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The Empathy Movement Magazine: The latest news about empathy and compassion from around the world - CultureOfEmpathy.com
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Could empathy be a growth strategy for your business?

Could empathy be a growth strategy for your business? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathetic leaders share an intuitive sense for what’s going on in the world that helps them identify new opportunities faster than their competitors. They get people to care about their vision by making it a shared vision.


They start by tapping into the psychology of their target audience, seeking their feedback, and scanning for changes in thought or behavior.


When you go a step beyond just hearing words to actively listening to customers, suppliers and employees, your firm will gain a gigantic advantage in creating products that will be in demand.


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Richard Guha's curator insight, May 18, 9:41 AM

It's about understanding..

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Should family physicians be empathetic? YES

Should family physicians be empathetic? YES | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Vasilis Karathanos


When we answer the question “Should family physicians be empathetic?” in the affirmative, we are saying yes to empathy as it is defined by Hojat et al, who state that the concept of empathy must be limited to its cognitive and behavioural dimensions.


They define it as “a cognitive attribute that involves the ability to understand the patient’s inner experiences and perspective and a capability to communicate this understanding.”


A POWERFUL TOOL

Empathy is a powerful tool that health professionals can use to deliver care that is adapted to an individual’s emotional, cognitive, and biological needs. Empathy also enables a patient to feel that he or she has been heard and understood. This helps to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and increases the patient’s trust in his or her physician.


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Chaz Ebert to Host Panel on Empathy on the Big Screen at Cannes

Chaz Ebert to Host Panel on Empathy on the Big Screen at Cannes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Roger Ebert’s oft-quoted line about how movies are “a machine that generates empathy” will be the topic of a panel discussion at the Cannes Film Festival. “What Does Empathy Look Like On the Big Screen?” will be held at 3pm Sunday, May 17th at the American Pavilion.


Nate Kohn, Vice President of the Peabody Awards and Festival Director of Ebertfest, will serve as the moderator. Fittingly, the panel will be held in the Roger Ebert Conference Room of the Pavilion.

Chaz Ebert, President of The Ebert Company and Publisher of RogerEbert.com will welcome panelists John Sloss of Cinetic Media; Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Anne Thompson of Indiewire and Thompson on Hollywood for a free-wheeling conversation about why empathy should be encouraged in the works of emerging writers on film and filmmakers.


Chaz says, "Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It is the antidote to the feelings of isolation and insecurity which can result in all kinds of ills in our society. Not only is it good for the bottom line (audiences hunger for films with characters they can relate to, and with themes that touch on hope rather than mere despair and destruction), but it can lead to a change in the conversations about our future." 


by The Editors

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Empathy Is Related to Sexual Orientation

Empathy Is Related to Sexual Orientation | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Men and women attracted to men are more empathetic than men and women attracted to women, according to a new study from the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa.


“People attracted to a particular gender, whether they are heterosexual or homosexual, have common social tools, and thus exhibit the same level of empathy,” said Professor Simone Shamay-Tsoory of the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa who conducted the study.


Empathy is a key mechanism for understanding the other, helping us to feel the emotions of someone distinct from ourselves, identify with his or her trials, and be aware of the need to offer assistance.


Sociologists claim that empathy plays an important role in the development of human society in that it contributes to peoples’ understanding of others and causes them to take the latter’s feelings into account...


The study revealed that sexual orientation is related to the level of empathy: based on self-reporting, heterosexual women showed the highest level of empathy, followed by gay men, then lesbian women, and finally heterosexual men.


Image: The Flirtation (1904), by Eugene de Blaas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_attraction 

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Study: Rats demonstrate helping behavior toward a soaked conspecific

Study: Rats demonstrate helping behavior toward a soaked conspecific | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Helping behavior is a prosocial behavior whereby an individual helps another irrespective of disadvantages to him or herself. In the present study, we exained whether rats would help distressed, conspecific rats that had been soaked with water. In Experiment 1, rats quickly learned to liberate a soaked cagemate from the water area by opening the door to allow the trapped rat into a safe area.


These results suggest that rats can behave prosocially and that helper rats may be motivated by empathy-like feelings toward their distressed cagemate.

