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The Power of Empathy

The Power of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathic skills are the key to solving this problem.


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."


Usage of the word "empathy" appears to have increased significantly in recent history. In fact, people tend to throw that term around quite a bit and insist that they are empathic themselves. Unfortunately, most people are not self-aware and thus tend to see themselves differently than how others see them. 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. In fact, a University of Virginia study conducted in 2013:


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The ACT Practitioner's Guide to the Science of Compassion | NewHarbinger.com

The ACT Practitioner's Guide to the Science of Compassion | NewHarbinger.com | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is proven effective in the treatment of an array of disorders, including addiction, depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, and more.


Evidence shows that mindfulness and acceptance exercises help clients connect with the moment, uncover their true values, and commit to positive change. But did you know that compassion focused exercises can also greatly increase clients' psychological flexibility?


More and more, therapists are finding that the act of compassion-both towards oneself and towards others-can lead to greater emotional and physical well-being, increased distress tolerance, and a broader range of effective responses to stressful situations. 


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The wealthy suffer from an 'empathy gap' with the poor that is feeding a rise in inequality

The wealthy suffer from an 'empathy gap' with the poor that is feeding a rise in inequality | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Our emphasis on liberty has helped to create what I call an empathy gap, which in turn has permitted the creation of a selfishness surplus, which I will explain below.

Superficial similarities

 David Hume and Adam Smith understood this phenomenon well. He argued that our moral compass comes from our ability to identify with others – our empathy. We understand intuitively that, because others are like us, they suffer similar pains and enjoy similar pleasures. So far, so good...


Combine the empathy gap with structural and procedural fairness and you get what I call the selfishness surplus....


That surplus is the excess awarded to the rich and powerful over and above what they would have gotten if the resources in our society had been distributed more fairly and if our laws had been more redistributive in terms of fairness. As I explain in detail elsewhere, this surplus is real and empirically identifiable.

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Empathic Design: Is Empathy the UX Holy Grail?

Empathic Design: Is Empathy the UX Holy Grail? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The need for empathy in design is becoming an increasingly important factor.


With most technologies now used by a whole range of people, from different cultures, with a variety of physical, mental, and situational constraints, we must develop an understanding of how we can design products that appeal to, support and enable people. We cannot appreciate what it means to be each and every person that uses a product, but through the use of an empathic design approach we can come to understand how people behave, feel, and tackle the problems in their lives with the use of our products.

 

For a number of examples of Empathic Design check out the Wiki entry onEmpathic Design


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Empathy - Self Avenue

Empathy - Self Avenue | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Understanding Empathy Part 1
What might it be like to live the life of this man in Rome, riding his bike, appearing small by ...

One of the early experiments that helped us to gain a better understanding of empathy as a conce...

We hear a lot about happiness these days

Understanding Empathy Part 4
What does it take to become empathic? Is there a part of the brain that needs to be switched on?...


Imagining the experience of the other is an important aspect of developing empathy

If we think about how empathy works we can recognize the need for us to be exposed to the experi...
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Showing true empathy is the best gift

Showing true empathy is the best gift | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Happily, over the years, and with lots of intentionality, I've grown in empathy. I have even discovered five ways to enlist my faculties to be more empathetic. I give them to you this Christmas season to try yourself, over and over. I predict that the people in your world will be amazed by your presence.

... Use your time. Slow down. Show that you are happy to give others the time they need.


... Use your ears. Don't just listen to others' words. Listen to their tone of voice, which often communicates what's really going on.


... Use your eyes. Observe the emotions in others' eyes and on their faces (excitement, sadness, uncertainty, weariness, grief). Notice someone's posture and body language. Are they slumping, pacing or cringing? Body language often says what their words don't.


... Use your imagination. "How would I feel if I was in her shoes?"


... Use your instincts. "What is he hiding, fearing, or really wanting to say?


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Clinton naively encourages our “Empathy for the Devil”

Clinton naively encourages our “Empathy for the Devil” | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Hillary is accurate in that we must “understand“ our enemies. After all, our enemies certainly understand us. In fact, they may even know us better than we know ourselves. In that regard it is paramount for Western success in the war on terror to be able to anticipate the way Islamic extremists think. The only way to do that is to “understand“ them better than we already do.

