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Women are better than men at empathy, and here’s the proof

Women are better than men at empathy, and here’s the proof | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
WE ALL know the stereotype: women are better at empathy than men. Now Queensland scientists reckon they’ve proved it.

After pooling data from thousands of in-depth interviews with Australians, they found women were far more likely to feel their partner’s emotional pain than men.

When a negative event befalls their partner, women tend to experience an emotional effect roughly 24 per cent as large as if the event happened to themselves, they found.


We looked at people who had negative shocks in their lives, such as the death of a friend, losing a job or becoming ill,” said Professor Paul Frijters of University of Queensland, who conducted the study with Dr Cindy Mervin of Griffith University.


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What the Airplane 'Knee Defender' Teaches Us About Human Empathy

What the Airplane 'Knee Defender' Teaches Us About Human Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You might think empathy is just a touchie-feelie hippie notion, but it’s also smart business. In today’s technology-driven, often impersonal world, empathy can be your competitive advantage. When you have an empathetic culture, employees have a better understanding of market needs. They build tighter relationships with customers and create products they want. And they work together better as a team. For a small business, this can mean exponentially faster growth.


Here’s how we make empathy part of our culture at Desk and some tips to help your own business leverage it for growth:

  • Celebrate everyone...
  • Do something nice...
  • Give lots of carrots...
  • Hire empathetic people...



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Why Fostering a Culture of Companionate Love in the Workplace Matters

Why Fostering a Culture of Companionate Love in the Workplace Matters | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Companionate love is shown “when colleagues who are together day in and day out, ask and care about each other’s work and even non-work issues,” Barsade says. “They are careful of each other’s feelings.


They show compassion when things don’t go well. And they also show affection and caring — and that can be about bringing somebody a cup of coffee when you go get your own, or just listening when a co-worker needs to talk.”-


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Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes: How Empathy Can Help

Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes: How Empathy Can Help | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What did this patient need? Empathy. Empathy is what helps us to better understand what another person is experiencing, or, as the old saying puts it, to walk a mile in another person’s shoes.


Social determinants of health—where you live, your income, your community and social network, your level of education and your access to health care—contribute to overall health and wellbeing...







Developing Empathy


These suggestions are a few steps you can take now to increase your empathy:

  • First and foremost, learn to listen when someone is talking to you. ...
  • Communicate. ...
  • Keep a journal to record your feelings and observationsAn article in Nursing Times provides detailed suggestions for keeping a journal.
  • Act as if. Even when you aren’t capable of empathizing, acting as if you are may be perceived by the patient as empathy. You also may be able to act your way into actually feeling empathetic.
  • Get to know the community around you. The more kinds of people you know, the better you will be able to understand those you come in contact with through your work.
  • Educate yourself in the arts. Music, literature and the visual arts are centered on who we are as human beings and how we interact, which is the basis of empathy.
  • Practice compassion. Be kind, express gratitude and go out of your way to help others as much as you can.
  • Understand the difference between pity and empathy...

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The Importance Of Empathy In A Relationship

The Importance Of Empathy In A Relationship | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The importance of empathy in relationships is hotly debated. Can a relationship survive without empathy? Let's find it out.


Relationships go through varied emotional states. Though all of them have their own importance, sadness is one of the most important states a person in a relationship goes through. When your significant other is in some pain, you need to be there for them not only physically but also mentally and emotionally.


This is where emotional quotient comes in, the capability to understand what your partner is going through. It can be a state of happiness or sadness or some other feeling.


Many relationships fall apart just because there is no empathy in the relationship. Empathy is what, at the end of the day, makes two individuals in love become one.


by: Anirudh Narayanan


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Empathy. Schmimpathy. Why Bother?

Published on Dec 13, 2014
with Nathan M McTague, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Life Coach of Solutions for Natural Parenting and Feeleez -Tools for Emotional Education.
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Creating a Culture of Innovation: Communication Strategies for Innovators

Creating a Culture of Innovation: Communication Strategies for Innovators from IdeaScale PLUS 3 months ago NOT YET RATED

On August 27th, 2014 IdeaScale hosted guest speaker Joe Brummer from Community Mediation, Inc. for a workshop addressing one of innovation’s most common challenges: creating a culture that is conducive to innovation and innovative ideas.


Brummer introduces communication tactics that have been successfully applied in other IdeaScale innovation programs.

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When White People See Themselves With Black Skin, Something Interesting Happens

When White People See Themselves With Black Skin, Something Interesting Happens | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The antidote to racism partly lies in empathy, or the willingness to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes," as the saying goes.


But scientists from universities across Europe are taking the maxim one step further, providing people an opportunity to experience life in someone else's skin by experimenting with virtual reality as a means of helping people shed racial stereotypes.


