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Clinical Empathy in a Post-ACA World

Clinical Empathy in a Post-ACA World | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Speaker: Jodi Halpern, UC Berkeley
Tuesday, 02/09/16

04:30 PM - 06:00 PM


Learn how health care providers can recognize when their emotions are worsening conflicts with patients and families. In the current health care climate, providers are under increasing pressure to do more for patients in less time. Providers want to give empathic care but fear burning out. Patients and families are frustrated with the limitations of the health care system.


As a result, there are often conflicts between providers, patients and families that can undermine effective health care.


Gain exposure to specific skills that promote sustainable empathy to provide more effective care and to enjoy your work more.

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Building Empathy

Building Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Lately, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about empathy, partly because it is a huge part of the job of teaching, and partly because of recent world events....


I have been thinking about these two for the past few weeks now, because to me, their story exemplifies what empathy really is and how it can be fostered. One of the fundamental principles of educational movements such as Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is that we, as humans, are works in progress. We have choice; we can grow and change.


This is precisely why social-emotional learning is such a foundational piece of education. Giving students the skills that they need to lead centered, empowered lives is a tremendous gift. Like math or reading, empathy is a teachable skill and like any subject area, we must meet the student where they are, not just where we wish they were or at the grade level their age dictates...


I think it is natural that empathy starts with what we know and ripples outwards from that. 

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A political system based on empathy

A political system based on empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

So here's the dangerous new idea. What would it be like if our political chambers were based on the principles of empathizing? It is dangerous because it would mean a revolution in how we choose our politicians, how our political chambers govern, and how our politicians think and behave.


We have never given such an alternative political process a chance. Might it be better and safer than what we currently have? Since empathy is about keeping in mind the thoughts and feelings of other people (not just your own), and being sensitive to another person's thoughts and feelings (not just riding rough-shod over them), it is clearly incompatible with notions of "doing battle with the opposition" and "defeating the opposition" in order to win and hold on to power.


Psychologist, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University; Author, The Science of Evil


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Study On Prairie Voles Sheds Light On Animal Empathy

Animals may be more capable of empathy than previously thought. This emotion is considered to be on a higher-level order because it requires a recognition of pain in others.


Now, scientists have added the prairie vole to the list which already includes more mentally advanced animals like dogs and elephants. In the experiment, pairs of voles who knew each other were separated, and one received mild shocks.


When they were reunited, the non-stressed members licked their partners longer and sooner than in other trials where neither had been stimulated. Distress hormones also increased in those who could not provide enough comfort. Adding to the evidence of empathy is that these responses were not observed among pairs of strangers. Oxytocin, which is known as a love hormone, has been attributed as a possible factor in this behavior.

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Designing with Empathy

Designing with Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

UX design expert Dani Nordin shows how developing and communicating empathy produces a more comprehensive and nuanced view of your users that will improve your products.


She outlines a practical approach to user research that will help you uncover the principles and reasoning that guide your users' behavior.


She describes effective techniques for communicating research results to the design team and for obtaining UX design buy-in from stakeholders.

  • - Discover the four types of empathy that relate to UX design
  • - Learn why good UX design requires a well crafted user definition
  • - Explore best practices for planning research, recruiting participants, and conducting interviews
  • - Understand the value of interviews, contextual inquiry and ethnography in user research
  • - Discover how user-goal-driven personas help teams concur on user definitions
  • - Learn why user journeys and customer experience maps create stakeholder buy-in
  • - Understand the power of UX/CX strategy documents in creating alignment inside and outside your immediate business stakeholders
  • - Discern the distinctions and needs for design studios, principles, and briefs


Author and speaker Dani Nordin is the Director of UX, Digital Engagement at Pegasystems in Cambridge, MA. Prior to joining Pegasystems, she worked as the Senior UX Designer at Harvard Business Review, and was a Research Associate at the Bentley User Experience Center.

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Teaching empathy to children

Teaching empathy to children | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Working with kids to define empathy, a word that’s missing from Nova Scotia’s education curriculum...

And this is where teaching empathy gets more complicated than teaching a subject with standard right or wrong answers.


The key, explains Ryan, is for people to take time to understand what the best response might be. This means taking into account your own capabilities, but also, since we’re talking about empathy, after all, considering it from the perspective of the person you’re trying to help.

