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Resistance to Empathy - the Presentation - at the Intl' Psychoanalytic Assoc., Boston

Resistance to Empathy - the Presentation - at the Intl' Psychoanalytic Assoc., Boston | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Resistance to empathy takes many forms. Resistance to empathy includes those factors coming from the therapist, those from the patient, including those emerging in the interaction, and those from the culture at large.


Although “the culture” is distinct from “the system delivering mental health services” and differentfrom Racker’s “countertransference to the psychoanalytic organization,” especially by thosein training (Racker 1968), for purposes of this discussion, the three are considered together.


They are ideal types and mixed cases are frequent. This article engages the details of resistances to empathy. Clinical cases exemplifying empathic narratives, as one patient expresses it, of the “Freud [sic, fraud] of psychiatric diagnosis”and related are explored.

Empathy and Its Inauthenticities.


BY LOU AGOSTA

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Empathy and social skills: Everyone Should Be Required to See "Inside Out"

Empathy and social skills: Everyone Should Be Required to See "Inside Out" | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 For example, Joy slowly recognized the power of empathy and Sadness' role in that regard.


Empathy involves understanding another person's situation from their perspective. As such, you must be able to place yourself in someone else's shoes and feel what they are feeling and without judging them. According to Dr. Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, "empathy moves us to a place of courage and compassion. Through it, we come to realize that our perspective is not the perspective."


"Empathy is what makes us human" and yet it is in such limited supply these days, as are other aspects of emotional intelligence (EQ). Social and emotional skills such as empathy are also essential to conflict resolution. According to Daniel Goleman, emotional intelligence consists of self-awareness, managing emotions, empathy and social skills. The good news is that "emotional intelligence competencies are learned - and can be improved at any point in life."


"Inside Out" touched upon the fact that people are constantly judging us for everything we do and say and how we react to being judged. It should be noted that empathy is incompatible with shame and judgment.


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Edwin Rutsch's comment, July 17, 12:21 AM
Mark, it was very well received on our Facebook page ! https://www.facebook.com/EmpathyCenter
Mark Brian Baer's comment, July 17, 12:27 AM
I saw :-)
Annie M Herbert's curator insight, July 17, 9:18 AM

Fantastic movie. Share with Julie.

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The science of empathy—and why some people have it less than others

The science of empathy—and why some people have it less than others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is hot in business wisdom these days: Forbes says it’sinvaluable, Apple’s training manual offers empathy exercises, and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson calls caring “key.”


Corporate empathy is not an oxymoron,” concluded an article in theHarvard Business Review on January 8. “It is a hard skill that should be required from the board-room to the shop floor...”

We know empathy can be taught and that committed leaders can create a more empathetic and compassionate corporate culture. Empathy is the oil that keeps relationships flowing smoothly. It creates bonds of trust, which result in higher-quality teamwork.


Numerous studies link empathy to better business results. We believe it is important to continue to inculcate empathy and compassion at work.


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Loran Nordgren 
Associate professor, Northwestern University
Rachel Ruttan
PhD candidate, Northwestern University
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Empathy Is Actually a Choice

Empathy Is Actually a Choice | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By DARYL CAMERON,MICHAEL INZLICHT and WILLIAM A. CUNNINGHAM

Not only does empathy seem to fail when it is needed most, but it also appears to play favorites. Recent studies have shown that our empathy is dampened or constrained when it comes to people of different races, nationalities or creeds. These results suggest that empathy is a limited resource, like a fossil fuel, which we cannot extend indefinitely or to everyone.

What, then, is the relationship between empathy and morality? Traditionally, empathy has been seen as a force for moral good, motivating virtuous deeds. Yet a growing chorus of critics, inspired by findings like those above, depict empathy as a source of moral failure. In the words of the psychologist Paul Bloom, empathy is a “parochial, narrow-minded” emotion — one that “will have to yield to reason if humanity is to survive.”

We disagree.

While we concede that the exercise of empathy is, in practice, often far too limited in scope, we dispute the idea that this shortcoming is inherent, a permanent flaw in the emotion itself. Inspired by a competing body of recent research, we believe that empathy is a choice that we make whether to extend ourselves to others. The “limits” to our empathy are merely apparent, and can change, sometimes drastically, depending on what we want to feel.

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Is Less Reading Making Americans Less Empathetic? A New Study Says America Is Losing Its Empathy

Is Less Reading Making Americans Less Empathetic? A New Study Says America Is Losing Its Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A new study from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor shows that Americans' levels of empathy have dropped significantly in the last three decades.


