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(Empathic Design) What cows can teach us about empathy

(Empathic Design) What cows can teach us about empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Felicity Mitchem explores the human-centred design and empathy, bringing it all together with cows.


Empathy is a social skill that has become a buzzword in the design world.


The idea of using empathy as a design advantage is not new. Twenty years ago we began to see a shift from design having an objective perspective, where designers would work from their own assumptions, to a human-centred perspective, in which designers involved users in the process and put them at the heart and centre of the process.

Empathy is one of multiple ‘mindsets’ that form the Human-Centred-Design (HCD) methodology.


One particular case that illustrates the power and simplicity of using empathy is from Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science. Temple is famous for innovating in the livestock industry.


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Why Well-Being Is a Skill That Can Be Learned

Why Well-Being Is a Skill That Can Be Learned | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 Richard J. Davidson 


4. Caring for others. Prosocial behaviors such as empathy, compassion and gratitude comprise another component of well-being.


There's substantial evidence to suggest that engaging in acts of generosity is a very effective strategy to increase well-being. I call it a double positive whammy because, by being generous to others, you benefit them and yourself.


Studies, including one from our lab, show that compassion training -- a form of meditation in which one generates positive wishes for another being -- primes a person's ability to empathize with others and to engage in pro-social behavior aimed at decreasing others' suffering.

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'Empathy Gap' Leads Men to Give Less to Poverty Relief, Study Finds

'Empathy Gap' Leads Men to Give Less to Poverty Relief, Study Finds | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Although men are less willing than women to support poverty relief efforts, they are more likely to give when a shared interest is at stake, a study by Stanford University researchers finds.

The report, What Drives the Gender Gap in Charitable Giving? Lower Empathy Leads Men to Give Less to Poverty Relief (45 pages, PDF), found that, compared with women, men reported less willingness to give either time or money to a hypothetical poverty-relief organization; that men demonstrated lower levels of empathic concern as measured on a seven-point scale derived from answers to a questionnaire; and that empathy is significantly and positively related to respondents' reported willingness to donate or volunteer.


Older and African-American men demonstrated greater empathy, while African-American men and women consistently were more willing to contribute both time and money to anti-poverty efforts, irrespective of their political ideology or past levels of giving. 



Image  Dorothea Lange - Migrant Workers Children

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(Empathic Policing) Police have dangerous jobs, but some empathy could make everyone safer

(Empathic Policing) Police have dangerous jobs, but some empathy could make everyone safer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Right now, it might seem impossible to eliminate the us-versus-them mindset that permeates society, but optimistically, I do not think that we are at an impasse. What we have to do is look at a trait that all humans already possess: empathy.


Empathy: A basic human tool with great potential
Empathy has evolved in humans and other mammals over time. It allows us to understand the emotions of others and share in those emotions. Expressing empathy has many advantages: it increases cooperation (we like to help each other out when we feel that we are understood), reduces stress and it may even feel good.


BY Chad Posick 

Assistant professor, Georgia Southern University

Culture of Empathy Builder Page http://j.mp/SRGxxu


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A Process for Empathetic Product Design: It focuses on people rather than technology.

A Process for Empathetic Product Design: It focuses on people rather than technology. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The discipline of product management is shifting from an external focus on the market, or an internal focus on technology, to an empathetic focus on people.


While it’s not too difficult to rally people around this general idea, it can be hard at first to understand how to translate it into tactics. So in this article, I’ll walk through how we applied this approach to a particular product at a start-up, and how it led to large-scale adoption and, ultimately, the acquisition of the company...


 The input of our behavioral research is a profile of the type of people we want to empathize with. The output of our research is a massive data set of verbatim utterances, exploded into individual, moveable parts....


We build on our own life experiences, and as we leverage our student-focused empathetic lens, we make inferential leaps....


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Cultivating Empathy in Children and Youth, By Arundhati Roy

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Cultivating Empathy in Children and Youth  By Arundhati Ray

The day's headlines are a roll call of violent acts that make no sense. Is the world going mad? No, say psychologists, we are simply losing the ability to empathize.

