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How To Teach Your Kids To Care About Other People

How To Teach Your Kids To Care About Other People | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is a skill parents can cultivate.
Caroline Bologna
 

Talk About Feelings
“The gateway to empathy is emotional literacy,” said Michele Borba, an educational psychologist and the author of numerous parenting books, including UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.

A simple way to foster emotional literacy is by promoting face-to-face communication in the age of texting and smartphones. “Digital-driven kids aren’t necessarily learning emotions when they pick emojis,” Borba said. “Make it a rule in your house to always look at the color of the talker’s eyes because it will help your child tune in to the other person.” 

Another key aspect is teaching kids to identify their own emotions early on. “Use emotional language with kids. Say things like, ‘I see you’re really frustrated,’ or, ‘I see you’re really mad,’” Laura Dell, an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Education, told HuffPost.

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Be more empathetic. It matters. – Sponsored

Be more empathetic. It matters. – Sponsored | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Has there ever been a greater need in our country for people to listen—and, especially, to listen to people with different opinions than their own?

Listening. It’s the building block, even the keystone, of empathy.

What is empathy? It’s not pity or sympathy, and it goes deeper than compassion. Truly understanding, even sharing, another’s feelings on a profound level, a level that goes beneath the surface—that’s empathy. It’s a gift that seems to be in short supply these days, in all corners of public and private life.

This summer, in collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts—where the word “Empathy” is literally written on the wall—BG BrandLab will be exploring how empathy can help nurture healthy communities, thriving workplaces, and kind children.

It all starts with listening.
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Teaching Empathy with Video Games 

Teaching Empathy with Video Games  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Teaching Empathy with Video Games is Incredibly Effective
There are many great video games out there that can be used as an effective teaching tool.

 

 Teaching empathy with video games can be done through the feeling of agency in a game. Video games allow students to have a deeper emotional connection with a character than other media such as books or film.

 

iCivics is a great tool that allows students to experience historical empathy by placing them in someone else’s shoes during particular situations relating to civics and law. Another excellent tool is Peekapak and the world of myPeekaville. Peekapak is an innovative online platform and personalized learning game that teaches young students important SEL skills including empathy, self-regulation and respect.

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Why We Could All Use More Empathy

Why We Could All Use More Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The case for empathy.
"In the business world, a lot of people misconstrue empathy as being nice," Ventura tells mbg in a steady, soothing—dare I say, empathetic?—voice.

 

"But empathy is a skill for perspective taking. It's when you learn to get out of your own bias enough to see the world from other perspectives and ultimately gain a deeper understanding that can inform your actions."

He gives Elon Musk as an example of an empath who isn't exactly known for his kind demeanor. Ventura's agency, Sub Rosa, has helped massive brands the likes of Nike, New Balance, and Delta solve problems using what he calls "applied empathy." The basis of his new book, Applied Empathy:

 

The New Language of Leadership, applied empathy is a way to identify with many different types of people and use this newfound perspective to improve your business. This can result in everything from a new advertising campaign to a lifesaving development.

 

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The trap of empathy –

Empathy is a big thing in the business and design communities. Stanford d.school put the “Empathize mode” at the beginning of the design thinking process, saying it’s the centerpiece of design and a must-have skill for a designer.

 

Empathy allows you to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and to think beyond your own needs and preferences. It helps to design products that help people who are different from you. For example, Ford Motor Co. used the “empathy belly” suit to cultivate engineers’ empathy for pregnant women.

 

The weighed suit that impedes mobility and comfort let the engineers realize how hard it is to drive cars with the pregnant belly, resulting in better design for doors, seat belts, and even those buttons to control car audio.

 

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Why empathy matters in innovation | Bangkok Post: business

Why empathy matters in innovation | Bangkok Post: business | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

So, how do we change our approach to understanding problems and to finding solutions?

The answer is empathy. Assumptions begin with a lack of empathy. Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. Without empathy, we are always making assumptions about what the problem is and what the customers want.

A lack of empathy assumes problems that doesn’t exist and builds solutions that nobody needs. Empathy helps us to peel back the layers of a problem, to move past stereotypical assumptions, and discover deep underlying problems that have real value if we can fix them. The more empathy we practise, the fewer assumptions we make.

As Dr Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston, once said: “Empathy is a function of design. Design is a function of empathy.”

The quality that underlies successful empathy is passion. It’s difficult to empathise with someone you don’t care about. This passion for understanding drives people to dedicate their lives to finding answers and drives entrepreneurs to solve the problems that they care deeply about.

