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The wealthy suffer from an 'empathy gap' with the poor that is feeding a rise in inequality

The wealthy suffer from an 'empathy gap' with the poor that is feeding a rise in inequality | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Our emphasis on liberty has helped to create what I call an empathy gap, which in turn has permitted the creation of a selfishness surplus, which I will explain below.

Superficial similarities

 David Hume and Adam Smith understood this phenomenon well. He argued that our moral compass comes from our ability to identify with others – our empathy. We understand intuitively that, because others are like us, they suffer similar pains and enjoy similar pleasures. So far, so good...


Combine the empathy gap with structural and procedural fairness and you get what I call the selfishness surplus....


That surplus is the excess awarded to the rich and powerful over and above what they would have gotten if the resources in our society had been distributed more fairly and if our laws had been more redistributive in terms of fairness. As I explain in detail elsewhere, this surplus is real and empirically identifiable.

Lawrence Mitchell

Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University
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There Are Actually 3 Types of Empathy. Here's How They Differ--and How You Can Develop Them All

There Are Actually 3 Types of Empathy. Here's How They Differ--and How You Can Develop Them All | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Psychologists Daniel Goleman and Paul Ekman break down the concept of empathy into the following three categories. 

Cognitive empathy is the ability to understand how a person feels and what they might be thinking. Cognitive empathy makes us better communicators, because it helps us relay information in a way that best reaches the other person. 

Emotional empathy (also known as affective empathy) is the ability to share the feelings of another person. Some have described it as "your pain in my heart." This type of empathy helps you build emotional connections with others. 

Compassionate empathy (also known as empathic concern) goes beyond simply understanding others and sharing their feelings: it actually moves us to take action, to help however we can. 
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Pain is real to patient and provider when empathy is present

Pain is real to patient and provider when empathy is present | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Developed by philosophers to communicate the idea that one person’s internal experience could be understood by an observer under certain conditions, one of those being empathy, intersubjectivity is a far more appropriate term to describe pain as we understand it today.

 

To declare pain ‘subjective’ perpetuates outdated and inhumane misconceptions, reflecting persistent denial of empathy combined with slow diffusion of knowledge. What is empathy? Listening to others when they tell us about their experiences; with compassion, we respond to alleviate pain.

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Horse Owner Empathy and Our Equine Veterinarians –

Horse Owner Empathy and Our Equine Veterinarians – | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Issues of mental health, well-being, and suicide among vets are important ones that veterinary organizations worldwide have made a priority.

 

I understand that the stresses our equine vets face are just a piece of the puzzle, but it’s a valuable piece. As several of my sources for the feature story said, owners need not feel responsible for their vets’ mental health or well-­being. But a little effort to understand the professionals who care for our horses, a little perspective, a little empathy, never hurt anyone.

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 Against Empathy?  by Trevor Thompson

 Against Empathy?  by Trevor Thompson | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
It is taken as a self-evident truth that it is a good thing for medical students and practitioners to develop and exhibit empathy in their clinical encounters. In 2016 the psychologist Paul Bloom published a work of popular psychology entitled, provocatively, "Against Empathy.

 

The Case for Rational Compassion". In this book he takes a strong line against empathy, arguing that it is not only not useful, but positively detrimental to human progress. Empathy, in the way Bloom defines it, leads to biased, shorted-sighted an practically useless action. In this essay I enjoy flirting with this broadside attack on one of our sacred cows. But I also a discover a major mismatch between what educationalists typically think of as empathy and the version presented by the author.

 

The essay reviews this complex definitional landscape, visiting terms like pity, sympathy, moral imagination and compassion as well as the major varients of empathy itself. If we are going to avoid some of the evident pitfalls of emotion-dominated empathic responses, it really does help to be clear on what it is we have in mind when we discuss, teach and practice empathy

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  Empathy deescalates anger and rage:

  Empathy deescalates anger and rage: | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

 When people do not get the empathy to which they feel entitled, they start to suffocate emotionally. They thrash about emotionally. Then they get enraged. The response? De-escalate rage by acknowledging the break down—“It seems you really have not been treated well.”