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Rats try to rescue others in distress, suggesting they feel empathy

Rats try to rescue others in distress, suggesting they feel empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"Our findings suggest that rats can behave prosocially and that helper rats may be motivated by empathy-like feelings towards their distressed cage mate," Nobuya Sato, lead author of a study, said in a statement.


"This modulation of learning by prior experience suggests that the helping behaviour observed in the present study might be based on empathy," they wrote.

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Op-ed: Can people be trained to be compassionate?

Op-ed: Can people be trained to be compassionate? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Compassion, often reckoned to be the “highest personal virtue,” is held to embody the very essence of humanity. It is widely attributed to play a fundamental role in pro-social behavior, cooperation and human morality.


But there is compelling evidence that the “compassionate instinct” to care and cooperate is not the sole preserve of humans. Across species — from elaborate elephant funeral rituals to kindness of dolphins in rescuing swimmers from sharks and guiding stranded whales back to sea — compassion is vividly manifested in a range of settings. As Darwin surmised long ago — sympathy is our strongest instinct.


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Brenda Robinson's curator insight, May 13, 9:53 PM

Yes, they can.

Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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Empathy-Based Parenting Educators on What is the Role of Empathy in Different Parenting Styles?

Our panel of Empathy-Based Parenting Educators discuss, What is the Role of Empathy in Different Parenting Styles?


Some of the styles discussed are; Authoritarian, Authoritative, Indulgent (permissive), Neglectful (uninvolved), Attachment, Nurturant and Empathic Parenting.

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Practicing Empathy With Teams

Practicing Empathy With Teams | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy, as it’s been talked about recently, is most often framed as something important to practice for our users. It’s important to make sure we’re helping our users get the content they desire or get through the flow of our site to do what’s important to them.

What is getting lost, though, is that empathy is just as important for us to practice as we interact with our team members—all of us, developers, designers, writers, and project managers, can practice empathy as we work with our teammates.


Empathy is just as much about our interactions with each other while we build our sites, as it is about how we treat our users.

As I’ve thought more about this, I’ve come up with a few ways to practice empathy with my teammates.


by SUSAN ROBERTSON 

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


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Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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Clinical Counseling: The art of empathy: How long can you walk in someone else's shoes?

Clinical Counseling: The art of empathy: How long can you walk in someone else's shoes? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By James Martin


Most counselors have heard the term, "Compassion Fatigue." This is a common symptom of those in the human services arena who spend an inordinate amount of time feeling the pain of others without the opportunity to 'debrief' about their own feelings with other colleagues. Helpers who are 'worth their salt' have an ability to not just have sympathy for someone, but can actually empathize with other's feelings ('I feel your disappointment').

Recognizing and understanding someone else's feelings can be very taxing upon your own emotional state. However, there is a danger of making empathy the 'default' way of relating to others. 

Here is a simple test to determine if you are in danger of becoming tangled in an empathy snare:


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'Radical Empathy' Exhibit Addresses Race

'Radical Empathy' Exhibit Addresses Race | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Stephanie Seguino's exhibition of large-scale color photographs, on view at the Flynndog in Burlington, would be visually powerful even if it weren't so painfully relevant. For "Radical Empathy," she has used her camera like a pickax: to chip away at white Americans' stereotypes of black men. And she has undertaken that task at a time when hostile and fear-laden preconceptions have repeatedly proved lethal — most recently in Baltimore, Md., and before that in Cleveland, Ohio; Ferguson, Mo.; Staten Island, N.Y.; and North Charleston, S.C.


The contrast between summary judgments and actual character forms the core of "Radical Empathy." The title is meant as an appeal for understanding of black men's lives, Seguino says. Achieving such awareness amounts to a radical act, she adds, in that "empathy toward black men is the exception, not the norm."

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(Empathic Parenting) Lost for words? How reading can teach children empathy

(Empathic Parenting) Lost for words? How reading can teach children empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A Cambridge University study by Maria Nikolajeva, professor of education, found that “reading fiction provides an excellent training for young people in developing and practising empathy and theory of mind, that is, understanding of how other people feel and think”.

Neuroscience backs this up. Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, US, say that fiction tricks our brains into thinking we are part of the story.


The empathy we feel for characters wires our brains to have the same sensitivity towards real people.


Carnegie Mellon University studies discovered that when you get lost in a book your brain lives through the characters at a neurological level.
 

