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Paul Ryan Called For Empathy, And Dictionary Lookups For The Word Increased: Ryan stated. "It's respect and empathy overtaking blindness and indifference."

Paul Ryan Called For Empathy, And Dictionary Lookups For The Word Increased: Ryan stated. "It's respect and empathy overtaking blindness and indifference." | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
An increase in empathy—or, at least, an increase in people wondering what 'empathy' means

Look-ups for empathy spiked sharply last night and this morning after Paul Ryan used the word in a speech on the second evening of the Republican National Convention. “Real social progress is always a widening of the circle of concern and protection,"

 

Ryan stated. "It's respect and empathy overtaking blindness and indifference."

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Reading fiction may encourage empathy

Reading fiction may encourage empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The researchers found that reading narrative fiction gave rise to significantly higher empathetic responses than it did while reading non-fictional books.

According to the study published in journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, a psychologist-novelist shows that reading or watching narratives may encourage empathy.


“This intersection between literature and psychology has only taken off in the last few years. In part, because researchers are recognising that there is something important about imagination,” said Keith Oatley, Professor, the University of Toronto Department.


Reading fiction and perhaps especially literary fiction simulates a kind of social world, prompting understanding and empathy in the reader, revealed the study.

 

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Do Empaths Really Exist?

Do Empaths Really Exist? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy research divides the phenomenon into three empathic subtypes: emotional, cognitive, and motivational.

 

The idea is that when you see someone else experiencing emotion, you respond in one of three ways: You catch their emotional state yourself (emotional empathy), think about what they’re feeling and why (cognitive empathy), or feel compelled toward some action (motivational empathy, alternately known as compassion or empathic concern).

 

Empaths seem to experience a heightened, perhaps debilitating level of emotional empathy, taking on the pain and joy of other people to excess.

 

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Empathy Drug? Ecstasy Should Be Clinically Studied, Doctors Say

Empathy Drug? Ecstasy Should Be Clinically Studied, Doctors Say | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"It has an effect in both animals and humans that, to my knowledge, is pretty much unlike that of any other psychoactive substance," Malenka told Live Science.

 

"It uniformly causes this pro-social, empathogenic response," or warm-fuzzy feelings of empathy towards others, said Dr. Robert Malenka, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at Stanford University.

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 Scientists suggest reading novels helps encourage EMPATHY: New research suggests reading can help develop empathy

 Scientists suggest reading novels helps encourage EMPATHY: New research suggests reading can help develop empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
READING novels could encourage empathy by helping people form ideas about others' emotions, suggests new research.
It has been previously assumed that reading fiction is good for your mental health, but evidence linking Oliver Twist or Anna Karenina to a broadened mind has been mostly anecdotal. 

Now, in a review published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, a psychologist has delved further into the issue.

Keith Oatley, a Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development in Canada, argues that reading or watching narratives may encourage empathy. 
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Informing Your Empathy for More Human Designs and Communities

Informing Your Empathy for More Human Designs and Communities | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Morten Rand-Hendriksen

When we put empathy in the driver’s seat, we quite literally put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. We are not basing our actions on the true experiences of others but rather projecting ourselves onto them: Were I in that situation, this is what I would want. But unless we are, or have been, in the same situation with the same prior experiences, our automatic emotional response can lead us badly astray resulting in solutions that work counter to our intentions: Put too much trust in your empathy, and you may end up making a bad situation worse.

Empathy has an important place in our processes, designs, and interactions: It is the beginning of an exploration that should be part of every project.

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Storytelling: An Exercise In Empathy

Storytelling: An Exercise In Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Though I had been practicing these techniques for a fair amount of time, it took Richard Russo’s statement to bring the realization that what I was practicing was empathy. I wasn’t stealing characteristics while people-watching, or inventing a persona, or using myself as material — I was empathizing.

Cicero said, “Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.” Practice the virtue empathy, then, and reap the benefits of the glorious novel.
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Why Empathy is Important in the Workplace - Craig Dowden, PhD at Imagine Your Workplace Conference 

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Oprah Winfrey Quote: “Leadership is about empathy.”

Oprah Winfrey Quote: “Leadership is about empathy.” | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Oprah Winfrey Quote: 

Leadership is about empathy.

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Denver: Local police veteran providing empathy training for police officers

Denver: Local police veteran providing empathy training for police officers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
He’s now a behavioral analysis expert, conducting training across the U.S. He says officers often don’t recognize the difference between someone who’s fearful and someone who’s threatening and empathy training could be a solution to some of the situations we’ve recently seen.

 

But missing from training he says, is one very important component. “The officer has no training whatsoever on emotional awareness, empathy and compassion and how to manage own emotions,” Saraff said.