Throughout the world, teachers, sociologists, policymakers and parents are discovering that empathy may be the single most important quality that must be nurtured in order to give peace a fighting chance.

As the world grapples with violence that plays out in public and personal domains – in battlefields and on playgrounds – the challenge is to reinstate and reaffirm values of tolerance, cooperation and respect. It is becoming increasingly evident that the ability to identify with others, and hence to respond appropriately to them, is crucial.

It's a lesson that humans are continually challenged to re-learn. The concept of empathy has been around for a long while. Most of the ancient religious systems such as Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism are imbued with it. In nature-centered systems like that of Native Americans based on interconnectedness of everything, animate and inanimate, the guiding principle for righteous action is empathy.

But empathy, and mastery of emotions in general, have been neglected by rationalism and the "hard" sciences, which have become such powerful forces in modern society. Education programs increasingly focus on powers of reasoning, cognitive ability, and rational thought to the exclusion of emotional literacy

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Practical Empathy [On-Demand Webinar]

Practical Empathy [On-Demand Webinar] | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In our recent webinar, Indi Young, UX consultant and author of “Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work”, shares some helpful insights on using empathy when soliciting feedback.


Here are our top 4 takeaways:


1.  Collaborative and creative empathy doesn’t equal sympathy

When we think of empathy, most of us imagine having compassion for someone else’s situation. But when it comes to collaboration and creativity, empathy can be a bit different. In this context, the goal of empathy is to support and understand the intent and purposes of others, which in turn will help you obtain insightful feedback.


by Jennifer Winter 

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Empathetics, Inc. A Boston-based empathy training firm raises $1.5 million in Series A Financing

Empathetics, Inc.  A Boston-based empathy training firm raises $1.5 million in Series A Financing | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathetics, Inc., an empathy and communications training firm that provides CME/CE-accredited web-based courses primarily to the healthcare sector, announced today that it has closed a $1.5 million round of financing led by GDN Holdings, LLC and Key Venture Partners, LLC.


The funding will be used to expand the company's sales and business development resources in order to effectively implement essential web-based empathy and communications training at hospitals, health plans, and medical malpractice companies. The funding will also be used to develop additional eLearning programs and systems in order to reach new constituencies within the healthcare sector, and to build a robust technology infrastructure to support company growth.


"Empathetics brings innovative empathy and relational skills training to the healthcare marketplace," said Nathaniel Opperman, President of Key Venture Partners, LLC. "We believe that Empathetics eLearning programs are a game-changer for hospitals seeking to increase patient satisfaction scores and improve health outcomes." Mr. Opperman will be joining the company's board of directors.

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Meryl Streep, Thinks It's Time Men Develop Some Damn Imagination And Empathy (Video)

Meryl Streep, Thinks It's Time Men Develop Some Damn Imagination And Empathy (Video) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There she explained how the mass dominance of male stories forced generations of women to develop an empathy for characters in a way men are rarely challenged to do.


This act of empathy, that women go through from the time we’re little girls — we read all of literature, all of history, it’s really about boys, most of it,” Streep explained, “But I can feel more like Peter Pan than Tinker Bell, or like Wendy. I wanted to be Tom Sawyer, not Becky. And we’re so used to that act of empathizing with the protagonist of a male-driven plot. I mean, that’s what we’ve done all our lives. You read history, you read great literature, Shakespeare, it’s all fellas, you know?”


She went on to explain how her challenge as an actress is to get men to empathize with her character, despite her being a woman and all. 


By Kristy Puchko 

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Meryl Streep Continues to Be One BAMF, Calls Hollywood Men Out on Lack of Empathy for Women

Meryl Streep Continues to Be One BAMF, Calls Hollywood Men Out on Lack of Empathy for Women | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When asked by Stewart if “the very act of stepping into a male-dominated area” like film can be perceived as a victory,


Streep replied,


"A lot of it has to do with imagination. This act of empathy, that women go through from the time we’re little girls—we read all of literature, all of history, it’s really about boys, most of it. But I can feel more like Peter Pan than Tinker Bell, or like Wendy. I wanted to be Tom Sawyer, not Becky.


