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Human Rights Commission :: Empathy in the face of diversity: The 2015 Diversity Forum

Human Rights Commission :: Empathy in the face of diversity: The 2015 Diversity Forum | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The 11th annual New Zealand Diversity Forum, organised by the Human Rights Commission, will be held at AUT’s Auckland campus on 9 September 2015. The theme for the 2015 forum is 'Empathy in the face of Diversity'.

The forum is a platform which brings together individuals and organisations to share ideas and good practice on cultural diversity and positive race relations.

Originally created in 2004 following a community response to the desecration of two Jewish Cemeteries, the Diversity Forum is organised and facilitated by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission with a focus on practical action.
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Louisville, JCPS bring compassion to schools

Louisville, JCPS bring compassion to schools | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Jefferson County Public Schools has a new pilot program to focus on the health and wellness of students, hoping to equip them with skills not so familiar in classrooms around the country.


“Louisville and other JCPS schools will serve as the national site for the Compassionate Schools Project,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.

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How Anxiety Reduces Empathy

How Anxiety Reduces Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A study suggests that stress and surprise can hurt your ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes.


In a series of six studies with more than 1,300 total participants, researchers from universities including Harvard and Columbia induced anxiety, anger, disgust, surprise, or pride in participants by asking them to write about a past experience when they felt one of those emotions. ... Then, participants were tested on perspective taking. ...


Now more than ever, we need to train our empathy muscles. Consider trying these science-based practices, particularly if you’re prone to anxiety:

  • Active Listening: Listen better and express active interest in your conversational partner, making them feel heard and understood.
  • Shared Identity: Think of someone who is very different from you, and then try to imagine all the ways that you two are similar—seeing them as an individual, not an out-group member.
  • Mindful Breathing: Focus attention on your own breathing to cultivate awareness.



By Kira M. Newman 

Image, The Scream http://j.mp/1N4y0o0 

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Why Sociopaths Succeed

Why Sociopaths Succeed | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It would appear that many organizations in India and elsewhere actually celebrate sociopathic behaviour in leaders. Some psychologists have even suggested that there may be a sweet spot, an ideal level of sociopathic trait. It helps leaders keep teams in line, and feel no empathy or remorse at cutting costs or firing employees...


In contrast, empaths, or individuals with high emotional intelligence, pose the greatest threat to a sociopathic mind.


Studies of organizational behaviour suggest that the empath may feel internally compelled to take a stand against the sociopath, but the sociopath is usually able to shift the blame on the empath, while going scot-free himself. The term 'gas-lighting effect' has been used to describe behaviours by which a sociopath will attempt to erode her opponent's reality.


Amrita Chowdhury 


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Stephen Covey: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Empathic Listening


The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

7 Habits: Empathic Listening

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Leading with Emotional Intelligence: The Power of Empathy

Leading with Emotional Intelligence: The Power of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The business community has embraced the concept of emotional intelligence and its importance ever since Daniel Goleman's best-selling book, Working with Emotional Intelligence(1998). The challenge is to demonstrate that such competencies significantly impact employee performance.


Ten Ways to Develop Empathy

  • 1. Keep a note of situations in which you felt you were able to demonstrate empathy and a note when you felt you did not. Make a note of missed opportunities to respond with empathy.
  • 2. Become aware of incidents where there may be some underlying concerns that are not explicitly expressed by others.
  • 3. Make a note of possible emotions or feelings that the other person may be experiencing. Keep an open mind and never assume, merely explore the possibilities.
  • 4. Develop a list of questions to ask at your next encounter with that person. Try to make the questions open-ended, that is, questions that can't be answered by yes or no.
  • 5.  Practice listening without interrupting. Wait until the other person is complete with their point of view before offering yours.
  • 6.  Avoid being defensive in order to create an open dialogue where possibilities can be explored freely.
  • 7.  Allow creative time for people to express opinions and ideas without judgment.
  • 8. Practice active listening: always check out the meaning of what was said with the person speaking. Paraphrasing what was said helps to clear up misconceptions and to deepen understanding.
  • 9. Always bring focus back into the conversation. Remember that optimal effectiveness is achieved by a combination of focus and empathy.
  • 10. Work on achieving an effective balance of focus, goal orientation and empathic listening.


