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Confernce: The Empathy Project - Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Confernce: The Empathy Project - Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Empathy Project
Friday 7th  September – Sunday 9th September 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom


Visit the website at http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/empathy/call-for-presentations/


Call for Presentations:
Empathy, the will to understand or to attempt to understand others by imagining what it might feel like to be them; how it might feel to experience the world from inside their skin, underpins much of our lives.


For instance, it is present in the ways in which people relate to and care for one another within families and in bigger groups, to the ways in which we communicate with one another through literature, art, film, advertising and digital media. Many professions – from nursing, counselling psychotherapy and medicine, to teaching, product design, architecture, advertising and stand-up comedy, depend at least partly, on empathic skill.


Organising Chairs: 
Gavin Fairbairn & Susan Fairbairn: gsemp@inter-disciplinary.net 

Rob Fisher: empathy2@inter-disciplinary.net 

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What Self-Care Looks Like

What Self-Care Looks Like | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One of Miller’s favorite ways to practice self-care is self-empathy.


She described this as “connecting with what I’m feeling and needing when I’m experiencing something challenging, and then making a request of myself or someone else to help me meet whatever needs I become aware of through that process.”

She also gets enough rest, takes baths, practices yoga, meditates, takes fun exercise classes, spends time in nature, attends spiritual services and talks, gets massages, connects with people she loves and laughs as much as possible.

However, she underscored that self-care goes beyond a set of strategies. At its core, self-care is “an attitude toward yourself that you matter, that your needs matter,” Miller said.


By MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY


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Design Thinking Students: Students Co-Designing Their Own School for the Sake of Empathy

Design Thinking Students: Students Co-Designing Their Own School for the Sake of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In order to inspire, motivate, and engage students in the learning experience, it is necessary to look at the world through their eyes.  When adults pause and consider the world through from the students’ perspective, we begin to examine their authentic needs, instead of the needs imposed upon them.  Educational models that value and incorporate student input are emerging as empathic to students’ needs. ...



This is how empathy as a skill is cultivated through design thinking in the K-12 arena. Planning one’s own educational framework is a wonderful empathy-building tool. It stimulates students’ engagement and intrinsic motivation while encouraging them to practice self-empathy in service of empathy for others.


by Lee-Anne Gray


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Oana Juncu's curator insight, March 28, 4:30 AM

The brightest Sidenjoy Design thinking is nurturing empathy : the best attitude for a connected world that builds it's future on scarcity and sharing 

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(Listening) TED: The Power of Listening - An Ancient Practice for Our Future: Leon Berg

Leon Berg is a founding member of the Ojai Foundation, an educational sanctuary in the Upper Ojai Valley of Southern California. He is a Senior Trainer of the Ojai Foundation's Center for Council Practice, and has been facilitating Council groups in the U.S. and abroad for over 20 years.
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The EMPATHY PROCESS (A healing technique) by Jeff Brown

The EMPATHY PROCESS (A healing technique)  by Jeff Brown | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy was not part of my early life experience. I grew up in a house of horrors, one where everyone was too intensely consumed with their individual survival to see or empathize with another. There was no space to attune to each other’s internal experience, no interest in holding the space for each other’s feelings. We were blind to each other’s inner landscape, strangers sharing the same physical space, simply trying to stay alive.


In my late twenties, something shifted. I became more conscious of empathy as both a healing tool, and a way of being in the world.


It served me in my efforts to stop personalizing the behaviors of others. If I could get inside their journey, I could see where they were coming from and stop making it about me. And it served me in my efforts to be understood by others. 

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Still Face Experiment: Dr. Edward Tronick

Ed Tronick director of UMass Boston's Infant-Parent Mental Health Program and Distinguished Professor of Psychology, discusses the cognitive abilities of infants to read and react to their social surroundings.


The video is an excerpt from Lovett Productions' HELPING BABIES FROM THE BENCH: USING THE SCIENCE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD IN COURT.

