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Structure at the centre of the brain reveals the architecture of empathy

Structure at the centre of the brain reveals the architecture of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This is unlike the research conducted by the Monash neuroscientists who discovered the correlation between brain structure and empathy.


They have hypothesised that we are able to alter this part of our brain, making it bigger or smaller. It is the first time this has been speculated, as the school of thought remains that brain structures have always been static and unchangeable from birth (such as its size and structural material called soma).

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Can a Bajaji Change a Teen Girl’s Life? It’s only from a place of deep empathy and connection,

Can a Bajaji Change a Teen Girl’s Life? It’s only from a place of deep empathy and connection, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“Human-centered design has a role in solving every problem,” says Pam Scott, a serial design thinker whose career has wended from advertising to customer research to a board seat at IDEO.org to a current chapter that might be dubbed activist philanthropy. A born connector, Scott has spent nearly three decades working at the intersection of design and impact, and much of her power lies at getting the right people in the room and prompting them to ask — and answer — the right questions.


“It’s only from a place of deep empathy and connection, that you can have real impact. That’s our creative starting point,”

says Scott of what is at the base of a methodology that marries a handful of cutting-edge techniques resulting in a “new form of human-centered design that not only deeply engages community members in the creative process, but also the NGO that serves that community...


“Everyone who participated in the immersion now has a much deeper understanding of human-centered design and how to create impact by starting from a place of deep empathy.”


By Aaron Britt, senior editor for IDEO.org and Karen Sommer Shalett, managing editor for Impact Magazine

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Empathy: The Science of Feeling. Do You Have Enough Empathy to Reach Your Full UX Potential

Our presenters will explore how recent advances in brain science and empathic competency may offer practice owners and businesses measurable ways to hire and cultivate individuals who can make a true difference in the success of their products and teams.


The two will share findings from their 2015 survey of more than 500 practitioners throughout Europe, Canada and the United States on the importance of empathy in designing informational environments. 


1. EMPATHY: SCIENCE OF FEELING UXPA 2015 | June 25, 2015 Bern Irizarry @bernirizarry bern@empathyux.com Emma Chittenden @emchi emma@empathyux.com


2. Where we started Our journey began in London…


3. Bernadette Irizarry CEO and Founder VLVT / Velvet Hammer @bernirizarry Emma Chittenden CEO Oubliette @emchi


4. SOFT @bernirizarry, @emchi SKILL


5. EMPATHY @bernirizarry, @emchi DEFICIT


6. What is empathy? Is it “real”? Is it scientific?


7. @bernirizarry, @emchi Baron-Cohen, Simon. Zero Degrees of Empathy, 2011 TEDxHouses of Parliament - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXcU8x_xK18


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Building Online Empathy Team to Raise Level of Empathy in Families: Acumen-IDEO Human-Centered Design Course

Building Online Empathy Team to Raise Level of Empathy in Families:  Acumen-IDEO Human-Centered Design Course | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here are six of the eight members of our Empathy Team at our last meeting. We are taking the Acumen-IDEO, 10 week human-centered design course and are working to design a tool kit to support the nurturing of an empathic way of being in families. We are at the research phase of interviewing people and families about their experiences and needs now.


You can join us and take part in the next iteration of the course starting in August, 2015. We have Bay Area in-person and international online teams forming. Sign up here. http://facebook.com/events/1432429460395307/


The phases of the design process from the Stanford d.school are:


* Empathy - "Empathy is the centerpiece of a human-centered design process. The Empathize mode is the work you do to understand people, within the context of your design challenge. It is your effort to understand the way they do things and why, their physical and emotional needs, how they think about world, and what is meaningful to them. "


* Define - define the problem based on the evidence of the observations.


* Ideate - brainstorm and generate many ideas for potential solutions of to the defined problem.


* Prototype - research and build working examples of ideas.


* Test - test out the prototypes and listen to users feedback.


* Iterate - repeat the process until practical solutions are developed.


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Do Insects Have Emotions and Empathy?

Do Insects Have Emotions and Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Do insects have empathy?
As we mentioned earlier, a second aspect of emotions is the expression of emotional behavior that allows other individuals to be aware of our emotions and respond to them. As such, in order to detect and understand those emotions we have the ability to empathize and respond in kind.


In an experiment hot off the press, woodlice have shown empathic-like behavior. The researchers demonstrated that calm woodlice reduced their more excited neighbors causing them to also become calm.


