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The Empathy Movement Magazine: The latest news about empathy and compassion from around the world - CultureOfEmpathy.com
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Proof - Rats Have More Empathy Then the GOP

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. 

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Larry Glover's curator insight, May 15, 11:36 AM

Interesting reflections from Thom Hartmann on the recent rat research demonstrating capacities for 'empathy' in the little creatures. Empathetically, rats may be demonstrating more innate intelligence than certain political interests who place narrow self-interest above the wellbeing of less fortunate.

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Social Anxiety May Be Associated with High IQ and Empathetic Ability

Social Anxiety May Be Associated with High IQ and Empathetic Ability | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Various studies have found a link between social anxiety and high emotional intelligence, empathetic ability and IQ levels


A further study from the SUNY Downstate Medical Centre in NYC stated that those participants taking part in an IQ test who suffered from severe anxiety actually scored higher than those who didn’t have anxiety.


Furthermore, when tested, people who suffer from social anxiety were found to exhibit prominent empathetic abilities, meaning they have greater psycho-social awareness than their counterparts. 


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Lakewolf Whitecrow's curator insight, May 15, 3:32 PM

...because, unlike other members of society, High IQ empaths can only view the society as it is (sociopathic in nature), as opposed to "regular" members of Western society, who have been brainwashed by media and the public school system to believe in a "created" society. Anything that may hint at the truth is labeled a "conspiracy theorist",  be openly ridiculed, or given a "psychiatric diagnosis", since psychiatrists are the "gatekeepers" of society.

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Karen Armstrong Lecture: Compassion and Violence

Woolf Institute (Cambridge, UK) and DICID (Doha, Qatar) have co-organized this lecture by Karen Armstrong, hosted by Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service in Qatar, on 19 April 2015.

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Brenda Robinson's curator insight, May 13, 9:53 PM

Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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How Showing Compassion for Animals Can Improve Your Health

How Showing Compassion for Animals Can Improve Your Health | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The effects of compassion are far reaching and have been shown to have benefits for physical as well as psychological health. A wealth of evidence demonstrates that social support, when humans connect in a meaningful way with other people or animals, helps in the recovery from illness as well as promoting increased levels of mental and physical well-being.

Evidence from studies mentioned in the previous blog suggests that interventions can lead to reduced depressive symptoms and feelings of isolation, improvements in positive emotions, psychological well-being, hopefulness, optimism, social connection, life satisfaction, and, of specific interest to this paper –  compassion....

Cultivating compassion for all living beings and practicing a compassionate lifestyle can, therefore, help boost social connection and also improve physical and mental health. 

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(Empathic Leadership) 8 Key Skills of Empathy

(Empathic Leadership) 8 Key Skills of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As leaders, we need to make emotional connections with our target audience if we hope to influence their thoughts and actions. One very important way to connect positively with people is with what I call powerful empathy....


Here are eight key empathy skills you can practice to improve your ability to connect with others:

  • Curiosity: Take the time to be curious about what other people think. Try to fully understand their point of view.
  • Authentic Listening: ...
  • Repeating and Paraphrasing:  ...
  • Imagination:  ...
  • Open-Mindedness:  ...
  • Vulnerability: ...
  • Self-Awareness:  ...
  • Sensitivity to Others’ Emotions: ...



by JESSE LAHEY

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Entering the Mind of My Rapist: An Exercise in Extreme Empathy

Entering the Mind of My Rapist: An Exercise in Extreme Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Deborah Copaken 

A few months ago, after reading this article in The New York Times by Ariel Kaminer, a profile of the classmate whom mattress-carrying Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz has accused of raping her—replete with an unbelievably empathic quote toward the accused by Sulkowicz’s mother as well as petard-hoisting quotes by the accused student, now suing Columbia, himself—it suddenly occurred to me that, as empathic as I consider myself to be, I have never tried to stand in the shoes of my rapist. He was always the other, the transgressor, the bad guy, the demon. What would it be like, however, I suddenly wondered, to put myself in the head of my rapist?..


