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Getting lost in a novel means you're more empathetic

Getting lost in a novel means you're more empathetic | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

People who lost themselves in the fiction showed more empathy than people who did not become as involved in fiction or read nonfiction. 

 

“[W]hen we get lost in a book, we are in another world, in which we can freely experience the character’s feelings and thoughts as if they were our own, through which we ‘learn’ how other people think and feel about problems in life. This again can be transferred to real life, so by reading a book and getting involved in the story, we are able to sympathize with other people,” Bal says.

 

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Why Empathy is the Key to Story

Why Empathy is the Key to Story | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

To write fic­tion, you must develop your capac­ity be empa­thetic. Empathy is so much a part of what the writer does that it would be impos­si­ble to get by with­out it.

 

In fact, you could even argue that empa­thy is syn­ony­mous with story. Don't believe me? Plug the word story for empa­thy into this list of def­i­n­i­tions for empa­thy that I found on Wikipedia:

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George Lewis and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Photography

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 George Lewis and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Photography

 

George Lewis is a photographer exploring the nature of empathy. He says, "For me, one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is to make people more visible to one another, to find ways for people to engage, empathize, and learn of each other’s deepest values and concerns. We need to lay the foundations for a new global human identity, one that transcends differences and is predicated on mutual understanding and respect, celebrating the beauty of difference. In short my art is all about Empathy. " 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  George Lewis

http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Others/George-Lewis.htm

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Compassion: The End Of Suffering…

Compassion: The End Of Suffering… | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
When love becomes divine love, compassion also fills the heart. Love is the inner feeling and compassion is its expression. Compassion is expressing your heartfelt concern for someone — for a sufferinghuman being. Therefore, love and compassion are two sides of the same coin; they coexist. Amma

 

“Compassion is the external expression of the love we feel inside…” Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī (Amma)

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“Compassion is the external expression of the love we feel inside…” Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī (Amma)

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HerVoice: Fargo artist shares hat to inspire empathy |

HerVoice: Fargo artist shares hat to inspire empathy | | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

 Using a red hat and a camera, Heather Zinger is encouraging empathy and union.

 

The Fargo artist started her “Red Hat Project” in October and plans to have a photograph taken of her and at least one other person swapping hats and maybe even coats every day for a year.

 

The project is a series of photo performances. Its purpose is to empathize and unite with others by sharing concerns and clothes. Zinger hopes to display the photos in a travel-ing exhibit at the end of the year.

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Artist Statement on Empathy - George H Lewis

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Profiles in Empathy

Ecological Empathy

Kinesthetic Empathy

 

For me, one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is to make people more visible to one another, to find ways for people to engage, empathize, and learn of each other’s deepest values and concerns. We need to lay the foundations for a new global human identity, one that transcends differences and is predicated on mutual understanding and respect, celebrating the beauty of difference. In short my art is all about Empathy.


My curiosity about the interactions between—and mutual perceptions of—people from different cultures has defined my work as an artist. I focus on the fascinating interplay between cross-cultural, kinesthetic, and ecological empathy. I invite the viewer to contemplate the relationships—and surprising similarities—between diverse cultures. These juxtapositions are part of an ongoing project entitled “Profiles in Empathy” whose aim is to use the medium of art to invite people to view life from an alternative perspective.

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An Empathy Artist

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Empathy Coordinator and 1st Grade Teacher Eleanor Palm explains how to cultivate empathy through reading...

 

Despite the huge size of the school, Palm masterfully creates a small and caring community of students in her class. One of the main ways that she creates this empathic community is through storytelling. From sharing the stories of how they got their names, to telling stories of day-to-day life, students in Palm’s class are constantly communicating, giving and building empathy. However, this sharing and storytelling does not stop in class – students also bring home nightly readings to discuss and enjoy with their parents. An expert at empathy and literature, Palm was excited to share a few tips for encouraging empathy in your children while you read together:

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The BodyCartography Project: Exploring Kinesthetic Empathy

The BodyCartography Project: Exploring Kinesthetic Empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

The BodyCartography Project is a Twin Cities based company whose work explores empathy and the intersections of wild and urban landscapes through dance, performance, video, and installation. The inspiration for Super Nature came from a previous performance, where Bieringa observed the kinesthetic response of audience members to her eye contact and movement. That response is something that Ramstad and Bieringa encounter regularly through their somatic studies and their practice of Body-Mind Centering.

