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Teaching Empathy: The Ancient Way Is Now Cutting-Edge - Forbes

Teaching Empathy: The Ancient Way Is Now Cutting-Edge - Forbes | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

In my work as a systems change specialist in schools and other learning communities, here are the practices I encourage instructional leaders to promote:


1. Teach listening as a core skill and expect it as a cultural practice.Start by being an active listener yourself and give people the time they need to reflect. Time not made for someone is time wasted.


2. Make dialogue a primary team, group or classroom practice. Dialogue opens the doors to exploration—what Peter Senge in his guide “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook” calls “skillful discussion,” where thoughtful decisions can be made that honor all participants (or, in business, stakeholders).


3.Identify roles, not organizational charts. When people are able to articulate their role, what they need to be successful and what gets in the way of their success, an empathic understanding is present and the beginnings of a healthy team, class or group takes shape.


4. Lead with consistency, authenticity and honesty. Be clear as to why you are doing what you are doing. Do not lead or manage through personality but rather through articulation. To articulate is to clarify.

 

by David A. Levine, the director of the School of Belonging Training Institute at Creative Response to Conflict (CRC)

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(Empathic Healthcare) OXFORD EMPATHY PROGRAMME: What is empathy? — University of Oxford 

(Empathic Healthcare) OXFORD EMPATHY PROGRAMME:  What is empathy? — University of Oxford  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathy is a term which has proven difficult for academics to define to their satisfaction. Yet doctors, patients, and lay people do not seem to have any trouble understanding what they mean by empathy. The extent to which empathy is a communication skill, an inner experience of the counselor, or the client's perception is also controversial.

What remains uncontroversial in the literature we are aware of is that patient experience and patient outcomes seem to improve when they interact with 'empathetic' practitioners (either practitioners who are rated by patients as being empathetic or practitioners who have been trained to enhance their empathy).

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Mystic Mantra: Empathy — A powerful business tool

Mystic Mantra: Empathy — A powerful business tool | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Nadella got the job nonetheless, but since then he understood the importance of empathy in work and in his personal life.

 

Nadella got the job nonetheless, but since then he understood the importance of empathy in work and in his personal life. Empathy is the ability to share others’ feelings and experiences. It is deeper than sympathy because it is feeling with others, not feeling for others. When someone is miserable deep down, you are happy that it is not you who is suffering. You are in a higher position so you can help the other out, whereas the road to empathy goes through yourself.

 

For Osho empathy is a non-violent communication not known to many people. In empathy you participate in others’ being, transmit your energy to others. The next question would be, can one acquire empathy?

 

Yes, it is an innate trait lying dormant in everyone, but it has to be cultivated. It is not a refresh button you can suddenly turn on when there is a need. T

 

he road to empathy goes through yourself.

 

Empathy can be developed if you first own your mistakes, if you learn to forgive yourself, if you understand that nobody is perfect.

 

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(Me Too: empowerment through empathy) Tarana Burke: Founder of "Me Too" movement speaks out  

Tarana Burke started the "Me Too" movement more than a decade ago, and has watched the hashtag become a rallying cry after the accusations against Harvey Weinstein. Burke joined CBSN to discuss the origins of her campaign and its recent resurgence on social media.
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(Me Too: empowerment through empathy)  Tarana Burke: needed in the aftermath of her own assault: empathy.

(Me Too: empowerment through empathy)   Tarana Burke:  needed in the aftermath of her own assault: empathy. | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

 "For every Harvey Weinstein, there’s a hundred more men in the neighborhood who are doing the exact same thing": needed in the aftermath of her own assault: empathy.

 

Ten years before the allegations against Harvey Weinstein became public knowledge, Tarana Burke was already helping young women talk about sexual assault. Working with girls at an organization she co-founded called Just Be Inc., she heard a lot of reports of sexual violence, and she wanted to offer young survivors what she needed in the aftermath of her own assault: empathy.

So she started the Me Too campaign “to spread a message for survivors: You’re heard, you’re understood.”

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(Empathc Leadership) Is Empathy Boss?