 

Clean up the misunderstanding, and restore the empathic relatedness. Empathy does many things well. One of the best is that empathy deescalates anger and rage.

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Hillary Clinton: American Democracy Is in Crisis

Hillary Clinton: American Democracy Is in Crisis | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
I don’t know whether Trump ignores the suffering of Puerto Ricans because he doesn’t know that they’re American citizens, because he assumes people with brown skin and Latino last names probably aren’t Trump fans, or because he just doesn’t have the capacity for empathy.

 

And I don’t know whether he makes a similar judgment when he lashes out at NFL players protesting against systemic racism or when he fails to condemn hate crimes against Muslims. I do know he’s quick to defend or praise those whom he thinks are his people—like how he bent over backwards to defend the “very fine people” among the white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

The message he sends by his lack of concern and respect for some Americans is unmistakable. He is saying that some of us don’t belong, that all people are not created equal, and that some are not endowed by their Creator with the same inalienable rights as other

 

 

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Sharon A Kuhn – Empowering Minds Through the Power of Empathy

Sharon A Kuhn – Empowering Minds Through the Power of Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The Unique EQ program from the Center for Empathy offers tools to empower unique identity through emotional intelligence training, elevating empathy and increasing self-esteem. Brain-based tools offer concrete relational solutions that strengthen families, business organizations, and community at the core of individuality.

 

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Child‐Centered Play Therapy: Aggression, Empathy, and Self‐Regulation - Journal of Counseling & Development  

The authors conducted a randomized controlled trial to investigate differences among 36 elementary school age children who received 16 sessions of child‐centered play therapy and 35 children who were assigned to a waitlist control group. Pre‐ and postassessments were used to measure children's levels of aggression, self‐regulation, and empathy per parent and teacher report. Results revealed statistically significant positive results for parents and nonstatistically significant results for teachers. Implications and future research are examined.
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Med students learn empathy through improv 

Med students learn empathy through improv  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The second reason for simulated patients is to teach doctors to empathize and communicate with patients, Shannon said.

"If a health care provider is with a patient and they aren't in agreement, where can that relationship go?" she queried.

Drawing on her seven years of teaching theatre, she applies principals of improv to the exam room.

Improv puts a heavy emphasis on "yes, and."

"If we're in a scene together the only way we can elevate the scene and keep it going is by agreeing," Shannon said.

In theatre, that could look like following your scene partner's lead in a goofy improv exercise. In the exam room, "yes, and" involves listening to the patient and building and showing empathy with them. Empathy can be a gift, Shannon said.
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Empathy: Impact Through Storytelling Vol. 1 –

I recently gave a talk at SXSW entitled The Empathy Effect: Impact Through Storytelling to a packed house. In it I shared a successful method I’ve developed over many years of how to harness empathy to form deep emotional bonds with an audience and inspire them to take positive action. Since that is something many people aspire to do, ranging from advertisers to startup founders, nonprofits, tech creators, writers, filmmakers and anyone who cares about others and our world, I am sharing my talk in four blog posts in hopes that it can be helpful to others.

I’m an insatiable story hunter. I have been crafting them for over 30 years, primarily through film and video. I have discovered over the years there is nothing more fulfilling than telling stories which touch people profoundly and move them to positive action. This happens through empathy, and starts with the story-teller.
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Lead Beyond Empathy by Being Compassionate - Work in Progress - Education Week Teacher

Lead Beyond Empathy by Being Compassionate - Work in Progress - Education Week Teacher | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

As educators, we must strive to move beyond pure empathy, simply putting ourselves in the shoes of others, taking on their concerns to understand, toward compassion where we can understand, regardless of our relationship with the person, and seek to help them in the ways they need.

In this second year of my leadership role, I've made it a point to wake up a little earlier to make sure I take care of myself by exercising and trying to center myself before the day begins. While I ride the bike trainer, I often listen to podcasts and/or NPR to help the time pass. 

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Empathy is the cure to society's ills  

Empathy is the cure to society's ills

https://youtu.be/CebWOnlQo8M?t=4m21s

We could live in a world where empathy is the driving force and how we behave and relate to one another.

