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The Empathy Challenge —

The Empathy Challenge — | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Kuki commissioned the Empathy Series because she knows how much of an impact an empathetic classroom can have on the quality of learning and relationships in her classroom. Visual representations of empathy help to promote empathetic behaviour.

It’s a new school year, a chance to put our best foot forward. Why not invest ourselves in cultivating empathy in our own contexts?
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Empathy Epidemic  

Empathy Epidemic   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
An interview with Forty Carrots Community Speaker Michele Borba on raising empathetic kids.

 

I really enjoyed your new book Un-Selfie. Let’s start by defining what you call the “Selfie Syndrome”?

 

 Michele Borba:

 I actually came up with that term based on a conversation with a teen. It was a focus group with teen girls, 13-15 years of age. They all admitted they were stressed out. Everybody was worried about their Instagrams and they were always looking down at their phones, not up.

 

One girl said, “That’s the problem. We’re always taking selfies of each other and ourselves,” and then she had this moment of, “boom!”. She said, “Maybe if we flip the lens and started looking at others, we’d be a lot better off. We need to be in an ‘un-selfie.’” I thought, “Oh my gosh, what a great term.”

 

We’re looking at a University of Michigan study, combining 72 different studies, over the last 30 years. We are seeing that incoming college freshmen are dipping in empathy and it’s gone down about 40%.

 

The concern is that when empathy goes down, then we’re looking at some major concerns about our children’s future. Empathy has dropped, while narcissism, “I’m better than you”, has gone up 58%. Self absorption kills empathy. That’s a tragedy for our kids.

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Can Empathy Ground Morality? –

Can Empathy Ground Morality? – | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
One of the most powerful arguments for the existence of God is the moral argument. Basically, an objective moral law requires a Moral Lawgiver. But many skeptics still aren’t convinced. They claim that they don’t need God or some holy book to tell them how to live; they have empathy.

 

 

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Why Starting With End-to-End Customer Journeys Isn't Good For The Customer

Why Starting With End-to-End Customer Journeys Isn't Good For The Customer | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Gather a small team consisting of; a product manager, a product designer and a developer. This is important so that you ensure you are looking at the problem together as a team.

 

Great products are made by teams that create empathy for the customer. Furthermore, these 3 disciplines will ensure the team is looking at any potential solutions from a desirability, feasibility and viability lense.

 

 

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Empathy, Art & the Revolution of Human Relationships: Roman Krznaric –– Minneapolis Institute of Art

Empathy, Art & the Revolution of Human Relationships: Roman Krznaric –– Minneapolis Institute of Art | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Drawing on his international bestseller Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It, social philosopher Roman Krznaric reveals how empathy cannot only enrich personal life, but also helps create social change. Empathy, he argues, has the power to transform personal and political relationships.

 

Krznaric explores how art and culture helps us expand our empathic imaginations, focusing on subjects as varied as ancient Greek theater and Renaissance painting to the history of cinema and participatory artworks such as the Empathy Museum. He explores empathy through the lens of neuroscience and industrial design and its role in eroding conflicts in the Middle East and beyond. Book signing to follow.

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How a culture of listening strengthens reporting and relationships

How a culture of listening strengthens reporting and relationships | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
What newsrooms gain from an emphasis on listening
When newsrooms start valuing their relationships with the communities they serve over the quantity of content they can produce, it shapes journalism for the better. And that focus on relationships is helping newsrooms have an impact and develop new opportunities for revenue and sustainability.

Earlier this year, API published four essays detailing examples of how listening can help newsrooms connect with audiences they don’t have, produced a report about how empathy can help newsrooms cover neglected communities, and hosted a Thought Leader Summit on newsroom strategies to grow revenue from readers.
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Building a Design Culture of Inclusion – Google Design –

Building a Design Culture of Inclusion – Google Design – | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Design is a discipline centered around building empathy for the user; enabling you to help solve problems they encounter, and improve their lives in a way they never thought possible. Empathy is…

Design=Empathy

Design is a discipline centered around building empathy for the user; enabling you to help solve problems they encounter, and improve their lives in a way they never thought possible.