(Empathc Leadership) Is Empathy Boss? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Successful leadership is defined by a single ingredient: it’s mastering successful conversations. By looking at the relationship between interaction skills and job performance, it’s easy to see why empathy is so important.

“Overwhelmingly, empathy tops the list as the most critical driver of overall performance. It also consistently relates to higher performance in each of the four leadership domains.”
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Future-Ready Mind: Why Mindfulness, Empathy and Compassion in Education Matter Now More Than Ever

Future-Ready Mind: Why Mindfulness, Empathy and Compassion in Education Matter Now More Than Ever | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Particularly interesting is the growth of mindfulness programmes for both teachers and school-aged children. Mindfulness curriculums, which include social and emotional learning components that develop empathy, compassion and emotional intelligence are now being taught in elementary through high schools around the world.

 

Mindful Schools, for example, has taught its evidence-based mindfulness curriculum to over 1 million school-aged children worldwide. The efficacy of the Mindful Schools programme was studied in one of the first-ever large, randomised-controlled studies on mindfulness in children and the research found statistically significant improvement in paying attention and participation in class versus the control with just 4 hours of mindfulness instruction for the students.  

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Self-control and Empathy: Keys to Help, not Hurt

Self-control and Empathy: Keys to Help, not Hurt | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
And why does anyone hurt others rather than help them? If we have empathy - an ability to put oneself in another’s shoes, accompanied by a sense of interconnectedness and interdependence - we are more apt to help rather than hurt.   So, how do we develop empathy?
 
The latest neuroscience research shows that time-tested mindfulness practices can systematically develop new neural networks in our brains, and enhance both these skills of emotion regulation and empathy.
 
Niroga did an experiment, bringing 15 minutes of Dynamic Mindfulness (DMind) practice once or twice weekly to over 500 youth in four inner-city middle and high school classrooms on both coasts. Here is what we found:
After just one semester, 70% of the youth said (a) they were more in control of their actions, and (b) had better relationships with those around them.
There were more positive changes in the youth who participated more (80%).
There were even more positive changes in the youth who (a) practiced on their own, and (b) shared DMind with others (90%).
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Tools of Empathy at the World Innovation Summit on Education  

Tools of Empathy at the World Innovation Summit on Education   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
“A Tool for Empathy: The Book of Masks”
Now, the name might change as we build out the idea, but my heart is beaming with excitement around the potential. As for how it works, you will have to use your imagination until we’ve created a prototype and piloted the idea in different settings, but here goes: the book has multiple masks of different animals that can be used either one time to decorate or as a stencil for multiple children to use on a revolving basis.

 

In the book is simple information on how the creation and use of masks can help the physical, social-emotional, and cognitive learning of young children (probably of ages three to eight). Teachers or parents can ask their children to make masks that represent real animals, leading to such lessons that touch upon colors, sounds, names, literacy, etc.

 

Or, they can ask children to make masks that represent different emotions. Helping develop language around identifying how children feel is also the first step in nonviolent communication and restorative practices, both of which are taught at Little Ripples. The masks become an essential element of storytelling (literacy and cultural relevancy!) as well as the foundation for using expressive arts as trauma therapy.

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Role of Empathy in Innovation, Teaching Innovation, and Achieving the Quadruple Aim

Role of Empathy in Innovation, Teaching Innovation, and Achieving the Quadruple Aim | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Role of empathy in innovation and Care at Hand as an example (16:55)

Social intelligence (28:00)

Teaching innovation in residency. Quadruple aim. (29:54)

Innovation Resources (43:11)
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 FOSTERING EMPATHY IN CHILDREN

 FOSTERING EMPATHY IN CHILDREN | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Dr. Michele Borba at Rumson Country Day School earlier this month.
RUMSON: RCDS community focuses on the importance of empathy.

 

“My goal is to encourage life practices that provide the empathy advantage,” Dr. Borba passionately explained. “There is a growing need to strengthen children’s empathy to change the cycle of youth thinking from ‘me’ to ‘we’. This gives children an immediate advantage on life including employability, critical thinking, altruistic leadership and global citizenship.”

