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Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration - Mary Goyer interviewed by Edwin Rutsch

Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration - Mary Goyer interviewed by Edwin Rutsch | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

 Mary Goyer is Holistic Counselor, Trauma Specialist, & Executive Coach. She supports organizations in cultivating innovative, collaborative, and productive work cultures. Individual coaching and team trainings focus on peak performance, conflict resolution, effective collaborative and feedback skills, and managing personality challenges that impede employee engagement.

 

She is editor of: Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration. Empathy Stories is a collection of uplifting stories and anecdotes highlighting empathy-in-action in real conversations.

 

These stories show what's possible when compassion comes first between family, co-workers, and perfect strangers in difficult - even life threatening - interactions. In Empathy Stories: Heart, Connection, & Inspiration, Mary Goyer invites over thirty communication experts to share their most teachable stories showcasing how simple and powerful true empathy is.

 

"What a difference it makes when a dash of empathy is added into tense or important conversations of every magnitude."

 

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I Asked Artists About Empathy: Here Is What They Said...

I Asked Artists About Empathy: Here Is What They Said... | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
The Grieving Parents, like so many of Kollwitz’ finest works, is grounded in empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. She recognized that she was expressing something greater than her own feelings and that her art could only function if it served an entire society.

 

Grief and loss are universal feelings that bind us, and sharing them with others leads to consolation and social transformation. It is not surprising that in 1936 the Nazi party barred Kollwitz from displaying her work which they branded as “degenerate.”

 

Deep feelings for the sufferings and losses of others—which lead to collective introspection—can lead to resistance against authoritarian politicians and those who advocate war and other forms of sacrifice and suffering.

 

 
 “It is my duty to voice the sufferings of people, the sufferings that never end and are as big as mountains.” ― Käthe Kollwitz
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Do you want to be more empathetic? Pick up a book

Do you want to be more empathetic? Pick up a book | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

He represents all aspects of empathy – compassion, tolerance, self-control. It’s a trait in short supply in this angry political season.

Too many adults equate empathy with weakness – or see it as an impractical indulgence in a frightening world. But empathy isn’t an indulgence – it’s a necessity for a humane, civilized society.

Children can learn empathy from direct instruction, the way Scout heard her father explain the “theory of mind,” the recognition that people hold beliefs and values that are different from our own.

Even more effective is to model empathy. Atticus Finch didn’t just talk about empathy; he lived it, offering dignity and respect to those who opposed him.

And a growing body of research shows that literary fiction such as To Kill a Mockingbird is also a powerful way to teach empathy – something English teachers have always known.

 

 

BY KAY MCSPADDEN

 

 

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Cornell Council for the Arts 2016 Biennial to focus on empathy

Cornell Council for the Arts 2016 Biennial to focus on empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) 2016 Biennial, “Abject/Object Empathies,” will feature 12 new projects by invited artists, Cornell faculty members and students. Most of the works will be presented on campus between Sept. 15 and Dec. 22, all on the theme of the cultural production of empathy.

A video projection at various sites across campus will kick off biennial events, and artist-in-residence Pepon Osorio will launch his participation with a public talk Sept. 15 at 5:15 p.m. in Milstein Hall. He joins fellow biennial artists and invited speakers Sept. 16 for a daylong series of “Biennial Conversations,” including an Intergroup Dialogue Project workshop. Visit cca.cornell.edu for a full schedule of events and project locations.
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Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy 

Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy addresses how the arts in practice and in therapeutic contexts offer expanded ways of being attuned to emotional states and life conditions with individuals, relationships, groups, and communities.

 

Each chapter clearly articulates how to utilize the arts in order to tune in to self, other and a larger mystical, sacred or spiritual presence.

 

This book allows the reader to intimately enter into the core essence of what artists and arts based therapists experience in their studios and in the practice of expressive arts therapy.

