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Quote: Johan Galtung - a principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies.

Quote: Johan Galtung - a principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies. | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

“By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively-  a never-ending process;”

 

"...peace equals ability to handle conflict, with empathy, nonviolence, and creativity..."

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Only empathy can break the cycle of violence in Israel-Palestine | Simon Baron-Cohen |  The Guardian

Only empathy can break the cycle of violence in Israel-Palestine | Simon Baron-Cohen |  The Guardian | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is all about imagining other minds, appreciating that different people have different perspectives, and responding to their thoughts and feelings with an appropriate emotion. After a career studying autism and the nature of empathy, I see empathy as one of our most valuable natural resources. It has particular promise as an approach to conflict resolution, one that has advantages over viewing a problem through a chiefly military, economic or legal lens.

We can see this if we look at the Israel-Palestine conflict, where both communities have different views of the same historic period, both claim the same piece of land and both have valid emotional reactions to the conflict that must be acknowledged. I am not an expert in that dispute nor so naive to believe that there is a single, simple solution to it. But I do believe empathy can help.
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Resilience, Empathy, Plasticity: Women in Neuroscience

Resilience, Empathy, Plasticity: Women in Neuroscience | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Resilience, empathy, and plasticity are important parts of the human experience, but how do these traits actually emerge biologically? Renowned scientists, Dr. Dorothy Kozlowski, Dr. Peggy Mason, and Dr. Janice Urban, will come together to discuss their groundbreaking work in neuroscience. Discussions will focus on the biology of empathy and helping behavior in rats, the incredible ability of the brain to repair itself following traumatic injury, and how the brain develops a stress response and resilience.

Join us at DePaul University for a discussion of what role the brain has in resilience, empathy, and plasticity. A panel discussion with the scientists reflecting on how these traits have assisted them in their careers as women in neuroscience will follow.
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Larry Kramer, president of the Hewlett Foundation: Listening to the people who think we are wrong

Larry Kramer, president of the Hewlett Foundation: Listening to the people who think we are wrong | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
LISTENING WITH EMPATHY
I was a law professor before coming to the foundation. Asked about the educational mission of law school, most of my former colleagues would probably say something about learning fundamental legal concepts, coupled with the analytic moves needed to “think like a lawyer.”

 

But I have long believed that the most important skill we teach young lawyers is how to appreciate an opposing argument in its strongest light: how to hear it with tolerance and see it as it appears through the eyes of the person making it. Put simply, we help law students understand how an argument that seems completely wrong to them can seem right and reasonable to someone else.

Let’s call that “listening with empathy.”

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Gillibrand Explains Her Flip on Amnesty for Illegal Aliens: Empathy

Gillibrand Explains Her Flip on Amnesty for Illegal Aliens: Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
"They certainly weren't empathetic, and they weren't kind, and I did not think about suffering in other people's lives," Gillibrand responded.

And one thing I did 10 years ago, when I became senator and was going to represent 20 million people across our state, I recognized that a lot of places in my state were different, and I needed to understand what those constituents needed, too. And so I took the time.
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Empathy Drain: A Reality for Many Teachers

Empathy Drain: A Reality for Many Teachers | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is beneficial in the classroom
FOR STUDENTS: Empathy positively impacts school and classroom culture by prompting others to consider their actions and the consequences of said actions on others. It encourages everyone within the classroom and school to think beyond themselves and helps build meaningful relationships.

FOR EDUCATORS: Empathy allows teachers to understand the impact of the tasks and pressures placed on students and better “read the room”. It allows them to respond authentically and thus deepen teacher/student relationships. And, empathy helps to empower teachers to see and understand each student as an individual.
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Why empathy is critical for good design

Why empathy is critical for good design | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Should toilets in refugee camps have built-in lights? That might seem like a no-brainer – it certainly did to us when we were faced with this question. As it turns out, that’s a terrible idea.

This is an example that illustrates why we need to take the time to understand and build empathy for the people we’re designing for. Otherwise, we risk doing more harm than good.
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 Wendy Calhoun: Creating a world of empathy 

In a powerful talk, writer-producer Wendy Calhoun inspires a worldview of inclusion, compelling each one of us to use the yardstick of empathy both for ourselves and others. She demonstrates the same through her on-screen characters, created to underline diversity and gender equality.
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The Empathy Experiment: A new spoken word project by Rose Condo

The Empathy Experiment: A new spoken word project by Rose Condo | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Is empathy facing extinction? 

Are mobile phones to blame? 

 

Multiple slam winning spoken word poet Rose Condo returns with a brand new show.

 

Embarking on a Day Of No Mobile Phones, Rose explores tech addiction and compassion using herself as the test subject…

 

With funding from Arts Council England , Rose is developing The Empathy Experiment in collaboration with artists

  • Dominic Berry,
  • Kirsten Luckins,
  • Victoria Firth,
  • Kate Morton and
  • Eleonora Rosca,

 

and with support from the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Square

Chapel Arts Centre, the Brewery Arts Centre, and Harrogate Theatre.

