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Not feeling it? Learn how to navigate the roadblocks to empathy | Relate by Zendesk

Not feeling it? Learn how to navigate the roadblocks to empathy | Relate by Zendesk | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Chances are that we encounter acts of empathy more often than we realize. Empathy is what motivates us to let the car idle a little longer while a mother struggles across the street with her kids or to buy a homeless man a hot breakfast. Empathy is embodied by the advice nurse who stays on the line extra long to offer both medical and personal advice, or by the hotelier who gifts a bottle of champagne because he remembers what it was like to be a newlywed....

 

Results across seven studies showed that people who thought about empathy as a skill that can be improved—rather than as a fixed trait—made more effort to be empathetic. The seventh study, in particular, suggested that having an active interest in being empathic helps. In other words, if you want to feel more empathy, you can.

 

by SUZANNE BARNECUT
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Sowing the seeds of empathy: Fighting Crime with Empathy:  Queensland Police News

Sowing the seeds of empathy: Fighting Crime with Empathy:  Queensland Police News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Inspector Allen said the theme of the TEDx talk was ‘#challenge accepted’, with speakers expected to put a challenge out to their listeners.

“Police have always felt empathy, but now they do more than feel it—they act on it. My challenge was for other organisations to take on empathy and act on it. It might be out of the scope of their core business but it makes them better people,” he said.

Watch Inspector Allen’s talk below or visit TEDxSouthBank website here.
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Can reading children's books help tackle knife crime?

Can reading children's books help tackle knife crime? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

After the murder of teenager Myron Yarde on Sunday, teen author Alex Wheatle on how reading the right books can encourage the empathy and respect for life that might prevent tragic and pointless fatalities

 

A recent YouGov opinion poll, commissioned by Amnesty International, concluded that more than half of the parents in the UK believe that reading books can help children learn empathy. If that’s the case, it’s a surprise for me that reading for pleasure is not a vital part of the school week up and down the country.

 

Alex Wheatle

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Empathy & Bias by Clorama Dorvilias

Clo delves into the ways that our personal backgrounds influence our view of the world, and explains why it's important to consider all viewpoints. We'll see some examples that will help us achieve that, and hear the hard evidence for why a more diverse workforce pays off.

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Robots Are Learning to Fake Empathy

Robots Are Learning to Fake Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Developers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) have turned their attention to adding emotional intelligence to the AI they install in their virtual agents—animated, human-like interfaces that engage a user in conversation. The result is “empathic” virtual agents that can read, understand, and respond to human behavior.
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Responsive Partners Show Two Kinds of Empathy - Association for Psychological Science

Responsive Partners Show Two Kinds of Empathy - Association for Psychological Science | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When stress sets in, many of us turn to a partner to help us manage, relying on the partner to provide a sounding board or shoulder to cry on. A new study on close relationships suggests that your odds of actually feeling better are much improved if your partner provides both of those things.


The research, conducted by psychologists at the University of California, Santa Barbara reveals that simply understanding your partner’s suffering isn’t sufficient to be helpful in a stressful situation; you’ve got to actually care that they’re suffering in the first place.


The findings, published in Psychological Science, show that cognitive and affective forms of empathy work together to facilitate responsive behavior.

 

Winczewski, L.A., Bowen, J.D., & Collins, N.L. (2016). Is empathic accuracy enough to facilitate responsive behavior in dyadic interaction? Distinguishing ability from motivation. Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/0956797615624491

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Empathy: The Softer Side of Design Thinking

Empathy: The Softer Side of Design Thinking | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

I believe that design thinking offers a different way of gathering information- a softer side- that allows us to engage with users in deeper, more nuanced ways. Empathy is central to this notion....

 

I wanted to share some insights I’ve learned about what constitutes a good ethnographic interview because I truly believe that gathering good qualitative data is the most essential part of gaining user insights and empathy.

1. You can’t “phone in” an ethnographic interview... 

 

2. You have to lose yourself...

 

3. You have to be willing to abandon any script and follow where your interviewee takes you. ...

 

4. You have to be willing to be a co-creator of the experience....

 

5. You have to be willing to entertain the notion that you can learn something from one person that can change the lives of many. ...

 

 Maureen Carroll

 

 

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9 Tips to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Illnesses – Therapy Today

9 Tips to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Illnesses – Therapy Today | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
As a psychiatrist I’ve had many patients come to me with panic disorders, chronic depression, fatigue, pain, or mysterious ailments that respond only partially to medications or psychotherapy.

