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5 Ways to Teach Empathy for Children of All Ages  

5 Ways to Teach Empathy for Children of All Ages   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

So how do we teach students to master a skill that’s rooted in emotion instead of fact?

Visual stimulation really helps students—anything where they can see, hear and experience what’s happening with other people. It helps drive home themes that are connected to social and emotional learning, including diversity, respect and social intelligence.

At Milton Hershey School, our pre-K to 12th grade students are learning how to be empathetic in and out of the classroom through creative activities that teach them to manage emotional and social situations. Take a look at five ways to instill empathy in students of all grade levels.

  • 1. Colored paper exercise...
  • 2. Movie clips...
  • 3. Role play exercise...
  • 4. Kindness campaign..
  • 5. Positive messages..

 

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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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Four Strategies for Introducing Empathy in the Classroom

Four Strategies for Introducing Empathy in the Classroom | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Read About the World
In the classroom, reading has long been a powerful way to help students see situations from different perspectives. Read aloud sessions, such as “Those Shoes,” help students understand topics such as empathy, but teachers don’t always have to only turn to fictional stories for these lessons. News articles and other nonfiction about current events are also a great tool. They help create opportunities for students to understand what is going on in the world and for them to consider how they would feel in situations facing students in other places.

“We discuss nonfiction articles that are about the lives and circumstances of people from around the world,” says middle school Language Arts teacher Kayla Hanson. “Then we talk about how it would feel to go through what those in the article went through. We talk about things that could make their situation easier and how we would treat those people.”
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Welcoming Conservatives

Welcoming Conservatives | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
To grow empathy toward those with different worldviews, moral psychologists tell us, we need to have positive interactions with “the other” (which is referred to as “contact hypothesis”) and emphasize shared “superordinate” goals.

 

Our decade of pushing the civility rock up this steep hill supports their science – it’s almost a secret decoder ring because it shifts entrenched negative attitudes reliably and quickly. Strangely enough, softening hatred turns out to have been the easy part of this big job. The hard part is getting people who disagree on politics to occupy the same space so that the magic can work.

For those of us inspired to the work of building bridges, this first step of getting people with diverse views in a room together has proven a frequently experienced circular challenge – we don’t like each other because we don’t spend time together and we don’t spend time together because we don’t like each other.

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Empathy Friday #3 : Sunset/Sunrise, Georgia Tech and, Sandra Peterson.

Empathy Friday #3 : Sunset/Sunrise, Georgia Tech and, Sandra Peterson. | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Pictures of Empathy:
Dr. Kristin Moody from Evolve Network and Empathy Lab co-taught a class at Georgia Tech titled, “Empathy Fuels Innovation”. It was an insightful combination of  empathy in product innovation and empathy in neurobiology and team building. I will be producing a dedicated blog post about that class very soon, so be on the look out. If you would like Dr. Kristin and I to come and talk to your students, please let us know, we are more than happy to make them uncomfortable.
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Super Empaths Are Real, Says Study  

Super Empaths Are Real, Says Study   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
New research has suggested that 1 to 2 percent of the population struggle to differentiate between their own bodily feelings and other people's.
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Former Neo-Nazis use empathy to deradicalize extremists —

Former Neo-Nazis use empathy to deradicalize extremists — | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Shannon Martinez used to be a neo-Nazi, but now she manages a non-profit that helps people disengage from extremism. 

 

How did you get out?

When I was 20, I had been living with other neo-Nazis; it was a physical echo chamber. But then I moved in with the mom of a guy I was going out with. She took me in, and her willingness to extend compassion and empathy towards me when I did not feel deserving of it began to create this space around me, and it was what I needed to shift.

 

When you’re immersed [in an extremist group], you never think of the future; there’s only today. But she tangibly connected me with resources to move my life ahead. She asked me, Do you wanna go to college? And then she helped me figure out how to take my SATs, and how to apply and get in. That was at the height of my violent activities in the movement. The timing was very fortuitous for me; I would’ve ended up dead or in jail soon after that, I’m sure.

 

Not everyone has the expertise or background to take on the kind of work you do, but is there anything an average person can do to confront radicalism?

This might sound sort of fluffy, but: really develop compassion and empathy, particularly for viewpoints you might find abhorrent. Try to cultivate a practice of listening to the story behind people’s stories, and invite opening questions: Why do you feel that way? What are the fears behind that [belief]?

 

By Jane C. HuNovember 9, 2018

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Why empathy is a must-have skill

Why empathy is a must-have skill | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is a tough skill to develop and maintain, particularly in a busy, sometimes stressful workplace setting. But it's a crucial attribute for ensuring colleagues work well together. Below are three development areas that can help employees to boost their interpersonal skills.


