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NHS culture: how can the 'empathy gap' be bridged?

NHS culture: how can the 'empathy gap' be bridged? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

by Jill Maben

Schwartz rounds have been cited as a tool that health and care providers can use to support compassionate care, writes Jill Maben


As a student nurse I was told to keep my distance and not get too involved with patients. I am sure this was meant to be helpful, yet as a strategy it failed spectacularly. Within two years of qualifying as a nurse I had left the profession, I thought permanently.


I hope that my research will contribute to a culture change, which is not only more empathetic to patients, but also to the staff who care for them.

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How Genes Affect Your Sensitivity And Empathetic Quotient - Gizmodo

How Genes Affect Your Sensitivity And Empathetic Quotient - Gizmodo | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

It's in your genes. This often repeated phrase that has become a cult metaphor is actually proving to be true, especially when it comes to your emotional.



Genes play a big role in our level of empathy

With regards to empathy, there is a gene which plays a key role. This gene influences the part of the brain which receives the hormone oxytocin, a chemical which evokes empathy and love. The 'G' variant of the gene promotes empathy and ability to handle stress while the 'A' variant creates the opposite of the above effects. The third variant, the A/G variant evokes feelings somewhere in between.


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The Science Behind Empathy

The Science Behind Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Presented at PMI NYC Agile SIG on June 3, 2014. Pictures can be found here http://bit.ly/PMI-NYC-ScienceBehindEmpathy

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Study: Pain and Empathy: The Effect of Self-Oriented Feelings on the Detection of Painful Facial Expressions

Study: Pain and Empathy: The Effect of Self-Oriented Feelings on the Detection of Painful Facial Expressions | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Painful facial expressions have been shown to trigger affective responses among observers. However, there is so far no clear indication about the self- or other-oriented nature of these feelings. The purpose of this study was to assess whether facial expressions of pain are unconsciously associated with other-oriented feelings (empathic concern) or with self-oriented feelings (personal distress)...

Conclusion
The present study suggests that painful expressions are unconsciously related to self-oriented feelings of distress and that their threat value might account for this effect.


These findings thus shed new light on the automatic relationship between painful expressions and the affective components of empathy.



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How a developer school is 'engineering empathy'

How a developer school is 'engineering empathy' | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A Web developer says tech companies need to integrate engineers who can work in teams and employ empathy. Take developer school Dev Bootcamp.


Take Dev Bootcamp, a nine-week developer school. It includes a mandatory course called Engineering Empathy — an hour-long group lecture once a week for the first six weeks of the program. Myers, a course instructor, said the first half of the course is introspective while the second half focuses on outward interactions.


“Me focusing on empathy means I can see what it’s like for people who are from other circumstances and be aware of that,


” Myers said. If more people in the tech industry did that, she said, diversity problems would start to shrink — and that would give way to more innovation.


By Amina Elahi


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Unpacking Design Thinking: Empathy (the fMRI Pirate Ship story)

Unpacking Design Thinking:  Empathy (the fMRI Pirate Ship story) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When is the last time your principal, executive director or boss asked you to redesign a curriculum, program or product launch by empathizing with students, grant recipients or consumers? Probably not recently.


But in a world saturated with the memes of creativity and innovation, empathy can be the basis of success.
 

Design thinking consists of five spaces: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test.  And the very foundation of design thinking is empathy. Sometimes referred to as “discovery” or “understanding” in various explanations of design thinking, empathy requires understanding the needs and challenges of the people, or users, of a product, experience or system.



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While empathy is the foundation of design thinking, there are other “spaces” to explore.

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These subsequent exploration reveal the creative zigzagging process leading to innovative products, experiences and systems.

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I'm Moral, But I Won't Help You: The Distinct Roles of Empathy and Justice in Donations

I'm Moral, But I Won't Help You: The Distinct Roles of Empathy and Justice in Donations | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Donating to charitable causes is generally perceived as a moral, prosocial behavior, but this may not always be the case.


Though moral identity tends to have a positive effect on prosocial behavior, moralidentity does not unconditionally enhance charitable giving. Four studies demonstrate that moral identity decreases donations when recipients are responsible for their plight.


Mediation analysis reveals that empathy and justice underlie these effects such that moral identity increases donations for recipients with low plight responsibility through increased empathy,


but moral identity decreases donations to recipients with high plight responsibility due to perceptions of justice. Importantly, donations to recipients who are responsible for their plight can be enhanced when donors’ immorality is made salient, evoking empathy for recipients, particularly among donors with high moral identity.


This research makes theoretical contributions in addition to providing implications for non-profit organizations whose recipients may be perceived as responsible for their plight.

