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The Positive Psychology of Empathy

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A student recently asked me: What is the opposite of bullying? I answered: empathy. The strength of empathy and the weakness of bullying are mutually exclusive actions. There is neuroscience truth to the adage “walk a mile in my shoes”.

 

Bullying and empathy are brain-based behaviors found on opposite ends of the emotional continuum. Empathy is a neural function dependent on the mirror neurons. Students say, “Let me try what I see. Let me act on what I feel.” 

 

by Patty O'Grady

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How to Help Your Child Develop Empathy

How to Help Your Child Develop Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Practical tips on how parents and caregivers can help infants and toddlers develop empathy, and understand that others have different thoughts and feelings than they do.
 
Empathy is the ability to imagine how someone else is feeling in a particular situation and respond with care. This is a very complex skill to develop. Being able to empathize with another person means that a child:

Understands that he is a separate individual, his own person;
Understands that others can have different thoughts and feelings than he has;


Recognizes the common feelings that most people experience—happiness, surprise, anger, disappointment, sadness, etc.;
Is able to look at a particular situation (such as watching a peer saying good-bye to a parent at child care) and imagine how he—and therefore his friend—might feel in this moment; and
Can imagine what response might be appropriate or comforting in that particular situation—such as offering his friend a favorite toy or teddy bear to comfort her.

 

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Jennifer Fraser: Teachers need to stop bullying kids

Jennifer Fraser: Teachers need to stop bullying kids | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Jennifer Fraser is fascinated by the power of mindfulness and empathy—confirmed by neuroscientific research—to transform school leadership in the 21st century.

 

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Teaching Empathy With Video Games

Teaching Empathy With Video Games | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
EMPATHY GAMES
Dr. Karen Schrier and I recently coauthored a working paper for UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) titled “The Limits and Strengths of Using Digital Games as ‘Empathy Machines’.” In it, we explored how players can become immersed in game worlds by taking control (agency) of avatars (your digital on-screen representation), and how that affects people’s ability to be empathetic.

As it turns out, when controlling one’s on-screen character there are unique opportunities for taking perspective, one of the components of SEL. For example, we looked at Karen Schrier and David Shaenfield’s study on the game Way from 2016. Way is a two-player game in which all communication is visual—no words are exchanged. The game challenges players to collaborate to succeed at a common goal.
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The Psychology of Emotional and Cognitive Empathy | Lesley University

The Psychology of Emotional and Cognitive Empathy | Lesley University | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The study of empathy is an ongoing area of major interest for psychologists and neuroscientists in many fields, with new research appearing regularly.

Empathy is a broad concept that refers to the cognitive and emotional reactions of an individual to the observed experiences of another. Having empathy increases the likelihood of helping others and showing compassion.

 

“Empathy is a building block of morality—for people to follow the Golden Rule, it helps if they can put themselves in someone else’s shoes,” according to the Greater Good Science Center, a research institute that studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being. “It is also a key ingredient of successful relationships because it helps us understand the perspectives, needs, and intentions of others.”

Though they may seem similar, there is a clear distinction between empathy and sympathy. According to Hodges and Myers in the Encyclopedia of Social Psychology, “Empathy is often defined as understanding another person’s experience by imagining oneself in that other person’s situation:

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Your tech idea to teach empathy could win!

Your tech idea to teach empathy could win! | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Do you have an idea for an app or a tech solution that can teach empathy? Enter the Building Empathy Challenge and you could win.
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With 'Applied Empathy,' Michael Ventura Spotlights Empathy As Competitive Advantage In Business

With 'Applied Empathy,' Michael Ventura Spotlights Empathy As Competitive Advantage In Business | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Michael Ventura, founder and CEO of brand and business consultancy Sub Rosa, gets noticeably enthusiastic when talk turns to his new venture, a book called Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership, out May 22. Several years in the making, the book is the manifestation of his acknowledgment both that Sub Rosa needed to refine and clarify its purpose and also that culture—and business—were evolving.