One can argue that this is simply the mimicking of behaviors, as opposed to recognizing and then matching emotions. Again however, remember that if one dog barks in what we interpret as an upset nervous manner, and causes the other dog to do the same, we would tend to automatically assume that the first dog passed on its emotion to the second one if they adopt the same postures and emotional behavior. Moreover, a study published this year quite clearly stated that emotional contagion was observed in pigs as a form of empathy.


by Carla Clark, PhD 

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The Toxic Attraction Between an Empath & a Narcissist.

The Toxic Attraction Between an Empath & a Narcissist. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The more powerful the narcissist becomes, the more likely the empath will retreat into a victim status. Then, there is a very big change---


I am an empath. I discovered I was an empath after I got involved in a very deep and highly destructive relationship with a narcissist.

I am writing this article from the perspective on an empath, however, would love to read the view from the opposite side if there are any narcissists that would like to offer their perception on this.


Through writing about the empath personality type I have connected with many other people who class themselves as an empath and time and again I have heard people tell me how they have also attracted relationships with narcissists. There is a link. So, I decided to explore it further.


Via Alex Myles

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Empathy Tent A Hit At Saturday Market | Eugene Oregon

Empathy Tent A Hit At Saturday Market | Eugene Oregon | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
On June 20, about 16 people visited the new “empathy tent” at Saturday Market for a simple reason: to be heard. In honor of the late Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Nonviolent Communication, Eugene resident Mark Roberts set up the tent so that people could be heard in a nonjudgmental way and experience relief from their troubles. 

“I had the idea for years,” Roberts says, though he says the specific idea for an empathy tent was from another person who attended a memorial for Rosenberg. 

The ages of the tent’s visitors ranged from as young as 12 to people in their 60s. Some of the sessions were very brief, while others lasted as long as 40 minutes. People came to the tent for a variety of reasons, Roberts says. Some wanted to talk about their family troubles or the community, and some just wanted to vent about the state of the country.
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The Education of Compassion - Gesundheit! Institute

The Education of Compassion - Gesundheit! Institute | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here is an invitation to medical students, nursing students, and all other health care students in the world to explore compassion (tender, loving, fun care) and its delivery from September, 2010 to September 2011.


The plan is to gather data so that we can collectively then create an embedded course in all the years of medical school in order to graduate compassionate beloved physicians.

Can compassion (tender, loving, fun care) become a central interest and action in your life and at all times?

The practice of medicine is the practice of compassion in the deep engagement with people and their families. One can never promise to cure; one can promise to care 100%. The compassion is equally given to self and coworkers. Compassion is the love portion of the word care in the phrase “health care delivery system.


Compassion is a conscious way of being loving to create atmospheres in human groups and ways of being with people that make comfort and ease suffering.


by Patch Adams, MD

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Thesis: "The Relationship of Empathy and Seminary Teachers' Effectiveness" by Chet W. Harris

Thesis: "The Relationship of Empathy and Seminary Teachers' Effectiveness" by Chet W. Harris | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This study was conducted for the primary purpose of discovering the relationship of two personal variables to effective seminary teaching.


It was hypothesized that:


(1) There is no significant difference between seminary teachers whom the department considers as very effective (high-rated) and seminary teachers whose teaching effectiveness is questioned by the department (low-rated) in their ability to empathize with the self concept of their students.


(2) there is no significant difference between seminary teachers who are high-rated and seminary teachers who are low-rated in their ability to sociempathise (perceive student's social status among peers).


http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5768&context=etd


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Monica Lewinsky: online we have a compassion deficit and an empathy crisis

Monica Lewinsky: online we have a compassion deficit and an empathy crisis | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"We have created a culture of humiliation. There is another price tag to public shaming. The price is not measured in the cost to the victim but rather the price measured by the profit of those that prey on them. The violation of others is ruthlessly mined and packaged and sold as a profit. Whether it is for likes, clicks or perverse pleasure, shame is a commodity and public humiliation is an industry. How is money made? Clicks," she argues.

Her answer to this issue is empathy. She believes that spreading empathy, flagging bullies online and posting positive comments is the only way to combat the problem
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Thick psychophysiology for empathic design Elliott Bruce Hedma

Thick psychophysiology for empathic design Elliott Bruce Hedma | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Over the course of six years, I brought ambulatory psychophysiology into a variety of industries as a means of conducting design research. I looked at the stress of children in occupational therapy, the frustration of playing Hasbro board games, the thrill of driving a Google Self Driving Car, the confidence of shopping at Best Buy and Lowes, the excitement of playing LEGO Technic for the first time, the tension of watching one's first symphony, and the anxiety of talking about birth control. Working with stake holders within these settings I developed "Thick Psychophysiology," defined by four characteristics:


1. Psychophysiological data is quantitatively measured,

2. The research answers explorative, open ended questions,

3. The research measures external context, and 4. The research measures internal context.


By combining ethnographic methods with psychophysiology, researchers can address the challenges of specificity that ambulatory, explorative research produces. Two case studies of preliminary design research are provided about the LEGO Group and the New World Symphony, showcasing how thick psychophysiology can help uncover customer's unarticulated needs.


