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Realizing Empathy, Part 1: Art

Realizing Empathy, Part 1: Art | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy is a curious, human capacity that pervades the worlds of both art and design. In this article, the first of a three-part series, author Seung Chan Lim (Slim) explores the direct relationship between making art and realizing empathy.
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Summer Reading on Empathy

My students get tired of hearing me saying that lawyering is all about empathy.


(See, at least I understand my students’ feelings!) A lawyer cannot practice effectively without understanding their clients’ situations from their clients’ points of view, recognizing their clients’ emotions to the extent they play a role in their legal decision making, identifying what having a lawyer and utilizing the legal system means to them, and knowing what their clients’ visions of a successful outcome is.



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Designing with Empathy

Every decision we make affects the way real people experience our products. We've all heard the rallying cry for user-centered design, but even those of us who…


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CFT: Focusing on Compassion In Next Generation CBT

CFT:  Focusing on Compassion In Next Generation CBT | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Compassion Focused Therapy offers therapists new options

Compassion is currently being studied and used as an evidence based ingredient in effective psychotherapy more than ever before.


This might not seem surprising, given that practicing compassion has been at the center of emotional healing in global wisdom traditions for at least 2,600 years. Empathy and emotional validation have been identified as some of the most important components of psychotherapy effectiveness for decades.


However, compassion, as a process in itself, has only recently come to be seen as a core focus of psychotherapeutic work. A growing body of research continues to demonstrate how cultivating our compassionate minds can help us to alleviate and prevent a range of psychological problems, including anxiety and shame (Tirch and Gilbert, 2014).


Rather than being a soft option, the deliberate activation of our compassion system can generate the courage and psychological flexibility we need to face life's challenges, and step forward into lives of meaning, purpose and vitality.


 by Dennis Tirch, Ph.D in Practice Compassion

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Dr. Dan Siegel - On The Basis of Empathy - Mirror Neurons

Culture of Empathy Builder: Daniel Siegel 

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The Absence of Empathy: Mass Movements and the Tea Party

The Absence of Empathy: Mass Movements and the Tea Party | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy, alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.” Eric Hoffer


The problem with mass movements is that they often breed a near religious devotion and fervor in their leaders and followers. 


The resulting sense of messianic purpose breeds a corresponding lack of compassion, empathy and even hatred toward others who do not agree with them, or who they blame for the ills of the world.


by Padre Steve

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ARTICLE: Fear of Empathy — Communication Dojo - Newt Bailey

ARTICLE: Fear of Empathy — Communication Dojo - Newt Bailey | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Picture this… You’re talking with someone, things are tense, the other person starts saying things about you that you don’t agree with, perhaps things that bring up pain, defensiveness, or anger.


Perhaps you’ve attended the Communication Dojo, or learned about empathy and other communication skills elsewhere, so theoretically you know that really hearing the other person right now, listening to them with empathy for what they’re experiencing, would probably improve the situation.


But…there’s a stronger momentum in you to interrupt, to fight back, to shout “That’s not true!”


Part of what’s happening here is that YOU want to be heard, before you can hear the other person, but there’s often something else happening.


I refer to this as “fear of empathy,”
in this case “fear of giving empathy
to the other person.”


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[Empathic Design] Building Empathy on Digital Projects

[Empathic Design] Building Empathy on Digital Projects | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What Can You Do to Build Empathy?

There are a bunch of different audience research activities. Some are geared toward generating understanding, others toward building empathy and seeking opportunities for adding value that may have not been previously identified. Macro-level research methods like surveys and analytics provide us with greater understanding, but do they help us connect with those for whom we are designing? Does the data help us understand their motivations, needs, life experiences, or values?.....


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This means we need to take time to
observe, listen, and learn to
walk in their shoes
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Brian Verhoeven, Managing Director, User Experience

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Progressive Buddhism: The Two Types of Compassion

Progressive Buddhism: The Two Types of Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

But first, before I dig my shovel into the moist soil of this delightful, depressing and bedeviling topic "the two types of compassion," let me define terms.


Here are two somewhat different descriptions of ‘Compassion rightly felt and deployed’ contrasted with its neurotic, idiotic cuz: 


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Is Empathy Possible in the Digital Age?

Philosopher Roman Krznaric interviewed about his new book Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution on Chanel 4's SundayBrunch. Recorded 6th July, 2014 www.romankrznaric.com
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malek's comment, July 11, 5:59 PM
we need more emotions in the digital age
Mark Treadwell's curator insight, July 12, 8:36 PM

great video presentation on empathy - digital age or not!