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Empathy Conference 2015,EMPATHY conference & Seminar Michigan City,United States Of America

Empathy Conference 2015,EMPATHY conference & Seminar Michigan City,United States Of America | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy Conference 2015 Seminar, organized by Insight Institute of Neurosurgery And Neuroscience


at Holiday Inn Flint Gateway Centre, Michigan City, held from 16-Oct-2015 to 17-Oct-2015. Find Conference details of Empathy Conference Michigan City, United States Of America, seminar schedule, forum topics, summit speakers, speaker profile and Empathy Conference trade meet deligates information.

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The current state of empathy research

The current state of empathy research | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The literature on empathy, primarily from counseling and psychotherapy and secondarily from social and developmental psychology, is reviewed.


Obstacles that may account for theoretical confusions and empirical difficulties in studying empathy are highlighted.



The decrease in empathy research in recent years appears attributable to the lack of clear focus and effective research tools as well as the shift in interest from empathy to other concepts such as the working alliance.


It is argued that there is a need to return to studying empathy. Researchers should distinguish between dispositional and experiential empathy and between intellectual empathy and empathic emotions and indicate whether they are examining therapist or client experience of empathy. Suggestions for future research are offered. 


by
Changming Duan, 
Clara E. Hill,

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Well See You Later Section: recovering addicts can help each other because they have great empathy.

Well See You Later Section:  recovering addicts can help each other because they have great empathy. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I’ve been fortunate during my life to meet, write about and work with people who have great empathy. 

During my 21 years in the newspaper business, I interviewed men, women and children whose struggles with physical and emotional challenges made them empathetic to others who were suffering.


Through my 24 years of work with a substance abuse prevention and treatment agency, I’ve seen how recovering addicts can help each other because they have great empathy.


They know what it’s like to be tempted to return to the alcohol and other drugs that could have destroyed their lives.

“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes,” says author Daniel H. Price. “Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.”

BY BILL HETLAND


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


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Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others

Why Kids Care More About Achievement Than Helping Others | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A new study from Harvard University reveals that the message parents mean to send children about the value of empathy is being drowned out by the message we actually send: that we value achievement and happiness above all else.


In the study, “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Messages Adults are Sending About Values,” the authors point to a “rhetoric/reality gap,” an incongruity between what adults tell children they should value and the messages we grown-ups actually send through our behavior.


We may pay lip service to character
education
 and empathy, but our children
report hearing a very
different message.


by JESSICA LAHEY 

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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 “Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm; when we look at each other we must say, I understand.


I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.”

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Evo and Proud: How universal is empathy?

Evo and Proud: How universal is empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Bronislaw Malinowski with natives on the Trobriand Islands (1918 -source). Pro-social behavior seems to be a human universal, but is the same true for full empathy?

 
What is empathy?
It has at least three components:


  • pro-social behavior, i.e., actions of compassion to help others
  • cognitive empathy, i.e., capacity to understand another person's mental state
  • affective or emotional empathy, i.e., capacity to respond with the appropriate emotion to another person's mental state (Chakrabarti and Baron-Cohen, 2013)
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A Physician’s Ability to Empathize May Be in the Genes

A Physician’s Ability to Empathize May Be in the Genes | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We found that areas of the brain involved with awareness and emotion, particularly those areas connected with empathetic feelings, in the highly sensitive people showed substantially greater blood flow to relevant brain areas than was seen in individuals with low sensitivity during the 12 second period when they viewed the photos," a coauthor said in a statement.


"This is physical evidence within the brain that highly sensitive individuals respond especially strongly to social situations that trigger emotions, in this case of faces being happy or sad."

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Judging Judges: Empathy as the Litmus Test for Impartiality by Rebecca K. Lee

Judging Judges: Empathy as the Litmus Test for Impartiality by Rebecca K. Lee | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This Article examines the role of empathy in judging, which has been directly raised and questioned in recent years, in light of the discussion surrounding judicial nominations and appointments to the Supreme Court.


President Barack Obama was right to emphasize that empathy is an important quality to be found in a judicial nominee, but his public support for empathetic judging was unfortunately cut short due to the political controversy and misunderstanding surrounding what empathy means.


The opportunity remains, however, for a renewed discussion regarding judicial empathy by expressly connecting it to our vision of judicial impartiality.


This Article makes an affirmative case for empathetic decision making and argues that empathetic judging is necessary for objective adjudication....


Rebecca K. Lee 
Thomas Jefferson School of Law


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The Power of Empathy in the Classroom

The Power of Empathy in the Classroom | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A further element that establishes a climate for self-initiated, experiential learning is empathetic understanding. When the teacher has the ability to understand the student’s reactions from the inside, has a sensitive awareness of the way the process of education and learning seems to the student, then again the likelihood of significant learning is increased.


This kind of understanding is different from the usual evaluative understanding, which follows the pattern of “I understand what is wrong with you.” When there is a sensitive empathy, however, the reaction in the learner follows something of this pattern,” At last someone understands how it feels and seems to me without wanting to analyze me or judge me. Now I can blossom and grow and learn.”