Where Hillary ran off the track came at the end of her comments when she said, we must “empathize with their point of view.“ Clinton is wrong there because IF we do indeed “understand“ the enemy, then there is no room for empathy.


At least in the context that she uses the word.


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(Hillary Clinton) Hillary’s Not-So-Smart Power Empathy

(Hillary Clinton) Hillary’s Not-So-Smart Power Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Jonathan S. Tobin

The mainstream media hasn’t devoted any attention to it yet, but the latest Hillary Clinton gaffe in which she calls upon Americans to show “empathy” for ISIS will soon become another one of her greatest hits alongside lines about dodging non-existent bullets in the Balkans, “what difference does it make” about the Benghazi attack, being “broke” after leaving the White House, and corporations not creating jobs.


Her defenders will respond to the drumbeat of conservative mockery over this line by saying, not without reason, that it was taken out context and that the former secretary of state did not literally mean for us to show sympathy for terrorists....


Clinton’s call for “empathy” came during a speech last week at Georgetown University in which she repeated one of the talking points that highlighted her term as secretary of state: the use of “smart power.” 

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Hillary Clinton’s Empathy Deficit

Hillary Clinton’s Empathy Deficit | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton is being pilloried by pundits on the right for saying, at a recent speech at Georgetown, that America’s leaders should “empathize” with America’s enemies. But what’s so wrong about that?

“This is what we call smart power,” she said, using the phrase that was supposed to define her tenure as secretary of state. “Using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security. Leaving no one side on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one’s enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, [and] empathize with their perspective and point of view.”

As a matter of politics, “empathize” was a lousy word choice, a reminder that Mrs. Clinton is as tin-eared as she is ambitious: Expect a GOP political attack ad if and when she runs for president.


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Hillary Says We should Have Empathy With Our Attackers

Hillary Says We should Have Empathy With Our Attackers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I wonder with that kind of irrational thinking, if we should have empathy with Satan and feel sorry for him that he will spend eternity in Hell? I wonder when Japan attacked us, if the President should have stood up, and instead of declaring war, declared we should have empathy for Japan?

Should we have empathy and feel sorry for the Muslims that have been cutting off the heads of Americans, murdering Christians and declaring war on anyone who does not follow the damnable Islam religion?

Should we have empathy with those in Ferguson who burn down businesses and attack white people because they have white skin?

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We Are Built To Be Kind

Greed is good. War is inevitable. Whether in political theory or popular culture, human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry.


UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner challenges this notion of human nature and seeks to better understand why we evolved pro-social emotions like empathy, compassion and gratitude.

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Hillary: We Must Empathize With America's Enemies - YouTube

Hillary: We Must Empathize With America's Enemies
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/hillary-we-must-empathize-americas-enemies_820584.html


"This is what we call smart power," Clinton said to a small audience at Georgetown. "Using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security. Leaving no one on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one's enemies.


Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view.



"This is what we call smart power,... Using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security. Leaving no one on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one's enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems, determine the solutions. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change -- change the prospects for peace."


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Empathy: Jesse Prinz, Claudia Passos-Ferreira

Empathy: Jesse Prinz,  Claudia Passos-Ferreira | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Walk a mile in my shoes goes the saying. But beware the swapping of footwear. Many believe that what the world needs now is empathy; large dollops of it. President Obama, no less, raised empathy to a question of public policy, comparing the dangers of an empathy deficit with the big hole in the federal budget.


It sounds right and feels good but is empathy really necessary for sound moral judgement? Worse, could it lead to injustice?


Jesse Prinz, Distinguished
Professor of philosophy 
Graduate Centre City University of New York


Claudia Passos-Ferreira
Department of Philosophy
University of Rio de Janeiro


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This discussion of empathy I heard yesterday is a good example of how silly analytical approaches to philosophy become when you start with abstractions, rather than a more vague and holistic understanding of nature. The idea that we can somehow meaningfully abstract and isolate empathy and either include or exclude it in order to make more rational moral decisions, is absurd and a sign of fundamentally defective thinking; the type of thinking that produces moral crises these days.


