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Empathy: Caring for Others Is Good for You

Empathy: Caring for Others Is Good for You | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy has complex neurological underpinnings that control the way our brains help us to care about other people


Humans have “mirror neurons” that react to others’ emotions and reproduce them; a deficit in mirror neuron receptors has been suggested as an explanation for narcissism and neurotic behaviors


Practicing empathy may help you relieve stress, strengthen your relationships and have a more satisfying work life

 

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Study Shows Vegans Are More Empathetic, Neurologically Speaking

Study Shows Vegans Are More Empathetic, Neurologically Speaking | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
According to a new study by European researchers, meat-eaters have less empathy—for both animals and people—than vegetarians and vegans do. The researchers recruited 60 volunteers—20 meat-eaters, 21 vegans, and 19 vegetarians—and placed them into an MRI machine while showing them a series of random pictures.

 

The MRI scans revealed that, when observing animal or human suffering, the “empathy-related” areas of the brain are more active among vegetarians and vegans. The researchers even found that there are certain brain areas that only vegans and vegetarians seem to activate when witnessing suffering—animal or human. The vegetarians and vegans also scored significantly higher on an empathy quotient questionnaire than the meat-eaters did.

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Active Listening Skills | Questioning Techniques

Active Listening Skills | Questioning Techniques | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
What are active listening skills?
Active listening skills are difficult to develop.

Active listening is not about hearing what people say. It is about genuinely listening to the discussion by asking questions to get a greater understanding.

To listen, understand, question, respond, and remember what is said, is to be using active listening skills.

Distractions, either things going on around you or things going on in your head, will get in the way of using active listening skills.

People who use phrases such as “I hear what you say” are not using active listening skills, they are not listening to you but just waiting for an opportunity to say what they are thinking as, to them, it is more important than what you are saying.
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Why Teaching Your Child Empathy Is Important

Why Teaching Your Child Empathy Is Important | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Here are some benefits of encouraging your children to be more empathetic beings:

 

  • 1) Positive mental health. People that have strong empathy towards others exhibit higher levels of overall happiness...
  •  2) Better relationships. In people of all ages, empathy is linked with the formation of strong and healthy relationships. ...
  • 3) Academic and career success. Students with high empathy for others also perform better in school....
  • 4) Discourages emotional problems. Children with empathy are unlikely to participate in bullying or risky behaviors, especially those at another person's expense.
  •  5) Strengthens connection to the world. Empathy .....encourages children to feel a stronger connection to others, especially those in need. ...
  • 6) Enhanced communication skills. Being able to communicate effectively with others is a requirement of succes..
  • 7) Encourages tolerance and acceptance. In today's world, kids are exposed to a lot through media and technology...
  • 8) Gratefulness. Empathy reminds us to be thankful for the important things in life, and that we are fortunate for the people and places we treasure...

 

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Free Online Course on Empathy and Emotional Intelligence at Work – 2019 Scholarship Positions Blog

University of California, Berkeley is delighted to announce a Free Online Course on Empathy and Emotional Intelligence at Work. This course delves into the social and emotional skills that sustain positive relationships at work.

In this course, you will find out research-based skills to strengthen empathy. The course also gives explanations about the psychological and neuroscientific roots of supportive, compassionate behaviors. This course will start on January 7, 2019.
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Building Empathy Networks

Building Empathy Networks | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Recognizing we would be most effective working together, the Seattle Aquarium, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, and Woodland Park Zoo launched Measuring Empathy: the Collaborative Assessment Project (MECAP). This grant-funded partnership aimed to create a collective understanding of the best practices for building and measuring empathy at zoos and aquariums. Over the two-year project, we set out to answer some of our most pressing questions:  

What is empathy in the context of zoos and aquariums, and how does it differ from other emotional connections with nature?
How can we make empathy-related work more specific, intentional and effective, both within and across our institutions?
How do we know that we’re being successful in building empathy towards wildlife among our visitors?
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Empathy-building ideas for your classroom

Empathy-building ideas for your classroom | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Recognize types of empathy

Psychologists recognize two kinds of empathy, affective and cognitive.