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Empathy, Neurochemistry, and the Dramatic Arc

The emotionally charged story recounted at the beginning Dr. Paul Zak’s film—of a terminally ill two-year-old named Ben and his father—offers a simple yet remarkable case study in how the human brain responds to effective storytelling. As part of his study, Dr. Zak, a founding pioneer in the emerging field of neuroeconomics, closely monitored the neural activity of hundreds of people who viewed Ben’s story. What he discovered is that even the simplest narrative, if it is highly engaging and follows the classic dramatic arc outlined by the German playwright Gustav Freytag, can evoke powerful empathic responses associated with specific neurochemicals, namely cortisol and oxytocin. Those brain responses, in turn, can translate readily into concrete action—in the case of Dr. Zak’s study subjects, generous donations to charity and even monetary gifts to fellow participants.

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Guggenheim Forum: Perhaps more than any other trait, empathy defines what it is to be human.

Guggenheim Forum: Perhaps more than any other trait, empathy defines what it is to be human. | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Perhaps more than any other trait, empathy defines what it is to be human. This installment of the Guggenheim Forum investigates the evolution of our basic ability to connect, its ability to cross boundaries ranging from those of culture to those of species, its relationship to morality, and how it is affected by the contemporary mediascape and the shattering and reconfiguration of social relations.

 

Panelists will include Meghan Falvey, a sociologist whose practice involves affective labor and inequality; G. Anthony Gorry, Friedkin Chair of Management and Professor of Computer Science at Rice University; University of Chicago neuroscientist Peggy Mason; and Lynne Soraya, journalist and author of the Asperger’s Diary blog for Psychology Today.

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Guggenheim museum : What Is Empathy? Forum tackles the issue of empathy ....

Guggenheim museum : What Is Empathy? Forum tackles the issue of empathy .... | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

What is empathy and how does it impact our daily lives? Beginning 9/24, and lasting the entire week, The Guggenheim museum will be sponsoring an online forum, “The Greater Good” which will cover this complex and nuanced topic. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective — the forum will look at empathy from many different perspectives. Perspectives will include:

 

What is empathy?
How is it represented across the boundaries of species?
What is its influence on how we relate to one another?
In what ways does technology impact empathy, in this complex and changing world? 

 

Lynne Soraya 

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Positioning Your Story for Success: The Significance of Creating Empathy

Positioning Your Story for Success: The Significance of Creating Empathy | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it
There is a specific structure to a well-told or well-crafted story. It begins with creating empathy for the central character. In fiction as well in life, can you skip this essential ingredient and have a story be as compelling without it?

I use this movie to illustrate the significance of creating empathy for central character(s) at the start of a story. When you do this in fiction as well as in life, you create a connection with your audience.

by Jen GrisantiStory /Career Consultant, Author, Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC
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Master the Art of Empathy - Intent Blog

Master the Art of Empathy - Intent Blog | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

 Continuing our look at imaginative empathy and how empathy is a core part of great acting, here is an interview by the Deepak Chopra Well with acting instructor Diana Castle. For 25 years she has been exploring and teaching the role of empathy in acting.  See the video and interview at http://j.mp/WlPkKE

 

Master the Art of Empathy
 

"Chopra Well: You are an acting instructor and also teach empathy skills. How are empathy and acting related?

Diana Castle: Acting is all too often thought of and even encouraged to be a narcissistic profession – and yes, there are plenty of cultural narcissists today. However the truth in the art of acting is to be found in the heart of empathy. A great actor is that human being who is willing to exchange his or her personal interpretive framework for an alternative interpretive framework, or as Atticus Finch said in To Kill A Mockingbird, to walk a mile in another person’s shoes."

