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Faith is empathetic and not superficial, Pope Francis tells Asian bishops

Faith is empathetic and not superficial, Pope Francis tells Asian bishops | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Catholic News Agency, Seoul

Faith is empathetic and not superficial, Pope Francis tells Asian bishops. Christian identity should not be formalistic and characterized by easy answers to hard questions


“We cannot engage in real dialogue unless we are conscious of our own identity,” he said.


“Nor can there be authentic dialogue unless we are capable of opening our minds and hearts, in empathy and sincere receptivity, to those with whom we speak.”


 

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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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What It Takes To End School Violence and Bullying | Dr Michele Borba

What It Takes To End School Violence and Bullying | Dr Michele Borba | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Dr. Michele Borba shares six proven Rs to prevent school violence and bullying to create safer school environments.

 

I’ve studied youth violence and bullying for over thirty years and wrote a bill on how to stop school shootings. That was passed by the state of California. But we have serious work to do. Our children are hurting. And an investigation of school shootings by the Secret Service found that almost three fourths of school shooters were bullied. Bullying effects all children: Children who bully, children who are targeted and children who witness the cruelty.

 

 End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: The Proven 6Rs of Bullying Prevention That Create Inclusive, Safe and Caring Schools offers the strongest elements of best practices and bullying prevention programs to form the 6Rs of bullying prevention: Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, and Replace. Creating a caring school climate is not a quick fix, but a systemic, deliberate approach involving all stakeholders. Which elements are missing in your school’s prevention plans? End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy provides proven solutions.

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(Self-Empathy) Self-compassion may protect perfectionists from depression

(Self-Empathy) Self-compassion may protect perfectionists from depression | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Previous studies have shown that perfectionism can lead to depression, but new research suggests that self-compassion might also play a crucial role in this relationship, offsetting the harms of the former.

 

The study authors add, "The replication of this finding in two samples and across different age-appropriate measures suggests that self-compassion does moderate the link between perfectionism and depression,"  

 

According to the authors, self-compassion is defined as "being open to and moved by one's own suffering, experiencing feelings of caring and kindness toward oneself, taking an understanding, nonjudgmental attitude toward one's inadequacies and failures, and recognizing that one's own experience is part of the common human experience."

 
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Self-compassion may protect people from the harmful effects of perfectionism

Self-compassion may protect people from the harmful effects of perfectionism | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Relating to oneself in a healthy way can help weaken the association between perfectionism and depression, according to a study published February 21, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Madeleine Ferrari from Australian Catholic University, and colleagues.

Perfectionistic people often push themselves harder than others to succeed, but can also fall into the trap of being self-critical and overly concerned about making mistakes. When the perfectionist fails, they often experience depression and burnout. In this study, Ferrari and colleagues considered whether self-compassion, a kind way of relating to oneself, might help temper the link between perfectionist tendencies and depression.

The researchers administered anonymous questionnaires to assess perfectionism, depression, and self-compassion across 541 adolescents and 515 adults. Their analyses of these self-assessments revealed that self-compassion may help uncouple perfectionism and depression.
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The Art Of Non-Violent Communication For Successful Dating

The Art Of Non-Violent Communication For Successful Dating | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
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A big ingredient in non-violent communication is empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of your partner.

Self-soothing is like having empathy for yourself. Next time your partner is frustrated or upset, try practising having empathy for them. See if you can understand where they are coming from.

Can you see why they would feel that way? Can you keep your heart open and feeling compassionate towards them because you understand their situation? Then you are experiencing empathy.
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7 Tips On How To Use Empathy In eLearning

7 Tips On How To Use Empathy In eLearning | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

How To Use Empathy In eLearning To Influence Learners

According to scientists, as human beings, we are wired to relate to one another and feel a sense of belonging. We respond easily to affection and understanding.

Advertisers already use the human psyche, understanding that the most effective advertisements are the ones that speak to our hearts, anticipate our needs, understand our wants, and provide the solution to our problems. So why should our eLearning be any different? After all, as storyboarders, designers, and developers we strive to influence and inspire learners.

 

Here is how to use empathy in eLearning and influence tour students.

