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Watching Nature Documentaries Just As Good As Meditation For Wellbeing

Watching Nature Documentaries Just As Good As Meditation For Wellbeing | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The scientists said meditation made participants feel “moderately more compassionate or empathic” than usual. But, much to our delight, they discovered watching nature videos could have the same impact. Looking at this adorable clip of David Attenborough befriending a baby rhino, we’re hardly surprised.


The study found people who meditated were more likely to report increased feelings of compassion or empathy compared to a “passive” control group of participants who were not given any tasks. However, the researchers did not see significant changes in compassion or empathy when meditators were compared to an “active” control group, who had been shown nature videos. They concluded certain activities, such as watching nature shows, “might produce similar outcomes to meditation”.  
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Brenda Robinson's curator insight, May 14, 2015 2:52 AM

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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Why empathy is critical for good design

Why empathy is critical for good design | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Should toilets in refugee camps have built-in lights? That might seem like a no-brainer – it certainly did to us when we were faced with this question. As it turns out, that’s a terrible idea.

This is an example that illustrates why we need to take the time to understand and build empathy for the people we’re designing for. Otherwise, we risk doing more harm than good.
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 Wendy Calhoun: Creating a world of empathy 

In a powerful talk, writer-producer Wendy Calhoun inspires a worldview of inclusion, compelling each one of us to use the yardstick of empathy both for ourselves and others. She demonstrates the same through her on-screen characters, created to underline diversity and gender equality.
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The Empathy Experiment: A new spoken word project by Rose Condo

The Empathy Experiment: A new spoken word project by Rose Condo | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Is empathy facing extinction? 

Are mobile phones to blame? 

 

Multiple slam winning spoken word poet Rose Condo returns with a brand new show.

 

Embarking on a Day Of No Mobile Phones, Rose explores tech addiction and compassion using herself as the test subject…

 

With funding from Arts Council England , Rose is developing The Empathy Experiment in collaboration with artists

  • Dominic Berry,
  • Kirsten Luckins,
  • Victoria Firth,
  • Kate Morton and
  • Eleonora Rosca,

 

and with support from the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Square

Chapel Arts Centre, the Brewery Arts Centre, and Harrogate Theatre.

e part in this anonymous online survey, please click here. 

 

 

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It's Not Just About Empathy (with Daniel Ravner)

Daniel Ravner (founder of The Perspective) explains that the work of depolarization is not just about empathy. It's about showing people that they do not need to be afraid of each other.
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The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World: Jamil Zaki 

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World: Jamil Zaki  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

A Stanford psychologist offers a bold new understanding of empathy, and shows how we can expand our circle of care, even in these divisive times
 
Empathy is in short supply. Isolation and tribalism are rampant. We struggle to understand people who aren’t like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States is suffering from an “empathy deficit.” Since then, things only seem to have gotten worse.   
 
It doesn’t have to be this way. In this groundbreaking book, Jamil Zaki argues that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re born with or not—but rather a skill that we can all strengthen through effort. 
 

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Radio 4 - The Life Scientific, Frans de Waal on chimpanzees

Radio 4 - The Life Scientific, Frans de Waal on chimpanzees | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
We share 99% of our DNA with the chimpanzee and the bonobo. And yet we're often surprised to learn that apes, like us, can be both kind and clever. Behavioural biologist and best-selling author, Frans de Waal has spent many years observing our closest living animal relatives. He pioneered studies of kindness and peace-making in primates, when other scientists were focussing on violence, greed and aggression.

 

Empathy, he argues, has a long evolutionary history; and he is determined to undermine our arrogant assumptions of human superiority. Frans talks to Jim Al-Khalili about growing up on the Dutch polders, chimpanzee politics, and the extraordinary sex lives of the bonobos.

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This filmmaker sat down neo-Nazis and jihadists. Here’s what she learned.

This filmmaker sat down neo-Nazis and jihadists. Here’s what she learned. | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Absolutely, and I’m grateful that you’re doing this work. I do, however, think it’s important to restate that empathy has its limits, and there are many, many people in these movements who cannot be reached and have to be confronted and, frankly, defeated.

Deeyah Khan
I agree 100 percent. There were several moments in which I discovered the limits of empathy and was genuinely concerned about my own safety. I remember traveling to a white supremacist training camp somewhere in Tennessee and there were two or three ex-military guys following me around and telling me right to my face, “I’m going to put a fucking bullet through your camera. I’m going to put a fucking bullet through your head if you turn that camera toward me.”
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How to Close the Empathy Gap | For Parents | US News

How to Close the Empathy Gap | For Parents | US News | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
WHEN I WORKED AS A school-based therapist, meeting with small groups of kids –often girls – was a regular occurrence. The great benefit of having therapists on campus was that kids didn’t have to sit with uncomfortable emotions throughout the day. They could, and did, seek help when needed.

