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The Century of Social Capital: Self-Interest versus Empathy

Philosophers, futurists, authors, writers and even an American president are calling for a rethink of how modern society works or, more to the point, why it doesn't seem to work.


This video provides an overview of what
has gone wrong and what needs to be
done to create a different
type of society.

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Empath Self-Assessment: 8 Common Traits of Empathic People with Pictures

Empath Self-Assessment: 8 Common Traits of Empathic People with Pictures | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Do you frequently experience the intense emotions of other, particularly in public settings? Do you find that at times these feelings are intrusive?


Do you struggle with trying to push these emotions away, causing you to become drained and depleted?


Are you able to feel the physical distress of other living creatures, like aches and pains? When a major global event happens that involves significant loss of life, are you able to sense the enormity of the tragedy before it hits the news?


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How Can I Teach My Child Empathy?

How Can I Teach My Child Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Children who have empathy are more likely to grow into well-adjusted adults with adaptive coping skills. It’s never too early to start teaching empathy.


...Children who are empathic will be better able to cope with conflict and difficult social situations. Children who are empathic will be less likely to engage in bullying behavior, and more likely to jump in and help a friend or peer who is being bullied. Children who are empathic are more likely to grow into well-adjusted adults with adaptive coping skills.

It’s never too early, or late, to start teaching empathy to your children. Why not start today?


by Katie Hurley, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist





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La importancia de enseñar a los niños la empatía, ese valor en nuestro interior, que nos da la capacidad de entender, comprender, ayudar, apoyar y motivar a nuestros semejantes

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The Human Journey: Introduction to Intercultural Understanding and Empathy

The Human Journey: Introduction to Intercultural Understanding and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Babies will cry at the sound of another baby crying and can identify the difference between this and a computer-generated noise at the same volume or the cry of another species: say a chimpanzee.


Animals, such as rats or monkeys, react to others of their species expressing distress and psychologists suggest that we all may have evolved to find another’s distress unpleasant – even sometimes overwhelming. This is described as “emotional contagion” and may indicate a basic feeling of empathy but does not mean that we feel compassion.


  We don’t necessarily care about a person but
we still can empathize: we can put ourselves
in that person’s shoes.

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Our Emerging Story: The Empathy Revolution!

Our Emerging Story: The Empathy Revolution! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Whilst packing up to leave Kenya in a weeks time, I found myself re-discovering a book that has spent the past 6 months sitting sleepily on the tiny table in our Nairobi home that we call 'the library'. 

I gazed at the cover....'EMPATHY', it announces, A Handbook for REVOLUTION.

It took me by surprise and I tried to recall why I bought it.

The book title leaves no-one in any doubt what it's about  - A Handbook on Empathy! ..
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3 Habits That Will Increase Your Empathy

3 Habits That Will Increase Your Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

JESSICA STILLMAN | Columnist

Empathy might seem like a nice-to-have extra, a touchy-feely quality that's most important in personal relationships and being a nice person outside work, but expert after expert insists this most human of attributes is actually a business essential.


Having empathy, they say, improves your leadership, teaches you to ask the right questionsboosts teamwork, allows you to understand your customers, and can even help you get a loan....

  1. Getting Curious About Strangers...
  2. Listening and Being Vulnerable...
  3. Expanding Your Circle of Empathy..
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Empathy, Compassion and Nonviolent Intervention - Metta Center

Empathy, Compassion and Nonviolent Intervention - Metta Center | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy and compassion are essential to personal well-being. They are also skills we can develop that help us to resolve conflict nonviolently.


On today’s show we talk with Mica Stumpf and Peijman Kouretchian of Emergency Peace Teams about their research on Empathy—what it is and what it is not. Learn about their work on an “empathy app” for smart-phones, and get some good ideas for nonviolence workshops by listening to them model the practice of empathy. 


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Teaching Empathy in Early Childhood

Teaching Empathy in Early Childhood | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Classroom Empathy Development Inspirations…
 

  • Sharing circles – encourage expression of thoughts and feelings 
  • Role play – provide resources for children to develop empathy through imaginative play
  • ‘Hello’ game – children pair up and respond to teacher prompts by sharing with each other times when they felt a certain way (e.g. Share about a time when you felt happy and why)
  • Feelings art – children create art to represent different feelings and refer to these as discussion pieces when talking about emotions in the classroom at any time
  •  Class Friend ...



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Primatologist Frans de Waal on the Science of Cooperation and Empathy

Primatologist Frans de Waal on the Science of Cooperation and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I had also documented what I called “chimpanzees consolation,” where one individual is distressed and others come over and groom and kiss and those kind of things, and I never made much of that until I went to a lecture by Carolyn Zahn-Waxler, who explained how she studied empathy in children.


She would ask a family member to cry and say, “I’m sick,” and cough, and see how young children would react. The young children would touch them and stroke them and kiss them.


Zahn-Waxler called that an expression
of “empathy,” or “sympathetic concern.”


And I said, “If that’s empathy, then I see lots of empathy in my chimpanzees.” I had never attached that label to it, but then I got interested in that side of it.

