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Leslie Jamison "The Empathy Exams" - YouTube

Leslie Jamison discusses her book with her aunt Kay Jamison at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C...  


Kay Jamison give introduction.

  • will talk about empathy

  • has bipolar

Leslie Jamison

  • Reads from chapter 1.

  • Q and A

    • Standard patient process works was good.

    • Does one learn empathy, teach empathy, is it something that's modeled?

    • Empathy and violent Video games?

    • How  to deal with someone with manic/depression?

    • What's difference between empathy and sympathy?

    • A Doctor: Listening but wanting to be known as well? The need to help, listening and being know yourself?

    • How has the inquiry into empathy feed your creative imagination as a writer?

    • Learning about the author.  Relationship between self disclosure and empathy?

    • How came to write essays?

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'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain

'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Leslie Jamison's new book of essays, The Empathy Exams, combines the intellectual and the emotional to explore the humanizing effect of empathy. Heller McAlpin calls it a "soaring performance."

 

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Book review: “The Empathy Exams’’ by Leslie Jamison - The Boston Globe

Book review: “The Empathy Exams’’ by Leslie Jamison - The Boston Globe | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Each of the 11 essays in a Leslie Jamison’s brilliant collection, “The Empathy Exams,’’ touches, in one way or another, on ideas of empathy (which implies pain, victimization, sensitivity) and voice (which implies creativity, agency, expression).


‘My job is medical actor,” writes Leslie Jamison at the start of her new book’s title essay, “which means I play sick.” The job requires Jamison to assume the role of a patient — memorizing an imaginary person’s biography and complaints, answering medical students’ questions, offering only what is asked of her — so that future doctors can better inhabit their own roles.

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Author Leslie Jamison Turns Feelings Into Words In 'The Empathy Exams' - Video

Author Leslie Jamison Turns Feelings Into Words In 'The Empathy Exams' - Video | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

According to Webster's Dictionary, the definition of "empathy" is "the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions." Author Leslie Jamison has sought to personify what it is to "feel" in her latest book "The Empathy Exams." 


The 29 year-old chronicles her adventures playing sick for med school students; surviving an assault on the streets of Nicaragua; understanding the past lives of inmates, and even our relationship with the word saccharine, and how its artificially sweet meaning translates well beyond food and drink.


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I've been able to engage in all these questions

of can empathy be taught, and if so how

can it be taught effectively

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By ERIN WILLIAMS

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Joy to the World – Empathy and Positive Emotions

Joy to the World – Empathy and Positive Emotions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to perceive and react to another person’s emotions.


Much attention has been paid to empathy regarding negative emotions, but little is known about how (or if) we respond to positive emotions in the same way. Now, a new study reports that joy may be harder to share than distress. Psychology researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate the neural networks of 21 adults in response to positive and negative emotional stimuli.


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Empathy is fundamental to human emotion
and social experience and it has
strong evolutionary roots.
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By Jennifer Gibson

References

Bernhardt BC, & Singer T (2012). The neural basis of empathy. Annual review of neuroscience, 35, 1-23 PMID: 22715878


Danziger N, Faillenot I, & Peyron R (2009). Can we share a pain we never felt? Neural correlates of empathy in patients with congenital insensitivity to pain. Neuron, 61 (2), 203-12 PMID: 19186163


de Vignemont F, & Singer T (2006). The empathic brain: how, when and why? Trends in cognitive sciences, 10 (10), 435-41 PMID: 16949331


Perry D, Hendler T, & Shamay-Tsoory SG (2012). Can we share the joy of others? Empathic neural responses to distress vs joy. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 7 (8), 909-16 PMID: 22156723


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The Politics of Ubuntu: Ubuntu says that we cannot exist as a human being in isolation. Desmond Tutu

The Politics of Ubuntu: Ubuntu says that we cannot exist as a human being in isolation.  Desmond Tutu | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Ubuntu says that we cannot exist as a human being in isolation. We are interconnected. We are family. If you are not well, I am not well.


When Ubuntu is your core value you recognize your shared humanity. You cannot live in Ubuntu and violate the dignity or humanity of another. The two are irreconcilable.


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I am here to say that

we are not well.

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None of us exist in isolation and when we recognize our shared humanity, regardless of our differences, then peace is possible. 


by Desmond Tutu

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Empathy and Mindfulness

Empathy and Mindfulness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Edwin Rutsch's insight:

Mindfulness practice with breath awareness, grounding and protection imagery can take only a few minutes and be very effective in bringing clarity, calm and presence.