  • 1. Understand The Learner
    - What do they think/feel?
    - What influences them (friends, business, etc.)?
    - What problems do they encounter?
    Once you understand your learner you will be able to create a narrative within your eLearning that the learner can relate to and emphasize with. This leads onto….
  • 2. Create A Story-Based Narrative
  • 3. Include A Main Character
  • 4. Keep The Dialog As Natural
  • 5. Putting The Character At A Disadvantage
  • 6. Give The Learner The Power
  • 7. It Doesn’t Always Need To Be A Happy Ending

 

February 23, 2018
 
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A Rare Display of Empathy From Trump

A Rare Display of Empathy From Trump | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The president usually likes to appear in control, but on Wednesday he mostly listened to—and was moved by—the stories of school shooting survivors and parents.
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Duke prof suggests libertarians are 'on the autism spectrum'

Duke prof suggests libertarians are 'on the autism spectrum' | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Duke University history professor Nancy MacLean recently declared that many conservatives and libertarians "seem to be on the autism spectrum" and that they "don't feel solidarity or empathy with others."


MacLean was delivering a lecture on her controversial book, "Democracy in Chains," which is intended to explore "the roots and agenda of the radical right."

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: How Empathy Sparks Innovation

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: How Empathy Sparks Innovation | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
In addition to confidence, a CEO must have empathy, Nadella said. This is a quality one doesn’t typically see on a list of top CEO character traits. But in Nadella’s view, empathy is, among other things, a key source of business innovation. He said that although many regard it as a “soft skill,” not especially relevant to the “hard work of business,” it is a wellspring for innovation, since innovation comes from one’s ability to grasp customers’ unmet, unarticulated needs.

Nadella himself had to learn to be more empathetic in his personal life.
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Empathy: why we need more of it in a polarised world, and how to cultivate the human touch

Empathy: why we need more of it in a polarised world, and how to cultivate the human touch | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Put yourself in the shoes of other people and it’ll help you understand them and show them compassion; while studies suggest it may be a quality some of us are born with, empathy is also something we can learn and put into practice

 

Empathy is sometimes described as “walking a mile in somebody else’s shoes”, and Dr Timothy Sharp, chief happiness officer at The Happiness Institute in Sydney, Australia, believes that the world needs more of it.

 

“In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in extremism and a polarisation of perspectives, in politics, human rights and more,” says Sharp, who is also adjunct professor at the University of Technology Sydney business school and RMIT University’s school of health sciences in Melbourne. “And while there are many possible explanations for these problems, I think one of the more credible is a lack of empathy and understanding.

 

 22 February, 2018

Sasha Gonzales

 

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Donald Trump Needed Notes Reminding Him To Listen In ‘Listening Session’ With Shooting Survivors

Donald Trump Needed Notes Reminding Him To Listen In ‘Listening Session’ With Shooting Survivors | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Donald Trump has been criticised for appearing to need notes reminding him to say “I hear you” during a White House listening session on mass shootings.

Pictures of the President’s cue card from the event last night reveal five talking points, the first four being questions and the last prompting him to show some empathy to survivors of the massacre.
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Empathy emphasized at Main Street School | Lifestyles | shelbyvilledailyunion.com

Empathy emphasized at Main Street School | Lifestyles | shelbyvilledailyunion.com | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The Main Street & Kindergarten Center TEAM decided to dedicate the month of February to the concept of EMPATHY. This is an abstract noun that is really more of a verb. The students have much less exposure to this term as other traits such as Kindness.

 

We knew this would make it more difficult to communicate what it is and what it looks like. We need a speaker w/ a genuine & clear message that would impact the students w/ an emotional charge to “get it.” I feel very comfortable saying that I think we found the perfect person for this role.

On Friday, February 2nd, Alan Fedrigon, local community member, delivered am emotional message to Main Street & Kindergarten students regarding EMPATHY. Mr. Fedrigon began by introducing himself & acknowledging his personal connection to Main Street School.

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Schools are teaching kids empathy and self-control. It helps at home, too. 

Schools are teaching kids empathy and self-control. It helps at home, too.  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
That means more kids will be learning how to understand and manage their emotions, set goals, build healthy relationships, make good decisions and have empathy, according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning.

SEL is based on five core competencies — self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. These skills can help kids in the classroom, but more importantly, they can make children and parents happier.

By Pam Moore
 February 21 2018

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How Important Is Empathy To Successful Management?

How Important Is Empathy To Successful Management? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Research indicates empathy is a valuable management attribute. Yet only 40% of managers are "proficient or strong" at it.

