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8 Ways To Stop Your Child From Becoming A Bully

8 Ways To Stop Your Child From Becoming A Bully | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

1. Your child needs to be aware of others' inner experiences.
It needs to become second nature to him to think about others and their feelings almost as quickly as he thinks of his own. Many parents validate one child's perspective, but fail to discuss their own feelings or feelings of another child. Just validating your own child's feelings does not teach him that there are other people in the world whose feelings matter. Example of validating your child:
"I see you felt really angry right there when John took your ball."


Example of teaching empathy:
"I see you felt really angry right there when John took your ball. He looked angry too. I think he thought you were going to play with him, but then you ended up playing alone."


Samantha Rodman PhD 

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Can We Teach Empathy?

Can We Teach Empathy? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Questions about our empathetic capacities have interested humans for centuries. Today, we understand that human beings are actually wired for empathy, with vast networks of neuro-transmitters and mirror neurons supporting positive connections.


However, our capacity for empathy is as much the result of our experience and practice as it is of our genetic makeup. Educators can enable this experience and practice.


Some key elements in my own teachings include: 

  • Safe Space: The environment supports my ability to be present, to listen deeply and to feel heard. I know that I have the power to share, keep private, or take back any part of my story.
  • Deep Listening: I feel truly heard and not judged. I know that the act of sharing my story itself takes precedence over the final product.
  • Reciprocity: Rather than one person holding all the power, the experience of storytelling is mutual; everyone has skin in the game.
  • Continuity: I recognize the larger purpose for which my story is shared and that my story “belongs” to something bigger than myself.
  • Action: An action highlights my connections with others in a shared world that needs our energy to make it a better place.

By Alisa Del Tufo
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8 Ways To Stop Your Child From Becoming A Bully

8 Ways To Stop Your Child From Becoming A Bully | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
There are numerous ways to ensure that your child has the greatest possible chance to learn to be kind and empathic to others. All of these are things that are easy for you to do at home...


Nobody thinks that their sweet little baby will grow up into a bully, but some parents have a rude awakening when this is in fact what happens.


There are numerous ways to ensure that your child has the greatest possible chance to learn to be kind and empathic to others. All of these are things that are easy for you to do at home, starting from the time that your toddler is conscious of his or her social environment. These tips center around teaching empathy, which means awareness and respect for others' feelings and perspectives..


1. Your child needs to be aware of others' inner experiences....

2. Discuss your own emotions too....

3. Discuss both siblings' or friends' emotions after any conflict, validating and empathizing with both sides. Do not only validate the child whose actions you agree with more....

4. Make sure to speak for those who cannot speak, such as pets or babies.  ...

5. When you interact with others outside the home, discuss their feelings later together...

6. Aim for consistency around the issue of meanness and teasing...
7. When children see others who are different from them...
8. When you are mean, apologize...


by Samantha Rodman

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Berkeley: Mindful Communication: Embodying Empathy & Awareness

Berkeley: Mindful Communication: Embodying Empathy & Awareness | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

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January 13, 2015 at Rudramandir in Berkeley, CA.

* Learn tools to navigate differences

* Deepen insight and self-understanding

* Train the heart to find balance when challenged Come join me for this eight-week class integrating Mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication and Somatics. I’ve been teaching …

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Person-Centered Therapy Role Play

In this role play, the therapist demonstrates the techniques of a Rogerian person-centered therapist while working with client Victoria: congruence/genuineness, empathy, and unconditional positive regard.
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Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes: How Empathy Can Help

Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes: How Empathy Can Help | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

What did this patient need? Empathy. Empathy is what helps us to better understand what another person is experiencing, or, as the old saying puts it, to walk a mile in another person’s shoes.


Social determinants of health—where you live, your income, your community and social network, your level of education and your access to health care—contribute to overall health and wellbeing...







Developing Empathy


These suggestions are a few steps you can take now to increase your empathy:

  • First and foremost, learn to listen when someone is talking to you. ...
  • Communicate. ...
  • Keep a journal to record your feelings and observationsAn article in Nursing Times provides detailed suggestions for keeping a journal.
  • Act as if. Even when you aren’t capable of empathizing, acting as if you are may be perceived by the patient as empathy. You also may be able to act your way into actually feeling empathetic.
  • Get to know the community around you. The more kinds of people you know, the better you will be able to understand those you come in contact with through your work.
  • Educate yourself in the arts. Music, literature and the visual arts are centered on who we are as human beings and how we interact, which is the basis of empathy.
  • Practice compassion. Be kind, express gratitude and go out of your way to help others as much as you can.
  • Understand the difference between pity and empathy...

