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The Neuroscience of Empathy

The Neuroscience of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Our emotional intelligence measures our ability to understand ourselves and others. This helps us to know and regulate our emotions. These abilities can even predict our success with our careers and relationships because our empathy guides how we respond in social situations.

We can break emotional intelligence down into learnable bites of information. Understanding what motivates people’s actions helps us to predict behaviour. One important part of this is understanding what empathy is and why its important.

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Interview with Slim at SAP TechEd 2016 Barcelona. -

Tom Cenens interviews Seung Chan Lim (Slim) at SAP TechEd 2016 held in Barcelona, Spain
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Refugees need more from us than short-lived empathy

Refugees need more from us than short-lived empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Our empathy, while real, is short-lived and we often need a stark reminder in order to feel any at all. A shocking picture of a lifeless body washed ashore, for example, or a controversial right-wing political standpoint to dominate the headlines before we really sit up and listen.

But with the rise of anti-refugee sentiment that we see simmering around the world, short-lived empathy may not be enough.

We have seen countless instances of refugees being unfairly treated and bullied by those nations in which they seek solace.
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Harmony & Empathy in Berkeley!

Harmony & Empathy in Berkeley! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

An a cappella singing and rhythm workshop with Renée Benemeleh and Karla McLaren

Every Sunday in March from 4pm to 6:30pm

Join us in a magical place where our differences create art!
A cappella harmony singing is beautiful musical form that unmasks the voices and the emotions of singers. Without instruments, good a cappella singers become not just better vocalists, but better artists who rely on their own voices, the voices around them, the song, the arrangement, and what a cappella arranger Karla McLaren calls “the voice of the group.” In a cappella, you learn to hold music differently somehow.

 

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Is Empathy a Learnable Trait?

Is Empathy a Learnable Trait? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Is empathy a learnable trait originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Natalie Engelbrecht, psychotherapist, on Quora:

Is empathy a learnable trait?

Empathy: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner. [EMPATHY]
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10 Ways to Practice Self-Compassion to Minimize Your Shame and Suffering - Believers Age

10 Ways to Practice Self-Compassion to Minimize Your Shame and Suffering - Believers Age | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is part of life. May I be kind to myself in this moment. May I give myself the compassion I need.” ~Kristin Neff

I consider myself to be a very compassionate person, but I’ve struggled a great deal with self-compassion. Though I’ve now been sober for over six years, back when I was drinking I made a lot of mistakes, and it’s taken me a long time to have empathy and understanding for myself.

While drinking, I did and said a lot of things that made me feel ashamed and unhappy. When I drank, one of my go-to moves was giving into a sudden, intense desire to leave (or attempt to leave) a bar or party.
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Less Empathy, More Kindness - Garrison Institute

Less Empathy, More Kindness - Garrison Institute | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Paul Bloom takes a look at the current research on empathy and compassion and why it matters for issues such as burnout and resilience.

 

You are likely familiar with the idea that you can feel too much of the suffering of others. This is sometimes called “burnout,” a word that was coined in the 1970s. But it’s not a new insight; the idea has many origins, including, to my surprise, in Buddhist theology.

 

I first learned this from a discussion I had with Matthieu Ricard, the Buddhist monk and neuroscientist described by many as “the happiest man on Earth.” Our meeting was by chance—we were checking into a hotel on the outskirts of London for a conference where we were both speaking. I recognized him at the front desk (saffron robes, beatific smile, hard to miss) and introduced myself, and we got together later for tea.

 

 

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Darker Side of Empaths That is Rarely Explored

Darker Side of Empaths That is Rarely Explored | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
“Empathy is the most mysterious transaction that the human soul can have, and it’s accessible to all of us, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to identify, to plunge ourselves in a story where we see the world from the bottom up or through another’s eyes or heart.”

– Sue Monk Kidd
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Empathy in Motion: The Power of Employee Volunteering

Empathy in Motion: The Power of Employee Volunteering | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There has been a lot of buzz recently about Empathy. Reports indicate that empathy might actually be decreasing, yet it is critical for effective leadership and global citizenship (though it also has its risks).

To help make sense of the importance of empathy, I had a conversation with Chris Jarvis and Angela Parker about a free online course they are offering in partnership with SAP called Empathy in Motion. The course – designed for corporate leaders looking to develop empathy in their employees, improving their volunteer programs, and/or employee engagement initiatives – shares how to build empathy through grassroots or institutional volunteering.