Attempting the same empathy with my rapist seemed suddenly imperative after reading that article: a psychologically useful exercise in processing the still noticeable weight of that long-ago night.

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Empathy Lab

Empathy Lab | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

EmpathyLab is a small start-up, passionate about the creative power of words to build empathy, and the power of empathy to make the world a better place.


Empathy skills are vital in helping children and young people tackle some big challenges, at home and globally.


We need to wake up and act on exciting new thinking and neuroscience research showing that humans have a strong empathic, co-operative side to our natures.


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Do sheep really care? Massey University study reveals feelings of empathy in sheep

Do sheep really care? Massey University study reveals feelings of empathy in sheep | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Massey University PhD student Mirjam Guesgen has spent three years studying whether sheep feel empathy. 

Guesgen said the idea of animals feeling empathy and pain was a relatively new area of research, but she was interested in the social and psychological aspects of animals.

"We can just ask someone, we look at their outward expression. 
"Why do animals show pain at all?"
And because there are routine husbandry practices involving pain, like docking, sheep were a good animal to start looking to for answers. 


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The Golden Rules to The Six Pillars: Empathy

The Golden Rules to The Six Pillars: Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“Empathy as a complex emotion is different. It requires awareness of the other person’s feelings and of one’s own reactions. The appropriate reaction may not be to cry when another person cries, but to reassure them, or even to leave them alone.” (Preston, de Waal)

Empathy is more than just seeing the world from the customers’ perspective. It is having the emotional intelligence to choose the right emotional response from a range of potential emotions to improve things for the customer.

Often, organisations believe that Empathy as a soft skill is the preserve of customer-facing staff. Yet Empathy for the customer as a core organisational capability is as relevant for Marketing, HR and the leadership as it is for those who directly serve customers.


Being able to put yourself in your customers’ shoes and seeing the world from their perspective is essential for proposition development, innovation and effective strategizing. In fact, it is a source of customer advantage that most organisations completely fail to embrace.


 by David Conway

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(Empathic Parenting) TEACH through Love: Why Supernanny is DEAD WRONG!

(Empathic Parenting) TEACH through Love: Why Supernanny is DEAD WRONG! | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I've really had it with Supernanny.


The parenting tips  "Supernanny" Jo Frost gave went from being ill-informed to dead wrong in a matter of seconds with the dangerous advice given to the Joliet (sp) family and their son Patrick.


Telling these parents who have "trouble forgetting the trauma" they should "recognize his heart condition has not hindered him to understand - here in his brain - to understand to do things." - is absolutely FALSE and frightening. ...


Empathy, self-regulation and consideration are pre-frontal cortex skills which are built with tolerance and compassion - not authority and control. 


by Lori Petro


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How a dog can help you have empathetic kids

How a dog can help you have empathetic kids | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By developing empathy. 

One of the cornerstones of EQ is empathy, which should be taught and modeled starting in early childhood. A variety of research in the U.S. and Britain, including by the late psychologist Robert Poresky of Kansas State University, has shown a correlation between attachment to a pet and higher empathy scores.


The reason is obvious: Caring for a pet draws a self-absorbed child away from himself or herself. Empathy also involves the ability to read nonverbal cues – facial expressions, body language, gestures – and pets offer nothing but nonverbal cues.


image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog






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Empathy

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I’ve been thinking some about empathy recently. I read an article written a few years ago by Paul Bloom arguing that empathy is an inadequate guide for morality.  I also ran across an Atlantic article by Coner Friedersdorf about barriers to empathy in an age of social media.


Finally, in reading the Passion account during Holy week, I was reminded of Jesus’ empathic response upon entering Jerusalem. This post will focus on the first of these sources, Paul Bloom’s account of the limitations of empathy...


So, my plan at this point is not to deliberate more about why volunteering would be a good thing. Instead, I’ll regularly bring to mind images of the homeless or hungry and think about what it must be like to be them. Will that produce sufficient empathy to get me to do something for them? We’ll see. I just know that thinking about what I could do hasn’t gotten me anywhere

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Lack of Empathy: The Most Telling Narcissistic Trait: Don't expect them to listen, validate, or support you.