 

Empathy was taking center stage as a competitive advantage in so many contexts of companies and marketing and communication and leadership.

 

 

Jenny Rooney , FORBES STAFF

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Designing Cultures of Empathy: Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership 

Designing Cultures of Empathy: Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Michael Ventura is founder and CEO of Sub Rosa, a strategy and design studio. Sub Rosa's clients include a variety of Fortune 100 companies, as well as some of the world's most progressive start-ups. Michael  is author of Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership.

 

Empathy is not about being nice. It's not about pity or sympathy either. It's about understanding-your consumers, your colleagues, and yourself-and it's a direct path to powerful leadership.

 

As such, Applied Empathy presents real strategies, based on Sub Rosa's design work and the popular class Ventura and his team have taught at Princeton University, on how to make lasting connections and evolve your business internally (your employees, culture, and product/services) as well as externally (your brand, consumers, and value).

 

Quotes from the book.
"With empathy, complex problems become more understandable, teams becomes more effective, and companies become more nimble."

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Men Practicing Empathy and Nonviolent Communication

Men Practicing Empathy and Nonviolent Communication | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Did you know that there are men who meet regularly to practice the art of deep compassionate presence with one another? Host Timothy Regan welcomes five men of a Berkeley NVC practice group. They show you what it’s like when men get together and extend compassionate understanding toward one another.

 

They express the value of empathy in their lives and being there for one another. The men share about the benefits of NVC in their lives and take you with them as they together practice compassionate listening, understanding and honesty live on air.

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Obama Netflix deal: Barack and Michelle Obama sign film, series production agreement with Netflix:  "to promote greater empathy and understanding"

Obama Netflix deal: Barack and Michelle Obama sign film, series production agreement with Netflix:  "to promote greater empathy and understanding" | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

In a statement shared by Netflix, Obama said he and Michelle Obama "hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world."

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With Empathy, Together We Fly | Inspire Me Today

With Empathy, Together We Fly | Inspire Me Today | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it


I invite you to be kind and listen. Some of you may know this as empathy or compassion, or the concern for what people are feeling and needing. I would invite you to practice the empathic thought…”I wonder what’s going on for this person?”, or “I wonder how I can be of service to them?”

Learn to see empathy as more than just ‘swapping shoes’. Empathy is an action plan, a practice where we guess what people are feeling, along with a language where we ask them if they’re feeling what we are guessing.  See empathy as an action where we act on our guess by adding ‘ing’ to Compassion, ‘Compassioning’, and see empathy as a need we all have for deep understanding.

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(Empathic Healthcare) Elizabeth Morrison: The Impact of Empathy in Healthcare on

Elizabeth Morrison: The Impact of Empathy in Healthcare
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Empathy and Altruism: Are They Selfish?

Empathy and Altruism: Are They Selfish? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

In 1909, the psychologist Edward Titchener translated the German ‘Einfühlung’ (‘feeling into’) into English as ‘empathy’. At the time, German philosophers discussed empathy in the context of our aesthetic evaluation, but Titchener maintained that empathy also helps us to recognize one another as minded creatures.

Empathy can be defined as a person’s ability to recognize, feel, and share the emotions of another person, fictional character, or sentient being. It involves, first, seeing the other's condition or situation from her perspective; and, second, sharing her emotions, and, in some cases, also her distress. Empathy is often confused with pity, sympathy, and compassion, which are all reactions to the plight of others.

 

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With 'Applied Empathy,' Michael Ventura Spotlights Empathy As Competitive Advantage In Business

With 'Applied Empathy,' Michael Ventura Spotlights Empathy As Competitive Advantage In Business | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Michael Ventura, founder and CEO of brand and business consultancy Sub Rosa, gets noticeably enthusiastic when talk turns to his new venture, a book called Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership, out May 22.

