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Why This Scientist And Buddhist Monk Is Calling For An 'Altruism Revolution'

Why This Scientist And Buddhist Monk Is Calling For An 'Altruism Revolution' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Your Brain On Compassion

Even if altruism is in some way hard-wired in the brain, that doesn't mean it's always easy for us to exercise compassion in our daily lives. Scientists are showing that through a systematic training of the mind, we can boost our capacity for empathy and compassionate behavior -- and by extension, our own happiness and mental well-being.

Ricard tends to laugh off the infamous title he earned several years ago in a neuroscience study: the "happiest man in the world." It's not completely off-base, though. When University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson hooked up EEG sensors to Ricard's brain while the monk meditated on "unconditional loving-kindness and compassion," he recorded levels of gamma waves (which may be associated with compassion and calm attention) "never before reported in the neuroscience literature."
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Atticus Finch was never a hero: “This book taught white people how to talk about race, and it did so badly”

Atticus Finch was never a hero: “This book taught white people how to talk about race, and it did so badly” | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Salon talks to Katie Rose Guest Pryal about the skeptical scholarship on the hero of "To Kill a Mockingbird"


But some readers of the book never took Atticus as a hero for racial justice. One of them was Katie Rose Guest Pryal, who wrote a 2010 essay, “Walking in Another’s Skin: Failure of Empathy in to Kill a Mockingbird,” that took a dissenting view.


“Empathy — how it is discussed and deployed by both the characters in ‘Mockingbird’ and by the author, Lee — is a useful lens to view the depictions of racial injustice in ‘Mockingbird,’ because empathy is the moral fulcrum on which the narrative turns.”


(It’s contained in a book of new “Mockingbird” essays edited by Michael J. Meyer.) But the book, she argues, fails at its goal of generating empathy across racial lines.



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Empathy Is Incompatible With Shame and Judgment

Empathy Is Incompatible With Shame and Judgment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I had been meaning to better understand the concept of empathy ever since the United States Supreme Court struck down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that denied federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.


My interest in the concept had to do with my not understanding how so-called mediators and peacemakers could claim to be empathic people and yet make hateful comments regarding homosexuals and same-sex marriage.


I by no means expected all mediators and peacemakers to agree with the Supreme Court's decision; however, one does not have to agree in order to be empathic. What I found confusing was that self-proclaimed empathic people made such hateful comments. I needed to understand whether it was possible for an empathic person to make hateful statements. The reason this was so important to me was conveyed in my article as follows: "The first sentence in Martin Golder's article titled 'The Journey to Empathy' is 'In conflict resolution empathy is a central tool and way of being.'" You see, I am in complete agreement with Mr. Golder. As set forth in "The Power of Empathy," empathy is an emotional skill and an essential part of emotional intelligence.


By Mark Baer || 27-Jan-2015


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How to help your child understand and show empathy

How to help your child understand and show empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Children, just like adults, experience a variety of different and complex emotions. When children begin to increase their understanding of how they experience emotions, they also become more aware of how others experience and express their emotions. Empathy, defined as the ability to share and understand the feelings of another, can be a challenging skill to master

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Here are some ways you can help your child learn how to show empathy:


  • 1. Make it OK for your child to express all emotions. ...
  • 2. Respond to your child’s physical hurts with empathy by stating...
  • 3. Identify and name your child’s emotions: name the feeling, recognize it, and help them realize what they can do in response...
  • 4. Model labeling your own emotions..
  • 5. Point out others’ emotions – in person, books, movies, or on television. ...
  • 6. Story time can be a great opportunity to practice empathy especially with younger children...
  • 7. Practice empathy through play ...
  • 8. Using “I feel” statements...

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Making A Better Relationship - With Empathy

Making A Better Relationship - With Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If you have ever been in counselling or have studied even the most basic level of counselling, you may know about empathy and its benefits..


Making A Better Relationship – With Empathy
 "If you have ever been in counselling or have studied even the most basic level of counselling, you may know about empathy, if you have no experience of empathy then you may use it in your day to day life without even realising it. So what is it?


 What is Empathy?


 
There are countless versions of what empathy is, I like this one:
 When we are being empathic, we are really attempting to walk in some-one else’s shoes, trying to experience their world as they do. We instinctively feel the anger when we see a news bulletin of an attack on a helpless individual or how someone who is grieving may be feeling at the loss of a loved one, these are empathic feelings."