Developing skills that are uniquely ‘human’ – such as active listening, caring and nurturing – are key for the world of the future. These attributes cannot be outsourced or automated and are still going to be important in whatever job you have.

 

There are many facets to empathy and in this article I’m going to focus on just three areas that can help us.

1. Listening skills...

2. The role of mindfulness...

3. The role of self-care..

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Empathy Rising Tickets, Tue, Jan 29, 2019 

Empathy Rising Tickets, Tue, Jan 29, 2019  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Shannon Weber, Serial Social Entrepreneur; Founder, LoveYou2.org; Director, HIVEonline.org, Founder, PleasePrEPMe.org and PleasePrEPMe.global; Coordinator, GettingtoZeroSF.org

Perhaps you’ve had experiences at work or your community where, while helping someone in crisis, you found yourself overextended. Or maybe you’ve seen an opportunity to help someone in the past and held back because it felt to risky or dangerous
  • . How do you typically engage in relationships?
  • How does your engagement shift when you are in a professional role?
  • How does a challenging situation or crisis impact how you engage?

 

Sustaining empathy requires attention. Awareness of how you engage in challenging times can become your superpower. Come learn the empathy rising framework for showing up in challenging situations and leave with tips for sustaining yourself while on empathy adventures.

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Investing For The Long-Term With Closed-End Funds

Investing For The Long-Term With Closed-End Funds | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
How to infuse more empathy in your marketing

According to a New York Times report, empathy is a choice. The authors argued that we choose whether or not to extend ourselves to others or to consider things from their point of view. But unfortunately, data shows that empathy isn’t often extended to people who have different cultural backgrounds as you.

Empathy drives so many of our choices, particularly in marketing. Empathy informs design decisions, your photography, product features, line extensions, SKUs, and services offered. Empathy plays a role in every aspect of your customer experience.
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The Empathetic Police Academy – Upstanders –

She urged recruits to be more empathetic to those with whom they interacted. “When somebody has their car stolen and they call the police, I think most people don’t really expect that we’re gonna get their car back,” she told one class at the academy. “But what they expect is for you to act like you care. You have to say, ‘Man, I’m really sorry your car got stolen.’ If you just show that much compassion, I guarantee that person is going to have a good impression of you, your agency, and the profession.”

The same applies to suspects, she insisted. “If you treat other people simply as human beings, you’ll be surprised at how effective that can be.”

Several of the academy’s long-serving trainers and administrators didn’t see things her way. Some growled in protest. Others quit.

As word of her changes filtered to departments across the state, which rely on the academy to train their new hires, she received a stinging letter from the head of the Washington State chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. “I hope your empathy doesn’t become sympathy for their families,” wrote Jack Simington, a detective sergeant with the Kennewick Police Department, who was concerned that she was asking officers to compromise their own safety.
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Politics in the Classroom: Teach Empathy in Turbulent Times

Politics in the Classroom: Teach Empathy in Turbulent Times | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Below are a few practices that work for teaching empathy and a great place to start:

Define classroom norms/values: Ask students to collaboratively create a list of norms and values that represent how all students want to be treated. Revisit these throughout the year to ensure the norms and values defined are reflected in the classroom culture. 


Teach problem-solving: Define and explore complex problems by utilizing a process that includes prioritizing alternatives, using multiple perspectives, designing an intervention or solution, and evaluating the outcome. Taking the perspective of others and realizing there is more than one solution or way of thinking is key to fostering empathy.    


Create change-makers: Encourage students to help others, serve in meaningful ways, and simply have a giving heart. Moving beyond oneself to participate in service projects or empowering students to tackle problems facing their local community can have a lifelong benefit.

 

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Active Listening: The Key to Communicating with Others 

Active Listening: The Key to Communicating with Others  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Active listening is a skill that can be acquired and developed through practice. However, it can be difficult to master, because you have to be patient and take time to develop it properly.

Active listening refers, as its name suggests, to listening actively and with full awareness. Therefore, active listening is not to hear the other person, but to be totally focused on the message that the other individual is trying to communicate.

Active listening: listening and understanding communication from the speaker’s point of view'


Although it may seem that listening actively is an easy task, this type of listening requires an effort of our cognitive and empathic abilities. Knowing how to listen is very important in communication, and although it may not seem like it, on many occasions we spend a lot of time waiting for what we think and what we say instead of actively listening to the other.

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Empathy will save humanity: Anita Nowak at TEDxUWCT 

New technologies like AI and VR are set to unleash astonishing opportunities and unbridled risks. They will also propel us to reconsider how society is organized and what it means to be human. That's why empathy has never been more important. In this thought-provoking and heartfelt talk, Anita Nowak explains how humanity’s survival depends on the transformational potential of empathy and global empathic consciousness.

