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Oxytocin Improves Empathy in Frontotemporal Dementia

Oxytocin Improves Empathy in Frontotemporal Dementia | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Intranasal administration of oxytocin twice daily for 1 week was safe and well tolerated and showed preliminary signs of improvement in symptoms of apathy and loss of empathy in patients with frontotemporal dementia, according to a new study.


The study, published in the January 13 issue of Neurology, was led by Elizabeth C. Finger, MD, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada


Dr. Finger explained to Medscape Medical News that frontotemporal dementia is the second most common cause of presenile dementia. "It typically starts in the 50s or 60s and appears to have a different pathology to Alzheimer's, with loss of empathy being the hallmark symptom in the most common subtype — known as behavioral variant."

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Leadership in a Combat Zone

Leadership in a Combat Zone | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by lieutenant general William G. Pagonis  U.S. Army 


Whether you’re running a company or feeding, clothing, and equipping an army, the bedrock principles of leadership don’t change: Know your stuff and listen hard, and your troops will fight like lions for you.


Expertise and Empathy

...Owning the facts is a prerequisite to leadership. But there are millions of technocrats out there with lots of facts in their quivers and little leadership potential. In many cases, what they are missing is empathy. No one is a leader who can’t put himself or herself in the other person’s shoes. Empathy and expertise command respect.

 ...I could perpetuate the cycle or I could act in the spirit of empathy, based on my vivid recollection of what it felt like to get knocked around. 


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Empathy was an absolutely vital quality in the context of the Gulf War. We asked ourselves constantly: What do the other people on our team need? Why do they think they need it, and how can we give it to them?

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The Heart of Effective Leadership: How empathy can make you a successful leader.

The Heart of Effective Leadership: How empathy can make you a successful leader. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Back in the 1950’s Carl Rogers identified three characteristics that psychotherapists should possess: warmth, genuineness, and empathy. Considerable research supported Rogers’ idea.


Regardless of the therapeutic orientation of the therapist, these three variables facilitated clients making positive changes. Building a positive relationship with the client has been viewed as an important part of effective psychotherapy. Over time, this concept has been included in, and adapted for, a variety of therapeutic approaches....


How can leaders be more effective?

  1. By listening to staff. When a leader seeks input from various levels within an organization, this helps staff feel valued.
  2. By reflecting back to staff what has been said.
  3. By using positive communication whenever possible. By acknowledging individual and group accomplishments, a leader builds a “positive balance” in the “emotional bank account” of staff, thus helping everyone feel more invested in the organization.


by Barbara Markway,
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Mirror Neurons: Are Your Emotions Contagious? - YouTube

Mirror Neurons: Are Your Emotions Contagious? - YouTube | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We're known to mimic each other's facial expressions and posture, but they aren’t the only things we can subconsciously “catch” from others.
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Stress Could Be Why We Don’t Empathize

Stress Could Be Why We Don’t Empathize | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

To find a link between stress and empathy, researchers treated male mice with the drug metyrapone, which blocks the stress hormone cortisol, to see how they would respond to pain in other mice.


The treated mice then began reacting to the unfamiliar mice in a manner normally reserved for cagemates showing signs of increased pain behaviors.  However, when the scientists stressed the mice, they showed less empathy when their fellow rodents showed signs of pain.

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Honoring MLK Jr. Day - Practicing Empathy

Honoring MLK Jr. Day - Practicing Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Today we honor a great hero who dedicated his to life to ending racial and economic inequality, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was an iconic leader who inspired us to have empathy for people from all walks of life.

Empathy has been on the tongues of many lately, from educators to businessmen to politicians, as an important trait necessary for successful relationships at home and at work.


Differing from sympathy, which is feeling sorrow for someone else’s misfortune and may come from a place of perceived superiority, empathy is the ability to understand and share the other person’s feelings and perspectives, to figuratively “walk in someone else’s shoes”. 