Shared emotional response:
Laughter, tears, and high-fives are forms of empathetic shared response. When one person experiences an emotion and elicits a response to that emotion, and another person mimics the same shared response, they have exhibited affective empathy. The experience is often visceral and spontaneou
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Perspective taking: Cognitive empathy takes place when a person can imagine what it’s like to be in the shoes of another person. When someone else laughs, cries, or celebrates, an empathetic person who takes their perspective understands why the other person is experiencing those emotions.
Here’s how to develop empathy in your students:

 

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Developing Empathy through Service-Learning

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In contrast, I was hoping that through this experience at Washington, my students would develop something more critical to their future, and the future of the children in their classrooms: empathy.

 

To develop empathy, however, my students would need to learn to listen carefully and with respect to the experiences of people who are different from them. I knew that developing empathy would be much more challenging than simple sympathy.

 

Nadine Dolby is Professor of Education at Purdue University. 

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EFT Empathy Training Description

EFT Empathy Training Description | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

EFT Empathy Training Description:
Saturday to Sunday, Feb. 23-24, 2019– 9am to 4:30pm – up to 12 CE unit Hours available for Psychologists, Social Workers, LPCs, and Marriage and Family Therapists.​

Therapist empathy is an essential but complex aspect of the practice of counselling and psychotherapy and one of the best-evidenced and most consistent therapeutic change processes.

 

This two-day training on Advanced Empathic Attunement goes beyond content empathy and basic empathic understanding responses by offering a general framework for understanding the empathic process and mastering a wide range of empathic responses.

 

These responses underpin practice in Emotion(ally)-Focused and Person-Centered-Experiential psychotherapy and counseling and offer new possibilities for practice across a wide range of theoretical approaches, including CBT, Psychodynamic and Family/Systemic therapies.

 

 

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  Empathy 101: Articulate others' feelings  

Noted researcher--and parent--Chris Adkins explains the difference between "self-focused" empathy and "other-focused" empathy, and how to cultivate the latter, whether you're a parent or a CEO.
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Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda - How the Alda Center Teaches Empathy in Science, and Medicine (Part 3)  

Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda - How the Alda Center Teaches Empathy in Science, and Medicine (Part 3)   | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The most important time in your life can be those few minutes when you're in the doctors office - this is a critical time for you to tell your story and for your doctor to listen. 80% of correct diagnoses are made when doctors get the whole history from their patients.

 

And the more empathic the communication, the better the diagnosis. In this last episode of our 3-part series, we speak with Dr. Susmita Pati and Dr. Laura Lindenfeld at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Since 2009, the Alda Center has trained more than 12,000 scientists using improv and advanced communication techniques to help them be more empathic and more effective communicators.

 

Dr. Pati has been working with Dr. Lindenfeld and Alan to create a training program for medical communication at the Alda Center. In this episode (part 3 of 3) we further explore the doctor-patient relationship and the efforts doctors are making to be more empathic, both with their patients and with their entire teams. 

 

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Essential Boundaries for Bodyworkers – Empathy Academy

Essential Boundaries for Bodyworkers – Empathy Academy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
In this 6-week course on empathy and emotions, Anchen Texter and Camilla Jørgensen, both dual-licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainers and Consultants, draw on their 30+ years of combined experience as massage therapists to bring you an empathically-designed experiential course about boundaries, empathy, and self-care for bodyworkers.

Learn how to work with your natural empathy in a healthy and sustainable way by examining the relationship between boundaries and balanced empathy, taking inventories to help you gauge what you’re already good at and where you need more skills, and learning practices to regulate your emotions.
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Opinion | The Kernel of Human (or Rodent) Kindness - The New York Times

Opinion | The Kernel of Human (or Rodent) Kindness - The New York Times | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
What we can learn from lab rats that don’t show empathy for other rats.

 

Morality exists only because we evolved the capacity to empathize. And empathy provides the best guide to moral action. But there are those who say that empathy is too selective to play such a central role in our moral system.