Those of us who are highly sensitive are
called “empathic.” Although most people
can feel empathy; empathic people feel
and sense energy more intensely.

by Lauren Monroe Allen



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Audio: Reclaiming Empathy — Best Practices for Engaging with Patients

Audio: Reclaiming Empathy — Best Practices for Engaging with Patients | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Featuring:

  • Helen Riess, MD, Director, Empathy and Relational Science Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Stacie Pallotta, MPH, Senior Director, Office of Patient Experience, Cleveland Clinic
  • Martha Hayward, Lead for Public and Patient Engagement, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Empathy is not the same thing as sympathy. In the first instance, we feel seen and truly heard; sympathy tends to maintain a distance between two people, often deliberately so. One of the best explanations of the distinction, and why empathy can be so much more powerful, is an online video narrated by human vulnerability expert Dr. Brené Brown. And then there’s the Cleveland Clinic’s video about empathy, directed at health professionals. 
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Facial Expressions, Cultural Difference, Empathy

Facial Expressions, Cultural Difference, Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
New research suggests that not only are there four basic emotions expressed through the face, but that how these emotions are interpreted depends on cultural background


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This study by the Glasgow team, and the

resulting Generative Facial Grammar, offers

possibilities for tools to be developed to aid

cross-cultural empathy and understanding. 

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Empathy Works

Empathy Works | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Focuses on the value and impact of empathy and related skills, particularly in health care settings. Topics will include clinician-patient communication, patient-centered care, patient activation, health behavior change and clincian-patient relationships.


Strategies for Expressing Empathy
"So you think you can actually teach empathy to doctors?" This is a question I have been asked scores of times during my 30+ yea...

More on the Brene Brown Empathy Video
My last post was about a brief video on expressing empathy that featured Brene Brown, PhD. You can find the video at: http://www.thersa.org/...
A Short Video on Empathy Featuring Brené Brown
Sue Raffa, PhD, a colleague at Alpert Medical School, Brown University,  recently shared a wonderful animated video on empathy with me. 

Rachel Remen, The Healer's Art, and Healing Healers
Two recent columns in the New York Times by David Bornstein highlight the work of Rachel Remen, MD, a physician, healer, educator and writer...


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"So you think you can actually

teach empathy to doctors?"

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April 10, 2014: Reclaiming Empathy: Best Practices for Engaging with Patients

April 10, 2014:  Reclaiming Empathy: Best Practices for Engaging with Patients | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Featuring:
  • Helen Riess, MD, 
    Director, Empathy and Relational Science Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Stacie Pallotta, MPH, 
    Senior Director, Office of Patient Experience, Cleveland Clinic
  • Martha Hayward, 
    Lead for Public and Patient Engagement, Institute for Healthcare Improvement


Empathy is not the same thing as sympathy. In the first instance, we feel seen and truly heard; sympathy tends to maintain a distance between two people, often deliberately so. One of the best explanations of the distinction, and why empathy can be so much more powerful, is an online video narrated by human vulnerability expert Dr. Brené Brown


And then there’s the Cleveland Clinic’s video about empathy, directed at health professionals. This moving reminder of the stories behind the faces of patients that pass through health care every day has been viewed on YouTube over a million times. 


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Please join us for this discussion about

the value of empathy 

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The Fourth Wall of Empathy

The Fourth Wall of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When Rick Raemisch, Colorado’s new Chief of Corrections, asked to spend time in solitary confinement at a prison in Cañon City, some people thought he had lost it. But Raemisch, in an effort to ignite a larger discussion about the overuse of solitary confinement, knew he needed to walk the walk..


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While there is no dearth of discussion these
days about the importance of empathy,
a few of the most innovative leaders are
going beyond symbolism to action:

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They understand that it is one thing to say you’re empathic; it is another thing to immerse yourself in a problem or situation in order to solve it.


by JOHN GERZEMA

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3 Tips to Better Customer Interviews

3 Tips to Better Customer Interviews | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As part of my job, I validate and improve our message by conducting in-person empathy interviews. These are high-value dialogues that give our team insights.


The goal is to walk away with a better understanding of how to create the best solution for customers. If empathy interviews are part of your plan – and they should be – it’s important to set clear goals and identify questions you want to tackle. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of these exchange.


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 If empathy interviews are part of your plan –
and they should be – it’s important to set
clear goals and identify questions
you want to tackle.
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 by Leslie Ihnot

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it such a beautiful tips!

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EMPATHY: How we live with each other

The first of a series of roundtables around the topic of Empathy. 


