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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...


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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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Empathic Parenting: How Children Develop Empathy (use acting and role play)

Empathic Parenting:  How Children Develop Empathy (use acting and role play) | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
We can help our children cultivate empathy.


When we say, “Look at the dog; it seems like he is hurting when you hit him,” we help our children focus on the inner feelings of others to help guide their behavior. In this way, we play an important role in helping support the development of empathy.


But here is the good news: it is not all up to us. Mother nature supports children in naturally developing empathy while FREELY PLAYING WITH EACH OTHER.


Their internal drive for ROLE PLAY and PRETEND PLAY lead them to playfully experience many different roles, naturally growing their capacity feel the internal world of another.


Image" Charles Hunt, Children acting the ‘Play Scene’ from “Hamlet
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Empathic parenting style is based on very different ethics of child raring to the dominant punitive authoritarian parenting

Empathic parenting style is based on very different ethics of child raring to the dominant punitive authoritarian parenting | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Landscape of the Soul by Gary Caganoff


The empathic parenting style is based on very different ethics of child raring to the dominant punitive authoritarian parenting of the pre WWII generations, and different again from the permissive parenting style that grew out of Dr. Benjamin Spock’s work post WWII (Grille, 2005, p79, p85).


Both these latter styles of parenting are still the dominant child-raring practices in our society.


The authoritarian style of parenting aims to, ‘train the child to conform to cultural norms…

Where the parent, while (perhaps) not lacking affection, tends to view the child through a moral lens that dichotomises behaviour into ‘good’ and ‘bad’’ (Grille, 2005, p69).


This style of child raring enforces discipline and control in order to bend the child to fit parental and social expectations, which limit self-expression and tries to create the ‘good child’...

The opposite of authoritarian ‘control’ parenting is permissive ‘out-of-control’ parenting, where you, as the parent, allow your child to control you, the parent, through your own compliance, indulgence, or indifference (Paul, 2007, web page). 


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(Empathic Parenting) Organizing an active listening partnership with another adult

(Empathic Parenting) Organizing an active listening partnership with another adult | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Counselling or organized active listening with another parent differs from chatting with friends in that it gives you the chance to really drop into exploring where the related feelings are held in your body, and help you to experience relief and release as you share your vulnerable feelings.  


You'll experience a lot more patience and space for you to deepen into your thoughts and feelings when the space is dedicated to you feeling heard.  This process often brings gems of clarity and insight into the origins or the core beliefs of our most painful patterns.


Often in talking about one’s problems with friends, a person doesn’t necessarily gain a sense of relief, release or resolution because many of the responses that friends and family offer are often at a more intellectual level and may lack true emotional connection. 


When you feel that which is raw and vulnerable for you, you need and deserve to feel truly met, heard, understood and empathized with.


by Genevieve


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(Empathic Parenting) How Empathic Parenting Is the Antithesis of Narcissism: Empathy is the cornerstone for love

(Empathic Parenting) How Empathic Parenting Is the Antithesis of Narcissism: Empathy is the cornerstone for love | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Lack of empathy is a trademark of narcissistic parents. Empathizing with your children is feeling what they are feeling and acknowledging those feelings. It is the art of compassion and sensitivity, as well as the ability to give moral support in whatever they are experiencing.


You do not have to agree with them but you are there for them. You put aside your own feelings and thoughts for the moment and tune in to their emotional needs to attempt to understand where they are coming from and why. Instead of citing rules or trying to give advice and direction, try this empathy exercise instead...



When we can give empathy to our children or loved ones, we are doing a double good deed




 by Karyl McBride  


image: Echo and Narcissus - Waterhouse http://j.mp/1DKyc2R


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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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(Empahtic Parenting) Parenting for a Peaceful World

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“Building of human empathy is one brick at a time and sometimes the bricks come down in the building process.”  

Robin Grille, Parenting for a Peaceful World

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(Empathic Parenting) Emotions are Not Bad Behavior - Blocking empathy

(Empathic Parenting) Emotions are Not Bad Behavior - Blocking empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

It's a fact of human relationships that our capacity for listening is elusive; we lose it, we regain it, we lose it again. Sometimes it is hard to see whether we are listening so that our children really feel heard. We kid ourselves. We think we are listening when really we are avoiding contact - and then we are bewildered by and surprised at our child's frustration. It can be very useful to get a clear picture of what is listening and what is not.


When our own fears, our shame, our jealousies or our emotional exhaustion get in the way, we tend to play some pretty clever games to deflect our children's communications so that their feelings won't touch us.


One of the biggest reasons we avoid listening is because our children's disappointments make us feel guilty .


Our evasive tactics are called "empathy blockers". Empathy blockers save us the trouble of listening, but they cost us our connection with each other.


Sometimes we use empathy blockers inadvertently because we are anxiously trying to save our children from emotional pain. Ironically, the greatest salve for our children comes from being heard, not from us trying to change how they feel. For all of these reasons, we all use empathy blockers from time to time, quite automatically and unconsciously.

 


by Robin Grille

Excerpted from Heart to Heart Parenting

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How do the empathy circles work?

How do the empathy circles work? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The Empathy Circle process I am following are inspired by Sarah Peytons's work (www.empathybrain.com) and if you enjoy the process give Sarah credit and if you don't enjoy it let me know :).


The circle works like this, one person is invited to receive empathy around something that is alive in him or her. The person then shares the observation (like if it was filmed by a camera) and then describes what happens in his or her body and you can also name what you feel. Then the people in the circle offer needs guesses (or feelings and needs guesses) and the person receiving the empathy takes the guesses in with a "Thank you".


I do want to say that people who for some reason do not feel like they can offer a needs guess can always skip so please don't feel too much pressure about participating in such a circle.


After the circle has offered the needs guesses the receiver checks back in with the stimulus and the bodily sensations in order to see if a shift has happened. If not another round of needs guesses can be offered.


If a shift has ocurred the person who received the empathy might want to share something or come up with a request.



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What Is Empathy, and Can Empathy Be Taught?

What Is Empathy, and Can Empathy Be Taught? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy is a commonly used, but poorly understood, concept. It is often confused with related concepts such as sympathy, pity, identification, and self-transposal. The purposes of this article are to clearly distinguish empathy from related terms and to suggest that the act of empathizing cannot be taught.


According to Edith Stein, a German phenomenologist, empathy can be facilitated. It also can be interrupted and blocked, but it cannot be forced to occur.


What makes empathy unique, according to Stein, is that it happens to us; it is indirectly given to us, “nonprimordially.” When empathy occurs, we find ourselves experiencing it, rather than directly causing it to happen.


This is the characteristic that makes the act of empathy unteachable. Instead, promoting attitudes and behaviors such as self-awareness, nonjudgmental positive regard for others, good listening skills, and self-confidence are suggested as important in the development of clinicians who will demonstrate an empathic willingness.


by Carol M Davis


paper http://www.physicaltherapyjournal.com/content/70/11/707.full.pdf


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Can empathy be taught?

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(Empathic Parenting) Can you teach empathy? Children tend to adopt their parents’ values.

(Empathic Parenting) Can you teach empathy? Children  tend to adopt their parents’ values. | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Studies suggest that all of these skills can be taught or encouraged. For example, discussing the emotional content of stories has been shown to increase empathy in school-age children, as does getting children to practice imagining how other people might be feeling.


Children also tend to adopt their parents’ values.


So if parents strive constantly for fame, academic achievement or monetary gain at any cost, then their children are unlikely to value empathy very highly. Therefore, teaching empathy begins with showing empathy, and children who feel cared for and secure are more likely to show empathy towards others.


Kathy Curtis 

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