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Khizr Khan Has Introduced the Idea of Empathy Into Our Democratic Culture

Khizr Khan Has Introduced the Idea of Empathy Into Our Democratic Culture | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
As a historian, I am always struck whenever Khan uses the word “empathy” in his criticism of Trump.  I like this term.  Not only is the concept of empathy essential to the survival of American democracy, but it is also vital to the discipline of history.  

 

The study of history requires empathy.  Thus, if my logic is correct, the study of history might also be useful to a robust and thriving democratic life in the United States

 

 

 JOHNFEA

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(Empathic Parenting) When Empathy Doesn't Work

(Empathic Parenting) When Empathy Doesn't Work | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Rarely can a response make something better. What makes something better is connection.”                                    – Brené Brown, Ph.D. 

I once entered an elevator to the sounds of a crying infant. The mother faced forward and was holding the baby up to face the rear of the elevator. She was shifting her body from side to side and patting the baby’s back in an attempt to quiet her. I stood with my back at the rear of the elevator and turned my head to look at the baby’s face. The baby looked at me. “You seem upset,” I acknowledged, nodding slightly. The baby instantly stopped crying and stared at me with what looked like a mixture of relief and disbelief. (A story I shared in my post, “Baby Manipulator”)

Empathy can have a powerfully calming effect, particularly in the early years with children. I imagine that’s because our babies and toddlers are limited in their ability to communicate thoughts and emotions, so they’re not accustomed to feeling understood.

 

When that happens… Whoa! What a wonderful surprise! They not only feel heard and understood, but also have the reassurance from one of the extremely important adults in their lives that it’s perfectly okay for them to feel what they’re feeling. It’s no wonder empathy can make children feel instantly better.

Yet, for all the inspiring stories I hear from parents and professionals about the miraculous power of empathy, I also hear concerns about empathy not working. Here are the most common reasons empathy doesn’t work:

 

 BY JANET

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The Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit

The Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit brings together patient experience leaders, healthcare CEOs, innovators, nursing leaders, policy makers, caregivers, industry experts and patients who are committed to not just the patient or caregiver experience, but also the human experience.

The theme of this year's three-day, inter-professional conference is Empathy by Design and features expert speakers, panel discussions and workshops representing multiple healthcare professions and disciplines who design programs, services, structures, spaces, processes and more with empathy in mind.

As drivers of this critical work, we also promise to deliver an experience for attendees that exemplifies empathy and innovation at its best.

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What is this election missing? Empathy for Trump voters.

What is this election missing? Empathy for Trump voters. | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
A liberal Berkeley professor spent time getting to know rural conservatives and found they weren't so different after all.

 

What Hochschild discovered, and then wrote about in her book, “Strangers in Their Own Land” — a National Book Award finalist this year — is that neither side makes an effort to understand the other, but especially progressives, she said.

 

Without understanding, there can’t be empathy. Without empathy, it’s nearly impossible to explore common ground.

 

Q: But there is a segment of Trump supporters who have expressed racist, sexist and/or xenophobic beliefs, like the man who yelled, “Jew-S-A,” at the press at a rally. If you feel threatened by that, how do you also feel empathetic?....

 

Q: So is lack of empathy what is driving us apart?...

 

Q: To start working toward being more empathetic with one another, do we have to immerse ourselves with ‘the other’ like you did?... 

 

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Why we need to develop patient empathy in pain management 

Why we need to develop patient empathy in pain management  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

One of the unique challenges with respect to pain in older people, rather than pain in younger adults, is related to the issue of empathy. This is a crucial component to the patient-therapist relationship and is consistently linked to improved patient satisfaction and outcome.

It ties in with the Francis report on underperforming regions of the NHS, which found high levels of non-empathic behaviour, such as not listening to patients and showing a lack of care and compassion. One could argue that it may be very difficult for an undergraduate student, the majority of whom will be in their late teens and early twenties, to empathise with older people with persistent pain.

Worryingly, levels of empathy appear to actually decline in health and social care students as they move through their course, according to previous studies. Thus, there is a great need to enhance health and social care undergraduate training in the field of persistent pain in older people that is rooted not just in information and knowledge exchange, but the creation and development of empathy.

 

by Dr Cormac Ryan

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THE PREJUDICES OF AMERICANS: HOW THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE HAS UNCOVERED OUR DANGEROUS BIASES

THE PREJUDICES OF AMERICANS: HOW THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE HAS UNCOVERED OUR DANGEROUS BIASES | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Research at the University of Queensland tested a previous finding that people have much stronger empathy toward those of their own race or ethnic background. The study, conducted by Dr. Ross Cunningham, involved Chinese students new to Australia.