Paul Parkin – online counselling and life coaching

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Yes, You Can Choose to Be More Empathetic

Yes, You Can Choose to Be More Empathetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It’s easy to think of empathy as something you’ve got or don’t got, but researchers contend that a new spate of research proves the opposite: You can choose to be more empathetic, and people who lack empathy are often people whose lives are set up so that they don’t “need” it. 

The idea of cultivating empathy, of course, is not so crazy. If you have the slightest bit of self-awareness about your own thoughts, you can surely detect when you’re viewing your fellow humans as more or less deserving of your general regard, broad-mindedness and basic respect. This generosity of spirit toward others can even vary from day to day or by circumstance, but it could also be the framework through which you try to view all of humanity—try being the operative word, in that you can work towards empathy, again and again...

I’ve personally experienced a radical empathy shift in my lifetime. As I’ve written about many times, having a baby made me wildly more empathetic than I’d ever been.

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The Dalai Lama - Compassion is not a Sign of Weakness

The Dalai Lama - Compassion is not a Sign of Weakness [Full Episode] The Dalai Lama - Compassion is not a Sign of Weakness [Full Episode] The Dalai Lama - Co...
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The Triumph of Empathy

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By most accounts, the week of June 22nd 2015 was a transformational one in our nation’s history...


This was the week that empathy triumphed...


It is an inspiring transformation because of the unity that it represents – not just a triumph of love, but of civility, respect, strength and ultimately, empathy...


These triumphs are as inspiring as they are enlightening, but they also point the way to future successes. Consider that almost all issues dividing us can be traced to a failure of empathy.


Our eventual conquest of so many domestic issues in particular - gun control, immigration, public education, race relations, the minimum wage and the treatment of our soldiers and veterans among them – will be directly correlated to our ability to empathize with people who are on the other side of the issue.


By KevinDonovan  

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4 Steps To Build The Empathy Muscle - For You, For Me, For Everyone!

4 Steps To Build The Empathy Muscle - For You, For Me, For Everyone! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We All Are Capable Of Empathy.. But How Often Do We Use It?

I was reading a beautiful article about empathy the other day and it inspired me to share a few of my own thoughts about it. Empathy! We all know we are capable of it, how often do we really use it? For all those times in a day that demands it, we have somehow developed the ability to ignore and not empathise.

It is as if majority of the population consists of self obsessed and self involved people that we are running short of empathy every day...


Here are a few ways we can develop a bit of empathy and be better humans.

  • Stop judging...
  • Everybody does what they want ultimately. ..
  • Just like you do. Respect that...
  • Listen before you speak...


by Vinay Nagaraju

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How Empathy Can Block Creativity

How Empathy Can Block Creativity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We HSPs are famous for our empathy. We are also often creative. Often we are also creatively blocked.

Is there a relationship? Can empathy get in the way of creativity and block it?

Empathy Is Precious

I personally treasure empathy. Not just for its humanitarian value, but because it is also a great tool of discovery. Empathy is a great way to learn about the world. It enables you to look at anything from another point of view...


It is up to us to make sure our empathy serves our creativity well and is used in a positive way.

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Empathy training for docs

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It's hard to teach empathy in the classroom, yet it's one of the foundations of the doctor-patient relationship. How well physicians can put themselves in their patients' shoes is directly linked with patient satisfaction.

"When I was in med school, no one told me how to do that," said Dennis Novack, professor of medicine and associate dean of medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine. "You could watch your mentors, if you were lucky. Or make mistakes."


Numerous studies have shown patients with empathetic caregivers are more likely to stick to their doctor's treatment plan, leading to better health results.

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Choreographing Empathy by Susan Leigh Foster

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What do we feel when we watch dancing? Do we "dance along" inwardly? Do we sense what the dancer’s body is feeling? Do we imagine what it might feel like to perform those same moves? If we do, how do these responses influence how we experience dancing and how we derive significance from it?


Choreographing Empathy challenges the idea of a direct psychophysical connection between the body of a dancer and that of their observer. In this groundbreaking investigation, Susan Foster argues that the connection is in fact highly mediated and influenced by ever-changing sociocultural mores.

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Addressing the 'empathy deficit'

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However, I believe the answer lies mainly with the absence of empathy. Both the German people and the Third Reich leadership of Adolf Hitler had lost the ability to empathise. They had become immune to evil. And so, what is this empathy?

