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Empathy, Schmempathy

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No one argues in favor of empathy. That’s because no one needs to: Empathy is an unalloyed good, like sunshine or cake or free valet parking.

 

Instead we bemoan lack of empathy and nod our heads at the notion that, if only we could feel the pain of our fellow man, then everything would be OK and humanity could, at long last, join hands together in song.


Bah, says Paul Bloom. In his new book, Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion (Ecco), Bloom argues that when it comes to helping one another, our emotions too often spoil everything. Instead of leading us to make smart decisions about how best to use our limited resources altruistically, they cause us to focus on what makes us feel good in the moment.

 

By Tom Bartlett


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Bloom's argument is interesting, though i feel he takes a narrow view of empathy, emphasizing  cognitive and intrapersonal rather than the  relational aspects of empathy. See my blog post, written in response to Bloom's post, Against Empathy... http://empathyworks.blogspot.com/2014/09/against-empathy.html
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EmpathyWorks

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Focuses on the value and impact of empathy and related skills, particularly in health care settings. Topics will include clinician-patient communication, patient-centered care, patient activation, health behavior change and clincian-patient relationships.
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See my latest post on EmpathyWorks: http://empathyworks.blogspot.com/…/why-we-train-coach-clini…. It features a YouTube video that showcases training to help VA clinicians partner with Veterans and support Veteran engagement in health care and self-care.
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Brain's empathy center identified: Breaking research gives new clues.

Brain's empathy center identified: Breaking research gives new clues. | Empathy in Health Care | Scoop.it

Empathy and the generosity it sparks are essential human traits. Although scientists have investigated these behaviors in depth, the neural mechanisms beneath them are still not fully understood. Breaking research gives new clues.

 

Being generous involves an understanding of the other person's needs; this takes empathy - an ability to put one's self in another's shoes. Showing empathy and acting upon it is an essential part of being human.

 

Recently, researchers from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom decided to add to the current understanding of so-called prosocial behaviors and investigate the neurological origin of empathy and generosity.

 

 

by Tim Newman
 
 

 


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The Neuroscience of Empathizing With Another Person's Pain

The Neuroscience of Empathizing With Another Person's Pain | Empathy in Health Care | Scoop.it
Perceiving and Empathizing With Others' Pain Is a Cognitive Process 

This week, a groundbreaking study was published which found that the ability to empathize with another person’s pain is rooted in cognitive neural processes that differ from the sensory processes used to perceive and experience one's own pain.

 

The June 2016 study, “Somatic and Vicarious Pain are Represented by Dissociable Multivariate Brain Patterns," by researchers at University of Colorado, Boulder, was published in the journal eLife.

 

Previous research on empathy has suggested that the same brain regions which allow someone to feel pain in his or her own body activate brain responses necessary to vicariously experience the pain of others. However, the latest research shows that empathizing with another person’s pain involves different neural circuitry than experiencing pain oneself. ...

 

"The research suggests that empathy is a deliberative process that requires taking another person's perspective rather than being an instinctive, automatic process," Tor Wager, senior author of the study and director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at CU-Boulder said in a statement. 

 

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Books about Empathy

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Here is a extensive directory of books about empathy.


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What a reading list! Looking forward to getting through a bunch of these. 

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Yes, Empathy Can Be Taught!

This Compassion in Action webinar was presented by Helen Riess, MD, Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Riess is also the Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman of Empathetics LLC, which offers scientifically based empathy education.

 

She has devoted her career to teaching and research on the neuroscience and art of the patient-doctor relationship


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The Schwarz Center is a wonderful organization that supports and advocates for programs that support empathy and compassion in health care.

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How attentive, empathetic, and caring was your physician? Greater Empathy - In Just 3 Hours?

How attentive, empathetic, and caring was your physician? Greater Empathy - In Just 3 Hours? | Empathy in Health Care | Scoop.it

How attentive, empathetic, and caring was your physician the last time you had to go to the doctor’s office?


Or, if you’re a physician, do you ever wonder how your patients perceive you?We recently reported on a study that showed severity of cold symptoms decreased among patients treated by physicians who demonstrated high levels of empathy.


Empathy is a crucial skill when working with people who are sick or facing the diagnosis they most fear. 

 

So a training program to help medical practitioners develop a greater sense of attentiveness and empathy could offer patients tremendous support and relief, no matter what they’re facing.


A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, conducted by Helen Reiss, MD from Massachusetts General Hospital, investigated the effects of three 60-minute neuroscience-based empathy training sessions on physicians and their patients.


 

BY RUTH BUCZYNSKI

 
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Assessing Patient-Centered Care Abilities of Physicians

Assessing Patient-Centered Care Abilities of Physicians | Empathy in Health Care | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have developed a tool to test how well a doctor delivers patient-centered care by assessing whether medical students have learned and are applying the correct behaviors.
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CEC – Dr Robin Youngson - Empathy (Sept 2014) - YouTube

This video focuses on the role of empathy, and how empathy impacts on safety and patient outcomes. This video is presented by Dr Robin Youngson, Robin is an anaesthetist in New Zealand, internationally renowned for his leadership in strengthening compassion in healthcare.