 

Some were nearly housebound or ill for years. They’d all say, “I dread being in crowds. Other people’s anger, stress, and pain drain me, and I need a lot of alone time to refuel my energy.”

When I took a close history of all these patients I found that they were what I call “physical empaths:” people whose bodies are so porous they absorb the symptoms of others. I relate because I am one.'

 

  Judith Orloff

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The Internet of empathy receives the Helsinki Challenge prize of €250,000 - LERU : League of European Research Universities

The Internet of empathy receives the Helsinki Challenge prize of €250,000 - LERU : League of European Research Universities | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
NEMO is developing new ways to digitise and transmit emotion online.The team is planning small add-ons for digital interaction platforms that would consider emotions.This way participants in online discussions could see or even experience the emotions of others in a new way that would be equivalent to natural interaction.

 

The team wants to create an open protocol for emotion transmission for any coder to use for building new empathy-enabling applications.

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Empathy in digital age.  Katri Saarikivi - TEDxTalks

Empathy in digital age.  Katri Saarikivi - TEDxTalks | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When the robots come, empathy will be our most important work skill. In this fascinating talk, Katri Saarikivi calls for increasing empathy in the rapidly digitizing world and gives concrete examples how to do this.

Katri Saarikivi is a scientist who works at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit of the University of Helsinki and concentrates on the brain functions behind learning and interaction. Winner of the Helsinki Challenge competition for best new scientific innovations, Saarikivi develops completely new techniques for digitalising emotions and transmitting them online.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Religious People are Less Smart, More Empathetic Says Study

Religious People are Less Smart, More Empathetic Says Study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
According to a group of scientists from the Case Western Reserve University and Babson University, there is a clear demarcation between the parts of the brain utilized for religious belief and critical thinking. The study found that people who are more empathetic have are less capable of critical thinking.

 

The report also revealed a link between spirituality and empathy, and inferred that people with a higher inclination towards religious beliefs to be more moral and understanding. Spiritual thinkers, for example, have a higher tendency to engage in religious practices, prayers and meditation. On the other hand, the research implies that people who tend focus on analytic reasoning based on science actually compromise their ability to cultivate a different type of thinking.

 

 
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Developing self-compassion: A masterclass in wellbeing with clinical psychologist Dr Chris Irons

Developing self-compassion: A masterclass in wellbeing with clinical psychologist Dr Chris Irons | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Learn how Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) can help you to improve your wellbeing – includes experiential mindfulness practices and information on the growing evidence base for this groundbreaking new form of therapy

 

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a cutting-edge practice that teaches people how to be kinder to themselves and others. Born out of the hugely influential techniques behind Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CFT can help to decrease stress, and have a positive impact on your wellbeing and self-esteem.

 

During this full-day seminar, you’ll explore the rapidly developing evidence base for CFT, and learn how this pioneering form of therapy can help you to lead a happier life. The day mixes presentations with practical exercises, and is taught by Dr Chris Irons, a certified clinical psychologist and compassion focused therapist.

 

 

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Reading a book is best for empathy: but do you agree with the books they chose?

Reading a book is best for empathy: but do you agree with the books they chose? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Amnesty’s poll for International Children’s Book Day reveals half of parents think reading a book is the best way to develop empathy - but do you agree with the books they chose?

 

 

Have you ever read a book which has made you step back and see the world from another perspective, one you may not have even considered previously? In a new YouGov opinion poll commissioned by Amnesty International UK, parents were asked to select the pastime from a list of activities that they thought developed their child’s empathy the most - and reading has reached the top spot.

 

More than half of 964 parents polled (53%) thought reading a book helped their children put themselves in someone else’s shoes, with just 12% saying TV and just 3% believing playing a computer game was the best way to develop empathy.

 

Emma Bowden

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Hospitals employ email ‘empathy’ to help doctors and patients keep in touch 

Hospitals employ email ‘empathy’ to help doctors and patients keep in touch  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A health care startup made a wild pitch to Cara Waller, CEO of the Newport Orthopedic Institute in Newport Beach. The company said it could get patients more engaged by “automating” physician empathy.

 

It “almost made me nauseous,” she said. How can you automate something as deeply personal as empathy?... 