Empathy is a metaphorical concept describing one of a multiplicity of complex conditions for human action. It can't be so easily disentangled.  Dr. Glenn McLaren :


Culture of Empathy Builder:  Jesse Prinz

 http://j.mp/1hGhZqE



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Can empathy be taught and learned?

Can empathy be taught and learned? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A Course in Empathy: The New Revolution of the Heart ten practical exercises to increase empathic ability in children and adults

https://app.box.com/s/ml99sd16aukvm5h6p4f4 

Daniel Keeran - College of Mental Health Counseling


Are particular empathy training exercises most effective in contributing to empathic ability? 

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Empathy Divided against Itself: Hurt by rioting? Tough luck, says the Left; you’re not the real victim here.

Empathy Divided against Itself: Hurt by rioting? Tough luck, says the Left; you’re not the real victim here. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is at the heart of progressive thought,” according to George Lakoff, the linguist best known for authoring Don’t Think of an Elephant. He argued in 2009 that empathy is “the capacity to care, to feel what others feel, to understand what others are facing and what their lives are like.”

Some progressives, however, practice a highly selective form of empathy. Writing for Time magazine after a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, Darlena Cunha asked, “In such a case, is rioting so wrong?” No, she quickly concluded. Rioting is merely “the legitimate frustration, sorrow, and pain of the marginalized voices . . . spilling out into our streets.” Cunha invoked, as an encouraging precedent, the 1992 Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, never mentioning the 53 people killed during that riot, much less empathizing with them and their families.


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A Good Day’s Work Requires Empathy | Jackie Acho | TEDxClevelandStateUniversity

A Good Day’s Work Requires Empathy | Jackie Acho | TEDxClevelandStateUniversity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Empathy is the missing link to innovation and children can help us find it.
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How to kickstart an empathic revolution [video]

How to kickstart an empathic revolution [video] | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Though we have the power to see into all kinds of different lifestyles around the world and communicate with one another like never before, all too often the Internet is used to isolate ourselves within our bubbles of familiarity and close our eyes to what’s happening elsewhere.

Sure, we cry for change, for justice, for understanding, but what does it really take for society to make a massive shift? Roman Krznaric argues that the key isn’t force, unless it’s the tremendous force of empathy.

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Understanding Empathy Part 6

Understanding Empathy Part 6 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
If we think about how empathy works we can recognize the need for us to be exposed to the experiences of others, but it takes more than that. We need to be open to noticing, to hearing, to tuning into those experiences, make sense of them in light of our own understandings and then to express that in some way. Is this extraordinary capacity inbuilt to us already or can it be developed?

According to a 2013 study from Emory University people who read fiction have heightened brain activity in areas of the brain associated with language, as you might expect, but also visualization, a necessary tool in being able to visualize the experience of another. A further study explored sensitivity to other people’s stories, known as being “emotionally transported”.


This study found that empathy was only apparent in the groups of people who read fiction and were emotionally transported. People who read the fiction alone but did not experience being emotionally transported actually demonstrated a decrease in empathy.


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Hillary Clinton Backer Jane Harman Questions Her Suggestion We ‘Empathize’ With Our ‘Enemies’

Hillary Clinton Backer Jane Harman Questions Her Suggestion We ‘Empathize’ With Our ‘Enemies’ | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Long-time Hillary Clinton supporter, former Rep. Jane Harman (D., Calif.) tore apart Clinton’s claim that the U.S. needs to “respect” and “empathize with” its enemies.


Washington Post columnist George Will said Clinton’s “gaseous new-age rhetoric about respect and empathy” was a poor attempt at explaining that the U.S. needs to understand its enemies in order to defeat them.


“Let me try to say this as politely as possible: The English language is not Hillary Clinton’s close friend. She’s just not a fluent speaker,” Will said. “We’re going to have a lot of experience with this, we’ve had it already, we’ll have a lot more going forward.

