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International News about Empathy applied to Conflict, Justice, Restorative Justice, Mediation and the Law. (more at CultureOfEmpathy.com)”
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Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
Restorative justice empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own and in small groups, and it's a growing practice at schools around the country. Essentially, the idea is to bring students together in peer-mediated small groups to talk, ask questions, and air their grievances. (This four-part tutorial from the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation is a wonderful primer.)

For the growing number of districts using restorative justice, the programs have helped strengthen campus communities, prevent bullying, and reduce student conflicts. And the benefits are clear: early-adopting districts have seen drastic reductions in suspension and expulsion rates, and students say they are happier and feel safer.
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(Restorative Empathy) Center for Empathy in International Affairs Briefing Paper: Empathy in Conflict Resolution: If, How and When.

(Restorative Empathy) Center for Empathy in International Affairs Briefing Paper: Empathy in Conflict Resolution: If, How and When. | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

In collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Center for Empathy in International Affairs held a consultation with 15 academics, experts and mediators in Washington DC on 14 March 2016.

The consultation addressed empathy in conflict resolution, building on insights from CEIA’s March 2016 consultation on empathy in mediation, and expanded on those discussions with new insights, issues and case examples.

 

The experts views and insights are captured in this CEIA briefing paper: Empathy in Conflict Resolution: If, How and When.

Briefing summary
Empathy has several definitions but can be considered as the practice of imagining or grasping the thoughts, feelings and perceptions of others. As such, it is an essential tool to resolve conflict and to ensure the sustainability of peace. Mediators or facilitators can empathize through finding something within their own character or experience that resonates with the parties.

 

This enables them to forge stronger connections, build trust and increase understanding. Empathizing helps mediators to identify a party’s key concerns and sacred values. 

 

image source: Intervention of the Sabine Women

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New scheme launched to teach “design thinking” to prisoners

New scheme launched to teach “design thinking” to prisoners | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Design Against Crime Research Centre has been joined by other partners to launch the Makeright initiative, which is calling for designer volunteers.

Promoting empathy

Gamman says: “I suspect design volunteers will learn as much from teaching as our team have from the experience of working in prison. In fact I hope very much that the Makeright project will promote empathy in two specific ways.

 

“First that volunteers will understand inmates’ lives and experiences better. Secondly that inmates will find their hidden and often better self and that this humanising experience will activate more empathy, which many “switch off” to survive the prison.”

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Forget the peace talks. It's time to rewire brains | The Jewish Chronicle

Forget the peace talks. It's time to rewire brains | The Jewish Chronicle | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
For nearly 70 years, politicians, diplomats, grassroots activists and militants have tried and failed to resolve the Israel-Palestine crisis.


Perhaps scientists should be given a chance - although they might want to work on the titles of their conferences:
"Empathy Neuroscience: Translational Relevance for Conflict Resolution" was held this week at the British Academy in London.


The gathering, the brainchild of Cambridge professor Simon Baron-Cohen, was about stripping down the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians to the cellular level. Literally.
Attendees shared findings about the specific areas of the brain that respond empathically and the chemicals they secrete. The hope was that the science might provide some insights into creating what is still lacking between the two peoples: an empathic understanding of the "other" side that would allow for a lasting peace settlement.

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Philosopher Lori Gruen to speak on “Justice and Empathy Beyond the Human”

Philosopher Lori Gruen to speak on “Justice and Empathy Beyond the Human” | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Can empathy play a role in the pursuit of justice, and do either justice or empathy help in thinking about ethics beyond the human?

 

Wesleyan philosopher Lori Gruen will explore these two questions in her March 10th lecture titled “Justice and Empathy Beyond the Human” as this year’s Robert D. Clark Lecturer in the Humanities. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in 156 Straub Hall.

 

In her talk,Gruen will argue that empathy is central to justice, and that it should play a central role in our ethical thinking and in our dealings with all sorts of different others, including other animals.


Gruen’s work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, and non-human animals. She has published extensively on topics in animal ethics, ecofeminism, and practical ethics more broadly, and is currently thinking about intersections of race, gender, and species and, as always, about chimpanzees.

