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Got Empathy - The Foundations of Empathy

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While definitions of empathy vary considerably, the need for mutual understanding between human beings has never been higher. The ability to take the perspective of another and to use this information to act compassionately is a high point in human development. Are we born with this capacity or is it something learned? The simple answer: both. Following the classic storyline of the hero’s journey, we are given a gift, we lose it, and we engage in the adventure of getting it back.  


It is a principle in Waldorf education that we don’t simply identify an issue and hammer away on it; we paint the broadest picture possible and work with the factors that support and develop the issue -

 

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Brenda Robinson's curator insight, May 13, 2015 9:52 PM

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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Gad Saad Latest Chat with Jordan Peterson-Part I  - Empathy


Science in therapy. 
importance of empathy
is it just as good to have a friend that is a good listen?

Jordan - empathy is ill defined. 

- is it agreeableness?

- we don't know what people mean when they say empathy.

- 35:36: Carl Rogers - positive regard.

-  empathy  
- Against Empathy book goes into the problem.

love is a better way of thinking about it. the therapist is on your side. 
- what are you tormented by?
   look at the parts.
 what is the desired outcome.

I don't think of that as empathy because it's to multi denominational to be reduced to empathy.

- importance of having someone that can help you stratigizes. 

listening is huge, Ability to listen is not exactly empathy.

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How to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys You

How to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys You | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Principles to Remember 

Do:

  • Make a concerted effort to understand your colleague’s perspective and feelings.
  • Engage in acts of kindness and compassion toward your annoying colleague.
  • Learn to recognize clues that you’re having a negative emotional reaction toward your colleague. Take deep breaths and stay calm.



Don’t:

  • Take your colleague’s behavior personally and lash out. Instead, look inward and ask yourself: What’s causing me to react this way?
  • Focus on the differences between you and your colleague. Rather, concentrate on similarities and things you share in common.
  • Shy away from having a conversation with your colleague about how you can best work together. If they drive you crazy, it’s likely that you drive them crazy, too.

 

 

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3 Icebreakers To Build Empathy Among Strangers Within 10 Minutes

3 Icebreakers To Build Empathy Among Strangers Within 10 Minutes | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
3. EMPATHY CARDS
Use this when you want people to share something very vulnerable, and realize they aren’t alone; it’s a technique Hossain learned from the coaching firm Reboot. During the cocktail hour, have everyone write anonymously on index cards one thing that worries them about their work or that causes them anxiety–something they feel like they can’t share with many people. Shuffle them thoroughly and place a card at each seat at the table. Ideally everyone receives someone else’s card, and can see that everyone else has fears and vulnerabilities just like them. It generates a ton of empathy and goodwill at the start of the conversation, and opens up candid sharing much earlier.
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Sympathy and Empathy: An Evolutionary Perspective  - Bret Weinstein

In our recent poll the winner for next video topic was an Evolutionary View of Sympathy and Empathy. I hope you find it insightful. 

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(Empathic Healthcare) Medical Xpress - empathy articles

(Empathic Healthcare) Medical Xpress - empathy articles | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy
Empathy is the capability to share and understand another's emotions and feelings. It is often characterized as the ability to "put oneself into another's shoes,"

 

Empathy does not necessarily imply compassion, sympathy, or empathic concern because this capacity can be present in context of compassionate or cruel behavior.

 

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(Empathic Healthcare) A dose of empathy may support patients in pain

(Empathic Healthcare) A dose of empathy may support patients in pain | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The study, which combined data from 28 clinical trials involving over 6,000 patients, adds weight to the argument that patient outcomes can be improved when doctors enhance how they express empathy and create positive expectations of benefit.

From the Universities of Oxford and Southampton in the UK, with the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research and Lithuania's Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, the research team analysed a series of randomised clinical trials that looked at the effects of empathy or positive communication in healthcare consultations. These trials included data from consultations on a wide range of clinical conditions including pain, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoarthritis and recovery after surgery. The researchers also reviewed the effects of positive communication on quality-of-life and patient satisfaction, based on reports from patients in these trials.

 

Jeremy Howick

 

Jeremy Howick et al. Effects of empathic and positive communication in healthcare consultations: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (2018). DOI: 10.1177/0141076818769477 

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How to Teach Your Children Empathy - DAD.info

How to Teach Your Children Empathy - DAD.info | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
1. Teach kids words that describe emotions
To appreciate empathy, your little one needs to understand what emotions are and have a vocabulary to express them. This can begin with very simple everyday conversations about how they or you are feeling:

“I can see that you are disappointed because we can’t go to the park today.”