And we’re so used to that act of empathizing with the protagonist of a male-driven plot. I mean, that’s what we’ve done all our lives. You read history, you read great literature, Shakespeare, it’s all fellas, you know?


They’ve never had to do the other thing, and the hardest thing for me as an actor is to have a story that men in the audience feel like they know what I feel like. That’s a really hard thing. It’s very hard for them to put themselves in the shoes of a female protagonist, it just is. This is known to the studios, they know it’s the toughest suit of clothes to wear."



by Carolyn Cox 

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(Empathic Education) Role playing: Cultivating Empathy - Walking in anothers moccasins

Role playing of being the shoes

A co-production of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT with WGBH on PBS Learning Media, the Transformative Teachers video collection is a learning and teaching tool for young children. The collection is designed to catalyze reflections and conversations around some of the fundamental human values. This program is part of The Center’s Young Peace Leaders and Compassionate Young Leaders initiatives.

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(Empathic Parenting) Empathy as a Foundation of Family Life: Robbyn Peters Bennett and Edwin Rutsch

(Empathic Parenting) Empathy as a Foundation of Family Life:  Robbyn Peters Bennett and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"I think for some, there is a religious idea that children are innately sinful, and innately evil even maybe.  But what neuroscience is saying is that children are innately empathic. That the fundamental neurobiological orientation of the brain, is it learns though empathy and through co-regulation and that children have an innate need to connect and they have an innate need to feel good with us and to enjoy us."


Robbyn Peters Bennett, LMHC, CMHS is a psychotherapist, educator, and child advocate who specializes in the treatment of trauma-related mental health problems resulting from the effects of early childhood stress, abuse and neglect. She is the founder of StopSpanking.org, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of spanking. She is on the steering committee of The U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children.
 
In this dialog we talk about how science shows that we are biologically wired for empathy and how trauma can block it and ways to restore blocked empathy.  We also discuss the role of empathy in different parenting approaches.

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(Empathic Leadership) Acceptance, Empathy, and Genuineness: Not A Weakness - Gordon Training International

(Empathic Leadership) Acceptance, Empathy, and Genuineness: Not A Weakness - Gordon Training International | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

To be an effective leader, it is crucially important to be a good listener. To be a good listener, I mean a really good listener, there are three conditions that must be met according to Dr. Thomas Gordon. They are: acceptance, empathy, and genuineness.


Dr. Gordon studied psychology with Carl Rogers, one of the most famous psychologists of all time. Rogers talked about unconditional positive regard, empathy, and congruence and Tom Gordon applied those concepts to non-therapeutic situations that were practical for parents, teachers, and managers...


Empathy is the ability to understand the other person’s point of view - both the content and emotions. It does not mean that you have to have the same feelings or experience the same things or have had the same experience in the past. Have you ever heard someone say,


“I know how you feel.” It is difficult not to be sarcastic or to respond defensively. “

No you don’t!” Or, how about, “I feel sorry for you.” Wow! How insulting “Can’t you do anything on your own? I need to do this for you as well?”



William Stinnett, Ph.D.

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Empathhic Parenting: Kids who grow up with dogs and cats are more emotionally intelligent & compassionate

Empathhic Parenting: Kids who grow up with dogs and cats are more emotionally intelligent & compassionate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
1. Compassion: According to this overview of the scientific literature by Nienke Endenburg and Ben Baarda in The Waltham Book of Human-Animal Interaction, 


"If there are pets in the house, parents and children frequently share in taking care of the pet, which suggests that youngsters learn at an early age how to care for and nurture a dependent animal." Even very young children can contribute to the care and feeding of a pet — a 3-year-old can take a bowl of food and set it on the floor for a cat, and at the same age, a child can be taught to stroke an animal nicely, maybe using the back of the hand so they don't grab the animal. Supervising kids during the first few interactions is a teaching moment.