 

More on Culture of Empathy Builder:  Lori Gruen
 http://j.mp/1GyciFG

 

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Empathy Neuroscience: Translational Relevance for Conflict Resolution - British Academy

Empathy Neuroscience: Translational Relevance for Conflict Resolution - British Academy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
This conference brings together empathy neuroscience research to tackle a key translational challenge: its relevance for conflict resolution. It focuses on the idea that taking the other person’s perspective is ultimately necessary to resolve conflict; and that conflicts are perpetuated by adopting a single perspective.


The conference considers the relevance of empathy neuroscience for policy makers working in conflict resolution.


The meeting brings together an international panel of speakers drawn from outstanding scientists, clinicians, scholars, and charities, focusing particularly on the potential role of empathy in the Israel-Palestine conflict. The aims are to enable dialogue and a better understanding of empathy, and to promote the development of evidence-based interventions that foster empathy in conflict zones.


Convenors: 

  • Professor Simon Baron-Cohen FBA, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Haifa Staiti, Gather Fellow, Seeds of Peace, Canada
  • Dr Ahmad Abu-Akel, Birmingham University, UK
  • Professor Ruth Feldman, Bar-Ilan University, Israel and Yale University, USA
  • Professor Simone Shamay-Tsoory, Haifa University, Israel
  • Alex Gabbay, Film Director, London, UK
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Empathy in Conflict Intervention: Authors Richard Bowers & Nelle Moffett interviewed by Edwin Rutsch

Empathy in Conflict Intervention: Authors Richard Bowers & Nelle Moffett interviewed by Edwin Rutsch | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Nelle and I co-authored Empathy in Conflict Intervention: The Key to Successful NVC Mediation. This book brings together theories from psychology, conflict resolution, and sociology to explore the effectiveness of empathy in mediation.


From the book:
"What empathy provides for the mediator is a way to create an unbiased connection with each client without reverting to a cold aloofness that is sometimes taught in mediation training."


"The impact of mediator empathy towards both parties may provide the support needed for successful mediation even when there is no ongoing relationship between the parties.  A better understanding of the power of empathy could lead to increased usage of empathy in mediation. This increased usage of empathy could increase perspective-taking by the parties within mediations, leading to increased connection, collaboration, or satisfaction with the mediation process for both mediators and disputants. "

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Developed sense of justice evident 'in children as young as 3'

Developed sense of justice evident 'in children as young as 3' | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
Dr. Jensen claims that the findings provide a new insight into the nature of justice, with the chief implication being that empathy is a core component of a sense of justice, which in turn feeds into an understanding of punishment and cooperation.


He describes the take-home message as being that preschool children are sensitive to harm to others, and given a choice, they would rather restore things to help the victim than punish the perpetrator.

We asked Dr. Jensen what kind of practical interventions might be suggested by the study for use among teachers and parents.

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Empathy Movement Newsletter: Empathy as the Best Healing Agent - from Edwin Rutsch: 30 minute free empathic listening session

Empathy Movement Newsletter: Empathy as the Best Healing Agent - from Edwin Rutsch: 30 minute free empathic listening session | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Dear Movement Supporters


Empathy has long been understood to be a healing agent. It has become the core essence in the field of therapy to heal personal problems such as, stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, shame, self-judgment,  stuckness, trauma, PTSD, etc., etc.  It is the core healing agent of interpersonal and social conflicts in mediation and restorative justice processes.


Even in the medical field, studies show that patients with an empathic doctor heal faster since feeling seen, heard, acknowledged and understood reduces stress and inflation, thereby, allowing the natural healing processes of the body to work more effectively.


To build a more empathic culture, we need more people trained and practiced in offering empathic guidance and support.  I am expanding my empathic guide services for healing and invite you to try a 30 minute free empathic listening session.  If you know of others who may benefit from this, do pass it on.


Warmly,
Edwin Rutsch
Director: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
 

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Restorative Circles Process for conflict mediation via empathic listening.

Restorative Circles Process for conflict mediation via empathic listening. | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
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Future Lawyers Should Be Screened and Trained for Empathy

Future Lawyers Should Be Screened and Trained for Empathy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

 I recently read an article by Jill Suttie titled "Should We Train Doctors for Empathy?" ...


Those who tend to be attracted to law school in the first place tend to be logical thinkers (rule oriented) and have low EQ levels. Moreover, the research indicates that the training students receive in law school also causes an "erosion of empathy." Furthermore, the more empathic students tend to drop out of law school at a much higher rate. Moreover, "lawyers with 'higher levels of resilience, empathy, initiative and sociability' are more likely to leave law practice than those with lower levels of those traits."