Once needs are uncovered, the challenge is how to motivate an organization to address those needs

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Stereotypical views on young adults’ lack of empathy spurs study on youth

Stereotypical views on young adults’ lack of empathy spurs study on youth | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Rebeccah Nelems, a scholar of Sociology and Cultural, Social and Political Thought at the University of Victoria, is about to study just that: how youth today experience empathy.


Recently awarded a Pierre Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Fellowship for her work, she hopes her research will help improve empathy-based curriculum and bring the voices of young people to educators. “


We’ve decided empathy is really important,” she says of the explosion of interest around empathy and its effects.


Acting out of self-interest is seen as such a rational way to act in our society. But look where that has gotten us and the planet? Rebeccah Nelems

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Having Empathy for Difficult People

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When It’s Hard to Have Empathy

We all know how important it is to have empathy, and not just in your personal life. Empathy in a professional context is something we read and hear about on a regular basis. However, it’s easier to have empathy when the person you’re being empathetic to is lower than you on the org chart, or has no real impact on your daily life.

It’s easy to be empathetic to Jane when you see her in the break room and sense that she is having a bad day. It’s much, much more difficult to be empathetic toward a person whose actions can have a direct impact on your life.


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EMPATHY EXERCISES FOR KIDS Ohio State University

https://u.osu.edu/granello.1/files/2008/11/empathy-exercises-for-kids.pdf


EMPATHY EXERCISES FOR KIDS Ohio State University


Empathy exercises for kids compiled may 13 2005


EMPATHY EXERCISES FOR KIDS Ohio State University pdf


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(Empathic Policing) How can we build better police forces? former Baltimore police officer emphasizes the need for empathy

(Empathic Policing) How can we build better police forces?  former Baltimore police officer emphasizes the need for empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A former Baltimore police officer emphasizes the need for empathy and criticizes the 'us vs. them' attitude common on police forces....


After writing a series of tweets last week naming various instances of corruption he witnessed as a cop, Sergeant Wood criticized urban police forces’ “us vs. them” mentality in an interview with The Washington Post. His prescription for the divided system, he said, is empathy.

“Police officers aren’t warriors. They aren’t soldiers,” Wood told the Post. “The important thing is to change the mindset, to foster a sense of empathy, so police officers see themselves as the protectors of these communities, not as an occupying force that’s at war with them...


Ultimately, he said, the solution "starts with empathy. We need to stop all this warrior talk, the militaristic language, and the us versus them rhetoric. We need a better metaphor. Police officers aren’t warriors. They aren’t soldiers. I don’t even like the mentality that we’re 'enforcing the laws.' Maybe a term like 'protectors.' 


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Compassion in schools great step to help kids

Compassion in schools great step to help kids | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
How do you listen, learn and participate at school when your home is chaotic, the language is profane and insulting, and fisticuffs are the family sport? Can a child learn to not strike other children when she is beaten at home, often for no reason except that she is there?


How can a child learn empathy and compassion, when he is seldom a recipient of affection or understanding?

I do not know the answer to the questions posed above, but greatly admire the willingness of our school system to take on the challenge of teaching children self-regulation, when many have no role models of self control at home, and resiliency, when these children have so many reasons to crumble in light of the substance abuse and mental health issues in their homes.


Jefferson Family Court Judges heard 4,231 family violence cases last year


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Emotional Brains Are Visibly Different From Rational Ones

Emotional Brains Are Visibly Different From Rational Ones | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A new study examines the physical differences between people who are more emotional, versus those who are considered more rational or logical.


Thinkers vs. feelers, sensitive vs. logical, and emotional vs. rational.  These differentiations are often made to categorize people into how they empathize — or how they embrace and understand other people’s feelings and perspectives. It turns out that the way you empathize can be traced back to physical differences in the brain.


Typically, empathy is placed into two separate categories: affective and cognitive empathy. The former refers to an individual’s ability to respond properly to another person’s mental or emotional state (i.e. comforting someone when they’re crying). 


