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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 | Compassionate Living | 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 observations. An 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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Can We Teach Empathy?

Can We Teach Empathy? | Compassionate Living | 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.
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How Empathy Makes Us More Productive At Work - Fast Company

How Empathy Makes Us More Productive At Work - Fast Company | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
Could looking at things from someone else's perspective make you more productive?
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The first step for workplace gender equality? Remember we're all human - The Globe and Mail (subscription)

The first step for workplace gender equality? Remember we're all human - The Globe and Mail (subscription) | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
Start with the fact both sexes deal with similar emotions, and shed preconceived notions of success
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Criminal justice reforms: 'Empathy has been sidelined'

Criminal justice reforms:  'Empathy has been sidelined' | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
Erwin James: Clive Martin, campaigner for groups that support offenders and their families says that Chris Grayling's massive reorganisation of rehabilitation will not in itself cut reoffending
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filming the NVC Dance Floors

www.NvcDanceFloors.com The NVC Dance Floors are used worldwide, in 8 languages, for learning, practising and teaching Nonviolent Communication (NVC).
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Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa: Brain physiology limits simultaneous use of both networks

Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa: Brain physiology limits simultaneous use of both networks | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
When the brain's analytic network is engaged, our ability to appreciate the human cost of our action is repressed, researchers have found.
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Is empathy necessary in the nurse-patient relationship?

Is empathy necessary in the nurse-patient relationship? | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
 Nurses need to approach patient care on both human and spiritual level
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Teaching Empathy in Medical School

Teaching Empathy in Medical School | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
As medical educators, the most important message that we can send to our students is this: "Keep the patient at the center of everything you do." Patients visit doctors seeking help and hope.
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Planting Seeds: The Power of Mindfulness

Planting Seeds:  The Power of Mindfulness | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
An animated feature documentary film based on the book 'Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh & The Plum Village Community.
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Berkeley center funds gratitude research

Berkeley center funds gratitude research | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
The goal is not only to understand how gratitude works, but also to build a healthier, kinder society, said Dacher Keltner, the center's faculty director and a UC Berkeley psychology professor.
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The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2012

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2012 | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
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Trust, Empathy and Dialogue Network - University of Birmingham

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Trust, Empathy and Dialogue Network

The project was developed out of Naomi Head’s research on these themes undertaken as part of her ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship on 'Conflict, Dialogue and Ethics in International Relations: From the Responsibility to Protect to a Responsibility to Discuss?’.


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How to Teach Your Kids Empathy

How to Teach Your Kids Empathy | Compassionate Living | 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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Know your customer: How to use empathy as a business strategy - SmartCompany.com.au

Know your customer: How to use empathy as a business strategy - SmartCompany.com.au | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
According to expert Bruce Rosengarten, customer service leaders of all sizes and across industry sectors have one key thing in common.
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How a 'Romantic' Workplace Culture Brings Out Employees' Best - Entrepreneur

How a 'Romantic' Workplace Culture Brings Out Employees' Best - Entrepreneur | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
The author of a new business title argues for creating companies that people love to work for and enticing them to stay and give their personal best.
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The Practice of Compassion

His Holiness the Dalai Lama responding to a question on compassion during his interactive session with students at MIT's Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA on October 31, 2014....
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British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum'

British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum' | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
A recent report entitled “Making Education Work” urges the British government to introduce radical changes into the English education system. This report – prepared by an independent advisory board comprising prominent business leaders and led by preeminent academic Professor Sir Roy Anderson – provides a six-month overview of the British [...]
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Empathy & Team Spirit

Empathy & Team Spirit | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
I found this masterpiece online today and wanted to share it; teaching school kids how to empathize with one another, work in a team and carry self-responsibility. Fantastic clip! Enjoy!
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Our Children, Our Strangers

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A new book explores extreme differences between parents and children—and in so doing, reveals how we can all find empathy, resilience, and meaning in life's most difficult experiences.
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Empathy skills: Showing more caring ways to employees - The Nation

Empathy skills: Showing more caring ways to employees - The Nation | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
Empathy skills: Showing more caring ways to employees The Nation I am a strong advocate of the principle
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No Mud, No Lotus ~ Thich Nhat Hanh in North America | Fellowship of Reconciliation

No Mud, No Lotus ~ Thich Nhat Hanh in North America | Fellowship of Reconciliation | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
He appeared small with delicate features, walked and spoke softly, his message was simple, and yet, Thich Nhat Hanh was utterly captivating.
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Video of the Day: The Healing Power of Meditation - San Francisco - Arts - The Exhibitionist

Video of the Day: The Healing Power of Meditation - San Francisco - Arts - The Exhibitionist | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
Here in San Francisco, it seems you can't throw a bong out of a window without hitting a yoga...
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Our Children, Our Strangers

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A new book explores extreme differences between parents and children—and in so doing, reveals how we can all find empathy, resilience, and meaning in life's most difficult experiences.
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A pledge to work this year to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion for All Animals

A pledge to work this year to Build a Culture of Empathy & Compassion for All Animals | Compassionate Living | Scoop.it
Happy New Year!!!
Make the New Years Resolution to dedicate yourself to Building a Culture of Empathy and Compassion for all Animals.
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