Dr. Maynard Brusman 

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Danish classrooms built for empathy, happiness

Danish classrooms built for empathy, happiness | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This seating arrangement unwittingly encourages empathy because students have to try to understand another student’s issues in order to help explain how to solve them. It is also a very different set of skills to have to explain something to another person rather than just remember it individually. Interestingly, many studies show that teaching others actually enhances individual learning and memory retention much more than rote memorization.


by Jessica Alexander 

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The Need For Empathy Within School | Empathy Lab

The Need For Empathy Within School | Empathy Lab | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy – the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Quite a simple concept when you think of it. But how much importance do we really put on this, especially when working with young people, the one group of individuals that probably need to understand the concept the most?

My understanding of empathy grew whilst working in a large secondary school. Sprawling and multicultural, this educational setting supported some of the most deprived families in the area. From my first day I was exposed to huge and fundamental issues of poverty, abuse and mental health difficulties that young people were experiencing first hand. It was devastating. But it was also a revelation.
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Master the Art of Empathy with These 3 Skills

Master the Art of Empathy with These 3 Skills | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How good are your empathy skills?

If you’re like most people, they probably have room for improvement. Are you caught up in an ongoing conflict with someone?  Are you having trouble resolving the conflict, despite your best efforts? If so, check your empathy skills.  Lack of empathy in a relationship often causes – and maintains – conflict.


In turn, if you want to turn around a troubled relationship, improving your empathy skills is a great place to start.


 If you’re willing to work at showing empathy, you will soon find your relationships improving.

Developing good empathy skills is also one of the best ways to prevent relationship problems in the first place.


By Dr. David Gosse

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A New Approach to Education : This begins with empathy.

A New Approach to Education : This begins with empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There is an active school movement in character education and teaching ethics. But we don't think it's enough to have children just learn about ethical virtuosity, because we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy.


The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new book with Peter Senge, The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education.


Empathy and Academic Success

The key to compassion is being predisposed to help -- and that can be learned.


There is an active school movement in character education and teaching ethics. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about ethical virtuosity, because we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy.


There are three main kinds of empathy, each involving distinct sets of brain circuits. The first is cognitive empathy: understanding how other people see the world and how they think about it, and understanding their perspectives and mental models. This lets us put what we have to say in ways the other person will best understand.


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Meditation Can Hold Feelings, But Only Other People Heal Our Pain

Meditation Can Hold Feelings, But Only Other People Heal Our Pain | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Meditative practices performed in isolation can help us recognize and process our emotional states, but true healing lies in those most vulnerable moments, when someone looks us in the eye, sees our pain and provides us with the mirror we so deeply seek.


Dear Josh. I have been struggling with a great deal of loneliness and fear of late, and feel the need for some new meditation techniques to get through it. Would love to schedule a meeting with you to gain your insights..."


 Somehow we managed to put aside our ingrained suspicions, and engaged our empathetic skills; we managed to slowly drop our defenses and coordinate our plans, developed a willingness to disclose our secrets and empathize with each other's emotions; we relieved our burdens and shared our abundance.



Josh Korda 

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Toddler Education: Children As Young As 3 Years Old Show Understanding Of Justice And Empathy

Toddler Education: Children As Young As 3 Years Old Show Understanding Of Justice And Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
While we may struggle with delivering and exacting justice here in the adult world, it seems that children as young as 3 have the concept down pat.


In a new study published in the journal Current Biology researchers from Germany are finding that toddlers are not only surprisingly empathetic, but that concepts like restorative justice may come intuitively to them.

When examining children between the ages of three and five, researchers found their subjects focused strongly on carrying out justice and punishment for those who “deserved” it. Not only did the children prefer to give missing items back to rightful owners, but if returning the item was not an option, the participants would protect the item, and ensure another party would not take what did not belong to them. Even more interesting was the fact children of this age were just as willing to respond to the needs of another individual — even if that individual was a puppet — as they were to their own. Researchers believe these findings may give us insight into the core of justice in relation to human nature.


Kristin Magaldi

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6 Ways Beloved Leaders Demonstrate Strength and Empathy

6 Ways Beloved Leaders Demonstrate Strength and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Insensitive leaders are tolerated in good times but only empathetic leaders can be confident the team will rally in crisis.


Often I am asked if empathy is a desirable leadership trait. My response is always emphatically “yes!”. Empathetic leaders motivate others by cultivating relationships.


In this Harvard Business Review article, theHappy Warrior is the leader who combines empathy and strength. However, it’s a rare breed of leader who does this intuitively.


