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Empathy Cafe Magazine Front Page


Visit the individual magazines specifically for empathy and;

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Making Empathy Glasses

Making Empathy Glasses | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Making Empathy Glasses

This term our Value for Life in Collective Worship is COMPASSION. We have been learning all about how to display compassion. Year 1 and Reception have been trying to see things from other people's points of view.


To develop this understanding we all created our own empathy glasses.

When we put the glasses on they would help us see events from another perspective. Here are some of our decorated glasses...

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Life Ed: Teaching Kids Empathy - NBC News

Life Ed: Teaching Kids Empathy - NBC News | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

From CEOs to educators, doctors to therapists, empathy is a quality being championed across the board. But how can parents and guardians work to instill empathy in their kids, helping them connect with, relate to, and better care for others?



Here to provide expert guidance, is Bob Sornson, Ph.D., the founder of the Early Learning Foundation, and a former classroom teacher and school administrator for more than 30 years. Sornson, a father of four, is also a bestselling author whose books include “Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy.”



Empathy is at the heart of a great family culture. It’s noticing how another person is feeling, and for a moment standing in their shoes...
 

Here are some tips for developing an empathetic family culture:

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The Spirit Guide - The Power of Empathy (NVC)

EMPATHY IS A QUALITY OF CHARACTER THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD:
In Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) we come to understand Empathy as the capacity to be fully present with another, accompanying them as they experience and/or express what's alive for them in a given moment.  We learn the skill of being in spacious, non-judgemental presence as we listen.

THE POWER OF EMPATHY
Empathy is at the very heart of NVC and Compassionate Communication.  It is a profound and total listening, neutral and deep, that does not look to influence the other or the quality of what is being said.  It is being fully present in the moment and listening deeply to the real needs of the person speaking.  While our usual habit is to listen from a place of judgement and evaluation, developing EMPATHY and SELF-Empathy skills brings us to a place of connection and harmony within ourself and others.  This workshop will help move us towards a new way of thinking and being that brings healing compassionate connection into our life through the power of Empathy. 
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Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff

This day-long seminar led by self-compassion pioneer Kristin Neff, will offer strategies for cultivating self-compassion, boosting happiness, and reducing stress in yourself and others.

Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone. It involves generating feelings of kindness and care toward ourselves as imperfect human beings, and learning to be present with greater ease during life's inevitable struggles.


It is an antidote to harsh self-criticism, making us feel connected to others when we suffer, rather than feeling isolated and alienated. Unlike self-esteem, the good feelings of self-compassion do not depend on being special and better than other people; instead, they come from caring about ourselves and embracing our commonalities.

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5 Ways To Teach My Son Empathy

5 Ways To Teach My Son Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Sarah Fader shares why she believes that few things are more important for her son to learn than empathy.


Our society focuses so much on molding children into future presidents, business people, doctors or lawyers. What we’ve lost focus on is teaching our children to have empathy. In order to truly develop meaningful connections with other people, we have to be able to step into their shoes and be empathetic...


#1 – When you have a conflict with another person, look at the situation from that person’s point of view: ...

#2 – When someone expresses anger towards you, ask them how you can help instead of immediately becoming defensive: ...

#3 - Listen: ...

#4 - It’s to okay disagree:...

#5 – Don’t expect a specific response:...


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12 ways to teach your children the skill of empathy

12 ways to teach your children the skill of empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

12 ways to teach empathy to your child.
 
 1. Provide consistent emotional and physical support to your child. .....
 
 2. Give your child plenty of physical affection. .....
 
 3. Keep in mind that your child is his/her own person with a mind of his/her own. .....
 
 4. Role-play with your child.v
 
 5. Intentionally discuss the perspectives of others. .....
 
 6. Empathize with your child and then teach your child to problem-solve when he or she experiences negative feelings....
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 Benefits of Empathy

“Empathy” is the ability to be aware of another’s perspective
and regulate your own emotional responses.
It contributes to emotional stability, resilience,
the ability to overcome adversity,
social connectedness, 
and

general contentment. 

 Angelica Shiels
 
  

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Two-Day Workshop on Mindful Self-Compassion | Center for Mind Body Health

Two-Day Workshop on Mindful Self-Compassion | Center for Mind Body Health | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Join us for this two-day workshop to learn the core skills of the 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) training, an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate self-compassion using meditation, daily life practices, lecture, group exercises and discussion.


Self-compassion is an emotional skill that can be learned by anyone. Recent research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and depression, enhances coping, promotes health behaviors, and increases motivation. This workshop is open to anyone wanting to learn essential tools for treating yourself in a respectful, compassionate way whenever you suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. This is a great way to overcome pleasing others and practicing more self-care.


 You’ll learn:

  • What self-compassion is and isn’t
  • Self-compassion practices for daily life
  • How to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • The art of loving-kindness meditation
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to transform challenging relationships
  • How to use self-compassion in caregiving situations
  • How to enjoy your life more fully
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Teaching Children Empathy

Teaching Children Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy isn’t just taking another perspective. Con men can do that. In order to be empathetic, children need to know how to value, respect and understand another person’s points of view, even when they don’t agree.