Saraff says in the 1970’s, the culture of law enforcement switched from guardians to warriors...

 

He does however, believe more empathy training could be a solution to some of the situations we’ve recently seen.

 

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Lack of Empathy and the Bloodshed in Iraq | Center for Empathy in International Affairs

Lack of Empathy and the Bloodshed in Iraq | Center for Empathy in International Affairs | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This Insight is based on a presentation that Jonathan gave at a CEIA expert consultation on empathy in foreign policy-making and diplomacy at Chatham House on 29 June 2016. Jonathan argues that

 

western officials might have been able to anticipate many of the disastrous consequences of the intervention if they had been able to empathize with Iraqis. He also argues that, in the aftermath of the intervention, empathy would have enabled western officials to govern far more effectively and avoid unnecessary bloodshed.

This Insight considers empathy in the context of the Iraq war, and in particular, the pre-war planning and the handling of the intervention in its early stages.

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People with Autism Can Read Emotions, Feel Empathy

People with Autism Can Read Emotions, Feel Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There is a fine line between autism and alexithymia—feeling emotions but being unable to identify them

 

There is a persistent stereotype that people with autism are individuals who lack empathy and cannot understand emotion. It’s true that many people with autism don’t show emotion in ways that people without the condition would recognize.


But the notion that people with autism generally lack empathy and cannot recognize feelings is wrong. Holding such a view can distort our perception of these individuals and possibly delay effective treatments

 

By Rebecca Brewer, Jennifer Murphy

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Empathy Alone Won’t Stop Police Killings

Empathy Alone Won’t Stop Police Killings | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"Of course empathy is important and we should encourage it. But the president falls short; empathy alone will never end the regular and widespread killing of black people in disproportionate numbers. It’s a racist system," Piana writes. Libero Della Piana

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How to Exercise Your Empathy Muscle at Work: Empathy is hailed as a corporate cure-all. But what is it and how do you build it?

How to Exercise Your Empathy Muscle at Work: Empathy is hailed as a corporate cure-all. But what is it and how do you build it? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It’s tempting to dismiss empathy as the latest corporate buzzword…until you look at the numbers.

 

Last year, the top 10 companies in the Global Empathy Index—blue-chip firms like Facebook, Disney and Apple—increased in value more than twice as much as the bottom 10 and generated 50 percent more earnings. The connection seems clear: Caring in business is good for the bottom line.

 

But what does it really mean to be empathetic in business? And, more importantly, how do you cultivate the kind of genuine empathy that gives you a business edge. Here’s my perspective from the front lines of a growing company.

 

What is customer empathy, anyway?


By Caren Maio 

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How fiction might improve empathy

How fiction might improve empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There's nothing quite like becoming immersed in a good fiction novel; for many readers, it is a way of fueling the imagination, providing a period of escape from the more laborious aspects of daily life. But in a new review, one psychologist claims fiction may be more beneficial than we realize: it has the ability to encourage empathy.

 

In the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Keith Oatley, of the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto, Canada, discusses how fiction may impact a person's social skills.

 

As well as reviewing findings from previous studies assessing this association, he talks about a study conducted by himself and his colleagues that investigated how literary fiction influences readers' empathetic response in the real world.

 

 
 

 

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(Teaching Empathy) (Michele Borba) How to Teach Empathy to Selfie-Loving Kids 

(Teaching Empathy) (Michele Borba) How to Teach Empathy to Selfie-Loving Kids  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is the antidote to the Me-Me-Me Era? Turns out teaching empathy -- the ability to put oneself in another’s shoes and imagine how that person feels -- to children as young as age 1 or 2, and continuing to both model and reinforce empathy until they’re old enough to leave home, is key.

So how do you combat narcissism and instill empathy in your children? Borba offers these nine ideas:

1. Develop emotional literacy. In an age of texting, kids fail to recognize facial cues and voice intonation. To understand their own feelings and the feelings of others, Borba advises “regular, scheduled unplugged time. Take back the family meal. Put down the cellphone and talk. Eye to eye. So you can see and hear each other’s expressions and meaning.”

 

2. Make a family mission statement....

 

Lauren Paige Kennedy
WebMD Magazine

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Scary Lack of Empathy in Our Kids

Scary Lack of Empathy in Our Kids | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
To help strengthen empathy, we need to carve out sacred spaces for interaction that are device-free. We need to engage in face-to-face conversations and not allow ourselves to get distracted by technology.

 

Parents and teachers need to understand the inverse relationship between technology and empathy: As screen time goes up, empathy goes down.

Families need to engage in more volunteer work — not to build their child’s resume, but to truly connect with others and understand different perspectives. Schools need to help students develop empathy through classroom reading and collaborative assignments. But most importantly, we must all develop greater digital discipline. As technology has made our world smaller, empathy has become even more critical to our success and well-being.