Later, once they have learned the ropes, their memory and understanding of a life outside themselves will be stimulated each time they interact with the animals. Older kids can be responsible for walking a dog or playing with it in the yard, cleaning out a cat's litter box, or taking veggie scraps from dinner to a rabbit or hamster.


A study of 3- to 6-year-olds found that kids with pets had more empathy towards other animals and human beings, while another study found that even just having an animal in a classroom made fourth-graders more compassionate. 

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I have heard the claim, especially by equine therapists, that "the horse is the therapist."  I think that applies to virtually all dependent creatures that children (and adults) interact with..  I heard a cute story that dogs were sent to earth to deliver the message of peace.  The dogs ate the message, but are still trying to deliver it. :) -Lon 

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Empathhic Parenting: Kids who grow up with dogs and cats are more emotionally intelligent & compassionate

Empathhic Parenting: Kids who grow up with dogs and cats are more emotionally intelligent & compassionate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
1. Compassion: According to this overview of the scientific literature by Nienke Endenburg and Ben Baarda in The Waltham Book of Human-Animal Interaction, 


"If there are pets in the house, parents and children frequently share in taking care of the pet, which suggests that youngsters learn at an early age how to care for and nurture a dependent animal." Even very young children can contribute to the care and feeding of a pet — a 3-year-old can take a bowl of food and set it on the floor for a cat, and at the same age, a child can be taught to stroke an animal nicely, maybe using the back of the hand so they don't grab the animal. Supervising kids during the first few interactions is a teaching moment.


Later, once they have learned the ropes, their memory and understanding of a life outside themselves will be stimulated each time they interact with the animals. Older kids can be responsible for walking a dog or playing with it in the yard, cleaning out a cat's litter box, or taking veggie scraps from dinner to a rabbit or hamster.


A study of 3- to 6-year-olds found that kids with pets had more empathy towards other animals and human beings, while another study found that even just having an animal in a classroom made fourth-graders more compassionate. 

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I have heard the claim, especially by equine therapists, that "the horse is the therapist."  I think that applies to virtually all dependent creatures that children (and adults) interact with..  I heard a cute story that dogs were sent to earth to deliver the message of peace.  The dogs ate the message, but are still trying to deliver it. :) -Lon 

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Journey To Empathy an Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Webniar - Martin Golder

Journey To Empathy an  Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Webniar - Martin Golder | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In collaboration with the International Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)

This presentation follows the presenter’s research into Empathy and Compassion as tools in mediation and negotiation.  Empathy is often listed as the primary skill of any successful mediator and there are many tools in the mediator’s tool box to help us towards the goal of true empathy.
 
  • What then is empathy and how do we get it?
  • Is it a learnable skill?
  • Is it just walking in someone else’s shoes?
 
At its simplest it can be described as very focused and attentive listening followed by a kind response. It could also be thought of as the conscious projection of ‘good will’.
 
The essence is based on ancient traditions from India, often now associated with Buddhism but undoubtedly predating it, called metta bhavana, which translates as the cultivation of loving kindness.

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Kip Baldwin (Just LOVE) interviews Edwin Rutsch about Building a Culture of Empathy

The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy is the home of the global empathy movement. Our mission is to build a movement for creating a global worldwide culture of empathy and compassion. We do this through a variety of means. First is by community organizing. We bring people together and hold in-person and online meetings and Empathy Circles. Next is by collecting, curating and organizing all the material we find on the internet on the topics. Researching through the arts and sciences. We are putting together a series of documentaries to educate the public and much, much more. http://cultureofempathy.com/

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Free On-Demand Webinar: Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work

Free On-Demand Webinar: Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The best product managers, designers, product teams, and leaders are experts at practicing empathy. But empathy is not what you think.

Ask anyone what empathy is, and they'll say it means to walk in someone else's shoes. And that is part of it. But walking in someone's shoes is how you apply empathy.


First, you need to develop empathy. In this on-demand webinar, Indi Young shows you practical ways your team can develop and practice empathy to help understand your users and make better decisions.