 

“Automating empathy” is a new healthcare buzzword for helping doctors stay in touch with patients before and after medical procedures — cheaply and with minimal effort from already overextended physicians

 

 

By Barbara Feder Ostrov

 

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Where Has The Empathy Gone in American Politics?

Where Has The Empathy Gone in American Politics? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When you watch any political program on television, it’s really easy to get caught up in the grandiose speeches and the ‘larger-than-life’ personalities of the candidates. Each candidate is hoping to be perceived as powerful by voters/viewers. Yet, in a world that seems to grow darker and more violent everyday, maybe power is not what they should aim for. I have always said it is more important to be good than to look good, and the same goes for power.

 

Thus, the political goal of presidential candidates should above all else be empathy.

Empathy is power because it is what connects human beings to one another. It is the unwavering ability to understand through similar experience and sentiment.

 

by Diandra Rivera

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Empathy - The Final Frontier of Leadership

Great leaders are Empathetic. We have turned empathy into a sign of weakness when actually, it’s your greatest strength.

If you lack empathy as a leader, your people don’t feel heard or understood. When we approach each conversation with empathy, it becomes a tool for accountability. When we are empathetic we are free to think in the face of other people’s upset.

In the webcast we discussed:
- The difference between empathy and sympathy
- How empathy is a strength, not a weakness
- How empathy drives accountability
- Why you can't have empathy without boundaries
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Therapy dogs help Nacogdoches ISD students learn lessons about empathy

Therapy dogs help Nacogdoches ISD students learn lessons about empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
"A lot of times people when they are reluctant to open up with another person, they'll open up when an animal is there,” Taravella said. “It makes them feel more relaxed, more calm and just more willing to share."

It happened today with special need students. K.J., like Hope, has a hearing challenge, but articulates well how animals can teach empathy to humans.

"They won't judge them. They won't lie to them,” said K.J. Huey, an 8th grader. “No matter what trauma they've been through, they'll eventually come around."

Morgan Faulkner, student-"If you give them the love they need, they will give you the love you want."

 

By Donna McCollum

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Empathy Education | Daniel Keeran, MSW

Empathy Education | Daniel Keeran, MSW | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Daniel Keeran, MSW
President, College of Mental Health Counselling, Canada
Corresponding Author: Daniel Keeran, MSW, President, College of Mental Health Counselling, Canada, Tel: 2505902882; Fax: 2505902882; E-mail: collegemhc@gmail.com
Submitted Feb 20 2016 Accepted Mar 28 2016

In this concise volume, the author describes ten practical exercises to enable the development of empathy and thereby aid the transformation of the self and the community. It is hoped the user will create ways to improve these approaches, and the vitality of the movement will be sustained.

 


Introduction: What Is Empathy?
Exercise One: Building Your Emotion Vocabulary
Exercise Two: Distinguishing Emotions and Thoughts
Exercise Three: Making Sentences for Empathy
Exercise Four: Role Reversal
Exercise Five: Doubling
Exercise Six: Listening with Empathy
Exercise Seven: Becoming Another Character
Exercise Eight: Understanding the Story
Exercise Nine: Imagine the Emotions of a Historical

 

 

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Testosterone Decreases The Ability To Feel Empathy By Interrupting Brain Networks

Testosterone Decreases The Ability To Feel Empathy By Interrupting Brain Networks | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Whenever there’s a quarrel, fist-fight or bar brawl, testosterone usually has something to do with it. Famous for fuelling aggression, this male sex hormone is the prime suspect behind the human tendency towards antagonism, and with good reason.

 

According to a new study in the journal Psychoneuroendicinology, testosterone reduces connectivity in brain regions responsible for feeling empathy towards others and incorporating this sentiment into our decision-making.

Led by scientists from Utrecht University, the researchers sought to build on previous studies in which women were found to outperform men on tasks designed to measure empathetic capabilities. During these studies, participants were subjected to the Reading the Mind in Eyes Tests (RMET), in which the emotions and motives of others must be determined simply by looking at a picture of their eyes.

 

by Ben Taub

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How Empathy Can Make Us Better Innovators

How Empathy Can Make Us Better Innovators | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The ultimate purpose of innovation is to make our lives easier by transforming the way we do things (taking a taxi, flying to another country, fighting a disease, providing economic opportunities, etc.).

