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Empathy: A Gateway to Objectivity in Leadership

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Most leaders have learned along the way that empathy is a critical leadership skill but few have an understanding of why. Empathy is a form of attention that goes beyond the intellect and involves directly sensing what it is like to be in someone else's shoes. How do we do this?

 

We sense what other people are experiencing or feeling by sensations that arise in our own bodies. All of us are like walking antennas, receiving and registering the felt experience of those around us. Some of us are better at this than others.

 

Jan Birchfield, Ph.D

Founder, Princeton Leadership Development (PLD)

http://princetonleadershipdevelopment.com/bios.html

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Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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In digital innovation era, this technologist focuses on empathy in tech - SiliconANGLE

In digital innovation era, this technologist focuses on empathy in tech - SiliconANGLE | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
“We have to be empathetic and understanding of everyone’s perspective along the entire spectrum, because there’s a lot of benefit to exciting change. And there’s also a lot of benefit to contextual knowledge of your local environment,” she said.

Kromhout found her voice through the encouragement of a mentor and has dedicated her career to providing that same type of encouragement for others in the field. “Whatever it is you’re putting out there in the world, people aren’t looking at it to judge you. They’re looking at it because they need something,” she said.

For Kromhout, a focus on the empathetic side of the industry is key to driving the change so many businesses aspire to. “It’s great to be technical, but we also have to be human,” she concluded.
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(Empathy in Education) Putting Empathy and Digital Citizenship at the Center of our Classrooms

(Empathy in Education) Putting Empathy and Digital Citizenship at the Center of our Classrooms | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Check out these resources for putting empathy and citizenship at the center of our classrooms, both in person and online:

  • From KQED MindShift: Teaching and modeling good digital citizenship
  • From ISTE: Three strategies for using empathy as an antidote to cyberbullying
  • From Edutopia: Teaching empathy through design thinking
  • From the Net Safety Collaborative: the #icanhelp campaign
  • From Common Sense Media: Turning students’ empathy into action with digital tools
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‘Your Ego vs Our Empathy’ by nando270

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Practising Listening with Empathy, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Practising Listening with Empathy, by Thich Nhat Hanh | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Each person is an island. If no one has the capacity to listen to another person, everyone feels very alone.
  • You get sick.
  • No communication is possible.
  • You cannot tell anyone about your pain.


That is why psychotherapists have become important in our society. They are supposed to be people who will sit and listen to us. The first task of psychotherapists is to sit quietly and listen; they are not supposed to talk back. If they argue with us, if they talk back, then they are not psychotherapists. We don’t need them and we will not pay them! I need you to sit and listen. I don’t need your advice. I don’t need your condemnation.

The psychotherapist should practise listening with empathy. The question here is: Is the psycho­therapist happy or not? If she or he is filled with internal formations, then even if he pretends to sit quietly to listen to you, he will not really be listening and you will not feel relieved. That you can see very well.
 
When someone is truly listening,
  • you feel it; and when someone pretends to listen,
  • you know.

 

Psychotherapists, therefore, are those who have to practise, first. They are supposed to be bodhisattvas helping others, but in order to be able to listen, one should empty oneself; one

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Developing Empathy

This lesson helps students gain a deeper understanding of empathy and how to put it into practice.

 

Objectives

Activities will help students:

  • understand empathy
  • practice ways to be more understanding
  • reflect on the effects of empathetic listening
Essential Questions
  • What does it mean to put yourself in someone else’s shoes?
  • How empathetic am I?
  • How can I better show empathy toward others? 

 

empathy [em-puh-thee] (noun) the understanding of or the ability to identify with another person's feelings or experiences

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Reporter asks Sarah Huckabee Sanders whether she has ever been sexually harassed or has empathy for accusers

Reporter asks Sarah Huckabee Sanders whether she has ever been sexually harassed or has empathy for accusers | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
A reporter asked the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, during a press briefing on Monday whether she had ever been sexually harassed or had empathy for victims.
The question was one of several concerning the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump.

After facing several questions about the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was asked by a reporter during a press briefing on Monday whether she had ever been sexually harassed or had empathy for victims.

"Absolutely I would say that I have an empathy for any individual who has been sexually harassed, and that certainly would be the policy of the White House," Sanders said.
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 Christian Picciolini: How I Became a White Supremacist  -  'I reconnected with the empathy I had as a child':

 Christian Picciolini: How I Became a White Supremacist  -  'I reconnected with the empathy I had as a child': | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

I'd traded my natural empathy for acceptance. I confused hate and intimidation with passion, fear with respect.

Once I finally made this stark realization, it was the beginning of a new life for me. Once I reached the point of finally letting go completely of all the lies I'd let in, that's when change began to take hold. When I reconnected with the empathy I had as a child and accepted compassion from others when I probably least deserved it, the hate disintegrated and my warped ideology stopped making sense.