This attitude of standing in the other’s shoes, of viewing the world through the student’s eyes, is almost unheard of in the classroom. One could listen to thousands of ordinary classroom interactions without coming across one instance of clearly communicated, sensitively accurate, empathic understanding. But it has a tremendously releasing effect when [...] students feel … they are simply understood, not evaluated, not judged, simply understood from their own point of view, not the teacher’s.


If any teacher set herself the task of endeavoring to make one non-evaluative, accepting, empathic response per day to a student’s demonstrated or verbalized feeling, I believe she should discover the potency of this currently almost nonexistent kind of understanding.


-Carl Rogers, Freedom to Learn, pp. 126-127.




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The Humanities Institute | 2005 Spring · Empathy

The Humanities Institute | 2005 Spring · Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In the spring semester of 2005, the Scripps College Humanities Institute program will focus on Empathy.


\What does it mean to feel (or think) as another? When we consider the structure and obligations of social relationships, ourselves and others, justice and equality, reason, emotion, and values in politics and in social relationships, this is a topic of considerable interest. It is also, strikingly, a topic of various disciplines, sometimes, although not always, crossing the boundaries of those disciplines. Our work during the semester will be to pursue those intersections and blurring of disciplinary boundaries by bringing together scholars in such fields as neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, literary criticism, history, anthropology, art history, media studies, legal studies, and musicology.


One of the challenges of the semester will be to explore how—and why—”empathy” is a shared focal point in these otherwise very different enterprises. Why is it of such interest? What does it tell us about our human selves and about our relationships to others?


  • February 10, 2004 - Claudia Strauss Professor of Anthropology, Pitzer College 
    Is Empathy Gendered and If So, Why?
  • January 27, 2005 - Benjamin Vilhauer 
    Empathy and Remose
  • February 17, 2005 Jean Decety Professor and Head of Social Cognitive Neuroscience Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences
    The Functional Architecture of Human Empathy
  • February 17, 2005 - Evan Thompson
    Empathy and Consciousness
  • February 17, 2005 - Dorothy Otnow Lewis, M.D. Clinical PRofessor, Yale University
    Ethical Implications of Pur Knowledge about Violence
  • February 28, 2005 - Stephen Darwall - John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan
    Empathy, Respect, and the Second-Person Standpoint
  • March 2, 2005 - Jennifer Goltz - Professor of Voice and Music Theory, Scripps College
    Finding the Piece: How a Performer Prepares
  • March 3, 2005 - Alison Landsberg - Assistant Professor of American Cultural History and Film,
    Spectatorial Engagements: Empathy and the Politics of Identification
  • March 3, 2005 - Dominic Lopes -  Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished University Scholar, University of British Columbia
    Empathy through Art
  • March 3, 2005 - Marion Guck - Louise Cuyler Collegiate Professor of Music, University of Michigan
    What Music Elicits: Empathy, Antipathy, and Other Modes of Response
  • March 31, 2005 - William Reddy - William T. Laprade Professor of History and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University Empathizing with What? The Emergent Character of Emotions
  • March 31, 2005 - Jacqueline Stevens - Law and Society Program, UC Santa Barbara
    Empathy Research in the 1950s and 1960s
  • March 31, 2005 - George Lakoff
  • Professor of Linguistics at UC Berkeley and Senior Fellow at The Rockridge Institute 
    Keynote Address
  • April 1, 2005 - Norma Feschbach -- Professor of Psychology at UCLA
    "Children's Empathy: Its Potential for Social Development and Education"
  • April 1, 2005 Virginia Held - Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York Graduate School and Hunter College
    "The Caring Person"
  • April 1, 2005 Colin Allen ---- Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University
    "From Observation to Empathy for Animals: Is This Moral Progress?"
  • April 1, 2005 - Kenneth Reinhard - Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA
    "Otherwise than Empathy: The Ethics of the Neighbor in Lacan and Levinas"
  • April 7, 2005 - Christian Hubert Architect, - New York
    Outside/in: Frank Gehry and Empathy
  • April 7, 2005 - Juliet Koss Assistant Professor of art History at Scripps College
    Thoroughly Modern Empathy


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Exploring how a Montessori approach in the classroom leads to empathetic,

Exploring how a Montessori approach in the classroom leads to empathetic, | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Exploring how a Montessori approach in the classroom leads to empathetic, empowered changemakers.


What is it about Montessori education that supports these kinds of outcomes for students, their whole-self success as learners and as good people who make a positive contribution to their community?


Here are some of the elements of Montessori education that support the growth of empathetic, empowered people:


  1. Montessori education starts with a carefully prepared environment designed with the child in mind, to empower the child with freedom to choose from many meaningful options. The environment is beautiful to inspire an innate sense of caring and respect. The first part of the prepared environment is the teacher, who prepares herself/himself to be a good role model for caring, empathy and respect.