In fact, "some US law firms have used this assessment metric (a scale to measure sociopaths on a scale of 0 to 40, with higher levels being extreme behaviour) in their hiring practice, preferring to employ lawyers with sociopathic index close to 29.


Image: The Village Lawyer, c. 1621, by Pieter Brueghel the Younger

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Empathy and Fairness

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Empathy is the process that allows us to share the feelings and emotions of others, in the absence of any direct emotional stimulation to the self.


Humans can feel empathy for other people in a wide array of contexts: for basic emotions and sensation such as anger, fear, sadness, joy, pain and lust as well as for more complex emotions such as guilt, embarrassment and love.


It has been proposed that, for most people, empathy is the process that prevents us doing harm to others.

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New Insights on Empathy in Intergroup Conflict

New Insights on Empathy in Intergroup Conflict | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

After spending most of my professional life in the conflict resolution field, I have to admit to experiencing a growing frustration with the state of the field in recent years. There have been times when I have felt that various parts of the field were stuck in their own ideologies, with the result that some interventions seemed to be based on little more than assumptions, research on efficacy of interventions was slow to accumulate, and mythology was revered while research results were ignored...


Parochial Empathy. Dr. Bruneau distinguishes various types of empathy and has articulated the concept of “parochial empathy,” which is experiencing greater empathy for ingroup members than outgroup members. Parochial empathy can explain behavior during intergroup conflict. Dr. Bruneau has found interventions that mitigate parochial empathy, including the use of certain kinds of narratives (Ah! Now we are in my field!)


Perspective-taking and Perspective-giving. Dr. Bruneau found that both sides of an asymmetrical conflict were not equally affected by perspective-taking. While the more powerful side did experience positive effects from perspective-taking, the less powerful side actually benefitted more from “perspective-giving:” speaking and being listened to (Again, my field!).


Dorothy J. Della Noce


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(Empathy & Justice) Do We Need More Empathic Judges?

(Empathy & Justice) Do We Need More Empathic Judges? | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

A light rape sentence sparks outrage—and raises questions about the place of empathy and bias in judicial decision-making.

 

In 2009, President Obama told Americans that he thought empathy was an important quality for a judge to possess, saying, “I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people’s hopes and struggles, as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes.”

In the debate that followed, some legal scholars argued that more empathic judges might be less punitive toward those who come from difficult backgrounds.

 

But others worried that empathic judges might show favoritism or bias, as critics allege happened in the Stanford swimmer case. Scientists have long known that empathy plays a role in how people treat each other. Empathy is a potent predictor of helping behavior, and will lead people to altruistic action even at great risk to themselves.

 

The opposite is also true: not having empathy for someone will likely increase your willingness to inflict harm on them, particularly if they are from a different racial group.

 

By Jill Suttie

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How to Cure a Deficiency of Empathy During Conflict

How to Cure a Deficiency of Empathy During Conflict | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
As a professor of politics, I see violent extremism as a disease, and those infected with it suffer from what I call ‘empathy deficiency.’ Violent extremists in Palestine and Israel are infected with this disease; they look at their opponents and see ghosts ready to be eliminated rather than the living. The effect of this disease also impacts the general community, whose members are unaware and fail to understand the valuable effects of empathy on the reconciliation process.

When a moderate Israeli becomes aware that the Charter of Hamas, a defacto governing body of the Gaza Strip, calls for the killing of all Jews, then his feelings of empathy for the other drop dramatically.

 

by Mohammed S. Dajani

 

 

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The Role of Empathy in Florida Workers’ Compensation MediationWCI360 - Workers' Compensation Institute

The Role of Empathy in Florida Workers’ Compensation MediationWCI360 - Workers' Compensation Institute | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

The workers’ compensation mediation allows the parties to be empathic with one another.

At mediation, the employer/carrier may make a decision to accept a claim, provide a requested benefit or benefits, or offer to settle the claim in its entirety, based primarily on an assessment of the obligation pursuant to law, the risks associated with the claim, and in the interest of doing what is right. There are, however, other cognitive processes at play.  

 

The workers’ compensation mediation allows the parties to be empathic with one another. The Oxford American Dictionary defines empathy as “the ability to identify oneself mentally with a person or thing and so understand his feelings or its meaning.” Oxford American Dictionary ( 1986).

