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Mirror Neuron Receptor Deficit (MNRD) - An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Mirror Neuron Receptor Deficit (MNRD) - An Idea Whose Time Has Come | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You cringe when a coworker gets a paper cut and cheer when a movie hero gets the girl. That’s because for an instant, it’s just as if these events are happening to you—and, in a way, they are.


Years ago, scientists studying specific nerve cells in macaque monkeys’ prefrontal cortexes found that the cells fired when the monkeys threw a ball or ate a banana.


But here’s the surprise: these same cells fired when the monkeys watched another monkey performing these acts. In other words, when Monkey #1 watched Monkey #2 toss a ball, the brain of the first monkey reacted just as if it had tossed the ball itself.


Scientists initially nicknamed these cells “monkey see, monkey do” neurons. Later they changed the name to mirror neurons, because these cells allow monkeys to mirror another being’s actions in their own minds.


(excerpted from “Just Listen” Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone).


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Empathy in Psychotherapy

Empathy in Psychotherapy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

"In Empathy in Psychotherapy: How Therapists and Clients Understand Each Other, Frank-M. Staemmler brings together neuropsychology, the psychotherapy literature, the developmental psychology literature, and philosophical literature...to rigorously and thoroughly present a new view of the nature of empathy that makes it clear how the relationship can be healing. The book is an impressive effort of scholarship in which Staemmler has thoroughly grounded his ideas in the literatures that he brings to bear." --PsycCRITIQUES


"Staemmler's new book on empathy, Empathy in Psychotherapy: How Therapists and Clients Understand Each Other, is a tour de force. Rarely have I read a book--surely not in psychoanalysis or psychotherapy--so scholarly and so accessible, so theoretically challenging and so humanistically rich." --International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology


Key Features:


  • Improves our understanding of the potential for empathy to greatly enhance therapeutic practice
  • Draws from philosophy, literature, theology, psychology, social sciences, and neuroscience to create a new definition of empathy
  • Critiques traditional concepts of empathy and highlights their strengths and weaknesses



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Washington DC Mindfulness Conference | FACES Conferences - May 15-17, 2014

Washington DC Mindfulness Conference | FACES Conferences - May 15-17, 2014 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Learn new skills and compassion techniques
to work  with your clients and
improve your life, too.

  1. Inside Compassion
  2. The Healing Power of Compassion
  3. Our Nature is to Nurture: A Journey into the Origins of Compassion
  4. Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
  5. Compassion Fitness: Evidence-based Practices for Boosting Your Own Compassion
  6. Self-Compassion and Difficult Relationship Interactions
  7. Love 2.0 How Positivity Resonance Nourishes Health
  8. Being a Compassionate Companion
  9. Wisdom and Compassion in the Treatment of Trauma: First Do No Harm
  10. Increasing Your Daily Diet of Love & Compassion
  11. Wisdom & Compassion in the Treatment of Trauma: Relational Dimensions of Healing
  12. Cultivating a Forgiving Heart
  13. Mindfulness, Compassion & the Pain Paradox
  14. Self –Compassion: Managing Difficult Emotions
  15. Mindfulness, Compassion, Suffering & the Therapist
  16. Self-Compassion Training for Care Givers
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Empathy in Old-Age: Less Heat and More Light - Turning down the ‘hot’ empathy dial

Empathy in Old-Age: Less Heat and More Light - Turning down the ‘hot’ empathy dial | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

There’s a common view that older people are basically meaner and less sympathetic. Although empathy clearly develops throughout childhood, it’s less clear how it changes over the lifespan. A paper out this month suggests that while emotional or ‘hot’ empathy may lessen with age, cognitive, or ‘cold’ empathy stays the same. And that may be a good thing.


Yao-Chu and colleagues’ paper looked at empathy across the lifespan from age 20 to 80. They recruited three groups of 22 ethnically Chinese men and women: young (20-35), middle-aged (40-55) and old (65-80). Empathy tasks can be subtle, such as deciding whether to be truthful about how fat your friend looks in a new outfit or whether you care enough about a distant disaster to get your wallet out. Studies using tasks like these can have problems disentangling all the contributing empathy-related mental processes. But not so in this study. 