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Reformed Iowa neo-Nazi: Legislation won't fix racism, but empathy might

Former neo-Nazi and white supremacist Frank Meeinks talks about the climate of hatred in the United States.

 

"I get it that people want to fight racism. But going and punching a redneck  in the face at a rally isn't fighting racism. That's just punching a redneck in the face. 

 

If you think you want to change them,  I marched in rallies and I've been to clan rallies and I've been on the other side with neo Nazi's and been marching and people threw bottles and snow balls at us in Westchester Pennsylvania.  I never ducked a  bottle or snowball and  thought, 'hmmm, maybe I should rethink my beliefs  here. I thought that is my enemy, that is them. 

 

When people started to talk with me, and they showed me empathy, it changed everything. Because if people really want to fight racism we need to fight the private prison industry. ..

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Empathy is the greatest tool to fight hate says former skinhead Frank Meeinks 

Empathy is the greatest tool to fight hate says former skinhead Frank Meeinks  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

 

Diversity Week: Empathy is the greatest tool to fight hate says former skinhead

http://j.mp/2BBVbrV
 MARCH 25, 2016
 BY DENECHA FLEMINGS

"Eventually, after several years of positive encounters with people from other ethnic backgrounds, Meeink finally discovered how to combat the hatred in this world and how there can be peace between people from all walks of life.
 
 “What changed me is the greatest tool that’s ever been given, and that’s empathy. The thing that can fight hate on any level anywhere is empathy. If I can relate to you on something and you can feel my pain, I cannot hate you anymore.”"

 

 

The formula for combating hate: ‘Empathy,’ says former neo-Nazi  

http://j.mp/2Bzkuen 
  Frank Meeink spoke for more than two hours last week Thursday at Ripon College to a rapt audience. But his talk came down to one word. Empathy. “Look, here’s the key to the *** kingdom, to everything,” he said, interspersing “colorful” language throughout his talk. “Empathy. People showing *** empathy.”

 

Healing Hate in the QCA:
 Frank Meeink joined a SkinHead group a teen before finding his way out.
 By: Shawn Loging
http://j.mp/2BylnE1

"Once released, it was a Jewish business owner, Meeink says, that helped him find a way out. "When people started treating me like a human being, it changed, it changed everything. It changed the game; it changed how I could think,"

Meeink said. "People showed me empathy, and when you show someone empathy, it is the greatest weapon ever given to us to fight hate." 

Now, people he once hated have become some of his most important mentors."

 

 

 

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Healing Through Empathy by Francis V. Adams 

Healing Through Empathy by Francis V. Adams  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Panexclusive.top Healing Through Empathy by Francis V. Adams 

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Healing Hate in the QCA: "People showed me empathy, and when you show someone empathy, it is the greatest weapon ever given to us to fight hate.

Healing Hate in the QCA: "People showed me empathy, and when you show someone empathy, it is the greatest weapon ever given to us to fight hate. | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Once released, it was a Jewish business owner, Meeink says, that helped him find a way out.

"When people started treating me like a human being, it changed, it changed everything. It changed the game; it changed how I could think," Meeink said. "People showed me empathy, and when you show someone empathy, it is the greatest weapon ever given to us to fight hate."

Now, people he once hated have become some of his most important mentors. 

 

 

The formula for combating hate: ‘Empathy,’ says former neo-Nazi

Frank Meeink spoke for more than two hours last week Thursday at Ripon College to a rapt audience. But his talk came down to one word. Empathy. “Look, here’s the key to the *** kingdom, to everything,” he said, interspersing “colorful” language throughout his talk. “Empathy. People showing *** empathy.”

 

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Dorothy Retha Cook 's curator insight, December 11, 12:42 AM

Don't be a wise man fool, don't  allow those that wrong you guilt you Into empathizing yourself to death for them. 

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Can virtual reality change minds on social issues?

Can virtual reality change minds on social issues? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The experience Hackl described is what some social scientists call compassionate empathy, which moves a person to respond to another’s emotional state with some kind of action, as compared with cognitive empathy, also known as “perspective-taking,” which is simply understanding another person’s mental state. Scientists believe most people are born with the ability to empathize with others, but as we spend less and less time in face-to-face communication, the nuances can become lost.

 

Researchers have worried for decades about what television, video games, cell phones, social media, and now augmented and virtual reality would do to our ability to connect with one another. While some studies have shown a correlation between excessive technology use and a decline in social connection, there is a growing movement recognizing that if it’s possible to decrease people’s capacity for empathy using technology, it must be possible to do the opposite as well.