Leaders naturally fall into one of two categorizes -- task-focused leaders (warrior) or people-focused leaders (happy).


Task-focused leaders score high on strength. Strength is the nuts and bolts of leadership. It’s the determination and perseverance needed to set a vision into motion and achieve results.


People-focused leaders score high on empathy. They exude warmth and understanding, the human side of leadership. This is how they connect and build rapport with others.


By PETER DIAMOND
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Empathy in the Face of Diversity - NZ Human Rights Commission's 11th Diversity Forum

Empathy in the Face of Diversity - NZ Human Rights Commission's 11th Diversity Forum | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy in the Face of Diversity is the theme behind the Human Rights Commission’s 11th Diversity Forum to be held in Auckland this September.

“We live in one of the most ethnically diverse nations on the planet – it’s also one of the most peaceful,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

“Whether we pass this legacy on to our children and their children is up to us. If we take the time to walk in someone else’s shoes, to see the world through someone else’s eyes we will be a stronger, more resilient nation and we will be better people.”

“The forum’s free and it’s open to everyone so I encourage Kiwis, particularly Aucklanders to come and learn and build with us.”

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What is the Relationship Between Stress and Empathy?

What is the Relationship Between Stress and Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A recent Greater Good article about anxiety and empathy triggered controversy among readers. But what does the science say?


On Monday, we published a research brief, “How Anxiety Reduces Empathy,” that provoked some conversation and disagreement among readers.


“I thought empathy increases stress and anxiety,” wrote one person—especially, she believed, if we empathize with people in a bad situation that we don’t have the power to improve. Another wrote on our Facebook page, “My anxiety tends to be worry over how my actions affect others.”


Certainly, it makes intuitive sense that a stressed-out, anxious, uncertain society might be a less empathic and caring one. But it helps to have scientific evidence to bolster the case for public and workplace policies that might make our lives less stressful—and thus, we hope, more compassionate.


By Jeremy Adam Smith 

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In defense of empathy and justice By John C. Gibbs and Martin L. Hoffman

In defense of empathy and justice  By John C. Gibbs and Martin L. Hoffman | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Hillary Rodham Clinton had a point when she recently urged: “The most important thing each of us can do… is to try even harder to see the world through our neighbors’ eyes, to imagine what it is like to walk in their shoes, to share their pain and their hopes and their dreams.”



Yale psychologist Paul Bloom objected that we can’t actually do that (at least not as well as we think we can), especially when our neighbor is someone in a quite different situation or condition—say, a stressed-out single parent, a traumatically scarred war veteran, or an autistic child.


Besides, declared Bloom, even if we could fully and accurately feel and see from another’s perspective, empathy is often too narrow and parochial to serve as a moral guide.


Far less limited, Bloom asserts, is reason: specifically, the impartial principles and procedures of justice. We should “step back” from empathy and “apply an objective and fair morality,” a “dispassionate analysis” of distressing situations. Bloom has even declared that “empathy will have to yield to reason if humanity is to survive.”


By John C. Gibbs and Martin L. Hoffman

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6 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Highly Empathetic People

6 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Highly Empathetic People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The truth is that being empathetic is one of the most worthwhile traits a person can have. To not only be able to acknowledge one another's wellbeing, but to actually feel what someone else is experiencing, and to truly connect at that core level, is unprecedentedly powerful.


It's something we all need to develop a bit more, especially on a mass scale. But, like most things in the world, it's stigmatized to an unfair degree (if not disregarded completely).


Here are all the things people tend to get wrong about empaths, and the truth that may make you realize you are one (but perhaps in denial):

Highly Empathetic People Usually Come From Difficult, If Not Abusive, Pasts


BRIANNA WIEST

 
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Opinion: Student’s perspective of the teaching of empathy in medical school

Opinion: Student’s perspective of the teaching of empathy in medical school | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

My medical school’s curriculum includes several lectures on compassion and empathy in the clinical setting.


There has been much talk recently about the decline of empathy among physicians. Some have attributed this to a fault with the medical school admission process, arguing that the system does not adequately filter out students with certain personality deficits.


  • (1) Others have argued students possess most of the requisite social competencies to begin with, but lose them over the course of medical training
  • (2) Regardless of the cause, it is well-known empathy among medical students declines during the first year of clerkship
  • .(3) For many, this could be the first step down a long and slippery slope.


