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the hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty. Chuang-Tzu

the hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty.  Chuang-Tzu | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it

The hearing that is only in the ears is one thing.
The hearing of the understanding is another.
But the hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty,
     to the ear, or to the mind.

 

Hence it demands the emptiness of all the faculties.
And when the faculties are empty,
    then the whole being listens.

 

There is then a direct grasp of what is right there before you
   that can never be heard with the ear
    or understood with the mind.

 

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Empathy

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SUGGESTIONS FOR TEACHERS, SPECIALISTS, AND HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS


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Holding your partner's hand can ease their pain - The more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic [pain relieving] effect

Holding your partner's hand can ease their pain - The more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic [pain relieving] effect | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it

They found that if her partner was allowed to hold her hand, she reported feeling lower levels of pain than if the couple merely sat next to one another.

Scientists believe that holding hands with a loved one activates an area of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex, which is associates with pain, empathy and heart functioning. ..

People 'subconsciously sync up' 

'The more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic [pain relieving] effect, the higher the synchronization between the two when they are touching,' said Dr Pavel Goldstein, from the University of Colorado at Boulder....

Empathetic' partners ease pain more 

'It appears that pain totally interrupts this interpersonal synchronization between couples,' Dr Goldstein said.

'Touch brings it back.'

His previous research found that the more empathy the man showed for the woman, the more her pain subsided during touch.

 

By DAISY DUNNE 

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(Empathic Family) 5 Tips for Raising an Empathetic Child — Starting in Preschool

(Empathic Family) 5 Tips for Raising an Empathetic Child — Starting in Preschool | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it

06/21/2017

 

According to Nelson, there are five ways you can help your preschooler learn empathy:

1. Recognize and address your child’s needs.
A child’s needs and wants aren’t always convenient. If adult schedules interfere with nap time, it’s tempting to tell your child, “You can wait a few minutes.” But a “few minutes” can seem like an eternity to a sleepy 4-year-old. Validate your child’s feelings by saying instead, “I know you’re tired, and we’ll get home as soon as we can and then you can go right to sleep.”

2. Focus on feelings.
A child’s needs and wants aren’t always convenient

3. Teach verbal and non-verbal cues.

4. Use pretend play.

5. Encourage inclusion.

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The Parenting Guide to Teaching Teens About the Benefits of Empathy

The Parenting Guide to Teaching Teens About the Benefits of Empathy | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
Empathy means the capacity to understand or feel what another person feels or experiences in any given situation. People can generally learn empathy at any given age, but a younger person’s mind is still growing and learning (and pretty self-centered).

 

As parent’s, we can help these young minds learn empathy as an important skill to foster healthy relationships as they age.

 

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Raising an empathetic child is down to the parents

Raising an empathetic child is down to the parents | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it

Showing empathy is the result of many social-emotional skills that are...


Looking your child in the eye and making empathy-building a priority will lead to them building good relationships

 

We live in a world that has become increasingly social online, yet we seem to lack face-to-face contact more than ever. 

Yet, the fact is that there are many people in the world who are in distress and need our help. And parents know that it’s important to teach children to develop empathy and care for others instead of growing up to be self-centred individuals — a task that is increasingly difficult in a “selfie”-mad world.

 
BY BALVINDER SANDHU
 
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The 4 Best Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Empathetic People (Plus an "Unselfie" Giveaway)

The 4 Best Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Empathetic People (Plus an "Unselfie" Giveaway) | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it

A couple of weeks ago, I listened to parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba, the author of UnSelfie speak about the importance of child empathy at an event that showcased Hasbro’s Be Fearless Be Kind philanthropic initiative.

 

This year, my husband Reggie and I are focusing on helping our kids grow as “givers” because they receive so many great things and experiences from family, friends and “blogger perks”. Since empathetic people tend to be givers, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss anything, so I taped Dr. Borba’s speech about the 4 best ways to teach your kids to be empathetic people.

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The Voice of an Empathic Parent Becomes Your Child's Inner Voice

The Voice of an Empathic Parent Becomes  Your Child's Inner Voice | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
Tips on Being an Empathic Parent

1. Even in those very hurried moments, when your child tries to tell you something, interrupt what you’re doing and look them in the eye and listen. It may only take a second or lead to an important conversation. Being empathic means showing you care to listen.

 

 

 Laurie Hollman,

 

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(Empathic Relationships) 7 Reasons Why Empathy Is Important in a Relationship 

(Empathic Relationships) 7 Reasons Why Empathy Is Important in a Relationship  | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it

DEVENDRA VISHWAKARMA

 

7 Reasons Empathy Important Relationship It is not uncommon to disagree with another person’s views. Be it politics, religion, or something

 

Why is empathy so important?