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The Left Does Not Have a Monopoly on Compassion

The Left Does Not Have a Monopoly on Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Earlier this month two prominent conservatives, Tim Montgomerie and Stephan Shakespeare, launched something called The Good Right. Despite boasting Michael Gove as a vocal supporter, much of what they proposed was unlikely to convince dry right-wingers. Luxury taxes and above-inflation


There may be disagreements on the policy front, but The Good Right should be commended for challenging the Left’s disingenuous claims to a monopoly on compassion. Some of the nastiest people in politics are those pretending to be the most progressive. It’s about time someone called them out on it.



by ALEX WICKHAM



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3 Awesome Farm Sanctuary Programs That Teach Kids Compassion for All Animals

3 Awesome Farm Sanctuary Programs That Teach Kids Compassion for All Animals | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

These awesome programs will definitely make you wish you were a kid again so you could go to camp!


There is nothing like seeing a child play with an animal. Not only are these interactions, well, adorable, but they also set the foundation for that child’s future relationship with animals.


Studies have shown that children who grow up with pets are more empathetic and have lower levels of anxiety.  While these studies focus on cats and dogs, many people see the same benefits from interactions with all types of animals, including farm animals.


Because really, who wouldn’t feel more relaxed after hugging a cow or playing with a chicken?

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Crystal Bellert's curator insight, March 27, 1:58 AM

The article describes three farm sanctuaries in America that allow children to interact with and care for farm animals.  Through their interactions with the animals, children can learn to care for another living creature, and that animals are not just a commodity.  In the future, I would love to own a block of land offering similar experiences.  As animals are very unpredictable and harbour many diseases, occupational health and safety will definitely be high on my agenda.

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“Empathic Speaking” by Bento Leal • Blessing and Family Ministry

“Empathic Speaking” by Bento Leal •  Blessing and Family Ministry | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Bento Leal gave a presentation on: “Empathic Speaking — How to Express Yourself Effectively to Strengthen Your Marriage & Relationships” for the Marriage Enrichment Webinar series.

Bento is a certified Marriage and Relationship Educator with the California Healthy Marriages Coalition. Bento has taught communication skills to more than 2000 individuals and couples in California since 2005, and conducted facilitator trainings at UTS in Barrytown in 2009, and UTS in NYC in 2011.

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Empathy: good or bad?

Empathy: good or bad? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I am speaking next week on a panel about empathy: “Generative Empathies” (Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall, Tufts University, March 30, 12 pm) with …

In sum: I don’t think empathy will suffice on its own. It must be connected somehow with justice and with actually taking just action. If you favor systematic moral theories, than you may recommend using one or more general moral premises that distinguish good empathy from bad empathy.

A feeling of empathy will not be a reliable guide to right action, only an urge that you must critically assess in other terms.

If, like me, you are skeptical about organized moral theories and believe that empathetic responses can convey truths about the world, then you will view an empathetic response as a valid source of guidance. But not as the only kind of valid input: relatively abstract and impersonal considerations must also apply.

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Why do people always associate empathy with feeling down?

Why do people always associate empathy with feeling down? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Joshua Spodek

Yet again, another paper on empathy only associates it with emotions we don’t like—sadness, loss, etc. Almost never laughter, joy, fun, and feelings we like. I wrote about this before and how catastrophically it impedes people from developing what is otherwise an important tool for relationships, leadership, your own health, and more. I’m not even going to mention the paper because it’s so counterproductive...


Nothing in there suggests you can only empathize about gloom and doom. Yet look at the table of contents:

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A Guided Meditation for Dealing With Conflict | Meditation for Empathy

A Guided Meditation for Dealing With Conflict | Meditation for Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
For a more compassionate approach to conflict, this meditation works through the essential questions toward empathy and understanding.
In this life, so much is unknown.


There are very few things we can rely on, and for those things—the sun rising and setting, daily yoga practice, family—I try my best to be aware and grateful. On the flip side, there is much inevitability in our experience as humans that includes negative emotions, like stress and pain. When I experience these emotions I try to call upon my meditation practice, to have compassion for myself and others and to ease my mind away from anger or negativity.

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"Empathy Pill" Makes People Act More Fairly with Money

"Empathy Pill" Makes People Act More Fairly with Money | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Researchers think they may have found a way to make people more empathetic. Perhaps one day in the future we'll be able to prescribe "kindness" pills.


What if there was a way to turn all the Ebeneezer Scrooges of the world into kind, empathetic people? Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco, think it may be possible, some day.