Researchers from London and Barcelona teamed up to discuss their recent experiments on virtual reality and race in an opinion piece for the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, published Dec. 15. The researchers found that if people got the chance to physically experience their own body with different skin colors (or ages and sexes), their unconscious biases against other racial groups could be diminished.


 By Anna Almendrala & Macrina Cooper-White

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Six Paths to Greater Empathy

Six Paths to Greater Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Big Empathy is about expanding our empathy to embrace the suffering and well-being of more of life, more deeply, more competently, and more seamlessly than we normally do.


Below are six potentially complementary paths – not methods, but general approaches – to developing greater empathy. Of course, in order to enhance empathy, they must be undertaken with a desire to truly connect with the Other....


1. LISTENING – I’m speaking here of deep listening, empathic listening, reflective listening – listening intended to deeply understand the Other so that they feel truly understood....


2. SELF AWARENESS – We are all universal beings....


3. NARRATIVE ARTS – Stories can help us experience the inner and outer life of the Other. ...


4. IMMERSION – It is one thing to listen to, read or think about someone else’s life experience. It is quite another to actually live our life like theirs for a while. This is immersive empathy....

 

5. SCIENCES – Understanding causal and functional dynamics can deepen our capacity to enter into experiences and realities otherwise alien to us. ...


6. RESPONSIVE CARING – In caring, our empathic sensibilities merge with our will. 


by Tom Atlee


Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  Tom Atlee

http://j.mp/1xrkkx4

 


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On Newtown Anniversary, A Call to Use Video Games to Encourage Empathy

On Newtown Anniversary, A Call to Use Video Games to Encourage Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Dr. Jeremy Richman and Jessica Berlinski


We believe technology can and should be leveraged to build social and emotional skills in youth and games provide powerful opportunities to build these skills, both for our childrens’ success and their safety.


We also believe game companies should be making more of these games, particularly when first person shooter games currently represent 20% of the 6.1 billion dollar video game industry.Yet they are not.


It is time that we, as consumers, incite the industry to make more of these games as a means to prevent violence and increase empathy.

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Richard Dawkins - Expand the Circle of Empathy

Transcript:One thing we must strenuously avoid is demonising another set of humans, or treating them as unequal. Quite apart from anything else, this leads to a collapse of empathy. What we need to do is expand the circle of those to whom we feel empathy. Break down the barriers that divide us, the tribalisms of religion, class, race and ideology.


RICHARD DAWKINS: Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life. [HD] 720p. Episode 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VV3v...
More about the topic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjmQ7jjfg20 



RICHARD DAWKINS: Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life. [HD] 720p. Episode 1 - Full video - this section talks about empathy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VV3vjNSG10&t=35m37s

to end of clip

  • Empathy and his dog - project ourselves into the life of the dog
  • I'm empathizing with my dog
  • Humans are good at empathy and it's moral effect
  • 37:40 empathy is important for morality. golden rule..
  •  we are hardwired for empathy
  • brain science - Oxytocn
  • kindness is in our physiology
  • why does it go wrong.

suppression of empathy - Protection - danger - otherization 

  • suppresses empathy
  • must avoid demonizing the other..it causes a collapse of empathy
  • we must expand the circle of empathy.
  • break down the barriers that divide up, tribalism, religion, race, class, and ideology
  • things getting better: example of slavery, etc

Steven Pinker 

  • violence is down because of humanism

Can develop a new  morality







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Comments will come back to haunt Clinton: You don't empathize with your enemies, you destroy them.

Comments will come back to haunt Clinton: You don't empathize with your enemies, you destroy them. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Hillary Clinton has a problem. But this time the problem is not her husband, it's her mouth. The would-be presidential candidate told a Georgetown University audience this past week that America should show respect for our enemies and "empathize with their perspective and point of view."

You would have thought the former Secretary of State had heard of ISIS or Boco Haram or the Islamic terrorists beheading children and any "infidel" who fails to follow their teachings.

If your enemies' stated position is the total destruction of the American way of life, who in their right mind would have you empathize with their position?

Hillary is no Bill and I doubt seriously she actually believes that malarky. But in her run-up for a presidential bid, she is clearly playing to the diehard doves in her party who believe you can sit down with your enemy and work things out. ....

You don't empathize with your enemies, you destroy them.


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Why empathy matters for your marketing strategy

Why empathy matters for your marketing strategy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The most successful marketers address problems from a customer or user standpoint through design thinking. 


...Here are three ways business leaders can promote empathy within their companies:


1. Train your team to conduct empathy interviews

Actively listening to customer and non-customer qualms with your product or industry is crucial to uncovering a viable solution. But before sending your team out into the streets, you need to equip them with the tools to extract the most valuable information possible from each interview. Online training opportunities can lay the foundation for strong empathetic interviewing skills and help your staff become better interviewers....


