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Empathy in Crisis: How to Move Forward After the Kavanaugh Hearings

Then I think about how we can reconnect our head to our bodies, I begin with what is sorely missing: empathy.

Here are some immediate ideas to immediately begin the personal and political healing journey by bringing empathy more prominently into our lives — now. Perhaps we can begin to consciously close the great ‘tribal divide’ which is now playing out so hurtfully in our public arena… and our personal lives.

  • 1.Spend time understanding what empathy is…and isn’t.
    Empathy is not pity. It’s not even compassion. It is a deep understanding from an experiential place....
  • 2. Acknowledge that experiences are experienced through actual lived experience (and not what you “think” someone’s experience is or should have been)..
  • 3. Read books and watch plays or movies about people who have experienced something traumatic and talk about it....
  • 4. Play a video game. Seriously....

 

 

Lisa Kay Solomon

 

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Beware of the Empathic Narcissist

Beware of the Empathic Narcissist | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

If you said, “The what?!” when you saw the title of this article, you’re not alone. Empathic is not a typical descriptor of a narcissist. 

Recently, someone I love sent me an email that read:

Is there such a thing as an empathic narcissist? Because, if there is, that’s me.Hmm.

My knee-jerk reaction was to cite what I’d learned in grad school. That narcissists are incapable of empathy. That certainly my friend was not the oxymoron he thought he might be. But instead of responding with my knee-jerk, I took a moment.

 

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Communication Dojo - 4-week Series: "The Gift of Empathy"

Communication Dojo - 4-week Series: "The Gift of Empathy" | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The Gift of Empathy - How to Give It, How to Ask for It

Have you had the experience of someone really listening to you and giving you a sense that they understand not just what you're saying, but what you're going through? This kind of listening is still quite rare, although more and more people are starting to realize how valuable it is.

 

It's a vital element of truly effective, enjoyable and connected communication. Listening with empathy is a skill you can learn and develop, and that will be the focus of this series. We'll also spend some time on how you can improve the quality of connection with someone who does not know how to listen with empathy.

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Mental Health: 5 Ways To Develop Empathy With People You Don’t Like - Surprisingly, it comes with many health benefits...

Mental Health: 5 Ways To Develop Empathy With People You Don’t Like - Surprisingly, it comes with many health benefits... | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
By Liviani Cinthyana
Oct 04, 2018
 

Studies have shown that there are many health benefits of developing empathy, including prosocial behavior, social closeness and improved clinical outcomes for patients. Myriam Mongrain, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada, gives us a few steps we can implement to help us emphatise with people whose personalities, beliefs or conduct that may not be agreeable to us, and here they are:

 

  1. Open communication...
  2. Think about their background...
  3. Don’t judge someone based on their beliefs..
  4. Surprise someone you don’t like by making a nice gesture...
  5. Don’t forget that we are all the same in the end..

 

 

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Hope Elizabeth Weimer's curator insight, October 10, 3:15 PM
The first way the could use this information is being in school and having to work with someone to get a good grade. First if they are giving overheated with the person, they can breathe and remain nice to show the person they won't back down. The other scenario is meeting someone very rude, they would have to remember that they can't judge them unless they are given more information.
Hope Elizabeth Weimer's curator insight, October 10, 3:20 PM
The first scenario is being kind to them when they are not, so they can't continue to be angry. The second scenario is making sure to not judge them by what you first see.
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Increasing number of Britons think empathy is on the wane  

Increasing number of Britons think empathy is on the wane   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

YouGov survey finds 51% of people think empathy has declined compared with only 12% who think it has increased

 

Is it the schism of Brexit or the cranked up vitriol that flows through parts of social media? Either way, people in the UK are concerned that empathy is on the wane, with more than half of the population believing Britons’ ability to sense, understand and share the feelings of others has declined over the last year.

Only 12% of people said they had noticed an increase in the ability of people to put themselves in others’ shoes, according to a study by YouGov, while 51% said there was less empathy towards others.

It amounts to “an emerging crisis of empathy”, according to the Scout movement, which commissioned the research. Bear Grylls, the explorer, TV presenter and chief scout, has warned that if the trend continues “we risk more division in our communities and increasing alienation among young people”.

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Why we created Empathy Experiences

Why we created Empathy Experiences | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Why we created Empathy Experiences
Empathy is a truly essential life skill for all humans. Yet many leading psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists and social commentators believe empathic ability has declined to critically low levels. Alarmingly, research suggests college students are 40% less empathic than 30 years ago, with figures plummeting sharply since 2000.