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Yao-Chu and colleagues’ paper looked

at empathy across the lifespan from

age 20 to 80. 

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by Gillian Ragsdale 

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Building Empathy With The Power Of Technology - NBC News

Building Empathy With The Power Of Technology - NBC News | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

HomelessGoPro co-founders Kevin F. Adler, Erika Barraza, Heather Warnken, and Adam Reichart.What’s it like to walk a mile in another man’...


Here, Adler discusses how life has changed for Adam, addresses the project’s critics, and reflects on the power of the “fragile, shared human experience.”


Is there an effort to help get Adam get off the streets?


Absolutely. We all agree, and Adam would say the same, that the wider goal is building empathy as an end in itself, and the transformative power of empathy is to get people more interested in supporting other service organizations, to be more likely to stop and speak and make donations, and to be able to better understand each other’s situations.


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the wider goal is building empathy as
an end in itself, and the
transformative power
of empathy 
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MARIA SHRIVER 

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Compassion May Protect Against Depression

Compassion May Protect Against Depression | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

 by CHRISTINE HSU

Compassion may help guard adolescents from depression, according to a new study.


New research found that 15- and 16-year-olds who feel like giving is more pleasurable than getting are less likely to become depressed.

Researchers looked at activity of the ventral striatum, a brain region that controls feelings of pleasure in response to rewards. 


Past studies reveal that the ventral striatum activity tends to be more pronounced in adolescence. Researchers said the findings suggest that people at this age experience the pleasure of rewards more intensely than their younger or older counterparts.


Lead researcher Eva Telzer of the University of Illinois said this makes sense, as people are significantly more likely to take risks during adolescent years.


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they show higher reward activation in

the pro-social context, they show

declines in depression. 
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Clinical Examiners, Simulated Patients, and Student Self-assessed Empathy in Medical Students During a Psychiatry Objective Structured Clinical Examination

Clinical Examiners, Simulated Patients, and Student Self-assessed Empathy in Medical Students During a Psychiatry Objective Structured Clinical Examination | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
ObjectivesThis study aims to assess and compare objective and subjective scores of empathy in final-year medical students by using firstly a validated student self-assessment just prior to the psychiatry objective structured clinical examination (OSCE), and then comparing this to clinical examiner's and simulated patient's (SP’s) assessments of empathy of students using a Global Rating of Empathy scale (GRE) during a psychiatry OSCE.
Methods

In 2011, all final-year medical students in the University College Dublin were invited to complete a subjective, self-assessed empathy questionnaire (The Jefferson scale of physician empathy—student version (JSPE-S)).

They were also assessed for empathy in four OSCEs by the clinical examiner and the SP acting in that OSCE scenario.

Conclusions
SPs may be valid assessors of empathy
 
in medical students during
an OSCE.
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Experimenting with Self-Compassion

Experimenting with Self-Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
It's hard to be self-compassionate but focusing on small shifts helps. Here are some examples.


One of the hardest things about building a healthier relationship with ourselves is changing our inner dialogue. The inner critic can just be so darn loud.

For instance, when we even think about being nicer to ourselves, the nastiness starts.


Why do you think you deserve this? You still haven’t lost the weight. Who are you kidding?


Or the negative thought of all negative thoughts: Who do you think you are?


We’re convinced that we need to be mean to ourselves in order to move about our days. In order to “get results.” In order to “get healthy.” 


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We’re convinced that we need to 

be mean to ourselves in order to

move about our days.

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 By MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY

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Empathy, Goals of Care & Training Opportunities to Improve Your Communication Skills and Teaching ~ Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog

Empathy, Goals of Care & Training Opportunities to Improve Your Communication Skills and Teaching ~ Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

By Lyle Fettig 

Empathy plays an important role in all of healthcare communication, but it's especially heightened when clinicians are working with patients with serious illness and their families.  

