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Developing empathy is essential to emotional and physical health – Part 1

Developing empathy is essential to emotional and physical health – Part 1 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Authors call for an “empathy epidemic” to address violence, bullying, child abuse, racism and other inequities.


Many parents, educators and scholars agree that the development of social and emotional skills is critically important for children, youth and adults. Part of emotional development is the development of empathy, which is defined as the ability to sense and recognize others’ feelings and emotions – and to care about making it better if it hurts.


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They call for an “empathy epidemic” in order

to increase understanding and support

for the development of empathy in children,

youth and adults – and to help address

issues like bullying, child abuse, racism

and other systemic community issues.

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Frans de Waal on Ken Ham, Richard Dawkins, and morality without religion

Frans de Waal on Ken Ham, Richard Dawkins, and morality without religion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Dutch primatologist Frans de Waal speaks with RNS about the Bill Nye and Ken Ham creationism debate, "selfish genes," and what humanists can learn from religion.


CS: In Our Inner Ape, you describe human morality as being “firmly anchored in the social emotions, with empathy at its core.” Can you say more about the importance of empathy?


FDW: I think the two pillars of human morality are empathy and compassion on the one hand, and reciprocity, justice, and fairness on the other. I don’t think we can even imagine a moral system without those components. That doesn’t mean that they are sufficient—I see empathy and compassion in other animals, and I see reciprocity and even a sense of fairness in other animals. But I would not necessarily say that chimpanzees have morality in the way we do because they don’t try to justify rules, for example. There are certain elements missing.


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I think the two pillars of human morality

are empathy and compassion on the

one hand, and reciprocity, justice,

and fairness on the other.

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Empathy and compassion are very critical components of human morality. If you don’t empathize with others, then you’re not really interested in others. If you’re not interested in others, how could you ever be a moral being? It’s an absolutely essential component.



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Even More Creative Ideas to Gain Executive Attention and Empathy for Customers | CustomerThink

Even More Creative Ideas to Gain Executive Attention and Empathy for Customers | CustomerThink | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In last week’s article, Creative Ideas to Gain Executive Attention and Empathy for Customers, we said that  executives need to feel and truly understand who their customers are and what it is to be a customer of their company. Here are two more of those creative ideas to bring customers to the forefront.

Create a Customer Experience Room...

Mentor Low Performing Locations or Groups..

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If you feel you have empathy and understanding

but don’t have enough attention or support,

this final idea can be

particularly effective.

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by Kate Feather 

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Empathetic Marketing How to Satisfy the 6 Core Emotional Needs of Your Customers: Mark Ingwer & Edwin Rutsch

Empathetic Marketing  How to Satisfy the 6 Core Emotional Needs of Your Customers: Mark Ingwer & Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Mark Ingwer is a business psychologist and the founding partner of Insight Consulting Group, a global marketing and strategy consultancy specializing in consumer and business insights.  He has over 25 years experience applying his unique blend of psychology, marketing, and business acumen to helping companies optimize their brand and marketing strategy based on an in-depth understanding of their customers.


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The business community... 
often it fails to practice empathy in

its marketing and thus falls short

of truly connecting with customers.

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Mark is author of  Empathetic Marketing: How to Satisfy the 6 Core Emotional Needs of Your Customers.  He writes,  "A business that invests in empathy devotes itself to understanding the emotional needs and motivations of its customers, and aligns itself to meet them. Companies have increasingly embraced the role of emotion in selling products and services, but often merely pay lip service to its importance without understanding how to harness it."

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Empathy Connects, Transforms and Removes the Blocks to Action: Dominic Barter and Edwin Rutsch

Empathy Connects, Transforms and Removes the Blocks to Action:  Dominic Barter and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Dominic Barter plays with dialogue and partnership, focusing primarily in the fields of education, justice, culture and social change. In the mid-90s he collaborated in the development of Restorative Circles, a community-based and -owned practice for dynamic engagement with conflict that grew from conversations with residents in gang-controlled shantytown favelas in Rio de Janeiro.


He adapted the practice for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice's award-winning national projects in Restorative Justice and supports its application in a further 25 countries. In recent years he has supervised the mediation program for the Police Pacification Units in Rio, served as invited professor at the Standing Group for Consensual Methods of Conflict Resolution, at the High Court of Rio, with a focus on school mediation and bullying, and focused on the development of restorative community. Currently Dominic directs the Dialogue Restoration project for the State Education Department of Rio de Janeiro and partners with the Centre for the Study of Public Security and Citizenship at Candido Mendes University.


