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Empathy Education Matters

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CENTRE FOR COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION:
♥ Transforming Our World With Compassion & Empathy One Heart At A Time ♥
Transform disconnecting enemy images to the shared beauty of empathic connection. Develop self awareness and a consciousness based on compassion and empathy. Learn Emotional Literacy and Emotional Intelligence. Be the change! Make a difference! In Collaboration With the Centre for Compassionate Communication NZ  http://www.cccanz.info/

 
LIVING EMPATHY & COMPASSION EDUCATION PROJECT: 
* Living Empathy Education Workshops *

Information about Compassionate Communication workshops on Living Empathy and Transforming 'Bullying' to Empathy Education Project (BEEP)  http://empathymatters21.wordpress.com/


LIVING EMPATHY & UKULELES FOR PEACE:
We also offer Living Empathy & Ukuleles For Peace workshops, uke lessons or a power hour for workplaces, schools, teacher only days, community & social groups, and private lessons. Fun, laughter & song are great stress busters! Request a Living Empathy & Ukulele Peace session if there is conflict or bullying in your workplace, school, or home. Meet new friends and build connected, caring communities through music and empathy. In collaboration with the Centre for Compassionate Communication Aotearoa-NZ, Living Empathy & Ukuleles For Peace NZ. Join the Ukulele & Peace Revolution today!  http://www.meetup.com/Wellington-Ukulele-Peace-Network-NZ/

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The Flowering of Collective Empathy

The Flowering of Collective Empathy | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it
Collective empathy requires an active presence in and to the world around us.  We’re drawing on a very deep reservoir of internal well-being when we engage in collective empathy. We’re transcending the places inside that scare us and keep us small and close to “home.”  The more we move from me to we thinking - the more we access the strengths of our evolutionary interconnections.

The seeds are planted; the needs are great; it’s up to us to choose that the next  human evolution is how we relate to the neighbors next door, on the other side of the world – and to the earth itself.

 

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Michael Brannigan: Literature and the arts can help us resuscitate empathy

Michael Brannigan: Literature and the arts can help us resuscitate empathy | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it

How can we resuscitate empathy?
Empathy cannot be taught; it can only be lived through. One critical path lies in the humanities, arts and natural sciences. Hence the immense value of reading. Through literature, history, etc., we get into the world and mindset of others.


Literature and arts sting us into the grime of human frailty. Their ever-radical agenda can free us from blunted, blinkered vision. Writes University of Chicago philosopher Martha Nussbaum, they are what "our academic institutions should promote in order to foster an informed and compassionate vision of the different."


Can we imagine what it is like to survive disaster?

 

Or be a drowning passenger, hands flailing above and in the water?

 

Imagining what it is like to be "in that person's place," what Nussbaum calls "compassionate imagination," is a vital step in moral sensitivity. Through it, we recognize our shared humanity in our vulnerability to suffering. Through it, we open our eyes, our doors, and hopefully our hearts.


Michael Brannigan

 

Girl Reading (1889), by Fritz von Uhde. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reading_(process)


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Building Empathy - With Story Telling

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Perhaps not surprisingly, there’s research demonstrating that people are more likely to donate when they feel empathy for the recipient. This research builds upon the classic psychology research demonstrating that empathy increases the likelihood of altruism, especially when there are costs to being altruistic.

 

It’s clear that empathy can play an important role in motivating people to give altruistically, but how can we build empathy especially for others who are not very similar to ourselves?

One useful way to build empathy in marketing materials is to create stories that allow people to connect to those who need help or to those who are helping. The idea that organizations should be engaging in storytelling to engage and attract stake holders has been recently promoted. Stories are most powerful when people are able to lose themselves in a character.  This is why reading or seeing a story from the first person perspective can be so powerful.

 

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Kids May Know More About Justice Than We Do

Kids May Know More About Justice Than We Do | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it

While we may struggle with delivering and exacting justice here in the adult world, it seems that children as young as 3 have the concept down pat. In a new study published in the journal Current Biology researchers from Germany are finding that toddlers are not only surprisingly empathetic, but that concepts like restorative justice may come intuitively to them.


When examining children between the ages of three and five, researchers found their subjects focused strongly on carrying out justice and punishment for those who “deserved” it. Not only did the children prefer to give missing items back to rightful owners, but if returning the item was not an option, the participants would protect the item, and ensure another party would not take what did not belong to them.

 

Even more interesting was the fact children of this age were just as willing to respond to the needs of another individual — even if that individual was a puppet — as they were to their own. Researchers believe these findings may give us insight into the core of justice in relation to human nature.