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KIND Foundation Launches ‘Empatico’ Platform to Connect Students Globally, Foster Empathy

KIND Foundation Launches ‘Empatico’ Platform to Connect Students Globally, Foster Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
On its quest to create a kinder, healthier world — one snack at a time — the KIND Foundation, a nonprofit established by KIND Snacks, has launched a $20 million, multi-year initiative to inspire meaningful interactions between kids across the world and foster empathy. Empatico is a free online learning tool that enables students to practice communication and leadership skills needed in a divided country and interdependent world. By the end of 2020, the platform endeavors to reach more than one million students in 25 countries and make it possible for kids everywhere to connect with one another.

Empatico aligns with the Foundation’s nontraditional approach to philanthropy, which often personifies KIND’s name and embodies its longstanding mission to elevate kindness and empathy.
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KIND Launches Storytelling Campaign to Inspire Empathy, Kindness

KIND Launches Storytelling Campaign to Inspire Empathy, Kindness | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The video series builds on previous efforts from KIND to build bridges between people and inspire empathy. In April, The KIND Foundation launched the Pop Your Bubble tool, a digital tool designed to connect Facebook users with people who are different than them, thereby challenging consumers to step outside their comfort zones and change their perspectives. Just weeks after its launch, the tool had already fostered nearly 60,000 connections. KIND later launched Empatico in October, a free online learning tool that enables students to practice communication and leadership skills. By the end of 2020, the platform endeavors to reach more than one million students in 25 countries and make it possible for kids everywhere to connect with one another.
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(Empathic Design) Design through empathy

How to dive in our users’ environment? The creation of a successful product requires far more than a questionnaire, a decent wireframe or prototype and fluffy
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(Empathy in Education) CBS decorating its doors with empathy

(Empathy in Education) CBS decorating its doors with empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The classroom project relates to the book Habits of Mind, by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, which Regional School Unit 9 and many other districts is using to help students develop life skills for the classroom and beyond. CBS has adopted 12 of the skills and is focusing on five or six of them this year. For December, Principal Nichole Goodspeed said, the school decided to embrace the skill of Empathy.

Students in each classroom, nearly 20 in all, came up with their own designs to capture Empathy, relating to the Habits of Mind skill of listening with understanding and empathy. Designs ranged from popular books and movies the students had seen to emotions, animals and colorful collages.

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(Teaching Empathy) 40 Kindness Activities & Empathy Worksheets for Students and Adults

(Teaching Empathy) 40 Kindness Activities & Empathy Worksheets for Students and Adults | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Read on to learn how to target kindness and empathy development, building on our natural tendencies and enhancing our capacity to care about others.

4 Empathy Worksheets for Students & Adults (PDF)

While it’s important to begin instilling kindness and empathy early, it’s never too late to learn how to be more empathetic. There are many worksheets and activities for students, adolescents, and adults to enhance their capacity for empathy.

A few of these worksheets are listed and described below.

Accurate Listening Exercise

While not a worksheet per se, these are two very valuable handouts that can encourage empathy in children and adults of all ages.

The first handout lists the seven steps for accurate listening, a practice which is an important first step in showing empathy and compassion for others.

The steps are as follows:

  • You must concentrate on not talking, while the other person is talking. Be sure to pay attention and to look directly at the speaker.
  • Be sure you are listening to the other person when he or she is talking, instead of preparing your reply.
  • Make sure you are paying attention to how the person is behaving.
  • Be aware of the body language of the other person.
  • Let the other person know that you’re listening – for example, by shaking your head.
  • When the other person stops talking, try to paraphrase or translate what he or she said. Reflect what you think you have heard. This technique helps to ensure if there is a clear understanding.
  • Try to recognize the individual’s feelings – for example: “You sound angry” or “You seem to be upset,” etc.
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Empathy and imagination: The lessons pupils need  

Empathy and imagination: The lessons pupils need   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

A US study, meanwhile, found that training teachers differently could teach them to deal with matters of culture and identity more sensitively, and that their own university experiences could translate constructively in the classroom. It was worthwhile for universities to consider including this in teacher training, the study added.

 

Teachers, it is emerging in increasing volumes of research, are the first port of call for creating more understanding, empathetic schools, particularly on matters of identity and race. The concept of historical empathy – as pointed out in multiple discussions of the South African history curriculum too – underlines that there is more to teaching than following the outlined subject matter.

As for reading skills, dare we reach for a dream? Reading has the potential to go beyond simply teaching learners to comprehend and memorise. Reading curricula can, in fact, be designed to help learners develop empathy from a young age, according to 2016 research by the US National Council of Teachers of English. Reading, really reading, can make us better humans.