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"There's something really unique about

empathy, that it clears the things that

are blocking action,  and that it connects
both inside and to other people in a
way that 
is transformative."

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30 traits of an Empath (How to know if you’re an Empath)

30 traits of an Empath (How to know if you’re an Empath) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Being an empath is when you are affected by other people’s energies, and have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others


Your life is unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, and moods.


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Being an empath is much more than

being highly sensitive and it’s not

just limited to emotions.  

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A Feeling for Fiction

A Feeling for Fiction | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Books, movies, and plays are more than just entertainment, says psychologist and novelist Keith Oatley. They train us in the art of being human. He explains how fictional works nurture empathy and enhance our social and emotional lives.


When we examine this process of identification in fiction, we appreciate the importance of empathy—not only in enjoying works of literature, but in helping us form connections with those around us in the real world


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These effects derive from our cognitive
capacity for empathy, and there are
indications that they can help shape
our relationships with friends, family,
and fellow citizens.

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By Keith Oatley 

GreaterGood.berkeley.edu

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Dalai Lama Asks for More Compassion, 'Empathy and Concern' in Workplace During Santa Clara Visit

Dalai Lama Asks for More Compassion, 'Empathy and Concern' in Workplace During Santa Clara  Visit | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 He declined to comment specifically on the effects Silicon Valley tech firms have on their employees, but said that businesses should show more "empathy and concern." 

 "A compassionate mind creates self confidence and strength," he said.


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"Anxiety brings anger...

Compassion brings inner peace."

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The Dalai Lama's visit to Santa Clara ended three days of public events in the Bay Area. He also attended events in San Francisco on Saturday and Berkeley on Sunday.

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Empathy's New Presence on TeachaPedia

Empathy's New Presence on TeachaPedia | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
TeachaPedia, a collaborative platform for educators, now has a page for empathy.


Ashoka’s Start Empathy has worked to create a TeachaPedia page devoted to empathy in education. Please visit and contribute to the page and others on the site as we work to make empathy and changemaking as valued as reading and math in education.\


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Ashoka’s Start Empathy has worked to create a TeachaPedia page devoted to

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What's the most advanced communication skill you can develop to contribute to create a sustainable world?

What's the most advanced communication skill you can develop to contribute to create a sustainable world? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

What is the most advanced communication skill you can develop to strengthen all your relationships? One of our most critical human communication skills is Empathy.


Empathy is ones ability to sense someone’s emotion and be able to imagine what that person might be thinking or feeling. Why is it so important?


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Empathy is a primary capacity which
connects us to others, and the inability to
feel empathy us a major obstacle which keeps us distant and disconnected.

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The Science Is In: Elephants Are Even Smarter Than We Realized [Video] social & empathic animals

The Science Is In: Elephants Are Even Smarter Than We Realized [Video] social &  empathic animals | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

We now have solid evidence that elephants are some of the most intelligent, social and empathic animals around—so how can we justify keeping them in captivity?


Plotnik and renowned animal behavior expert Frans de Waal of Emory University recently teamed up to study elephant empathy. On a monthly basis between the spring of 2008 and 2009 they observed 26 Asian elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, looking for signs of what researchers call “consolation.”


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..in addition to cooperating for survival’s sake,

the creatures are capable of

genuine empathy. 

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Many animals are capable “reconciliation”—making up after a tussle. Far fewer animals display true consolation: when a bystander goes out of his or her way to comfort the victim of a fight or an individual that is disturbed for some reason. 


By Ferris Jabr

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Dalai Lama Dialogue "Business, Ethics, and Compassion" Stream on Vimeo

The Dalai Lama will be joined by the CEO of Dignity Health, Lloyd Dean, for Business, Ethics, and Compassion: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama.


The event was cosponsored by two of the country’s premier institutes for the study of ethics and compassion—


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SCU’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and
Stanford University’s Center for Compassion
and Altruism Research and Education.
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Eli Levine's curator insight, February 26, 2014 4:24 PM

And business stands in diametric opposiion to these points when it is put into practice.

 

Where are the morals in conservtism?

 

Where is the religion in what they have to say, in spite of the number of times they "pray" and "worship" their various deities.

It's just money the business people are after.  Not much higher than a bottom feeder in the ocean.

 

Silly brains.

 

Think about it.