 

The students were shown videos of Chinese and Caucasian actors receiving a painful or nonpainful touch to their cheek and questioned as to the level of empathy they felt for the actors. Those students who indicated that they had more contact with students of other races showed higher levels of empathy than did those students who had contact only with other students like themselves.

 

The students with higher empathy had more daily exposure to those from different backgrounds — not necessarily close relationships, but simply more contact.

 

In essence, familiarity had a significant impact on empathy, regardless of race or ethnic background. Empathy increases and stress decreases with exposure to other groups of people.

 

by Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, 

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Empathy Is Nice, But It’s Not Exactly Necessary

Empathy Is Nice, But It’s Not Exactly Necessary | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
As Ruffalo defines it, “Empathy is when you’re able to care about and understand how someone else is feeling.” It’s the way the concept is typically described, as a prerequisite to concern, which, therefore, leads to action. And it does seem obvious that if you can feel what someone else is feeling, you’ll be more likely to act with kindness toward them.

 

That’s why empathy is typically seen as a cornerstone of a moral life, as it’s understood to motivate prosocial behaviors like cooperating, volunteering, sharing, or donating money. It’s no wonder, then, that a recent report led by Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit group behind the kids’ show — found that most teachers would rather their students had empathy than basic manners.

 

By Melissa Dahl

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The Development of Empathy... An Essential Life Skill!

The Development of Empathy... An Essential Life Skill! | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Once in the other room, I turned around and saw the girl sitting all alone on her sleeping bag looking very dejected. At that moment an intense feeling of empathy overcame me.

 

With this strong feeling, I picked up my sleeping bag, went into the other room and laid it out right next to the girl who was being excluded. To my surprise, the other girls followed and the party resumed.

The ability I had to see things from her perspective and the resulting empathy I had for this girl in this situation strongly overcame my need to be accepted by the group.
Brain research demonstrates that even very young babies have a capacity for empathy. This is an extremely essential life skill and is at the heart of social skills and success in life. It is a skill like any other, it needs to be developed.

As Dr. Bruce Perry, an expert on the development of and need for empathy, states:

 "One of the most important aspects of being a human being, is being able to be in a relationship. Being able to successfully form and maintain a relationship. And at the heart of that capability is the capacity to put yourself in somebody else's shoes, to see the world how they see it. That capacity is empathy."

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The Empathy Tower - a film by Josh Wilson 

Isolating themes from the film, the Empathy Tower is a public engagement work which offers an opportunity for individuals to sign and customise a small block of wood and be involved in creating a lasting sculptural work - a mood of the day.

 

By participating in this way individuals are able to visualise their empathy, show solidarity with others in the Benefits system and expose the taboo of sighing on.

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Compassion Will Set You Free: Practicing Non-Judgement  

“I speak to everyone the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.” - Albert Einstein

My grandad taught me to treat everyone the same… whether they’re a plumber or the president of the United States.

I want to tell you a story that really resonates with me. It can be so hard to have compassion when you’re in a situation you don’t understand and your first instinct is to JUDGE - whether it’s the situation or a person.
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Election 2016: How to promote democracy and empathy in the classroom 

Election 2016: How to promote democracy and empathy in the classroom  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
There is good news, though. From one of the most comforting of all media offerings: Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind Sesame Street, conducted a study with 2,000 parents and 500 teachers. It found that “both parents and educators overwhelmingly felt that being kind was more important than having high academic achievement.”

 

Spending time on empathy work in your classroom will pay off for the rest of the year. And beyond.

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Does your empathy predict if you would stop and help an injured person?

Does your empathy predict if you would stop and help an injured person? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

If you see an injured person by the side of the road, would you stop and help them, or are you more likely to walk on by? What motivates people to do good in such a situation?

 

Dr Carrie Allison, a member of the team, commented: "How much empathy one has is itself a complex outcome of both biological factors and early upbringing and is a skill that can improve with development, learning, and practice."

 
Professor Baron-Cohen, author of Zero Degrees of Empathy and the Chair of Trustees of the Canadian-based charity "Empathy for Peace", said: "This research is a first step towards understanding why some people may or may not stop to help a person in distress. Studies conducted 'in the wild' are notoriously difficult to undertake, and even this small sample was derived from over 1,000 passers by. We will need to await a larger-scale replication. These results suggest that one factor that predicts which individuals will not stand idly by, is how many degrees of empathy they have."