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Empathic: An Unappreciated Way of Being by Carl Rogers

Empathic: An Unappreciated Way of Being by  Carl Rogers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It is my thesis in this paper that we should re-examine and re-evaluate that very special way of being with another person which has been called empathic. I believe we tend to give too little consideration to an element which is extremely important both for the understanding of personality dynamics and for effecting changes in personality and behavior.


It is one of the most delicate and powerful ways we have of using ourselves. In spite of all that has been said and written on this topic, it is a way of being which is rarely seen in full bloom in a relationship.


Carl Rogers

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Party-Directed Mediation: Facilitating Dialogue Between Individuals (3rd Edition, 2014) by Gregorio Billikopf

Party-Directed Mediation: Facilitating Dialogue Between Individuals (3rd Edition, 2014) by Gregorio Billikopf | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Party-Directed Mediation: Facilitating Dialogue Between Individuals (3rd Edition, 2014) by Gregorio Billikopf may be downloaded for free as a PDF file and printed. Instructions on how to distribute this book for free are found at the bottom of this page. If you have trouble printing any of the chapters, please let us know. This is a public service of the University of California.



Chapter 2 - Empathic Listening 
http://nature.berkeley.edu/ucce50/ag-labor/7conflict/02.pdf

 

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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.


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Welcome to the empathy wars

Welcome to the empathy wars | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Stepping into other people’s shoes has been a catalytic force for social change throughout human history.


You can always tell when a good idea has come of age: people start criticising it. That’s certainly the case when it comes to empathy.


Empathy is a more popular concept today than at any time since the eighteenth century, when Adam Smith argued that the basis of morality was our imaginative capacity for “changing places in fancy with the sufferer.” Neuroscientists, happiness gurus, education policy-makers and mediation experts have all been singing its praises.


ROMAN KRZNARIC 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Roman Krznaric http://bit.ly/yogvQs
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Bedside manners: How empathy and the health care system interact

Bedside manners: How empathy and the health care system interact | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Increased emphasis on empathy in the health care system holds big benefits for doctors and patients alike, medical experts say.


Training doctors to be more empathetic can be tricky, said Danielle Ofri, a physician at Bellevue Hospital and associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine, but she maintains that training health care professionals in the skill is a key part in not just boosting patient satisfaction, but also adding meaning to a chaotic system....


Helping patients feel comfortable by asking about their family or giving them time to explain their concerns is quickly becoming an essential part of medical practice, said Helen Riess, director of the empathy and relational science program at Massachusetts General Hospital and chief scientific officer for Empathetics, an organization that provides empathy and interpersonal skills training for health care providers.


She said the focus on empathy is driven by health system leaders, who have a lot of money at stake in patient satisfaction scores.

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Can Data Teach Us Empathy? - InformationWeek

Can Data Teach Us Empathy? - InformationWeek | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb in his skin and walk around in it," declares Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Gaining that kind of empathic insight is helpful not only for fostering humanity, but for improving business results....


This is the first step toward what Hedman calls "empathic design," an approach he defined in the course of earning his PhD from MIT. He described his techniques in depth in his 2014 paper "Thick Psychophysiology In Empathic Design." His technique is defined by four characteristics:

  • Psychophysiological data is quantitatively measured.
  • The research answers explorative, open-ended questions.
  • The research measures external context.
  • The research measures internal context.


According to Wired, the technique has been used in design development for a number of major brands, including Google, Best Buy, Lowe's, Hasbro, and Lego.


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Rebeccah Nelems: The Good (Empathic) Citizen: A Participatory Study of Youth and Empathy in Canada

Rebeccah Nelems: The Good (Empathic) Citizen: A Participatory Study of Youth and Empathy in Canada | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

She is examining how Canadian youth experience empathy and how empathy affects young people’s conception of responsible citizenship, civic engagement, and social interactions.


With the generous support of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), Rebeccah Nelems is pursuing a doctorate in sociology with a designation in cultural, social and political thought at the University of Victoria.

By conducting participatory research with a cross-section of Canadian youth and critically examining conceptions of empathy enacted in the Canadian education sector, Rebeccah’s doctoral research addresses the rising prominence of empathy as a social good and the relationship of empathy to evolving conceptions of responsibility and citizenship in Canada. Her work on empathy extends beyond Canada’s borders, as she is co-editor and contributor to Exploring Empathy, an international, interdisciplinary publication that will be published in the winter of 2015-2016 and is an outcome of Rebeccah’s participation in the First Global Conference on Empathy in Prague in 2014. Rebeccah continues to be actively engaged in the local and international children’s rights sector on issues of child/youth accountability and the promotion of youth voices.
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