Lack of Empathy: The Most Telling Narcissistic Trait: Don't expect them to listen, validate, or support you. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The narcissist lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.

The American Psychiatric Association's DSM-IV
 

Lack of empathy is one of the most striking features of people with narcissistic personality disorder. It's a hallmark of the disorder in the same way that fear of abandonment is in borderline personality disorder.


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Rats try to rescue others in distress, suggesting they feel empathy

Rats try to rescue others in distress, suggesting they feel empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"Our findings suggest that rats can behave prosocially and that helper rats may be motivated by empathy-like feelings towards their distressed cage mate," Nobuya Sato, lead author of a study, said in a statement.


"This modulation of learning by prior experience suggests that the helping behaviour observed in the present study might be based on empathy," they wrote.

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Op-ed: Can people be trained to be compassionate?

Op-ed: Can people be trained to be compassionate? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Compassion, often reckoned to be the “highest personal virtue,” is held to embody the very essence of humanity. It is widely attributed to play a fundamental role in pro-social behavior, cooperation and human morality.


But there is compelling evidence that the “compassionate instinct” to care and cooperate is not the sole preserve of humans. Across species — from elaborate elephant funeral rituals to kindness of dolphins in rescuing swimmers from sharks and guiding stranded whales back to sea — compassion is vividly manifested in a range of settings. As Darwin surmised long ago — sympathy is our strongest instinct.


John Hoffmire

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Brenda Robinson's curator insight, May 13, 9:53 PM

Yes, they can.

Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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Empathy-Based Parenting Educators on What is the Role of Empathy in Different Parenting Styles?

Our panel of Empathy-Based Parenting Educators discuss, What is the Role of Empathy in Different Parenting Styles?


Some of the styles discussed are; Authoritarian, Authoritative, Indulgent (permissive), Neglectful (uninvolved), Attachment, Nurturant and Empathic Parenting.

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Practicing Empathy With Teams

Practicing Empathy With Teams | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy, as it’s been talked about recently, is most often framed as something important to practice for our users. It’s important to make sure we’re helping our users get the content they desire or get through the flow of our site to do what’s important to them.

What is getting lost, though, is that empathy is just as important for us to practice as we interact with our team members—all of us, developers, designers, writers, and project managers, can practice empathy as we work with our teammates.


Empathy is just as much about our interactions with each other while we build our sites, as it is about how we treat our users.

As I’ve thought more about this, I’ve come up with a few ways to practice empathy with my teammates.


by SUSAN ROBERTSON 

image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teamwork


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Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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Clinical Counseling: The art of empathy: How long can you walk in someone else's shoes?

Clinical Counseling: The art of empathy: How long can you walk in someone else's shoes? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By James Martin


Most counselors have heard the term, "Compassion Fatigue." This is a common symptom of those in the human services arena who spend an inordinate amount of time feeling the pain of others without the opportunity to 'debrief' about their own feelings with other colleagues. Helpers who are 'worth their salt' have an ability to not just have sympathy for someone, but can actually empathize with other's feelings ('I feel your disappointment').

Recognizing and understanding someone else's feelings can be very taxing upon your own emotional state. However, there is a danger of making empathy the 'default' way of relating to others. 

Here is a simple test to determine if you are in danger of becoming tangled in an empathy snare:


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'Radical Empathy' Exhibit Addresses Race

'Radical Empathy' Exhibit Addresses Race | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Stephanie Seguino's exhibition of large-scale color photographs, on view at the Flynndog in Burlington, would be visually powerful even if it weren't so painfully relevant. For "Radical Empathy," she has used her camera like a pickax: to chip away at white Americans' stereotypes of black men. And she has undertaken that task at a time when hostile and fear-laden preconceptions have repeatedly proved lethal — most recently in Baltimore, Md., and before that in Cleveland, Ohio; Ferguson, Mo.; Staten Island, N.Y.; and North Charleston, S.C.


The contrast between summary judgments and actual character forms the core of "Radical Empathy." The title is meant as an appeal for understanding of black men's lives, Seguino says. Achieving such awareness amounts to a radical act, she adds, in that "empathy toward black men is the exception, not the norm."

