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Dear White People: Here's How Not to Show Empathy for Black People

Dear White People: Here's How Not to Show Empathy for Black People | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
In the wake of this week’s tragedies, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called on white Americans to express empathy by listening to the experiences of black Americans. That empathy was the topic of discussion on this week's Meet the Press.
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July: Empathy Movement NewsLetter: Co-Designing Empathic School Cultures Together

July: Empathy Movement NewsLetter: Co-Designing Empathic School Cultures Together | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

See the latest edition of the  Empathy Movement NewsLetter

2016-07-07: Empathy Movement News: Co-Designing Empathic School Cultures Together

 

2016-06-13: Empathy Movement News: Empathizing with Orlando 
2016-05-12
: Empathy Movement News: New International Empathy Trainers Association Forming

2016-04-09: Empathy Movement News: Can an Empathic Way of Being be Learned?
2015-12-17: Empathy Movement News: Will empathy heal conflict and build peace on earth?

2015-09-26: Empathy Movement News: Empathy as the Best Healing Agent
2015-09-03: Empathy Movement News: Empathy is gateway to creativity, innovation, action.
2015-07-08: Empathy Movement News: From Edwin Rutsch
2015-06-18: Empathy Movement News: 1

 

 

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It's time for empathy and an end to destructive rhetoric

It's time for empathy and an end to destructive rhetoric | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Unity is the way. But we'll never get there without empathy.

In the days following the horrific ambush in Dallas that killed five police officers, many of our leaders have spoken out against divisiveness and called for Americans to rise above our differences.

 

By Lisa Falkenberg

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empathy.vision: What is Empathy?

empathy.vision: What is Empathy? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Everyone is talking about the importance of empathy, and many people think that we need more of it, but very few people are clear about what it is. In truth, there are many different types of empathy. For example, empathy has be defined as an ability:

  1. To imagine oneself within another person’s experience,
  2. To mimic the posture or expressions of another,
  3. To read another person’s thoughts (mind-reading),
  4. To project one’s senses into a work of art,
  5. To feel what someone else feels, and even
  6. To care about another person’s well being.

 

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Empathy Makes All the Difference: The better we listen, the less defensive our partner will be.

Empathy Makes All the Difference: The better we listen, the less defensive our partner will be. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Tension can dissolve very quickly if we are willing to sincerely try to empathize with the truth of our partner's feelings and perceptions.

 

When a deliberate decision is made both to take the time and effort to search for our own part in any given breakdown and to put ourselves aside enough to look at the issue from the other’s point of view, the possibility for understanding expands. Over time, with practice, we develop into more empathic partners. When we make the commitment to become more empathic, we begin to look for our complicity.

 

We begin to pay closer attention. This higher level of responsibility gives rise to less arguing, more harmony, and more closeness in the relationship. Once we realize how much is at stake in terms of the well-being of the relationship, the motivation to cultivate empathy intensifies, and we are no longer willing to settle for less. Stay tuned for 14 Ways to Cultivate Empathy in Part 2

 

 Linda Bloom, Charlie Bloom

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Snoop Dogg and Game Live-Stream Conversation With Police

Snoop Dogg and Game Live-Stream Conversation With Police | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Looking to bring the peace in a time of great unrest, two legendary Southern California rappers, Snoop Dogg and Game, took to the streets today to speak with police officers from the Los Angeles Police Department, looking to find a peaceful resolve this long-running racial issue.

The six minute conversation was streamed on Facebook Live, as the two hip-hop artists discussed empathy and justice with a police officer, showing that both sides had plenty to agree on.

The police officer shown in the video was constructing plans to have Snoop and Game meet new graduates from the police academy, while also discussing empathy for one another, as well as different ways to overcome this growing crisis in our country.

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Empathy is the new management

Empathy is the new management | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Until recently, Aaron Gibson, managing one of YMCA’s regional offices, could not call myself a sensitive leader. He regarded himself as a pragmatic leader with high standards.

 

Many employees in dismissals complained of his sharp and unceremonious style of communication. Everything changed after Gibson has got an intensive empathy training. He realized that he did not understand his staff.