A child who understands that his mother is very tired because she’s been working hard might respond by being extra quiet on a Saturday morning so she can sleep in, or the child might respond by offering to do more chores to make her life easier. (Where can I get one of these kids?)


CHARMAINE DYMOND 

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Creative Morning - Empathy September 2015

Creative Morning - Empathy September 2015


As a speaker for Creative Morning's Grand Rapids, I spoke on the how we can apply our most human skill of empathy. This is presented through types of empathy applied to my work carried by an underlying story that follows me through my career.

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Do animals have empathy?

Empathy is the ability to understand and share feelings. Only a handful of species have this trait, including humans. A recent scientific study might have uncovered evidence that tells us why we feel this emotion — and it’s all thanks to a rodent.
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Teaching and learning about Empathy: A Cross Disciplinary Seminar

Teaching and learning about Empathy: A Cross Disciplinary Seminar | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This seminar will bring together the disciplines of Counselling, Social Work, Medicine and Veterinary Studies to explore the following questions:
  • How is empathy understood in my subject?
  • How is it taught in my subject?
  • What evidence do we have (from students or elsewhere) about the effectiveness of our teaching methods?

There will be 4 short 10 minute presentations from each subject area followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.  This event is organised by the Empathy Network. 

Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh

Organizer of Teaching and learning about Empathy: A Cross Disciplinary Seminar

 

Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh
 https://www.linkedin.com/in/autumn-roesch-marsh-7996a24a
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Consoling Voles Hint at Animal Empathy

Consoling Voles Hint at Animal Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Larry Young from Emory University, who studies prairie voles, has seen this behavior again and again. To him, it's a sign that the rodents are showing empathy.

Such claims have proven controversial in the past. For example, in 2012, scientists at the University of Chicago showed that rats will free trapped cage-mates, even if they have to sacrifice a bit of chocolate to do so. The researchers billed these rescues as evidence of empathy—that “rats free their cagemate in order to end distress.”


ED YONG

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Study: The Differential Relations Between Empathy and Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Inpatient Adolescents

Study: The Differential Relations Between Empathy and Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Inpatient Adolescents | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Impaired empathy is associated with a variety of psychiatric conditions; however, little is known about the differential relations between certain forms of psychopathology and cognitive and affective empathy in adolescent girls and boys.


The aim of this study was to examine the relations between externalizing and internalizing disorders and cognitive and affective empathy, respectively, while controlling for covariance among different forms of psychopathology, separately in girls and boys.


A total of 507 inpatient adolescents (319 girls and 188 boys) in the age range of 12–17 years completed the Basic Empathy Scale that measures affective and cognitive empathy.


  • Malgorzata Gambin
  • Carla Sharp


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Design Thinking: Empathy: Both a Skill Set and a Mindset

Design Thinking: Empathy: Both a Skill Set and a Mindset | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 A panel of experts, mostly outside the field of education, discussed how they use design thinking to approach problems. In this discussion, business owner and consultant Coonoor Behal, said something that became my most important take-away of the day:


Empathy isn’t simply one skill we can teach. Instead, empathy is a way of thinking resulting from proficiency with a collection of skills. In other words, to effectively teach empathy, we have to understand its components.


Empathy is a mindset resulting from proficiency with a skill set


Brianna Crowley 

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From Project Syria to That Dragon, Cancer: the rise of empathy video games: EMPATHY GAMES ARE AN EMERGING GENRE OF VIDEO GAMES

From Project Syria to That Dragon, Cancer: the rise of empathy video games: EMPATHY GAMES ARE AN EMERGING GENRE OF VIDEO GAMES | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 “People use 'empathy games' as a blanket term for many types of entertainment,” says Romero, “ranging from edutainment to games that feature characters and stories that don’t fit in the typical genre canon.


Papo & Yo is not an educational game or a cautionary tale - we are not trying to teach. Instead, it tells an emotional story that we had never before seen explored in video games.” 


 Jonathan Wells 

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Young Boys and the Need to Develop Empathy

Young Boys and the Need to Develop Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Doyin Richards previously wrote an article on boys need to better develop the skill of empathy (see below). This is key for them in the future as husband and fathers, but is often not done because it does not align with social norms, which after you read this you will agree need to be changed.


