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Newspaper Front Page: All Sections

Newspaper Front Page: All Sections | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

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The Power of Listening | Focusing Resources

The Power of Listening | Focusing Resources | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
We discuss the purposes of listening, and compare Rogers’ stated purpose for “reflection of feelings” with Gendlin’s purpose for reflection within a session that includes Focusing. Three purposes for listening are given, corresponding to three ways that listening facilitates Focusing process.


Listening is then defined as making a statement that says back what the other person (focuser, client, partner) just said, exactly or in paraphrase, with no intention of changing or adding anything essential or of making any change in the other person’s experience.


Listening, as defined here, is not asking questions or making suggestions. We note that the linguistic form of listening responses changes as the purpose changes. We explore some linguistic forms that help listening do its work and accomplish its three purposes. We conclude that when listening is used with sensitivity and skill, little or no guiding is needed, especially between Focusing partners.

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Lessons learned at Empathy School

Lessons learned at Empathy School | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
What is the most powerful quality a business leader can possess?

Intelligence? Some of the most successful executives were average students. Competitiveness? Conference rooms don't need any more locker room-style pep talks. Wiliness? Bosses need to inspire trust.


Empathy? Probably not your fourth guess, but it's the right answer.

Researchers who study leadership and corporate culture are turning up more and more evidence that empathic leaders build better teams, negotiate better deals and produce happier clients.


Yet surveys also show that many managers consider empathy a sign of weakness or femininity, not the kind of thing macho businessmen embrace.


By Chris Tomlinson

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Teaching Empathy

Teaching Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Gwen Dewar

Teaching empathy? This might sound strange if you think of empathy as a talent--something we either have or lack.


But research also suggests that empathy is a complex phenomenon involving several component skills:


  •  A sense of self-awareness and the ability to distinguish one’s own feelings from the feelings of others.
  • •Taking another person’s perspective (or, alternatively, “putting oneself in another person’s shoes”).
  • •Being able to regulate one’s own emotional responses.
  • These skills might seem like standard-issue, grown-up social skills, and indeed they are.


Tips

  1.  Address your child’s own needs, and teach him how to “bounce back” from distress
  1. Be a “mind-minded” parent
  2. Seize everyday opportunities to model—and induce—sympathetic feelings for other people
  3. Help kids discover what they have in common with other people
  4. Teach kids about the hot-cold empathy gap
  5. Help kids explore other roles and perspectives
  6. Show kids how to “make a face” while they try to imagine how someone else feels.
  7. Help kids develop a sense of morality that depends on internal self-control, not on rewards or punishments
  8. Teach (older) kids about mechanisms of moral disengagement
  9.  Inspire good feelings (and boost oxytocin levels) through pleasant social interactions and physical affection
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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 19, 8:02 AM

Nicht nur für den Kinder...:-))) (it's in English!)

 

PS: I especially like the info about the hot-cold empathy trap...

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Empathic listening: Did You Hear What I Didn't Say?

Empathic listening: Did You Hear What I Didn't Say? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathic listening might involve guessing at a person's underlying feelings and tentatively reflecting those feelings back.  Since our emotional vocabulary might be limited to Seseme Street feelings, I provide students with lists of emotions and ask them to identify the feelings they have had in the last day, week, or month.

After the students learn and roleplay  responding with empathy, I  pull troubling statements out of a bag and go around the circle, asking each student to respond to a different statement.  These are all real statements that people have said to me.


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Teaching Empathy - Encouraging Appropriate Behaviour

Teaching Empathy - Encouraging Appropriate Behaviour | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

These days, bullying is rampant.  From locker rooms to social media, kids gang up on other children, leaving them in tears or worse, causing them to consider or attempt suicide.  


When you read the constant reports about such merciless bullying, you have to wonder, how can you teach children to be empathetic? Are our children lacking Empathy?

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  •  What is Empathy? According to New York Times blogger Jessica Lahey, “In order to be truly empathetic, children need to learn more than simple perspective-taking; they need to know how to value, respect and understand another person’s views, even when they don’t agree with them.” ...
  •  Modeling Empathy. But how do you model empathy?  One of the most important ways to teach empathy is to model empathetic behavior.  ...
  •  Peer Pressure. One of the biggest reasons for bullying is peer pressure. ..
  •  Fighting the Cliques. One of the biggest reasons for bullying is the crowd mentality....
  •  Empathy Fosters Diversity. Empathy involves more than simply feeling sorry for other people – it involves doing something about the situation if they are suffering..