Using a questionnaire called The Interpersonal Reactivity Index, which asks to what degree student respondents agree with statements like "I often have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate than me," researchers were able to ascertain that almost 75 percent of today's student have less empathy than students 30 years ago.


Scientists have long considered empathy an inherent trait, with infants barely a year old offering assistance and sharing their resources during lab tests. But a decline in empathy proves that even inborn tendencies can be profoundly impacted by social situations. The question now is what those empathy-depleting social situations are.

by Cord Jefferson


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Emapthy: Nova science now What are animals thinking

Nova science now What are animals thinking
 

Empathy - Bonobos Sharing 
was she feeling empathy. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOgGOtKspV0 &t=0m0s

was she feeling empathy. 


Empathy and Rats

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOgGOtKspV0 &t=11m020s

Theory of mind with monkeys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOgGOtKspV0 &t=44m40s

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Stars of Empathy Dutch and English - YouTube

http://www.starsofempathy.com/ 

THE GAME THAT SHOWS CHILDREN EACH OTHER'S WORLD

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Empathy Game: Stars of Empathy

Empathy Game: Stars of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
STARS OF EMPATHY
THE GAME THAT SHOWS CHILDREN EACH OTHER’S WORLD
Stars of Empathy is a scintillating game which revolves around the world of the players. Children let each other know what makes them happy, how they solve a dispute and their dreams for the future.
‘I am not used to talk about myself, but it feels very natural’,
is one of the many positive reactions from children who have enjoyed playing Stars of Empathy.
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Teaching Empathy

Teaching Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Gwen Dewar

Teaching empathy? This might sound strange if you think of empathy as a talent--something we either have or lack.


But research also suggests that empathy is a complex phenomenon involving several component skills:


  •  A sense of self-awareness and the ability to distinguish one’s own feelings from the feelings of others.
  • •Taking another person’s perspective (or, alternatively, “putting oneself in another person’s shoes”).
  • •Being able to regulate one’s own emotional responses.
  • These skills might seem like standard-issue, grown-up social skills, and indeed they are.


Tips

  1.  Address your child’s own needs, and teach him how to “bounce back” from distress
  1. Be a “mind-minded” parent
  2. Seize everyday opportunities to model—and induce—sympathetic feelings for other people
  3. Help kids discover what they have in common with other people
  4. Teach kids about the hot-cold empathy gap
  5. Help kids explore other roles and perspectives
  6. Show kids how to “make a face” while they try to imagine how someone else feels.
  7. Help kids develop a sense of morality that depends on internal self-control, not on rewards or punishments
  8. Teach (older) kids about mechanisms of moral disengagement
  9.  Inspire good feelings (and boost oxytocin levels) through pleasant social interactions and physical affection
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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 19, 8:02 AM

Nicht nur für den Kinder...:-))) (it's in English!)

 

PS: I especially like the info about the hot-cold empathy trap...

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How Practicing Self-Compassion Saved Me From A Debilitating Anxiety Disorder

How Practicing Self-Compassion Saved Me From A Debilitating Anxiety Disorder | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In the talk, Dr. Kristin Neff explains self-compassion. While I recommend you watch it yourself, here’s the gist: folks who practice self-compassion are good at treating themselves with kindness, especially when they fail or life is stressful.


Their self-talk mirrors how they would address a good friend going through similar difficulties. For instance, they don’t call themselves an “idiot” or a “failure,” but rather, are intentional about the words they use to describe themselves. Instead of incessantly criticizing and judging themselves and the less-than-ideal situations they find themselves in, they think before they speak to themselves. And they aim to speak objectively. 


 

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trainingempathy.com: Training Empathy

trainingempathy.com: Training Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
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:


Mark Baer

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


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Doctors getting empathy training

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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. Doctors who can better understand their patients also are more satisfied with their work. And hospitals know how important patient satisfaction is to their bottom line, now that it is a factor Medicare considers in reimbursement.


by Sheena Faherty

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How to Avoid the Empathy Trap

How to Avoid the Empathy Trap | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Do you prioritize other people's feelings over your own? You might be falling into the "empathy trap."


Empathy is having its moment. The ability to feel what another person is feeling, from that person’s perspective, generates lots of press as the ultimate positive value and the pathway to a kinder, less violent world. Schools across the country are teaching empathy to children, and myriad books explore it from every possible angle: how to get it, why it makes you a better person, how its absence can breed evil.


Empathy is exalted by thinkers from Zen Buddhist monk Thích Nhâ’t Hąnh to British writer Roman Krznaric, who just launched an online Empathy Museum where you can virtually step into someone else’s shoes. Established scientists like primatologist Frans de Waal and developmental psychiatrist Daniel Siegel explore the deep roots of empathy in animals and its essential nature in humans.