Journal of Palliative Medicine published an article by Vital Talk's Tony Back and Bob Arnold recently about the role empathy can play in the delineation of goals of care for seriously ill patients.  Empathy without any specific action is valuable to the suffering person.  Merely being understood often times has some ameliorative impact on the suffering person and fosters a therapeutic relationship, even when some problems cannot be solved. 


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Empathy without any specific action

is valuable to the suffering person.

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Mahindra Humanities Center: The Multi-Dimensional Approach to Empathy as the Foundation of Human Relations

Mahindra Humanities Center: The Multi-Dimensional Approach to Empathy as the Foundation of Human Relations | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You are invited to the Mahindra Harvard Humanities Center to attend the Philosophy, Poetry and Religion Seminar 


Lou Agosta, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
The Multi-Dimensional Approach to Empathy as the Foundation of Human Relations
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:00pm

Abstract


A multi-dimensional definition of empathy is proposed. It gathers together four aspects of a unified, coherent process of empathy that maps to a hermeneutic circle of empathy


(see Figure at end of paper).



These aspects or moments occur simultaneously but are put into sequence for purposes of exposition including: empathic receptivity as communicability of affect, empathic understanding of human possibilities, empathic interpretation of perspectives such as first and second person relatedness, and responsiveness in language.



The linguistic aspects of empathy include the paradox that empathy occurs in language first and foremost as listening. However, it also encompasses an optimal responsiveness to the humanity of the other as the paradigm speech act of narrative and short micro-narrative responses that demonstrate relatedness. Examples are engaged. I will NOT be reading the paper. I will be talking about the Figure on the hermeneutic circle of empathy at the back end of the paper.


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Research Symposium 2014

Research Symposium 2014 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The Third Annual Roots of Empathy Research Symposium (May 7-9, 2014) promises to be yet another thought-provoking gathering in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


The symposium will offer rich interdisciplinary presentations from expert research scientists on topics such as development of executive function skills, neurophysiological foundations of emotions, attachment, and self-regulation, neuroendocrinology and social behaviour, the psychology,neuroscience, and ethics of empathy, and social and emotional learning in the early years.


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We value the lens of research as

we continue to offer our empathy-based

programs to children on three continents

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3 Quick Ways to Get Control of Overactive Empathy

3 Quick Ways to Get Control of Overactive Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

You know when you get a glimpse into someone else’s emotional experience or their pain?  You can really feel it for a moment and sometimes it might bring you to tears or motivate you to help someone.  That’s empathy.


Overactive empathy, on the other hand, is when you have that experience of opening up to someone else’s emotions and experience, but then instead of coming back to yourself afterwards and being centered in your own needs and feelings, you remain ‘out there’ – absorbed in everyone else’s ‘stuff’.  In social situations, you can sense what everyone else is feeling and thinking. 


Even walking past people in the street, you can feel and sense what is going on with them.  Physical empaths can even pick up physical pains and aches that aren’t theirs.


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Overactive empathy can lead to
people-pleasing, self-sacrifice
and self neglect

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by Leanne Chapman 

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The Key Differences Between Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion

The Key Differences Between Sympathy, Empathy and Compassion | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Do you aspire to living a life of enlightenment? Acting for the good of others and not yourself is the cornerstone of an enlightened life and will put you on the path of contentment. 

There are many terms that are used to describe actions as they relate to other’s needs and suffering and they are often wrongly utilized. Do you know the difference between sympathy, empathy and compassion and how they may relate to your life choices?


Sympathy – feeling sorry for another’s hurt...

Empathy – walking in another’s shoes..

Compassion – love in action..