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3 Habits That Will Increase Your Empathy

3 Habits That Will Increase Your Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The ability to see things from others' perspectives is key to business success. Here's how to up your empathy quotient. 
BY JESSICA STILLMAN
 
Empathy might seem like a nice-to-have extra, a touchy-feely quality that's most important in personal relationships and being a nice person outside work, but expert after expert insists this most human of attributes is actually a business essential. Having empathy, they say, improves your leadership, teaches you to ask the right questionsboosts teamwork, allows you to understand your customers, and can evenhelp you get a loan.

Getting Curious About Strangers...
Listening and Being Vulnerable...
Expanding Your Circle of Empathy..



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Communities That Care: Restorative discipline holds children combines accountability, compassion

Communities That Care: Restorative discipline holds children combines accountability, compassion | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Many of us struggle with finding effective ways for our children to learn lessons from their wrongdoings. There are so many discipline techniques and no single type works for every child or every situation.


Compare these two approaches to discipline:


Blame/shame (reactive):


  • Focus is on the past
  • Preoccupied with blame
  • Punishment is selected to keep a child from repeating misbehavior


Relational/restorative (proactive):


  • Focus in past, present and future
  • Emphasis on repairing harm done and personal accountability
  • Consequences are related to the behavior and encourage making amends


BY CONNIE SCHULZ

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Counselor’s Corner: Teaching Kids Empathy, Antidote to Bullying

Counselor’s Corner: Teaching Kids Empathy, Antidote to Bullying | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
When I work with kids who are involved in bullying behavior, I start with empathy.


Some kids seem to be born with an ability to feel for others while other kids need coaching. Just as they need to be taught words to identify their own feelings, so do they need instruction on why we need to be aware of another person’s feelings and how to take another’s perspective— to “walk in his or her shoes.”


Only then will they be able to comprehend how and why it is important to show compassion.


As parents, we need to start this coaching in the earliest years. We teach empathy and compassion skills when we respond to misbehavior with sadness rather than anger...


It is our job as caring, responsible parents to be constant teachers and role models when it comes to fostering empathy and positive social behavior. 

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Bullying must be detected as early as preschool in order to avoid bigger problems on later years.

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Teaching Kids Empathy

Teaching Kids Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

One of the many goals of parenting (seriously, this gig is exhausting) is to raise children who feel empathy. Hopefully, they’ll go out into the world and act with kindness and social responsibility.


We all want kids who will care about others, the community and the world at large. Also, with some empathy on board they may not be so quick to ship us off to some rundown old age facility the first chance they get. So teaching them empathy is a win/win....

1. Validate all emotions: ....
2. Empathise with your child: ...

3. Encourage an emotional vocabulary: ...

4. Explore all emotions: ...

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Want to Teach Kids Empathy? Try Music.

Want to Teach Kids Empathy? Try Music. | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
A new study recently found that children who simultaneously participate in a physically engaging, time-based activity feel more positively towards each and can experience greater empathy for one another.

According to the lead author of the study, “[s]ynchrony is like a glue that brings people together — it’s a magical connector for people.


“‘The findings might be applied to formulate new strategies for education in our effort to build a more collaborative and empathic future society,’ she said.


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How Teachers Can Use Reading to Teach Students Empathy

How Teachers Can Use Reading to Teach Students Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Researchers say there's yet another reason to add to the list of why reading is beneficial and necessary for young minds: it creates empathy.

"Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, US, say that fiction tricks our brains into thinking we are part of the story. The empathy we feel for characters wires our brains to have the same sensitivity towards real people," according to TheGuardian.com.

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8 Effective Methods for Building Empathy

8 Effective Methods for Building Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

For some reason this hit me hard when I woke up this morning and I felt a little compelled to offer a few tips on actually building empathy between one another. Fortunately I was a consumer researcher in another life, so I actually know a little bit about what things help bridge the gap of understanding and experience. In no particular order of importance…


Research: You have to start somewhere. Why not begin by actually reading MODERN things about whatever group of people you’re trying to better understand? And don’t just read things ABOUT the people, read thing written BY the people. Are you trying to see how Native Americans view the world? Read things written by a Native American writer. Want to know what police decision making out on the field is really like? I’m sure more than one police officer has written opinions floating our there in the world.


Try doing the things they REALLY do:.....

Make some new friends: ...

Try surviving on what your subject spends: A ...

Read reality-based fiction: ...

Actually speak to people: ...


 Johnnie Weathers

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8 Effective Ways To Teach Your Children Empathy

8 Effective Ways To Teach Your Children Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to recognize your own emotions and account for other’s emotions. How do we ingrain this vital trait in our children? Look no further....