  • Babies crying
  • Attachment -  we are born to be empathic but it gets lost somewhere along the way.
  • Not sympathy
  • Martin Buber - I thou
  • See and be seen
  • Our world is crying out for empathy
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Digital transformation, with empathy - a change management view

Digital transformation, with empathy - a change management view | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Change management needs practical empathy
People often feel threatened by change or feel that technology will make their job less secure. As well as empathy, there must be a practical response to those fears too, advises Tyler:

I am lucky to be a very empathetic person, but when I sit down with somebody and they’re in tears because they’re afraid they’re going to lose their job because they can’t keep up, to me, that’s the risk factor of a change where you can say, ‘Okay, how do we address that? Is it training? Is communication, is it repositioning that resource?’
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Self-Compassion Could Be the Secret to Stopping Imposter Syndrome You've Been Looking For

Self-Compassion Could Be the Secret to Stopping Imposter Syndrome You've Been Looking For | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Self-compassion involves recalibrating your internal voice from one that might be nagging or critical to one that is forgiving and understanding. It is also a great reminder that everyone messes up at some point, and failure isn't the worst thing that can happen. Strengthening self-compassion can reduce the fear of failure and derail self-doubt.
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Rick Hanson: Being Well Podcast: Empathy  

Rick Hanson: Being Well Podcast: Empathy   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Last week we began the strength of Intimacy by exploring the balance of Intimacy and Autonomy – including how a strong sense of personal autonomy increases our ability to be emotionally intimate with others. When we’re strongly grounded in “me,” we’re more able to be empathic without getting flooded or overwhelmed.

Today we’re continuing our discussion of Intimacy by focusing on Empathy, which allows us to tune into and understand other people.

Empathy is a key social skill, and it’s absolutely necessary for intimacy. It helps us make sense of tone and nuance, read intentions correctly, recognize the hurt under anger, and see the being behind the other person’s eyes. Then we can communicate and interact more skillfully.

 

  • 0:30: Why do we need to be empathic in order to be intimate?
  • 1:50: Where does empathy come from biologically?
  • 5:15: Summary of the three ways we can show empathy.
  • 5:50: Is empathy a trait that can be developed?
  • 8:15: Sustaining your attention to other people.
  • 10:35: Letting yourself be truly affected by another person.  
  • 12:30: Empathic joining vs. problem solving.
  • 13:55: Having empathy for perspectives very different from your own.
  • 18:45: Ways to have empathy in the moment.
  • 20:00: Feeling felt.
  • 21:20: Using empathy responsibly.
  • 22:00: Empathic imagination.
  • 24:15: How to avoid playing the psychologist.
  • 26:00: Being aware of true intentions.
  • 27:40: Managing tone and using empathy to communicate.
  • 30:25: Finding me and we through empathy.
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Mindful Monday: Cultivating Empathy and Connectedness in Los

Mindful Monday: Cultivating Empathy and Connectedness in Los | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
We live in a culture of speed and screens, communicating with others mostly through technology. LACMA’s newest program, Mindful Monday: Cultivating Empathy and Connectedness, provides an opportunity for visitors to spend quality time with works of art to become more grounded, connected—both with themselves and with others—and to grow their capacity for empathy. Join educators Alicia Vogl Saenz and Elizabeth Gerber for a gallery experience that encourages careful looking, conversation, and reflection.
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Reading other minds: Effects of literature on empathy | John Benjamins

Reading other minds: Effects of literature on empathy | John Benjamins | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The potential of literature to increase empathy was investigated in an experiment. Participants (N = 100, 69 women) completed a package of questionnaires that measured lifelong exposure to fiction and nonfiction, personality traits, and affective and cognitive empathy.

 

They read either an essay or a short story that were equivalent in length and complexity, were tested again for cognitive and affective empathy, and were finally given a non-self-report measure of empathy. Participants who read a short story who were also low in Openness experienced significant increases in self-reported cognitive empathy (p .05).

 

No increases in affective empathy were found. Participants who were frequent fiction-readers had higher scores on the non-self-report measure of empathy. Our results suggest a role for fictional literature in facilitating development of empathy.