ARINYA TALERNGSRI

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(Empathic Healthcare) A Dose Of Empathy Is All Some Patients Need by  Jeremy Howick

(Empathic Healthcare) A Dose Of Empathy Is All Some Patients Need by  Jeremy Howick | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
A review of 28 trials published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine last week quantifies what many doctors already knew: empathic, positive communication benefits patients.

Two true stories motivated me to do the review. Archie Cochrane reports the first. He was the only doctor in a prisoner of war camp during World War II. One night the Germans dumped a young Soviet prisoner in his ward. The soldier had pleurisy (holes in his lungs) and was screaming. Cochrane didn’t want to wake up the other prisoners, so took him to his private room.

 

He had no morphine, just aspirin, which wasn’t working. He felt desperate. He knew very little Russian and there was no one in the ward who did. He finally instinctively sat down on the bed and took the soldier in his arms. The screaming stopped and the prisoner died peacefully in Cochrane’s arms a few hours later. It was not the pleurisy that caused the screaming but loneliness. He was ashamed of his misdiagnosis and kept the story secret.

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Artificial concern for people in pain won’t stop suicide. Radical empathy might.  

Artificial concern for people in pain won’t stop suicide. Radical empathy might.   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
When we search for answers to our pain and the pain of loved ones, we see empathy through the lens of danger and disease. We yell, You are not alone! Telling that to a person who feels suicidally alone is the same as asking, “Have you tried not being sad?” We are alone, all of us. Nobody will ever share in the experience of being me. I will never share in the experience of being inside any of my loved ones’ minds or hearts or souls. Empathy is not a cure for loneliness. It is merely a commitment to assert that other people’s loneliness matters, that it is seen and heard and felt as much as possible.

Empathy is about undermining loneliness by flooding it with engagement. Because sometimes, even with a face-to-face human, even with a doctor — you can check yourself into, say, San Francisco General Hospital for depression, have your medical history taken — you may still receive callous and confusing care. Seeking help or offering help is not the same as helping.
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Symposia – Roots of Empathy

Symposia – Roots of Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Keep an eye out for our 2018 Research Proceedings and videos of our Speakers – coming soon!

“We need to get better at ensuring that the children we raise are given the same intentional proactive gifts of social emotional health as they are getting through our intentional actions to grow cognitive skills.”

– Dr. Bruce D. Perry, Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy (Houston, TX) and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago, IL)

Roots of Empathy values the lens of research as the organization continues to provide empathy-based programming to children on three continents. The Roots of Empathy Research Symposia offer engaging and thought-provoking research presentations from world-renowned international scientists.

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'Don't you have empathy?': Sarah Huckabee Sanders grilled over migrant children in tense briefing

'Don't you have empathy?': Sarah Huckabee Sanders grilled over migrant children in tense briefing | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
“Come on Sarah, you’re a parent”, reporter Brian Karem said during a briefing. “Don’t you have any empathy for what these people are going through?”

After the Trump administration unveiled a more stringent border policy of prosecuting parents who cross the border with their children, the numbers of young migrants held in government shelters have sharply increased. A wave of press reports have detailed conditions in a converted Texas Walmart building that now houses some 1,500 boys. 
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Liberals Are More Empathetic than Conservatives, but Both Favor Themselves, Research Claims

Liberals Are More Empathetic than Conservatives, but Both Favor Themselves, Research Claims | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is likely an indicator of political affiliation rather than result. A recent Princeton study asserted that people with more empathetic tendencies were more likely to lean left and support government spending programs.

 

Because empathetic people are more likely to support social reform and redistribution of wealth, they typically vote for liberal candidates. Conversely, conservatives, they argue, view the state as a “strict father” responsible for upholding order rather than “nurturing” citizens.

But just because conservative voters separate compassion from politics doesn’t mean they aren’t compassionate said Meredith Long, a political scientists at University of Pittsburgh not involved with the study.  

 

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People who deeply grasp the pain or happiness of others also process music differently in the brain

People who deeply grasp the pain or happiness of others also process music differently in the brain | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Higher empathy people appear to process music like a pleasurable proxy for a human encounter — in the brain regions for reward, social awareness and regulation of social emotions.  

People with higher empathy differ from others in the way their brains process music, according to a study by researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas and UCLA.