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The Art & Science of Mindfulness & Compassion - Seattle Conference WA - October 9-11, 2014

The Art & Science of Mindfulness & Compassion - Seattle Conference  WA - October 9-11, 2014 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here are a few of the compassion topics
that will be covered in Seattle


  1. Ways to Nurture Compassion and Bolster Resilience: A Constructive Narrative Approach
  2. Compassion and Decision Making: Implications for Conflict Resolution
  3. Breaking Bad Habits: The Neuroscience & Psychology of Personal Transformation
  4. Uncovering Happiness: The New Science of Overcoming Depression through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
  5. Emotions: Befriending the Messengers Within
  6. Introduction to the Theory of Compassion Psychotherapy
  7. Working with Compassion Focused Therapy –The Practices
  8. Wisdom & Compassion in the Treatment of Trauma: First Do No More Harm
  9. Wisdom & Compassion in the Treatment of Trauma:Relational Dimensions of Healing
  10. Brainstorm: The Power & Purpose of the Teenage Brain
  11. Compassion and Kindness as Integration Made Visible
  12. Fierce Compassion: Overcoming Anxiety Through Cultivating Compassionate Courage
  13. The Gifts of Suffering: Finding Insight, Compassion and Renewal
  14. Empowering and Enhancing Exposure Through Compassion, Acceptance and Mindfulness
  15. Unwelcome Change: Embracing the Lessons of Loss
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Teaching Empathy; A Matter of Life and Death

Teaching Empathy; A Matter of Life and Death | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

As a parent, as a Connecticut resident and as a human being I can only say that I am heart broken and mad as hell. When did killing another child become an option?


Why isn't conflict resolution a class in all our schools?


Why is basic life skills education less accessible than junk food? Imagine a world where families and schools got the support and information they need to affect socio emotional learning for everyone. Violence is the end result of many conflicts that might have been resolved constructively if our children had the skill set required. Skills like empathy and effective communication. 


by Marilynn Halas 

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Let's not let Maren's death be in vain.

Let's honor her with a renewed call

for empathy for all of us.

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malek's comment, April 27, 2014 8:22 AM
heart ripping..a balanced approach will be education and LAW.
pdeppisch's comment, April 27, 2014 8:54 AM
Education may work. USA has become a lawless society! Back to the 'WIld West'.
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Views on Listening: empathy

Views on Listening: empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Shirley Wardell is a Leadership Foundation associate, and she works on the Research Team and Future Leader’s programmes. This is the third in a series of blog posts on listening,..


The participants on our Research Team Leadership courses tell us that when someone listens to them really well they feel the listener’s empathy. Dictionary.com describesempathy as: ‘intellectual identification with, or vicarious feelings thoughts or attitudes of another.’ We allow another person to affect us, and that way we are in a relationship.

 

Empathy is the basic building block

of healthy relationships - leaders need

healthy working relationships.




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Suicide prevention speakers: Kindness, empathy can help save someone's life

Suicide prevention speakers: Kindness, empathy can help save someone's life | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Briggs said about 60 people jump off the Golden Gate Bridge every year.


Known as "the guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge" because of his success at convincing those threatening suicide not to jump, Briggs said most suicidal people will respond to a lifeline of caring and empathy, if someone gets to them in time.


"Any one of you in this room right now who suffers mentally in any way, do not hold it in. Go to someone you love and trust and has empathy and ask for help," Hines said.


By Judy Benson



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Empathy and money are not mutually exclusive:

Empathy and money are not mutually exclusive: | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Who’s to say that when it comes to how people’s complicated lives unfurl, Justin Trudeau’s empathy reservoir is any less full than Tom Mulcair’s?


Too bad there isn’t an objective measure of empathy, like the BMI (body mass index), where you can type in a few key experiences, statements and actions and voila, it tells you that when it comes to empathy, you’re either Mother Teresa or Darth Vader. Or like most of us, somewhere in between.


Judith Timson 

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Charis Santiago's Thesis Presentation- "Evocative Empathy with Facilitated Dialogue"

Charis Santiago's Thesis Presentation- "Evocative Empathy with Facilitated Dialogue" (24/04/2014)
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Call for Presentations The Empathy Project Conference: 2014 Friday 7th November – Sunday 10th November 201 Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations The Empathy Project Conference:  2014 Friday 7th  November – Sunday 10th November 201 Prague, Czech Republic | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy: Imagining the world from the perspective of another or others


Call for Presentations:
The will to understand or to attempt to understand others by imagining what it might feel like to be them; how it might feel to experience the world from their shoes – from inside their skin, is arguably one of the central achievements of humankind. This is the human trait known as ‘empathy’.


