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The brain is naturally empathetic. You have "mirror neurons" which connect your brain like Wi-Fi with people you observe. As a protective mechanism, you automatically tune into their emotions, their movements and intentions.
When you walk down the street and someone comes your way, it's likely you will both move in the same direction even though you are trying to get out of each other's way. This is because your mirror neurons sensed the person's intentions and you "mirrored" their actions until your cognitive brain could engineer an opposing move that cleared the path....
To increase your empathy, you have to both control your wandering mind and strengthen your capacity to empathize through practice.
Be quiet, inside and out. ...Fully watch as well as listen.....Ask yourself what you are feeling....Test your instinct.... by Marcia Reynolds
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What is Empathy? Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings of others, feel what they feel, and respond in helpful, compassionate ways. Children who are able to identify with and comfort others make friends more easily, generally perform better academically, and demonstrate a higher level of moral and emotional development.
How do we teach empathy?
Infants: (Birth to 1 yr.) ...Toddlers: (1-2yrs.) ... ( name feelings)Pre-schoolers: (3-5 Yrs....) (share) Ages 5 and up:... (model behaviors).
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As an undergrad at NYU, I saw the writing classes I took as “core curriculum,” pure and simple. Sure, they were rigorous and fun, but they distracted from my real focus—the studio where I spent twenty-five hours a week learning how to act. It took several post-grad years for me to come to terms with the fact that I was not a particularly spectacular actress and that my happiest moments were spent typing on my laptop, lost in worlds of my own making. But that drama degree was not in vain. My stud
Though not entirely responsible for empathy, mirror neurons do help us detect when another person is angry, sad or happy, and allow us to feel what the person is feeling as if we were in their place.
Ramachandran suspects that mirror neuron research will lead to understanding purportedmind reading abilities, which may in fact have an organic explanation, such as a strong empathic occurrence in which one’s emotional/physical sensations are experienced by the other.
Mirror neurons are important in learning and language acquisition. Through imitation, vicarious learning allows for the construction of culture and tradition.
Empathy is a powerful communication skill that is often misunderstood and underused. Effective empathetic comunication enhances the therapeutic effectiveness of the provider-client relationship.
Appropriate use of empathy as a communication tool facilitates the health related interview, increases the efficiency of gathering information, and honors the patient or client. It is one of the vital facillitative conditions of coaching mentioned by Dr. Arloski...
Practical Empathetic Communication
Making practical use of an otherwise esoteric concept such as empathy requires division of the concept into its simplest elements.
As outlined by Frederic Platt key steps to effective empathy include:
recognizing presence of strong feeling in the clinical setting (ie, fear, anger, grief, disappointment);pausing to imagine how the patient might be feeling;stating our perception of the patient's feeling (ie, "I can imagine that must be ..." or "It sounds like you're upset about ...");legitimizing that feeling;respecting the patient's effort to cope with the predicament; andoffering support and partnership (ie, "I'm committed to work with you
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