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Silicon Valley’s Empathy Problem

Silicon Valley’s Empathy Problem | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Facebook’s thoughtless dismissal of drag queens, altercations involving Google Glass users in city bars, tensions caused by the forceful and unapologetic transformation of San Francisco—perhaps an industry with more empathy in its intellectual toolbox would have been able to smooth over or even avoid nasty disputes like those.


But Silicon Valley has more to gain than just good will: It also stands to build better products. What is empathy—imagining yourself in the shoes of another—but the ultimate design principle?


The empathy deficit is all the more astonishing for being found at the heart of an industry so proud of being so imaginative.


image https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drag_queen 

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Warmer Parenting Makes Antisocial Toddlers More Empathetic

Warmer Parenting Makes Antisocial Toddlers More Empathetic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Loving care may be the best antidote to callous behavior in young children.

When parents act warmly and responsively toward young children who exhibit antisocial behavior, the children begin acting more warmly too.

That’s according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, in which researchers examined whether there are differences in response to parental harshness and warmth among three-year-olds who exhibit “callously unemotional” behavior.


Now, however, there’s evidence that colder parenting may worsen this type of behavior, while warmer parenting might coax out a child’s empathy.


BY AVITAL ANDREWS 

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eBook: 25 Tips for Amplifying Empathy

eBook: 25 Tips for Amplifying Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As I mentioned in my 14 Customer Experience Trends for 2014, this year will be the “Year of Empathy.”


Given the focus on this key area, Temkin Group created the Amplify Empathy movement. So when we were thinking about our CX Day celebration, it seemed like a perfect fit for us to do something about empathy.

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Ebola, Malaria and Our Empathy Deficit

Ebola, Malaria and Our Empathy Deficit | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"Empathy is the antidote we need to create a world where we embrace a philosophy of 'You are, therefore I am.'"


Point taken. But I'd argue that a key reason why we don't focus our attention on infrastructure is because we lack empathy for the people in the places where these diseases are worst.


Drugs are a quick way to allow us -- No.1 -- to make money and be safe for our short-term excursions. Building a true health care infrastructure for disease prevention means we would have to listen compassionately to the needs of the communities where we as foreigners are entering into, and the root of this is plain and simple: caring.


We would have to authentically and deeply care. Intent doesn't always matter, but in this case it does. Our lack of empathic intent is one key reason why focusing on health care infrastructure (even within our own country) hasn't been a priority.


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Life Ed: Teaching Kids Empathy - NBC News

Life Ed: Teaching Kids Empathy - NBC News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

From CEOs to educators, doctors to therapists, empathy is a quality being championed across the board. But how can parents and guardians work to instill empathy in their kids, helping them connect with, relate to, and better care for others?



Here to provide expert guidance, is Bob Sornson, Ph.D., the founder of the Early Learning Foundation, and a former classroom teacher and school administrator for more than 30 years. Sornson, a father of four, is also a bestselling author whose books include “Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy.”



Empathy is at the heart of a great family culture. It’s noticing how another person is feeling, and for a moment standing in their shoes...
 

Here are some tips for developing an empathetic family culture:


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Also see my interview with Culture of Empathy Builder: Bob Sornson
http://j.mp/13puxuB



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This is the dark side of empathy

This is the dark side of empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Public figures from President Obama to Neil deGrasse Tyson have suggested a lack of empathy is one of our species' fundamental problems.


"Empathy is about standing in someone else's shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes," writes author and prominent business-world thinker Daniel Pink. "Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place."

A lovely thought. But new research suggests it isn't always true.

A paper just published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin provides evidence that feelings of empathy toward a distressed person can inspire aggressive behavior.


For some people, at least, feeling another's pain is insufficient: You also experience the urge to harm the person they are in conflict or competition with.


By Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard 

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Julia Heisler's comment, October 7, 10:11 PM
This article speaks of how instead of empathy helping our society it cause aggressive behavior in those receiving empathy. Public figures like President Obama and Neil Degrasse Tyson have expressed that lack of empathy is one of our species' fundamental problems, yet this article refutes that claim. A paper published in the journal "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin" provides evidence that feeling of empathy toward a distressed person can inspire aggressive behavior. Researchers describe two studies of which the results show that when the "choose other" was in clear distress, high levels of empathy were linked to aggressive behavior. This linkage was especially strong for participants with a particular gene variant linked to the neurohormone vasopressin. This relates to international relation because political figures or popular figures may take this into consideration when speaking with a certain individual. This could also lead to more drastic measures such as change the President Obamas opinion or perspective when he states that lack of empathy is one of our species' fundamental problems. Also, society could take this into consideration which could ultimately lead to a change in view of the head of nations.
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Creating a More Empathetic Medical Workforce

Creating a More Empathetic Medical Workforce | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In the changing face of medicine, we need to incorporate more empathy and human experience into medical education in order to create more compassionate doctors....


Empathy matters. For improved patient satisfaction and for improved medical outcomes. Physicians who were trained with empathetic skills in a fertility clinic were found to have higher patient satisfaction and communication skills than those who were not trained. Patients were more satisfied with the information given to them by their physician, as well as with how the physician explained that information to them.


Likewise, another study found that patients treated by physicians with higher empathy ratings were more likely to have better medical treatment outcomes than those treated by physicians with lower empathy ratings.

So what can be done to prevent this deterioration
in empathy in medical trainees?


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What Is Mindfulness? 10 Answers From 10 Teachers

What Is Mindfulness? 10 Answers From 10 Teachers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Sometimes I think there are as many ways of describing mindfulness as there are brands of shampoo. This can be confusing. So we asked many of the experts we interviewed to put it in their own words. Here is what they told us.
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Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of Social Emotional Learning, by Courtney Martin

Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of Social Emotional Learning, by Courtney Martin | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Brackett says his own experiences being bored and bullied in school contributed to his interest in emotional learning. “I think back to being 12 years old, sitting in 7th grade, having kids push me, bang my fingers in the lockers, draw on me with a pen, and no one was doing anything about it,” he says.


“I didn’t want anyone to stand up for me, I just didn't want it to happen. We have to make people more empathic.”...


by Courtney Martin

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Interview: George Stroumboulopoulos - On Empathy

Interview: George Stroumboulopoulos - On Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The most important thing you got to teach somebody is that my mother taught me from my earliest memories which is Empathy. The bully is often a victim of bullying at home.... 


It really comes down to empathy, empathy, empathy. Talk to kids around you. It should be a class in school.


http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2264248089/


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Empathy Notes #3: Empathy versus rationality?

Empathy Notes #3: Empathy versus rationality? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Recent cogent critiques of empathy promote rationality as its antidote.  But each of these powerful capacities has gifts and limitations.  We need to use them well together to address our current challenges and make a better world.


Several weeks ago my good friend Miki Kashtan sent me two articles  - ”The Baby in the Well” by Paul Bloom and ”The Case Against Empathy” by David Harris-Gershon – that critically compare empathy with reason.

These two essays maintain that empathy causes us to focus on the narrow needs of visibly suffering individuals – especially those who are like us or whom we know and love.


This focus distracts us from broader or invisible suffering – and from the systemic causes of suffering – for which changes in policy, systems, culture, etc., are called for rather than our personal kindness and help. Therefore, suggest the essayists Paul Bloom and David Harris-Gershon, reason is a more dependable guide to our moral responses than empathy.


by Tom Atlee 

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2014 Empathic Individualism Award Recipient

2014 Empathic Individualism Award Recipient | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Our first annual Empathic Individualism Award recipient is Tom Atlee, Director of the Co-Intelligence Institute in Eugene, Oregon.


This award is given to individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the understanding and application of empathy in social life with an emphasis of balancing individuality and active caring for others.'''