Miranda McKearney and Sarah Mears both work for EmpathyLab.

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What Empathy Is and What It Is Not

What Empathy Is and What It Is Not | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a tricky thing. I used to think I was really good at it, but over the years I’ve realized I’m lacking in this area quite a bit. I’ve come across some incredibly empathetic people in the last few years who have taught me a lot about what empathy is and what it is not:

Empathy is not…
Sharing you own experiences. I am notoriously terrible about this, like that time on the hike I mentioned.


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The science of rat empathy and what it tells us about human kindness

The science of rat empathy and what it tells us about human kindness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
But as Discovery magazine reported, there is one thing rats do seem to really care about: each other.


Some scientists ran an experiment to demonstrate that. Here's how it worked:


  1. The scientists put a rat in water (which rats hate). Not enough to hurt the rat, but enough to annoy it.
  2. Then they put another rat in a safer, dry area with a door it could open to save the first rat.


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Rats will save their friends from drowning: new finding suggests that these rodents feel empathy

Rats will save their friends from drowning: new finding suggests that these rodents feel empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

If one rat is drowning, another will step in to save it. The new finding suggests that these rodents feel empathy


The rats therefore engage in helpful "prosocial behaviour" even if there was no apparent reward. Saving a distressed rat was valuable to them.

Past experience played a role too. If the saviour rat had had a similar near-death experience, it was much quicker to help....


Published in the journal Animal Cognition, the research suggests that rats may have empathy, and that they recognise the suffering of others and want to alleviate it.

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What is empathy? (Karla McLaren)

What is empathy? (Karla McLaren) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it


By cjliu

Contents:

  • EMPATHY DEFINITION
  • DOES EVERYONE HAVE EMPATHY?
  • LACK OF EMPATHY – NARCISSISTS, AUTISM, AND BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMPATHY, SYMPATHY, COMPASSION, AND LOVE?
  • WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF EMPATHY?
  • ARE YOU AN EMPATH?
  • 5 TIPS: HOW TO STAY OPEN AND NOT GET OVERWHELMED AS AN EMPATH
  • EMPATHY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
  • HOW DO YOU LEARN EMPATHY?
  • UNDERSTANDING YOUR EMOTIONS
  • WHAT ARE THE GIFTS ABOUT EMOTIONS?
  • HOW TO CHANGE HOW WE RELATE TO NEGATIVE EMOTIONS?
  • WHAT ARE YOUR EMOTIONS AND HOW ARE THEY INTERRELATED?
  • WHY DO WE HAVE EMOTIONS?
  • PROCESS FOR UNDERSTANDING OUR EMOTIONS
  •  A COGNITIVE APPROACH IN UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONS
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Mari López Fernández's curator insight, May 17, 1:09 PM

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Rats forsake chocolate to save a drowning companion: the rodents feel empathy.

Rats forsake chocolate to save a drowning companion:  the rodents feel empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We’ve all heard how rats will abandon a sinking ship. But will the rodents attempt to save their companions in the process? A new study shows that rats will, indeed, rescue their distressed pals from the drink—even when they’re offered chocolate instead.


They’re also more likely to help when they’ve had an unpleasant swimming experience of their own, adding to growing evidence that the rodents feel empathy.


By Emily Underwood 


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Brenda Robinson's curator insight, May 13, 9:54 PM

Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

Larry Glover's curator insight, May 15, 11:31 AM

Our empathy, like our resilience, is part of a deep tap root of the Tree of Life itself. And in the case of this research, demonstrating our belonging, with all our other than human relations, to this very Tree.

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Proof - Rats Have More Empathy Then the GOP

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. 

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Larry Glover's curator insight, May 15, 11:36 AM

Interesting reflections from Thom Hartmann on the recent rat research demonstrating capacities for 'empathy' in the little creatures. Empathetically, rats may be demonstrating more innate intelligence than certain political interests who place narrow self-interest above the wellbeing of less fortunate.

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Social Anxiety May Be Associated with High IQ and Empathetic Ability

Social Anxiety May Be Associated with High IQ and Empathetic Ability | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Various studies have found a link between social anxiety and high emotional intelligence, empathetic ability and IQ levels


A further study from the SUNY Downstate Medical Centre in NYC stated that those participants taking part in an IQ test who suffered from severe anxiety actually scored higher than those who didn’t have anxiety.