There is no denying that empathy, like the stethoscope or penlight, is an indispensable part of a good doctor’s tool kit. But like most other qualities, empathy can either be refined or lost.


 Shaurya Taran is a medical student at the University of Ottawa

 

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EmpathyLab | Blog

EmpathyLab | Blog | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We’re just at the beginning of what EmpathyLab will be doing and the difference it will be making to children’s lives. Find out more about our thinking, research and reading that is informing our development.


http://www.empathylab.uk/about/background/


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Tech Transformation: Perspective and Empathy

Tech Transformation: Perspective and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Dan Pink writes:

"Social scientists often view perspective-taking and empathy as fraternal twins - closely related, but not identical.  Perspective-taking is a cognitive capacity; it's mostly about thinking.


 Empathy is an emotional response; it's mostly about feeling.  Both are crucial ... Perspective-taking seems to enable the proper calibration between two poles, allowing us to adjust and attune ourselves in ways that leaves both sides better off.  Empathy can help build enduring relationships and defuse conflicts. "


by Maggie Hos-McGrane 

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CompassionLA Courses: Mindful Self-Compassion + CCT

CompassionLA Courses: Mindful Self-Compassion  + CCT | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding,.


Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think. By cultivating skills that evoke good will toward ourselves, we increase our capacity to meet our own suffering with compassionate action.


  We gently shift our attention inwardly and begin to meet the unknown parts of ourselves that deserve concern and kindness. Course Description:  So often the demands of life lead to stress, confusion and sorrow.  Our quality of life can suffer, can impact our relationship with ourselves and others. 


This course offers an opportunity to respond compassionately to our own struggles, just as you might to a friend who is struggling. In MSC, students will learn:




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Answering Questions About Empathy for ASGs, ESGs, and Life

by Bud Nye

The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing.
—Blaise Pascal

All our so-called consciousness is a more or less fantastic commentary upon an unknown text, one that is perhaps unknowable but still felt.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

The human body is the best picture of the soul.
—Ludwig Wittgenstein

  • Does “talking with someone” help us?
  • What does “empathy” refer to?
  • Where does empathy come from? (What allows it to happen?)
  • What qualifies as “empathy”, and what does not?
  • Can we always use empathy when communicating with others?

  • Do we have different kinds of empathy?
  • Do women have the ability to communicate more empathically than men?
  • How does empathy relate to attachment theory?

  • In what ways can empathy benefit ESG participants?
  • What importance does empathy have in emotion focused ESGs, ASGs and life?

  • How do most therapists perform using empathy?
  • Why do we usually have such trouble interacting in empathic ways with others?
  • Should we consider humans inherently selfish?
  • What tends to suppress our natural tendency empathically to care for others?
  • Where, geographically, do we find the greatest reported sense of well-being and happiness?

  • Does a support group that emphasizes learning about and using empathy require a professional therapist?
  • What about self-empathy?
  • How do we empathically deal with another person’s defenses?
  • How do we best see empathy as helping others to adapt in more healthy ways?
  • What do we wish to accomplish emotionally with empathy?
  • How might we learn to use empathy within EF ESG and ASG meetings?
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Empathetic People Have Physical Differences in Their Brains, Study Finds

Empathetic People Have Physical Differences in Their Brains, Study Finds | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Compared to people who have a logical reaction to people’s emotions, empathetic people are found to have denser grey matter in specific areas of the brain.


New research has opened up questions that it may be possible to lose your empathetic ability over time or that it could even possibly be increased through training. These questions were raised because scientists have recently discovered they can physically see people’s empathetic ability on brain scans.


This research has added a great deal of information to the neuroscience field relating to emotion and has opened up questions with regards to two areas of empathy in particular: affective empathy and cognitive empathy. Compared to people who have a logical reaction to people’s emotions, empathetic people, or those with a strong emotional reaction to others, are found to have denser grey matter in specific areas of the brain.


BY CHRISTINA

Study: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811915004206 
 

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Joselu's curator insight, August 11, 2:26 PM

La empatía emocional y afectiva caracteriza a algunas personas y puede verse dicha empatía en el escáner cerebral en ciertas zonas del cerebro en forma de materia gris más densa. 

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(Empathic Design) Jon Kolko on Empathy in Design at #BbWorld15

Our products have been redesigned from the ground up, but why? Because we're designing with empathy. Vice President of Design Jon Kolko explains what that means and how we're putting it into action.

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