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Mind and Health: Empathy toward your fears?

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You can’t prevent such fearful thoughts. They come on their own. They are generated by the plain fact that we are all vulnerable beings in this world. Our vulnerability is easily stimulated, our warning system is easily triggered, and fearful thoughts come easily into our mind. With this information, you can cultivate a new attitude toward your fearful thoughts – you can turn toward them with understanding and empathy.

 

At first, that may sound odd. Empathy toward your fears? Wouldn’t you prefer that they just go away and never come back? Yes, of course, and the quickest way to make them calm down and go away is to treat them with empathy. Think about a frightened child. Yelling at the child or ignoring him or her only makes things worse. Turn toward the child with empathy, and everything is better.

 

What is the realistic basis for this attitude of empathy toward your own fears?

 

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The Miraculous Nature of Human Compassion

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Neuroscience Sheds Light on Why People with Asperger's Syndrome Lack ... - PsychCentral.com

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Who Cares the Film

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Who Cares Film Screening: Give yourself permission to see a problem and go and solve it. #empathy http://t.co/niHVPNdXNj
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'Baby teachers' to give empathy lessons to Scots children | Glasgow and West | STV News

'Baby teachers' to give empathy lessons to Scots children | Glasgow and West | STV News | Understanding Empathy | Scoop.it
Revolutionary teaching method has been proven to improve social skills and reduce violence and bullying.
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Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: From Perspective-Taking to Empathy | Scientific American

Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: From Perspective-Taking to Empathy | Scientific American | Understanding Empathy | Scoop.it

 Last week, I wrote about the importance of perspective-taking. This week, I’d like to continue with one of its close relatives, a state that would indeed be largely impossible without its existence: empathy.

 

Empathy, a concept originally introduced as Einfühlung by Theodore Lipps, is a state that allows us to share in the experiences and mental states of others. It lets us understand–or at least begin to approximate–their feelings, their internal conditions, their possible thoughts and motivations, and as such, is one of the central elements of social behavior.

 

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Reading, writing, empathy: Schools try 'Social Emotional Learning'

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Yale researcher Mark Brackett says helping students to develop empathy can make teachers more effective and students more successful.
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Teaching Doctors to Be Mindful - doctors’ ability to empathize with patients

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They were learning to meditate as part of a mindful communication training conference, held last week at the Chapin Mill Retreat Center in western New York, and sponsored by the University of Rochester Medical Center.

 

There has been a growing awareness among doctors that being mindful, or fully present and attentive to the moment, not only improves the way they engage with patients but also mitigates the stresses of clinical practice.

 

 Moreover, the doctors’ ability to empathize with patients and understand how patients’ family and work life or social situation could influence their illness increased and persisted even after the course had ended.

 

By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D.


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Machinal : The War On Empathy | LA STAGE TIMES

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Why is it important for American theater companies to return to producing dramas with a strong humanist message? Because we are engaged in the most serious war on empathy since the days of the robber barons. Why should this matter to theater artists? Because without empathy a culture is dead in the water and so is the art, which sustains it.


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Roots of Empathy

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"Started in 1996, Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren while raising social/emotional comp...
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Empathy and Innovation: An Unexpected Pairing That Will Solve any Problem

Empathy and Innovation: An Unexpected Pairing That Will Solve any Problem | Understanding Empathy | Scoop.it
You have to care about a problem before you're motivated to solve it. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone because his wife was deaf and he wanted to help those who couldn't hear.
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How Reading Fiction Boosts Empathy - Culture - GOOD

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A new study says people can improve their sensitivity to others simply by reading books.
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Empathy and the Practice of Medicine

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This important book seeks to restore empathy to medical practice: to demonstrate how important it is for doctors to listen to their patients and to experience and understand what their patients are feeling.
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Book: Empathy in patient care: antecedents, development, measurement, and outcome

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Human beings are designed by evolution to form meaningful interpersonal relationships through verbal and nonverbal communication. This principle is the same whether the individual is male or female; an infant, a child, an adolescent, or an adu< or healthy or sick.