If everyone in the world could empathize with each other, the world truly would be a better place. It is understandable that hoping for worldwide empathy is a long shot, so why not start slow and learn to empathize with your significant other? Here are 7 glaring reasons why empathy is very important in a relationship, and why you should be practicing this virtue.

 

#1 Bridge the divide.

#2 Give each other attention

#3 Bring out the positive.

#4 Compassion is practiced.

#5 Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.

#6 It teaches patience.

#7 Work on your flaws.

 

 

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(Empathic Parenting) How Parents Can Raise Empathetic Leaders In Trump’s America

(Empathic Parenting) How Parents Can Raise Empathetic Leaders In Trump’s America | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it


REVA SETH 11.18.16 5:00 AM
I’ve never been able to sit through a full episode of The Apprentice. President-Elect Donald Trump’s management and communication style flashes me back to my own three-month stint working with a boss like that. It gives me an instant migraine.

But my own reaction isn't just a matter of personal preference. The business world is moving decisively toward management models that conflict with Trump's pugnacious leadership style. Collaboration, active listening, vulnerability, and empathy are all traits companies, recruiters, and hiring managers say they value—and increasingly have a hard time finding....

 

Reading emotional cues, being familiar with the language of emotions, and 'feeling with' the other is what empathy is all about," says Mary Gordon, the founder of the Roots of Empathy classroom program, which has been shown to reduce levels of aggression among schoolchildren. "Parents and teachers have powerful opportunities every day to nurture empathy in children," says Gordon. "They do this when they interact and speak with others, including the child, in an empathic way.

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(Empathic Parenting)  3 Ways to Encourage Empathy in Kids

(Empathic Parenting)  3 Ways to Encourage Empathy in Kids | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it

Dr. Borba, an old friend of Parents who’s worked with schools around the world, has many specific suggestions for how we can help our children be kind and inclusive. “Before children can ‘step into someone’s shoes,’ they must first develop the ability to read nonverbal cues in facial expressions, gestures, posture, and voice tone,” she says.

 

Here are three ways to help.

 

Spend time with a baby. Observing an infant is a powerful way for your child to tune in to emotions.

 

Build a feeling vocabulary. The more of these words your child knows, the more savvy she’ll be about how other people are feeling: agreeable, apprehensive,...

 

Communicate face-to-face. Kids also learn to read someone’s emotions by making eye contact...

 

Diane Debrovner

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(Empathic Parenting) The Real Problem with Cyberbullying and How Parents Can Make It Stop

(Empathic Parenting) The Real Problem with Cyberbullying and How Parents Can Make It Stop | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
I recently interviewed Dr. Josh Straub. He’s a psychologist and leading expert on social media and the effect it’s having on our kids. One of the big points he makes is that social media is causing teens to lose empathy.


In our interview, he talked about a study done on college students. The study found that over the past 30 years, self-centeredness has increased by 40 percent in students and empathy has decreased by 30 percent.

 

This lack of empathy is a product of an internet culture that teaches kids they are the center of the universe and distances them from real relationships and face-to-face conversations.


Lack of empathy is a product of an internet culture that distances kids from real relationships. CLICK TO TWEET
With this lack of empathy and face-to-face connection, it has become easier and easier for kids to bully other kids online. They even share videos of bullying, so the whole school can see, causing kids to be desensitized to inappropriate and cruel behavior.

 

by Meg Meeker

 
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Parents, the folks at Sesame Workshop want to talk to you about manners vs. empathy

Parents, the folks at Sesame Workshop want to talk to you about manners vs. empathy | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
Parents of young children, I have a question for you. Which is more important for your child to possess — manners or empathy?

While years of academic research clearly show empathy — defined as the cognitive and affective components of walking in someone else’s shoes — to be one of the most important qualities for children to have to ensure future success, parents would rather their children be polite, according to a new survey we conducted at Sesame Workshop called “K is for Kind: A National Survey on Kindness and Kids.”

 

By Jennifer Kotler Clarke 

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(Empathic Relationships) The Therapy Trick That Could Change The Way You Talk To Your Partner:  a set of skills that will help you and your partner reconnect and restore empathy,

(Empathic Relationships) The Therapy Trick That Could Change The Way You Talk To Your Partner:  a set of skills that will help you and your partner reconnect and restore empathy, | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
Luckily, there are some calmer, more rational ways to get to this point, and there's actually a form of relationship therapy that's designed to teach couples how to express, listen, and understand one another in these types of situations. It's called Imago therapy.

 

Like many forms of therapy, the point of Imago therapy is to develop a set of skills that will help you and your partner reconnect and restore empathy, says Rebecca Sears, LPC, an Imago relationship therapist.