“By nurturing our RCDS core values with children in the classroom and at home, we create a caring, empathetic mindset in our kids that sets them on a path toward being kind and resilient adults,” said first grade teacher Lisa Fallon. “In our morning meetings, we practice the habits of ‘we’ in face-to-face group encounters.

 

Through the use of daily questions, greetings, and share time, we discuss and explore our classroom moral identity. This stimulates perspective-taking and self-reflection on what kind, honest, responsible, respectful things were accomplished that day.”

 

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Importance Of Empathy

Importance Of Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathy is a choice. An important one that we need to make to improve and to bridge the gaps between differentiators like generations, cultures, religions, socioeconomics, , satya nadella, empathy, religion

Satya Nadella recently launched his new book ‘Hit Refresh’ in which he makes references to the importance of empathy. Suddenly empathy is a hot topic again!

Challenges to Empathy

Although in theory empathy seems like an extreme quality to possess, unfortunately there are many challenges to exercising it.

 

1. We need to pay attention.

We are so caught up with our own head that we seldom find the bandwidth to invest in others. Empathy like most qualities can be inculcated and embibed. T

 

2. It takes time. In our fast paced world, we are constantly on the move. Empathy requires that we stop and take the time to care. 

3. There is historical baggage between you and the concerned person.

The longer an association with a person, the harder it is to put that aside and simply be with them. 

 

 
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Empathy Project Opening

Empathy Project Opening | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
I have completed sharing the Empathy Project portraits and audio that I have processed thus far, and will return to posting them when I have then next group of five ready.

I am very pleased that the hospital I work for decided to make this project public. They recently renovated the lobby of one of the three hospitals in the system and chose to display the first five portraits in the project there and, to make it even better, mounted audio bars beneath each portrait so that visitors can listen to the stories. In a few months, they are opening another outpatient facility and the second group of five will be displayed there, also with the audio!
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(Empathic Healthcare) OXFORD EMPATHY PROGRAMME: Publications and resources 

(Empathic Healthcare) OXFORD EMPATHY PROGRAMME: Publications and resources  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
PUBLICATIONS


Measuring practitioner empathy with patient surveys: a systematic review and meta-analysis (protocol)
Howick J, Ulyte A, Steinkopf L, Meissner K. PROSPERO record no. CRD42016037456.

Effects of changing practitioner empathy and patient expectations in healthcare consultations
Howick J, Fanshawe TR, Mebius A, Lewith G, Heneghan CJ, Bishop F, Little P, Mistiaen P, Roberts NW.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2015), Issue 11. Art. No.: CD011934. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011934

The effect of patient-practioner communication on pain: a systematic review. 
Mistiaen P, van Osch M, van Vliet L, Howick J, Bishop F, Di Blasi Z, Bensing J, van Dulmen S.

European Journal of Pain (2015). DOI: 10.1002/ejp.797.

 

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(Empathic Healthcare) OXFORD EMPATHY PROGRAMME:   Jeremy Howick

Dr Jeremy Howick (Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Services, University of Oxford) discusses empathy as part of an event organised by Oxford Healthcare Values Partnership.
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(Me Too: empowerment through empathy) #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke, Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter on Wave of Sexual Harassment Reports

https://democracynow.org - Over the last two months, the political, media and entertainment worlds have been rocked as thousands of women come forward t
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(Me Too: empowerment through empathy)  Tarana Burke:  Empowerment through Empathy~Me Too

(Me Too: empowerment through empathy)  Tarana Burke:  Empowerment through Empathy~Me Too | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The campaign began by Tarana Burke over a decade ago is about ‘empowerment through empathy‘ If we truly believe in this model and we are posting ‘Me Too’ to our own social media accounts, let us all really understand that statement and use it everyday.

The ‘Me Too’ hashtag is not meant to be a fading trend.  If you really believe in the intention, then live it.   Empathy means to be able to feel what someone else is going through; to feel what they are feeling.


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(Me Too: empowerment through empathy) Everyone Meet Tarana Burke, The Woman Who Really Started The 'Me Too' Movement

(Me Too: empowerment through empathy) Everyone Meet Tarana Burke, The Woman Who Really Started The 'Me Too' Movement | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
'Yes, it's depressing that it takes famous white women to scream and yell before people pay attention.'