How do we engrain this vital trait in our little ones?
Here are some science-backed tips on how it can be done...
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  • 1) Get them a Pet...
  • 2) Encourage them to Read Literary Fiction...
  • 3) Praise Empathetic Behavior...
  • 4) Be the Empathetic Role Model...
  • 5) Be Physically Affectionate...
  • 6) Give them a Set of Responsibilities...
  • 7) Teach them Basic Rules of Politeness...
  • 8) Teach Them to Think Before they Respond...


BY SADIE DOUSE

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Building Empathy | Friendship Treasure Boxes | GreatSchools

Watch Julia and Keo making friendship treasure boxes for each other - and learn something about empathy along the way.
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FuelEd Pilots Empathy School

FuelEd Pilots Empathy School | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
From elementary through high school, research demonstrates a relationship between empathic abilities and effective teaching. When teachers are more empathic, the positive outcomes are significant: Improved academic effort, achievement, motivation, self-esteem and empathy in students, increased likelihood of teacher intervening in a bullying situation, improved cultural sensitivity and reduced prejudice and racial bias, more productive and satisfying school relationships, and more likely to hold a positive perception of school culture.  When school leaders, as managers are more empathy, their staff is healthier, happier, and perceives them as more effective leaders.


Clearly, empathy is a skill that every educator should have in their toolbox, yet unfortunately, educators are not formally taught how to communicate empathically.


 That is why on March 10th, 2015 FuelEd will be launching Empathy School, or “E-School.”  E-School, a 6-hour in-person workshop by FuelEd where educators learn the communication skill of empathy, is designed to fill this gap in educator preparation by training educators in a key relationship skill that will drive student outcomes and positive school culture.

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Great graphics on this one.

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The importance of teaching children empathy

The importance of teaching children empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

You may not realize it, but empathy is one of the most important skills that we can teach children. Unlike most skills that we teach our children, empathy is an often misunderstood word...


So why is this skill so important to teach to our children?


Because having empathy not only helps build and maintain relationships, but according to experts who study emotional intelligence, empathy is also the building block for our conscience. Basically, they are saying that people that lack empathy lack the ability to see things from someone else’s perspective and thereby leads to lack of conscience. Having a lack of conscience is often the trait that history has shown leads to men committing horrible acts against other, including slavery, genocide, rape and murder.



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6 Empathy-teaching apps

6 Empathy-teaching apps | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
For several children, understanding and learning empathy is very challenging.  However, by learning about empathy, children will ultimately improve their social skills, learn coping strategies, work on positive behavior, and more.  


While learning empathy is difficult for many children, it is especially challenging for individuals with autism and other special needs.  Here is a list of six different apps, categorized by age group, which may teach children about emotions and empathy.

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Teaching Your Guy Vulnerability and Empathy

This video is actually the beginning of class 205 - Teaching Your Guy Vulnerability and Empathy as part of our Online Education http://wherearethegreatguyshi...
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Tools to Teach Teen Compassion & Empathy

Tools to Teach Teen Compassion & Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

As a parent, you want to see your child act with compassion and show empathy to others. They may need a bit of a push and some guidance, though, to learn how to show others these qualities.


Teaching compassion and empathy to children can start when children are very young. However, if you haven't discussed these ideas and values with your children until the teen years, it's not too late. While the sooner you start mentioning these qualities as a family value, the better; you can still give your...


Provide Scenarios...

Discuss Current Events....

Turn the Tables...

Role Model Behavior...

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Mastering Empathy & Self- Sourcing- Become your most Empowered Self

Mastering Empathy & Self- Sourcing- Become your most Empowered Self | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
DEVELOP YOUR SUPER-POWERS of EMPATHY and SELF SOURCING at our annual Love Coach Academy Summer Retreat! This will be a FUN, INSPIRING & ENLIGHTENING weekend at our favorite location, with our Magnificent Community! There will be Yoga, Dance, Music, Massage, Cuddling, Time in the Sun & Pool, Hot Tub & Sauna. Special Guest Teacher Jonathan Robinson!


In this retreat you will: 

  • *Learn how to be fully heard, understood, and valued
  • *Learn how to understand what’s going on underneath the conflict 
  • *Learn how to release hindering thoughts, beliefs, and uncomfortable emotions 
  • *Practice giving and receiving empathy 
  • *Enjoy organic food, yoga, conscious touch, music/dance 
  • *Come play, relax, rejuvenate, and have fun in community
  • *Stop blaming and use your liberated energy to design the life you want
  • *Ramp up your emotional intelligence to give you a unique edge in your personal and professional life
  • *Get unstuck quickly and learn how to quickly come back to calm, centered, and balanced. 
  • *Expand your ability to give and receive more love and positive energy
  • *De-stress and awaken a tangible experience of well-being
  • *Know what you really feel and want so you can make clear choices and powerful decisions about your life
  • *Give yourself a new kind of attention that liberates your creative voice and opens up more intimacy with others
  • *Solve the most hobbling interaction pattern and replace it with reliable problem-solving and innovative shifts
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7 do’s and don’ts to help your family build empathy skills