 

He is the CoFounder of HEARTSinHEALTHCARE.com, a global social movement for health professionals, students, patient activists and all those passionate about rehumanising healthcare. Robin was recorded speaking at the Clinical Excellence Commission, Sydney Australia.

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  Robin Youngson

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Partnership for Patients - Prioritizing Patient Engagement

How a UHC member and Partnership for Patient participant is prioritizing patient engagement at their health system.
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Empathy and Compassion Matters.

Empathy and Compassion Matters. | Empathy in Health Care | Scoop.it
Marina Sampanes Peed, a friend and fellow person with a MPN, shared her reactions to the recent US election on her website . Marina'
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Marina Sampanes Peed, a friend and fellow person with a MPN, shared her reactions to the recent US election on her website. Marina's comments are compassionate and inspiring.
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Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

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Are We Living in the Age of Empathy?


If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s now on the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists.

 

But there is a vital question that few people ask: How can I expand my own empathic potential? Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe.

 

According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives.

 

By Roman Krznaric on Friday September 9th, 2016


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Doctors need to be taught how to discuss their patients' excess weight

Doctors need to be taught how to discuss their patients' excess weight | Empathy in Health Care | Scoop.it
An individual's weight is a complex and sensitive issue, which may be related to many factors that are not only medical but social, environmental and emotional.

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Why Is Empathy So Important?

Why Is Empathy So Important? | Empathy in Health Care | Scoop.it
Empathy – that is, the ability to understand and be aware of, co-experience the feelings and thoughts of other people, is probably one of the most important skills a person may have. And it’s not just for building and maintaining strong and healthy relationships, but to work more effectively and achieve greater success in life in general. It may sound a bit idealistic, but it doesn’t prevent it from being true.

 

So why exactly is empathy so important for us?

1. Humans Are Social Animals...2. It Is Good for Business and Career...3. It Lets You Better Understand Non-Verbal Components of Communication...4. It Makes You Be Better at Handling Conflicts...5. It Makes It Easier to Convince and Motivate Other...6. It Broadens Your Horizons..

 

by MELISSA BURNS


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I Ike this list of benefits of empathy.  I agree that it no only helps to build and maintain relationships, it "broadens your horizons"!. I would describe benefit 5 a bit differently - "It makes it easier to discover and build motivation in others.."

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Empathy training makes a difference for doctors

Empathy training makes a difference for doctors | Empathy in Health Care | Scoop.it
It’s hard to teach empathy in the classroom, yet it’s one of the foundations of the doctor–patient relationship. How well physicians can put themselves in their patients’ shoes is directly linked with patient satisfaction.

 

“When I was in med school, no one told me how to do that,” said Dennis Novack, professor of medicine and associate dean of medical education at Drexel University College of Medicine. “You could watch your mentors, if you were lucky. Or make mistakes.”

 

Numerous studies have shown patients with empathetic caregivers are more likely to stick to their doctor’s treatment plan, leading to better health results. Doctors who can better understand their patients also are more satisfied with their work. And hospitals know how important patient satisfaction is to their bottom line, now that it is a factor Medicare considers in reimbursement.


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These new approaches to training are gaining ground because they are accessible, interactive and tailored. Feedback is provided by a live Standardized Patient utilizing an effective feedback process amplified with technology. I

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Empathy and social skills: Everyone Should Be Required to See "Inside Out"

Empathy and social skills: Everyone Should Be Required to See "Inside Out" | Empathy in Health Care | Scoop.it

 For example, Joy slowly recognized the power of empathy and Sadness' role in that regard.

 

Empathy involves understanding another person's situation from their perspective. As such, you must be able to place yourself in someone else's shoes and feel what they are feeling and without judging them. According to Dr. Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, "empathy moves us to a place of courage and compassion. Through it, we come to realize that our perspective is not the perspective."

 

"Empathy is what makes us human" and yet it is in such limited supply these days, as are other aspects of emotional intelligence (EQ). Social and emotional skills such as empathy are also essential to conflict resolution. According to Daniel Goleman, emotional intelligence consists of self-awareness, managing emotions, empathy and social skills. The good news is that "emotional intelligence competencies are learned - and can be improved at any point in life."

 

"Inside Out" touched upon the fact that people are constantly judging us for everything we do and say and how we react to being judged. It should be noted that empathy is incompatible with shame and judgment.

 

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Mark, it was very well received on our Facebook page ! https://www.facebook.com/EmpathyCenter
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I saw :-)
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Fantastic movie. Share with Julie.

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Empathy: crucial for effective healthcare

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Among doctors, such caring used to be called a “good bedside manner”.  And after more than a generation of specialized training focused on medical knowledge and technical acumen, the value of empathy is being re-discovered and taught as an essential skill.

It improves the experience of both patients and doctors when medical professionals express clinical empathy, according to the Kaiser Health news service.  The patient feels understood and cared about, has a better outcome and is more satisfied.  The doctor in turn gets a better rating, faces less risk of malpractice suits and experiences decreased burnout.  The whole system is benefited.

 (See “Efforts to Instill Empathy Among Doctors are Paying Dividends.”)


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The Heart of Empathy:

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