Empathy is about being able to put ourselves in our users’ shoes to anticipate what they might want or need, the obstacles they might face when interacting with a product or service, and helping them achieve their goals using the product or service as seamlessly as possible.

Empathy=Understanding

Empathy is not possible without understanding; and understanding is formed by moving past our assumptions, both conscious and unconscious, and making an effort to to actually experience something first hand.

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Where Kinesthetic Empathy meets Kinetic Design

Where Kinesthetic Empathy meets Kinetic Design | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
This paper for Doctoral Consortium presents my ongoing PhD research into the potential use of kinesthetic empathy in the context of design. While physical movements of designed objects are often associated with their function, the quality of such movements, or how the movements 'feel' like, is also important with regards to the design.

 

The concept of kinesthetic empathy--our innate capacity to feel the kinetic sensation of observed entities--has been primarily researched in the context of the arts, especially in the studies of human movement in dance and theatre. I would like to apply kinesthetic empathy to the perception of kinetic objects, with the aim of revealing the relationship between object movements and our embodied and empathic reactions. Kinesthetic empathy is often neglected in the discussion around the potential of kinetic objects in design as well as in technology-based domains like human-computer interaction, but it is expected to open a new perspective on our embodied and visceral response to dynamic objects and environments.

 

The paper begins by reviewing the related theories and concepts from aesthetics, neuroscience, embodied cognition and psychology then presents the first stage of my ongoing research project. It is concluded with the outlook as well as the expected contribution.

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The Empathy Effect

The Empathy Effect | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is undergoing a new evolution. In a global and interconnected culture, we can no longer afford to identify only with people who seem to be a part of our “tribe.” As Dr. Helen Riess of Harvard Medical School has learned, our capacity for empathy is not just an innate trait—it is also a skill that we can learn and expand. With The Empathy Effect, the leading researcher presents a groundbreaking teaching book to help us learn essential skills for transforming the way we relate to others in any situation.
 
“Nourishing empathy lets us help not just ourselves,” says Dr. Riess, “but also everyone we interact with, whether for a moment or a lifetime.” Drawing from her empathy training curricula now used internationally in health care, business, and education, she takes us step by step through her EMPATHY program.

 

Here you’ll learn to enhance empathic behavior in yourself and others; recognize and reverse dehumanization and scapegoating tactics; practice empathy at work, home, and in everyday settings; discover ways to build empathy in groups and leadership positions; and much more.

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The Empathy Challenge Explained 

Michael Dunlea, NJ Finalist 2014; Melissa Collins, TN Finalist 2014; and Ashlee Upp share their experiences being part of The Empathy Challenge, a fellowship with Empatico. Empatico is a free tool that connects classrooms around the world. Empatico empowers teachers and students to explore the world through experiences that spark curiosity, kindness, and empathy.
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The Empathy Quotient Is a Quiz That Can Tell You How Empathetic You Are

The Empathy Quotient Is a Quiz That Can Tell You How Empathetic You Are | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

We all like to think we're pretty understanding, empathetic individuals. But how would you feel putting that claim to the test? The Empathy Quotient is a questionnaire you can take right now that can perhaps reveal your empathy — or lack thereof.
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Science Saturday: Like Animals | Frans de Waal & David Berreby [Science Saturday] 

00:00 Frans's latest book, "The Age of Empathy"

04:11 Empathy as a social contagion

11:05 A biological basis for morality and soccer hooliganism

33:22 Does religion have to be at war with science?

46:10 The fragility of empathy

50:18 Enron, the selfish gene, and Nazi pseudoscience

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Empathetic dogs lend a helping paw

Empathetic dogs lend a helping paw | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Many dogs show empathy if their owner is in distress and will also try to help rescue them. This is according to Emily M. Sanford, formerly of Macalester College and now at Johns Hopkins University in the US. She is the lead author of a study in Springer’s journal Learning and Behavior that tested whether there is truth in the notion that dogs have a prosocial and empathetic nature. Interesting to note, the study found that dogs specially trained for visitations as therapy dogs are just as likely to help as other dogs.