“Are you excited that grandpa is coming to stay for the week?”

“I’m frustrated because the bad traffic made me get home from work late. It makes me sad because I have less time to spend with you.”

Scientific research has shown that understanding emotions and knowing the words to describe them helps people to control themselves and makes them less likely to hurt others. Therefore, helping your child to understand how they and others feel and giving them the words to express these feelings will be an important first step in teaching empathy.
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Building empathy with candy and board games | Catholic Star Herald

Building empathy with candy and board games | Catholic Star Herald | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
he idea for the day was born out of recent disturbing events in the United States, including the mass shootings in Las Vegas. In the “Empathy — Let It Begin with Me” event, children’s games and a parents-only discussion led by a social worker combined for a fun and educational time for all.

Questions in the Skittles game, and others that focused on doubts and worries, were designed to help families “identify emotions, and talk about them constructively,” said Elena Brandt, the parish’s pastoral associate. In a culture that seems to suppress emotions, leading to unspoken thoughts that later can cause emotional difficulties, the act of listening, and being listened to, is powerful, she said.

“This parish is doing a great job of addressing the needs of families,” said parent Erica Voll, playing a fishing game with her children, 8-year-old Beatrice and 6-year-old Edward. “I’m enjoying the sense of community.”

“Empathy is the basis of Catholic social teaching,” said Father David Grover, pastor, who during the event talked with families and took part in game-playing with them.
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'Empathy Experience' Gives Future Healthcare Workers A Sense Of What Patients Struggle With Daily 

'Empathy Experience' Gives Future Healthcare Workers A Sense Of What Patients Struggle With Daily  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
TUPELO, MISS. (WCBI ) – Working with patients who have disabilities requires not only knowledge, but also a sense of empathy from the caregiver.

That was the emphasis behind an unique workshop at Tupelo’s Longtown Medical Park.
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Discovery At The Edge Of Empathy By Roshi Joan Halifax 

Discovery At The Edge Of Empathy By Roshi Joan Halifax  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathy is not only a way to come alongside suffering in our small boat, it is a way to become the ocean. I believe that the gift of empathy makes us larger—if we don’t drown in the waters of suffering. And empathy that is alchemized through the medium of our wisdom gives us the energy to act selflessly on behalf of others.

A world without empathy is a world that is dead to other—and if we are dead to other, we are dead to ourselves. The sharing of another’s pain can take us past the narrow canyon of selfish disregard and even cruelty into the larger, more expansive landscape of wisdom and compassion.

I also know that empathy is a human imperative, one that our basic goodness invites us to receive. Remembering the words of the great philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer: “How is it possible that suffering that is neither my own nor of my concern should immediately affect me as though it were my own, and with such force that it moves me to action?” Empathy, when it’s healthy, can be a call to action—action that is not about relieving our personal discomfort but about the great blessing of relieving the suffering of the world.

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"Assessing the Cultural Effects of Neoliberalism on Empathy" by Melissa May Racho

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The current study examined the effect of neoliberalism on the expression of empathy among 40 undergraduate college students. Participants were divided across three groups: two treatment groups who were exposed to either a neoliberal or critical primer and a control group with no exposure to a primer. Individuals were randomly assigned to each condition prior to completing three empathy measures:

 

 

The Empathic Concern and Perspective Taking subscales of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index, and the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test. Mean scores were analyzed using multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and revealed no significant differences between groups, indicating the primers did not impact empathy scores. Similarly, demographic factors of age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religious or political affiliation had no impact on empathy scores. The findings suggest that with this sample population, the cultural effects of neoliberalism did not negatively affect empathy. As these findings contradict a pattern of data present in two pilot studies that informed it, as well as other studies aimed at assessing the effects of discrete components of neoliberalism, further research is indicated.

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Focusing on Helping Others Helps My Anxiety

Focusing on Helping Others Helps My Anxiety | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
My gift is not a rare one, plenty of other people have this same gift. I have the gift of empathy.

To me, empathy is defined by putting others first and feeling their emotions as if they were my own, sharing their sadness, anxiety, fear, loneliness, then displaying insight to build the person up with kindness and understanding so they feel seen and encouraged. I want them to feel love and that their burden is now shared, their load lightened. Empathy is feeling another person’s pain in your own heart, even if you have never experienced what it is they are going through.