 
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Trends and Predictions in Empathy for 2016

Trends and Predictions in Empathy for 2016 | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it

The idea is to pause for a moment and consider the relationship of empathy trends and predictions. I include empathy as an enabler or something enabled in diverse forms of relatedness.

 

Now admittedly, so many of my predictions for last year were wrong that it is simpler just to acknowledge which three of the twelve proved to be accurate – or at least “in the ballpark”  

 

(i) In spite of evidence that mirror neurons (the purported physiological basis of empathy) do not even exist, scientific research into them continued to expand at an alarming rate;

 

(ii) health care insurers dominated the high ground in the market for empathy-related “behavioral health” services without actually providing empathy;

 

(iii) and the expanding violence mainly perpetrated by young men (and selected, large governmental organizations) called forth renewed engagements with the need for empathy.

 

Other than that, every item on the list fell short – but the list itself was so engaging that it was worth publishing as a contrarian manifesto or wish list rather than an accurate guide to the future.


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A Lack of Empathy Enables Evil to Thrive | J.K. Rowling

A Lack of Empathy Enables Evil to Thrive | J.K. Rowling | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it

 In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathise with humans whose experiences we have never shared......


Amnesty mobilises thousands of people who have never been tortured or imprisoned for their beliefs to act on behalf of those who have. The power of human empathy, leading to collective action, saves lives, and frees prisoners. Ordinary people, whose personal well-being and security are assured, join together in huge numbers to save people they do not know, and will never meet. My small participation in that process was one of the most humbling and inspiring experiences of my life...


What is more, those who choose not to empathise enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it, through our own apathy.


http://harvardmagazine.com/2008/06/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination

 

 


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World’s first Empathy Museum: Empathy Training Shoes

World’s first Empathy Museum: Empathy Training Shoes | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it

This week the world’s first Empathy Museum is opening in London. I have to admit that when I first learned of this, I had to wonder. Do we need to put empathy in a museum to preserve it? Like an ancient artifact, is empathy so rare that we have to start visiting it in a museum?

Well, no. Obviously, I have turned this around. The international touring exhibition has been designed and created by Roman Krznaric to help us to “appreciate other people’s viewpoints, experiences and feelings.” He and his team of collaborators want people to step into the shoes of other people – literally.

 

One of the exhibits invites you to enter a shop where a sales assistant will help you select a pair of shoes to wear, for example, the sandals of a political refugee or shoes belonging to an Etonian banker.


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(Empathic Parenting) Empathy makes difficult feelings much less difficult

(Empathic Parenting) Empathy makes difficult feelings much less difficult | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it

Many parents worry that giving their grumpy upset child lots of empathy may encourage them to become overly needy.  Sometimes it can seem like this is true because your empathy initially results in an increase in the intensity of your child’s expressions of anger, grief, disappointment or other frustrations. 

 

Yet, this is generally indicative of the child now feeling safe enough to truly feel and show their true feelings. 

 

In fact, so many studies have shown that when parents are empathically responsive to their children, those same children are more likely to develop greater empathy for others as well as generally having a higher emotional intelligence and resiliency.  

 

When children don’t feel judged for being angry, they’re more likely to cry and seek out a comforting hug rather than hit the baby.  Children develop strong emotional resilience if they are consistently cared for when upset.


Yet empathy doesn’t come naturally to all parents.  Many of us didn’t receive much of it as children and really have a lot to learn about empathic communication. 

 

When this is the case, a parent's commitment to show their child more empathy can lead them to seeking more empathy for themselves and learning to be more empathetic towards themselves, as it's difficult to give that which we're not receiving. 

 

by Genevieve Simperingham.

http://peacefulparent.com


 


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When parents are empathically responsive to their children, those same children are more likely to develop greater empathy for others as well as generally having a higher emotional intelligence and resiliency.  

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(Empathetic Parenting) Positive Parenting: Listening to Your Child, Listening to Your Partner, Listening to Yourself

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by Kathleen McGuire, Ph.D.

 

In the 1950s, psychologist Carl Rogers took a stand against the authoritarianism inherent in psychoanalytic and behavioral theories of psychotherapy and created “client-centered” psychotherapy. The therapist did not impose values or goals upon the client but acted only to facilitate the unfolding of each person’s unique way of being in the world. Rogers later called his movement the “person-centered” approach, and it spread to education, childrearing, and peer self-help.

Rogers created “empathic listening.” The therapist tried to hear the client as if standing in the client’s shoes. He or she would then try to reflect back the client’s own words such that the client could hear him or herself more clearly. The client continued clarifying and articulating his or her own vision until the words and images exactly fit inner experiencing. Just this - finding exactly the right words or images for unclear body sensings - allowed the client to move forward, to become more clear about values, goals, and action steps.