 

Anita Nowak, PhD is an award-winning educator at McGill University, a sought-after speaker internationally and author of The Empaths Strike Back (forthcoming). Certified as a personal and professional coach, she mentors social entrepreneurs, advises social purpose organizations and helps high net worth individuals and their families create social impact through systems-thinking philanthropy.

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Largest ever study of psychological sex differences and autistic traits

Largest ever study of psychological sex differences and autistic traits | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge who proposed these two theories nearly two decades ago, said: "This research provides strong support for both theories. This study also pinpoints some of the qualities autistic people bring to neurodiversity. They are, on average, strong systemizers, meaning they have excellent pattern-recognition skills, excellent attention to detail, and an aptitude in understanding how things work. We must support their talents so they achieve their potential—and society benefits too."

Explore further: Study finds that genes play a role in empathy

More information: David M. Greenberg el al., "Testing the Empathizing–Systemizing theory of sex differences and the Extreme Male Brain theory of autism in half a million people," PNAS (2018).

www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1811032115

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5th Annual NVC Telethon

5th Annual NVC Telethon | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Every year we put our heads together to come up with creative (and hopefully inspirational!) themes for this fun annual event. In years past we've explored mutual sustainability, expanded our scholarship fund, celebrated the NVC Academy's 10th Birthday, and focused on growing the NVC Multimedia Library in ways that will enable it to more effectively meet the needs of our flourishing NVC Community.

This year's theme? Get the Word Out!
When you partner with us this year, you'll be actively helping us "Get the Word Out!" about NVC, ensuring that:

 

  • The practice of Nonviolent Communication continues to move into the mainstream — shared inside as well as outside our community —by making and strengthening connections with other worldwide peace-based organizations, even those who think differently than we do;
  • NVC remains relevant and in touch with the needs of all humanity by increasing the diversity in our community and our courses;
  • Enthusiasts can connect with trainers from a wide variety of cultures and lifestyles — no matter where they live;
    Discounts and full scholarships continue to be offered to folks who might otherwise be unable to attend NVC-related programs;
  • The vital living partnership that's the foundation of the NVC Academy and its team is carried forward and sustained.

 

 

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What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion

What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Mounting evidence of the impact of contemplative practices like meditation (which we now know can, quite literally, rewire the brain) are finally bringing modern science up to speed with ancient wisdom.

Mindfulness and compassion -- the practices of cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment, and extending a loving awareness to others -- are part of every religion and wisdom tradition, and we're at last beginning to understand the profound impact that they have on the brain, says psychiatrist and mindfulness expert Dr. Dan Siegel.
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Empathy: A Review of the Concept - Benjamin M.P. Cuff, Sarah J. Brown, Laura Taylor, Douglas J. Howat, 2016

The inconsistent definition of empathy has had a negative impact on both research and practice. The aim of this article is to review and critically appraise a range of definitions of empathy and, through considered analysis, to develop a new conceptualisation.

 

From the examination of 43 discrete definitions, 8 themes relating to the nature of empathy emerged:

  1. “distinguishing empathy from other concepts”
  2. ; “cognitive or affective?”;
  3. “congruent or incongruent?”;
  4. “subject to other stimuli?”;
  5. “self/other distinction or merging?”;
  6. “trait or state influences?”;
  7. “has a behavioural outcome?”; and “automatic or controlled?”

 

The relevance and validity of each theme is assessed and a new conceptualisation of empathy is offered. The benefits of employing a more consistent and complete definition of empathy are discussed.

 

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Riverland Students Teach Fifth-Graders About Empathy  

Riverland Students Teach Fifth-Graders About Empathy   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Every other Thursday during lunch, fifth-graders at IJ Holton Intermediate School tackle a new subject focused on empathy.

The Empathy Project was developed by Riverland Community College Students.

Every session, the college students break down the building blocks of empathy into topics like conflict management and perspective taking, but in a way that fifth-graders can understand.
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Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says empathy is "essential" for leadership - 

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says empathy is "essential" for leadership -  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says empathy is a "central leadership quality," especially when you look at past American presidents. "What it means is being able to understand another person's point of view, to actually feel their circumstances," Goodwin said Friday on "CBS This Morning." "Several of my guys had it from birth."

By "my guys" she means the various presidents who figure in her latest book, "Leadership: In Turbulent Times," published by Simon and Schuster (a division of CBS). The presidents include Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson – all of whom made efforts to unite the country in tough times.