 

Through a solid theoretical grounding that draws on an interdisciplinary understanding of how rhythm, resonance, improvisation, relational-attachment, intimacy, developmental play, transpersonal psychology and multiple intelligences contribute to an embodied experience of empathy, poignant stories from the author's 35 years as an artist and therapist come alive, allowing the reader to experience the spirit and essence of how the arts have been used throughout history to maintain healthy physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. 

 


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Trilium students promote compassion through art

Trilium students promote compassion through art | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
Students at Trillium Demonstration School have embraced their artistic side, and their empathy in a new art exhibit.

The Trillium Empathy Experience, an integrated art installation, is on display at the Holcim Gallery (Milton Centre for the Arts, 1010 Main St. East) until June 10.

Last fall, students were very concerned about the Syrian refugee crisis, explained Trillium teachers Diana Alvaro-Cannon and Susan Slack-Miller.
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Teaching ‘life skills through stage skills’: They will strengthen their empathy muscles

Teaching ‘life skills through stage skills’: They will strengthen their empathy muscles | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Those summer classes taught me how to be a good listener, how to utilize my strengths and how to step outside of my comfort zone day after day. They also taught me empathy, perhaps the most valuable lesson of all.

Empathy is not easy for any one of us to master. And in this self-interested and — centered age, it is an accomplishment to cultivate a generation of empathetic young people. To be empathetic is not only to hear the stories and witness the emotions of others, but also to feel them, too. It requires energy and stamina. Empathy may ask you to feel some pain and sorrow, knowing full well that these feelings didn’t originate with you. It requires you to bear burdens that don’t belong to you. It requires a degree of ego death and promotes the desire to help those in need.

 

NATALIA NAMAN TEMESGEN 

 

 

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Call for Submissions: Empathy Art Exhibition

Call for Submissions: Empathy Art Exhibition | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
Edinburgh Festival of Empathy will take place 12th-25th June celebrating the role of empathy in community and offers a variety of ways of exploring what empathy means and experiencing giving and receiving empathy.

 

We think Art is a very powerful medium for evoking empathy and that experiences of empathy can produce powerful art. We would like to show this to the public as part of the festival and invite your submissions.

 

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High Empathy Is Linked to Lower Mathematical Skills

New research from neuroscientists at Stanford University suggests that a child’s empathy can be linked to her or his math skills. When young children — aged 7 to 12 — ranked higher on a questionnaire that evaluated their empathetic dispositions, they fared worse at math problems like subtraction, multiplication, or geometry.

 

The researchers don’t know the exactly why this is — but they say it could corroborate earlier studies of female students who reflect their teacher’s own math anxieties, which in turn can propagate negative stereotypes aboutwomen and math....

 

The scientists also gave a quiz to the kids’ parents, asking them to evaluate not just their offspring’s empathy but also their levels of “systemizing” — how analytical the children were. “Surprisingly, children with higher empathy demonstrated lower calculation skills,” the researchers wrote in the journal Scientific Reports .

 

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Artist, students collaborate on mural at Mass MoCA's Kidspace: Fourth-graders collaborate on mural about empathy

Artist, students collaborate on mural at Mass MoCA's Kidspace: Fourth-graders collaborate on mural about empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
By Jenn Smith
The mural project, which will be unveiled on Saturday, Jan. 30, as part of Mass MoCA's annual "Free Day," hangs in the "Walk in My Shoes" exhibition.


The show represents the first year of a four-year federally funded arts education initiative partnering northern Berkshire schools with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, with additional support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


This first-year exhibit features the theme of "empathy," with artwork by Jamie Diamond, Jesse Fleming, and Aaron Johnson. Forthcoming exhibits will relate to themes of optimism and courage.

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Empathy (Full Version)

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Empathy

Empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Empathy is focusing on the needs of the other person
Maintaining sensitivity for the good of all
Passion to help in a non judgemental way
Attitude of comforting with heartfelt love
Trusting in the obligation you perceive while listening
Yielding with dignity and respect for self and others

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire
to be with another which both attracts and heals?

                                                                        Sura Hart

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Without Empathy, we would have no caregivers!