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Empathy and Critical Thinking Training – ASU Sanford …

Empathy and Critical Thinking Training – ASU Sanford … | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

http://sanford.clas.asu.edu/sh/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Web_Training_EmpathyandCriticalThinking.pdf


Empathy and Critical Thinking

Empathy is a crucial skill that supports children’s social relationships and school success. Being able to recognize and understand how another person is feeling can motivate children to have compassion toward others and to respond in caring, prosocial ways. Understanding and respecting the perspectives and feelings of others can also help children to cooperate and to avoid or resolve conflicts.


Part of having empathy is being aware of different perspectives and recognizing how these differing thoughts can influence people’s feelings and behaviors....


Promote incremental thinking, or belief in the potential for growth and change, by focusing on process rather than product—call attention to children’s efforts rather than the outcome of those efforts, and help them reflect on and take ownership of their own learning and growth.

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5 Ways To Increase Your Own Empathy

5 Ways To Increase Your Own Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

THE MOST IMPORTANT EMOTIONAL SKILL IN RELATIONSHIP-BUILDING IS ALSO ONE THAT MOST OF US NEED TO WORK ON.


While psychologists believe that infancy is a critical time for us to learn empathy, we also know that we can increase it throughout our lifetime. There is perhaps no other attribute that is more vital to develop relationships with others than empathy.

Here are five ways we can increase empathy:

1. BECOME AN ACTIVE LISTENER..

Empathy requires that we cultivate the trait of active listening. Most people are thinking how they are going to respond while the other person is still speaking. Active listening means being totally focused on what the other person is saying.


2. CHALLENGE PREJUDICES AND STEREOTYPES..


3. DEVELOP A CURIOSITY ABOUT OTHERS...


4. SPEND SOME TIME IN ANOTHER’S SHOES..


5. SHARE YOURSELF WITH OTHERS..

HARVEY DEUTSCHENDORF
Harvey Deutschendorf is an emotional intelligence expert, speaker, and internationally published author of THE OTHER KIND OF SMART, Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Persona…


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Empathy and social development in childhood

Empathy and social development in childhood | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy is a skill; a skill we, the parents, need to teach and nurture. To empathise with someone is to understand what they are feeling and to understand what you would feel like if you were in their situation. It requires a comprehension that others think of themselves in ways that are similar to and different from the way you do, and the emotions the other person associate with those thoughts.


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Children who are empathic tend to do better in school, in social situations, and in future adult careers.


Children and teenagers who have the greatest amount of skill at empathy are viewed as leaders by their peers, so we must not underestimate the importance of teaching this at home.

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Innate Empathy: The Foundation for Relationships & Inner Resilience

Innate Empathy: The Foundation for Relationships & Inner Resilience

Saturday, Dec 6, 2014, 9:30 AM

Rudramandir
830 Bancroft Way Berkeley, CA

25 Nonviolent Communicators Attending

Innate Empathy: The Foundation for Relationships & Inner Resilience - PLEASE NOTE WE ARE ALMOST FULL.  REGISTER ASAP TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT IF YOU'D LIKE TO JOIN US! with Marina Smerling and Oren J. Sofer * Learn ways to increase access to empathy * Develop practices to expand one’s capacity for presence * Strengthen internal stability and resilie...

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Innate Empathy: The Foundation for Relationships & Inner Resilience - 
PLEASE NOTE WE ARE ALMOST FULL.  REGISTER ASAP TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT IF YOU'D LIKE TO JOIN US!
with Marina Smerling and Oren J. Sofer
* Learn ways to increase access to empathy
* Develop practices to expand one’s capacity for presence
* Strengthen internal stability and resilience

A fully embodied and integrated experience of empathy – the felt, emotional resonance with experience – can deepen and transform our use of communication tools and meditation practice, and enrich the quality of our daily lives.

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Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals - Cultivating Empathy for Healthy Relationships and Collaborative Classrooms

Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals - Cultivating Empathy for Healthy Relationships and Collaborative Classrooms | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
This training opportunity will challenge you to examine your own empathy skills and offer several practical and engaging activities and discussions you can have with your students to help develop empathy and perspective-taking and to cultivate an atmosphere characterized by kindness, respect and collaboration. Event dates:

The trainings are 9AM-4PM at the Center for Schools and Communities in Camp Hill, Pa. Cost is $129 per person; lunch on your own. Pre-registration required.
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Embodying Empathy

Embodying Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Understanding and practicing empathy for self and others is probably the most important skill we can have as yoga practitioners, family members, and world citizens. But how do we learn to make that our default response to each situation?


How can we use our yoga both to create and express this empathetic approach? Through discussion, and active and Restorative yoga practice, and some homework assignments, we will explore this topic together.