 

Several years in the making, the book is the manifestation of his acknowledgment both that Sub Rosa needed to refine and clarify its purpose—"if we were to declare a major, what would it be?"—and also that culture—and business—were evolving. Empathy was taking center stage as a competitive advantage in so many contexts of companies and marketing and communication and leadership.

But, as Ventura explains, this is more than just a feel-good theoretical tome. There are “exercises in every chapter. It’s an actionable book rather than a really nice narrative,” he said. And the book seems vital now even more than when it was just a seed of an idea. “We couldn’t have timed it better,” Ventura said of the book’s launch. “The world needs empathy now more than ever before.”

 

Jenny Rooney

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Mary Gordon: To grow a healthier society, she plants the seeds of empathy

Mary Gordon: To grow a healthier society, she plants the seeds of empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Roots of Empathy brings a parent and baby to visit a classroom several times over the course of a school year. An instructor, using an accredited curriculum, coaches the students to observe the baby’s development and to label its feelings. This is experiential learning, Ms. Gordon says, where the baby is the “teacher”, acting as a catalyst to help kids identify and reflect on their own feelings and those of others.

She says that research from three continents confirms the impact of the program and its success in fostering greater kindness, co-operation and sharing. In 2005, she created the Seeds of Empathy program for 3-to-5-year-olds in child care.
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9 Exercises to Build Your Child's "Empathy Muscles" | Dr Michele Borba

9 Exercises to Build Your Child's "Empathy Muscles" | Dr Michele Borba | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
  • EMPATHY HABIT 1: Emotional Literacy so children can recognize and understand the feelings and needs of themselves and others
  • EMPATHY HABIT 2: Moral Identity so children will adopt caring values that guide their integrity and activate empathy to help others
  • EMPATHY HABIT 3: Perspective Taking so they can step into others’ shoes to understand another person’s feelings, thoughts, and views
  • EMPATHY HABIT 4: Moral Imagination so they can use literature, films, and emotionally charged images as a source of inspiration to feel with other
  • EMPATHY HABIT 5: Self-Regulation to help children learn to manage strong emotions and reduce personal distress so they can help others 

  • EMPATHY HABIT 6: Kindness to increase children’s concern about the welfare and feelings of others. 

  • EMPATHY HABIT 7: Collaboration to help children work with others to achieve shared goals for the benefit of all. 

  • EMPATHY HABIT 8: Moral Courage emboldens children to speak out, step in, and help others. 

  • EMPATHY HABIT 9: Compassionate Changemaking and Altruistic Leadership Abilities motivate children to make a difference for others, no matter how small it may be.

 

 Michele Borba 

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Emotional intelligence test: Do your empathy skills need work? | The Enterprisers Project

Emotional intelligence test: Do your empathy skills need work? | The Enterprisers Project | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence and empathy go hand-in-hand. The ability to accurately read the emotions of others and identify what they are feeling is a cornerstone of EQ training. In fact, there’s a whole test designed around this skill that challenges test takers to identify emotions based solely on facial expressions.

Correctly distinguishing a confused face from an embarrassed face is only the tip of the empathy iceberg, however. Where empathy gets challenging is the ability to put yourself into the other person’s shoes and share their feelings – whether confusion, embarrassment, or something else. Another tricky element of empathy is allowing that shared feeling to shape your interactions and relationship with the other person.
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Empathy doesn’t mean “be nice”

Empathy doesn’t mean “be nice” | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

BY MICHAEL VENTURA4 MINUTE READ
Here’s what empathy is: It’s putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, or at least sliding your feet into them and trying them on for size. It’s about understanding and perspective taking. Sometimes, it can lead to a behavior shift that might make you more benevolent, but that’s more a byproduct than a fundamental condition of empathizing.

Here’s what empathy isn’t: It’s not courteousness, good manners, and a pleasant tone of voice. It’s not generosity. And it isn’t about being deferential. Empathy is more challenging than that. Taking someone else’s perspective—the only real precondition to empathizing—requires us to stretch beyond our comfort zones in order to try and understand something or someone. This sort of stretching, even more so than run-of-the-mill kindness (which of course is important in its own right) is exactly what we need more of in today’s workplace if we want to get the most out of our teams, our work, and ultimately, ourselves.