2. Emphasise learning by doing

3. Encourage them to look beyond the surface


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Empathy in Business Is Vital to an Entrepreneur's Success

Empathy in Business Is Vital to an Entrepreneur's Success | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy in business dealings, especially for the entrepreneur, are vital to maintaining sustainable success.


 Entrepreneurs are surrounded by people who they need to understand, from shareholders or investors, to employees and customers. When an entrepreneur is in tune with the perspectives and needs of these parties, the business will be strengthened. The connection provides the entrepreneur with insights to run their business optimally.


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Four Steps to Cultivating Compassion in Boys

Four Steps to Cultivating Compassion in Boys | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Kozo Hattori interviewed researchers and spiritual leaders about how to raise compassionate boys. This is what he discovered.


Searching for an answer, I read widely and sought out public figures who have dedicated their lives to exploring and advocating for the alleviation of suffering—Dr. Rick Hanson, Dr. Dacher Keltner, Dr. Dan Siegel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Father Richard Rohr, and others.


From this research, I concluded that cultivating compassion really is the best way to protect our boys from violence—or, as Hanh says, “Compassion protects you more than guns, bombs, and money.” From their combined scientific and spiritual perspectives, a four-fold process for cultivating this resource in boys emerged.


  • Touch: When UC Berkeley professor and GGSC co-founder Dacher Keltner researched the power of touch for human development and relationships, he discovered a surprising gender difference: ....
  • Push Gender Boundaries: In the trailer for the film, The Mask You Live In, former NFL player Joe Ehrman claims that “the three most destructive words that every man receives when he is a boy is when he is told to ‘Be A Man.’” ...
  • Be a role model  -  Almost all the compassionate men I interviewed had a compassionate role model...
  • Cultivate stillness - A recent paper from Timothy D. Wilson and colleagues at the University of Virginia and Harvard University revealed incredibly strong resistance in men to silence and stillness....





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Simon Baron-Cohen: 'Zero Degrees of Empathy' - The Forgiveness Project 2013

On 17th September 2013 we held our fourth annual lecture, "Zero Degrees of Empathy: Exploring explanations of human cruelty & kindness". Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge delivered the keynote speech, and the lecture was followed by a panel discussion with Mary Foley, Peter Woolf and Marina Cantacuzino, chaired by Simon Fanshawe.


Outline

  • 11:30 - cruelty the result of Evil.. Evil is defined as the absence of good. Did something bad because they are not good.  Empathy is a better term.

  • cognitive and affective empathy

  • 20:00 cruelty is the loss of effective empathy -

  • goes back to Martin Buber - see people as people or as object

  • 21:00 empathy bell curve.

  • How to lose empathy

    • due to obedience to authority

    • ideology

      • like terrorists and their beliefs

      • eugenics is USA

    • in-group and out-group - Ie Rwanda

  • Psychopaths - Ted Bunde

    • 29:00 psychopaths don't' have empathy

    • Autism - difficulty with cognitive empathy

    • 32:00 John Bolby studies childhood causes of psychopaths

    • genes and environment

  • Genes and testosterone

  • 35:00 location of empathy in the brain - brain regions

    • person with brain damage

    • Jeane Decety - pain studies

  • 37:30 - teaching empathy

  • 38:30 high empathy people

    • Swedish diplomat

    • Mandela

    • building friendship across the political divide

  • 42:00 Discussion

    • is empathy fixed? feel empathy for people who lack empathy


Culture of Empathy Builder: Simon Baron-Cohen
 
http://j.mp/K6sEKd          


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Is Self-Compassion More Important Than Self-Esteem?

Is Self-Compassion More Important Than Self-Esteem? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It's time for us to put down the idea that we have to think well of ourselves at all times to be mature, successful, functional, mentally healthy individuals.


Indeed, this toxic idea can foster a kind of narcissistic ego-based self-story that is bound to blow up on us. Instead of increasing self-esteem content what we need to do is increase self-compassion as the context of all we do.


That deflates ego-based self-stories, as we humbly accept our place as one amongst our fellow human beings, mindfully acknowledging that we all have self-doubt, we all suffer, we all fail from time to time, but none of that means we can't live a life of meaning, purpose, and compassion for ourselves and others.


Teach that to our young people, and we will have provided them a real skill they can use in the real world all their lives.


by Steven C. Hayes

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Study: Emotional contagion for pain is intact in autism spectrum disorders.

Study: Emotional contagion for pain is intact in autism spectrum disorders. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Perceiving others in pain generally leads to empathic concern, consisting of both emotional and cognitive processes.


Empathy deficits have been considered as an element contributing to social difficulties in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Here, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging and short video clips of facial expressions of people experiencing pain to examine the neural substrates underlying the spontaneous empathic response to pain in autism.