It underpins much of our lives – from the ways in which people relate to and care for one another within families and in bigger groups, to the ways in which we communicate with one another through literature, art, film, advertising and digital media. Many professions – from nursing, counselling psychotherapy and medicine, to teaching, product design, architecture, advertising and stand-up comedy, depend at least partly, on empathic skill.


Proposals are invited for individual contributions and for symposia of three closely related papers that address the place that empathy has to play in any area of human life, including:


  • Health and social care.
  • Empathy in storytelling of all kinds, including novels and short stories, theatre; narrative and documentary film; digital storytelling of all kinds.
  • Empathy and the arts.
  • The communications industry, including both print and digital journalism; film, television and radio.
  • Empathy in education.
  • Explorations of empathy in academic research, by, for example, psychologists, philosophers, theologians, nurses, counsellors, teachers and literary theorists.
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Teach Your Toddler Empathy

Teach Your Toddler Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

In our society, empathy is a critical component to helping us connect with others and interact with compassion and understanding. Being able to recognize another person's emotions and place yourself in their shoes, however, is more of a complex skill than most people realize.


It is not something you either have or don't have; we can each possess different degrees of empathy, and we can also continue to enhance our capacity for empathy throughout our lives...


Here are some tips to help teach

toddlers empathy:


1. Be what you want to see....

2. Involve children in charitable activities...

3. Ask your child to think of others and role play...

4. Validate your child's feelings. ..

5. Praise your child when he shows empathy toward others. ..

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by Dr. Gail Gross

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Mahindra Humanities Center: - Empathy: The Second-Person Perspective and the We

Mahindra Humanities Center: - Empathy: The Second-Person Perspective and the We | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Dan Zahavi, University of Copenhagen
Empathy: The Second-Person Perspective and the We
Abstract

What is we-identity and how should we understand collective intentionality? In my talk, I will discuss what I take to be some of the cognitive and affective preconditions for we-intentionality. I will compare and contrast current proposals with ideas found in classical phenomenology, and argue that the first person plural might depend on the second person singular.

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In A Rapidly Changing Workplace, One Surprising Skill Helps You Stay Adaptable

In A Rapidly Changing Workplace, One Surprising Skill Helps You Stay Adaptable | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Tom Monahan serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of CEB. 


What would you say ‘empathy’ really means for you – personally and professionally – in the course of your life?


Two things in particular: one, we’re a company that has invented a new set of business models over the past 25-30 years. Most of them are built upon working backward from our perception of a need rather than looking forward from something that we knew how to do.


So the first step is to empathize with the needs of the market, and usually if we’re doing our job right, empathize with the higher order needs of the market — asking ourselves not what product or service someone wants, but rather what ambitions do they have, and what do they want to get done?


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 I think empathy matters a lot

from a talent management perspective internally,

in leading people.

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by Joey Katona,

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"Empathy matters a lot from a talent management perspective internally, in leading people."

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Entry points for empathy

Entry points for empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Empathy is an ‘entering into’ the life world of another person, said the Russian scholar Mikhail Bakhtin.


Sometimes that entering into is easy. If the other person is someone we know well or someone we love, we have many entry points into their world and multiple experiences that help us understand their feelings and emotions.


Sometimes empathy forces itself on us, pushing us into the other’s life world. As when I sat face to face with a group of young men and listened to their leader speaking of the friends and brothers they had lost in inter-communal violence. At one moment, the young men stopped being unfamiliar, strangers, and all I could see in front of me were faces like those of my own sons.


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Sometimes empathy forces itself on us,

pushing us into the other’s life world.

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 by Lynne Cameron 

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