 

Put simply, the leaders of tomorrow are struggling to connect with and understand others from different social, cultural or economic backgrounds. At Empathy Experiences we've made it our mission to seed empathy in society, all around the world, one student at a time. 

What we offer
Empathy training workshops for universities in a series of 4 engaging, interactive sessions. We provide academically robust, multi-dimensional theoretical foundations on empathy, while challenging participants to apply three core empathy skills in the real world. See more information here. 

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Tea & Empathy feelings cards by Kate Kenfield —

We all find it difficult to name and talk about our feelings - often when it matters most. Educator Kate Kenfield developed her Tea & Empathy workshops and cards to teach participants to understand and talk about their own emotions and the emotions of others. This is one of the most important steps in learning the skill of empathy. Tea & Empathy workshops have been run by Kate and her hand-picked and trained empathy educators in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand over the last three years.

The name is a play on the phrase "tea and sympathy", and is also inspired by Kate's love of tea - which is often served at workshops.
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GOP and Dems Can Share a Tent Without Calling Police | Newsmax.com

GOP and Dems Can Share a Tent Without Calling Police | Newsmax.com | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Setting up an Empathy Tent amidst the chaos that took place between political protesters in the University of California at Berkeley last week seemed like a thoughtful idea — a calm area where protesters from both sides could have a peaceful discussion, free of aggressions.

However, it failed miserably, when a shouting argument led to a violent quarrel which ended with four people being arrested.

Among those arrested for violent behavior was school teacher-turned-Antifa leader, Yvonne Felarca, who had been arrested before for similar behavior. This certainly makes you ponder about the violent ways in which those who consider themselves the guardians of free speech choose to operate. While this is worthy of scrutiny in its own right, I believe it is more urgent to answer: How can we put Republicans and Democrats in the same place without generating violence, and perhaps even produce mutual understanding?
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How to Boost Your Empathy Factor at Work with author, Marie Miyashiro 

Marie Miyashiro is an author, keynote speaker and trainer/consultant, specialised in bringing empathy into the workplace. Her book, The Empathy Factor - Your Competitive Advantage for Personal, Team, and Business Success, has been translated into several languages.

 

In this conversation, we talk about why empathy is so important, the ways to bring empathy into the workplace, which companies and industries are getting onboard with her vision and much more. Meanwhile, you can comment and find the show notes on minterdial.com.

 

If you liked the podcast, please take a moment of your precious time to go over to iTunes to rate the podcast. 

 

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Relational Therapy | Relational Psychotherapy

Relational Therapy | Relational Psychotherapy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Relational psychotherapy, an approach that can help individuals recognize the role relationships play in the shaping of daily experiences, attempts to help people understand patterns appearing in the thoughts and feelings they have toward themselves.

Based on the idea that strong and fulfilling relationships with other individuals can help people maintain emotional well-being, this model may be beneficial to people seeking therapy for any number of reasons, but in particular to address long-term emotional distress, especially when distress occurs as a result of relational concerns.

 

The primary goal of this therapy is to address these concerns and help those seeking treatment to become better able to develop supportive, lasting relationships. Mutual empathy and authenticity, as expressed through the therapeutic relationship, can help facilitate this goal. 

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State of Workplace Empathy

Empathy has solidified its position as a core workplace value that impacts culture, innovation, productivity, and profit


Eighty-seven percent of CEOs believe a company’s financial performance is tied to empathy in the workplace, as do 79 percent of HR professionals. Eight in 10 employees, HR professionals, and CEOs agree an empathetic workplace has a positive impact on business performance.

 

In fact, majorities in all demographics of employees responded that empathy motivates workers and increases productivity.

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Out with the bro, in with the pro: Embracing empathy at work 

n-Demand Web Seminar Out with the bro, in with the pro: Embracing empathy at work “Just don’t end up like Uber.” Granted, the public woes of the ride-sharing company provides a simplistic cautionary tale for HR/benefits professionals in how to avoid “bro culture” and create a more diverse and inclusive organization.

 

However, it takes more strategic thinking to build a supportive and productive company culture: According to multiyear Businessolver research, the hidden key to squashing bro culture and building a “pro culture” is empathy.