Daniel Riseman,

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Do Empaths Really Exist?

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Many people believe they absorb the emotions of the people they meet. But are they feeling the same thing?
Empathy research divides the phenomenon into three empathic subtypes: emotional, cognitive, and motivational. The idea is that when you see someone else experiencing emotion, you respond in one of three ways: You catch their emotional state yourself (emotional empathy), think about what they’re feeling and why (cognitive empathy), or feel compelled toward some action (motivational empathy, alternately known as compassion or empathic concern).

 

Empaths seem to experience a heightened, perhaps debilitating level of emotional empathy, taking on the pain and joy of other people to excess.


Kastalia Medrano

 

 

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If We do not Develop Empathy  

If We do not Develop Empathy   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
f we do not develop a sense of empathy, the ability to experience the pain and joy of another, we will destroy ourselves;

Empathy for the African American male stopped by the police for the umpteenth time for no good reason;

 

Empathy for the police, spit on, abused and risking their lives to protect us;

 

Empathy for the gay man or woman humiliated and ostracized by their own faith community;

 

Empathy for the traditional Christian who wonders if everything they were taught about sexual morality is going to be reversed;

 

...If we fail to show empathy and do nothing but despise and scapegoat the other we will keep killing each other.

 

John E. Phelan Jr

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A Real Conversation Requires Empathy for Police, Too

A Real Conversation Requires Empathy for Police, Too | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Scott G. Erickson

 

Critics have suggested that much of the tension that shrouds police and community relations could be softened if only the police would better understand the unique experiences and worldview of those with whom they interact, particularly within communities of color.

This is absolutely true. Empathy is a vitally important element of effective policing. But to be truly effective, empathy must be shared and understood as a two-way street.

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The Secret Underground History of Empathy: UChicago Graham School Bastille Day Talk by Lou Agosta  

This is the complete talk: Explore the secret underground history of empathy in such thinkers as David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Theodor Lipps, Sigmund Freud, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger in this lecture.

Surveys show that most people think that empathy is compassion. The world certainly needs more compassion, but it is not synonymous with empathy. Empathy tells you what the other person is experiencing as a vicarious experience, and not an identification; compassion (and ethics) tells you what to do about it. Empathy is oxygen for the soul. If one is feeling short of breath at the end of the school year or business cycle, it is possible that they are in need of expanded empathy.
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Insisting on our Common Humanity

Insisting on our Common Humanity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
King answers his own question by saying that we move forward by linking justice, power, and love and understanding that “justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

 

President Obama adds, in his recent speeches, that what stands against love is our failure to recognize our common humanity. We will not find justice and peace, in other words, until we insist on our human capacity to empathize, listen to each other, and see ourselves in the other.

 

Niobe Way, Ed.D.

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Empathy Makes All the Difference-Part 2 An antidote to being judgmental. practices for cultivating empathy

Empathy Makes All the Difference-Part 2 An antidote to being judgmental. practices for cultivating empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here are some practices for cultivating empathy:

  • Practice committed, non-reactive listening by tuning in to the deeper levels of their message.
  • Move away from right and wrong thinking.
  • When you notice judgments in the mind, remind yourself about “different strokes for different folks.”
  • Become more tolerant and accepting of the values and styles of others.
  • Make room for the full range of intense feelings in yourself and others: fear, hurt, confusion, anger, sadness, grief, shame, guilt, joy, and happiness.
  • Resist giving advice even if it’s solicited.
  • Bring forth warmth, affection, and your open heart.
  • ...

 

Linda Bloom, L.C.S.W., and Charlie Bloom, M.S.W

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Empathizing with Iran | Center for Empathy in International Affairs

Empathizing with Iran | Center for Empathy in International Affairs | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
CEIA Associate Ellie Geranmayeh is an expert on Iran and Policy Fellow at European Council on Foreign Relations.

 

In this podcast she explores the role of empathy in the relationship between key United States and Iranian officials. Her remarks were made at a CEIA expert consultation on empathy in foreign affairs hosted by Chatham House on 29 June 2016.

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Designing Empathy into the Patient Experience | CustomerThink

Designing Empathy into the Patient Experience | CustomerThink | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By bringing patients and stakeholders together, we built products, services, and experiences that solve business challenges with empathy for patients’ needs. For example, new digital tools, designs, and service packages are all designed around patients. We have redesigned staff training, facilities, and services to ensure outstanding patient experiences across the entire clinic network.

Designing empathy into the patient experience requires a fundamental shift in organizational operation and mindset.

 

the waiting room won’t accomplish this change. What will is rethinking the role patients, front-desk staff, physicians, and everyone involved in the continuum of care play in designing the very best patient experiences.

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