To one of the world's all-time great leaders, President Barack Obama, empathy is all important. On several occasions Obama eloquently emphasised the importance of that quality which society should possess to avoid such injustices and atrocities that were inflicted on the Jews. Here are a few of Obama's quotes on the subject of empathy:
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Lesson to learn from a leader who recognizes the role of Empathy in leadership.

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trainingempathy.com: Training Empathy

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Our Vision
We are all born with the capacity for self-accord and empathy and our vision is to create a learning environment in which these capacities can be developed and practiced.

Societies all over the world are today facing numerous major challenges. Hence there is a need for reorientation and change in the coming decades. We must work together toward a future in which respect for life and its processes becomes the key principle and goal. Especially for young people, taking responsibility for the processes of life and of community is a major challenge and one that will grow in the coming years.

In order to take on this responsibility it is necessary to be in good contact with oneself and with each other. Most children and young people need support in order to develop self-accord. By self-accord we mean a way of being in which one is at peace with the core of one’s being. This is the only place from where a person can relate deeply to other people and to a complex world in the midst of processes of profound transformation. One of the ways in which self-accord expresses itself when we are in the company of others is through empathy.

We all have an innate capability for self-accord and empathy. Our vision is to create a learning environment in which these capabilities can be developed and practiced.


This means it is not a matter of learning or acquiring something new. It is about rediscovering and cultivating something we are able to do already.

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Roots of Empathy: Tiny teachers take control

Roots of Empathy: Tiny teachers take control | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The event marked the end of the school year for Roots of Empathy, an innovative programme that encourages children to interact in a nurturing manner by bringing a baby – known as a Tiny Teacher - and parent into the classroom.

It is also an anti-bullying programme which teaches children to be kind. There are seven of the programmes run in Hartlepool, and a further 37 across the region.

Pupils from schools including Stranton and Brougham primaries thanked their tiny teachers by writing wishes for their futures and hanging them on a special tree at the celebration.

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The Power of Empathy

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In actuality, empathy predominantly involves learning about someone else's worldview. Furthermore, that learning process is shaped to a very great degree by one's personal relationships.


Despite the fact that it has long-been known that empathy is a learned skill, the results of this study are incredibly meaningful and important. This is especially true, considering the information contained within Harvard University's Making Caring Common Project's report titled "The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults Are Sending About Values" that was published in 2014. The report stated in pertinent part as follows:


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Family Law Attorney, Mediator, Collaborative Law Practitioner, Speaker, and Author


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New Insights on Empathy in Intergroup Conflict

New Insights on Empathy in Intergroup Conflict | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

After spending most of my professional life in the conflict resolution field, I have to admit to experiencing a growing frustration with the state of the field in recent years. There have been times when I have felt that various parts of the field were stuck in their own ideologies, with the result that some interventions seemed to be based on little more than assumptions, research on efficacy of interventions was slow to accumulate, and mythology was revered while research results were ignored...


Parochial Empathy. Dr. Bruneau distinguishes various types of empathy and has articulated the concept of “parochial empathy,” which is experiencing greater empathy for ingroup members than outgroup members. Parochial empathy can explain behavior during intergroup conflict. Dr. Bruneau has found interventions that mitigate parochial empathy, including the use of certain kinds of narratives (Ah! Now we are in my field!)


Perspective-taking and Perspective-giving. Dr. Bruneau found that both sides of an asymmetrical conflict were not equally affected by perspective-taking. While the more powerful side did experience positive effects from perspective-taking, the less powerful side actually benefitted more from “perspective-giving:” speaking and being listened to (Again, my field!).


Dorothy J. Della Noce


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Don't Just Oppose ISIS Recruits, Propose Meaningful Alternatives: experience of human empathy overshadows any prejudice & suspicion

Don't Just Oppose ISIS Recruits, Propose Meaningful Alternatives: experience of human empathy overshadows any prejudice & suspicion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This dependence on society is actually quite easy to demonstrate: Ask young people what is the first thing they do when something exciting happens to them, and almost all of them will answer that they share it in social media. All people need is empathy and human contact; we just need to show them that this is the motive behind many of their actions, even desperate ones, and they will begin to examine their actions more carefully...


In Israel, my country of residence, an organization called Arvut (mutual guarantee), has developed a method for deliberation around painful issues called the "Round Table" (RT), which addresses precisely the point of empathy.


In the RT, people discuss the most sensitive political and social issues in such a way that engenders warmth and friendship, even if only an hour ago they were bitter enemies....


The experience of human empathy overshadows any prejudice and suspicion, and offers hope for a good future for humanity...