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Every Actor's First Job - Applying Empathy in the Workplace  

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 Empathy | Michigan State University

 Empathy | Michigan State University | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
We may be hard-wired for empathy. Though competing theories abound, one credible approach suggests that a specialized category of neurons, known as mirror neurons, facilitate our ability to understand and share in the emotional experience of others.

Given the centrality of empathy in human interaction, it is not a surprise that empathy has entered organizational discourse. Further, empathy has been popularized by design thinking, which emphasizes a deep understanding of the individuals for whom a solution is being designed. For example, engineers at Ford developed a 30-pound empathy belly with simulated fetal kicking to understand the challenges experienced by pregnant drivers.

 

By Dean Prabu David

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"Empathy Intensity" In Early Childhood: Classified Intensity Of Emotion During Empathy Situations 

"Empathy Intensity" In Early Childhood: Classified Intensity Of Emotion During Empathy Situations  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
"Empathy Intensity" In Early Childhood: Classified Intensity Of Emotion During Empathy Situations
This article examined intensity of emotion in children while reacting to empathy situations. It aimed to reveal a connection between children's intensity of emotion in regard to empathy situations and their ability to explain emotions and their choice of empathetic behavior.

Two theoretical sources were chosen to examine this subject. The first and major is the accumulating knowledge of empathy in children, and the second is the closest term to describe the intensity of emotion - self-regulation. The ability to respond to the ongoing demands of experience with the range of emotions in a manner that is socially tolerable and sufficiently flexible to permit spontaneous reactions as well as the ability to delay spontaneous reactions as needed.

This study examined the intensity of emotions of children regarding empathy situations, and the connection between the intensity of emotions and the child's willingness to act in situations that arouse empathy.

This study concentrated on Empathy Intensity. It tried to classify Empathy Intensity during empathy situations. It also looked for connections between Empathy Intensity and other parts of empathy with hope that Empathy Intensity could shed light on the knowledge about the mechanisms underlying empathic feelings during empathy situations

 

 

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10 ways to build empathy – Scouts  

10 ways to build empathy – Scouts   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

A new YouGov poll suggests that the majority of British adults believe there is less empathy in UK society compared to just 12 months ago. So how can we all develop this critical skill?

A really good starting point for us in Scouting is that volunteering is a great way to build empathy!

 

Understanding other people’s circumstances, hopes and aspirations is classic way to develop the skill of empathy, and of course, you will invariably find you gain more than give.

 

  • 1. Read more...
  • 2. Talk with different kinds of people...
  • 3. Ask better questions...
  • 4. Question your assumptions...
  • 5. Travel...
  • 6. Get curious...
  • 7. Ask yourselves some tough questions...
  • 8. Be humble...
  • 9. Don’t just hear — listen...
  • 10. Speak with someone you’ve never spoken to before...
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 Why charities must champion empathy to bring communities together  

 Why charities must champion empathy to bring communities together   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

As new YouGov research points to an emerging crisis of empathy in UK society, the chief executive of the Scouts explains why charities need to take a lead in promoting the power of empathy to drive a more cohesive society

 

A crisis of empathy

New YouGov research points to a real crisis of empathy in UK society. The majority of British adults said they felt there was less empathy in society now compared with 12 months ago. All sorts of factors could be contributing to this – the uncertainly around Brexit and the alienating effects of social media – but it’s clear that cracks are appearing nonetheless.

The reality is we’re not listening to each other and, in particular, we’re not engaging with people who are different from us. Why should we be concerned? Because falling levels of empathy mean fewer donors or potential volunteers will support our causes.

Matt Hyde 
04 October 2018
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The Cruelty Crisis: Bullying Isn't a School Problem, It's a National Pastime

The Cruelty Crisis: Bullying Isn't a School Problem, It's a National Pastime | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Exclusion, humiliation, gossiping, and name-calling - we can't get enough!

 

In a world that is plagued by war, economic hardship, and pervasive self-doubt, we rage and humiliate to alleviate our own misery. It's simply easier to attack and berate others or watch it happen on TV, than it is to risk having honest conversations about our struggles with worthiness.

 

Why lean into our own feelings of scarcity and shame, when we can watch strangers get booed off stage or voted off the island? It feels good to watch others suffer.

If we want to reclaim courage and compassion in our families, schools, organizations, and communities, we must open our hearts and minds to a new way of thinking about vulnerability and imperfection.