 

Empathy can further be understood as “effective” empathy and “cognitive” empathy. [RSA Animate, The Power of Outrospection, Roman Krznovic (YouTube).]

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Can the neuroscience of empathy help to solve a problem as intractable as the Israel-Palestine conflict?

Can the neuroscience of empathy help to solve a problem as intractable as the Israel-Palestine conflict? | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Can the neuroscience of empathy help to solve a problem as intractable as the Israel-Palestine conflict?

That is the question that was considered by academics who gathered at the British Academy in London on 7 and 8 March to discuss how insights from research might help the region to achieve peace.

Simone Shamay-Tsoory, a professor in the University of Haifa’s department of psychology, presented research showing that when groups are in conflict, they rate their own group as suffering more than outsiders in identical situations.

When Israeli Jews and Palestinians were shown a picture of a hand shut in a car bonnet, they rated this as being far more painful when told that the owner of the hand had a name from their own group, compared with the other group or Europeans, her research found.

 

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Interesting insight - the more closely alligned to someone the more empathy we feel. Empathy is not a nice to have extra in UX it is a core business skill. So how can UXers increase their empathy quotient?

 

Roman Krznaric, empathy advisor to Oxfam and the United Nations, an academic sociologist (formerly of Cambridge University and founding faculty member of The School of Life in London has three tips for us. 

 

1. Get curious about strangers

 

Chat to the person sitting next to you on the bus, dont just talk about the weather, talk about things that matter, what makes them tick and do it regularly, set yourself a challenge and do it at least once a week. 

 

2. Listen and be vulnerable

 

To increase your empathy by being curious you need two other skills, radical listening and making yourself vulnerable.

Empathy is a bond and it requires the removal of masks, revealing ourselves to  create a strong empathic bond. "Empathy is a two-way street."

 

3. Expand your Circle of Empathy

 

Empathising with those you have a natural affinity to comes naturally, the tricky thing is to expand your empathy towards people whose beliefs you don't share.

 

 

One of the most powerful documentary examples of this I've seen is a film called "I can change your mind about climate" which brings together Australian Youth Climate Coalition activist Anna Rose and Australian politician and sceptic Nick Minchin to reveal while the debate has become so vitriolic. 

 

Want to know what your empathy quotient looks like? The University of California, Berkley's Greater Good Science Center has devised an empathy quiz to discover you base rate of empathy.

 

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Univ. of Washington law profs. criticize Scalia's legacy over lack of 'empathy'

Univ. of Washington law profs. criticize Scalia's legacy over lack of 'empathy' | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

“In looking at his legacy, I think his greatest flaw … was a lack of empathy, and I mean this in two respects,” Richards continued. “One, I think he just had a difficult time understanding people who were different from him. I didn’t see a lot of empathy in Justice Scalia’s opinions for people who were different. 


At a technical level, too, he lacks an empathy for his colleagues – with [sic] his withering dissents and concurrences got in the news they made soundbites – but they didn’t wear well with his colleagues. If you work with someone for 30 years and anytime you disagree with someone you’re either a fool or a villain, it’s difficult to work with that person.”


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Fair sentences start with empathy

Fair sentences start with empathy | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
I have had the privilege of practicing statewide and have often found myself parroting the many poignant comments culled from judges throughout the state.


A constant at any sentencing is whether a client can be shown to have the capacity for empathy. If taught to truly listen, our clients can and will hear judges as they make their sentencing decisions.


Judges, from one end of the state to the other, have fashioned sentences for my clients affirming the proposition that a client-specific, empathy-centric plan is the cornerstone of the least restrictive sentences that still protect the public


. Harsh criminal defense lawyers create harsh judges. We, as defense lawyers, need to reach deep into our own empathic substrata to find and help our clients reconcile their conduct with what Abraham Lincoln, during his first Inaugural address, termed “the better angels of our nature.


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At UR, Sotomayor says justices are 'members of this society': “That for me is the work of empathy"

At UR, Sotomayor says justices are 'members of this society': “That for me is the work of empathy" | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Sotomayor said she attempts to bring empathy to her decisions by seeing herself “in the other person’s shoes.”

 

“It is that empathy, in my judgment, that is necessary for judges to have in their written opinions,” she said.


She cited as an example a case involving a 13-year-old girl who successfully sued her school after she was subjected to a strip search because she was reported to have taken an aspirin.
During arguments, some justices questioned how such a search was any different from undressing in a locker room.