 

Richard A. I. Bethlehem et al. Does empathy predict altruism in the wild?, Social Neuroscience (2016). DOI: 10.1080/17470919.2016.1249944

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Caring for the Spirit, Empathy IQ Workshop.

Caring for the Spirit, Empathy IQ Workshop. | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The next seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m., is “Caring for the Spirit, Empathy IQ Workshop.”

 

It will be led by Dr. Stephen G. Jones and Andrew Witter who will discuss practical tips for building strong and engaging relationships at home and in the workplace by increasing your empathy IQ.

 

He is the founder and CEO of EmpathyIQ LLC, a management consulting firm dedicated to increasing service excellence in the workplace by promoting more mindful and sincere empathic behavior of individuals in service-oriented professions.

 

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Intolerant Leftist Sociologist Makes Amazing Discovery About You and Me - The Rush Limbaugh Show

Intolerant Leftist Sociologist Makes Amazing Discovery About You and Me - The Rush Limbaugh Show | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
RUSH: Mr. Snerdley pointed something out to me today.  I would not have seen this in the normal act of show prep on my own.  Washington Post.  It might even be website only, I don't even know if this ran in the newspaper.  It's the "Inspired Life" section of the Post. 

 

"What Is This Election Missing? Empathy for Trump Voters."  I said, "Whoa, what's this?  'Empathy for Trump Voters'?  You know what empathy is.  It's not sympathy.  It means we need a little bit more understanding of who these Trump people are. 

So the story is about a sociologist at UC Berkeley who, what? How many number of years?   The last five years? Is it a she or a he? (interruption)  She.  A sociologist at UC Berkeley immersed herself in "Middle America," Tea Party America, for the last five years.

 

 

  Rush Limbaugh

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The One Feeling That Affects Everything You Do

The One Feeling That Affects Everything You Do | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

The answer? They all depend on the successful utilization of our intuitive, biologically hard-wired ability to empathize. When we are successful in empathizing, we naturally activate in others their engagement, interest, and trust.

 

When we don’t empathize, we are more likely to trigger frustration, criticism, and withdrawal.

 

Now I could be talking about marriage advice or product development. Either way, these truths would apply – because empathy is relevant to every aspect of human interaction. It is the skill in which we apply empathy that serves as the basis for our social competency, which in turn serves as the primary basis for successful relationships. It is also the substance of good design, in that what we produce is created with the user’s genuine needs in mind, capturing a “sense” of familiarity, connection, ease, thoughtfulness, and comfort.

 

by Joseph Lee

 

 

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Empathy needed after election  

Empathy needed after election   | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
This election has changed our national discourse in ways that couldn’t have been predicted even four years ago. For over a year now, our nation’s worst qualities have been reflected on the campaign trail, and Nov. 8, Americans will decide who the next leader of the free world will be.

 

While the campaign advertisements may end, our fractured republic will remain. So we must find ways as a society to heal the wounds inflicted this election, but we can’t just cover up our scars with Band-Aids.

 

To truly cure our ailing society, each of us must learn the importance of empathy in our communities.

 

 By Kyle Stewart

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The United States Is Somehow One Of The Most Empathetic Countries In The World

The United States Is Somehow One Of The Most Empathetic Countries In The World | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Researchers completed an online survey with 104,000 people, asking whether respondents "have tender, concerned feelings for people less fortunate" than themselves, and are able to "imagine how things look from their perspective." Respondents were aged 18 and 90 years old.

 

Three Middle East countries (Saudi, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait) had scores in the top 10. Eastern European countries were generally lower down the list. Lithuania was last, though, it's important to note, the differences between top and bottom were relatively small.

 

 

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(Empathic Policing) Can Empathy Improve Policing? 

(Empathic Policing) Can Empathy Improve Policing?  | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

Overall crime rates are down in the United States. But looking the news, it’s hard to not despair. Police killings of unarmed black citizens makes us question the integrity of our police forces, while retribution killings of innocent police officers make us fear for their safety on the job. According to a recent Gallop poll, confidence in the police has dropped to its lowest level in 22 years.

Yet, there is some hope. Social scientists have begun joining forces with police to look at how police communication protocols and training can be changed to help increase community trust for the police and reduce the use of force—and help them work together to fight crime.

While the research is largely preliminary, some of the findings suggest that empathy—being able to see interactions from another’s perspective and understand the emotions involved—may play an important role in policing

 

.By Jill Suttie

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Does empathy predict altruism in the wild?