 

Our imperfections are not flaws; they are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Vulnerability may be at the core of fear and uncertainty, but it is also the birthplace of courage and compassion - exactly what we need to help us stop lashing out and start engaging with the world from a place of worthiness; a place where empathy and kindness matter.  

Brené Brown Ph.D., LMSW

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Virtual Empathy Museum 

Virtual Empathy Museum  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The Virtual Empathy Museum project will create an engaging and experiential digital resource with immersive curriculum materials to enhance healthcare students' empathy skills. 

Empathy is a required attribute for all health professionals and fundamental to quality patient care. There is compelling research demonstrating that the provision of healthcare devoid of empathy results in a wide range of negative psychological and physiological outcomes for patients. Further, healthcare professionals who practice without empathy are at heightened risk of depression, burnout and attrition.

 

Although it seems reasonable to assume that most healthcare students have an empathic disposition, evidence suggests that empathy levels often decline during the period of enrolment in an undergraduate health degree. Thus, explicit attention must be given to the development of empathy as a requisite employability skill for all healthcare students.

The Virtual Empathy Museum (VEM) project is funded by an Australian Technology Network (ATN) Strategic Initiative Grant.

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How Children Really Learn Empathy

How Children Really Learn Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

“Educators will tell you that a classroom full of empathetic kids simply runs more smoothly than one filled with even the happiest group of self-serving children. Similarly, family life is more harmonious when siblings are able feel for each other and put the needs of others ahead of individual happiness.

 

If a classroom or a family full of caring children makes for a more peaceful and cooperative learning environment, just imagine what we could accomplish in a world populated by such children.” – Jessica Lahey, “Teaching Children Empathy,” The New York Times

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Is Trust and Empathy Overrated?

Is Trust and Empathy Overrated? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Bloom had just published a book called "Against Empathy," whose central thesis seemed to be that humans find it hard to feel empathy for strangers. Also, the empathy often distorts logic as it generally focused on an individual. So, when you read the story about the poor, sick girl, you want to do something for that girl, but not for the thousands of other girls and boys who are even sicker than the girl you read the story about.

Emotions like empathy and trust are ancient and hugely powerful but are they the right tools to build a sustainable future? Multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, multi-gender teams can deliver tremendously nuanced, balanced, fit-for-audience products and services. However, they are probably not likely to develop the same level of cohesion, trust and camaraderie as a group of young, white drinking-buddy males. And they don’t need to.
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Inaugural Roger Ebert Symposium: Empathy for the Universe: Storytelling and Data Visualization

Inaugural Roger Ebert Symposium: Empathy for the Universe: Storytelling and Data Visualization | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

 

Join the College of Media, the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and Chaz Ebert at the inaugural Roger Ebert Symposium as we explore interactive storytelling, data visualization, and science communication

 

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ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Symposium
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
NCSA Auditorium, 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana

A Beautiful Planet IMAX movie screening and discussion
4:30-6:30 p.m.
IMAX Theater, Goodrich Savoy 16, 232 Burwash Ave., Savoy

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets for the film and the symposium are not required, however, preference will be given to individuals who pre-register online.

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Communication and Improvisation: The Art of Building an Empathic Workplace

Communication and Improvisation: The Art of Building an Empathic Workplace | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathic Workplace and Improv Therapy Group present
A full-day workshop, lecture and demonstration on
The Art of Building an Empathic Workplace.
Orrington Hotel, Evanston, IL

 

Attendees will gain valuable knowledge of the foundational principles that build an empathic workplace.

 

Attendees will hear engaging talks on topics related to empathy. The presentations are rooted in the expert knowledge born from decades of workplace interviews and investigations by Angela Nino, CFI (Certified Forensic Interviewer), President of Empathic Workplace. The materials and curriculum offer both general principles and implementation strategies.

 

The Empathic Workplace approach also embeds the techniques of improvisational training. The activities were developed by Lisa Bany, a veteran instructor at The Second City in Chicago and Founding Director at the Improv Therapy Group. The program we will present engages participants in interactive practice exercises that demonstrate the principles of empathy in a fun and unique manner.

 

  

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Blog | Businessolver | Empathy

Blog | Businessolver | Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy | Follow the Businessolver Blog to learn how we See Things Differently in benefits technology with engaging thought leadership on the latest industry trends.

 

 

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Keynote preview: Empathy in the Workplace 

How do organizations set the conditions for increasing empathy at work?

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