Empathetic people are superb at recognizing and meeting the needs of clients, customers, or subordinates.
They seem approachable, wanting to hear what people have to say. They listen carefully, picking up on what people are truly concerned about, and respond on the mark. Most of the mistakes that have been made in the world have been through a lack of empathy. If one can identify with someone else and empathize with them, the biggest mistake of repeating mistakes can be avoided. To learn from somebody you need empathy. Empathy in the broadest sense refers to the reactions of one individual to the observed experiences of another.
Bully-Proof your Preschooler – Part 2: EMPATHY In our last article, Bully-Proof Your Preschooler, we featured tips and signs for helping young children deal with aggressors. Today we’ll take a look at empathy and its role in prevention.
Why empathy matters Empathy is the ability to understand and identify with another person’s feelings. It includes regulating one’s own emotions and is central to success in social relationships. Children who are empathic are less likely to use aggression.
Empathy has to be taught Although there is evidence that the human brain may be pre-wired for empathy, just ask a group of toddlers to share a toy and you’ll see plenty of evidence that empathy doesn’t come naturally! It has to be taught. That’s why you play a crucial role in the development of empathy skills – starting in infancy.
When first asked to speak at the upcoming Compassion and Business conference, I was struck by how seldom we hear those two words in the same sentence. Why? I think it's because we think of compassion too abstractly, and we're probably equally guilty in thinking of "business" too clinically.
Even if we can't count it, we all know compassion is real. We've all felt its power and influence. We also know there is more to achieving business success than market strategy and financial objectives. Where do these paths cross? People.
Fiction as an empathy workout. What makes bookworms such bleeding hearts? A new study led by P. Matthijs Bal of VU University in the Netherlands finds that readers who emotionally immerse themselves with written fiction for weeklong periods can help boost their empathetic skills.
The researchers discovered this by having university students read either fiction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and José Saramago or items from a newspaper. Gauging the participants' empathetic abilities and self-reported emotions before and after such reading sessions, they found that the fiction readers got more of an emotional workout than the nonfiction readers. And they became noticeably more empathetic after a week of such experiments.
The Definition of Compassion Now that we have discussed the process of having and learning we shall move onto compassion itself. What is compassion? Well I could go to the dictionary and copy what it says, instead I will write what I think that compassion is about. My definition of compassion is a little complex and will take a little explaining, so lets begin. Compassion is an expression of empathy for another’s human condition in as much as a direct recognition of humanity and circumstance that has produced a state of loving kindness. Compassion is a state of indiscriminate forgiveness toward another human being state of existence. Now I have expressed two definitions one more to go, Compassion is love expressed toward another because of the recognition of the self. Empathy Love and Forgiveness combined is what I call Compassion. The expression of this kind of compassion is probably the most beautiful thing in the world because it is total understanding and love.
The Francis Report should form a landmark in the quest to address deeply damaging flaws in the health service – and begin to turn compassion from a 'hurrah word' into a concept cemented at the heart of healthcare design, says Professor Paul Crawford
One of the key elements of the Francis Report into the appalling treatment of patients by Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust is its foregrounding of systemic failure and the need for responsible management. We can only hope this marks a long-overdue shift in emphasis in the quest to address fundamental and deeply damaging flaws within the health service.
That may be hard to believe. Especially at this time of year, when frantic shoppers cut lines to snag deals and even the good folk at the Salvation Army fall prey to thieving employees.
But, in fact, empathy is part of our anatomy. It's just that, like a muscle, it needs to be flexed. Scientists have already identified "mirror neurons" -- soft-wiring that compels us to feel what others are feeling. When someone else yawns, we yawn. When another suffers, we suffer, too. But now, neuro-researchers have discovered a second empathy highway.
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