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Why people kill themselves. It’s not depression. –  apply empathy to individuals before they commit the greatest violence to themselves

Why people kill themselves. It’s not depression. –  apply empathy to individuals before they commit the greatest violence to themselves | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

We all know how highly effective empathy can be in lessening anger and when used early in preventing violence in other people. We also talk about how it might have prevented some mass or school shooting had it been applied to the bullied, unbalanced, mentally disturbed individual who committed such an atrocity.

As long as treatments and procedures don’t penetrate the shame, feeling burdensome, utter aloneness and des-pair at the core of the suffering inside people at the moment they decide to take their lives, we are just “putting lipstick on a pain.”

Hasn’t the time come to apply empathy to individuals before they commit the greatest violence to themselves and end up dying from suicide?

 

Mark Goulston

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Please Stop Saying These 5 "Caring" Comments

Please Stop Saying These 5 "Caring" Comments | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The last thing we want is to make the people we care about feel worse.

 

When someone is going through a difficult time we often struggle to know what to say. We want to think of the perfect comment, but find ourselves relying on common phrases we've heard in the past. While our intentions are good, the words we choose sometimes hold hidden meanings that are hurtful to those we are trying to support. The next time you are comforting a friend, consider what you are actually trying to say and don't commit these verbal faux pas.

 

1. "Everyone gets tired/sad/etc sometimes."

 

 

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Are Empathy and Musical Appreciation Related to Social Skills?

Are Empathy and Musical Appreciation Related to Social Skills? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The study looked at people who are "high empathy" meaning they are affected emotionally by the feelings of others and lower empathy people who are not as emotionally invested in the actions of others. The role of processing music in the brain is complicated, and many neuroscience research projects have looked at the relationship between how we encode music in the brain and our actions in social situations.

Zachary Wallmark is an assistant professor in the SMU Meadows School of the Arts as well as the lead author of the work. "High-empathy and low-empathy people share a lot in common when listening to music, including roughly equivalent involvement in the regions of the brain related to auditory, emotion, and sensory-motor processing." They aren't exactly alike however and the areas where there are differences are relevant to social situations.
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Empathy Is An Essential Leadership Skill - There's Nothing Soft About It

Empathy Is An Essential Leadership Skill - There's Nothing Soft About It | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathy Is An Essential Leadership Skill – And There’s Nothing Soft About It

I get tired of hearing about “soft skills,” even when it’s acknowledged they are important. No less a hard-muscled body than the U.S. Army, in its Army Field Manual on Leader Development (one of the best resource on leadership I’ve ever seen) insists repeatedly that empathy is essential for competent leadership.

Why? Empathy enables you to know if the people you’re trying to reach are actually reached. It allows you to predict the effect your decisions and actions will have on core audiences and strategize accordingly. Without empathy, you can’t build a team or nurture a new generation of leaders. You will not inspire followers or elicit loyalty. Empathy is essential in negotiations and sales: it allows you to know your target’s desires and what risks they are or aren’t willing to take.

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I'll Meet You There: A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication (Paperback)

I'll Meet You There: A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication (Paperback) | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

‘An excellent book on empathy that teases out the centrality of this value in Buddhism  as the foundation for the cultivation of compassion and loving-kindness.’ – Stephen Batchelor, Buddhist teacher and author

Shantigarbha is a certified Nonviolent Communication trainer. Find out more about his work on the Seed of Peace website.
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When Empathy Fails

When Empathy Fails | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Narcissists, sociopaths, addicts, brain injured, a vengeful ex, autistics, corrupt city officials, and greedy neighbors...

What do these people have in common?

According to Dr. Kathy Marshack, they all lack empathy. She ought to know. She endured a 12-year perfect storm of divorce, lawsuits, assaults, cyberstalking, false arrests, predatory prosecution, and the loss of her children to parental alienation. 

If you’ve been hurt just once, or maybe too many times to count, it’s time to reclaim the beautiful life you are meant to live. Dr. Marshack introduces the Empathy Dysfunction (EmD) Scale and shares hard-learned lessons on how to protect yourself from those with EmD, by increasing your own empathy! 

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RSPCA Compassionate Class KS2 Programme Teach Empathy and Compassion

RSPCA Compassionate Class KS2 Programme Teach Empathy and Compassion | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Compassionate Class is a innovative new programme from the RSPCA that encourages children to develop compassion and empathy through the lens of animal welfare.


Designed to support schools promote SMSC and deliver PSHE/PSE for 7-11 year olds, Compassionate Class takes an interactive, discussion-based approach to develop emotional literacy and consider the welfare needs of animals.