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(Empathy, Art, healthcare) Dell Medical School and Blanton Museum partner to teach empathy through art - The Daily Texan

(Empathy, Art, healthcare) Dell Medical School and Blanton Museum partner to teach empathy through art - The Daily Texan | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

The Dell Medical School partnered with the Blanton Museum of Art to teach medical students empathy through art. 

Faculty members at Dell Medical collaborated with Ray Williams, the Blanton’s director of education and academic affairs, to create three two-hour experiences to teach medical students empathy, observational skills and self-care.


During the session focused on empathy, students analyzed a painting of David and Goliath shortly after David decapitated Goliath. Williams led the students in an interpretive conversation about the piece before connecting it back to clinical practice. Williams said he wanted them to empathize with the emotional trauma David must have experienced as he became a teenage killer. 

 

“This invitation to exercise your empathetic imagination that art and fiction give us is very relevant to the clinical work in terms of being able see beyond a diagnosis and beyond an illness to a real human experience,” Williams said.

 

BY CHASE KARACOSTAS

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Teaching children empathy through the arts

Empathy is an essential skill to connect with the people and world around you. It is also so much more than even compassion- to be truly empathetic one has to feel how it might be to be in another’s place. So how can we teach this skill, and how can we simplify it enough to teach bit effectively to children?

 

The most effective way to teach it is experientially- and the most fun way is through the arts. On this Voices in the Family, we will speak with people involved in the film “The Other Side of the Fence”, a musical performed in schools to teach kids empathy experientially, and we will also speak to the founder and the director of Chicago’s Changing Worlds project- a project that goes into schools to provide artistic experiences through which kids can connect to others different than themselves. 

 

 

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Empathy: Character Development Workshop  

This video is Part 5 of 5 foundations. From which, strong characters may be inherently developed. I was tired of only finding "quick tips" to develop good characters online, so I made this set of videos to dive deep into methods for crafting good characters.
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This is How Literary Fiction Teaches Us to Be Human

This is How Literary Fiction Teaches Us to Be Human | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
More recently, Trends in Cognitive Sciences reported more findings that link reading and empathy, employing a test called “Mind of the Eyes” in which subjects viewed photographs of strangers’ eyes, describing what they believed that person was thinking or feeling (readers of fiction scored significantly higher).

 

It turns out that the narrative aspect of fiction is key to this response. From the study: “participants who had read the fictional story Saffron Dreams by Shaila Abdullah … were found to have a reduced bias in the perception of Arab and Caucasian faces compared to control subjects who read a non-narrative passage.” More plot-driven genre fiction doesn’t seem to have the same effect.

By TOM BLUNT
Young Girl Reading, 1868 © Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
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Lacking in empathy (2016) Oil painting by Lee Ellis

Lacking in empathy (2016) Oil painting by Lee Ellis | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
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Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy 

Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an Understanding of Embodied Empathy addresses how the arts in practice and in therapeutic contexts offer expanded ways of being attuned to emotional states and life conditions with individuals, relationships, groups, and communities.

 

Each chapter clearly articulates how to utilize the arts in order to tune in to self, other and a larger mystical, sacred or spiritual presence.

 

This book allows the reader to intimately enter into the core essence of what artists and arts based therapists experience in their studios and in the practice of expressive arts therapy.

 

Through a solid theoretical grounding that draws on an interdisciplinary understanding of how rhythm, resonance, improvisation, relational-attachment, intimacy, developmental play, transpersonal psychology and multiple intelligences contribute to an embodied experience of empathy, poignant stories from the author's 35 years as an artist and therapist come alive, allowing the reader to experience the spirit and essence of how the arts have been used throughout history to maintain healthy physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. 

 

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Spielberg Challenges Harvard Graduates To Act In Face Of Hatred

Spielberg Challenges Harvard Graduates To Act In Face Of Hatred | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
And to me, and, I think, to all of you, the only answer to more hate is more humanity. We gotta repair — we have to replace fear with curiosity. ‘Us’ and ‘them’ — we’ll find the ‘we’ by connecting with each other.