That prompted Ginsburg to later comment that some of her male colleagues might not understand the sensitivity 13-year-old girls have about their bodies, Sotomayor said.


“It’s not the conclusions we draw but how we express ourselves,” she said. A ruling should not demean the losing party even when the court disagrees.


“That for me is the work of empathy,” she said.

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Encouraging Empathy and Compassion in Today’s Lawyers - Rhonda Magee

Encouraging Empathy and Compassion in Today’s Lawyers - Rhonda Magee


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Freedom, Liberation, and Reaction: Empathy, Inclusion, and Moral Dialog or What Gets in the Way of Negotiating Social Justice?

Freedom, Liberation, and Reaction: Empathy, Inclusion, and Moral Dialog or What Gets in the Way of Negotiating Social Justice? | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
Some Thoughts on Empathy and Judgment

Putting myself in another’s shoes so that the fit is comfortable for both of us requires knowing myself and knowing you. Empathy that matters involves action that accurately and immediately takes into consideration the significance of what both of us intends while managing to portray that understanding in a mutually tolerable fashion. I’m going to unpack this as a paradigm case of mutual empathetic engagement in the service of the improvisational practice of moral dialog and negotiation.  As a social practice this involves at least two people deliberately revealing, observing, and critiquing theirs and their partner’s values and status.

Empathy involves appreciating how others make their judgments. Self-knowledge requires knowing how I make my judgments. Speaking practically, self-knowledge and empathy are two sides of the same coin.


Wynn Schwartz, Ph.D.

President, The Society for Descriptive Psychology


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In Defense of Empathy and Justice: John Gibbs and Edwin Rutsch Dialog

In Defense of Empathy and Justice: John Gibbs and Edwin Rutsch Dialog | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it
John Gibbs is a professor of developmental psychology at The Ohio State University and the author of Moral Development and Reality: Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg, Hoffman, and Haidt. John says, my interests pertain to cross-cultural sociomoral development, parental socialization, empathy, prosocial behavior, and antisocial behavior.


I have, with students and colleagues, developed assessment measures of moral judgment, moral identity, social perspective-taking, self-serving cognitive distortions, and social skills. Together with Martin Hoffman he wrote an article, Hillary has a point: In defense of empathy and justice.


Hillary Rodham Clinton had a point when she recently urged:
"The most important thing each of us can do... is to try even harder to see the world through our neighbors' eyes, to imagine what it is like to walk in their shoes, to share their pain and their hopes and their dreams"....

we emphasize that empathy and justice are co-primary or mutual. If justice serves empathy, the reverse is certainly also true ...

Morality is most objective and compelling when justice and empathy align. That is, the moral prescription to act is strongest when victims are both wronged and harmed.

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Blythe prisons to get new victim-offender program

Blythe prisons to get new victim-offender program | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

Insight Prison Project (IPP) has been awarded a grant from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide a program inside Ironwood State Prison and Chuckawalla State Prison...


This is a unique and critical element to VOEG, as it provides the opportunity for offenders to be accountable directly to a victim of violent crime. It also allows survivors to see and hear accountability, remorse and empathy directly from offenders.

IPP believes that meeting face to face with victims is the single most important factor in transforming harmful behavior. Inmates hear victims describe how violent crimes impacted them, and they develop empathy by interacting with them.

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Empathy Is Incompatible With Shame and Judgment

Empathy Is Incompatible With Shame and Judgment | Empathy and Justice | Scoop.it

I had been meaning to better understand the concept of empathy ever since the United States Supreme Court struck down the part of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 that denied federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.


My interest in the concept had to do with my not understanding how so-called mediators and peacemakers could claim to be empathic people and yet make hateful comments regarding homosexuals and same-sex marriage.


I by no means expected all mediators and peacemakers to agree with the Supreme Court's decision; however, one does not have to agree in order to be empathic. What I found confusing was that self-proclaimed empathic people made such hateful comments. I needed to understand whether it was possible for an empathic person to make hateful statements. The reason this was so important to me was conveyed in my article as follows: "The first sentence in Martin Golder's article titled 'The Journey to Empathy' is 'In conflict resolution empathy is a central tool and way of being.'" You see, I am in complete agreement with Mr. Golder. As set forth in "The Power of Empathy," empathy is an emotional skill and an essential part of emotional intelligence.


By Mark Baer || 27-Jan-2015


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