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Educational conference February 15-17, 2019: Educating with Empathy

Educational conference February 15-17, 2019: Educating with Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The importance of empathy in the classroom and student development has become more recognized in recent years.

 

However, researchers at Indiana University have found that empathy in American college students has been in decline over the past few decades, with the biggest declines corresponding to the rise in social media, narcissism, bullying, and social isolation.

 

Fortunately, researchers in the cognitive and social sciences are findings ways to reduce conflict, bullying, and bad behavior, as well as ways to train positive emotions (such as empathy, compassion, self-compassion, kindness, gratitude, cooperation, hope, and altruism) in children.

 

Join us in San Francisco this February to explore the “Science of Human Goodness” and how empathy, compassion, and kindness are hardwired in the brain and are essential for human survival. Learn how to cultivate empathy and compassion in your students; discover how to reduce bullying and suspensions; and examine new ways to strengthen compassion, cooperation, collaboration, and achievement in children and teens.

 

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Social Empathy - The Art of Understanding Others

Our ability to understand others and help others understand us is essential to our individual and collective well-being. Yet there are many barriers that keep us from walking in the shoes of others: fear, skepticism, and power structures that separate us from those outside our narrow groups. To progress in a multicultural world and ensure our common good, we need to overcome these obstacles. Our best hope can be found in the skill of empathy.

In Social Empathy, Elizabeth A. Segal explains how we can develop our ability to understand one another and have compassion toward different social groups. When we are socially empathic, we not only imagine what it is like to be another person, but we consider their social, economic, and political circumstances and what shaped them. 

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Healing the self and the world through empathy - Livemint

Healing the self and the world through empathy - Livemint | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
When we transform shame to vulnerability, it will lead to the birth of empathy,” Liv Larsson said on the first day of the six-day workshop on non-violent communication and mediation training she was conducting in Pune earlier this year.

In my workshop notebook, I have made a box around this sentence to make it stand out from the rest of my notes. It seemed like I had found the key to a door that had been locked for a while.

“We are born with a vulnerability that is a gift,” Larsson continued. “The seed of empathy is in all of us as infants. When we are put down or judged for expressing our needs, shame and guilt take root. Our culture shames us for being vulnerable. We feel diminished.
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Tarana Burke - Empowering Survivors Through Empathy with "Me Too" 

Tarana Burke discusses the evolution of the "Me Too" movement, which she founded in 2006.
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Empathic Response in Clinical Practice: Antecedents and Consequences 

Empathic Response in Clinical Practice: Antecedents and Consequences  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
This chapter discusses the correlation between empathic response and therapeutic outcome, along with the therapeutic alliance factors between the patient and the practitioner. The drawbacks for practitioners imparting regular empathic responses include depression and despair, and it is therefore important for them to keep their emotions in check.

 

The chapter discusses residual compassion fatigue, which is a state where the practitioner takes the position of the patient, hence becoming vulnerable to emotional stress. Methods including limiting exposure to the patients’ traumas through distractions and exercising self-regulation by controlling one’s emotions are discussed for practitioners to keep themselves distant from their work pressure.

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Disarmed by Empathy”: What Role Can Empathy Play in the Aftermath of Violence? | University of Strathclyde

Monday 12th November 2018, 6-7.45pm, Strathclyde University

Chair / Discussant: Tim Chapman, Chair of the European Forum for Restorative Justice

Jo Berry, Building Bridges for Peace
Laurel Farrington, Mediator  

Does empathy have a place when faced with terrible acts and grievous wrongs? 
What are its limitations?
How does empathy operate in everyday conflict?

 

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So You Think You’re a Good Listener? What Active Listening Entails

So You Think You’re a Good Listener? What Active Listening Entails | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

What Style of Listener Are You?

We all focus on different aspects of a conversation, and these generalized areas of focus are categorized into four distinct listening “styles” people tend to exhibit. Try and figure out which one most fits you, keeping in mind our styles can vary depending on context.

Content-oriented: When listening, you’re more concerned with the content of what’s being said than who’s saying it or how they feel. You may nitpick facts and figures or interrupt to question the speaker’s logic in seeking to understand or evaluate the worth of their argument. You think analytically but may often disregard ideas if they’re not neatly presented.

Action-oriented: When listening, you’re most concerned with what actions will be taken to address the subject at hand. You seek clear answers but may come off as controlling in your haste to prescribe concrete solutions to others’ problems.

Time-oriented: When listening, you’re most concerned with how long the other person is taking to speak. You probably like to compartmentalize your schedule to manage time as best as possible, and so become restless when someone exceeds the time you’ve allocated for hearing them out. You may try to escape the conversation by talking about how busy you are or try to offer quick fixes for others’ problems.

People-oriented:

 

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