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This Doctor Knows Exactly How You Feel

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The condition is called mirror-touch synesthesia, and it has aroused significant interest among neuroscientists in recent years because it appears to be an extreme form of a basic human trait.


In all of us, mirror neurons in the premotor cortex and other areas of the brain activate when we watch someone else’s behaviors and actions. Our brains map the regions of the body where we see someone else caressed, jabbed, or whacked, and they mimic just a shade of that feeling on the same spots on our own bodies. For mirror-touch synesthetes like Salinas, that mental simulacrum is so strong that it crosses a threshold into near-tactile sensation, sometimes indistinguishable from one’s own.


Neuroscientists regard the condition as a state of “heightened empathic ability.”


by ERIKA HAYASAKI 

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Designing for Clinical Empathy: How can health systems use clinical empathy to support patients?

Designing for Clinical Empathy: How can health systems use clinical empathy to support patients? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This is the first of a series on Designing for Clinical Empathy,


An over of clinical empathy, how it can influence patient outcomes for the better and being implemented in different types of care systems.


Clinical Empathy

What this comes down to is a concept called clinical empathy, defined as “a cognitive attribute that involves an ability to understand the patient’s inner experiences and perspective and a capability to communicate this understanding.”


Clinical empathy has been linked to improved outcomes for patients with diabetes, colds, and depression. Yet many patients don’t experience it in their healthcare encounters: one study found that doctors interrupt patients within an average of 18 seconds.

To understand why, we must also empathize with doctors. In the 1950s and 60s, medical journals began spreading a concept called ‘neutral empathy,’ based on detached reasoning. They argued that truly experiencing the patient’s pain could bias decisions. In a 1963 article, “Training for Detached Concern,” 


By STEVE DANIELS

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Empathic listening: Did You Hear What I Didn't Say?

Empathic listening: Did You Hear What I Didn't Say? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathic listening might involve guessing at a person's underlying feelings and tentatively reflecting those feelings back.  Since our emotional vocabulary might be limited to Seseme Street feelings, I provide students with lists of emotions and ask them to identify the feelings they have had in the last day, week, or month.

After the students learn and roleplay  responding with empathy, I  pull troubling statements out of a bag and go around the circle, asking each student to respond to a different statement.  These are all real statements that people have said to me.


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Empathy for the Rest of Us

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Why we cringe for our fellow humans, and why it's so important.

Empathy might seem like a squishy, vaguely liberal word—a sentimental virtue of minor importance. But the more we learn from neuroscience and psychology, the more it appears that much of human social and economic life, not to mention individual health, fundamentally relies on it. Which makes the rise of inequality— something that threatens empathy—all the more troubling.

The term empathy conflates two separate but equally important human capacities. The first is simply the ability to know that other beings have distinct minds, agendas, and points of view, and to imagine what these are. Psychologists call this cognitive empathy, or theory of mind. Cognitive empathy is morally neutral: A doctor needs it in order to have good bedside manner; a con artist needs it to take advantage of his mark.


by MAIA SZALAVITZ 

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Stewart Butterfield of Slack: Is Empathy on Your Résumé? NY Times

Stewart Butterfield of Slack: Is Empathy on Your Résumé?  NY Times | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"If you have no ability to empathize, then it’s difficult to give people feedback, and it’s difficult to help people improve. Everything becomes harder," said Stewart Butterfield, the co-founder and chief executive of Slack.


When we talk about the qualities we want in people, empathy is a big one.


If you can empathize with people, then you can do a good job. If you have no ability to empathize, then it’s difficult to give people feedback, and it’s difficult to help people improve. Everything becomes harder.


One way that empathy manifests itself is courtesy.

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From apathy to empathy in just three simple steps

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Empathy, which for years people believed was an attribute that you were either born with or lacked -- can be taught.


Developing empathy is not that difficult, if you know how. Here are the three simple rules to emotionally connect with the people around you.


  • Get curious, not inquisitive
  • Be non-judgmental
  • Listen, and open up


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Duke Study Examines Why Mass Murder Makes Us Shrug

Duke Study Examines Why Mass Murder Makes Us Shrug | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Results from a research study at Duke indicates that we respond no differently when we learn of the deaths of five people or 10,000 people. Is there a human limit for empathy?


No, you're not a sociopath if your reaction to hearing about a high number of casualties after a catastrophic event is just a shrug — apparently, you're just human.


The results from a study at Duke University published recently in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology imply that there's a cap for human empathy — but is there anything we can do about it?


By J.E. Reich





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