By Robin SternDiana Divecha

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Teaching kids how to do chores boosts work ethic and empathy, study finds

Teaching kids how to do chores boosts work ethic and empathy, study finds | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

According to a recent study, when children do chores they learn to be more empathetic, they better understand the importance of contributing to family and are well-adjusted. But it isn't just about telling kids to do chores — it's teaching them how.


Ehen children do chores they learn to be more empathetic, they learn the importance of contributing to family and are well-adjusted, according to a recent study....


"Chores, she determined, instilled in children the importance of contributing to their families and gave them a sense of empathy as adults," wrote the Times' Kimberly Dishongh.


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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 16, 6:16 PM

Isn't it ironic that the things our society discards in order to emphasize academics (arts in school, free time, chores) seem to be the very things that seem to help children grow up to be successful in both life and academics, and the things that we emphasize are the things that turn children off of school and even learning. -Lon

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 17, 6:30 PM

Teaching responsibility, sounds like homework responsibility to me.

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The importance of teaching children empathy: (helps build and maintain relationships, building block for conscience)

The importance of teaching children empathy:  (helps build and maintain relationships, building block for conscience) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You may not realize it, but empathy is one of the most important skills that we can teach children. Unlike most skills that we teach our children, empathy is an often misunderstood word...


So why is this skill so important to teach to our children?


Because having empathy not only helps build and maintain relationships, but according to experts who study emotional intelligence, empathy is also the building block for our conscience. Basically, they are saying that people that lack empathy lack the ability to see things from someone else’s perspective and thereby leads to lack of conscience. Having a lack of conscience is often the trait that history has shown leads to men committing horrible acts against other, including slavery, genocide, rape and murder.



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NOVA scienceNOW: What are animals thinking: Animal Morality: Can rats feel empathy?

NOVA scienceNOW: What are animals thinking: Animal Morality: Can rats feel empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Do dogs feel guilty?


Can rats feel empathy?


We project very complex—and very human—moral and emotional lives onto our animal companions. Now, scientists studying animal cognition are finally revealing the machinery of animals' moral compasses.

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Empathy Stories

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What makes a good "Empathy Story"...
Pinpoint a time empathy made a difference in an important conversation or relationship. Remind yourself of what happened and how you felt before empathy did its magic. Then recount all the details you can "reverse engineer" so the story comes alive.

Here are some questions that may help:
  • Did you have to remind yourself to shift from judgment or strategy into empathy? 
  • Were your empathy skills "clunky" or smooth in the heat of the moment? 
  • What did you say to yourself in your mind before you spoke out loud? 
  • Did your feelings seem to shift as a result the empathy you gave? Did the other person's? 
  • Did empathy turn a train wreck of an interaction into something positive?
  • Was a closer connection obvious as your story concludes?
  • What shape would the story have likely taken if you'd stayed stuck in judgement or blame?
  • What are some of the precise words you used that were helpful in this interaction?
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Become A Star In Empathy

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Developing empathy through play

‘At least some other children now know how I feel and I am no longer alone’ said a girl after playing Stars of Empathy.

She was not used to talking about herself, but it was a pleasant experience. Stars of Empathy is a board game that allows children to discover each other’s world. In a playful environment, children learn to talk about themselves and listen to each other. They tell each other what makes them happy, what they do when they are angry and they learn how to give compliments to each other. A whole range of emotions is discussed: joy, fear, jealousy and sadness etc. The subjects of the discussions alternate and are analogous to the daily lives of the children in which fun, sadness and happiness alternate as well. 


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Why Empathy Matters

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The philosopher Roman Krznaric has spent years thinking about empathy, and he suggests you forget the idea that it’s some fluffy, feel-good concept. Krznaric argues that empathy is radical and dangerous, because it offers the possibility of real change.


He also says it’s not a concept to reserve for the down and out. To really address the world’s empathy deficit, we must equally apply it to our neighbors and to people in power. Friday, we’ll talk about our capacity for empathy and why it matters. (Rebroadcast)


By DOUG FABRIZIO 


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Self-Talk and Self-Compassion

Self-Talk and Self-Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
We talk to ourselves constantly throughout the day. It is believed by some researchers that we have between 12,000 and 50,000 plus thoughts every day -- although this has not been validated in the research.


Regardless of the exact number of thoughts that parade through our minds each day -- when we tune in, we are all too aware of their presence....


Build Your Self-Compassion Quotient
If you were not born or reared with this attitudeyou can still develop the capacity to become kinder and more compassionate with your self. Changing our internal self-talk and becoming more self-compassionate is not selfish or self centered.


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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.


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