 

More at Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  Diana Castle

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Culture of Empathy Builder: Diana Castle

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Diana Castle and Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Acting

 

Diana Castle is a first generation American born of a holocaust survivor. She attended a fine arts high school before graduating with a BFA in theatre with a music minor. She began her career in both musicals and dramatic roles in NYC, in national tours and regional theatre, as well as on stages internationally.
 

 "Diana Castle’s THE IMAGINED LIFE™ – Acting As The Art of The Empathetic Imagination- is a creative philosophy and practical application of your natural empathetic imagination to the art of acting...

 

Diana works with actors, singers, writers and directors of diverse backgrounds from all over the world in an effort to illuminate an experience of alternative perspectives, facilitate catharsis and create community through her creative philosophy and the empathetic imagined life experience."

 

We had a fun, dynamic and almost 2 hour discussion about the nature of empathy and how to embody it through acting. We explored how to not just talk about empathy, but embody it.

 

Culture of Empathy Builder:  Diana Castle

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Compassion

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Just a lovely picture on a reall important topic for the future!

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Catherine Sullivan: Empathy | Art21 "Exclusive"

Episode #005: Excerpts from Catherine Sullivan's film installations Big Hunt (2002), Ice Floes of Franz Joseph Land (2003), and The Chittendens (2006). Cathe...
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Diana Castle » Acting As The Art of The Empathetic Imagination-

Diana Castle »  Acting As The Art of The Empathetic Imagination- | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Diana Castle’s THE IMAGINED LIFE™ – Acting As The Art of The Empathetic Imagination- is a creative philosophy and practical application of your natural empathetic imagination to the art of acting.

 

Diana works with actors, singers, writers and directors of diverse backgrounds from all over the world in an effort to illuminate an experience of alternative perspectives, facilitate catharsis and create community through her creative philosophy and the empathetic imagined life experience.

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‘An actor’s job is empathy’

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Natalie Portman shared this short but sweet observation on TV recently: “An actor’s job is empathy.” Actors and would-be actors would do well to mull that succinct statement over, and evaluate themselves or how well they vivify it in their own work.

 

So, many local actors of the “looker” sort have a hard time empathizing with the characters they play, enough for them to believably vivify them.


What do they need to do to make up for lost empathy? Natalie Portman is more beautiful than most, so how come she doesn’t have a problem in this regard?

 

By Nestor U. Torre

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Dynamics of Creativity and Empathy in Role Reversal: Contributions From Neuroscience

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Dynamics of Creativity and Empathy in Role Reversal: Contributions From Neuroscience...

 

The challenge of understanding another person and what it takes to truly feel understood by another is at the hub of human social existence. Psychodramatic role reversal is a related method, rooted in classical role theory, in which two individuals each take the role of the other in an interpersonal situation and actually behave as if one is the other, before returning to their primary selves. In this exercise, every member of the dyad has to overcome both physical constraints and the natural tendency to adhere to one’s own viewpoint.

 

This requires empathic abilities as well as creative imagination. Simultaneous holding of two mental representations, one’s own and another’s, may be a mechanism by which this task could be achieved. Psychological and neurobiological research is presented in favor of this assumption and the concept of creative empathy is introduced as a target for future quantitative and qualitative studies

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WCSU art faculty to present ‘Creativity & Compassion’ exhibition

WCSU art faculty to present ‘Creativity & Compassion’ exhibition | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

The Western Connecticut State University department of art will present a faculty exhibition, “Creativity & Compassion,” to celebrate the historic visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the WCSU campus in October.

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Empathy, Affect, and the Photographic Image - The Guggenheim Museum...

Empathy, Affect, and the Photographic Image - The Guggenheim Museum... | Empathy in the Arts | Scoop.it

Friday, September 21 @ 4:00 pm
In conjunction with Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective, leading scholars discuss the role that empathy plays in the interactions among photographer, subject, and viewer. Organized by Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, and moderated by George Baker, University of California, Los Angeles.

 Moderator introduction, George Baker, Associate Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles

 

“The Age of Empathy” and Rineke Dijkstra’s Photographic Portraits, Jennifer Blessing, Senior Curator, Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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