6 Tips for Practicing Empathy

  1. TRULY LISTEN
  2. BE CURIOUS
  3. BE VULNERABLE
  4. CHALLENGE PREJUDICES
  5. TAKE A WALK IN ANOTHER (WO)MAN’S SHOES
  6. CHOOSE THE OTHER SIDE
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How to Teach Your Kids Empathy - Dr. Psych Mom

How to Teach Your Kids Empathy - Dr. Psych Mom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Ways to teach empathy to even very small children.


1. Teach them about emotions.

2. Read and watch TV together.

3. After conflicts, discuss what everyone was feeling.

4. Let them see you resolve conflicts in your own life.

5. Speak for people/creatures who can’t speak.


Samantha Rodman 

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Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Britta Hölzel is not your typical yoga teacher. Or your typical Ph.D. neuroscientist.


In recent years, during fellowships at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere, Hölzel has co-authored a range of studies focused on the intersection of two great passions of her life, how meditation and yoga affect the brain.



Most notably, in 2011, she and her colleagues found that people “who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.”

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A Parent's Wish for Empathy

A Parent's Wish for Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’d like to focus on this last point, because it turns out that this lack of perspective-taking – this lack of empathy – is the key to unraveling parent-child tension.


In the cool light of self-reflection, I can now look back at the exchange and realize that my sense of righteous anger was blocking me from advancing the conversation.

When I increase empathy and relook at the situation with compassion, I see a different story.  Perhaps he was afraid, too.  Perhaps he felt powerless, too.  Perhaps he’s learned the exact same pattern I’ve modeled: When you’re afraid, attack.  Perhaps our power struggle was simply two people afraid to honestly share their fears.


By Joshua Freedman

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Compassion Fatigue by Animal Shelter Workers. .

Compassion Fatigue by Animal Shelter Workers. . | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This very real story could be anywhere in the world, Australia, UK, Europe, but this story comes out of Sacremento US told by The Bee’s Cynthia Cuthbert.


 Compassion Fatigue is becoming a real issue world wide for carers in general, whether you are a carer for animals, elderly, sick or a loved one. This particular story looks at the everyday stress endured by Animal Shelter Workers. .

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Animal Empathy: Do Pigs Have Feelings Too?

Animal Empathy: Do Pigs Have Feelings Too? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Kimberly M. Aquilina 

Self-awareness and language are two traits that scientists would say make us human, along with a sense of compassion or empathy, according to Scientific American.


Empathy is defined by Dutch primatologist and ethologist as Franz de Waal as, "the capacity to be affected by and share the emotional state of another, assess the reasons for the other's state and identify with the other, adopting his or her perspective."  

How do we measure empathy in animals?

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Animal shelter workers cope with ‘compassion fatigue’

Animal shelter workers cope with ‘compassion fatigue’ | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Animal shelter workers in the Sacramento area are learning how to cope with “compassion fatigue,” a condition associated with the emotionally draining task of caring for abused and unwanted pets.


The stress can take its toll, according to experts, in the form of “compassion fatigue.


The phrase – more typically used to describe a condition common among nurses and doctors who treat trauma patients – increasingly is being applied to people who care for animals.


“Animal care professionals are some of the most pain-saturated people I have ever worked with,” said J. Eric Gentry, a Florida psychotherapist and leader in the study of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue.


“The very thing that makes them great at their work – their empathy and dedication and love for animals – makes them vulnerable.”


BY CYNTHIA HUBERT
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Stress fighting drug increases empathy in humans

Stress fighting drug increases empathy in humans | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A drug used for blocking stress levels can also be used as a “compassion pill” to increase empathy, a person’s ability to feel another person’s pain, a study has shown.

The study also found that excessive stress can sap a person’s caring instincts, and this may explain acts of cruelty committed during a heated conflict.

The findings were published in the journal Current Biology.