On one particular day, three middle school girls collapsed on my couch and began to vent their frustrations about a peer. The peer in question had a tendency to both seek attention from the group at all times and interrupt frequently should the attention of the group shift away from her. They were tired of it, and they wanted me to help them figure out a way to talk to their peer about these issues without her “falling apar
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Jacqueline Acho- Author of ‘Empathy Deficit Disorder’ Breaks Down the Ways Emotional & Physical Toxicity Can Affect Your Health & Well-Being 

Jacqueline Acho- Author of ‘Empathy Deficit Disorder’ Breaks Down the Ways Emotional & Physical Toxicity Can Affect Your Health & Well-Being  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Jacqueline Acho- Author of ‘Empathy Deficit Disorder’
Breaks Down the Ways Emotional & Physical Toxicity Can Affect Your Health & Well-Being
Healing from our mix-ups about work, home, and sex.
Author: LIVE On Lakeside

Do you feel like the news is always discouraging you? Or that our country is divided in many ways and the emotional and physical toxicity of all of this may be affecting your health & well-being? The good news is, there are words for what is happening. You are suffering from Empathy Deficit Disorder. Hollie & Alexa were joined by the Co-Author of “Empathy Deficit Disorder” and President of The Acho Group, Jacqueline Acho, to learn more about EDD.

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EmpathyCircle.com - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles

EmpathyCircle.com - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process.  The process supports meaningful and constructive dialogue. The basic process can be fairly easily learned in about 15 minutes.  It increases mutual understanding and connection by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction.   

 

STEPS TO TAKE PART...

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Empathy Initiative in Healthcare

Empathy Initiative in Healthcare | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

 The Empathy Initiative is a group of like-minded academics and practitioners with a strong belief in the power and potential of empathy to change lives and improve the quality of care provided to patients/clients/residents.

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How empathy can help you create a better work culture

How empathy can help you create a better work culture | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is one of those things that can help in any part of life whether it’s your family, friends, that special person and even also at work. Understanding what empathy is and how it effects people…

What good will empathy do?

There are so many benefits of having empathy, so I’ll just state a few. The end result of it is

  • a happy team
  • a well groomed end-product
  • good work culture.


So, 
like many other problems we face as software engineers, we tend to solve problems by devising an algorithm. Here is “pseudo code” for empathy.

 

  • 1- better understanding of your colleagues: If you understand them better., you can help them better.
  • 2- The unsaid things: Your team might not share everything with you. Based on their body-language, tone, voice, you will have a better idea of their situation.
  • 3- Resolving conflicts: When you understand the unsaid things, you can address them and make your team members feel heard. This is the first step of resolving a conflict.
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 Ginger Porcella: Art Builds Empathy 

In our surreal world full of war, famine and disease, and increasingly blurred lines between fact and fiction, we need art to build empathy.

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World Economic Forum: Inspirational quotes from previous Davos summits: Lead with empathy

World Economic Forum: Inspirational quotes from previous Davos summits: Lead with empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

"Lead with empathy: It's a quality that we undervalue as a society, but often one of the biggest challenges in regards to crisis or conflict is that we rarely understand the existence or the experience in another (person's) shoes.

 

Often, times are so busy, that we don't take a moment to step back and see how it affects those with less privilege or power than we do. So, I'd ask (world leaders) to lead with empathy."

— Sinead Burke, academic, writer, and advocate for disability and design said in 2018, during a conversation on fostering inclusivity and what leaders should adopt.

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Using Virtual Reality to Teach Empathy by Liz Brazile 

Using Virtual Reality to Teach Empathy by Liz Brazile  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
“An Empathy Bridge for Autism” is a toolkit that includes three virtual sensory components, including peculiarly shaped lollipops that make it hard to speak clearly, headphones that produce loud, distorted sounds, and a headset that, when used in tandem with a smartphone application, simulates the experience of having double vision. In similar fashion, designer Di Peng created a virtual reality headset in 2016 that imitates the sensory changes experienced by people living with dementia.

Virtual reality activities may help cultivate empathy in people by creating the perceptual illusion of “embodiment,” or the feeling that a user is in the body of a virtual avatar, according to a 2018 article published in the journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI. Moreover, researchers have found evidence that such may drive users to exhibit psychological responses comparable to tho

 

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Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles

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Active Listening: What Is It & How To Master It

Active Listening: What Is It & How To Master It | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

INTRODUCTION – WHAT IS ACTIVE LISTENING? A DEFINITION

Active listening is a style of listening where the listener is fully concentrated on the speaker. They focus on fully understanding the message before evaluating and responding to it.