 

https://www.focusing.org/chfc/articles/en/mcguirek-listeningtochild.htm

 


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13 Habits of Exceptionally Likeable People | Dr. Travis Bradberry | LinkedIn

13 Habits of Exceptionally Likeable People | Dr. Travis Bradberry | LinkedIn | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likeable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ).

In a study conducted at UCLA, subjects rated over 500 adjectives based on their perceived significance to likeability. The top-rated adjectives had nothing to do with being gregarious, intelligent, or attractive (innate characteristics). Instead, the top adjectives were sincerity, transparency, and capacity for understanding (another person). These adjectives, and others like them, describe people who are skilled in the social side of emotional intelligence.

 

TalentSmart research data from more than a million people shows that people who possess these skills aren’t just highly likeable, they outperform those who don’t by a large margin.

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Likeable people are invaluable and unique. They network with ease, promote harmony in the workplace, bring out the best in everyone around them, and generally seem to have the most fun. Add these skills to your repertoire and watch your likeability soar!

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What is Empathy?

What is Empathy? | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it
Empathy is a term that is often misunderstood. This page attempts to describe 'empathy' and suggest ways that we can become more empathetic towards others. Empathy is perhaps the most advanced of all communication skills.

Our Definition:
'Empathy is the ability to see the world as another person, to share and understand another person’s feelings, needs, concerns and/or emotional state.'

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The Empathy Muscle

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 The fourth muscle needed is the empathy muscle. Empathy is the ability to be bothered if our personal wrongness hurts others.

 

It enables us to understand the effect we have on the other person and to use that understanding to govern our words and actions. “It is impossible to over-emphasize the immense need (people) have to be really listened to, to be taken seriously, to be understood” (Tournier, 1982).

 

by Alan Godwin

 

 

 


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Empathy: Have You Got It? 

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Empathy: Have You Got It?

If you believe effective communication is an important leadership skill, you surely can’t ignore empathy. That’s because empathy is a precursor to being an effective communicator. How? Empathy is about understanding or being aware of other people’s feelings even when you don’t agree or relate to them. This awareness helps to understand other people’s perception. And when you are in know of other’s perception, you can choose to ‘act’ rather than ‘react’ to situations. 
 
So when a high performing employee starts slacking off, a non-empathetic leader will probably react by doubting the employee’s ability. But an empathetic leader will give the benefit of doubt and ask, “Is everything ok? Is something bothering you?”

 


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(Empathic Parenting) 10 Thoughtful Ways Parents Can Choose Empathy over Explosion 

(Empathic Parenting) 10 Thoughtful Ways Parents Can Choose Empathy over Explosion  | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it
Empathy is the single most important trait for kids to develop. It’s the trait that will enable them to be kind teens and adults, the thing that can potentially change our world from the unjust and violent one we have to a fair and peaceful one.

When we can dig deep and treat our children with empathy it directly grows their empathy cells. (It sounds a bit like science fiction, but it is Actual Science!) There is only one thing that creates mean kids and adults and that is treating them unkindly – the empathy center in their brain literally, physically, fails to grow.
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Mindfulness and Empathy - Mindful Schools

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How mindfulness training helps build a foundational social and emotional skill

I wanted to reflect  a bit on empathy and mindfulness. Humans are social beings and positive relationships are important for our happiness. Empathy is a capacity that allows us to understand the minds of others and to resonate emotionally with those states.

 

Empathy forms a cornerstone of social cooperation.

As you probably have heard, mindfulness has been linked to a range of positive effects and is being integrated into medicine, mental health and education. Here, I address two important questions:

 

First, what’s the relationship between mindfulness and empathy?

 

Second, can mindfulness training enhance empathy?

 

Written by Matthew Brensilver


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Empathy is a fundamental element of mindful teaching and learning.

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Angry Rebels Are More Compassionate than Nice People

Angry Rebels Are More Compassionate than Nice People | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it

“The irony is that a personality disposition normally seen as antisocial — disagreeableness — may actually be linked to ‘pro-social’ behavior,'” writes Psychology Today‘s Kenneth Worthy. “This connection seems to arise from a willingness to sacrifice one’s popularity a bit to act in a moral and just way toward other people, animals or the environment at large. Popularity, in the end, may be more a sign of social graces and perhaps a desire to fit in than any kind of moral superiority.”

The study also found that people holding left-wing political views were less willing to hurt others. One particular group held steady and refused destructive orders: “women who had previously participated in rebellious political activism such as strikes or occupying a factory.”