Through a series of enquiry-led activities, children will consider what it means to be compassionate, understand the needs of different types of animals, and work collaboratively to develop empathy skills for their school lives and beyond.


Compassionate Class is a flexible project that can be delivered across four to five hours of your lesson time. Choose from sessions focusing on pets, wild animals or farm animals, culminating in an imaginative piece of work from your pupils which can be entered into a nationwide competition.

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Teaching Children Empathy Using Social Emotional Learning Theory

Teaching Children Empathy Using Social Emotional Learning Theory | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Teaching empathy and interconnectedness
Help young students recognize the impact of their emotions and actions upon others.

 

Ask: “When you were feeling mad, I noticed that you pulled her hair. How do you think that made her feel?”

 

Or “When you felt embarrassed, you made fun of him. How do you think that made him feel?” According to Dr. Daniel Siegel, author of The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, “When children are interconnected, in tune with others, and have the capacity to be reflective, it increases empathy and understanding for the self and others.

 

The ability to be reflective and to understand the self and others is what builds resiliency.” Educators can assist students to become reflective about their emotions, empathetic and aware of their relationship to others, and more resilient as a result.

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 Reporter scolds Sanders: Don't you have empathy? - YouTube

Reporter Brian Karem asks White House press secretary Sarah Sanders whether she has any empathy after reports that thousands of immigrant children have been separated from their parents at the border.
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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Delivers Surprising, Passionate 10-Minute Floor Speech About LGBT Youth Suicide 

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Delivers Surprising, Passionate 10-Minute Floor Speech About LGBT Youth Suicide  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The gradual dissolution of civil society has led to unprecedented levels of loneliness, depression, and despair. In this sense, suicide is merely a symptom of a much larger problem.

But even though there’s hopelessness, there is still reason to hope. I firmly believe that by restoring civility to its proper place in our society, we can fight the despair that has seized hold of so many.

Civility starts with the words we use. Whether in person or online, we can be softer in our language, kinder in our actions, and stronger in our love. We can combat coarseness with compassion, choosing empathy instead of anger.

On an individual level, reclaiming civility entails a fundamental shift in how we view our political opponents. No longer should we see each other as adversaries in a zero-sum game but as allies in preserving the American experiment for future generations.

Mr. President, restoring civility and respect to the public square cannot be achieved through legislation. Ultimately, this is a change that must take place in the heart of every American. But here in the Senate, we can lead by example, which is why I urge all of my colleagues to join me today in recommitting to civility.
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Liberals tend to be more empathetic than conservatives, according to new psychology research

Liberals tend to be more empathetic than conservatives, according to new psychology research | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Liberals want to experience more empathy and tend to be more empathetic than conservatives, according to new research published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

“We know that liberals and conservatives differ in their support for social policy issues, but there is an ongoing debate whether they fundamentally differ in cognitive, motivational, and emotional aspects,” said study author Yossi Hasson of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

“As a researcher who investigates empathy in various intergroup contexts I was interested to examine how political ideology relates to empathy which play an important role in our social life. This question has been difficult to resolve by previous studies due to methodological constraints and common use of ideologically-biased targets (that are either liberal or conservative-leaning),” Hasson explained. 

 

By ERIC W. DOLAN 

 

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High-Empathy People May Process Music in Brain's Social Areas

High-Empathy People May Process Music in Brain's Social Areas | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The brains of people with high levels of empathy appear to process music differently than those of low-empathy people, according to a new study by researchers from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, finds that high-empathy individuals process familiar music with greater involvement of the brain’s reward system as well as in regions associated with processing social information.

Previous research suggests that around 20 percent of the population is highly empathic. These are people who are especially sensitive and respond strongly to social and emotional stimuli.
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Adolescence and the Power of Empathy

Adolescence and the Power of Empathy | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
One of the most powerful parental tools for maintaining this sense of connection with their teenager during a potentially more emotionally intense, abrasive, and estranging time is empathy.

Think of empathy as the ability to sense another person's feelings as one's own, and to communicate this recognition in a comforting way so that the other person feels emotionally known and not alone. 

For example, the parent says: “Beneath your acting angry at not being selected, I can feel your disappointment over not getting what you wanted and worked for, and I know this loss is hard to bear.” Now the teenager, who didn’t make the team, feels the comfort of loving company at an unhappy time. The parent has expressively put themselves in the emotional place or “shoes” of the suffering teenager who feels empathetically acknowledged, cared for, and supported.

 

Carl E Pickhardt Ph.D.

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