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It's Not Just About Empathy (with Daniel Ravner)

Daniel Ravner (founder of The Perspective) explains that the work of depolarization is not just about empathy. It's about showing people that they do not need to be afraid of each other.
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The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World: Jamil Zaki 

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World: Jamil Zaki  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

A Stanford psychologist offers a bold new understanding of empathy, and shows how we can expand our circle of care, even in these divisive times
 
Empathy is in short supply. Isolation and tribalism are rampant. We struggle to understand people who aren’t like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States is suffering from an “empathy deficit.” Since then, things only seem to have gotten worse.   
 
It doesn’t have to be this way. In this groundbreaking book, Jamil Zaki argues that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re born with or not—but rather a skill that we can all strengthen through effort. 
 

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Radio 4 - The Life Scientific, Frans de Waal on chimpanzees

Radio 4 - The Life Scientific, Frans de Waal on chimpanzees | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
We share 99% of our DNA with the chimpanzee and the bonobo. And yet we're often surprised to learn that apes, like us, can be both kind and clever. Behavioural biologist and best-selling author, Frans de Waal has spent many years observing our closest living animal relatives. He pioneered studies of kindness and peace-making in primates, when other scientists were focussing on violence, greed and aggression.

 

Empathy, he argues, has a long evolutionary history; and he is determined to undermine our arrogant assumptions of human superiority. Frans talks to Jim Al-Khalili about growing up on the Dutch polders, chimpanzee politics, and the extraordinary sex lives of the bonobos.

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This filmmaker sat down neo-Nazis and jihadists. Here’s what she learned.

This filmmaker sat down neo-Nazis and jihadists. Here’s what she learned. | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Absolutely, and I’m grateful that you’re doing this work. I do, however, think it’s important to restate that empathy has its limits, and there are many, many people in these movements who cannot be reached and have to be confronted and, frankly, defeated.

Deeyah Khan
I agree 100 percent. There were several moments in which I discovered the limits of empathy and was genuinely concerned about my own safety. I remember traveling to a white supremacist training camp somewhere in Tennessee and there were two or three ex-military guys following me around and telling me right to my face, “I’m going to put a fucking bullet through your camera. I’m going to put a fucking bullet through your head if you turn that camera toward me.”
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Listening to Understand the “Who” as Well as the “What”

Larry Kramer, president of the Hewlett Foundation, recently asserted the value of “listening with empathy” in the nation’s current political and social climate of “polarization” and “tribalism.” It is essential, he says, for us to be able to “debate and reason with tho...

 

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Peaceful Parents set limits--with empathy.

Peaceful Parents set limits--with empathy. | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Let's say you tell your child that it's time for bed, and she ignores you or says NO! What are your choices?

Threaten or punish her. You have to keep escalating, it ruins everyone's evening, and it erodes your relationship with your child.

Let her do whatever she wants. You're compromising on what's good for your child and the rest of the family. Until you explode, eventually....Not exactly responsible or peaceful parenting!

Set a limit -- with empathy. Say "You really don't want to stop playing....I hear you. It's hard to stop. I bet when you grow up, you'll play all night, every night, won't you?  AND right now, it's time to get ready for bed....Do you want to fly your plane to the bathroom, or climb on my back and I'll gallop you there?"
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Enhancing cross-cultural empathy in nurses could help to improve their well-being 

Enhancing cross-cultural empathy in nurses could help to improve their well-being  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Developing greater empathy for patients and colleagues of different cultural background could help to boost the well-being of nurses.

According to a new Finnish study led by Tarja Heponiemi, Adjunct Professor from the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), registered nurses with more empathetic reactions, patience, and sensitivity towards cultural diversity reported lower levels of time pressure at work, distress, and sleep problems.
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There Is No Such Thing as Conscious Thought

There Is No Such Thing as Conscious Thought | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
So consciousness always has a sensory basis?

I claim that consciousness is always bound to a sensory modality, that there is inevitably some auditory, visual or tactile aspect to it. All kinds of mental imagery, such as inner speech or visual memory, can of course be conscious. We see things in our mind’s eye; we hear our inner voice. What we are conscious of are the sensory-based contents present in working memory.
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Visualizing Empathy | Project Someone

Visualizing Empathy | Project Someone | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

We suggest a total of 4 to 6 weeks to achieve the learning objectives.  The learning objectives are: 

  • To foster a sense of empathy toward diverse individual and cultural perspectives
  • . To participate in the development of moral and ethical codes for responsible digital citizenship within an educational community. 
  • To develop media literacy skills by creating and interpreting a variety of messages disseminated through social and mobile media
  •   To build skills in expression and media communication through the use of various digital modalities. 

 

 

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How empathy can help you create a better work culture

How empathy can help you create a better work culture | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is one of those things that can help in any part of life whether it’s your family, friends, that special person and even also at work. Understanding what empathy is and how it effects people…

What good will empathy do?