 

That sounds vague and theoretical, but Imago uses a specific dialogue, or script, to help you get there. While I've never tried Imago therapy, there are ways that you can use Imago skills in your everyday life.

 

You just have to follow the three distinct steps: mirroring, validation, and empathy.


Confused? Here's what a typical Imago therapy session entails.

 

CORY STIEG
JUNE 22, 2017

 

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When Lovers Touch, Their Breathing and Heartbeat Syncs While Pain Wanes

When Lovers Touch, Their Breathing and Heartbeat Syncs While Pain Wanes | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
That’s one takeaway from a study released last week that found that when an empathetic partner holds the hand of a woman in pain, their heart and respiratory rates sync and her pain dissipates.

“The more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic effect, the higher the synchronization between the two when they are touching,” said lead author Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral pain researcher in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder.

The study of 22 couples, published in the journal Scientific Reports last week, is the latest in a growing body of research on “interpersonal synchronization,” the phenomenon in which individuals begin to physiologically mirror the people they’re with.

 

 Lisa Ann Marshall –

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(Empathc Family) How Raising 3 Daughters Taught Me to Have Empathy and Compassion

(Empathc Family) How Raising 3 Daughters Taught Me to Have Empathy and Compassion | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
As a leader in a work setting, it's so important to have empathy for others. It's not possible to lead effectively unless you can somehow start seeing the world from the eyes of your employees. You have to stop "career building" and stop focusing on your own narrow agenda. No team ever survives for long with a leader who only wants to advance his or her own agenda and achieve success.

 

In fact, every healthy team has empathy flowing in abundance. It's so ingrained in every person there is no other option....

 

Learning to have empathy made me a better dad, a better leader...a better person. I can't imagine what kind of corporate drone I would have become otherwise.

 

By John Brandon Contributing editor, Inc.com

 

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Audio: Slate’s Parenting Podcast Asks: Can You Teach Empathy to a 2-Year-Old?

Audio: Slate’s Parenting Podcast Asks: Can You Teach Empathy to a 2-Year-Old? | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
Listen to Slate’s parenting podcast discuss how young is too young to teach empathy, and what to do about a boy who dominates his little brother.

By Rebecca Lavoie, Steve Lickteig, and Gabriel Roth
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(Empathic Parenting) Sympathy vs. Empathy: why parents should know the difference

(Empathic Parenting) Sympathy vs. Empathy: why parents should know the difference | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it

Research shows an ever-growing sense of entitlement in our youth, along with an exponential rise in bullying, despite anti bullying efforts. Why? Because too frequently, parents confuse w sympathy w empathy.

Dr. Leonard, psychotherapist, explains the difference between the two.

 

 1) Sympathy is feeling sorry for your child. When you feel sorry for your child, you tend to lower expectations, make concessions, and demand rules be changed for them. This creates a sense of entitlement in the child.

 

2) Empathy is emotional attunement.

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The empathy gap

The empathy gap | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
The empathically challenged — for want of a better term — tend to stonewall, shut out, become passive aggressive with partners and family, whom they often blame. They may lie to avoid confrontation, and tend to not share their vulnerabilities or feelings. Many can’t pre-empt, predict or remember simple things that are important to their loved ones.

Feeling invisible, with needs chronically unmet, is devastating, hence the sufferer of AfDD can develop severe frustration, anger, stress, despair, self-doubt or anxiety, which often spills into a range of illnesses. 

RUTH OSTROW

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(Empathic Parenting) Empathy: the building block to a close bond  

(Empathic Parenting) Empathy: the building block to a close bond   | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it

One of the main aims of listening is to gain understanding. In an ideal world, we will be able to see things from the other person's perspective. This is known as empathy.

 

This ability to show understanding of others becomes central to healthy relationships and is the cornerstone of resolving conflict and increasing connectedness.

 

So, in this fourth and final article of the series on communication, I wanted to focus on empathy and understanding, building on the skills of listening and the awareness of our non-verbal communication.

 

 David Coleman

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So He’s Not Empathic — Now What? 

So He’s Not Empathic — Now What?  | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
Empathy Can Be Learned

If he’s basically nice, he can probably learn to show more empathy. You might tell him, gently, before venting, that you would like to be heard and understood, not “fixed.” When he does listen thoughtfully, tell him how much it means to you that he’s really there for you. Your compliment is likely to inspire more of the same from him next time. So, do remember to keep telling him you value him for listening.

You might wish he could read your mind, but you cannot expect him to. This is why it is so important to tell him, again gently, what you need.

Marcia Naomi Berger,

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(Empathic Parenting) Why Empathy Is Essential To Raising A Healthy, Self-Confident And Self-Reliant Child

(Empathic Parenting) Why Empathy Is Essential To Raising A Healthy, Self-Confident And Self-Reliant Child | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
Without empathy, your parenting approach may be damaging your child's growth and self-esteem.