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 Predictive Empathy: The New Customer-Centric Strategy

 Predictive Empathy: The New Customer-Centric Strategy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
We all recognise the importance of empathy as a social skill. Being able to imagine what other people may be feeling, often by ‘listening’ to messages that go beyond what they’re saying, is key to building and strengthening our relationships. It’s how we create deeper, more meaningful connections. That’s why, increasingly, we see businesses using an empathetic strategy in their products and relationships with customers.

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When you can anticipate how a customer or user might feel in a given situation, you’re demonstrating predictive empathy: an invaluable tool for any enterprise as they evolve their products and services.
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How To Teach Your Kids Empathy, According To A Neuroscientist

How To Teach Your Kids Empathy, According To A Neuroscientist | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The skills of empathy, creativity, and self-control are interconnected. Each skill bleeds over into the other skills, so building ability in one area will translate to greater ability in the other two.

 

We can use things we're already doing as parents in a different way to foster not only empathy but also the related skills of creativity and self-control. The most important thing you can do to grow compassionate kids is to intentionally focus on these skills daily in tiny ways.

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Empathy and Emotional Intelligence at Work | GGSC

Empathy and Emotional Intelligence at Work | GGSC | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

One of the key insights from the science of happiness is that our own personal happiness depends heavily on our relationships with others. By tuning into the needs of other people, we actually enhance our own emotional well-being.

 

The same is true within organizations: those that foster trusting, cooperative relationships are more likely to have a more satisfied, engaged—and more productive and innovative—workforce, with greater employee loyalty and retention.

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What is Your Level of Empathy?

What is Your Level of Empathy? | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
What is Your Empathy Quotient (EQ)?
  • Are you sensitive to others, care about them, and want to help?
  • Do you listen with your heart not just your head?
  • Can you hold space for others to express their emotions?
  • Can you listen without needing to fix someone’s problem immediately?
  • Are you capable of the give and take of intimate relationships?
  • Are you intuitive and sensitive to other’s needs?
  • Do you care about the greater good, and the wellbeing of Earth?

 

If you answered “yes” to six to seven questions you have an extremely high empathy quotient

 

Responding “yes” to four to five questions you have a high EQ

Responding “yes” to two to three questions you have a moderate EQ

 

Responding “yes” to zero to one question you have a low EQ and are ready to start to develop your empathy.

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4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy

4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Here are some strategies our graduates around the world use with their students to help develop both affective and cognitive empathy.

  1. MODELING
    Teachers can be role models who, by example, show students the power of empathy in relationships...
  2. TEACHING POINT OF VIEW
    We use the numbers 6 and 9 to teach students about different points of view....
  3. USING LITERATURE TO TEACH DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES
    In the classroom, literature can be used to help students see a situation from different perspectives..
  4. LISTENING ACTIVELY TO OTHERS
    One of the most common obstacles to empathic relationships is that effective listening is difficult, and often individuals don’t listen to one another in conversation...
  5. BEING METACOGNITIVE ABOUT ONE’S STATE OF EMPATHY
    Be aware of your feelings and thoughts about your ability to understand and share in the feelings of others..

 

 

 

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(Empathy and Animals) Empathy Initiative - Woodland Park Zoo Seattle WA

(Empathy and Animals) Empathy Initiative - Woodland Park Zoo Seattle WA | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
To launch this project, Woodland Park Zoo is hosting a symposium January 22 - 24, 2019 in Seattle, WA to bring together experts in a range of topics (animal welfare, behavioral psychology, empathy, conservation) with representatives from zoos and aquariums from across the country.

The symposium will:
  • Provide introduction and training to the previous work done by the Empathy Initiative,
    Facilitate discussion about animal welfare and the perception of welfare,
  • Provide continuous learning for interested organizations.
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Design Thinking: Empathy Tops Data in Understanding Customer Behavior

Design Thinking: Empathy Tops Data in Understanding Customer Behavior | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, people struggle to gain empathy for customers for three fundamental reasons:

We often have long-held assumptions about what customers want and need. These strongly held beliefs cloud our judgment and impede our attempt to learn about customer behavior.
We rush to solutions before we have conducted thorough research. As soon as we begin to see customer problems or frustrations, we immediately jump to solving that issue rather than learning deeply about the customer’s current experience.