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International Empathy Trainers Association: Co-Design Meeting Report: July 6, 2016

International Empathy Trainers Association: Co-Design Meeting Report: July 6, 2016 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Here is a partial report from yesterday’s July 6, 2016 IETA meeting. View full report and video at: http://j.mp/29SJqwL

 


What does an ideal IETA look like to you?
 

  • a group that provides support, outreach, training, professional development, etc to various different organizations.
  •  a body that creates and upholds professional standards for empathy training and development.
  • work to promote empathy as a valued practice in classrooms, workplaces, etc.
  •  create realistic goals and benchmarks for trainees and have understanding of schedules and difficulties 
  • work to achieve an ease of access to materials/empathy professionals - offer online training, in person professional development, conferences, team building, etc.  Not a “one size fits all” deal.
  • supports and believes the idea that empathic relationships should go both ways - should not just be a top down endeavor.  
  • publicize empathy’s successes
  •  highlight how empathy is a utilizable 21st century skill.  
  • experiment with different approaches on how to tap into and teach empathy.  This could range from things like mindfulness to initiative and confidence training to wilderness experiences.  
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In Someone Else's Skin: NFL Considers VR To Give Players Empathy Training

In Someone Else's Skin: NFL Considers VR To Give Players Empathy Training | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Huyghue, a former Jacksonville Jaguars senior vice president, NFL Diversity Committee member and United Football League commissioner, suggested to Goodell that the empathy training, which promotes tolerance and helps counteract biases of ageism, race, gender, disability, etc., would be useful to the league.

During his visit Goodell experienced multiple empathy-training demos. In one demo, his avatar became a black female, and he observed the way she was discriminated against in the workplace.

 

In another, he saw himself as much older and overweight, allowing him to experience how obese people are treated in society.

 

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Finland is really good at stopping bullying. Here's how they're doing it. teaching bystanders to empathize and intervene.

Finland is really good at stopping bullying. Here's how they're doing it. teaching bystanders to empathize and intervene. | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Bullying is awful, but a Finnish program is teaching bystanders to empathize and intervene.

 

"In the game, students can practice how to be nice to someone and what kind of nice things you can say to someone who would like to be included in the group or is new in the school," said Alanen.

 

By asking the kids what they would do in certain situations and giving feedback and advice about it, the program can help teach the students to be more empathetic and supportive of bullying victims. And the data shows that the program works too.

 

Juvonen's analysis found that KiVa reduced the odds of a given student being bullied by about one-third to one-half.

By James Gaines

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, July 7, 2016 10:20 AM
Another great example from Finland. At Kauffman Leadership Academy, students will be supportive of each other through caring relationships.
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Are Women More Emotionally Intelligent Than Men?

Are Women More Emotionally Intelligent Than Men? | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Let's look at empathy. There are three kinds: cognitive empathy, being able to know how the other person sees things; emotional empathy, feeling what the other person feels; and empathic concern, or sympathy -being ready to help someone in need.

Women tend to be better at emotional empathy than men, in general. This kind of empathy fosters rapport and chemistry. People who excel in emotional empathy make good counselors, teachers, and group leaders because of this ability to sense in the moment how others are reacting.

Neuroscientists tell us one key to empathy is a brain region called the insula, which senses signals from our whole body. 

 

Dan Goleman Ph.D.

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When We Need Empathy From Our Partner, But Receive Judgment

When We Need Empathy From Our Partner, But Receive Judgment | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Every moment, every conversation, every interaction presents a choice: we can take the path of empathy or the path of judgment.  We can relate to the vulnerability in another with a sense of curiosity and compassion, or, we can relate with criticism and judgment. 

 

In truth however, it not only feels better to receive kindness and support for our not yet perfected parts, but also to offer it.  Try it out for a day: be mindful of your moment to moment choices between empathy and judgment—not just for others but for yourself as well.  Try seeing from and through the vulnerability parts of yourself and others, and notice where it takes you, inside and out. 

 

 Nancy Colier

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American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - Hawaii Division - 2016 Annual Conference: Dr. Gay Barfield Keynote

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - Hawaii Division - 2016 Annual Conference: Dr. Gay Barfield Keynote | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

This year’s AAMFT-HI annual conference will feature our national treasure Dr. Gay Barfield, Ph.D., MFT.