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EA Founder Trip Hawkins Raises $6.5M to Teach Empathy Through Games

EA Founder Trip Hawkins Raises $6.5M to Teach Empathy Through Games | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Technology raises just as many problems as it solves. Just look at cyberbullying, a tragic--and sometimes fatal--byproduct of real-time, instantaneous social networks we inhabit. In a recent Harris survey, 85% of parents believe technology has made bullying easier.Trip Hawkins, founder of Electron


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The focus on the game is to teach empathy,
perspective-taking and other SEL skills

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. “To change anything important,” Hawkins says, “we need to meet people where they’re at.” For his intended audience of 7 to 11 year olds, that place is the tablet, which many children use as a gaming device.

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The development of empathy is essential – Part 2

The development of empathy is essential – Part 2 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy can be helped, or hindered. Authors call for an “empathy epidemic” to address violence, bullying, child abuse, racism and other inequities.


Part of emotional development is the development of empathy, which is defined as the ability to sense and recognize others’ feelings and emotions – and to care about making it better if it hurts.

Many parents, educators and scholars agree that the development of social and emotional skills is critically important for children, youth and adults.


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 authors Maia Szalavitz and Bruce Perry, M.D., 

stress that not only is the development

of empathy important for individual

health and wellbeing, but that it also

“underlies virtually everything that

makes society work — like trust,

altruism, collaboration, love, charity.”

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Networks-as-Change: Expanding Empathy « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog

Networks-as-Change: Expanding Empathy « Interaction Institute for Social Change Blog | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

“In principle, empathy can override every

rule about how to treat others.” 

Frans de Waal


Yesterday’s post considered the importance and power of the empathic turn in networks-as-change, to ground people in deep connection with living realities, for the sake of greater imagination, justice, resilience and responsibility. Taking cues from experience and the work and studies of others, here are some thoughts for how to cultivate radical “affection” (to quote Wendell Berry) in networks:


Go beyond abstraction to interaction...

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Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution - Roman Krznaric and Edwin Rutsch

Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution - Roman Krznaric and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living. He is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in London, which offers instruction and inspiration on the important questions of everyday life, and advises organisations including Oxfam and the United Nations on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading lifestyle philosophers. Roman is author of  Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution.



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I believe that empathy – the imaginative

act of stepping into another person’s shoes

and viewing the world from their perspective

–  is a radical tool for social change

and should be a guiding light

for  the art of living.

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From the book description; "Through encounters with actors, activists, groundbreaking designers, undercover journalists, nurses, bankers and neuroscientists, Krznaric defines a new breed of adventurer. He sets out the six life-enhancing habits of highly empathetic people, whose skills enable them to connect with others in extraordinary ways.


Empathy has the power to transform relationships, from the personal to the political. Krznaric contends that, as we move on from an age of introspection, empathy will be key to fundamental social change - making this book a manifesto for revolution."

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Bike Travel as a Model to Cultivate Empathy - Roberto Gallegos and Edwin Rutsch

Bike Travel as a Model to Cultivate Empathy - Roberto Gallegos and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Annika Wachter and Roberto Gallego are founders of Tasting Travels, a project that seeks to promote bicycle travel as a model to cultivate empathy. They have ridden their bicycles from Europe to Australia and beyond.
 

They say, "We are a multicultural couple that decided in 2011 to explore a thin line around the world by bicycle. Our main goal is to promote bike travel as a model to cultivate empathy.... We are moved by the strong belief that bike travel is an excellent way to cultivate empathy in our world, not only towards human beings but to other living species."

 

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... bike travel is an excellent way

to cultivate empathy in our world,

not only towards human beings but 
to other living species...

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Book Review: Design for an Empathic World by Sim Van der Ryn

Book Review: Design for an Empathic World by Sim Van der Ryn | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Discovering the Connections Between People, Nature, and Self


An email with the subject “Are architecture grads prepared for the real world?” arrived in my inbox this past autumn. Intrigued and also a bit skeptical, I opened it and read about a forthcoming book entitled Design for an Empathic World by Sim Van der Ryn. 


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"How do we connect to our inner selves,
the core of our being?
How do we grow and feed it so that it nurtures
us and allows us to nurture others and
the natural world through design? …"
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The Science of a Meaningful Life: Self-Care for Health Professionals

The Science of a Meaningful Life: Self-Care for Health Professionals | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here is an upcoming seminar at The Greater Good Science Center - Attend in person or watch the webcast - The Science of a Meaningful Life: Self-Care for Health Professionals

http://j.mp/1fOISFP


April 4, 2014

UC Berkeley Campus, International House 

A day-long seminar for health care professionals featuring Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.


This day-long seminar will offer valuable psychological tools to health professionals and others confronting stress, apathy, and burnout in their work. It will feature two of the world’s leading experts on the social and emotional dimensions to the helping professions, Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.


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a compassionate, practical approach

to addressing these challenges.

