Empathy and Compassion
296.3K views | +53 today
Follow
Empathy and Compassion
The Empathy Movement Magazine: The latest news about empathy and compassion from around the world - CultureOfEmpathy.com
Curated by Edwin Rutsch
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Edwin Rutsch from Empathy and Compassion
Scoop.it!

The Science Behind Empathy and Empaths

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

Empathy is when we reach our hearts out to others and put ourselves in their shoes. However, being an empath goes even farther. Like many of my patients and myself, empaths are people who’re high on the empathic spectrum and actually feel what is happening in others in their own bodies.

 

As a result, empaths can have incredible compassion for people—but they often get exhausted from feeling “too much” unless they develop strategies to safeguard their sensitivities and develop healthy boundaries.

 

Judith Orloff, M.D.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Can video games promote empathy?

Can video games promote empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy, or serious games as they're also called, have been growing in popularity. Just recently UNESCO — the United Nations' cultural agency — released a new game of its own.

Game designer Paul Darvasi is the author of a paper commissioned by UNESCO, How Digital Games can Support Peace Education and Conflict Resolution, and tells The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti how empathy games can create a unique perspective that goes beyond what literature and TV can do.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

(Teaching Empathy) UTS BUiLD: Empathy Workshop Series | University of Technology Sydney

(Teaching Empathy) UTS BUiLD: Empathy Workshop Series | University of Technology Sydney | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Global leaders are increasingly looking to emotional intelligence and our ability to "see the world from another's perspective" as being central to the future of leadership. The key ingredient is empathy - a basic human condition that not only requires us to sense the emotions and perspectives of others, but also to use this new understanding to fundamentally change our behaviour, decision-making and outlook on life. We hear this all the time, yet most of us don't know how to feel empathy.

Welcome to BUiLD's Empathy... Workshop Series. In our fun, engaging and extremely relevant sessions you will be immersed in many elements of empathy. Our facilitator, empathy expert Nathan Wiltshire, will guide you to discover the neuroscience, psychology and philosophical dimensions of empathy. Meanwhile, you'll learn useful methods of applying emotional intelligence to better understand yourself and others in many areas of your own life.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Creative Art Therapy and Attachment Work

Creative Art Therapy and Attachment Work | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Research on attachment disorders underscores the importance of sensory-based approaches in treatment that encourage active participation and include multi-sensory qualities. Perry (2008) presents a neurodevelopmental perspective, the essential role of sensory-based experiences in early childhood, and how they enhance secure attachment, affiliation with others, empathy and self-regulation.

 

He observes that our history as a human species has always included wellness practices such as holding each other, engaging in dance, song, image creation, and storytelling, and sharing celebrations and family rituals. These actions were used in early healing practices and, according to Perry, are now known to be effective in altering neural systems involved in stress responses and developing secure attachment.

 

Similarly, the arts therapies are normalizing experiences for children and trauma-informed practices in that they involve experiences that children in all cultures recognize (Malchiodi, 2008).

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

The Science Behind Empathy and Empaths

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

Empathy is when we reach our hearts out to others and put ourselves in their shoes. However, being an empath goes even farther. Like many of my patients and myself, empaths are people who’re high on the empathic spectrum and actually feel what is happening in others in their own bodies.

 

As a result, empaths can have incredible compassion for people—but they often get exhausted from feeling “too much” unless they develop strategies to safeguard their sensitivities and develop healthy boundaries.

 

Judith Orloff, M.D.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

But Who's Going To Save The Bully? -

But Who's Going To Save The Bully? - | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
2. Empathy

To make a difference, the school community must be prepared to look beyond the behavior. It’s important to consider the circumstances that have caused a child to have such a tainted view of the world. No child is born a bully, it’s their environment and role models that shape them.

Research suggests that an infant who fails to bond and establish a close emotional connection with caregivers and special people is far less likely to develop positive relationships later in life. Neglect and indifference appears to be the precursor for students who display a lack of concern for the feelings of others. Studies show the immense importance of love, support and kindness in fostering positive social, emotional and mental health and that low levels of emotional intelligence often result in a greater likelihood of bullying behavior.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

The empathy layer

The empathy layer | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

<span id="mce_marker" data-mce-type="bookmark">​</span><span id="__caret">_</span>The empathy layer - The Verge


Can an app that lets strangers — and bots — become amateur therapists create a safer internet?