 

 In my therapy training, I learned of Carl Rogers’ groundbreaking work with empathy, and I was struck by the power of empathy in fostering growth and independence in others

 

. And I learned the opposite is true – we can cripple and damage a person’s growth when we belittle or demean what they think and how they behave (narcissists do terrible damage to their children because of this lack of empathy).  Empathy – the ability to stand in another’s shoes and understand in your heart what the other individual is feeling and thinking, and validating it without judgment or condemnation  - is essential to good parenting.

 

Kathy Caprino,  

 

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(Empathic Parenting) This is your brain on empathy 

(Empathic Parenting) This is your brain on empathy  | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR BRAIN FOR EMPATHY


These studies show that empathy can be thought of as skill we can practice and improve. Here are six daily (or weekly) ideas Krznic suggest for cultivating empathy....

Switch on your empathic brain. Recognise that empathy is at the core of human nature. Empathy isn’t just something you are born with. Most people can expand their capacity for empathy — both cognitive and emotional empathy — by practising mindful attention towards other people’s feelings and experiences.


Make the imaginative leap. Make a conscious effort to step into another person’s shoes. Acknowledge their humanity, their individuality and perspectives. Try this for both your friends and your ‘enemies’.


Seek experiential adventures. Explore lives and cultures that contrast with your own. “Next time you are planning a holiday, don’t ask yourself, ‘Where can I go next?’ but instead ‘Whose shoes can I stand in next?’” suggests Krznaric.


Practice the craft of conversation. ...
Travel in your armchair.  ...
Get curious about strangers..

 

 

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(Empathic Parenting) Can Your Kids Define Empathy? Here's Why They Need It to Thrive in School and Life  

(Empathic Parenting) Can Your Kids Define Empathy? Here's Why They Need It to Thrive in School and Life   | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
To what extent empathy is an innate or learned trait is still being debated by scientists. Economists have long assumed that each individual is completely self-interested and rational, always making the choice that most benefits them no matter what the cost.

 

However, some scientists are beginning the challenge this idea, instead asserting that the instinct to empathize with others is a key element of group cohesion.

 

Being a part of a tribe that cared more deeply for one another could be a distinct advantage if you got sick and needed to be nursed back to health, or if you needed to band together to protect your land or tribe members. Empathy led to better chances for survival, these scientists argue, more than single-minded selfishness.

 

Constance Scharff, 

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(Teaching Empathy) The Importance of Teaching Children Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) The Importance of Teaching Children Empathy | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It seems so simple, yet it is an essential (and often overlooked) skill children need to learn in order to develop into healthy adults.

 

As parents, it’s not always in the forefront of our minds, and some may find it a bit odd to think they need to actually teach their child empathy. Doesn’t it just come naturally? 

 

1. Make your parental expectations clear. ...
2. Identify Feelings...
3. Be a Role Model...

 

Chantal D. Hayes,

References:
Dewar, Gwen, Ph.D. (2009-2014). Teaching empathy: Evidence-based tips for fostering empathy in children. http://www.parentingscience.com/teaching-empathy-tips.html#sthash.HsaVK1hh.dpuf
 
Joyce, Amy. (July 18, 2014) Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/07/18/are-you-raising-nice-kids-a-harvard-psychologist-gives-5-ways-to-raise-them-to-be-kind/
 
Lahey, Jessica. (September 4, 2014.) Teaching Children Empathy. http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/teaching-children-empathy/?_r=0
 
VanClay, Mary. (2008). The caring child: How to teach empathy. http://www.babycenter.com/0_the-caring-child-how-to-teach-empathy_67146.bc
 
Weissbourd, Richard, and Jones, Stephanie. How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children. Harvard Graduate School of Education. http://sites.gse.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/making-caring-common/files/empathy.pdf

 

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(Empathic Parenting) How to Raise Empathetic Kids

(Empathic Parenting) How to Raise Empathetic Kids | Empathic Family & Parenting | Scoop.it
You know it’s important, but do you know why? Or how to cultivate this crucial character trait? Here are some practical tips for every age.
 
Everyone is talking about empathy right now, from politicians to school counselors. And in an age where cyberbullying and racial tensions are front and center, it’s easy to see why.

 

Being empathetic means you enter into another’s reality, whether that is someone’s pain or simply a different way of life. (And it’s different from sympathy, which is feeling for someone; empathy is feeling with someone. Think of it as being in a painting instead of just observing it.)

 

Empathy is, essentially, valuing another person and his experience. And the world certainly needs more of that. If you want to grow it in your child, follow this advice.

 

By Yelena Moroz Alpert

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