Through the years I’ve battled with depression and anxiety, I have always wished to be the person I wanted others to be to me. I want people to feel like someone cares, that they matter, are loved and respected, wanted, accepted and safe.
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Need Empathy? There’s a Pill for That in ‘Empathitrax’

Need Empathy? There’s a Pill for That in ‘Empathitrax’ | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The nameless protagonists, Him and Her, are a couple struggling with Her depression. Desperate to understand each other, the couple tries Empathitrax, a new drug that allows users to experience their partner’s feelings by touching their skin.

“I think there’s something in this play that sets up our American fascination with pharmaceuticals as a fix, as finite. This will fix the problem,” Drew Wall, who plays Him, said. “In this case, they’ve figured out how to monetize empathy,” Jenny Ledel, who plays Her, said. “What if you could buy this thing that would make you be better at empathy?”
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Tell Me Your Story: Empathy to Combat Social Violence | Emad Rahim | TEDxAlbany  

Emad Rahim shares his story of being raised in a violent environment, and overcoming hardships with compassion, community and by making connections with people by sharing his story.

Dr. Emad Rahim is an award-winning author, educator and entrepreneur. He currently serve as the Kotouc Endowed Chair at Bellevue University and JWMI Fellow at the Jack Welch Management Institute. He co-authored the book ‘Leading through Diversity: Transforming Managers into Effective Leaders’ and wrote the article ‘The Growing Epidemic of Islamophobia in America: Social Change through Appreciative Inquiry.’
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(Empathy in healthcare) Empathy makes you a better doctor

(Empathy in healthcare) Empathy makes you a better doctor | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
It’s just common sense that doctors who have empathy make better doctors. However, until now, the benefit to patients has not been quantified, which makes it difficult for doctors and quality controllers to put a value on being nice.

For our research paper, which is published in the latest issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, we looked at 28 clinical trials involving more than 6000 patients and focused on the effects of empathy or positive communication in healthcare consultations.

 

These trials included data from consultations on a wide range of clinical conditions including pain, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoarthritis and recovery after injury. What we found was that in pain trials, when enhanced empathy expressed by doctors was compared with usual care, patients reported, on average, and additional half point reduction in pain , on a ten-point visual scale.

 

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Empathy technologies like VR, AR, and social media can transform education

Empathy technologies like VR, AR, and social media can transform education | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
In The Better Angels of Our Nature, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker makes the case for reading as a “technology for perspective-taking” that has the capacity to not only evoke people’s empathy but also expand it. “The power of literacy,” as he argues  “get[s] people in the habit of straying from their parochial vantage points” while “creating a hothouse for new ideas about moral values and the social order.”

The first major empathy technology was Guttenberg’s printing press, invented in 1440. With the mass production of books came widespread literacy and the ability to inhabit the minds of others. While this may sound trite, it was actually a seismic innovation for people in the pre-industrial age who didn’t see, hear or interact with those outside of their village. More recently, other technologies like television and virtual reality made further advances, engaging more of the senses to deepen the simulated human experience.
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Empathy Politics – Julia Serano –

This is not “identity politics.” If anything, it is empathy politics. And I am not talking about the shallow empathy of those who only seem capable of identifying with people who they perceive to be their own kind. True empathy is the ability and willingness to put ourselves into other people’s shoes, especially those who are different from us — not in a presumptive way, but to sincerely listen to what they have to say, to understand their circumstances, concerns, frustrations, and fears.

Our empathy for one another may also be enhanced by our shared experiences dealing with discrimination.
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(Empathic Healthcare) Effects of empathic and positive communication in healthcare consultations: a systematic review and meta-analysis 

(Empathic Healthcare) Effects of empathic and positive communication in healthcare consultations: a systematic review and meta-analysis  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Abstract
Background: 
Practitioners who enhance how they express empathy and create positive expectations of benefit could improve patient outcomes. However, the evidence in this area has not been recently synthesised.

Objective: To estimate the effects of empathy and expectations interventions for any clinical condition.

Design: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials.

Data sources: Six databases from inception to August 2017.

Study selection:  Randomised trials of empathy or expectations interventions in any clinical setting with patients aged 12 years or older.

Review methods: Two reviewers independently screened citations, extracted data, assessed risk of bias and graded quality of evidence using GRADE. Random effects model was used for meta-analysis.

 

Jeremy Howick, Andrew Moscrop, Alexander Mebius, Thomas R Fanshawe, George Lewith...