Recorded July, 2013 at the Massachusetts Historical Society's Dowse Library. Featuring:
Dr. Marco Iacoboni
Dr. Mary Hellen Immordino-Yang
Dr. Robert Weller
Dr. Adam Seligman
Leslie Jamison
Ben Doepke & the SEEK company (host)

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On Leslie Jamison's "The Empathy Exams"

On Leslie Jamison's "The Empathy Exams" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

But perhaps there is power even in protocol.  In her title essay, Jamison writes about serving as a “standardized patient”; that is, an actor describing her maladies for the benefit of burgeoning medical students.


She literally adopts a persona and follows a script, all in an effort to test the medical student’s use of protocol.  Did they acknowledge her as a human being?  Did they voice empathy?  By essay’s end, when the playacting turns real—when there are struggles beyond the script—Jamison notes, “Whatever we can’t hold we hang on a hook that will hold it.”  Yes.  That’s exactly what we do, isn’t it?  And when empathy is the product of death, the hook in question often comes in the form of a sympathy card.

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She literally adopts a persona and follows 

script, all in an effort to test the medical

student’s use of protocol... 

Did they voice empathy?

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‘The Empathy Exams,’ Wide-Ranging Essays By Leslie Jamison

‘The Empathy Exams,’ Wide-Ranging Essays By Leslie Jamison | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In “The Empathy Exams,” her extraordinary new book of essays, she calls to mind writers as disparate as Joan Didion and John Jeremiah Sullivan as she interrogates the palpitations of not just her own trippy heart but of all of ours.


Her book isn’t, except in passing, a medical memoir. “The Empathy Exams” bounces among topics. There are essays on travel in dangerous territories, on men in prison, on extreme endurance races, on saccharine, on murder trials, on unusual diseases, on women and pain. Ms. Jamison’s mind plays across topics as disparate as the HBO series “Girls” and the morphology of folk tales.

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“Empathy isn’t just something that happens
to us — a meteor shower of synapses
firing across the brain — it’s also a choice
we make: to pay attention,
to extend ourselves,”

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Flinching, but Never Looking Away: Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams

Flinching, but Never Looking Away: Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

At one point in her extraordinary essay collection The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison mentions a phrase a boyfriend once used to characterize her—a phrase by which, some years later, she still finds herself troubled. This phrase is “wound dweller. ..


The essay becomes an exploration of the idea of empathy, of feeling your way into the suffering of another person and identifying personally with their pain...


Instead she asks, in various ways, whether empathy might not in fact be less about the person being identified with than the person doing the identifying...


By Mark O'Connell

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Empathy and Stress – Women Are the Stronger Sex

Empathy and Stress – Women Are the Stronger Sex | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Recently, researchers examined empathy in males and females under stressful conditions. When the men were stressed, they were less able to engage in socially appropriate and empathetic interactions with other people; men became more egocentric when stressed. Women, on the other hand, were more empathetic toward others when they themselves were under stress.


For the study, which is published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, the participants were placed in moderately stressful situations in a laboratory, including speaking in public with little preparation or performing mental arithmetic tasks, that mimicked the type of stress humans can encounter on a daily basis.


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the more egocentric a person is,

the less empathetic 

he or she becomes.

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By Jennifer Gibson

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Why Empathy is Essential to a Culture of Health

Why Empathy is Essential to a Culture of Health | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is the lifeblood of any system of health—it gives us all a shared stake in being healthy and helping others to thrive as well.


Building empathy has been a critical strategy in my household of late—not only because it helps motivate them, but also because it is an important part of their social development. Lately I have been thinking about empathy on a larger scale, beyond my household, and how critical it is to building a Culture of Health.


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Most people don't think about empathy
as  
a key to health, but it is
profoundly important.

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by Tara Oakman

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Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 13, 10:05 PM

Empathy is an important attitude to have as a teacher as well, for many reasons. You do not want your students to bring their problems into the classroom, it needs to be a safe place. You also need to empathize with the fact that you are here because you have already mastered the required material, they are trying to understand it through you. Not everyone is going to respond well to your teaching style, let alone how YOU understand the information, you'll be doing a bit of catering as a teacher, as is to be expected.

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Contagious yawning a mystery: May not be linked to empathy after all

Contagious yawning a mystery: May not be linked to empathy after all | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
While previous studies have suggested a connection between contagious yawning and empathy, new research finds that contagious yawning may decrease with age and is not strongly related to variables like empathy, tiredness and energy levels.


Contagious yawning is a well-documented phenomenon that occurs only in humans and chimpanzees in response to hearing, seeing or thinking about yawning.