Managers frame projects too narrowly, and thereby miss opportunities to learn about and enhance the complete customer experience.

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Training to Heal: Designing Curriculum to Teach and Assess Empathy in Medical Education

Training to Heal: Designing Curriculum to Teach and Assess Empathy in Medical Education | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
By Nikette Neal, MD, Dr Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine, Nova Southwestern University

Healing is defined as the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again. Alleviate, ease, help, lessen, improve, resolve, correct, and restore are all accepted synonyms for this word. In medical education, we are charged with the task of teaching students how to “heal,” but are we indeed fulfilling this charge?

 

The cultivation of empathy is a learning objective recommended by the Association of American Medical Colleges,1 yet thousands of students graduate from medical school every year thinking that their central focus is to cure physical ailments. This can produce physicians who practice in a way that corrects a problem without actually restoring the patient.

 

An approach to patient care that focuses on the complaint but is without empathy is incomplete and does a disservice to both the patient and the physician. At the Dr Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University (NSU MD) we decided to construct our curriculum to put a central focus on the cultivation of empathy.

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Advanced Empathy Skills for Complex Trauma: Most Important Aspects of Empathy in working with Trauma

Advanced Empathy Skills for Complex Trauma: Most Important Aspects of Empathy in working with Trauma | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathic responding and creating a safe and collaborative therapeutic relationship is the primary task in any therapeutic approach and is particularly important in cultivating the alliance with trauma clients.

  • First, it provides clients a safe environment for reliving painful materials; a safe space counters beliefs that feelings and memories themselves are dangerous.
  • Second, this relationship quality can be a new interpersonal experience that helps client to correct the effects of early attachment injuries and empathic failures. (Paivio & Pascual-Leone, 2010)

 

 

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How to Find Political Peace and Understanding 

The Solution Starts With You
So with the reality of polarized political extremes and the decline of a middle ground, what can you do as an individual to help stop the proliferation of poisonous and irrational rhetoric on both sides?

Empathize and recognize your shared humanity
You’ll never exit you ideological bubble if you don’t realize this:

No matter if you’re a Neo-Nazi, Antifa member, Trumper, or Socialist, you’re just as human as me.

Just because your views are diametrically opposed doesn’t mean the other person doesn’t have the biological motivations and psychological reactions that all humans have. Just because you think differently doesn’t mean their experience as a human being is worth less than yours.
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3 things Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella looks for in a leader

3 things Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella looks for in a leader | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Dean Rajan: One of the themes that comes up in your book, ‘Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone,” is the notion of empathy.
  • Why do you think it is an important characteristic?
  • Where do you see that as key for a leader?

 

Nadella:

As you know, we have a special needs son who was born to us in 1996. That changed my perspective significantly.

For a long time it was all about, ‘Hey, why did it happen to me? Why did it happen to us?’ And then eventually I realized that nothing happened to me, it was my son who needed the help.

And I needed to show up as a father and in some sense do my job and do my duty—but more importantly, see the world through his eyes.

You may say, well, these are all things that happen in personal life, but I’ve come to realize that if you think about creating anything new, any new product, any new business, as a leader, the one skill that you need more than any other skill is that deep sense of empathy.

Our job is to build things that somehow are in tune with these unmet, unarticulated needs of customers.

It is not written down. It is not like I can interview five customers and figure it out. We say everything is automated, but you can’t A/B test your way. What is the next hypothesis you are going to test? That, to me, is a form of empathy.

I actually think that empathy is not something that you reserve just for your personal life, even though it helps a lot.

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Learning empathizing with myself through user experience design.

Learning empathizing with myself through user experience design. | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

This first encounter with design thinking helped me or rather reminded me of the thing that was never accentuated enough, EMPATHY.

 

The underlying principle behind all the great products is empathy, it all narrows down to how well is a product or a service designed according to the people who are actually supposed to use it.

 

In a world where there are copious choices available on everything, the one that we as humans gravitate towards happens to be the one that is actually designed for us.

 

Yes ,there are other factors like brand, price to name a few but in long run we only tend to stick to things that doesn’t seem like work, that doesn’t feel like work, things that just gets inculcated in our daily life seamlessly.

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