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Both Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Remen will provide insight into the challenges facing health professionals today and offer a compassionate, practical approach to addressing these challenges.

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Think Empathy's Just a Nice Idea? Think Again...

Think Empathy's Just a Nice Idea? Think Again... | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy In Action: How a Concept is Making Real Change In the World


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What this story teaches us is this:

Empathy can change the world.

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Doug Dietz decided that just doing his job wasn't enough, so he made some huge waves affecting the lives of many families. Seeing one child's pain and feeling that it was unacceptable, he committed his own time, energy, money and resources to finding a solution that would make the stress and fear go away for countless sick children.


Having spent years of his life devoted to streamlining and perfecting the MRI machine, it wasn't until he took a human-centered approach to design and innovation, letting compassion and empathy for others be his guide, that he began to truly push the limits of his work and find avenues of progress he couldn't have imagined before.

by Lysa Heslov

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NY Times Video: Elephants Give a Helping Trunk: Evidence of Empathy

NY Times Video: Elephants Give a Helping Trunk: Evidence of Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When an elephant is in distress, scientists have found, nearby elephants offer it a reassuring touch to make it feel better.


Elephants are known to be highly social and intelligent. Now there is evidence that they engage in something that looks very much like a group hug when a fellow elephant is in distress.


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looks very much like a group hug

when a fellow elephant is

in distress.

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Joshua Plotnick, who leads a conservation and education group called Think Elephants, and teaches conservation at Mahidol University in Thailand, studied elephants at a park in Chiang Rai Province in Thailand, to look for consolation behavior.


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Susan Sharma's curator insight, February 28, 2014 1:57 AM

Look for photographs of elephants at http://wildscapes.net for more empathy pics of elephants in Corbett National Park..

Betty Skeet's curator insight, February 28, 2014 3:50 AM

There is so muchwecanlearn from other fellow inhabitants of this planet.

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The Scientific Benefits of Self-Compassion -INFOGRAPHIC

The Scientific Benefits of Self-Compassion -INFOGRAPHIC | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Many of us believe being self-critical and hard on ourselves is a good thing.

We mistakenly think that being competitive and pushing ourselves hard is required for success. Research, however, is proving these theories wrong.


Most of us don’t stop to consider whether our self-critical and competitive attitude are helping us achieve our goals. We don’t realize that they are actually standing in our way.


Scientific data shows that self-criticism makes us weaker in the face of failure, more emotional, and less likely to assimilate lessons from our failures.


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Studies are finding that there is a far

better alternative to self-criticism:

self-compassion

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by Emma Seppala 

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, February 28, 2014 4:02 AM

Being kind to ourselves a key  to being better at what we do and how we deal with others, not to mention Wellbeing and contenment.

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8 Musts For Empaths

8 Musts For Empaths | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Once you have clarified that you are indeed an empath, then you have accepted that you are a little “different”.

 

Here is a link to previous post to see if you are an empath. There are different rules that you should abide by to prevent yourself from harm and to learn how to harness your gifts towards your higher purpose. Chances are if you are not an empath then you have a friend or family member that is.  


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As empaths get older and wiser they tend to

gravitate towards one another

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BY JESSE GOLDEN 

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"Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution

"Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it.


We normally think of empathy—the art of stepping into the shoes of another person and looking at the world from their perspective—as something that happens between individuals. But it can also happen on a mass scale and be a force for radical social change.


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Empathy can create a revolution. Not one of
those old-fashioned revolutions based on
new laws or policies, but a revolution
of human relationships.

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That's what I argue in my new talk from TEDx Athens, called How to Start an Empathy Revolution. I discuss everything from human libraries to using babies to teach empathy, from museums of blindness to a unique political phone line in the Middle East.


by Roman Krznaric

Culture of Empathy Builder Page
http://bit.ly/yogvQs 

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Is Australia losing its empathy?

Is Australia losing its empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Stereotyping, rife in today’s political debate, means we fail to see the real individuals behind the labels we impose on them


We’ve all done it. We walk down the street and see a homeless guy asking for some small change and we stride straight past avoiding his eye. Or we read about children in Syria being maimed and tortured and quickly flick over the page without a second of thought, continuing to munch on our toast.


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These kinds of empathy failures

are pretty normal.

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Although the neuroscientists now tell us that 98% of people have the ability to empathise, the reality is that we lead busy, stressful lives, and often feel we don’t have the time or energy to step into other people’s shoes, look at the world from their perspective – and give them some support. In other words, we fail to bring our neural circuitry to life, so our empathic potential lies dormant.


by Roman Krznaric

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