Without the skill of empathy boys head down a negative path, as caring for others is key to the development of positive social skills. Without it, in the end, one has trouble with being a husband and father. The base skills necessary for the development of empathy are best taught during the Birth to 5 year old window. After this time has passed it becomes increasingly difficult for children to learn this all important skill. 

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Empathy Interview Guide: Empathy First. Design Later. The Teachers Guild

Empathy First. Design Later. - The Teachers Guild - Medium

IN AN EMPATHY INTERVIEW, YOUR GOAL IS TO GET AT THE WHY BEHIND THEIR ACTIONS OR PERSPECTIVES.


Human-centered design means starting with people first. The heart of the Discover phase is about going out and hearing from people to better understand their motivations and desires. The best insights come when we empathize with the people for whom we’re designing.
Get started in Discover by doing these activities:
Empathy Interview


By interviewing, you have a chance to get close to people and hear about their perspectives and challenges directly from them. Interviews are at the heart of the Discover phase! Use this guide to get tips, jumpstart your interview, and record quotes.



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Empathy Trainers Salon #2: Experienced Trainers share their experiences, insights, methods for teaching empathy.

Empathy Trainers Salon #2: Experienced Trainers share their experiences, insights, methods for teaching empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy Trainers Salon #2 
Experienced Empathy Trainers share their experiences, insights, methods, etc. for teaching empathy. This is to build momentum for launching and building the Empathy Training and Curriculum Wiki project.


Edwin Rutsch
Director of the Center For Building a Culture of Empathy. Leading the empathy training and curriculum project.

Nelle Moffett 


Nelle co-authored Empathy in Conflict Intervention: The Key to Successful NVC Mediation. This book brings together theories from psychology, conflict resolution, and sociology to explore the effectiveness of empathy in mediation.


Rick Bowers 
Rev. Rick Bowers, M.A., spent twenty-six years with Hewlett-Packard Company, primarily in Research and Development. Rick holds several patents for software products that he developed. In 2007 he retired from Hewlett-Packard to obtain a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Engagement at Antioch University Midwest.


Antonio Skruggs
I'm former Major League Outfielder & 'Excellence Off The Field' Author, Tony Scruggs (‪#‎TheEmpathyGuy‬) ...my Psychology degree is from Ucla, my Empathy training includes time in India with the Gandhi family and once upon a time I played MLB for the President of the United States.


Rosa Zubizarreta
Trainer in many modes and processes for training empathy including Focusing and Dynamic Facilitation.


https://sites.google.com/…/empathy…/trainer-salon/2016-01-24


https://www.facebook.com/EmpathyCenter/posts/1126905580687436

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When hurt, rodents may console each other: neural mechanisms underlying empathetic responses

When hurt, rodents may console each other:  neural mechanisms underlying empathetic responses | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Young said his research points to a potential role for oxytocin in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder, though more work is needed. “

We now have the opportunity to explore in detail the neural mechanisms underlying empathetic responses in a laboratory rodent with clear implications for humans.”

According to study co-author Frans de Waal, who first discovered animal consolation behavior in chimpanzees in 1979, the findings also shed new light on the range of animals that feel empathy, and how empathy is separate from complex cognition.


Scientists have been reluctant to attribute empathy to animals, often assuming selfish motives,” he said.


 TODD AHERN / EMORY UNIVERSITY

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How to Teach Kids Empathy Through Dance

How to Teach Kids Empathy Through Dance | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Schools are increasingly using movement and expression as vehicles for teaching kids social-emotional skills.


Poindexter is a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms, a nonprofit based in New York City that brings ballroom dancing to schools primarily in underserved communities.


Started by the dancer Pierre Dulaine in 1994, the 10-week program was featured in the 2005 documentary Mad Hot Ballroom and uses ballroom as a vehicle for teaching elementary- and middle-schoolers social-emotional skills like respect and teamwork and, by extension, empathy.


For many underprivileged students, in-class time with programs like Dancing Classrooms is the only time they will have regular exposure to the arts

AUDREY CLEO YAP
 

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Should You Invest in Empathetic Consumers?

Should You Invest in Empathetic Consumers? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Creating a customer experience that is truly greater than the sum of its parts isn't always about promoting absolute value. More often than not, it's about nurturing the value of taking the producer's point of view.