 

Morris taught MTurk workers a few basic cognitive behavioral techniques to respond to posts: how to empathize with a tough situation, how to recognize cognitive distortions that amplify life’s troubles, and how to reframe a user’s thinking to provide a more optimistic alternative. The only quality control Morris put in place was basic reading and writing comprehension. For each completed task the MTurk workers were paid a few cents.

The empathy layer - The Verge


 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

The Psychology of Building Connections

The Psychology of Building Connections | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Kate Mahar

EMPATHY

If you follow Stomping Ground’s blog, you’ve probably read a few different posts about empathy in its most radical form. Empathy, at its core, is understanding how someone else is feeling. Empathy can be cognitive, which is mentally understanding the emotions of another, or it can be affective, meaning you share in another’s feelings and have a congruent emotional response. 

 

Radical empathy is one of the three pillars on which Stomping Ground was founded, so it is easy to assume that empathy is fostered within the community, and I see it in two main aspects of camp: the circle system and play.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Nancy Eisenberg to speak on prosocial behavior in children | Penn State University

Nancy Eisenberg to speak on prosocial behavior in children | Penn State University | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
One of the world’s leading authorities on empathy and child development, Nancy Eisenberg, will present the 2017 Lecture on Compassion. Eisenberg, who is Regents Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University, will talk about “Empathy-Related Responding and Prosocial Behavior in Children,” at 4 p.m. on April 20 in Room 22 of the Biobehavioral Health Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

 

A pioneer in the study of the moral and social-emotional development of children and adolescents, Eisenberg’s research has spanned nearly 45 years. She has made groundbreaking contributions to understanding the biological (temperament), psychological (self-regulation), and social-contextual (parenting practices) factors that shape prosocial dispositions in the child such as empathy, compassion, and helping behavior.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

(Empathy at Work) Empathy: the Cornerstone of Your Company Culture

(Empathy at Work) Empathy: the Cornerstone of Your Company Culture | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

True empathy is inclusive. It’s so inclusive, in fact, it is impossible for any divisiveness to grow. Empathy is inclusive because it promotes conversation over silence, and it encourages understanding over willful ignorance. Inclusion is important on tech teams because it allows for different viewpoints, something that can, unfortunately, be relatively rare in an industry with little diversity....

 

 Herein lies the value of empathy at work. Empathy in your company culture means your employees will be more invested in listening to their coworkers. They’ll be patient in every situation, and diversity will no longer be just an initiative but a way of life. All of this will result in a more collaborative culture, and collaboration always drives the bottom line.

by Sharon Steed

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

A philosopher’s 350-year-old trick to get people to change their minds is now backed up by psychologists

A philosopher’s 350-year-old trick to get people to change their minds is now backed up by psychologists | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The 17th century philosopher Blaise Pascal

When we wish to correct with advantage, and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false. He is satisfied with that, for he sees that he was not mistaken, and that he only failed to see all sides. Now, no one is offended at not seeing everything; but one does not like to be mistaken, and that perhaps arises from the fact that man naturally cannot see everything, and that naturally he cannot err in the side he looks at, since the perceptions of our senses are always true.

Pascal added:

People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Can Learning Another Language Boost Your Empathy?  

Can Learning Another Language Boost Your Empathy?   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Learning to speak a second language is a crash course in parsing ambiguity and decoding others’ intentions–and that’s a good thing.

 

But even though it’s largely accepted that our spoken languages don’t completely determine what we think, they do influence how we think (and feel and behave) in subtler ways–including how and when we experience empathy.

READING BETWEEN THE LINES–NO MATTER WHAT LANGUAGE THEY’RE IN

If Spanish won’t turn you into Lionel Messi, then what’s the point? Forget for a second that Spanish will help you work in Latin America, or that Mandarin will make you a better host for your Chinese counterparts.

 

Some researchers now believe that knowing a second language–any second language–can increase your capacity for understanding and empathy....