7 do’s and don’ts to help your family build empathy skills | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

by S. Michele Fry

Empathy is at the root of what it means to be human, experts say, and it’s at the core of all good relationships — personal and professional. Some children may naturally have more of it than others. But not to worry, empathy — the ability to understand and share the feelings of another — is something that experts say can be enhanced, learned, and practiced.


Try these suggestions to strengthen your child’s empathic muscles and avoid habits that destroy an empathic mindset.


1. Model caring for others
2. Model good listening skills
3. Be forgiving
4. Challenge prejudices and stereotypes
5. Help them learn to recognize, express, and manage their feelings
6. Encourage responsibility
7. Immerse them in literature and art


 


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Bringing fun back to PhysEd: An empathetic approach to physical education

Bringing fun back to PhysEd: An empathetic approach to physical education | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Fostering a positive environment with empathy-based learning in physical education courses


What is Quality PE? Quality PE integrates empathy. 

An empathetic instructional approach facilitates more positive experiences for students and brings about a greater chance to impact the long-term health of participants.  Positive early PE experiences will lead to an overall positive attitude towards physical activity for life. 

It’s important to remember that teaching empathy in the classroom is a developmental construct; it takes time.  The effort of physical educators should be to humanize PE by making students feel more comfortable, confident and supported....

How can you begin to instruct with an empathetic approach? ...

How can you develop an empathetic PE practice?...


By Lindsay Raymond

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Making PE a positive and playful experience while empoweringchildren to develop empathy

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Why exposing your children to another language is one of the best things you can do: more capable of empathy

Why exposing your children to another language is one of the best things you can do: more capable of empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Children who are bilingual or exposed regularly to a second language may be more capable of empathy, a new study found.


"Children in multilingual environments routinely have the opportunity to track who speaks which language, who understands which content and who can converse with whom," said Samantha Fan, leader of the research team and a University of Chicago psychology graduate student, according to the Pacific Standard....


Being raised in a multilingual world could mean that the skills used to better focus the brain on more than one task at a time could be how the skill to express empathy is developed, two skills tied into one: focusing effectively on more than one perspective.


by Mandy Morgan

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(Empathic Parenting) Empathy as a Foundation of Family Life: Robbyn Peters Bennett and Edwin Rutsch

(Empathic Parenting) Empathy as a Foundation of Family Life:  Robbyn Peters Bennett and Edwin Rutsch | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

"I think for some, there is a religious idea that children are innately sinful, and innately evil even maybe.  But what neuroscience is saying is that children are innately empathic. That the fundamental neurobiological orientation of the brain, is it learns though empathy and through co-regulation and that children have an innate need to connect and they have an innate need to feel good with us and to enjoy us."


Robbyn Peters Bennett, LMHC, CMHS is a psychotherapist, educator, and child advocate who specializes in the treatment of trauma-related mental health problems resulting from the effects of early childhood stress, abuse and neglect. She is the founder of StopSpanking.org, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of spanking. She is on the steering committee of The U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children.
 
In this dialog we talk about how science shows that we are biologically wired for empathy and how trauma can block it and ways to restore blocked empathy.  We also discuss the role of empathy in different parenting approaches.

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(Empathic Parenting) "Good" Children - at What Price? Shame Doesn't Teach about Relationship or Empathy

(Empathic Parenting) "Good" Children - at What Price?    Shame Doesn't Teach about Relationship or Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

While shaming has the power to control behavior, it does not have the power to teach empathy. When we repeatedly label a child "naughty" or otherwise, we condition them to focus inwardly, and they become pre-occupied with themselves and their failure to please. Thus children learn to label themselves, but learn nothing about relating, or about considering and comprehending the feelings of others.


For empathy to develop, children need to be shown how others feel. In calling children "naughty", for example, we have told the child nothing about how we feel in response to their behavior.


Children cannot learn about caring for others' feelings, nor about how their behavior impacts on others, while they are thinking: "There is something wrong with me." In fact, psychotherapists and researchers are finding that individuals who are more prone to shame, are less capable of empathy toward others, and more self-preoccupied.

The only true basis for morality is a deeply felt empathy toward the feelings of others. Empathy is not necessarily what drives the "well-behaved" "good boy" or "good girl".


by Robin Grille and Beth Macgregor

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