In the wake of these dispiriting study results, the Making Caring Common Project and the Ashoka Empathy Initiative created a set of recommendations for teaching empathy to children.


1. Empathize with your child and model how to feel compassion for others...

2. Make caring for others a priority and set high ethical expectations....

3. Provide opportunities for children to practice...

4. Expand your child’s circle of concern...

5. Help children develop self-control and manage feelings effectively....


Jessica Lahey is an educator, writer and speaker

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Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course

Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

The ability to understand what someone is feeling” – that’s the textbook definition of empathy. But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more.


It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next. In today’s rapidly changing world, empathy is critical to our success – at home, at school, and in the workplace.


By completing this free course, you will gain practical tips and ideas from 60 leading elementary schools, 21 social entrepreneurs, and leading experts from across the Ashoka network on how to instill empathy in children, preparing them for the world ahead. 


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Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers

Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Being kind to yourself isn’t just about patching yourself up so you can head back out onto the battlefield to fight for social justice. It’s a personal and political act which shows that you are worthy of being valued, cared for and loved, writes Julie Catt....


Ways to develop self-compassion

  •   Spend a little time in nature each day, allowing yourself to feel part of, rather than a visitor to, the natural environment.

  •  Become familiar with your body. Stroke your skin, sink into crevasses and over lumps. Appreciate it as a complex, changeable, warm, imperfect landscape that is uniquely your own, for the rest of your life.

  • Develop a mantra (something like: “I accept myself fully, and all feelings pass”, “I’m not afraid of being afraid”, or whatever fits), learn a breathing technique that works for you, and use them when anxiety comes to visit. ...
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» Three Tips to Teach Your Child Emotional Intelligence - Childhood Emotional Neglect

» Three Tips to Teach Your Child Emotional Intelligence - Childhood Emotional Neglect | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Emotional Intelligence is a larger factor in adult life success than general intelligence. Here are three clear guidelines for raising a child with high EI.


Emotional Intelligence (EI) is your ability to manage and understand emotions and relationships, your own as well as others’.

Research has shown that Emotional Intelligence is more vital to life success and satisfaction than general intelligence. This makes EI a very important skill for parents to teach their children.

 


By JONICE WEBB

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Attending Live Theater Boosts Empathy, Tolerance in Students

Attending Live Theater Boosts Empathy, Tolerance in Students | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Student field trips to live theater productions can lead to greater tolerance and empathy as well as increased vocabulary and enhanced knowledge of the plot, according to new research by the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform...


Two years ago, they found significant benefits in the form of knowledge, future cultural consumption, tolerance, historical empathy and critical thinking for students who had been assigned to visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas...


To determine whether live theater increases students’ ability to empathize, researchers administered the youth version of the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test, which was initially developed for research on autism...


By TRACI PEDERSEN 

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Five ways to foster empathy

Five ways to foster empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

No matter what our capacity for empathy, when we become angry and defensive, our ability to empathise becomes limited. 5 ways to foster empathy in your relationship:

Give your partner genuine attention. Try hard not to focus on yourself or your feelings - or a need to defend yourself - whilst they are talking.


Someone has to go first. For empathy to work it has to flow both ways. Be the bigger person and do the giving first so that you in turn can receive.


You don't have to fix it. Often experiencing empathy can be confused with fixing the problem your partner feels. What your partner needs is that you hear them - not that you sort it all out.


You can get it wrong without it being the end of the world. The main point is you are trying - this is what matters.


Listening is not enough. We also need to make ourselves vulnerable by having the capacity to remove our mask and reveal our feelings.


Be compassionate to yourself too...

Jill Goldson

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Living Room Conversations

Living Room Conversations | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
It is time to rebuild respectful civil discourse while embracing our core shared values. Adversarial solutions will not create the solutions to the big challenges we face this century.


We must learn to engage in collaborative problem solving - holding the tension of our differences while working together with respect and an open heart I believe we can create solutions that are better than any group alone could devise."

Joan Blades

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Empathy: How to Practice and When to Use - Mediate Your Life

Empathy: How to Practice and When to Use - Mediate Your Life | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

This “Fight or Flight Response” triggers the release of adrenaline and cortisol into our blood streams. For life saving purposes, these key effects reduce our capacity to think clearly, reduce our enjoyment of life and increase our sensitivity to stress-related diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and hardening of the arteries.


Physically and emotionally, the “Fight or Flight Response” is harmful when we’re not responding to actual physical attacks where we need to fight or flee.


This workshop will teach you how to identify the stress response in yourself at its very earliest stages so that you can shift into less stressful and more effective alternatives.

Three learning goals for this workshop:

  1. Learn and integrate how to empathize and under what circumstances
  2. Expand and deepen your skills by exercise in responding when we are triggered
  3. Learn how to “deactivate” the triggers in our lives
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Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows

Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Children can learn empathy through reading fiction and identifying with characters in a story, a new study concludes.


At the American Psychological Association 's 122nd Annual Convention in August of this year, Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University, spoke about his study examining the relationship between reading fiction and being able to empathize with others.