Furthermore, when tested, people who suffer from social anxiety were found to exhibit prominent empathetic abilities, meaning they have greater psycho-social awareness than their counterparts. 


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Lakewolf Whitecrow's curator insight, May 15, 3:32 PM

...because, unlike other members of society, High IQ empaths can only view the society as it is (sociopathic in nature), as opposed to "regular" members of Western society, who have been brainwashed by media and the public school system to believe in a "created" society. Anything that may hint at the truth is labeled a "conspiracy theorist",  be openly ridiculed, or given a "psychiatric diagnosis", since psychiatrists are the "gatekeepers" of society.

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Karen Armstrong Lecture: Compassion and Violence

Woolf Institute (Cambridge, UK) and DICID (Doha, Qatar) have co-organized this lecture by Karen Armstrong, hosted by Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar, on 19 April 2015.

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Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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How Showing Compassion for Animals Can Improve Your Health

How Showing Compassion for Animals Can Improve Your Health | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The effects of compassion are far reaching and have been shown to have benefits for physical as well as psychological health. A wealth of evidence demonstrates that social support, when humans connect in a meaningful way with other people or animals, helps in the recovery from illness as well as promoting increased levels of mental and physical well-being.

Evidence from studies mentioned in the previous blog suggests that interventions can lead to reduced depressive symptoms and feelings of isolation, improvements in positive emotions, psychological well-being, hopefulness, optimism, social connection, life satisfaction, and, of specific interest to this paper –  compassion....

Cultivating compassion for all living beings and practicing a compassionate lifestyle can, therefore, help boost social connection and also improve physical and mental health. 

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(Empathic Leadership) 8 Key Skills of Empathy

(Empathic Leadership) 8 Key Skills of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As leaders, we need to make emotional connections with our target audience if we hope to influence their thoughts and actions. One very important way to connect positively with people is with what I call powerful empathy....


Here are eight key empathy skills you can practice to improve your ability to connect with others:

  • Curiosity: Take the time to be curious about what other people think. Try to fully understand their point of view.
  • Authentic Listening: ...
  • Repeating and Paraphrasing:  ...
  • Imagination:  ...
  • Open-Mindedness:  ...
  • Vulnerability: ...
  • Self-Awareness:  ...
  • Sensitivity to Others’ Emotions: ...



by JESSE LAHEY

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Entering the Mind of My Rapist: An Exercise in Extreme Empathy

Entering the Mind of My Rapist: An Exercise in Extreme Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Deborah Copaken 

A few months ago, after reading this article in The New York Times by Ariel Kaminer, a profile of the classmate whom mattress-carrying Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz has accused of raping her—replete with an unbelievably empathic quote toward the accused by Sulkowicz’s mother as well as petard-hoisting quotes by the accused student, now suing Columbia, himself—it suddenly occurred to me that, as empathic as I consider myself to be, I have never tried to stand in the shoes of my rapist. He was always the other, the transgressor, the bad guy, the demon. What would it be like, however, I suddenly wondered, to put myself in the head of my rapist?..


Attempting the same empathy with my rapist seemed suddenly imperative after reading that article: a psychologically useful exercise in processing the still noticeable weight of that long-ago night.

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Empathy Lab

Empathy Lab | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

EmpathyLab is a small start-up, passionate about the creative power of words to build empathy, and the power of empathy to make the world a better place.


Empathy skills are vital in helping children and young people tackle some big challenges, at home and globally.


We need to wake up and act on exciting new thinking and neuroscience research showing that humans have a strong empathic, co-operative side to our natures.


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Do sheep really care? Massey University study reveals feelings of empathy in sheep

Do sheep really care? Massey University study reveals feelings of empathy in sheep | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Massey University PhD student Mirjam Guesgen has spent three years studying whether sheep feel empathy. 

Guesgen said the idea of animals feeling empathy and pain was a relatively new area of research, but she was interested in the social and psychological aspects of animals.

"We can just ask someone, we look at their outward expression. 
"Why do animals show pain at all?"
And because there are routine husbandry practices involving pain, like docking, sheep were a good animal to start looking to for answers. 


THOMAS HEATON

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