 

Very important, according to one solid study on the topic. The research, from DDI, found that empathy (the ability to understand and share the feelings of another) is a  "critical driver of overall performance" for management.

 

In the study, "listening and responding with empathy" was highly correlated with key management skills including coaching, engaging, and making sound decisions, as well as overall performance.

 

Despite this importance, the study also concluded that only "40% of frontline leaders" were "proficient or strong in empathy.

 

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(Against Empathy) Why Empathy without Emotional Intelligence is Dangerous 

(Against Empathy) Why Empathy without Emotional Intelligence is Dangerous  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy as an isolated skill in a person who otherwise has a low EQ can be dangerous. Read why.

 

 

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‘He Did Not Express Any Real Empathy’: Parkland Shooting Survivor Not Consoled by Phone Call From Trump

‘He Did Not Express Any Real Empathy’: Parkland Shooting Survivor Not Consoled by Phone Call From Trump | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The President, rather, talked about the shooter being a “sick puppy” and used the phrase “oh, boy” about eight times, said Fuentes, who was wounded in both legs. She was also left with a piece shrapnel behind her right eye, the New York Times reported.

“I don’t think he’s ever had to have that conservation with someone before,” said Fuentes. “It was definitely clear in that moment because he did not express any real empathy. It is kind of hard to express empathy when you don’t understand.”

The guest said she respects the President but was saddened by the call’s tone.
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Siblings contribute positively to each other’s developing empathy 

Siblings contribute positively to each other’s developing empathy  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

A new study looked at whether younger siblings also contribute to their older sisters’ and brothers’ empathy in early childhood, when empathic tendencies begin to develop. The research found that beyond the influence of parents, both older and younger siblings positively influence each other’s empathic concern over time.

Older siblings play an important role in the lives of their younger siblings. Like parents, older brothers and sisters act as role models and teachers, helping their younger siblings learn about the world. This positive influence is thought to extend to younger siblings’ capacity to feel care and sympathy for those in need: Children whose older siblings are kind, warm, and supportive are more empathic than children whose siblings lack these characteristics.

 

 

A new longitudinal study looked at whether younger siblings also contribute to their older sisters’ and brothers’ empathy in early childhood, when empathic tendencies begin to develop. The research found that beyond the influence of parents, both older and younger siblings positively influence each other’s empathic concern over time.

 

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Can Pain Cultivate Empathy in Us? | Christianity Today

Can Pain Cultivate Empathy in Us? | Christianity Today | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
What gave one friend insight into how I was feeling at that moment? Empathy. Empathy, unlike sympathy, is not merely feeling sorry for another, but it is putting yourself in another’s shoes.

 

It is envisaging what it must feel like to be in their position. She was able to imagine what it felt like to lose a child, show up at a party, and be in this conversation, so she felt my pain along with me. She, along with many others, made a lasting impression on me. In my hour of need, they showed me the true value of empathetic compassion.

Not everyone has empathetic friends

 

KIMBERLY HARRIS|
FEBRUARY 23, 2018

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Why Building a Culture of Diversity and Empathy — and Women — Is Critical to Business Success, and What CHROs Can Do to Support It

Kate Byrne: Culture is a shared experience — one that the leaders of today’s companies need to literally embody in their actions and words. Today’s employees have a bit of a gig mentality. They want to know they’ll be learning as well as getting recognized for their efforts, and they want to be in an environment where the executive team is also accountable, for its actions and inactions alike..

 

Cross-team workgroups and project-based learning create opportunities for better communication and empathy, which leads to enhanced productivity and often operational cost savings

 

Kathy Krumpe 

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Teaching Empathy to the 'Me' Generation

Teaching Empathy to the 'Me' Generation | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
A Midwestern university experiments in teaching empathy not merely through classroom curriculum, but by having students live the lives of the working poor.

 

 

ERIC LEAKE
JUL 18, 2011

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On Libertarians, Autism, and Empathy

On Libertarians, Autism, and Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

by James McWilliams

 

We on the spectrum ought to be outraged that a Duke University historian is going around telling people that the reason someone has an ideology that she herself considers malevolent is because the person is autistic. Meaning, people with autism, in her opinion, create malevolent, unempathetic, antisocial ideologies. I've discussed how ableist people like MacLean use autism as a slur, but I don't think we've ever been accused of being the source of malevolent ideologies before. If I lived anywhere near Duke University, I would be outside the History Department tomorrow protesting her.