 

The theory that multilingualism increases empathy was tested in 2015 by a team of researchers at the University of Chicago

BY ERIC M. RUI

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion,  

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion,   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
After George Michael’s untimely death, it was revealed that the pop star had, among many charitable acts, given a stranger £25,000 when he overheard her crying over debt and had secretly phoned a TV show to offer a losing contestant the £15,000 she needed for IVF treatment. Such actions are under attack in Paul Bloom’s new book for being irrationally empathetic.

 

Bloom has nothing against niceness and compassion; he simply maintains that empathy typically leads to biased choices that render our altruistic acts less effective. As such, he sees it as a moral and political wolf in sheep’s clothing, causing harm within both personal and professional relationships.

 

 By Constantine Sandis

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Does Empathy Have Limits?

Does Empathy Have Limits? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Is it possible to run out of empathy?

That’s the question many are asking in the wake of the U.S. presidential election. Thousands have marched on streets and airports to encourage others to expand their empathy for women, minorities and refugees. Others have argued that liberals lack empathy for the plight of rural Americans.

Against this backdrop, some scholars have recently come out against empathy, saying that it is overhyped, unimportant and, worse, dangerous. They make this recommendation because empathy appears to be limited and biased in ethically problematic ways.

As psychologists who study empathy, we disagree.

 

By

  • C. Daryl Cameron, Pennsylvania State University;
  • Michael Inzlicht 
  • William A. Cunningham, University of Toronto
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Empathy Is the Key to Conflict Resolution or Management

Empathy Is the Key to Conflict Resolution or Management | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy has been found to undermine biased conflict perceptions.

Everyone interprets things through their own lenses, which filter information based upon our personal biases, beliefs, assumptions and values.

Conflict is a fact of life and occurs for a variety of reasons, such as differing perspectives, priorities or solutions to a problem. Many believe that "misunderstanding is the cause of 90% of all conflict." Irrespective of the actual percentage, a great deal of conflict does stem from misunderstandings.

 

Empathy and Relationships

 

more...
Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators's curator insight, Today, 4:49 AM
Empathy Is the Key to Conflict Resolution or Management
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Reading someone's facial expressions is not the key to empathy

Reading someone's facial expressions is not the key to empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
  • Those who 'simulate' the emotions of others are the most empathetic
  • But most people think reading body language and facial expressions is enough 
  • Participants in a new study who 'put themselves in the shoes of others' more accurately predicted emotions

Simply reading someone's facial expressions and body language is not enough to understand the experiences of others, new research has found.

 

The new study found that people who 'put themselves in the shoes of others' are far more empathetic. While most people assume they can understand another's emotions simply by watching them, the study's results suggest otherwise.



By HARRY PETTIT FOR MAILONLINE

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Gendlin discusses Carl Rogers. Empathy, Saying Back and Implicit Knowing  

Listen to audio of Eugene Gendlin's remarks to the gathering of the 12th World Association of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy Conference in New York City in July, 2016.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers

Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

One Berkeley preschool is baking empathy into its curriculum—and for good reason.

 

Various studies show that the more empathy a child displays, the less likely they are to engage in bullying, online and in real life. Empathic children and adolescents are more likely to engage in positive social behaviors, like sharing or helping others.

 

They’re also less likely to be antisocial and exhibit uncontrolled aggressive behaviors. That’s a big reason why educators have been devoting more attention to empathy in recent years, integrating it more deeply into schools and curricula. And as Golestan illustrates, some of these efforts are focusing on early childhood education.

 

By Shuka Kalantari

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Against Empathy & Einfühlung

Against Empathy & Einfühlung | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This morning while perambulating the canines, I listened to the recent Econtalk podcast in which Russ Roberts interviews Paul Bloom. It was a great discussion, as you might expect. Econtalk is my favorite podcast and Bloom, despite our ideological differences, is one of my favorite writers on psychology (though I’ll admit, of his books, I’ve only read Just Babies and barely started his book Against Empathy). I also had the pleasure of meeting Bloom recently (for a cigar no less!) when I was up in New Haven last month.