In one of their experiments, Sanford and her colleagues instructed the owners of 34 dogs to either give distressed cries or to hum while sitting behind a see-through closed door. Sixteen of these dogs were registered therapy dogs. The researchers watched what the dogs did, and also measured their heart rate variability to see how they physically reacted to the situation. In another part of the experiment, the researchers examined how these same dogs gazed at their owners to measure the strength of their relationship.
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many dogs show empathy if their owner is in danger and also try to help rescue them. The study, therefore, provides evidence that dogs not only feel empathy toward people, but in some cases also act on that empathy.
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City school's ‘buddy bench’ puts empathy in action  

City school's ‘buddy bench’ puts empathy in action   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
This helps the children practice empathy, Ullrich said, as well as kindness, respect and inclusion — all values important to the school community.

“If the students are at recess and they’re sad and they feel like they need a friend, they can sit on the bench and the other students will go and include them,” she said. “It really allows them to learn practiced empathy and make new friends.”
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The Freeing Power of Empathy

The Freeing Power of Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Sympathy and empathy are kissing cousins, but they are still different. Sympathy is a feeling of care and understanding for the suffering of others. Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s condition from that person’s perspective, as though we’ve stepped into their skin and vantage point.

 

For our purposes, when forgiving, it will help if we can consider empathizing with the person who hurt us so we can understand why this person did what they did to us.

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Can Empathy Ground Morality?

Can Empathy Ground Morality? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Skeptics claim that they don’t need God or some holy book to tell them how to live; they have empathy. But in what is empathy grounded?

 

One of the most powerful arguments for the existence of God is the moral argument. Basically, an objective moral law requires a Moral Lawgiver. But many skeptics still aren’t convinced. They claim that they don’t need God or some holy book to tell them how to live; they have empathy.

 

By Timothy Fox

 

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Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts –– Minneapolis Institute of Art

Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts –– Minneapolis Institute of Art | Empathy 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 best practices for fostering empathy and global awareness through the power of art and to share these findings with the field.
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Empathy is important - but it is not enough

Empathy is important - but it is not enough | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Arguing against empathy in the world of mental health is almost taboo. The ability to understand and respond to the unique experiences of another person is essential in the work of any therapist.

"Compassion is ultimately about ethical action."


Certainly, I cannot imagine doing my work without some ability to empathise. If I cannot help the person feel understood and accepted through empathising with them, then I am of no help. Equally, if I cannot help that person recognise how others might experience them through showing them how to empathise with others, then I am of no help.

See also: Here's why your therapist being a 'blank screen' is a good thing


There is evidence that empathy is hard wired within us. We now know we have empathy neurones, called mirror neurones.

 

Mirror neurones send messages to the brain, which says that if “I cut myself then I know that whoever is observing it will flinch”. Empathy therefore seems an unquestionably good thing. However, it is an idea we can begin to question.

 

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Roshi Joan Halifax on Standing at the Edge

Roshi Joan Halifax on Standing at the Edge | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Roshi Joan: You know my perspective is very simple of in relation to compassion, that it doesn’t have a shadow side but it’s often conflated with empathy and it’s not to say that empathy isn’t essential because clearly a world without empathy is a world where we are dead to each other but it is also not uncommon that we tilt from healthy empathy into empathic distress, into over identification with people and not just people who are suffering.

 

A really unusual example of this Paul Bloom wrote about this in his book on empathy is how in the second world war an entire nation of Germans identified cognitively with Hitler, where they were experiencing they were kind of looking out through Hitler’s eyes and adopted his view and that’s a kind of mind reading or cognitive empathy and the result is that there are behaviors that arise out of this attitude or view or way of saying that we’re horrendously destructive and so perspective taking or mind reading is important. It’s important just be able to see how others see the world, this is really-

Michael Taft: Fundamental yeah.

Roshi Joan: Essential really but when the experience of cognitive empathy is swamped our own integrity then we’re faced with and others are faced with serious consequences like what happened in the second world war in the third Reich.