Stress diminishes empathy both in lab mice and volunteer students who participated in experiments that involved friends and or strangers who immersed their hands in freezing cold water.
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Our selective empathy leaves many massacres invisible

Our selective empathy leaves many massacres invisible | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
From Boko Haram to Raif Badawi to Charlie Hebdo, the media influences how much we care


As massive support rallies took place around the world, and an overwhelming number of people replaced their social media profile pictures with the eponymous Je suis Charlieimage, many of us struggled to understand why the Western world cares so much when an attack strikes Paris, or New York City, yet we seem unable to muster up the same grief and outrage when horror strikes in other parts of the world...


A condition common among individuals that work directly with trauma victims such as nurses, psychologists, and first responders, sufferers of compassion fatigue exhibit hopelessness, cynicism, a constant negative attitude, and eventually a lessened ability to feel empathy.

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EMPATHY: A True Leader Skill

EMPATHY: A True Leader Skill | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Lieutenant Colonel Harry C. Garner, U.S. Army, Retired


The article discusses empathy and why it is an important leadership characteristic that builds relationships of trust between superiors and subordinates, in the military and elsewhere. Relevant concepts in personal and professional development from writers such as

  • Robert Goffee 
  • Gareth R. Mitchell,
  • Matt Broaddus, 
  • Steven Covey are discussed.


 A True Leader Skill
http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/cgsc/repository/dcl_GarnerArticle.pdf 
To lead successfully, a person must demonstrate two active, essential, interrelated traits: expertise and empathy. In my experience, both of these traits can be deliberately and systematically cultivated; this personal development is the first important building block of leadership. —William G. Pagonis, Leadership in a Combat Zone

IN HIS CLASSIC 1991 Harvard Business Review article, “Leadership in a Combat Zone,” Lieutenant General Gus Pagonis outlines a path to effective leadership by focusing on the development of two fundamental leadership traits: expertise and empathy. There is little disagreement among military professionals that leaders must be proficient at systems management. But what about empathy? How did empathy, a word that conjures preconceptions of excessive sensitivity and interpersonal emotional connectivity, become a building block of leadership?

image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership


KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM ARTICLE - COL FRED TAN

http://j.mp/1zA3du4

Related to Servant Leadership is the subject of Empathy - the capacity to recognise emotions that are being experienced by others. This month, I would like to share an article by LTC (Ret) Harry C. Garner titled, “Empathy – A True Leader Skill”. In the article, LTC (Ret) Garner shared that leaders who harness the power of real empathy will foster better communications, tighter cohesion, stronger discipline, and greater morale in their units.




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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts....


The writer George Monbiot has called this "the age of loneliness."  We have created human societies where it is easier for people to become cut off from all human connections than ever before. Bruce Alexander -- the creator of Rat Park -- told me that for too long, we have talked exclusively about individual recovery from addiction. We need now to talk about social recovery -- how we all recover, together, from the sickness of isolation that is sinking on us like a thick fog.

But this new evidence isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts. 


Johann Hari

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Creating one empathetic CEO at a time - | IOL.co.za

Creating one empathetic CEO at a time - | IOL.co.za | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 It took us a while, but, in time, the reality dawned – we were looking at the power of empathy.

What is it about empathy that works? And why is the simulation process different in impact from, say, a documentary or a discussion group in producing empathy? The old adage probably says it best: “I can’t understand a man until I walk a mile in his shoes.”


Experts say sympathy, while of value, can keep people at arm’s length. Empathy, on the other hand, allows them to see another’s world view and, more importantly, feel something of it.


Does empathy ultimately lead to action? For us, that question has been a critical piece in this journey.

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Are Emotions As Contagious As The Common Cold? [VIDEO]

Are Emotions As Contagious As The Common Cold? [VIDEO] | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The mirror neurons theory may hold the key as to why we smile when other people smile.


In BrainCraft’s latest video, “Are Your Emotions Contagious?” writer and host Vanessa Hill suggests we tend to subconsciously catch each other’s feelings through a mirror neurons system that reflects behavior.


The mirror neurons theory suggests neurons might be involved in feelings of empathy, while others think these brain cells play critical roles in human abilities like speech.