Does empathy predict altruism in the wild? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Why do people act altruistically? One theory is that empathy is a driver of morality. Experimental studies of this are often confined to laboratory settings, which often lack ecological validity. In the present study we investigated whether empathy traits predict if people will act altruistically in a real-world setting, “in the wild”.

 

We staged a situation in public that was designed to elicit helping, and subsequently measured empathic traits in those who either stopped to help or walked past and did not help. Results show that a higher number of empathic traits are a significant and positive predictor for altruistic behavior in a real-life situation. This supports the theory that the act of doing good is correlated with empathy.

 

Richard A. I. Bethlehem,
Carrie Allison,
Emma M. van Andel,
Alexander I. Coles,
Kimberley Neil
Simon Baron-Cohen

 

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Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking

Empathy In Creativity and Design Thinking | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The new RSA animate video, The Power of Outrospection is quite thought provoking and has gotten me  thinking about all kinds of links between empathy and creativity.

In the video, philosopher Roman Krznaric explores the idea that we live in a time that demands more empathic adventurers in all aspects of life.  Empathy not just so we act better towards others, but also because it helps us create better innovations, services and quality of life.  I was struck by the video because I think there is something in the zeitgeist these days that highlights the importance of empathy for creating.

 

  • EMPATHY IN MARKETING...
  • EMPATHY IN DESIGN...
  • EMPATHY IN HUMAN SERVICES...
  • EMPATHY IN CREATIVE FIELDS..

 

By Ben Weinlick

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Evenings at the Loft - Empathy & Design

Evenings at the Loft - Empathy & Design | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Evenings at the Loft is on with our eleventh design salon Friday, November 18.
This Evening’s theme is on Empathy and we'll have four 10 minute speakers for this one.

 

Stay tuned for speaker announcements!
We aim to explore the science of empathy and discuss how empathy fits inside our teams and outside with those our experiences are meant to serve.

 

Our presenters will share ways that developing empathy for their customers can drive innovation and inspiration and how cultivating a culture of empathy within our own organization can increase productivity and the bottom line.

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Empathy Cannot be Automated - Jenn Downs @ UX New Zealand  

Using technology to manage relationships isn't a replacement for human to human contact. You still have to talk to people to develop empathy for your customers. You still have to treat people with respect and dignity. When people are reduced to just a number, a twitter handle, a "targeted segment", or a blip on a chart, you run the risk of breaking good customer relationships.

This lack of empathy in automation can be horrible or it can be humorous. I’ll show you some automation fails and show you some examples of people automating for good. We’ll talk about how automation is starting to affect our creative lives. Then we’ll wrap with really considering why we automate at all.
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Can we train ourselves to be more empathetic?

Can we train ourselves to be more empathetic? | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
The differentiator in the behaviours I have been observing is empathy

The subjects I have observed are of the type: developer, tester, analyst, business stakeholder, manager, leader.

What I found out is that the difference in the success of people with high empathy versus the less empathetic ones is astonishing. It is a different ball game. Empathetic people, get things done while building strong relationships and creating an enjoyable environment.
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Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience

Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it
Some of the topics in today’s show will be:

 

1) What is Empathic CBT and how it contributes to better mental and physical health;

 

2) Why our stress rates have risen so dramatically and the top three things your audience can do today to decrease stress at home and at work;

 

3) Empathy versus sympathy – getting rid of the confusion and learning why being more empathic lessens our stress levels; 4) How to get rid of negative stories we’ve created about ourselves once and for all;

 

5) Why prejudice is a major cause of stress and what to do about it; What is missing in our society that so many successful people lead unsatisfied lives;

 

6) What is performance addiction and where does it fit into Empathic CBT.

 

 

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In Business, Listening Is Just As Important As Speaking

In Business, Listening Is Just As Important As Speaking | Empathy Magazine | Scoop.it

To be a great leader, you have to be a great listener. If there’s an issue, you need to be able to figure out what the problem actually is in order to solve it, even if an employee doesn’t communicate it directly.

 

You have to be able to empathize with them. Not only have I relied on this trait for the success and retention in both of my businesses, but I also hire for it because I know empathy is what makes a great manager.

Empathy is also what allows me to motivate each of my employees. I don’t manage any single one of them the same way. You need to be able to figure out what actually drives them. Are they here for the money? Is work-life balance more important? Do they care about job titles? Are they happy in their vertical?

Empathy has allowed me to turn potential clients into actual clients and turn almost anyone into a friend. 

 

 BY GARY VAYNERCHUK ·

 

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