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Chimps show empathy by mimicking pupil size - life - 22 August 2014 - New Scientist

Chimps show empathy by mimicking pupil size - life - 22 August 2014 - New Scientist | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Humans and chimps both involuntarily mimic pupil dilation in others – but only if those others are members of the same species


Chimpanzees and humans may share the same ability to empathise with other individuals by involuntarily matching their pupil size.


The mimicry only appears to work between two humans or between two chimpanzees but not between species, suggesting the signalling reinforces social bonds within species.


We already know that pupils change shape in response to a new, unfamiliar target: they tend to constrict initially and, after a fraction of a second, readjust and dilate. There's evidence that human pupils dilate more rapidly while adjusting if their owner is interacting with another human whose pupils are also dilating. The dilation-adjustment happens more slowly if the other human's pupils are constricting. But it is unclear when this pupil mimicry began in evolutionary terms.

To investigate, Mariska Kret at th

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We Will Never Reach Peace Without Intimate Empathy

We Will Never Reach Peace Without Intimate Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When my kids fight with each other, and especially when my eldest intentionally hurts one of his little brothers, my default is sadly to lash out in anger: to yell at him, banish him to his room, force him to stop. It never helps.


He is still little enough that I can physically restrain him, though that won’t last long. But my anger has never stopped his anger.

What does help is empathy.


When I manage to control my anger long enough to listen to him, understand why he felt wronged, and empathize with him, he softens, as do I.


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Be a better CEO: The chief empathy officer

Be a better CEO: The chief empathy officer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Some organizations, such as the Cleveland Clinic, which sponsored the Patient Experience: Empathy and Innovation Summit for the past five years, push the motto that providers must offer not only excellent clinical and physical experiences, but emotional ones as well.


The University of Utah now publishes ratings based on patient surveys regarding the personal treatment they received from staff during their stay. The survey asks whether doctors made eye contact or showed concern for the patients' questions or worries, Hall says.


Healthcare providers must put themselves in their patients' shoes, and think about emotional treatment from their perspective, according to Hall. "We need people like that in healthcare, caregivers who have both brains and heart," he says.


"And perhaps a new hospital CEO position--Chief Empathy Officer." 

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Is There A Market For Empathy?

Is There A Market For Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Jessica Berlinski 
 

I remember exactly where I was when I learned about the Sandy Hook massacre: in San Francisco, up early, getting coffee in a hotel restaurant. News reports of the 20 children and six adults killed by a former student at the elementary school blasted out of the television. I couldn’t stop watching—horrified, saddened, disbelieving..


The climate is ripe for video game companies and investors to make money on empathy-building games for two reasons: parents want them, and they align with an identified market trend towards greater empathy.

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» Do Empaths Really Exist? - Reaching Life Goals

» Do Empaths Really Exist? - Reaching Life Goals | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Do empaths really exist? Learn more about empaths and find out what some of the traits and characteristics are of empaths. Emapths - real or fake?


Recently, a friend of mine who is a psychologist shared with me during a conversation about career counseling that she has the ability to sense the emotions of others. At first, I thought she was talking about the construct of empathy, an ability most helping professionals seem to (or at least should) possess. As our conversation continued however, it became clear to me that she was talking about something completely different.


Specifically, she identified herself as an empath. 


by John D. Moore, PhD (


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Teaching for Ferguson: Volunteer Educators Give Lessons in Compassion

Teaching for Ferguson: Volunteer Educators Give Lessons in Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Looking for ways to help amid chaos and violence, teachers from across the country are setting up makeshift classes.


Brittany Packnett, the executive director of Teach for America in St. Louis and a former teacher, said she was on the ground in Ferguson, protesting against the police, when she saw Pace’s photo and was inspired. Using her contacts in Teach for America, the national organization, she put out the call for teachers to come to Ferguson—and dozens of them responded, helping Pace and other local teachers set up a substitute school.

 

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How Can I Teach My Child Empathy?

How Can I Teach My Child Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Children who have empathy are more likely to grow into well-adjusted adults with adaptive coping skills. It’s never too early to start teaching empathy.


...Children who are empathic will be better able to cope with conflict and difficult social situations. Children who are empathic will be less likely to engage in bullying behavior, and more likely to jump in and help a friend or peer who is being bullied. Children who are empathic are more likely to grow into well-adjusted adults with adaptive coping skills.

It’s never too early, or late, to start teaching empathy to your children. Why not start today?


by Katie Hurley, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist




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La importancia de enseñar a los niños la empatía, ese valor en nuestro interior, que nos da la capacidad de entender, comprender, ayudar, apoyar y motivar a nuestros semejantes

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In Search of Tolerance Part 4: How Empathy Transforms Relationships

In Search of Tolerance Part 4: How Empathy Transforms Relationships | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Anytime we come together as humans our differing viewpoints, tendencies, and belief systems can sometime collide. Conflict in relationships is inevitable and can become a moment for growth,


as Carl Jung says,

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”



In this post, we’re looking at how empathy can transform relationships. 