Good listening is a key part of successful negotiation, influence, and conflict resolution.

Note: there is no single definition of active listening.

ACTIVE LISTENING VERSUS PASSIVE LISTENING: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Passive listening really only has one step – hearing.

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How to Raise an Empathetic Kid, but Not a Conflict-Averse Wimp

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How to Raise an Empathetic Kid, but Not a Conflict-Averse Wimp
Raising an empathetic and kind kid is a beautiful thing, but it's also important to prepare kids for the real world.
By Lizzy Francis Jan 13 2019, 10:44 AM
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What I Learned from Teaching my Daughter About Empathy

What I Learned from Teaching my Daughter About Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

So what can we parents/caregivers and educators of young children do to model and teach empathy? Here are a few ideas!

  • Use your relationship with your child to teach them how to treat others and how they should expect to be treated by others
  • Talk about feelings – yours, your child’s, and others’
  • Help your child learn how to connect with others
  • Help your child make amends – not just say “I’m sorry”
  • Model empathy throughout the day

 

 

Additional Resources

How to Help Your Child Develop Empathy

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/5-how-to-help-your-child-develop-empathy

 

How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children

http://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/files/gse-mcc/files/empathy.pdf

 

References

  1. Taylor, Z. E., Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., Eggum, N. D., & Sulik, M. J. (2013). The relations of ego-resiliency and emotion socialization to the development of empathy and prosocial behavior across early childhood.Emotion13(5), 822.
  1. Bonner, T. D., & Aspy, D. N. (1984). A study of the relationship between student empathy and GPA. The Journal of Humanistic Education and Development22(4), 149-154.
  1. Murphy, T. P., & Laible, D. J. (2013). The influence of attachment security on preschool children’s empathic concern. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 0165025413487502.
  1. Panfile, T. M., & Laible, D. J. (2012). Attachment security and child’s empathy: The mediating role of emotion regulation. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly,58(1), 1-21.
  1. Brownell, C. A., Svetlova, M., Anderson, R., Nichols, S. R., & Drummond, J. (2013). Socialization of early prosocial behavior: Parents’ talk about emotions is associated with sharing and helping in toddlers. Infancy18(1), 91-119.
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How To Teach Kids Empathy and Toughness at the Same Time

How To Teach Kids Empathy and Toughness at the Same Time | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Raising empathetic kids is actually pretty easy, but it requires being thoughtful about others, modeling important behaviors, and being patient with your kid.

 

Empathy is an important trait for parents to nurture in their kids. Empathetic children, kids who naturally have the ability to understand and even share in the feelings of others, tend to build healthy relationships throughout all stages of life. Fortunately, this trait arrives early and naturally.

 

Recent research done by Alison Gopnik, a renowned child psychiatrist, shows that empathy can even be observed in babies, who pat other babies when they cry. Still, parents can’t just let well enough alone. They need to encourage their children to think about the feelings of others while also considering their own needs and desires. 

 

Why Empathy Matters
Empathy is key to understanding the world. It helps us connect with others and build relationships with everyone and everything.

 

 

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The History of Empathy 

The History of Empathy  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy: you probably have an intuitive sense of what it is, but can you define it? The word itself is about a century old, and the meaning has actually been in almost continual flux. 

Listen Listening...16:02 Susan Lanzoni
On top of that, there’s debate about whether empathy is a good and useful feeling that can help us move toward a kinder and more just world, or whether it’s actually counterproductive.  

The word was first used in German as “einfühlung” or in-feeling around the turn of the last century. It was used in the context of aesthetics, an area of philosophy.  

“It was about ‘feeling into’ things, like forms and shapes and art objects,” said Susan Lanzoni, a science and medicine historian based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and author of Empathy: A History.
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Center for Empathy and Visual Arts Minneapolis Institute of Art Karleen Gardner

Center for Empathy and Visual Arts  Minneapolis Institute of Art Karleen Gardner | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Mia envisions taking a leading role in collaborating with museum colleagues as well as researchers, scholars, content experts, and other influencers to research and explore practices for fostering empathy and global awareness through the power of art and to share these findings with the field.

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Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles (2019-01-19)

Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles (2019-01-19) | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Every Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM PST
Everyone (left, center, right, etc) is invited to this free online Empathy Circle

An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process. The process increases mutual understanding and connection by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction.

 

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The Neuroscience of Empathy, Compassion, and Self-Compassion.

The Neuroscience of Empathy, Compassion, and Self-Compassion. | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Chad Woodruff is a Cognitive Neuroscientist who uses neuroimaging techniques  to investigate social and cognitive processes. Chad has had extensive experience as a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, and an assistant professor with neuroimaging and has mentored undergraduate students in the use of these techniques for 10 years.
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