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A $600 Billion Employee Engagement Problem Solved: Empathy

A $600 Billion Employee Engagement Problem Solved: Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Today’s workforce is experiencing everything from an alarming skilled labor shortage to an increasing lack of employee engagement that concerns every business – no matter if you’re a startup or a Fortune 100 company. Gallup research shows that the average U.S. employee is unengaged at work.
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How to use historical empathy to help students process the world today

How to use historical empathy to help students process the world today | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy can be a powerful tool for action. Just look at how students across the nation mobilized to support the victims of the Parkland school shooting. But waiting for something drastic and tragic to happen is not the way we want to build empathy in our young people. So how can we use historical empathy—or “the process of understanding people in the past by contextualizing their actions”—to help them engage with history and process their own roles in the world today?
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3 Icebreakers To Build Empathy Among Strangers Within 10 Minutes

3 Icebreakers To Build Empathy Among Strangers Within 10 Minutes | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
3. EMPATHY CARDS
Use this when you want people to share something very vulnerable, and realize they aren’t alone; it’s a technique Hossain learned from the coaching firm Reboot. During the cocktail hour, have everyone write anonymously on index cards one thing that worries them about their work or that causes them anxiety–something they feel like they can’t share with many people.

 

Shuffle them thoroughly and place a card at each seat at the table. Ideally everyone receives someone else’s card, and can see that everyone else has fears and vulnerabilities just like them. It generates a ton of empathy and goodwill at the start of the conversation, and opens up candid sharing much earlier.

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Empathy In Practice: Four Actions To Initiate Now

Empathy In Practice: Four Actions To Initiate Now | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy-first practices can help you grow a more engaged workforce with even greater potential.

 

4. Focus on empathy training. Two-thirds of employees surveyed told us they believe it is difficult for most people at their company to consistently demonstrate empathy in the workplace. That is an alarming percentage, especially as we are operating in a time of fast-paced social changes that need to be approached correctly in the workplace.

 

Empathy training is a valuable way to navigate this challenge, and the majority of employees would be interested in participating in an empathy training workshop or training conducted by an outside specialist. Additionally, 83% of employees would be interested in participating in a self-diagnostic test to reveal their own state of empathy.

 

The appetite for training doesn’t stop at employees — 90% of CEOs felt that they could make a business case for empathy training in their organization and can easily see the ROI. Rene Schuster, former CEO of Telefonica Germany, believed in the positive results of empathy training and implemented it within the company while he was leading.

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How to build a culture of empathy to support design thinking

How to build a culture of empathy to support design thinking | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Design thinking isn't just a problem-solving process, it is a human-centered problem-solving process, where empathy is the key ingredient. To build authentic connections and apply design thinking principles to the content they are learning, students must first learn how to see problems with an empathetic lens. Sharing stories, talking to outsiders, and honing the habit of observation will help you cultivate empathy among your students.
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What is empathy? | Are we really hard-wired to feel other people’s pain?

What is empathy? | Are we really hard-wired to feel other people’s pain? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Since “neuroscientists, psychologists and geneticists now know which parts of the brain are specifically linked to empathy and compassion”, we should be “considering how we can enhance these abilities . . . .The empathy instinct is an idea whose time has come”.

Harnessing this new technology, Peter Bazalgette assures us in The Empathy Instinct, would allow us to create a more civil society. That may seem an odd sort of promise for someone who did so much to debase popular taste through his role in developing modern reality television to make, but then returning prodigal sons are always welcome.

ANDREW SCULL

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Empathic Illnesses: Do You Absorb Other People’s Symptoms?

Empathic Illnesses: Do You Absorb Other People’s Symptoms? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathic illnesses are those in which you manifest symptoms that are not your own. Many patients have come to me labeled “agoraphobic” with panic disorders, chronic depression, fatigue, pain, or mysterious ailments that respond only partially to medications or psychotherapy.

 

Some were nearly housebound or ill for years. They’d all say, “I dread being in crowds. Other people’s anger, stress, and pain drain me, and I need a lot of alone time to refuel my energy.” When I took a close history of all these patients I found that they were what I call “physical empaths:” people whose bodies are so porous they absorb the symptoms of others.

 

I relate because I am one. Physical empaths do not have the defenses that others have to screen things out. As a psychiatrist, knowing this significantly changed how I treated these patients. My job became teaching them to center and protect themselves, set healthy boundaries, and let go of energy they picked up from others.

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