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Why We Pay Premium for Customer Empathy - Customer Experience Consulting

Why We Pay Premium for Customer Empathy - Customer Experience Consulting | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Customer empathy leads to innovation, loyal customers who will pay premium for a meaningful, frictionless customer experience.

How Customer Empathy Can Eliminate Friction...Customer Empathy Leads to Innovation and Loyalty...Problem-Solving, Opportunity & Growth through Empathy...by Anne
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Welcoming Immigrants: Why Empathy Is Smart Economics For Cities

Welcoming Immigrants: Why Empathy Is Smart Economics For Cities | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Why should a local government care about welcoming immigrants and becoming an actively empathetic institution?


Creating an environment that is friendly toward immigrants is both a matter of human decency and smart economics.  A welcoming city is more likely to thrive, thus illustrating the “empathy imperative”—the critical importance of empathy within communities today. A person who is welcoming to another resident shows active empathy—the kind that involves concrete steps on behalf of the “welcomer” to help make the resident’s journey smoother.


In this way, the empathy imperative is a powerful economic driver that also makes a city a more vibrant, inclusive, and pleasant place to live.


by David Lubel

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Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? | Insight on Conflict

Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? | Insight on Conflict | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Kirthi Jayakumar argues that empathy and dialogue, not force, are the keys to ending the Boko Haram's campaign of violence and terror


A large part of building peace and living in a world of peace comes from cultivating and living in a state of empathy.


As Mother Teresa said, “if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” This state of belonging to each other stems from the fact that we are not only individuals, but also a part of the whole that constitutes the universe. The font of all efforts in peacebuilding stems from the understanding of the significance of empathy: for it is only when we understand where the other comes from, that we are in a place to act accordingly in response to their actions..

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Parents Who Lack Empathy and have High Expectations Often Punish Children with Learning Disabilities: Study

Parents Who Lack Empathy and have High Expectations Often Punish Children with Learning Disabilities: Study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Parent’s lack of empathy and unrealistic expectation influences risk of physical abuse in children with developmental disorders, according to a study. 


"We also saw that parents don't empathize toward their child's needs as much as parents of typically developing children,


which suggests that these parents may not understand the needs or feelings of their children," she adds.


By Vanishree Bhatt


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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, July 16, 3:37 PM

Empathy is not only important for children, but for parents as well. As this study points out, being able to empathize with your children, especially if they have learning disabilities, can help prevent undue suffering and unrealistic expectations for both parties.

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Teaching Kids about Love and Empathy

Teaching Kids about Love and Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Teaching children about love and empathy is important to raise them as good human beings. Here is how you can teach your kids about love and empathy and enhance their emotional intelligence.

Love and empathy are prewired to humans from their birth to some extent. It is when you try to understand someone’s feelings from his or her eyes, and then wish to give him or her helping hand. Young babies are found to cry when other babies cry, that is a sign of natural empathy, but they need to learn to be loving and empathetic while they grow up to be a better human being.Every parent wants his or her child to be kind, generous, and empathetic. 
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Self-reported empathy and neural activity during action imitation and observation in schizophrenia

Self-reported empathy and neural activity during action imitation and observation in schizophrenia | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 This study investigated neural activity during imitation and observation of finger movements and facial expressions in schizophrenia, and their correlates with self–reported empathy.


The findings suggest that patients show a disjunction between automatic neural responses to low level social cues and higher level, integrative social cognitive processes involved in self–perceived empathy.

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Compassion Focused Therapy for Anger with Prof Russell Kolt

Compassion Focused Therapy for Anger with Prof Russell Kolt | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Author of 'The Compassionate Mind Approach to Managing Your Angerand co-author (with Thubten Chodron) of 'Living with an Open Heart: Cultivating Compassion in Everyday Lifewith Prof Russell Kolts
 
We are delighted to present this experiential workshop with international psychologist Prof Russell Kolts, who is an expert on the use of compassion for managing anger

This hybrid-style workshop will allow participants to explore the True Strength group program from the inside-out.

Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  Russell Kolts
http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/others/Russell-Kolts.htm 

 
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The Good and Evil Angels - William Blake - Wikimedia Commons

The Good and Evil Angels - William Blake  - Wikimedia Commons | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy, alone stands apart from
the continuous traffic between
good and evil proceeding
within us.
Eric Hoffer



Image:

The Good and Evil Angels
William Blake
Wikimedia Commons


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12 Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong

12 Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Week 1 First Step:  Learn About Compassion Compassion, says Armstrong, is like driving a car.  You don’t learn to drive by reading the owner’s manual.  You must get behind the wheel and get into tr...
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Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? | Insight on Conflict

Can we leverage empathy to stop Boko Haram? | Insight on Conflict | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Kirthi Jayakumar argues that empathy and dialogue, not force, are the keys to ending the Boko Haram's campaign of violence and terror


A large part of building peace and living in a world of peace comes from cultivating and living in a state of empathy.


As Mother Teresa said, “if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” This state of belonging to each other stems from the fact that we are not only individuals, but also a part of the whole that constitutes the universe. The font of all efforts in peacebuilding stems from the understanding of the significance of empathy: for it is only when we understand where the other comes from, that we are in a place to act accordingly in response to their actions..

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The Effect of Self-compassion on Emotions when Experiencing a Sense of Inferiority Across Comparison Situations

The Effect of Self-compassion on Emotions when Experiencing a Sense of Inferiority Across Comparison Situations | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This study examined different emotions induced by social comparisons between the two groups divided by the level of self- compassion. A total of 108 Korean undergraduates (62% women; mean age of 21 years) first responded to the self-compassion scale to divide them into either high or low self-compassion group.


They were also presented with two scenarios (upward and downward comparisons). After reading each scenario, respectively, they completed a survey to assess their emotions. ANOVA results showed no significant difference between high and low self-compassion groups in experience of positive emotion, whereas the high self-compassion group reported less negative feelings than their counterpart after both scenarios.


This suggests that self-compassion is a potentially influential factor buffering the negative consequences of social comparisons.



Young Min Choi
Dong-gwi Lee 


Hee-Kyung Lee


img http://j.mp/1nuKHMw


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9 Inspirational Quotes On Compassion

We are more than individuals. We are intricately tied to one another, and when we treat each person we meet with kindness, it is our own hearts we are helping to grow.


Here are nine inspired thoughts from different teachers on the power of compassion to heal and strengthen the bonds we share.


1. Compassion is always, always a choice we can make.
The heart is like a garden; it can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?  – Jack Kornfield


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Empathy: Is it Teachable?

Empathy: Is it Teachable? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is, therefore, a learned behavior that can be taught. As humans, we are, after all, social animals.


We learn by observing. Parents, older siblings, peers, and teachers can teach the children from an early age the basic character traits of kindness, goodness, generosity, compassion, consideration, helpfulness and by setting an example through demonstrating how to feel empathy.


by Jasmin S. Kuehnert

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Mark Treadwell's curator insight, July 12, 8:29 PM

An excellent introduction into this critical social capacity. Developing this capacity explicitly is a huge value add for young people but it also requires a suite of cognitive skills and development levels. Building awareness, even if the learner is unable to fully comprehend the entire concept framework is worth the time investment. MT www.MarkTreadwell.com 

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Measurement of Affective Empathy with Pictorial Empathy Test (PET)

Measurement of Affective Empathy with Pictorial Empathy Test (PET) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is the human capacity to understand and feel for the other human in distress. The capacity to understand the others emotions and the capacity to feel for the other are separate, dissociable processes, called cognitive empathy and affective empathy, latter of which is the focus of this study.


A review of the current methods of assessing affective empathic arousal revealed that there is currently a dearth of available ecologically valid ways to test empathic reactions.


Thus, the goal of this study was to develop a new way to measure affective empathy called Pictorial Empathy Test (PET), and assess the reliability and validity of this new test. Pictorial Empathy Test (PET) consists of 7 pictures of people in distress. Subjects were asked to rate their emotional arousal in a five-point scale. It was hypothesized that seven pictures all showed variance in one latent trait, affective empathy.

http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2014061829321 


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Empathy Is Essential to Humanity

Empathy Is Essential to Humanity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

However, I believe the most constructive approach to dealing with these types of tragedies is to show empathy for the other side and ask empathy from them.


Empathy cannot be demanded without also being shown. It always must be a two-way street. I understand that its hard for Israelis and Palestinians to show empathy in this existential conflict. There are a number of reasons why people want to suppress empathy in order to brace themselves for pain and loss on the other side. Despite the reasons why human beings suppress their fellow feeling empathy is required to keep Israelis and Palestinians humane in the context of the conflict. If you lose your empathy you lose your humanity.


We Arab-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Palestinians, Arabs and Israelis need to work together to eliminate violence and seek empathy for ourselves and others. 


Tala Haikal


image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli%E2%80%93Palestinian_conflict 

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