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(Hillary Clinton) Our enemies don't care if we feel bad ("insofar as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view")

(Hillary Clinton) Our enemies don't care if we feel bad ("insofar as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view") | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

At the same time, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been caught on tape saying that “smart power” means understanding, and even empathizing with those who wish to murder us.

Smart power means “showing respect, even for one’s enemies; trying to understand and, insofar as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view.”

Here’s the truth: There is evil in this world, and no amount of self-flagellation over interrogation techniques or empathy with monsters will change that fact.

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Respecting Our Attackers - Hillary Clinton Calls For Empathy - Ann Coulter - Fox & Friends -

Respecting Our Attackers - Hillary Clinton Calls For Empathy - Ann Coulter - Fox & Friends
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Hillary’s Not-So-Smart Power Empathy

Hillary’s Not-So-Smart Power Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Clinton’s call for “empathy” came during a speech last week at Georgetown University in which she repeated one of the talking points that highlighted her term as secretary of state: the use of “smart power.” In theory, the term refers to the use of a combination of military strength, alliances, and partnerships to enhance American influence...


Of course, a smart commander does respect their opponents and seeks to understand them by getting inside their heads to see what motivates them.


But for a would-be president to talk about empathy for ISIS’s perspective and point of view is the sort of thing that is not easily explained especially when the person trying to sound smart by employing this has never demonstrated much in the way of strategic insight except when discussing her political foes among the “vast right-wing conspiracy..


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Debunking the Myths About Boys and Emotions

Debunking the Myths About Boys and Emotions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Studies of infants have shown that neurologically, there isn't much difference between boys' and girls' capacity for empathy. Yet, according to neuroscientists, because girls are allowed to express their emotions, their ability to identify and understand both their own and others' emotions cultivates their empathetic skills beyond those of boys'.

Continuing into young boyhood, Stanford professor Judy Chu argues in her recent book When Boys Become Boys that it is culture rather than nature that incapacitates boys' social and emotional skills. Chu observed during her two-year study of six 4 and 5-year old boys--the age at which boys generally disconnect emotionally and relationally--that the boys were very astute at reading their and others' emotions. They also knew how to cultivate meaningful relationships, which they strongly desired.


 ...Way points out that social disconnectedness is prevalent throughout American society. She cites research that found the percentage of adults who have no close friends increased from 36 percent in 1985 to 53 percent in 2004 and argues that


it is our culture that distorts both boys' and girls' natural capacity for empathy and emotionally intimate friendships.  


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Fox News: Clinton says America should ‘empathize’ with its enemies

Fox News: Clinton says America should ‘empathize’ with its enemies | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Hillary Clinton is taking heat for saying America should “empathize” and show “respect” for its enemies.

The former secretary of State, who is considered a likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, made the remarks during a speech Wednesday at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.


Touting an approach she calls “smart power,” Clinton urged America to use “every possible tool and partner” to advance peace.


Hillary Clinton: We must empathize 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YtnPpzbJ2Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHuwvRGrhEM
 


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When the Narcissist Becomes Dangerous

When the Narcissist Becomes Dangerous | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
here are four characteristics of the narcissist which can work together to make him a danger. They are:

  • The need to protect his inflated sense of self can make him desperate.
  • The need to feed his sense of specialness can drive him to violate others’ boundaries.
  • Lack of empathy for others can make him incapable of seeing when he hurts others.
  • His belief that he is special can make it easy for him to rationalize his actions.


....If you have a narcissist in your life: a parent, sibling, friend, spouse, or ex, it is possible to manage the relationship in a healthy way. Your best approach is to walk a figurative tightrope. Have empathy for the pool of pain that lies beneath the surface of your narcissist’s blustery shell. Understand that he or she is protecting herself from the hurt that she experienced in childhood. But at the same time, it is vital to protect yourself as well. Keep your boundaries intact.


Do not let your compassion make you vulnerable.

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He's right, dealing with them is a tightrope.  It sometimes calls for supreme self-control. -Lon