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Interfaith Panel: “Building Cooperation Through Empathy” | Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Interfaith Panel: “Building Cooperation Through Empathy” | Office of Religious and Spiritual Life | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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The Empathy Way for anti-bullying and social skills

The Empathy Way for anti-bullying and social skills | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The Empathy Way is a children's book collection about empathy. The Teacher's Manual outlines Empathy Programs for anti-bullying and social development
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Chimps Empath-eyes? | The Scientist Magazine

Chimps Empath-eyes? | The Scientist Magazine | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Chimpanzees may reinforce social bonds by involuntarily mimicking a fellow chimp’s pupil size.


Like humans, chimpanzees possess a capacity to unconsciously dilate their pupils to match those of a conspecific, according to research published last week (August 20) in PLOS ONE. The results suggest this involuntary action likely evolved to help humans and chimps communicate sympathy and strengthen social bonds within groups.


In face-to-face interactions, people often involuntarily imitate each other’s facial expressions, eye blinks, or pupil size to convey empathy.


These physical cues help communicate emotions to both individuals in the interaction, facilitating trust and cooperation within groups. But precisely when and how these signals evolved isn’t clear


.By Jyoti Madhusoodanan |

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Compassion Fatigue

Compassion Fatigue | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Recurring emotional stress can lead to compassion fatigue. Those in healing professions need to know how to recognize, treat, and prevent compassion fatigue.


Therapists and caregivers working in environments rife with emotional stress may become susceptible to a condition known as compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is synonymously used to describe secondary traumatic stress, which is stress resulting from helping or wanting to help traumatized or suffering people. It has also been referred to as vicarious trauma, second-hand shock, and secondary stress reaction.

 

Although compassion fatigue is sometimes called burnout, it is a slightly different concept. Unlike burnout, compassion fatigue is highly treatable and may be less predictable.

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» Do Empaths Really Exist? - Reaching Life Goals

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


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


Specifically, she identified herself as an empath. 


by John D. Moore, PhD (


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Teaching for Ferguson: Volunteer Educators Give Lessons in Compassion

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


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

 

By Joseph Williams

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How Can I Teach My Child Empathy?

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

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


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

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


by Katie Hurley, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist




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In Search of Tolerance Part 4: How Empathy Transforms Relationships

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

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


as Carl Jung says,

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



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


Empathy Reduces Conflict...

Deep Listening Shows You Care...

Empathy Heals and Uplifts Others...

Empathy Leads To Compassion..


BY DAVID BARNES 

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EmpathyApp.org

EmpathyApp.org | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY FOR REAL CONNECTION

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





CULTURAL SHIFT

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



Mica Stumpf and Peijman Kouretchian

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

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


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


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


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Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers

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

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


Ways to develop self-compassion

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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Empathy Intro Movie - Role Playing for Kids - YouTube

Introduction video for WIGU's empathy activity pack.
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How Things Work: Neuroscience studies explain why humans experience empathy

How Things Work: Neuroscience studies explain why humans experience empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By understanding the neurological basis for empathy, better interventions can be constructed to treat patients who suffer from psychopathy.


Studies have shown that almost a quarter of prison populations are psychopathic, compared to only one percent of the general population. Improved treatments and understanding could help bring down crime and violence.


Our understanding of the brain and its functions are very primitive, but much has been learned about the unique complexity that allows our brain to experience our own lives as well as the lives of those around us.


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Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course

Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The ability to understand what someone is feeling” – that’s the textbook definition of empathy. But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more.


It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next. In today’s rapidly changing world, empathy is critical to our success – at home, at school, and in the workplace.


By completing this free course, you will gain practical tips and ideas from 60 leading elementary schools, 21 social entrepreneurs, and leading experts from across the Ashoka network on how to instill empathy in children, preparing them for the world ahead. 


Go to Course Registration.

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The Century of Social Capital: Self-Interest versus Empathy

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


by misterhollywood


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How Can I Teach My Child Empathy?

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

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


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

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


by Katie Hurley, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist





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

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The Human Journey: Introduction to Intercultural Understanding and Empathy

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

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


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


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

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Our Emerging Story: The Empathy Revolution!

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

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

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

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

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

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

JESSICA STILLMAN | Columnist

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


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

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

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

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


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


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Teaching Empathy in Early Childhood

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

Classroom Empathy Development Inspirations…
 

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



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Primatologist Frans de Waal on the Science of Cooperation and Empathy

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

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


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


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


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

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