"When people read stories we invoke personal experiences," he said. "Even though fiction is fabricated, it can communicate truths about human psychology and relationships."


By Kristie Chua 

September 8, 2014 



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Teaching Compassion and Other Related Skills | Charter for Compassion

Teaching Compassion and Other Related Skills | Charter for Compassion | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
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How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children.PDF | Making Caring Common

How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children.PDF  | Making Caring Common | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

http://sites.gse.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/making-caring-common/files/empathy.pdf


Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. It’s a foundation for acting ethically, for good relationships of many kinds, for loving well, and for professional success. And it’s key to preventing bullying and many other forms of cruelty.


Empathy begins with the capacity to take another perspective, to walk in another’s shoes. But it is not just that capacity. Salespeople, politicians, actors and marketers are often very skilled at taking other perspectives but they may not care about others.


Con men and torturers take other perspectives so they can exploit people’s weaknesses. Empathy includes valuing other perspectives and people. It’s about perspective-taking and compassion.


How can parents’ cultivate empathy? The following are five guideposts based on research and the wisdom of practitioners.


1. Empathize with your child and model empathy for others...

2. Make caring for others a priority and set high ethical expectations...

3. Provide opportunities for children to practice empathy...

4. Expand your child’s circle of concern...

5. Help children develop self-control and manage feelings effectively...


Richard Weissbourd and Stephanie Jones
Making Caring Common Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education


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Mindfulness for Caregivers

Mindfulness for Caregivers | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

If you are a caregiver, practicing mindfulness can help to reduce stress, restore energy, help you be “present” for your loved one, balance taking care of others and caring for yourself and make caregiving a rewarding experience


These videos, of live sessions, include exercises and discussions led by Beth Sandweiss, JFS of MetroWest social worker, co-founder of the Jewish Meditation Center in Montclair and Director of Mindfulness Programs at the Jewish Wellness Center of North Jersey.

Exercises and Discussion
  1. A Taste of Mindfulness
    A six-minute Raisin Exercise
  2. A Taste of Mindfulness
    Discussion
  3. Awareness of Breath and Body
    A ten-minute exercise
  4. Awareness of Breath and Body
    Discussion
  5. Meditation of Sound
    An eight-minute exercise
  6. Meditation of Sound
  7. Discussion
  8. Mindfulness of Breath
    A three-minute exercise
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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, September 5, 5:13 PM

Very good article for anyone caring for someone else who is ill.

http://free-alzheimers-support.com

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Empathy Intro Movie - Role Playing for Kids - YouTube

Introduction video for WIGU's empathy activity pack.
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How Can I Teach My Child Empathy?

How Can I Teach My Child Empathy? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Children who have empathy are more likely to grow into well-adjusted adults with adaptive coping skills. It’s never too early to start teaching empathy.


...Children who are empathic will be better able to cope with conflict and difficult social situations. Children who are empathic will be less likely to engage in bullying behavior, and more likely to jump in and help a friend or peer who is being bullied. Children who are empathic are more likely to grow into well-adjusted adults with adaptive coping skills.

It’s never too early, or late, to start teaching empathy to your children.


Why not start today?


1. The best way to teach empathy is to model empathy....


 2. Kids are more likely to develop empathy when their emotional needs are being met at home...


3. how to identify their feelings?...


4. Kids who have responsibilities tend to be more empathic and caring....


5. It’s tempting to solve every problem for our little ones....


by Katie Hurley, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist




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La importancia de enseñar a los niños la empatía, ese valor en nuestro interior, que nos da la capacidad de entender, comprender, ayudar, apoyar y motivar a nuestros semejantes

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Teaching Empathy in Early Childhood

Teaching Empathy in Early Childhood | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Classroom Empathy Development Inspirations…
 

  • Sharing circles – encourage expression of thoughts and feelings 
  • Role play – provide resources for children to develop empathy through imaginative play
  • ‘Hello’ game – children pair up and respond to teacher prompts by sharing with each other times when they felt a certain way (e.g. Share about a time when you felt happy and why)
  • Feelings art – children create art to represent different feelings and refer to these as discussion pieces when talking about emotions in the classroom at any time
  •  Class Friend ...



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TEACH YOURSELF EMPATHY

TEACH YOURSELF EMPATHY | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Everybody’s suddenly talking about empathy, from the Dalai Lama to agony aunts, from business gurus to happiness experts. And it’s not surprising, since in the last decade neuroscientists have discovered that 98 per cent of us have empathy wired into our brains.


So what does it take to up your personal empathy quotient? How can empathy play a bigger,  more positive role in your life? Here are seven tips.


1.)       Practice empathic listening. Next time things are getting tense with your partner, focus intently on listening to their feelings and needs – without interrupting.


2.)     Ask your partner to return the favour.


3.)      Once a week have a conversation with a different person you don’t know well. Get curious about people you walk past every day, such as the woman who vacuums the office floor. Move beyond superficial talk and discuss the stuff that really matters in life – love, family, ambitions, politics…

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