 

(Admittedly, after learning more about this course, I also think its takeaways are also interesting for students, volunteer managers in nonprofits, and also university leaders using service learning).  

 

Mark Horoszowski CEO and Co-founder, MovingWorlds.org

 

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Fighting hate with empathy | The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Fighting hate with empathy | The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Now more than ever, we need to be empathetic. Empathy forces us to look beyond personal interest. Empathy fights against hate. Without it, discriminatory rhetoric and policies will have no trouble sweeping across America during the next four years.

Without empathy, immigrants and refugees will be treated as statistics rather than as people.

 

By Danielle Kaye

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Paul Bloom: Against Empathy

Paul Bloom: Against Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Actually, I don't feel your pain. Paul Bloom, psychology professor at Yale University and author of "Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion," argues that emotion shouldn't be the moral guide.

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Empathy and Asperger’s Syndrome | Dylan Dailor | TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool

A couple of years ago Dylan discovered the idea of neurodiversity, the idea that people can be neurologically diverse. This idea was very unpopular amongst many groups who insisted that this was both wrong and dangerous.

 

Dylan set out to write a book (I Am Not A Freak) for children who believed that their mind needs to be corrected. Dylan now considers himself to be an Autism Ambassador for the Kirch Center at University of Rochester Medical Center Strong in Rochester, NY. Dylan’s goal is to inform as many people as possible about the radical thought, that people can be diverse in mind.

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Can Virtual Reality “teach” empathy?  

Can Virtual Reality “teach” empathy?   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The power of VR to stoke empathy is the focus of research at Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, led by communications professor Jeremy Bailenson.

 

In the lab’s “Empathy at Scale” studies, people who inhabit avatars of a different race in a virtual world later score lower in tests of subconscious racial bias, and young people who “wear” an elderly avatar are then more inclined to save for retirement.

 

Charities, including the International Red Cross, have made VR films to counteract “compassion fatigue” and boost donations.

 

 

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Empathy and moral choices—study limits the role of emotions in moral decisions

Empathy and moral choices—study limits the role of emotions in moral decisions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy and emotional awareness do not affect our moral decisions. This is suggested by a new study published on Social Neuroscience and led by SISSA neuroscientist Marilena Aiello.

 

Our choices do not depend on our empathy. The difference, instead, lies in our emotional reactions, more pronounced in more empathic people. In particular if we opt for uncomfortable decisions for a greater good.

 

Could you harm another person to save yourself? Could you kill one person to save five? The answer depends neither on our ability to share someone else's feelings – known as empathy – nor on our lack of emotional awareness – known as alexithymia.

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(Against Empathy) A Rational Gut Check (SSIR)

(Against Empathy) A Rational Gut Check (SSIR) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 

number of charities have started to use virtual reality technology as a fundraising tool. After donning a VR head-set that instantly transports them to a refugee camp in Lebanon, donors may be more inclined to contribute to humanitarian organizations supporting refugees.

 

But Paul Bloom, a Yale University psychologist, is not impressed with what is being called an “empathy machine.” As he recently told NPR, empathy is “fatiguing. It leads to burnout. … The best therapists, the best doctors, the best philanthropists are people who don’t feel the suffering of others.”

 

By Benjamin Soskis

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Children and empathy: Teaching emotional literacy

Children and empathy: Teaching emotional literacy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Teaching emotional literacy is the first step to developing empathy in children.

In the book “Unselfie: Why empathetic kids succeed in our All-About-Me World,” educational psychologist Michele Borba talks about the importance of empathy, why children are having a harder time developing it and how to help children learn empathy to succeed.

Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone’s shoes and understand what they are going through; it’s the ability to feel what they are feeling. Why is empathy so important? With ongoing societal issues like bullying and youth mental health concerns, teaching empathy to children is more important than ever.

 

Kylie Rymanowicz,

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Different way to discpline shows results

Different way to discpline shows results | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
- A fresh take on discipline is working in their schools. District leaders call them restorative circles. They're meant to get people talking about issues so they can get to the root of the problem and make it better. High school administrators say they're really happy with how things have been going.
 