With a little tweak in brain chemistry, researchers wrote in their paper, published in Current Biology, that they were able to make participants more generous. Just by dosing them with some dopamine.


The study was quite small, only 35 participants, but the test raises some questions that may help aid in future research. The participants were split into two groups, one that would receive a placebo and the other would take a pill containing tolcapone. The drug is typically used for Parkinson's patients to help prolong the effects of dopamine in the brain, and dopamine is a feel-good “reward” hormone. Neither group was aware of which pill they had taken.

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Learning to Listen: Why Better Health Care May Start with a Simple “How Are You?”

Learning to Listen: Why Better Health Care May Start with a Simple “How Are You?” | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Halpern believes medical schools “need to stop un-teaching” empathy.

Most patients, of course, would prefer to receive care from a doctor with a compassionate bedside manner, but Halpern suggests that the effect of better empathic listening skills could be huge. Currently, an estimated half of all patients don’t take the medications they’re prescribed as directed.


This may result from poor communication, the patients’ lack of trust in the doctor, or reluctance to discuss embarrassing side effects, such as the sexual dysfunction that can accompany certain blood pressure medications. But drawing from her own experience in the field, Halpern says that when doctors really listen and show they care, patients are more likely to open up.


What’s more, doctors would likely benefit from being more empathetic. 


By Marica Petrey

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(Listening) TED: Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
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(Listening) TED: The power of listening | William Ury

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. William Ury explains how listening is the essential, and often overlooked, half of communication. His stories of candid conversations with presidents and business leaders provide us with impactful lessons, such as understanding the power of a human mind opening up.


He asks us to join a listening revolution, and promises that if we all just listen a little bit more, we can transform any relationship.

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Designing for Empathy and Retention — Salesforce UX

Designing for Empathy and Retention - Salesforce UX - Medium
Only after IDEO designers fully understand and empathize with a problem do they investigate the software and hardware necessary to create an effective solution.

Understanding the problem always starts with researching the audience, but it’s not about “just talking to people.” IDEO designers go to extreme lengths to experience problems firsthand before they start concepting solutions.

How far are they willing to go? Once, an IDEO designer researching how to improve hospital visits, admitted himself into the ER and recorded the entire experience. The resulting video showed how much time patients spend looking up at boring ceiling tiles — a unique perspective you wouldn’t think of until experiencing the environment for yourself.


“Experiencing it develops empathy,” Blaise explained, “which leads to innovation.”

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(Listening) Our Community Listens

(Listening) Our Community Listens | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between empathy and sympathy?  For many, empathy is a really hard concept to understand and even more difficult to display.  Empathy fuels connection; sympathy drives disconnection. 


In this short  animated video presentation entitled The Power of Empathy by Brene’ Brown and illustrated by Katy Davis, we realize the true impact of Empathy and why it is so important to fuel connections with others.


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Charleston Listens - The Power of Empathy

Charleston Listens - The Power of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Imagine a world where escalating discord, decreases to a point of near extinction. A place where people feel connected every day, and can view themselves in another’s shoes, seeing life through a foreign lens. A world where each person feels valuable and necessary to the future of mankind, and thus making a place for themselves in history. Is that world a possibility or a far-fetched dream?


We have never arrived at this world, but I am convinced all things are possible and empathy is the means to get there.


‘Empathy is the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person’s feelings and letting this knowledge influence our actions.’ Most everyone, deep down, has the capacity for empathy, but just like musical ability, we all have room for improvement.


Some of us play easily, while others struggle with a few notes. What’s important is that we each can play and have our notes combine to make a beautiful symphony.


by Julie Chapman

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(Leadership) Empathy is the top leadership skill, says Sky CEO

(Leadership) Empathy is the top leadership skill, says Sky CEO | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy has overtaken more traditional business skills to become the most important requirement for leadership success, according to Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch.

Speaking at the EQ Summit in London – a day-long exploration of the importance of emotional intelligence in business – Darroch said: “A lot of the old skills of leadership aren’t fit for the future. The idea that I can sit in the corner office and call the shots is long gone.


Empathy is now the single most important skill when you get to the top of an organisation. It means you can frame opportunity and challenge in the right way.