Nirvair Khalsa 
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BOOK REVIEW: Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution

BOOK REVIEW: Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Enter "Homo empathicus," the new collective arm of civilisational change. Krznaric cites four obstacles to this revolution: Prejudice, authority, distance and denial. The purpose of his book is to show how we can overcome these obstacles, and why it is vital to do so.


Krznaric is not interested in suppressing the ego but redefining its role. Aware that the shift from a "me generation" to a "we generation" is seen as little more than faddish, Krznaric recognises, nevertheless, the power of serving a goal which exceeds, while embracing, the self.

 

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Empathy has become the buzz word for

this "revolution in human relationships"
or this "empathic activism"

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Designing with empathy

Designing with empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It’s nice to be back in Aspen for the Ideas Festival, and unsurprisingly, I’ve spent a lot of time in sessions around creativity and innovation.


Perhaps the best message I took away was the concept of “designing with empathy.”


Kelley talked about the development and launch of a GE scanning machine that could do incredibly powerful things, particularly in the field of pediatric medicine; but the machine scared the daylights out of kids.  Over 80% of them were so frightened that they had to bring in an anesthesiologist to keep the kids still.


The GE product designer was gutted to hear that his incredible work had caused such a reaction – and so GE went back and took another run with a redesign that included graphics to make it look like a pirate ship! Kids were told to pretend they were hiding from the captain and to stay as still as possible, and it worked. After the redesign, less than 10% of kids that went into the scanner required the anesthesiologist.

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How Do I Keep My Employees Motivated? The Practice of Empathy Based Management, by George Langelett

How Do I Keep My Employees Motivated? The Practice of Empathy Based Management, by George Langelett | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How Do I Keep My Employees Motivated? The Practice of Empathy Based Management, by author George Langelett


Empathize, and become a manager who can effectively influence each of your employee's attitudes, behavior, level of motivation, and professional growth.


Empathy becomes possible, not by identifying with another person, but rather when we understand what the other person is feeling, thinking, and experiencing; what the underlying problem is; and why the person is behaving a certain way. Often people confuse empathy with sympathy. In the simplest terms, the goal of sympathy is to comfort; the goal of empathy is to understand. Thus, empathy or understanding of another's perspective is required for effective management of employees.

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Why is empathy essential in engineering?

Why is empathy essential in engineering? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Are Women Too Empathetic to be Engineers?, asked Vicky May, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, in an article.

Reflecting on David Kelley, one of IDEO’s founders, advice to Darmouth 2014 engineers to “empathize“, May argues that while engineering is indeed about, it should also be about empathy.

“Why is empathy essential in engineering?


Engineers design and build products, yes, but these products are for people! To design effective products and processes engineers must understand the people who will use them. And increasingly they must understand people from different cultures. Too often I see engineers develop technical solutions to problems in third world countries that go unused or are unwanted because the engineers failed to understand their users.”


The Greenhouse team

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New Research Report: The Children We Mean to Raise | Making Caring Common

New Research Report: The Children We Mean to Raise | Making Caring Common | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Our youth’s values appear to be awry, and the messages that we’re unintentionally sending as adults may be at the heart of the problem.



According to our recent national survey, a large majority of youth across a wide spectrum of races, cultures, and classes appear to value aspects of personal success—achievement and happiness—over concern for others.


 At the root of this problem may be a rhetoric/reality gap, a gap between what parents say are their top priorities and the real messages they convey in their behavior day to day. 


When children do not prioritize caring and fairness in relation to their self-concerns—and when they view their peers as even less likely to prioritize these values— there is a lower bar for many forms of harmful behavior, including cruelty, disrespect, dishonesty, and cheating.

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The Empathy Exams review – thought-provoking essays on our emotional boundaries

The Empathy Exams review – thought-provoking essays on our emotional boundaries | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is the purpose of empathy? Why do we feel another's pain and what happens to us when we do? This debut collection of thought-provoking essays blends an abundance of biological facts, literary and historical references, and deeply felt personal experience as it engrossingly explores how and why we relate to someone else's suffering.


Imagining themselves into the pain of others is what Jamison and the other "medical actors" in the opening essay must do, "playing sick" so that medical students can guess their maladies and be examined on them.


These "empathy exams" trigger wider comment about how each of us throughout life interprets others' pain.


But what is the price we pay for absorbing the suffering of others? Or is it valuable – indeed necessary – for us to do so?


by Anita Sethi

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Poem: Empathy by George Eliot

Poem: Empathy by George Eliot | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible
Comfort of feeling safe with a person,
Having neither to weight thoughts,
Nor measure words--but pouring them
All right out--just as they are
Chaff and grain together,
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them,
Keep what is worth keeping,
And with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.


 Author: George Eliot (English novelist)
image http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Eliot ;

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