Dr. Barfield will guide us back to our roots as relational therapists, drawing on her many years of working alongside Dr. Carl Rogers, her 30 years as a fellow at the Center for Studies of the Person,and her 22-year-long series the "Living Now" Summer Institutes.

 

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https://www.facebook.com/events/344734412317205/

 

 

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2016 AAMFT-HI Annual Conference - "COMING HOME AGAIN"

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Hillary: White People Need to ‘Start Listening to Legitimate Cries’ About Police Shootings

Hillary: White People Need to ‘Start Listening to Legitimate Cries’ About Police Shootings | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Clinton said she “will call for white people like myself to put ourselves in the shoes” of black families, and said that all while people need to “start listening to legitimate cries” that something is wrong after black men are shot and killed.
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Video: Empathy Class in Charlottesville Helping Parents Relate

Video: Empathy Class in Charlottesville Helping Parents Relate | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
An empathy class in Charlottesville is helping parents and families relate to their little ones better.

The Conscious Discipline Workshop is held at the Neighborhood Child Development Center. It gives adults the skills necessary to manage their own emotions first, before dealing with their children. 

Saturday’s class taught parents how to show empathy.

"Empathy asks us to address emotions, recognize them, process them, and then move into solutions," said Sara Andrew, a conscious discipline mentor.

Andrew says when parents gain control of their own emotions first it makes it easier to understand their child's feeling
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Bad Listening Skills: I - Unwanted "Empathy":  Having big ears and good intentions just may not be enough

Bad Listening Skills: I - Unwanted "Empathy":  Having big ears and good intentions just may not be enough | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

A client recently reported her frustration with how her husband “listened” to her when she needed to complain. The word “listened” is in quotation marks because as far as she was concerned he wasn’t listening at all. The poor guy – let’s call him Paul - appeared stunned. He thought he was giving it his best.

It’s worth talking about their conflict because so many of us do exactly what Paul did and, just like Paul, we assume we’re doing a fine job. Our partners may never tell us about it but, like Joan (also an assumed name), they’re seething inside. Worse yet, they’re building up a resentment that says “Why bother? This jerk doesn’t listen. He doesn’t care about me. He only cares about himself.”

As therapists who work together with couples [see Footnote No. 1], we didn’t believe for a moment that Paul was an unfixable narcissist. 

 

Hank Davis

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Conversations on Compassion with Dr. James Doty: Moderated by Jon Kabat Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn (born Kabat on June 5, 1944) is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

 

Kabat-Zinn was a student of Buddhist teachers such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with those of science. He teaches mindfulness, which he says can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain, and illness.

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Different effects of stress on the brains of men and women related to empathy

Different effects of stress on the brains of men and women related to empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

The different effects of social stress on the brains of men and women are related to their response to empathy for pain, according to a study published this July in the International Journal of Psychophysiology. The study provides evidence that each sex may engage in distinct mechanisms to cope with stress.

 

Empathy is an essential aspect of social functioning. It allows people to build an understanding and mental representation of other peoples’ emotions and feelings. Research suggests that the brain mechanisms involved in how people empathize with others in painful circumstances involve two distinct responses.

 

Firstly, there is an early emotional response seen in front-central regions of the brain; and secondly, there is a later cognitive evaluation, over the parietal area, where attention is either directed towards or away from stimuli.

 

BY DANIEL REED

 

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Local leaders call for empathy, unity in wake of shootings

Local leaders call for empathy, unity in wake of shootings | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas

 

"Put yourself in the officer's shoes just as the police officer should empathize with those he polices and interacts with," McComas said. "We like to think all things are black and white, but often it is a few shades of gray.

 

If the public empathizes with the police, and the officers abide by their training and empathize with those they serve we can serve our communities better."

By LACIE PIERSON

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'Spiritual Empathy.' Empathy As A Way of Life... Empathy As A Way Of Being...

'Spiritual Empathy.' Empathy As A Way of Life... Empathy As A Way Of Being... | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

when I refer to‘Spiritual Empathy,’ I am referring to spirituality as a way of life, something that we are, as much a something that we either say or indeed do, and I am talking about empathy as a vehicle, or indeed the means, to be able to achieve this high level of deep attunement in all aspects of our daily lives.