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(Empathic Parenting) Lost for words? How reading can teach children empathy

(Empathic Parenting) Lost for words? How reading can teach children empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A Cambridge University study by Maria Nikolajeva, professor of education, found that “reading fiction provides an excellent training for young people in developing and practising empathy and theory of mind, that is, understanding of how other people feel and think”.

Neuroscience backs this up. Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, US, say that fiction tricks our brains into thinking we are part of the story.


The empathy we feel for characters wires our brains to have the same sensitivity towards real people.


Carnegie Mellon University studies discovered that when you get lost in a book your brain lives through the characters at a neurological level.
 

Miranda McKearney and Sarah Mears both work for EmpathyLab.

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What Empathy Is and What It Is Not

What Empathy Is and What It Is Not | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is a tricky thing. I used to think I was really good at it, but over the years I’ve realized I’m lacking in this area quite a bit. I’ve come across some incredibly empathetic people in the last few years who have taught me a lot about what empathy is and what it is not:

Empathy is not…
Sharing you own experiences. I am notoriously terrible about this, like that time on the hike I mentioned.


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(Empathic Parenting) TEACH through Love: What's Wrong With Punitive Consequences?

(Empathic Parenting) TEACH through Love: What's Wrong With Punitive Consequences? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Punitive discipline denies children the opportunity to reflect because we teach them to look outside of themselves for direction and to seek approval from others instead of acting authentically from a morality which is developing with empathy - through relationship.


“Much of today’s popular advice to parents ignores emotion. Instead, it relies on child-rearing theories that address children’s misbehavior, but disregards the feelings that underlie that misbehavior.


The ultimate goal of raising children should not be simply to have an obedient and compliant child. Most parents hope for much more for their children.”

Dr. John Gottman, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child


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Empower With Empathy

Empower With Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As we started the call, I wondered about my experience with trying empathic listening I had captured from Stephen Covey’s fifth of the seven habits – seek first to understand, then to be understood.


When I put myself in the frame of reference of another person to understand him/her… I feel vulnerable, I feel insecure in that my footing isn’t planted on the ground I know of – that is, my own thoughts and belief system. Whenever that I am able to see from another person’s perspective, the quality of conversation is so enriching and growing. Now, only if I could do that every time… :)


by Deven P-Shah

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How to Transform Hostility into Compassion: Cultivate Empathy and Self-Connection

How to Transform Hostility into Compassion: Cultivate Empathy and Self-Connection | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Cultivate Empathy and Self-Connection
Noticing we are in an hostile state of mind is the first step, but the actual transformative process involves empathy and self-connection.


Our empathy does not have to involve the other’s participation. It’s all about our openness to putting ourselves in their shoes and sensing their experience—including what they are feeling and the needs that are stimulating those feelings. What’s actually going on for them? Can we appreciate the needs behind their behavior (even when we don’t like the behavior itself)?

Self-connection is also important—for centering ourselves and for preparing to seek a beneficial response. We may have been competing with the other person for certain resources; if so, our self-connection process may involve looking at any limiting beliefs we may be holding about the scarcity of those resources. We might also look at our own attachment to getting our needs met through strategies that put us in competition with the other person. What needs are we trying to meet? Can we find other ways of getting those needs met?


by Jacob Gotwals

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Empathy vs. Blame - Family & Relationship Issues

Empathy vs. Blame - Family & Relationship Issues | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Research shows that, to the extent to which we believe that someone is responsible for their problems, there is lots of blame and little empathy. The reverse is also true.


So, for example, if we believe that addiction is a choice that then, there is little sympathy for that individual. In other words, the addict is to blame for his dilemma.


This is an important discussion because the ability to have compassion and to empathize with others is the basis of love, marriage and parenthood. Empathy allows parents to care about their children and want to provide a safe and nurturing environment for them to grow up in. Empathy motivates us to care for the sick and elderly and to look in on neighbors if they are having a crisis. It enables us to comfort and care for a crying baby.


Allan N. Schwartz, PhD

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