Empathy Reduces Conflict...

Deep Listening Shows You Care...

Empathy Heals and Uplifts Others...

Empathy Leads To Compassion..


BY DAVID BARNES 

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EmpathyApp.org

EmpathyApp.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY FOR REAL CONNECTION

Empathy App connects trained empathizers via smartphone to people in need of empathy. It’s instant support whenever you need it.





CULTURAL SHIFT

This is about making empathy, the most important natural resource in the world, instantly accessible, scalable, and profitable, and most importantly: creating an empathy revolution.  



Mica Stumpf and Peijman Kouretchian

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The Question in St. Louis County: Can Whites Empathize With Blacks?

The Question in St. Louis County: Can Whites Empathize With Blacks? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As the Brown grand jury hears evidence, are its white and black members even hearing the same thing? Many studies suggest: probably not.


Empathy isn’t about your own experience, but honoring and valuing someone else’s experience, especially when it’s different from your own. But studies show white people simply have less empathy for black people. For instance, in one study, white subjects were shown videos of people being stuck with a needle. The subjects’ brains and body chemistry were monitored for what researchers have identified as the tell-tale signs of empathy.


And when the white subjects watched white people being stuck with a needle, they responded with more empathy than when they saw black people being hurt. Another study corroborated this — asked how much something would hurt someone else (for instance, stubbing a toe), subjects consistently responded that hypothetical black people would feel less pain than hypothetical whites....


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Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers

Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Being kind to yourself isn’t just about patching yourself up so you can head back out onto the battlefield to fight for social justice. It’s a personal and political act which shows that you are worthy of being valued, cared for and loved, writes Julie Catt....


Ways to develop self-compassion

  •   Spend a little time in nature each day, allowing yourself to feel part of, rather than a visitor to, the natural environment.

  •  Become familiar with your body. Stroke your skin, sink into crevasses and over lumps. Appreciate it as a complex, changeable, warm, imperfect landscape that is uniquely your own, for the rest of your life.

  • Develop a mantra (something like: “I accept myself fully, and all feelings pass”, “I’m not afraid of being afraid”, or whatever fits), learn a breathing technique that works for you, and use them when anxiety comes to visit. ...
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Design and Empathy in a 21st Century Education « Arts for all Queenslanders

Design and Empathy in a 21st Century Education « Arts for all Queenslanders | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Working with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s (CHSDM) education team has enabled me to research and engage with best practice design education. 


I believe that design thinking has the potential to teach 21st century skills and that empathy is a catalyst for quality design education. 


Recent professional reading has led me to the work of economist and cultural theorist Jeremy Rifkin.


  In light of recent economic disasters, Rifkin’s Empathic Civilisation (2010) proclaimed that ‘we are homo-empathicus’.  Researchers from the fields of cognitive neuroscience, child development and behavioural psychology, have found that mirror-neurons in the brains of humans and our fellow mammals are driven by empathic inclinations for collaborative learning.  This inspiring scientific knowledge has reaffirmed my belief that empathy is integral to the design process. 


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Bill Gates and Bill Drayton Make the Case for Empathy - Social Enterprise Alliance

Bill Gates and Bill Drayton Make the Case for Empathy - Social Enterprise Alliance | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It might have been pure coincidence, but last month, Bill Drayton, speaking at Toronto's MaRS Discovery District and Bill Gates, at Stanford University in California, made separate cases for why empathy is so important to the social change movement.


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The Land of Empathy and Wonder

The Land of Empathy and Wonder | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The only thing important in my imagined land is a person's heart. And his empathy. And his ability to find wonder....


I'd like to live in the land where empathy and wonder rule.

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The Secret to Building Empathy in College Students

The Secret to Building Empathy in College Students | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Tim Elmore 

Storytelling, to a degree, can provide instruction closer to a real-life experience than a didactic lecture full of statistics. Here are some simple suggestions on how to capitalize on storytelling as you teach or lead students....


If you have your ear to the ground at all these days, you've heard of the significance of stories among students. Narrative has replaced so many forms of argument and persuasion. I wonder, however, if you've ever discovered why? Further, have you read how telling stories actually cultivates empathy in students?


A new neuroscience study may explain why telling stories builds empathy and why, when you tell a good one, people act as if they're watching it unfold before them.

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Empathy, logic and science. Can you trust Empathy and should you rely on Empathy alone?

Empathy, logic and science. Can you trust Empathy and should you rely on Empathy alone? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Can you Trust Empathy and rely on it alone?
 

Empathy as we know it is a complex ability that is influenced by both outward stimuli and our own state of mind. While focusing our Empathy in one direction often helps us discern the answers we seek, it just as often can be hijacked by sudden and highly charged emotions coming from within or from those we are close to and even by a passing stranger.

I believe Empathy can be trusted but to do so one must have strong focus and lots of practice with control over one's own emotions.
We must be able to ignore all other internal and external stimuli except as it pretains to our focus. However, it takes practice to decipher what is and is not related.

by Roy Brian Cokenour

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