The theme that empathic human connections are beneficial to the body and mind underlies all 12 chapters of this book, in which empathy is viewed from a multidisciplinary perspective that includes evolution; neuropsychology; clinical, social, developmental, and educational psychology; and health care delivery and education.


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Tapping Into Empathy | The Story of Telling

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One of the kindest things you can do for your customers is to take time to really see them. Here are two tools to help you.
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Have Compassion for Yourself - The Atlantic

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If you're familiar with that ubiquitous Marianne Williamson quotation ("Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
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Occupy London : Empathy | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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In a greedy corporate world what we really lacking is empathy Can We Invent A World Based On Moral, Ethic And Empathy?
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Empathy and neuroscience: powerful tools for social workers - 10/31/2011 - Community Care

Empathy and neuroscience: powerful tools for social workers - 10/31/2011 - Community Care | Understanding Empathy | Scoop.it
Neuroscience has revealed that social work skills can help rectify developmental damage to children's brains.
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University of Queensland study claims that ‘violent games kill empathy’ « BeefJack - The Gamer's Sauce

University of Queensland study claims that ‘violent games kill empathy’ « BeefJack - The Gamer's Sauce | Understanding Empathy | Scoop.it
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Doctors can learn empathy through a computer-based tutorial

Cancer doctors want to offer a sympathetic ear, but sometimes miss the cues from patients. To help physicians better address their patients' fears and worries, a researcher has developed a new interactive training tool.
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Julianne Swartz, Sound installation: Digital Empathy.

Julianne Swartz's sound installation, Digital Empathy, greets High Line visitors with a variety of messages. At some sites, computer-generated voices speak messages of concern, support, and love, intermingled with pragmatic information. In other sites, those same digitized voices recite poetry and sing love songs to park visitors.


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Mind and Health: Empathy toward your fears?

Mind and Health: Empathy toward your fears? | Understanding Empathy | Scoop.it

You can’t prevent such fearful thoughts. They come on their own. They are generated by the plain fact that we are all vulnerable beings in this world. Our vulnerability is easily stimulated, our warning system is easily triggered, and fearful thoughts come easily into our mind. With this information, you can cultivate a new attitude toward your fearful thoughts – you can turn toward them with understanding and empathy.

 

At first, that may sound odd. Empathy toward your fears? Wouldn’t you prefer that they just go away and never come back? Yes, of course, and the quickest way to make them calm down and go away is to treat them with empathy. Think about a frightened child. Yelling at the child or ignoring him or her only makes things worse. Turn toward the child with empathy, and everything is better.

 

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by Richard Schaub


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Empathy Exercises #2 | Teach Empathy

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Here's an exercise in applying empathy while weighing my needs with the needs of my significant other.
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Violence Vanquished

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We believe our world is riddled with terror and war, but we may be living in the most peaceable era in human existence. Steven Pinker on why brutality is declining and empathy is on the rise.
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Empathy solution to treating the scourge of modern medicine — bad bedside manners

Empathy solution to treating the scourge of modern medicine — bad bedside manners | Understanding Empathy | Scoop.it

That’s not news to the legions of us who have encountered a brusque nurse or an arrogant physician. But I was surprised to discover that nicer doctors have healthier patients. At Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, researchers monitored 891 diabetic patients between 2006 and 2009 and found that those whose doctors scored highest on empathy tests were better at controlling their blood sugar and cholesterol levels and had fewer hospitalizations.

Two more studies, not yet published, involving 242 primary care physicians and more than 284,000 patients in Parma, Italy, are currently in the works. Preliminary results suggest that there, too, the more empathic doctors have better patient outcomes.


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TED Blog | Compassion and the true meaning of empathy: Joan Halifax on TED.com

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Buddhist roshi Joan Halifax works with people at the last stage of life (in hospice and on death row). She shares what she’s learned about compassion in the face of death and dying, and a deep insight into the nature of empathy.

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