my research, however, was not learning what empathy is - but what it is not. In trying to synthesize some things, here are a few "myths of empathy": "

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If We Could All Tap Into This Quality (Which We Can), The World Would Be A Better Place

If We Could All Tap Into This Quality (Which We Can), The World Would Be A Better Place | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In the so-called age of narcissism, it's been said that empathy is declining -- and some research has shown that social media is causing us to become more self-obsessed than ever before. But whether or not selfishness is actually on the rise, it's safe to say that we need compassion more than ever.

 

Eastern spiritual practices have long touted the importance of compassion as a necessary ingredient for building happy lives and peaceful nations ("Without [compassion], humanity cannot survive," the Dalai Lama wrote in The Art of Happiness). Now, Western science is catching up to this ancient wisdom...

 

Here are six insights that will change the way you think about compassion -- and revolutionize your approach to giving and social connection...


  By Carolyn Gregoire

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A plea for compassion to change the world...

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Philosophy in Action: The Role of Empathy in Morality: Audio

Philosophy in Action: The Role of Empathy in Morality:  Audio | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Dr. Diana Hsieh of Philosophy in Action answered a question about the role of empathy in morality on 3 November 2013: What is the relationship between empathy and morality? Must a person possess a strong sense of empathy to be moral?
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Study: The Relationships Between Empathy and Burnout in Nurses

Study: The Relationships Between Empathy and Burnout in Nurses | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is essential in nursing, yet it remains difficult to define and measure and many nurses do not display empathy even if they possess it. Studies linking empathy and burnout are few, but the results generally favour the view that empathy is negatively correlated with burnout.

 

Using a fully quantitative and anonymous self-report questionnaire, this research adds to the existing knowledge about empathy and burnout in registered nurses. The research question was: What relationships exist between empathy and burnout in nurses? Validated and reliable measures were used in a survey of nurses working in two hospitals in April and May of 2012. Analyses were conducted using bivariate correlations, group comparisons, analysis of variance and multiple regression. This research was not part of any other study. 

 

Barry Kennedy,

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Compassion and Resilience

Compassion and Resilience | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 "Compassion is a state to be cultivated. The ability to foster social bonds through aiding others, though taking effort in the short term, is what makes us, both as individuals and as societies, more resilient in the long term.
 
 When you think of compassion, what other words come to mind? For many, it's words related to softness and nurturance. In fact, look in almost any thesaurus and you'll find the primary synonyms to be softheartedness, tenderness, mercy and consideration. Although these are certainly virtuous qualities, they also seem to share other unfortunate connotations: weakness and passivity. They're traits you might expect to find in individuals who are followers, not leaders. 
 
 They're attributes you might guess characterize groups more likely to be cowed than to be hardy. But nothing could be further from the truth. In actuality, compassion equals strength and resilience."
 
 David DeSteno Northeastern University professor

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Teach Empathy, Don't Demand It

Discussion with Steven Sussman, Ph.D - Child & Adolescent Psychologist Co-Founder of the Child & Teen Success Centers in NY & NJ
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Empathy - a revolutionary act

Empathy - a revolutionary act | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If we want a radical feminist revolution that overturns our current ways of thinking and responding to the world, I believe, and I’m not alone, that this begins (and ends) with empathy.

The style of thinking that characterises patriarchy/kyriarchy is individualistic, self-orientated, and based on competition, control and domination. It comes from a false belief that these are the natural drivers of human nature, a belief that is unfortunately self-reinforcing...

 

We need to work on our empathy, because human lives are at stake. First and foremost, that means we need to improve how we listen.

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Addiction Today: EMPATHIC PEOPLE ARE NATURAL TARGETS FOR SOCIOPATHS – PROTECT YOURSELF

Addiction Today: EMPATHIC PEOPLE ARE NATURAL TARGETS FOR SOCIOPATHS – PROTECT YOURSELF | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The empathy trap: therapists and counsellors almost by definition are empathic, to facilitate clients’ recovery – but this quality can mean those carers are targets for sociopaths, aided by what Dr Jane & Tim McGregor call “apaths”. The first UK article on this cruel sport shows how to identify and thus avoid it.

 


People targeted by a sociopath often respond with self-deprecating comments like “I was stupid”, “what was I thinking” of “I should’ve listened to my gut instinct”. But being involved with a sociopath is like being brainwashed. The sociopath’s superficial charm is usually the means by which s/he conditions people.

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Empathy: the Key to Successful Startup Communities

Empathy: the Key to Successful Startup Communities | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy and a true understanding of the other is critical to building flourishing startup communities.

 

Empathy is often looked down upon in the business world because it is seen as antithetical to the modern day corporate environment (competitive, cutthroat, ladder to the top, etc.). However, it is one of the most important values that an organization can adopt and promote as part of its company culture. Empathy at its basest form is that ability to connect with and relate to others. This means we have to adopt a stance that goes beyond just seeing and hearing what goes on around us and truly seek to understand the logical and emotional reasoning of the people around us.

 

The notion of empathy being critical to business is not new; Ashoka has deemed empathy as the force that drives business; Forbes called empathy invaluable to business; and the Guardian deemed it the last big business taboo that needs to be overcome.
 

by Ryan Smith

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Realizing Empathy: The Empathy Workshop - October 2013

Our speaker - Rhode Island based Seung Chan Lim, a Digital Creative Professional for over 10 years - presented some of the findings from his book called "Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry Into the Meaning of Making". He elaborated on his notion that a creative process is essentially a process of realizing empathy.

 

He told us the story of how he came to this conclusion by starting with a definition of empathy, and then moved toward examples of how to realize it. Slim has been sharing his findings all up and down the Eastern Sea Board, and we are honored to have him visit the NYC UXPA while he was in town.

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Ability To Literally Imagine Oneself In Another's Shoes May Be Tied To Empathy

Ability To Literally Imagine Oneself In Another's Shoes May Be Tied To Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
New research indicates the way our brain handles how we move through space -- including being able to imagine literally stepping into someone else's shoes -- may be related to how and why we experience empathy toward others.

 

The research was recently published in the online scientific journal PLoS One.

Empathy involves, in part, the ability to simulate the internal states of others. The authors hypothesized that our ability to manipulate, rotate and simulate mental representations of the physical world, including our own bodies, would contribute significantly to our ability to empathize.

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