Office referrals and suspensions have already been dropping the last seven years. Then they started the circle program last fall. Now they're seeing lower numbers, even with more kids going to school.
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5 Talks On Empathy | CreativeMornings

5 Talks On Empathy | CreativeMornings | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
5 Talks on Empathy That Will Change How You Connect and Create
The world might always have a shortage in empathy.

To understand someone’s worldview that is foreign to yours is the hard work of being human. We need space to critically think and also have the support of people who possess a compassionate understanding so that our assessments aren’t entirely self-serving.

Empathy is a conscious choice—a decision to hit pause on our emotions, say hello to our hidden biases, and acknowledge the information that we’re not seeing or are choosing to ignore.
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Teaching Empathy

Teaching Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A new program launched this week that aims to help students become more empathetic and connect peacefully with people who are different from them. It’s called "A Mile in Our Shoes," and it’s the latest from Newsela, a reading platform that is being used by more than 12 million students and one million teachers in the U.S.


“Teachers do a lot of things that they’re not paid to do, and one of those things is teaching empathy,” says Matt Gross, Newsela’s CEO. After noticing the tensions in the country – and the uptick in hate crimes and bullying after the election – Gross e-mailed all the teachers using the platform to alert them that the company was working to create a series of articles and other content that would help their classrooms better understand and process the results.

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A Roadmap for Adopting Design-Driven Innovation

A Roadmap for Adopting Design-Driven Innovation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

So why is a methodology centered on customer empathy so scary to business leaders?

  • Messy data – They don’t trust a process that doesn’t produce concrete data that they can trust and invest in.
  • High uncertainty – “I don’t know yet” is a perfectly acceptable answer in the design process, but not one that business leaders with a low tolerance for uncertainty like to hear. As with anything new, there’s a learning curve to see how the design thinking methodology and mindset can be applied to your organization
  • Frequent debate (to iterate) - It requires key stakeholders to come to the table sooner and more often than they’re used to. It’s a more iterative way of decision making that requires quicker feedback loops.
  • Unclear pathway to an ROI – especially early-on when you’re focused more on validating a consumer need before sizing the market and designing and testing the business model that will address it.
  • Design is a brand new mindset – embracing ambiguity and failure, prototyping and iterating, empathizing with user needs; all things that sometimes conflict with a traditional business mindset.

 

 

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Become the listener everyone wants to speak to

Become the listener everyone wants to speak to | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
6 EASY STEPS TO BECOME THE LISTENER EVERYONE WANTS TO SPEAK TO:

  • Always face the person speaking
  • Summarise and paraphrase key messages
  • Maintain healthy eye contact
  • Remove any distractions including mobile phones
  • Relax and nod occasionally
  • Take notes
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New brain target for potential treatment of social pathology in autism spectrum disorder

New brain target for potential treatment of social pathology in autism spectrum disorder | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Researchers at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science have induced empathy-like behavior by identifying then manipulating a brain circuit in an experimental model, an indication that new strategies may help people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gain social abilities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 68 children is living with an ASD, the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the U.S., with associated costs estimated at between $12 billion and $61 billion.

ASD can impair empathy, the ability to share and understand the feelings of others, which is aided by the ability to read facial expression, tone of voice and other social cues.
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5 Steps To Create Empathy With Anyone

5 Steps To Create Empathy With Anyone | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Like Geoff and many of today's employers, we believe that the need for well developed relationship skills, most importantly empathy, will continue to grow in importance. While being empathetic may seem like an innate ability - people are either empathetic or they’re not - anyone can create empathy by following some simple steps.

 

And by the way, these steps are for creating sincere empathy, not fake empathy for the purpose of manipulation.

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Why Empathy Needs to Make a Comeback!

Why Empathy Needs to Make a Comeback! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why is empathy such a valued trait? For starters customers want to be heard and empathizing with your customers’ needs will help sellers determine what they want. 

 

Additionally empathy helps businesses understand cultural differences when operating in diverse global markets.  In many companies collaboration is essential for success and empathy helps to not only foster relationships but also influences our power of persuasion.

The importance of empathy is further confirmed in a study out of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  A three year study of business leaders in the U.S. and other countries identified five attributes that executives must have to succeed in today’s global economy.  Of the five, adaptability, cultural competence, 360-degree thinking, intellectual curiosity and empathy, empathy rated highest.

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Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Are We Living in the Age of Empathy?
If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s now on the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists.

 

But there is a vital question that few people ask: How can I expand my own empathic potential? Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives.

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