 

Can you explain your phrase 'empowerment through empathy'?

I am a survivor of sexual violence myself. When I was starting to figure out what healing looked like for me, I realised the most powerful interactions I had were amongst survivors.

Non-survivors said, 'Oh my gosh that happened to you?' or, 'That's awful, are you ok?' People mean well when they do that, a lot of times it is genuine, but it's also disconnecting.

 

It feels like you're an other, it's 'othering'.

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Then there's the inward-facing element. This is the exchange of empathy, from survivor to survivor.

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How To Stop Absorbing Other People’s Negative Energy

How To Stop Absorbing Other People’s Negative Energy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Ever since I was a young child, I’ve had the ability to “feel” what other people are feeling (a term now coined as “empathy). It is an experience that is very difficult to explain, and once I got older, I realized I wasn’t the only one.

While sympathy people feel compassion towards others, empaths may take on the burden of others as if they were their own. Being highly empathic means that you are much more likely to feel affected by someone’s negative energy, as well as positive energy.

Being an “absorber” of other people’s emotions and energy can affect you mentally, physically, and spiritually. Think of the last time you had an argument with someone and felt completely drained. Now imagine that without even having an argument, you still feel physically drained simply by being in the same room as another person.
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Empathy - A powerful business tool

Empathy - A powerful business tool | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to share others’ feelings and experiences.

 

Satya Nadella, the brilliant Microsoft CEO, often narrates how he almost did not get a job in Microsoft. The manager of the company, Richard Tait, asked him in an interview: “Imagine you see a baby laying on the street, and the baby is crying. What do you do?” Nadella quickly replied: “You call 911.” 

 

As the interviewer walked Nadella out of his office, he put his arm around Nadella and said: “You need some empathy. If a baby is laying on the street crying, you pick up the baby.”  Nadella got the job nonetheless, but since then he understood the importance of empathy in work and in his personal life. Empathy is the ability to share others’ feelings and experiences. It is deeper than sympathy because it is feeling with others, not feeling for others. When someone is miserable deep down, you are happy that it is not you who is suffering. You are in a higher position so you can help the other out, whereas the road to empathy goes through yourself.

 

For Osho empathy is a non-violent communication not known to many people. In empathy you participate in others’ being, transmit your energy to others. The next question would be, can one acquire empathy? Yes, it is an innate trait lying dormant in everyone, but it has to be cultivated. It is not a refresh button you can suddenly turn on when there is a need. The road to empathy goes through yourself. Empathy can be developed if you first own your mistakes, if you learn to forgive yourself, if you understand that nobody is perfect.

 

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Fragile Process | Focusing Resources

Fragile Process | Focusing Resources | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Therapeutic Interaction with Fragile Process
Ideally, therapy with adults who have a fragile style of processing creates the kind of empathic holding that was missing in the clients’ early childhood experiences. If the therapist stays empathically connected to significant client experiences, the clients are likely to feel the satisfaction that comes from staying with their experiences in an accepting way. Initially this tends to be a very ambivalent sort of pleasure, since the experiences themselves are often painful, and the client is likely to be convinced that they are shameful and likely to result in harm to themselves and others.

 

Clients may feel the need to test therapists in various ways, before trusting that the therapist could relate to their experience or believing that their experience could have any value. They may be afraid that expressing their experience will make them vulnerable to manipulation and control by the therapist or that their experience has the power to overwhelm and harm the therapist. Over time, however, clients are likely to find that their reactions make more sense than they thought and that seemingly inexorable feelings go through various sorts of positive change and resolution.

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Oxytocin May Be Behind the Closeness Between Dogs and Their Humans

Oxytocin May Be Behind the Closeness Between Dogs and Their Humans | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
A new study shows that oxytocin plays a similar role in dogs’ emotions as it does in humans.

 

In terms of emotional intensity, the story was much the same. When the dogs hadn’t received the placebo, their strongest reactions — that is, their largest pupil sizes — occurred when they viewed angry faces, probably out of concern. With oxytocin, it was just the opposite: Smiling faces got the most pronounced response from the apparently chill dogs.