A 1992 studypublished in the journal Experimental Brain Research found certain groups of neurons in the brains of macaque monkeys fired not only when a monkey performed an action, such as grabbing an apple out of a box, but also when the monkey watched someone else performing that action. This brain activity was seen even when the monkey heard someone performing the action in another room.


 Lizette Borreli 

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8 Ways To Stop Your Child From Becoming A Bully

8 Ways To Stop Your Child From Becoming A Bully | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

1. Your child needs to be aware of others' inner experiences.
It needs to become second nature to him to think about others and their feelings almost as quickly as he thinks of his own. Many parents validate one child's perspective, but fail to discuss their own feelings or feelings of another child. Just validating your own child's feelings does not teach him that there are other people in the world whose feelings matter. Example of validating your child:
"I see you felt really angry right there when John took your ball."


Example of teaching empathy:
"I see you felt really angry right there when John took your ball. He looked angry too. I think he thought you were going to play with him, but then you ended up playing alone."


Samantha Rodman PhD 

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How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated)

How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
One thing I know from my work is that mindful children react differently to challenges. To show you exactly what I mean, I've created a few illustrations....
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IT Stress: Management, Empathy, And The Kindness Of Strangers

IT Stress: Management, Empathy, And The Kindness Of Strangers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Stress makes us more likely to forget how the other guy feels, which is not good for the modern IT department.


In other words, have a little empathy for your team.Make them happy when you need them happy the most, and they'll put their best foot forward when you need them cooperating the most. What do you think? Is empathy an important part of your management tool belt? How do you de-stress your IT team? Do you think your team could use a little more empathy for the strangers inside and outside of your company? 


David Wagner

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Ratchet Reality TV Decreases Empathy, Increases Aggression Towards Black Women

Ratchet Reality TV Decreases Empathy, Increases Aggression Towards Black Women | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

She told Martin today, TruthInReality will discuss the “Intersectionality of media representation, historical stereotypes, misogyny and how that ties in to the normalization of relational aggression among women, between men and women and how it ultimately violent images a women particularly on reality television decrease empathy for women and increases male aggression towards women.”

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Biological explanations, less empathy

Biological explanations, less empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Biological explanations of mental illness reduce clinicians’ empathy for their patients, according to a new Yale study.

U.S. physicians were given a series of fictitious patients with various mental illnesses that were explained using either biological or psychosocial reasons. Doctors exhibited less empathy after reading the biological explanations. Furthermore, clinicians believed medication, not psychotherapy, to be a more effective treatment when symptoms were explained biologically.


The finding comes at a time when there has been a shift to conceptualizing psychiatric disorders as biomedical diseases, according to lead author and psychology graduate student Matthew Lebowitz GRD ’16.


There is no doubt that advances in genetics and neuroscience have revolutionized how we see mental health, he added, but it is important to understand their pitfalls, too. 


BY ERIN WANG

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Cultivating Empathy in Schools

Cultivating Empathy in Schools | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There has been a lot written about the importance of empathy within schools. As an educator, being able to relate and connect with our students is so important because it allows the classroom to become a community; a place where people feel safe and valued. In a classroom or a school which is centred around empathy, students are unafraid to express themselves and try out new things.


In a 10-part journal series a school Principal, Michelle Hughes, from New York writes about her experiences in cultivating empathy within her students, teachers, and staff. Hughes speaks about the importance of not only cultivating empathy with the students, but with teachers.


Here is an excerpt from the first journal entry:.

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Chimps learn social behaviour from each other

Chimps learn social behaviour from each other | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
  • Researchers from the University of St Andrews and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, showed chimpanzees learn kindness by watching each other
  • Claim it's the first evidence children and chimps share traits of altruism
  • In the experiment, pairs of chimps, monkeys, children and adults chose whether or not to reward each other with treats
  • Study found that adults did but monkeys and young children didn't
  • Children and chimps learned kind behaviour off more generous individuals

...Monkey see, monkey don't: The study revealed that capuchin monkeys (stock image shown) and young children didn’t display any prosocial traits in certain situations. But some children who failed to display kindness, showed generous behaviour after watching other kinder children.

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