There are so many benefits of having empathy, so I’ll just state a few. The end result of it is

  • a happy team
  • a well groomed end-product
  • good work culture.


So, 
like many other problems we face as software engineers, we tend to solve problems by devising an algorithm. Here is “pseudo code” for empathy.

 

  • 1- better understanding of your colleagues: If you understand them better., you can help them better.
  • 2- The unsaid things: Your team might not share everything with you. Based on their body-language, tone, voice, you will have a better idea of their situation.
  • 3- Resolving conflicts: When you understand the unsaid things, you can address them and make your team members feel heard. This is the first step of resolving a conflict.
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 Ginger Porcella: Art Builds Empathy 

In our surreal world full of war, famine and disease, and increasingly blurred lines between fact and fiction, we need art to build empathy.

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World Economic Forum: Inspirational quotes from previous Davos summits: Lead with empathy

World Economic Forum: Inspirational quotes from previous Davos summits: Lead with empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

"Lead with empathy: It's a quality that we undervalue as a society, but often one of the biggest challenges in regards to crisis or conflict is that we rarely understand the existence or the experience in another (person's) shoes.

 

Often, times are so busy, that we don't take a moment to step back and see how it affects those with less privilege or power than we do. So, I'd ask (world leaders) to lead with empathy."

— Sinead Burke, academic, writer, and advocate for disability and design said in 2018, during a conversation on fostering inclusivity and what leaders should adopt.

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Using Virtual Reality to Teach Empathy by Liz Brazile 

Using Virtual Reality to Teach Empathy by Liz Brazile  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
“An Empathy Bridge for Autism” is a toolkit that includes three virtual sensory components, including peculiarly shaped lollipops that make it hard to speak clearly, headphones that produce loud, distorted sounds, and a headset that, when used in tandem with a smartphone application, simulates the experience of having double vision. In similar fashion, designer Di Peng created a virtual reality headset in 2016 that imitates the sensory changes experienced by people living with dementia.

Virtual reality activities may help cultivate empathy in people by creating the perceptual illusion of “embodiment,” or the feeling that a user is in the body of a virtual avatar, according to a 2018 article published in the journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI. Moreover, researchers have found evidence that such may drive users to exhibit psychological responses comparable to tho

 

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Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles

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Active Listening: What Is It & How To Master It

Active Listening: What Is It & How To Master It | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

INTRODUCTION – WHAT IS ACTIVE LISTENING? A DEFINITION

Active listening is a style of listening where the listener is fully concentrated on the speaker. They focus on fully understanding the message before evaluating and responding to it.

Good listening is a key part of successful negotiation, influence, and conflict resolution.

Note: there is no single definition of active listening.

ACTIVE LISTENING VERSUS PASSIVE LISTENING: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Passive listening really only has one step – hearing.

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How to Raise an Empathetic Kid, but Not a Conflict-Averse Wimp

How to Raise an Empathetic Kid, but Not a Conflict-Averse Wimp | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
How to Raise an Empathetic Kid, but Not a Conflict-Averse Wimp
Raising an empathetic and kind kid is a beautiful thing, but it's also important to prepare kids for the real world.
By Lizzy Francis Jan 13 2019, 10:44 AM
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What I Learned from Teaching my Daughter About Empathy

What I Learned from Teaching my Daughter About Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

So what can we parents/caregivers and educators of young children do to model and teach empathy? Here are a few ideas!

  • Use your relationship with your child to teach them how to treat others and how they should expect to be treated by others
  • Talk about feelings – yours, your child’s, and others’
  • Help your child learn how to connect with others
  • Help your child make amends – not just say “I’m sorry”
  • Model empathy throughout the day

 

 

Additional Resources

How to Help Your Child Develop Empathy

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/5-how-to-help-your-child-develop-empathy

 

How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children

http://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/files/gse-mcc/files/empathy.pdf

 

References

  1. Taylor, Z. E., Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., Eggum, N. D., & Sulik, M. J. (2013). The relations of ego-resiliency and emotion socialization to the development of empathy and prosocial behavior across early childhood.Emotion13(5), 822.
  1. Bonner, T. D., & Aspy, D. N. (1984). A study of the relationship between student empathy and GPA. The Journal of Humanistic Education and Development22(4), 149-154.
  1. Murphy, T. P., & Laible, D. J. (2013). The influence of attachment security on preschool children’s empathic concern. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 0165025413487502.
  1. Panfile, T. M., & Laible, D. J. (2012). Attachment security and child’s empathy: The mediating role of emotion regulation. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly,58(1), 1-21.
  1. Brownell, C. A., Svetlova, M., Anderson, R., Nichols, S. R., & Drummond, J. (2013). Socialization of early prosocial behavior: Parents’ talk about emotions is associated with sharing and helping in toddlers. Infancy18(1), 91-119.
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