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Applied Empathy: Why Empathy Is Essential (with Michael Ventura)

Applied Empathy: Why Empathy Is Essential (with Michael Ventura) | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Every so often, a word becomes so common in the marketplace that it begins to lose its meaning. I believe that empathy is one of those words. On this episode, SubRosa CEO Michael Ventura shares insights into how to leverage empathy to thrill and delight your clients and customers and creative change in the world. Michael’s new book is called Applied Empathy.

 
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APPLIED EMPATHY: WHAT TYPE OF BUSINESS EMPATH ARE YOU?

APPLIED EMPATHY: WHAT TYPE OF BUSINESS EMPATH ARE YOU? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
“Empathy” is where we are at in the Now Age. Thanks to social media, we have more contact and communication with people of all different backgrounds, cultures, and POVs, than ever before. And never has it been so important to cultivate an understanding of ALL the different perspectives, experiences, and needs, of the people we are on this Cosmic journey with.

Cultivating empathy—literally the ability to understand how life looks and feels for others—is an essential component of creating future solutions that cater to the true diversity of the human experience. But when it comes to doing business, one arena where these innovations have the power to take root, empathy is often a dirty word. A “weak” word, since it’s associated with “feelings” and “intuition,” versus profits and progress reports.

 

BY RUBY WARRINGTON 

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The Obamas Are Partnering W/ Netflix

Business Insider, "Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce original shows and movies for the company." They plan on producing unscripted series, scripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and feature films. Former President Obama stated, "One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life...;

 

That's why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix — we hope to cultivate and curate... voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples."

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How This Therapist-Entrepreneur Is Starting A Global Movement Talking To Strangers

How This Therapist-Entrepreneur Is Starting A Global Movement Talking To Strangers | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Sidewalk Talk is an initiative that attempts to bridge the gaps we face today and give voice to marginalized emotions, people and communities. A team of volunteers take to city streets across the globe, simply sitting outside in chairs, eager to listen to any stranger who comes along wanting to chat. In these high-conflict times, Sidewalk Talk is attempting to use listening to heal, which is why when I first heard about the project, I knew I had to get inside the mind of the woman who started it, Traci Ruble.
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How Important Is Money When it Comes to Happiness? Here's What Science Says

How Important Is Money When it Comes to Happiness? Here's What Science Says | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The capacity to understand or feel what others experience AKA 'empathy' isn't usually a word that's associated with business but it should be because good bosses know that empathy is one of the best management tools they have.

But Michael Ventura, author of Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership (Touchstone), publishing this week, believes this word is one that can help us better connect to clients, attract the right talent, ignite a spirit of creativity and identify opportunities for growth and there are three definitive ways to up your empathy quotient.
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(Empathic Healthcare) The Empathy Effect: Countering Bias to Improve Health Outcomes 

Empathy is healing and judgment is harmful, especially for vulnerable populations.Organizations committed to respectful care for all use IHC's communication skills courses to help mitigate judgment and convey empathy in all interactions. IHC's communication skills courses are designed for all members of the healthcare workforce. Visit us at healthcarecomm.org.
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(Empathic Healthcare) Patient-Centered Care Starts with Empathic Communication | CCI

(Empathic Healthcare) Patient-Centered Care Starts with Empathic Communication | CCI | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Morrison discusses how empathy is evidence-based health care. This webinar also features a video from Cleveland Clinic , “Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care”.

This webinar was provided on October 2, 2014 for the ACE Academy, which is a virtual learning series on the essential components of building and sustaining a culture of communication excellence in a healthcare organization. The ACE Academy is intended to provide ongoing learning opportunities for ACE grantees, as well as other healthcare organizations that have implemented communication training programs in their organizations. It is a component of CCI’s ACE Initiative.
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