The idea that empathetic companies - those that "step outside of themselves" and "walk in someone else's shoes" - are more successful and more likely to discover opportunities for growth isn't new. Ever since Dev Patnaik and Peter Mortensen wrote their bestselling book Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy, empathy has become an important management skill. If empathy yields benefits on the production side, what about the consumption side? In addition to fostering the empathetic company, should managers invest in empathetic consumers?


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When hurt, rodents may console each other: The secret to empathetic behavior lies in the hormone oxytocin

When hurt, rodents may console each other: The secret to empathetic behavior lies in the hormone oxytocin | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The secret to empathetic behavior lies in the hormone oxytocin, which promotes maternal bonding and feelings of love among humans, too.  


Dogs, dolphins and elephants are known to show empathy when a loved one is in pain, and now researchers have found the first consoling behavior in a rodent, known as the prairie vole.

Researchers say the findings, published Thursday in the US journal Science, could help scientists better understand human disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, in which a person's ability to sense the emotions of others is disrupted.

The secret to empathetic behavior lies in the hormone oxytocin, which promotes maternal bonding and feelings of love among humans, too.

Scientists at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University created an experiment in which they isolated prairie voles -- dark rodents which mate in long-term monogamous pairs and raise their offspring together -- from others they knew.

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Microsoft Design: Empathy

An intro to inclusive design

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/design/inclusive?ocid=inclusivethefilm
A 20 minute short film examining inclusive design as an approach to making and sharing examples from the physical and digital worlds.


Having empathy is critical to the design process. Understanding how that differs from sympathy is even more powerful. Explore how this develops into


Welcome to the official Microsoft YouTube channel, your source for news about Microsoft's consumer products and services.


AJ Paron-Wildes Regional Architectural and Design Manager Allsteel A.J. Paron-Wildes has acquired significant experience working in the design/build industry .

Dev Patnaik's presentation at the Better by Design CEO Summit earlier this year delves into empathy and how it can be a powerful tool within any business.

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Create better content by being empathic

Create better content by being empathic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Marketers should aim to relate to their audience in order to write articles that resonate with it, using empathy as a means to create better content.

According to content marketing consultancy Stories by Emma’s Founder Emma Siemasko, empathy is understanding and sharing the feeling and emotions of someone else.

In an article for content marketing news website The Content Standard, she writes that by being empathic, marketers will be able to create content that relates to their readers’ problems and solves them.
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Prairie Voles Show Empathy Just Like Humans

Prairie Voles Show Empathy Just Like Humans | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Until now, consolation has only been observed in relatively large brained animals—apes, elephants, dogs, and some large birds.


This study shows for the first time, however, that animals as small as rodents are capable of empathetic behaviors that extend beyond just ensuring their offspring survive, to actually helping others around them that are in need.


“Consolation might be present in many more animal species than was previously thought,” says James Burkett, a neuroscientist at Emory University and lead author of the study...


“This does not mean animals experience empathy in the same way we do, but the basic foundation for empathy and consolation may be present in many more species than once thought.”


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The problem with empathy games

The problem with empathy games | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by DAN SOLBERG

In 2012, Caballero, used the term “empathy game” to describe the conceptual underpinnings of his company’s game Papo & Yo, which told the story of a Brazilian boy growing up with an alcoholic and abusive father. That same year, personal and autobiographical games began garnering attention from wider audiences with titles like Cart Life and Dys4ia giving the genre an overall boost.

The rise of the empathy game genre, however, brings up some interesting issues surrounding players’ psychological responses to these games, and how exactly people should go about playing them.

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Building Empathy in Classrooms and Schools

Building Empathy in Classrooms and Schools | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Teachers Brianna Crowley and Barry Saide offer advice on developing an empathic mindset in an education culture that doesn’t always value it but desperately needs it.


Empathy is a complex concept and a difficult skill. It’s time for educators to recognize the strength it takes to create, balance, and sustain an empathic mindset in a culture that doesn’t always value it.


Empathy in education is often deemed a “soft skill.” Sometimes we equate empathy to coddling, weakness, or even label it as a gender-specific trait. It is none of these things. We’re neither born with it, predisposed to it, or incapable of it. Empathy doesn’t happen because we do a few icebreakers in the beginning of the school year.

Putting Empathy in the Curriculum
  • Language Arts: ...
  • STEM classes...
  • Public Speaking:...
  • Behavior Management: ...
     
Take Action, Be Intentional


By Brianna Crowley & Barry Saide

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