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VISION OF THE FUTURE - MARSHALL ROSENBERG

A method using compassion, understanding, empathy, to transform wars and conflicts, promoting Human Capacity to contribute to the well being of others
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Empathy: the Most Important Thing

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Empathy is the most significant factor in relationships
Relationships are the most important things we have. Connections with our family, friends, coworkers, and spouses are the most valuable assets we could ever acquire, and they add more value to our life than any amount of money or success ever could.

The most influential element in forming relationships is not personality, nor similarities, nor attitude, nor initiative. The most significant factor is empathy.

Empathy is the most powerful tool we have, and the fundamental glue that binds people together.

Jake Newfield

 


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Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will add an empathy button

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Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will add an empathy button

 

"People aren’t looking for an ability to downvote other people’s posts. What they really want is to be able to express empathy."


 https://player.vimeo.com/video/139401042


“People aren’t looking for an ability to downvote other people’s posts. What they really want is to be able to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment, right? And if you are sharing something that is sad, whether it’s something in current events like the refugee crisis that touches you or if a family member passed away, then it might not feel comfortable to Like that post.”


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EMPATHY BUTTON FOR FACEBOOK:
“People aren’t looking for an ability to downvote other people’s posts. What they really want is to be able to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment, right? And if you are sharing something that is sad, whether it’s something in current events like the refugee crisis that touches you or if a family member passed away, then it might not feel comfortable to Like that post.” ~ Mark Zuckerberg

 
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Efforts To Instill Empathy Among Doctors Are Paying Dividends

Efforts To Instill Empathy Among Doctors Are Paying Dividends | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it
Often considered less important than technical skills, having a good bedside manner is important to helping patients and can lead to better outcomes.
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Clinical empathy was once dismissively known as “good bedside manner” and traditionally regarded as far less important than technical acumen. But a spate of studies in the past decade has found that it is no mere frill. Increasingly, empathy is considered essential to establishing trust, the foundation of a good doctor-patient relationship.

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Developing Empathy: Raising Children who Care

Developing Empathy: Raising Children who Care | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it

What is Empathy?
Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings of others, feel what they feel, and respond in helpful, compassionate ways. Children who are able to identify with and comfort others make friends more easily, generally perform better academically, and demonstrate a higher level of moral and emotional development.

 

How do we teach empathy?

Infants: (Birth to 1 yr.) ...Toddlers: (1-2yrs.) ... ( name feelings)Pre-schoolers: (3-5 Yrs....) (share) Ages 5 and up:... (model behaviors).


Model empathy...


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Model empathy: Above all, remember that parents are their children's first and most influential teachers.  If we expect our children to grow into caring, empathetic adults we must model these behaviors. Let your children see your kind and thoughtful actions, hear you express your concern for the feelings of others, and demonstrate empathetic parenting. Listen carefully to your children and ask questions that help them clarify their thoughts and feelings. 

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The article makes good points i.e. how adults interact with children and model empathy is important at all ages.

 

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In Memoriam: Marshall Rosenberg

In Memoriam: Marshall Rosenberg | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it

By Rhonda Magee 


Psychologist Marshall Rosenberg died on Saturday, February 7th. Rosenberg was the creator of Nonviolent Communication and the founder and director of educational services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. He was 80 years old.


Marshall Rosenberg dedicated his life to the study and practice of the conditions that bring about peace. As a consequence, he knew well the critical, sometimes life-saving importance of emotionally-intelligent, awareness-based communication.

 

Dr. Rosenberg drew on his own painful experiences in racially-divided Detroit and his training in psychology to develop Nonviolent Communication, a particular approach to addressing conflict that emphasizes listening with empathy, naming and expressing feelings in responsible ways, and recognizing our common humanity, even in the midst of our most difficult moments together.



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Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education

Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it

Much of the disaffection with the school system stems from a pervasive feeling that the intense focus on formal academics has inadvertently neglected the rest of a child’s personality and humanity.


While employers, psychologists and other researchers have repeatedly noted that social and emotional skills like empathy are some of the most important ones for success, many schools still lag in developing effective programs to nurture those soft skills.

 

Societal norms posit girls as being more emotionally intelligent than boys, but the subtle ways that teachers and parents reinforce that gender stereotype can harm boys, who need to learn empathy as an important life skill for connecting with others, problem-solving and developing moral courage.


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Heatmaps Reveal Where Humans Feel Certain Emotions On The Body

Heatmaps Reveal Where Humans Feel Certain Emotions On The Body | Empathy & Compassion Matters | Scoop.it
It’s well known that attitudes, emotions and feelings affect our body in a variety of ways. For example, feelings of hopelessness affect the body’s hormone system and change the chemical flows within our brains. Different emotional states act as triggers that impact our biology in a variety of ways. Brain activity changes during different emotional […]
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