This webinar is for anyone who is working to deliver useful products, content, and experiences that delight their customers.


Indi Young - Culture of Empathy Builder Page:   http://j.mp/18dVWAt


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Power of Compassion & Importance of the Work of CCARE - YouTube

Founder and Director of Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), Dr. James Doty, speaks on the power of compassion and importance of the work of CCARE.
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(Empathic Parenting) Can you teach empathy?

(Empathic Parenting) Can you teach empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Studies suggest that all of these skills can be taught or encouraged. For example, discussing the emotional content of stories has been shown to increase empathy in school-age children, as does getting children to practice imagining how other people might be feeling.


Children also tend to adopt their parents’ values.


So if parents strive constantly for fame, academic achievement or monetary gain at any cost, then their children are unlikely to value empathy very highly. Therefore, teaching empathy begins with showing empathy, and children who feel cared for and secure are more likely to show empathy towards others.


Kathy Curtis 

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What is Empathic CBT?

What is Empathic CBT? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The new combination of CBT, the power of empathy and the addition of neurobiology is an integrative therapeutic tool developed by Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli, our chief medical officer, over the last 35 years. This unique psychology perspective will provide you with the most comprehensive self-help vehicle to date. 


CBT corrects distorted thinking, empathy calms the emotional brain so we can use this capacity to perceive accurately and thoughtfully, and neurochemistry allows us to produce our own natural chemicals that create calm, focused energy to do and be the best we can be. These three components produce a synergy that enhances our lives and releases our potential. Never before have these three elements been combined in one practical formula to reduce the inordinate amount of stress in our society and in our world.


Dr. Ciaramicoli has been practicing with these three elements for many years and is absolutely convinced that this distinctive formula will prove quite profitable to all those willing to do the work necessary for advanced mental health.

Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychologist/Author of The Curse of the Capable, Performance Addiction, The Power of Empathy, and Treatment of Abuse and Addiction:A Holistic Approach. Expert Panel SoundMindz.



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Study: Oxytocin Conditions Intergroup Relations Through Upregulated In-Group Empathy, Cooperation, Conformity, and Defense.

Study: Oxytocin Conditions Intergroup Relations Through Upregulated In-Group Empathy, Cooperation, Conformity, and Defense. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Humans live in, rely on, and contribute to groups. Evolution may have biologically prepared them to quickly identify others as belonging to the in-group (versus not), to decode emotional states, and to empathize with in-group members; to learn and conform to group norms and cultural practices; to extend and reciprocate trust and cooperation; and to aggressively protect the in-group against outside threat. We review evidence that these components of human group psychology rest on and are modulated by the hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin.


It appears that oxytocin motivates and enables humans to

  • 1) like and empathize with others in their groups,
  • 2) comply with group norms and cultural practices, and
  • 3) extend and reciprocate trust and cooperation, which may give rise to intergroup discrimination and sometimes defensive aggression against threatening (members of) out-groups.


We explore the possibility that deficiencies in (components of) group psychology, seen in autistic spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and borderline personality and social anxiety disorders, may be reduced by oxytocin administration. Avenues for new research are highlighted, and implications for the role of oxytocin in cooperation and competition within and between groups are discussed.

Authors: De Dreu CK, Kret ME

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(Empathic Pathologies) Narcissists Lack Empathy Here's How To Spot One - YouTube

Want to know how to spot a narcissist before you date him or her?
If you know that narcissists lack empathy, there are communication skills you can learn that will help you avoid getting involved with them, before you take the plunge.
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Hey Are You Really Listening or Just Hearing?

Hey Are You Really Listening or Just Hearing? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by:  Michelle Adams - Gordon Training International


We all need people who will listen, who will give us what Dr. Carl Rogers referred to as minimal evaluative feedback (or Reflective Listening) and what was later named as Active Listening by Dr. Richard Farson.


I doubt there is anything one can do that will build high quality relationships more rapidly or maintain them as solidly.


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