Thirty-eight adolescents and adults of normal intelligence diagnosed with ASD and 35 matched controls participated in the study. In contrast to general assumptions, we found no significant differences in brain activation between ASD individuals and controls during the perception of pain experienced by others. Both groups showed similar levels of activation in areas associated with pain sharing, evidencing the presence of emotional empathy and emotional contagion in participants with autism as well as in controls.



HadjikhaniZürcher NRRogier,  HippolyteLemonnierRuestWardLassalleGillberg NBillstedtHellesGillberg,Solomon Prkachin KM8Gillberg 

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UC Berkeley Study: Empathy as an antidote for job burnout

UC Berkeley Study: Empathy as an antidote for job burnout | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"People can be in the exact same setting and have different reactions," Ekman said. "That's why it's so important to look at internal factors, and that's not historically been done for this kind of work."

Cultivating empathy -- the ability to understand the experience of another -- is key to heading off burnout, and that takes simple cognitive shifts,


Ekman explained. A critical step is developing curiosity toward a patient, inmate or client, she said.

Realizing what a person has endured often stokes empathetic feelings, she said.


By Suzanne Bohan

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Cultivating empathy is key to heading off burnout - takes simple cognitive shifts, critical step is developing curiosity toward another.

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10 fundamental design rules for nonprofits - 3. Empathy first: Design for people and let them lead

10 fundamental design rules for nonprofits - 3. Empathy first: Design for people and let them lead | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

3. Empathy first: Design for people and let them lead.

Brian Vanaski, creative director at CauseLabs, says that when designing for social good, the actual design comes later. Set it aside when you're first getting started.

Start with empathy — immerse yourself to gain deep understanding for the people you're ultimately designing for," Vanaski tells Mashable. It's all about getting your hands dirty. Get into the field, connect with the ones you serve so that when it comes time to design for them, you understand their motivations, desires and needs."


When you can address all of these areas, he explains, the design of your website becomes the backdrop to creating lasting impact.

Justin Ahrens, founder and principal of Rule29, agrees: "Design has the power to shift people's perspective and opinion. Take it seriously and honor the people and message you are serving, the goals of the organization and the experience you want the viewer to have."

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Study - The self to other model of empathy: Providing a new framework for understanding empathy impairments in psychopathy, autism, and alexithymia.

Study - The self to other model of empathy: Providing a new framework for understanding empathy impairments in psychopathy, autism, and alexithymia. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Despite increasing empirical and theoretical work on empathy, particularly on the content of empathic representations, there is a relative lack of consensus regarding the information processing necessary for empathy to occur.


Here we attempt to delineate a mechanistic cognitive model of empathy in order to provide a framework within which neuroimaging work on empathy can be located, and which may be used in order to understand various disorders characterised by atypical levels of empathy. To this end data from individuals with psychopathy, autism, and alexithymia inform the model, and the model is used to provide a unifying framework for any empathy impairments seen in these disorders.


The model adopts a developmental framework and tries to address the four difficult questions of empathy:

  • How do we know what another is feeling? 
  • What is the role of theory of mind in empathy?
  •  How does the state of another cause a corresponding state in the self? 
  • How do we represent another's emotion once emotional contagion has taken place?


by Bird, GViding,

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The Definitive Case For Being A More Compassionate Boss

The Definitive Case For Being A More Compassionate Boss | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Here are some of the benefits of a compassionate workplace:

1. POSITIVE EMOTIONS BOOST PRODUCTIVITY


2. POSITIVE WORKPLACE INTERACTIONS IMPROVE EMPLOYEE HEALTH


3. POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS AT WORK RESULT IN POSITIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE


4. A COMPASSIONATE WORK CULTURE FOSTERS GREATER LOYALTY


Seppala argues the creation of a compassionate work environment begins with leaders. When leaders act in a self-sacrificing, service-oriented way, she explains, employees are more likely to be helpful and friendly to each other; creating a chain reaction of kindness.

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Emma Seppala, associate director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, says compassionate workplaces are not only good for employees' mental and physical health, but for a company’s bottom line.

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Richard Dawkins - Discuss Altruism, Empathy

Basic morality doesn't require teaching its in our DNA its path of what makes Us human
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2004 - The Empathy Quotient. an Investigation of Adults With Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism, And Normal Sex Differences

Artículo Asperger Cociente Empatía
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Heatmaps Reveal Where Humans Feel Certain Emotions On The Body

Heatmaps Reveal Where Humans Feel Certain Emotions On The Body | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It’s well known that attitudes, emotions and feelings affect our body in a variety of ways. For example, feelings of hopelessness affect the body’s hormone system and change the chemical flows within our brains. Different emotional states act as triggers that impact our biology in a variety of ways. Brain activity changes during different emotional […]
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Emotions, natural sciences: Where do we feel different emotions?

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maria taveras's curator insight, December 17, 1:07 PM

A cool research which provides an illustration of where humans feel certain emotions on the body. Now, we may be able to understand why people develop certain illness in their bodies based on this research.