Tom Atlee is co-director and research director of the Co-Intelligence Institute, and the author of three books – The Tao of Democracy, Empowering Public Wisdom, and Reflections on Evolutionary Activism – as well as many articles in journals. His popular website and his blog include hundreds of his essays and references on dozens of subjects, among them the nature of empathy; the power of truly speaking, listening, and taking all our needs into account; and the necessity for our compassion to be guided by long-term systemic understandings of what generates suffering, sustainability, and authentic quality of life.

Kathleen Bowen: Meeting Yourself In The World—Looking At Your Life Story through Artistic Expression To Discover EmpathyMichael Howard: Developing Empathic Individualism through Art


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Empathy App Crowdfunding!!! Join In! - YouTube

Empathy App Crowdfunding!!! Join In! - YouTube | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

www.startsomegood.com/empathyapp

Crowdfunding Oct 1.- Nov 16, 2014

http://empathyapp.org


Empathy App connects trained empathizers via smartphone to people in need of empathy.


Welcome, Empathy Pioneers!!!

How Empathy App works

It's very simple:

  • *First, you log into the app.
  • *You pick the empathizer you want.
  • *You get the empathy you need.
  • *Afterwards you are invited to donate.


What is empathy and why do YOU need it?

It’s a bit tricky to write about empathy because it’s simply something that needs to be experienced to be fully understood. That said, we define empathy as the art of connecting to the real experience of another person. 

 

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Why Your Partner Needs Your Empathy but not Your Sympathy

Why Your Partner Needs Your Empathy but not Your Sympathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Sympathy is when you feel badly for your partner or when you're sad for your partner if something bad happened to him or her.


Empathy, on the other hand, is being able to actually understand your partner's perspective or situation to the degree that you can identify with what they are feeling and why.


If you sympathize, you feel for someone because of his or her pain. If you empathize, you feel his or her pain with them. For example, Kate doesn't just sympathize with Brian because he had a difficult childhood.


She is able to imagine what it must've been like to have a chronically ill mother and a depressed and withdrawn father. She understands that  Brian, given his family problems, lived with considerable uncertainty.


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CCEI Offers Online Training that Promotes Empathy and Positive Behavior

CCEI Offers Online Training that Promotes Empathy and Positive Behavior | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, offers SOC104: Promoting Empathy and Other "Prosocial" Behaviors as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of October in recognition of Global Diversity Awareness Month.


Empathy promotes meaningful relationships and better communication and problem-solving skills. It also promotes greater understanding between people of different backgrounds. This course examines recent social research into empathy and other "prosocial" behaviors, as well as recommended strategies and practices for guiding young children through the early phases of empathy's long development process.


For more information, visit http://www.cceionline.edu 

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Empathy and the Psychology of Literary Modernism - Meghan Marie Hammond

Empathy and the Psychology of Literary Modernism - Meghan Marie Hammond | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy and the Psychology of Literary ModernismMeghan Marie Hammond


Published by Edinburgh University Press

  • Recovers early psychology, a discipline that has often been neglected in favor of psychoanalysis, as a framework for literary modernism
  • Provides a conceptual history of empathy that expands our understanding of the modernist world
  • Grants new insight into modernist technique by explaining how it relates to contemporaneous psychological and aesthetic theories on empathy
  • Prompts a rethinking of empathy, a capacity that is as widely misunderstood as it is celebrated


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Five-Minute Film Festival: Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and Connection

Five-Minute Film Festival: Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and Connection | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I'd like to offer up a video playlist to remind all of us about the power of empathy, kindness, and human connections.


It's always a good time to practice gratitude for the relationships that sustain us all -- for the people who have taught us in a school setting and beyond, and for the young ones we are able to nurture and inspire.

But do remember that one of the best ways we can teach our kids to be thoughtful and empathetic is to model it ourselves! 
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Study: Training in empathic skills improves the patient-physician relationship during the first consultation in a fertility clinic.

Study: Training in empathic skills improves the patient-physician relationship during the first consultation in a fertility clinic. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The empathic training of physicians was centered on emotional intelligence, communication elements, social styles and empathy, and practical workshops.


After their first consultation with the physician, patients answered a self-rating questionnaire comprising five scales: information provided, dynamic of the visit, time dedicated, patient-physician interaction, and expertise.


MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S):
Patients' satisfaction scores after the empathic training of physicians.



RESULT(S):

For all five scales, the empathic training resulted in a significant change of the global scoring distribution with a shift toward higher scores.


The intervention also resulted in a lower likelihood of low scoring (in the lower quartile) for all the items.


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The Colors of Empathy Tickets at Interplay,

The Colors of Empathy Tickets at Interplay, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A 5 hour experiential and collaborative workshop for Bay Area educators and learners.

Inspired by the Compassionate Leaders teen retreat, this workshop identifies blocks to communication, asking us to look at ourselves and our assumptions in a new light. Using mindfulness, we will gain insight about our own identity, and how we view others. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that allows us to become aware of our body, thoughts, and emotions.


Through cultivating mindfulness and empathy, we will develop deeper connections to ourselves and others leading to insights and transformation. We will close with a discussion on what compassionate action looks like in and out of the classroom.

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Bystander Revolution: Kevin Spacey | Empathy - YouTube

What does it really feel like to be a target? What does it really feel like to be a bully? Thoughts on the power of imagination and empathy from House of Cards star Kevin Spacey

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9 Ways to Avoid Compassion Fatigue Without Failing to Care

9 Ways to Avoid Compassion Fatigue Without Failing to Care | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

9 Steps to Avoid Compassion Fatigue Without Failing to Care

The Best Way to Care for Others is to Care for Yourself!

In the field we know that lives are depending on us so it is vital that we take care of ourselves so that we can care for them,

  • Eat, Sleep and Relax as you normally would,
  • Make sure to Exercise Physically to help relieve stress,
  • Avoid the use of Chemicals to either enhance performance or induce rest.
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Why empathy is the key to a creative and profitable organisation.

Why empathy is the key to a creative and profitable organisation. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is human nature, and should not be switched off, but instead utilised.


...It’s common knowledge that the brain is an extremely complex organism. It can process language, numbers, feelings, thoughts and emotions. Put very simply, the brain can be broken down into two components; the ‘systemiser’, which excels at logic and rules; and the ‘empathiser’, which excels at dealing with people and emotions.


If this is the case, why is having a high IQ being used as the only determinant of success?..


by Perdie Alder 

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"Even with all this knowledge and information about human nature, empathy is still an emotion. For some reason, emotion in business can still be seen as a weakness. "

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Bystander Revolution: John Green | Empathy and Story - YouTube

How can thinking about your favorite books help? Thoughts from the best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars.
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Evolving Empathy, personal and systemic

Evolving Empathy, personal and systemic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I see four directions for evolving empathy and using it to heal and transform civilization:

  • expanding empathy itself,
  • spreading empathic practices,
  • creating cultures that evoke empathy, and
  • creating social systems that promote empathic outcomes whether or not the individuals in those systems feel empathy.


I’ll explore each of these below, offering just a taste of examples and resources in each category. Many more exist and could exist.

An entire movement could be built around transforming the world through empathy – a movement which would include but reach far beyond calling on individuals to be more empathic.
by Tom Atlee 


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Realizing Empathy as Part of Co-Intelligence

Realizing Empathy as Part of Co-Intelligence | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Few people – including myself until recently – have realized how important empathy is to co-intelligence. Here I focus on four important connectors between empathy and co-intelligence – being heard, random selection, effective deep understanding, and resonant intelligence – that are fundamental to the creation of a truly wise democracy.

Late in March I was told that I would be given the first Credere award for promoting “empathic individualism”.

 

At first this struck me as odd.  While I have written about empathy a number of times, it has certainly not been my central focus. Furthermore, I know a number of colleagues for whom empathy IS their focus – and some of them are doing excellent work worthy of such an award.  (I think of Miki Kashtan, in particular.)


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Irene Valdes's comment, October 4, 5:23 PM
i agree with what Tom Atlee sustains, what grasps my attention is the fact that many people keeps holding democracy as the best system... i think it has been proven the contrary with experience