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Book - Educating for Empathy - National Writing Project

Book - Educating for Empathy - National Writing Project | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Educating for Empathy presents a compelling framework for thinking about the purpose and practice of literacy education in a

politically polarized world.

 

Mirra proposes a model of critical civic empathy that encourages secondary ELA teachers to consider how issues of power and inequity play out in the literacy classroom and how to envision literacy practices as a means of civic engagement.

 

The book reviews core elements of ELA instruction—response to literature, classroom discussion, research, and digital literacy—and demonstrates how these activities can be adapted to foster critical thinking and empathetic perspectives among students. Chapters depict teachers and students engaging in this transformative learning, offer concrete strategies for the classroom, and pose questions to guide school communities in collaborative reflection.

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Where Empathy in Psychotherapy Originated: C. Rogers, His Psychoanalytic Predecessors and Followers:  

Where Empathy in Psychotherapy Originated: C. Rogers, His Psychoanalytic Predecessors and Followers:   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
This article presents a historical-psychological analysis of how the concept of empathy appeared and became established in psychotherapy. It examines in detail the early psychoanalytic approaches of S. Ferenczi and O. Rank and their possible influence on C. Rogers’s laying the groundwork for the role of empathy

 

. For the first time in Russian psychology, the article illuminates certain aspects of the biographies of Rogers and H. Kohut as the founders of new schools in psychotherapy, of which empathy is the paramount feature.

 

Kohut’s self-psychology is analyzed from the standpoint of his postulation of the “threefold” status of empathy as a method of psychology, a tool of the analyst, and the subject of a universal requirement of development. It briefly considers the development of the views of Rogers and Kohut in the latest “experiential” schools in the person-centered approach and intersubjective psychoanalysis.

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A Conversation With Dave Eggers About Trump and the American Empathy Void –

A Conversation With Dave Eggers About Trump and the American Empathy Void – | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
It’s the same thing with teaching civics in that it’s just more urgent now, because like you said, the president is the least empathetic person in the country.

I should say that I actually didn’t know that about Trump. I didn’t take his candidacy seriously and I didn’t think he was qualified in many ways to be president, but I didn’t know that. Just having known him as a TV personality, I had no idea that he had that weird sociopathic lack of empathy which actually is pretty rare in the world, not to have any of that, not to have an empathetic bone or capillary or cell.

Good government policy has to be paired with empathy.
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Teach children empathy in a selfie world

Teach children empathy in a selfie world | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

By Marli Naidoo

All of us have taken selfies. It’s fun to, without the help of an outsider, be able to take pictures of you and your friends. Some children however take an endless amount of selfies, which they then place on social media, and wait for the “likes” to pour in.

 

The selfie craze is only one of the consequences of a modern tendency to be self-absorbed. In the past 18 years a total cultural shift has taken place to hyper-individualism. We focus increasingly on ourselves, and are inclined to be highly competitive. Empathic behaviour has declined by 40%, which points to a decrease in compassion as well as a sense of community.

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 Arguing Against Empathy 

President Obama, Marshal Rosenburg (founder of the center for non-violent communication), and Ron Paul are featured in this description of what empathy actually is.
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For the first time, a neural link between altruism and empathy toward strangers

For the first time, a neural link between altruism and empathy toward strangers | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Giving up a kidney to a stranger requires a certain sense of selflessness, what's come to be known in social science as extraordinary altruism. University of Pennsylvania psychologist Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz wanted to understand the connection between this trait and empathy, specifically empathy for distress emotions.
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  How the Businessolver Empathy Index Reveals Actionable Insights

  How the Businessolver Empathy Index Reveals Actionable Insights | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Over the last three years, we have watched as data has confirmed that empathy in the workplace is more important than ever.

 

 Over the last three years, we have watched as data has confirmed that empathy in the workplace is more important than ever. Our annual State of Workplace Empathy Study shows that increasing numbers of employees think empathy is important for organizations to demonstrate. In 2018, that figure was 96 percent, the highest on record for the survey. And it’s not just employees who think empathy matters; 87 percent of CEOs said that financial performance is tied to empathy.

 

 

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