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Peace Circle Center: Serving Community with Restorative, Empowered and Collaborative Connections

Peace Circle Center: Serving Community with Restorative, Empowered and Collaborative Connections | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

We offer restorative, empathic and empowering solutions to parents, educators and youth to increase peace-making skills, conflict resolution and cooperation at home, in school and in the community. Contact us today at connect@peacecirclecenter.org to learn more about our services and how we can tailor our support around your specific needs.


We are a collaborative team of professionals passionate about healthy relationships between and amongst youth and adults. We are excited to share our expertise to support your family, classroom, group or organization in increasing empathic connections, co-creating healing outcomes to conflicts and incidents of harm, and empowering children towards greater self-respect and respect of others.


We are trained and experienced in various peacemaking skills such as Nonviolent Communication, Positive Discipline, Conscious Discipline, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Restorative Circles,  Peacemaking Circle Processes, Dialogue Circles, Community Conferencing, Young Women mentorship and more… 

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How to Teach Your Kids Empathy - Dr. Psych Mom

How to Teach Your Kids Empathy - Dr. Psych Mom | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Ways to teach empathy to even very small children.


1. Teach them about emotions.

2. Read and watch TV together.

3. After conflicts, discuss what everyone was feeling.

4. Let them see you resolve conflicts in your own life.

5. Speak for people/creatures who can’t speak.


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Teaching Empathy to Children - And why it matters!

Teaching Empathy to Children - And why it matters! | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

We could all benefit from more empathy. A deficit of empathy in our culture is evident in school violence, bullying, depression and even suicide. Increasing empathy, on the other hand, results in better communication, more harmonious interactions and better-behaved kids.


In fact, recent research – in neuroscience, school psychology, clinical psychology and parent/infant interaction – points to empathy as central to emotional, social, cognitive and even physical growth and development.


This knowledge has created a new wave of “empathy awareness” programs in schools and has had a profound influence in new philosophies about parenting.


by Anne Paris,


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How to Teach Your Kids Empathy

How to Teach Your Kids Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

As a psychologist, parents frequently ask me how to cultivate empathy in their children. Instead of only understanding their own point of view, parents want their children to learn how to share, take others’ perspectives, and how to value other people’s opinions just as they value their own.


Here are five ways to teach empathy to your children, whether they are toddlers, preschool aged, or school aged.


1. Teach them about emotions...

2. Read and watch TV together....

3. After conflicts, discuss what everyone was feeling...

4. Let them see you resolve conflicts in your own life...

5. Speak for people/creatures who can’t speak...



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Counseling Services: How to Teach Empathy

Counseling Services: How to Teach Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Teaching Empathy to those in Recovery

Persons engaged in addictive and defiant behavior tend to treat parents, family and others as objects. Many of my teen and adult clients struggle with understanding how others might feel in various situations. The main issue is that my clients are primarily focused on their needs. They don’t often care how their actions impact those around them. This applies to substance and porn / sex addiction and other issues.

Exercises for Treating Empathy
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Four Steps to Cultivating Compassion in Boys

Four Steps to Cultivating Compassion in Boys | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Kozo Hattori interviewed researchers and spiritual leaders about how to raise compassionate boys. This is what he discovered.


Searching for an answer, I read widely and sought out public figures who have dedicated their lives to exploring and advocating for the alleviation of suffering—Dr. Rick Hanson, Dr. Dacher Keltner, Dr. Dan Siegel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Father Richard Rohr, and others.


From this research, I concluded that cultivating compassion really is the best way to protect our boys from violence—or, as Hanh says, “Compassion protects you more than guns, bombs, and money.” From their combined scientific and spiritual perspectives, a four-fold process for cultivating this resource in boys emerged.


  • Touch: When UC Berkeley professor and GGSC co-founder Dacher Keltner researched the power of touch for human development and relationships, he discovered a surprising gender difference: 
  • Push Gender Boundaries: In the trailer for the film, The Mask You Live In, former NFL player Joe Ehrman claims that “the three most destructive words that every man receives when he is a boy is when he is told to ‘Be A Man.’” 
  • Be a role model  -  Almost all the compassionate men I interviewed had a compassionate role model...
  • Cultivate stillnessrecent paper from Timothy D. Wilson and colleagues at the University of Virginia and Harvard University revealed incredibly strong resistance in men to silence and stillness...





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Six Paths to Greater Empathy

Six Paths to Greater Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Big Empathy is about expanding our empathy to embrace the suffering and well-being of more of life, more deeply, more competently, and more seamlessly than we normally do.