‘Empathy is the very fabric of relatedness and therefore the very fabric of our ability to live in communication with life itself.’

True empathy is a state of being. When we live empathically we can relate with our full experience of life at a level of mindful and conscious awareness. Awareness of ourselves, awareness of others, and awareness of a greater universal intelligence of which we are an integral and dynamic part.

 

Jenny Florence

 

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Encouraging Empathy and Creating Critical Inquiry through Museum Storytelling

Inspired by the intersectionality of anthropology and arts education, this poster visually explores the pedagogical possibilities of collaborative storytelling in museum galleries.

 

In short, we argue that collaborative storytelling invites visitors to construct alternative ways of understanding artworks while empowering them to empathetically examine and engage with multiple narratives.

 

Drawing on anthropologists’ commitment to ethnographic engagement that promotes empathy—a way of understanding “others” through newfound parallels—we trace the development of early and contemporary efforts to contextualize knowledge without relying upon oversimplified cultural connotations (Boas 1904; Jackson 1998; Hollan & Throop 2008).

 

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8 Ways School Leaders Can Practice Empathy in Listening

8 Ways School Leaders Can Practice Empathy in Listening | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How to Practice Empathetic Listening

Find a quiet place where you can talk without interruption or distraction. Invite a conversation, following these steps. You don’t need to cover every step, but the more you do cover, the more effective this practice is likely to be.


Paraphrase. Once the other person has finished expressing a thought, pause and paraphrase or mirror back what he or she said to make sure you understand and to show that you are paying attention. Helpful ways to paraphrase include “What I hear you saying is…” “It sounds like…” and “If I understand you right….” Be careful to avoid parroting, which can sound phony.

 

Ask open questions. An open question is a question that you could not possibly know the answer to. Examples of open questions include:  “What did you learn from that experience? How did that shape your opinion?” Open questions move the speaker into a new way of thinking. When appropriate, ask questions to encourage the other person to elaborate on his or her thoughts and feelings.

 

Express empathy.,,

 

 By Valerie Brown

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(Empathic Leadership) Why The Empathetic Leader Is the Best Leader 

(Empathic Leadership) Why The Empathetic Leader Is the Best Leader  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
At the core leadership is ultimately about others. It means inspiring them to take actions beyond their capabilities, leading them in a direction that is compelling and inspiring. And empathy is the foundation of those actions.


Here are six simple ways that empathy can make you into the best leader you can be:


1. Empathy creates bonds...

2. Empathy gives insight....

3. Empathy teaches presence:..

4. Empathy guides understanding:...

5. Empathy sharpens people skills...

6. Empathy cultivates better communicator...

 

- Lolly Daskal | Leadership

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NPR - Researchers Examine Why Tylenol Affects Empathy

NPR - Researchers Examine Why Tylenol Affects Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Nearly one quarter of all Americans reach for a bottle of Tylenol every week to take the edge off a headache, fever or toothache. Experiments suggest it might also have another effect on you. Reduces Empathy

 

 SHANKAR VEDANTAM

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Conference: The Objects of Empathy: Perspectives from Ethics, Aesthetics and Neuroscience - Universität Stuttgart - July 27-29, 2016

Conference: The Objects of Empathy: Perspectives from Ethics, Aesthetics and Neuroscience - Universität Stuttgart - July 27-29, 2016 | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Interdisciplinary research into empathy has, up until now, focussed mainly on the role of empathy in mindreading and its importance for pro-social behaviour.

 

Empathy can, however, also be directed at a variety of different objects beyond other people, such as literature, music, nature, and artefacts.

  • What is the connection between these different forms of empathy?
  • Do they share a common psychological or neural base?

 

We suggest that an investigation into empathy that takes into account its different kinds of objects will allow us to better understand its nature and evaluate whether 'empathy' is a homogenous or heterogeneous concept. 


The aim of this conference is to bring together top researchers in the field of empathy from philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience and to look at empathy and its various kinds of objects in different contexts, e.g., in ethics and aesthetics.

 

By associating these strands of research which have, so far, not been properly connected, and by combining perspectives from neuroscience and psychology as well as the humanities we hope to make progress in developing a unified concept of empathy and in defining its central role in our interaction with the world and with other people.

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