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(Empathic Design) 5 Tips to Increase Empathy in UX Design  

(Empathic Design) 5 Tips to Increase Empathy in UX Design   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Definition of Empathy
Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what other person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position.


Why do we stress empathy in User Experience Design?
As a UX designer, when you begin to design a web or app, it is a necessary step for you to do a user experience research and evaluation by using some methods like user interview, usability testing, or focus group.

 

No matter what method you use, you must take stakeholders (clients, users) into consideration. They are different on background, experience, knowledge. We all know user centric design thinking, user is who will buy the product or service, client is who will produce, sell it, and earn profit from it. Importantly, it is client who pays you reward. So you know you need to interview with them to hear voices from both of them, then get a balance, try to find a sweet spot to satisfy them.

 

How to execute empathy in User Experience Design?

  • 1.Don’t be too self-righteous. 
  •  2.Honesty and Self-Reflection.
  • 3.Role Play.
  • 4.Test Test Test.
  • 5.Be Polite and respectful.


Empathy is an important emotional ability for us especially designers. You need to practice it again and again.

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Former neo-Nazi skinhead speaks out 

Click here to edit the contentMore than 200 people came to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church to listen to Meeink's story, including law enforcement agents who investigate hate groups. The former skinhead says he changed when he developed empathy for others.

 

"That's how people stop using [drugs], to people that hate, to people that hate gay people," said Meeink. "You know it's always the same, you say to guys who are fearful and hateful of gays, 'why'd you stop hating them?' '

 

Well I got to know one.' Oh, so you had empathy for them?

 

Like, they went through the same maybe things as you did in life huh?" He says empathy is the key to getting out of gangs.

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Former white surpremacists speaks about how prison changed him

After getting out, he says he developed empathy and rejected white supremacy.
He says if he'd had a better relationship with his parents, he might not have been so susceptible to gang recruitment.

 

Former neo-Nazi skinhead speaks out
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahjseAHgIsw

The former skinhead says he changed when he developed empathy for others.

"That's how people stop using [drugs], to people that hate, to people that hate gay people," said Meeink. "You know it's always the same, you say to guys who are fearful and hateful of gays, 'why'd you stop hating them?' 'Well I got to know one.' Oh, so you had empathy for them? Like, they went through the same maybe things as you did in life huh?" He says empathy is the key to getting out of gangs.

 

Fighting hate
http://www.timesrepublican.com/news/todays-news/2017/10/fighting-hate/

 Former neo-Nazi: ‘You have to learn empathy for the world, for other people’

"The message Meeink wanted to send was one of empathy.
“I can’t argue with you about your concept of a higher power, what makes you a good human being, but I know the greatest thing it’s ever given us … is empathy,” he said. “You have to learn empathy for the world, for other people.” Empathy, or the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, is key to fighting hatred, Meeink said."

 

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A Simple Technique for Changing Someone’s Mind

A Simple Technique for Changing Someone’s Mind | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

As outlined in my new book, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs, if you want to help someone “upgrade” their views and behavior, the first step requires you hear the person’s story about a situation. You have to fully digest his or her perspective.

 

Listen for:

  • What the person feels is most important.
  • What is causing the person’s frustration, guilt, fear, or embarrassment?
  • What assumptions and beliefs have skewed or limited the person’s perception?
  • What does the person honestly want to happen regardless of probability or correctness.
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The world needs to revive the emotion of empathy: Swara Bhasker

The world needs to revive the emotion of empathy: Swara Bhasker | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Mumbai: Actress Swara Bhasker has said that it was sad to see the world ignoring the emotion of empathy. "The one thing that the world needs right now is empathy. It's sad that we're ignoring this emotion," Swara said in a statement.

 

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Empathy for the Other: Guillermo del Toro talks 'The Shape of Water'

Empathy for the Other: Guillermo del Toro talks 'The Shape of Water' | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
On the surface, “The Shape of Water” is a creature feature, a film built within the frame of a classic Universal Monster movies where the creatures were often capable of violence, but they were also capable of love or, as del Toro suggests, empathy.

 


That’s why for me the monster assuage is a cipher; it’s a symbol. It’s an embodiment of, more than anything else, the ‘otherness;’ the beauty of imperfection. But in this case, even more so. We’re not creating a creature, we’re creating a leading man. We’re creating an elemental god from a river. So the beauty of that creature, and the power of that creature and the menace of that creature add three more layers that you need to add to this.

 

But there is an empathy for the ‘other’ in the early Universal Monster movies that is almost completely absent in the modern genre.

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Swara Bhasker says the world needs empathy

Swara Bhasker says the world needs empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Actress Swara Bhasker contemplated the state of the world in a statement.

“The one thing that the world needs right now is empathy. It’s sad that we’re ignoring this emotion,” Bhasker said.

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