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Upworthy's Peter Koechley: media's role is accountability and empathy

Upworthy's Peter Koechley: media's role is accountability and empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I think there’s a third, very important, role for media in society. That is: I think media can be a powerful force for nurturing empathy in society. Empathy is a soft word [for hard-hitting journalists]. Without it, society has a really hard time making progress.

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The Good Men Project Show: Dr. Max Wachtel "Raising Empathetic Boys"

Dr. Max Wachtel discusses how teaching empathy skills to your boys prepares them for the complexities of modern life: school, friendships, bullying, careers, and relationships.

Dr. Wachtel is the 9NEWS Psychologist for KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado. He is a forensic psychologist in practice at The Colorado Center For Clinical Excellence, and he is the author of "The One Rule For Boys: How Empathy And Emotional Understanding Will Improve Just About Everything For Your Son."


The One Rule For Boys: How Empathy And Emotional Understanding Will Improve Just About Everything For Your Son
http://www.amazon.com/The-One-Rule-Boys-Understanding-ebook/dp/B00PBI6PRS

Dr. Max Wachtel explains how teaching empathy skills to your boys prepares them for the complexities of modern life: school, friendships, bullying, careers, and relationships.

Leadership, assertiveness, and treating women with respect―empathy improves all of these. It may even keep your boys from running over a horse on the side of the road (more on that in Chapter 3).



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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, March 25, 1:46 AM

In reading history, I read of famous generals who were warriors through and through weeping at tragedies, writing poetry, and obviously showing their emotions along with being warriors.  In the late middle ages the gentlemen movement in England at least, was a serious effort to "civilize" men, something that from the violence of the middle ages was sorely needed.  What happened and where did this not show his emotions come from?  -Lon

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New courses on empathy train physicians to heal by listening and caring

New courses on empathy train physicians to heal by listening and caring | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Unlike sympathy, which is defined as feeling sorry for another person, clinical empathy is the ability to stand in a patient’s shoes and to convey an understanding of the patient’s situation as well as the desire to help.

Clinical empathy was once dismissively known as “good bedside manner” and traditionally regarded as far less important than technical acumen.

But a spate of studies in the past decade has found that it is no mere frill. Increasingly, empathy is considered essential to establishing trust, the foundation of a good doctor-patient relationship.

Studies have linked empathy to greater patient satisfaction, better outcomes, decreased physician burnout and a lower risk of malpractice suits and errors.


By SANDRA G. BOODMAN

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Gwynedd Mercy University: Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Empathy,

Gwynedd Mercy University: Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Empathy, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Gwynedd Mercy University is a Catholic University with a strong foundation in our academics in health care, education, and business administration.


What is Empathy? An Interdisciplinary Colloquium

When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Merck Auditorium, Keiss Hall on the main campus of Gwynedd Mercy University
 
Panel:

  •  Moderator: Patrick A. Messina, Ph.D., Ph.L., Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Wade Luquet, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Human Services: 
    “A History of Empathy”
  •  Patrick McGrain, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice: 
    It’s Not His Fault: Empathy for the Victim-Turned-Offender”
  •  Sister Ellen Murray, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies:
     
    "The Ideal of Empathy According to the Mercy Charism"
  •  Donna Allego, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English:
    “A Poetics of Empathy”
  •  Robert Clewis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy: 
    "On Sympathy."
  •  Rebecca Gullan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology:
    "The Quantification of Empathy"
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How To Train Your Brain To Be More Compassionate

How To Train Your Brain To Be More Compassionate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A 2013 study conducted by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that behavioral changes also resulted in more altruistic behavior in volunteers. For this study, the researchers asked volunteers to engage in compassion meditation, an ancient Buddhist technique to increase caring feeling for people who are suffering. According to the university press release, 30 minutes of compassion training every day for two weeks resulted in a visible increase in compassion for others.

"We found that people trained in compassion were more likely to spend their own money altruistically to help someone who was treated unfairly than those who were trained in cognitive reappraisal," Helen Weng, lead author of the study, explained in the press release...

The change in compassion even caused changes in the brain that could be observed and documented. Brain scans of volunteers who had undergone the “compassion training” showed increased activity in regions of the brain involved with empathy and understanding of others


.By Dana Dovey

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