 

It’s not that surprising that the “love hormone” would play a role in the personalities of dogs, who are understood to be emotional, usually highly affectionate, animals. It helps humans bond with and react to each other, after all. Why not dogs and humans?

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(Empathy Training) Emotion-Focused Therapy: Level 2 [New 9-Day model] 2017-18 Training Series

(Empathy Training) Emotion-Focused Therapy: Level 2 [New 9-Day model]  2017-18 Training Series | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde is excited to offer an innovative, restructured and enhanced Level 2 training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for counsellors and psychotherapists (Diploma level or above) who have completed Level One training in EFT.

 

This nine–day series consists of three separate three-day modules, spread over the 2017-2018 academic year to allow participants to begin to implement EFT in their client work. This intensive training is broader and more in-depth than EFT level 1 or the previous EFT level 2, in particular adding training in the specialised empathy skills required to carry out EFT.  The format will be a mixture of brief lectures, videos or demonstrations, experiential practice exercises in small groups, and discussion.

Module A: Advanced Empathic Attunement & EFT (Thurs – Sat, 16-19 Nov 2017)

Day 1: Accessing Empathic Resonance; Evocative Empathy and Empathic Affirmation

Day 2: Exploratory Empathy and Empathic Conjecture

Day 3: Rapidly engaging clients & establishing presence; Empathy & Chairwork

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How smart virtual personal assistants can incubate human empathy: Empathy - Making the connection deeper and real

How smart virtual personal assistants can incubate human empathy: Empathy - Making the connection deeper and real | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

To crack the code of emotional intelligence, human touch is crucial. It is an essential part of the relationship between human and machine.

Artificial intelligence is shaping how customers and enterprises use technology and Virtual Personal Assistants are proof of it. Though they try to understand each user’s intelligence based on every interaction, it is important for developers to comprehend that human interactions are entirely constructed on emotional processes more than cognitive abilities.

 

This is where empathy from machines through clever and funny interactions makes a difference and establishes a deeper connection that is relatable.

Enterprises are mixing sensory perceptions, speech analytics and video-based analysis of facial expressions to reach the perfect balance of empathy. But how do you ensure that the empathetic AI is more real than artificial? Research and trial and error on human and AI interactions play a huge advantage in reading human emotions.   

 

Sameet Gupte

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Man feels his twin's Parkinson's tremors with 'tele-empathy' device

Man feels his twin's Parkinson's tremors with 'tele-empathy' device | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Identical twin brothers Pat and Jim Smerdon shared many life experiences until Jim was diagnosed with Parkinson's 10 years ago 


Ever since, Pat has wondered what it feels like to live with his brother's tremors


A new device transmits the symptoms of Jim's disease to Pat, who literally felt his brother's pain for the first time in a moving demonstration of 'tele-empathy' 


Tele-empathy is an emerging field that uses technology to relate a better understanding of disease symptoms from  a patient to a caregiver 


By NATALIE RAHHAL FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

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Spiritual Activism Training: Empathic Listening – Love the Stranger as Thyself

Spiritual Activism Training: Empathic Listening – Love the Stranger as Thyself | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Session 3: Empathic Listening – Love the Stranger as Thyself


In session three we will gain a deeper understanding of what it is that attracted voters to Trump by reading the words of Trump supporters themselves.

 

We will use this as an opportunity to deepen our empathic listening skills so that you are able to have a better understanding of the meaning articulated behind the statements, policies, positions, and approaches of others?

 

How do we hear their deep pains and sorrows, understand their needs, and demonstrate that understanding as a path to connection?

 

When we are able to empathically connect with others, we can begin to see our shared humanity, our common needs, our collective pain, and our deep yearnings.

 

From that place, we can begin to explore solutions and strategies that can help us build the world we all seek.

 

Our differences begin to breakdown and we find we are actually more alike than we thought.

 

We see that we all yearn for loving connections, lives of meaning and purpose, and mutual recognition and sense of belonging.

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