 

And by believing that we’re members of the same tribe. And by feeling empathy for every soul — even Yalies.

… But make sure this empathy isn’t just something that you feel. Make it something you act upon.

 

That means vote. Peaceably protest. Speak up for those who can’t and speak up for those who may be shouting but aren’t being hard. Let your conscience shout as loud as it wants if you’re using it in the service of others.

 

 

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Sublime & Ridiculous: Empathy Project: In My Shoes

Sublime & Ridiculous: Empathy Project: In My Shoes | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Sublime & Ridiculous is a company born out of a desire to communicate the incommunicable. Inspired storytelling and innovative technology allows participants to be led astray by their own senses. 

 

We collaborate with a diverse range of artists, organisations and members of the general public, creating interactive theatre in both conventional and unconventional forms and spaces. 

 

We are particularly fascinated by the rich and intriguing intersection that exists between art and science, and presenting work that inspires empathy and understanding across cultural and social boundaries. 

 

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Building Empathy - With Story Telling

Building Empathy - With Story Telling | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
Perhaps not surprisingly, there’s research demonstrating that people are more likely to donate when they feel empathy for the recipient. This research builds upon the classic psychology research demonstrating that empathy increases the likelihood of altruism, especially when there are costs to being altruistic.

 

It’s clear that empathy can play an important role in motivating people to give altruistically, but how can we build empathy especially for others who are not very similar to ourselves?

One useful way to build empathy in marketing materials is to create stories that allow people to connect to those who need help or to those who are helping. The idea that organizations should be engaging in storytelling to engage and attract stake holders has been recently promoted. Stories are most powerful when people are able to lose themselves in a character.  This is why reading or seeing a story from the first person perspective can be so powerful.

 

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Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With

Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
1. Readers Have Greater Empathy And Understanding

Readers of fiction are required to dive into a world of many characters, and their enjoyment hinges, in part, on an ability to embody these imaginary figures – particularly the lead character.

A 2013 study published in Science found that fiction readers had better than average scores on measures of “theory of mind” – the ability to distinguish between the thoughts and feelings of oneself and others. Essentially, they were more able to recognize the views and feelings of other people as separate to their own.

This is linked to one’s capacity to empathize with other people and understand their joy, anxiety, please, and pain.

A reader is more likely to be able to step into your shoes, understand your story, and relate to your emotions.



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How art teaches us empathy

How art teaches us empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

The arts are increasingly acknowledged as a key force in developing the capacity for human connection.


The role of art is often seen as something that must disturb and provoke but the arts also have a much gentler role: the evoking of empathy.


In a society where the need for human connection is challenged by computerisation and technological mediation, empathy is increasingly valued as a major aspect of emotional intelligence.

by MADELEINE DORE

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Human connections can be increased through art

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Watching movies may help you build empathy

Watching movies may help you build empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

But can something as simple as watching movies — and empathizing with fictional characters — help generate more compassion and understanding in the real world?

Roger Ebert thought so. “The purpose of civilization and growth is to be able to reach out and empathize a little bit with other people,” said Ebert in "Life Itself," a 2014 documentary about late film critic’s life and career. “And for me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears.”

Science supports Ebert’s theory. Dr. Jim Coan, associate professor of clinical psychology and director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Virginia, says Ebert was right. We “immerse ourselves in the perspective of another person,” Coan said. “And in doing that, we start to subtly accrue those perspectives into our own universe ... and that’s how empathy is generated.”


By Christopher Zumski Finke 

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Realistic Fiction Books That Develop Empathy - Imagination Soup

Realistic Fiction Books That Develop Empathy - Imagination Soup | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

One of the best things about reading realistic fiction is that you don’t have to always experience something to experience it.


In other words, you can experience poverty, death, heartbreak, loneliness through the characters. In fact, it creates empathy to have experienced these things in literature. It creates compassion.

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”  – William Styron


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