 

Bloom argues, rightly I believe, that empathy can be a trickster. It causes us to focus on a specific injustice or outrage and as a result empathy sidelines reason. It is different than compassion for, among other reasons, the compassionate thing is often to resist what your empathetic instincts tell you. Every parent understands this. When our kids suffer we feel the pain acutely, but that doesn’t mean that the suffering can’t be for their long term benefit. 


by JONAH GOLDBERG

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

The Invention of Empathy: Rilke, Rodin, and the Art of “Inseeing”

The Invention of Empathy: Rilke, Rodin, and the Art of “Inseeing” | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

BY MARIA POPOVA

Empathy, an orientation of spirit decidedly different from sympathy, has become central to our moral universe. We celebrate it as the hallmark of a noble spirit, a pillar of social justice, and the gateway to reaching our highest human potential — a centerpiece of our very humanity.

 

And yet this conception of empathy is a little more than a century old and originated in art: It only entered the modern lexicon in the early twentieth century, when it was used to describe the imaginative act of projecting oneself into a work of art in an effort to understand why art moves us.

 

"The invention of empathy corresponds to many of the climactic shifts in the art, philosophy and psychology of fin-de-siècle Europe, and it changed the way artists thought about their work and the way observers related to it for generations to come."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Beware the fake empathy of liberals

Beware the fake empathy of liberals | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In reality, the much-maligned “social justice warriors” who stand up for Somalis, Nigerians, Mozambicans and other fellow Africans who live in our country are the same ones who stand up for poor South Africans while many privileged birds stare into oblivion, ignoring everyday violent realities.

Don’t be fooled by the noise of those who think they are the gold standard of progressive chirping. They show off fake empathy while sipping guilt-free on bubbly behind gated walls, far away from the violence. 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Empath: The Art of Empathy (English Edition) eBook: Nicholas White: 

Empath: The Art of Empathy (English Edition) eBook: Nicholas White:  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Have you ever absorbed another person’s feelings, energy, and emotions just by being near them? Have you been in a situation where a physical pain has automatically manifested without an external stimulus? If the answer to the previous questions is yes, then chances are you are an empath!


Empathy is one of the most important aspects of life. An empath is a person who automatically connects to feelings and emotions of another without trying. An empath will be in a position to absorb and feel something that another person is feeling just by sharing space with them.


Empathy is a result of a personality trait that allows people to connect with others at a deep level. Although most empaths are born with a gift, it is possible for anyone to develop the trait.
This book has been formulated to give you an insight into what it feels like to be an empath. It will take you through an empath’s world and provide a first-hand experience of what it feels like to connect with others at a deep-rooted level.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

How To Have Empathy In The Trump Era

How To Have Empathy In The Trump Era | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It was difficult enough for progressives to walk in the shoes of Trump voters - who managed to pull the lever for their man despite his many bigoted statements - during the campaign.

 

But what happens now, when we must deal with a president whose administration flouts constitutional protections and pushes policies such as the Muslim travel ban that hurt real people?

 

How do we ask people being disenfranchised to empathize with the very people whose votes empowered their disenfranchisement?

 

What is the function of empathy - a cherished Jewish trait (“You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of the stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9)- in an age when resistance may be a more appropriate action?

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

Chris Matthews on Potential Oprah-Trump 2020 Race: She Has Empathy, He Doesn’t

Chris Matthews on Potential Oprah-Trump 2020 Race: She Has Empathy, He Doesn’t | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Matthews said, “I think Oprah… [has] empathy. Right now we have a president who has no empathy for regular people and their problems. He doesn’t connect with pain.”
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Edwin Rutsch
Scoop.it!

 Seven ways to prevent apathy from overtaking empathy

 Seven ways to prevent apathy from overtaking empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In these highly charged times, many wonder whatever happened to empathy. From shunning victims of violence to ridiculing another’s beliefs, people seem to have lost the capacity to compassionately experience the feelings of others. The human nature to feel for another person’s hardships is disappearing.

Why is this occurring? Many ordinarily caring people experience compassion fatigue and shut down emotionally. On sensory overload, we feel overwhelmed, burned out and powerless to deal with crises in the world. This is especially true for empaths — people who are very sensitive to others.

 

By Judith Orloff, M.D.

 
more...
No comment yet.