Michael Taft: Now you are I think contrasting empathy with compassion in the way that for example Tania Singer does where empathy is feeling what another person feels or cognitively sort of seeing their world view like they see their world view.

 

 

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Oxytocin Hormone: Not Just The Love Hormone: . Low levels of oxytocin may also cause a lack of empathy,

Oxytocin Hormone: Not Just The Love Hormone: . Low levels of oxytocin may also cause a lack of empathy, | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Oxytocin is a hormone often associated with love, but it's way more complex than that. Here's everything you need to know about what oxytocin is and what it does.

 

There is also research that suggests oxytocin may make us better at reading the facial expressions of others and that it might increase empathy. In adults diagnosed with autism or Asperger's disorder, oxytocin injections can help improve speech comprehension and the ability to identify emotional content. Studies have also shown a correlation between low levels of oxytocin and autism in children.

How do you make more oxytocin?

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Enterprises, emotion and the rise of the ‘empathy economy’

Enterprises, emotion and the rise of the ‘empathy economy’ | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

 

User interfaces and other aspects of enterprise computing are being increasingly designed to detect the emotional states or moods of users, and also to simulate emotion when they communicate back to the users.

 

Gartner report published in January said that within four years, your devices will “know more about your emotional state than your own family.”

Deep learning has advanced emotion detection from basic emotions such as happiness, surprise, anger, sadness, fear and disgust to more than 20 more subtle emotions that include awe, happy surprise and hate. (Psychologists say people have 27 different emotions.)

 

The University of Ohio developed a program that recognizes 21 emotions based on facial expressions in photographs. Here’s the shocking part: The researchers claim that their system is better than humans at detecting these emotions.

 

There’s a good reason and a great reason for emotional interfaces in the enterprise.

Empathy boosts business

The “empathy economy” is the monetary or business value created by AI that detects and simulates human emotion, a capability that will transform customer service, virtual assistants, robotics, factory safety, healthcare and transportation.

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Book Review: The Empathy Effect: 7 NEUROSCIENCE-BASED KEYS for Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Work, and CONNECT Across Differences

Book Review: The Empathy Effect: 7 NEUROSCIENCE-BASED KEYS for Transforming the Way We Live, Love, Work, and CONNECT Across Differences | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
When I started reading The Empathy Effect it did not take long for me to realize I was gulping every word like someone who was on the verge of starvation. My first thought was “I don’t want to write a book review, I want to have a conversation with Dr. Riess and Liz Neporent.”

 

Having Alan Alda in the conversation would have been nice, but that would have been risky, particularly if I found myself starstruck and distracted from the conversation I wanted to have. However, the book review must be written.

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Tea and empathy: Sub Rosa's Michael Ventura feels your pain | Podcasts - Ad Age

Tea and empathy: Sub Rosa's Michael Ventura feels your pain | Podcasts - Ad Age | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The founder of the New York strategy and design consultancy Sub Rosa is a multi-hyphenate. When he's not advising a portfolio of Fortune 500 clients and progressive start-ups, he is running an experiential shopping venture called Calliope with his wife, operating an art gallery and event space, publishing a newsletter called La Petite Mort—a French expression for orgasm—and running an eastern and indigenous medicine and healing practice.

"If you pull the lens back far enough it starts to seem like what I do across all of those things is kind of all the same job," Ventura says on this episode of the Ad Lib podcast. "I'm really good at helping spot where the block is and helping figure out how to try to solve it. Block could be we don't know our brand positioning or how our audience thinks about us or my lower back hurts and I can't sleep at night."
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Animal emotions and empathy with Frans de Waal 

Find more about Science and Cocktails, and awesome science talks at Do animals show empathy?

Are there any signs of morality in animal societies?

Can a monkey. Empathy, cooperation, fairness and reciprocity -- caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait.

 

But Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of. Science journalist Lone Frank speaks with professor Frans de Waal, who is doing research into non-human animals and non-human animal behaviour at Emory University i Atlanta, Georgia, among.

 

What happens when you pay two monkeys unequally? Watch what happens. An excerpt from the TED Talk: "Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals." Watch the whole talk here:

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