Below are six potentially complementary paths – not methods, but general approaches – to developing greater empathy. Of course, in order to enhance empathy, they must be undertaken with a desire to truly connect with the Other....


1. LISTENING – I’m speaking here of deep listening, empathic listening, reflective listening – listening intended to deeply understand the Other so that they feel truly understood....


2. SELF AWARENESS – We are all universal beings....


3. NARRATIVE ARTS – Stories can help us experience the inner and outer life of the Other. ...


4. IMMERSION – It is one thing to listen to, read or think about someone else’s life experience. It is quite another to actually live our life like theirs for a while. This is immersive empathy....

 

5. SCIENCES – Understanding causal and functional dynamics can deepen our capacity to enter into experiences and realities otherwise alien to us. ...


6. RESPONSIVE CARING – In caring, our empathic sensibilities merge with our will. 


by Tom Atlee


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Six Ways to Flex Your Empathy Muscle

Six Ways to Flex Your Empathy Muscle | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy will be our weapon against the darkness of hate, the strife of hostility, of diminishing hope. With it, we will reach for nothing less than full restoration of humanity for every tribe across the nations....


There is a difference between doing charity and promoting justice. One bestows sympathy while the other employs empathy. The former doles out condescending pity while the latter establishes solidarity.


Brene Brown says this: "Empathy fuels connection. Sympathy drives disconnection."


Here I share six ways to exercise our empathy muscle

1. Read....

2. Cultivate curiosity about strangers. ...

3. Ask questions....

4. Share vulnerably....

5. Diversify your social circle. ...

6. Activism.....


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Six Ways to Flex Your Empathy Muscle

Six Ways to Flex Your Empathy Muscle | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Here I share six ways to exercise our empathy muscle this holiday season and beyond.
 

  1. Read. Compelling scientific research shows reading improves empathy. From the comfort of your favorite couch, one can explore the world, defying geography and time. Words transport us into the a worldview otherwise hidden from us, putting on spectacles of another person’s life experience
     
  2. Cultivate curiosity about strangers. We all prefer to be comfortable. We gravitate to close friends at a party, and hang around people we know. I get it. But just a small effort to talk to strangers will go a long way in exercising the empathy muscle. And when you strike up conversation with a stranger,
     
  3. Ask questions...
     
  4. Share vulnerably....
     
  5. Diversify your social circle. Don’t block your Facebook friends, even if they annoy you with differing political or theological stances. The danger of a single story is when our perspective is limited to one narrative, and then used to malign or de-humanize the other...
     
  6. Activism. The natural result of an empathetic heart is a desire to advocate. As I have said, “when you have a friend in the margins, you fight with all you have to bring them benefits. Friendship erodes status, equalizes power, finds common ground, and demands mutual respect.” ....



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Theater Educator: “imagining yourself in” and “imagining yourself as” - Empathy and Critical Thinking

Theater Educator: “imagining yourself in” and “imagining yourself as” -  Empathy and Critical Thinking | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

As a theater educator, I’m pleased to see the focus that is being given to the importance of empathy in education. I wish more people understood that theatre/drama has been proven to increase empathy in students, but that’s for another posting, and the attention on empathy is a good no matter how we get at it. 

When teaching students how to be more empathetic, we will often ask, “How would you feel if that were you?” But, I think there's a better question to ask. The better one, I think, is “How would it feel if you were that person?”


I know it seems like a minor difference, but it’s actually much larger when you think about it contextually. 


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What’s different between “imagining yourself in” and “imagining yourself as” 

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Social and Emotional Intelligence: Teaching Kids Empathy

Social and Emotional Intelligence: Teaching Kids Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
I find crafting to be an excellent way to spend time thinking, so I was excited to see Happy Heart Kid’s new crafty kits that focus on building social and emotional intelligence.


We were sent their empathy kit to review, and my kids really enjoyed the activities that were included!


Teaching kids empathy (and other social and emotional skills) can feel more than a little bit overwhelming; this is a fun way to start talking about a topic with your kids!

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When Empathy Doesn't Work

When Empathy Doesn't Work | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy can have a powerfully calming effect, particularly in the early years with children. I imagine that’s because our babies and toddlers are limited in their ability to communicate thoughts and emotions, so they’re not accustomed to feeling understood.


When that happens… Whoa! What a wonderful surprise! They not only feel heard and understood, but also have the reassurance from one of the extremely important adults in their lives that it’s perfectly okay for them to feel what they’re feeling. It’s no wonder empathy can make children feel instantly better.


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Empathy Training Workshop

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Empathy Training Workshop – February 21, 2015
Empathy Training Workshop at UCLA Ex for $85
February 21, 2015
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