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"The lack of association in our study between
contagious yawning and empathy suggests
that contagious yawning is not simply a

product of one's capacity for empathy,"

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Designing with users: an exercise in empathy

Designing with users: an exercise in empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Designing products with people, not just for them


We always try to make new products and services with users, not just for them. Again and again, we have seen that this is the best way to ground your own ideas in their needs and behaviours.


Here are a number of tools and techniques we use to do this:


1 - Workshops...

2 - In depth user interviews...

3 - Mapping existing user journeys...

4 - Observations...

5 - Low fidelity sketches...

6 - Live prototypes: ‘sketching with software'....

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Strategic Empathy: The Afghanistan Intervention Shows Why the U.S. Must Empathize with its Adversaries

Strategic Empathy: The Afghanistan Intervention Shows Why the U.S. Must Empathize with its Adversaries | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What was missing in U.S. policy-making was empathy: imagining or simulating another’s experience and perspective, in order to better understand them.


Empathy, in this sense, is rational and cognitive. Is a tool for understanding the way another person thinks, feels or perceives. It enables us to comprehend another’s mindset, driving emotions or outlook, without requiring us to share the other’s thoughts, feelings and perceptions, or, indeed, approve of them.


An empathic approach involves the assimilation of diverse information, including social, historical and psychological details, and a conscious effort to see the world through that person’s eyes. Thus, it serves the first demand of strategy: know your enemy. Crucially, empathy can help leaders anticipate how enemies and perceived allies are likely to act and react, and help avoid strategic errors.


As the theorist Robert Jervis has said:


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“The ability to see the world and oneself as
others do is never easy and failures
of empathy explain a number
of foreign policy disasters." 
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...empathy, mischaracterized as purely a sentimental  impulse, has been marginalized by theoretical and practical empathy approaches to foreign policy that are dominated by rational pursuit of power and self interest.

 

Matt Waldman, Research Fellow, International Security Program
 Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs 

http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/experts/2683/matt_waldman.html 

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Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 13, 10:13 PM

Yet another reminder to stay human. Especially important when working with today's youth, and tomorrow's world leaders. Empathy is a timeless and invaluable ideal that needs to stretch far into the future.

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5 Reasons Why Gaming Is An Effective Way to Teach Empathy (And Other Skills)

5 Reasons Why Gaming Is An Effective Way to Teach Empathy (And Other Skills) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How do sports and video games teach kids to be empathetic?


Video games and gaming are great motivators. Games can also be a rewarding activity for social and mental well-being. Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) has developed a prototype for a new mobile game, designed to develop empathy and improve life skills in young gamers (aged 9-16).  HMC believes that in order to promote a more understanding culture and to stop bullying, improving empathy is essential in de-stigmatizing all mental health issues and changing users’ off-line behaviour.


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So what makes gaming an effective way

to teach kids how to

be empathetic?

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By Emily Copeland

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More evidence to suggest that games are powerful tools to help cultivate social-emotional skills. 

Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, April 14, 5:14 AM

A really misleading title. This article is about a game that is being developed that they HOPE will teach empathy.  I'm not convinced.

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Empathy: An Outlaw’s Weapon of Choice.

Empathy: An Outlaw’s Weapon of Choice. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“I think we all have empathy. We may not have
enough courage to display it.”
~ Maya Angelou


Unlike sympathy, empathy has the power to add positive emotion to an alluringly negative interaction, to negate or soften its influence and impact if only on ourselves...
by Justin Kaliszewski
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On why is Empathy so important to encourage positive lives.

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Empathy in action: The aim of the symposium was to explore the significance of empathy

Empathy in action: The aim of the symposium was to explore the significance of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One particular emotion that film and television can elicit is empathy: the ability to share the emotions of another person, to imaginatively put yourself in their shoes.


Screen media can tap into our capacity for empathy through a variety of techniques: for example, music can express a character’s emotional state; an actor can wordlessly convey their character’s emotions through facial expressions or gestures; a screenplay may use voice-over narration to give the audience privileged access to a character’s internal thoughts; or the director may externalise a character’s emotions through their choices of lighting and camera shots (eg. handheld ‘shaky’ camera work that mimics the character’s agitated emotional state).


The significance of this empathetic relationship between the character on screen and the viewer lies in its ability to help us see the world from a perspective that may be different from our own.


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 In this way, empathy provides insight and

can lead to greater understanding.
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 by Dr Fincina Hopgood

School of Culture and Communication

The University of Melbourne


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