On the specific question empathy, Camplin writes:

[MacLean] accuses us of not feeling solidarity with other people and of not feeling empathy. Naturally, those of us on the spectrum know that we are certainly empathetic, as I myself have discussed several times—in some cases and ways, more so than others. I know that I have the ideology I do precisely because of my strong concern for the poor.

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Microsoft’s CEO Satya:  What’s the source of innovation? Empathy

Microsoft’s CEO Satya:  What’s the source of innovation? Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

In the book, you’re incredibly open and candid about some challenges that you faced in your own family, which played a big role in your developing empathy. Can you talk to us about what happened and how it changed you?

Satya: Most people think empathy is sort of a soft skill that may not be relevant for the hard work of business. Whereas I look at it and say, “What’s the source of innovation?”

 

The source of innovation is your ability to grasp the unmet, unarticulated needs of customers. Where is that going to come from? I believe it comes from empathy. But you can’t go in to work and switch on the empathy button. Life teaches you that. At least, that’s my experience.

 

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Joan Baez: "let us double, triple and quadruple our own efforts to empathize"

Joan Baez: "let us double, triple and quadruple our own efforts to empathize" | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

When Joan Baez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, she jettisoned much of the inside-baseball career reflection usually seen in acceptance speeches. Instead, Baez connected the dots between the folk scene from which she emerged, her life-long dedication to the nonviolence movement and political activism, and how vital it is to repair today's divisive society.

"And now, in the new political and cultural reality in which we find ourselves, there's much work to be done," she said. "Where empathy is failing, and sharing has become usurped by greed and lust for power, let us double, triple and quadruple our own efforts to empathize — and to give our resources and our selves."  Joan Baez

Video:  https://youtu.be/jRvW3RxRHek?t=6m20s

 

February 22, 2018

ANNIE ZALESKI

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Pursuing an Ethic of Empathy in Journalism: Janet Blank-Libra and Edwin Rutsch

Pursuing an Ethic of Empathy in Journalism: Janet Blank-Libra and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Janet Blank-Libra teaches courses in journalism as well as foundational courses in composition and literature at Augustana University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She also regularly teaches courses in literary journalism and creative nonfiction. 

 

Janet is the author of Pursuing an Ethic of Empathy in Journalism. This book advances a journalistic theory of empathy, challenging long-held notions about how best to do journalism based only on "objectivity".  Because the institution of journalism has typically equated empathy and compassion with bias, it has been slow to give the intelligence of the emotions a legitimate place in the reporting and writing process.  

 "Empathy remains a largely unexplored possibility - in any deliberate sense - for reconciliation among people of different faiths, cultures, countries, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, political affiliations and more. Rather than dismiss empathy's possibilities, we need to entertain the possibility that empathy is an expansive way of being in the world that promotes depth of humanity and and depth of understanding."

 

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3 Big Differences Between Sympathy & Empathy You Should Know 

3 Big Differences Between Sympathy & Empathy You Should Know  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The Differences
It is easy to see that sympathy and empathy have roots in the Greek term páthos which translates to suffering, sensation or feeling. No wonder people often use them interchangeably even though both words have varied meanings. The Infographic below highlights 3 important differences between Empathy & Sympathy.

 

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(Against Empathy) When Empathy Leads to Burnout – Redefining Real Love 

(Against Empathy) When Empathy Leads to Burnout – Redefining Real Love  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Sharon Salzberg
Feb 20, 2018

 

As humans, we’re wired to feel emotions — our own, but also those of others. Modern neuroscience has actually proven that we’ve evolved to feel empathy: Our brains have specific circuits that enable us to “feel with” others. Seeing someone in pain can cause us pain. Some might call it emotional intelligence, others sensitivity. Terms aside, feeling for others is actually part of our survival.

 

In 2004, a neuroscientist named Tania Singer and her colleagues published an important research study that showed how pain-receptive regions in the brain activate when we feel empathy with someone else’s pain. Since their paper came out, Singer has called empathy a “precursor to compassion,” differentiating these two words we too often use interchangeably.

 

In an interview with the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Singer explained the difference: “When I empathize with the suffering of others…I am suffering myself…In contrast, if we feel compassion for someone else’s suffering, we…feel concern — a feeling of love and warmth — and we can develop a strong motivation to help the other.”

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