 

In order to achieve this transformation, it is necessary to understand what the potential users of those innovations need, feel and want. Daniel Goleman says that “a prerequisite to empathy is simply paying attention to the person in pain”.

 

These are some ideas on how to build our empathy:

  1. Be curious about people:..
  2. Be open-minded and avoid judgments:...
  3. Give credit...
  4. Cultivate and nurture empathy...

 

 

Enrique Rubio

 

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Design Thinking, Empathy, And Equity

Design Thinking, Empathy, And Equity | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Explicitly Teach Empathy
Through my work with National Equity Project, I learned that empathy is a skill or “set of muscles” that must be built.

 

You must dedicate time explicitly to enhancing this skillset. And so we must do that for our students. Here are a number of ways to go about doing that:

In The Classroom:

  1. Teach the skill of listening...
  2. Teach students the craft of asking beautiful questions — of themselves and of others...
  3. Teach students how to analyze assumptions..
  4. Teach students the power of a lens....

 

Experience Empathy:

In the field:

  1. Teach students ethnographic research methods for collecting data in the field...
  2. THEN get students out into the field… and as much as possible....
  3. Go virtual....

How have you taught your students to be empathetic?"

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 NEMO – NATURAL EMOTIONALITY IN DIGITAL INTERACTION - Helsinki University Challenge - building empathy-enabling solutions.

 NEMO – NATURAL EMOTIONALITY IN DIGITAL INTERACTION - Helsinki University Challenge - building empathy-enabling solutions. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Helsinki Challenge finalist team NEMO, lead by Katri Saarikivi, aims to establish a new field of research on digital empathy – but one that will be linked to creating applications right from the start. The team hopes to create a global movement working to emotionally enrich the entire underlying structure of online communication and augment the whole Internet. Increased emotional richness would make the Internet an empathy-enabling environment. This would solve many problmes, for instance reduce cyber bullying.

 

The team wants to compile an open protocol for emotion transmission for any developer to use for building empathy-enabling solutions.

 

Saarikivi and her team even envision things like ETP, meaning emotion transfer protocol, alongside the current mode of online communication, HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol).

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Emotional Exhaustion: Is Empathy a Choice?

Emotional Exhaustion: Is Empathy a Choice? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Life offers endless opportunities to test your empathy—the ability to feel for and with others—sometimes to its breaking point: ...

 

IS EMPATHY A CHOICE?

Zaki suggests we have an essential, automatic component to empathy—a built-in biological leaning toward caring for the suffering of others—but that our empathetic response is at the same time highly contextual. In the "tightrope" study, Zaki notes that in children, experience sharing—when we take on the feelings and even movements of others—may initially develop as an "undifferentiated response" to the emotions, he writes. "However, over time, children learn and internalize social rules, such as group membership, that produce motives to feel empathy in some cases but not others.”

 

Cameron suggests this is another avenue around which they could build experiments. “We could look at perceptions of social norms of those around you," he says. "Do your friends and family value empathy?”

 

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Religious People are Less Smart, More Empathetic Says Study

Religious People are Less Smart, More Empathetic Says Study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
According to a group of scientists from the Case Western Reserve University and Babson University, there is a clear demarcation between the parts of the brain utilized for religious belief and critical thinking. The study found that people who are more empathetic have are less capable of critical thinking.

 

The report also revealed a link between spirituality and empathy, and inferred that people with a higher inclination towards religious beliefs to be more moral and understanding. Spiritual thinkers, for example, have a higher tendency to engage in religious practices, prayers and meditation. On the other hand, the research implies that people who tend focus on analytic reasoning based on science actually compromise their ability to cultivate a different type of thinking.

 

 
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Religious People are Less Smart, More Empathetic Says Study

Religious People are Less Smart, More Empathetic Says Study | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
According to a group of scientists from the Case Western Reserve University and Babson University, there is a clear demarcation between the parts of the brain utilized for religious belief and critical thinking. The study found that people who are more empathetic have are less capable of critical thinking.

 

The report also revealed a link between spirituality and empathy, and inferred that people with a higher inclination towards religious beliefs to be more moral and understanding. Spiritual thinkers, for example, have a higher tendency to engage in religious practices, prayers and meditation. On the other hand, the research implies that people who tend focus on analytic reasoning based on science actually compromise their ability to cultivate a different type of thinking.

 

 
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