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Articles about teaching and learning how to be more empathic and compassionate. See more at CultureOfEmpathy.com
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(Teaching Empathy) Empathy: The Salvation of Mankind

(Teaching Empathy) Empathy: The Salvation of Mankind | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

The emergence of the technological revolution has shrunk the world, but for many, we are further away from each other than ever before (Unless you play Pokémon Go still). Social media connects us, but the gulf of understanding and accepting each other's thoughts and ideas betrays our lack of concern.

 

Empathy is an inherent gift of evolution, it has helped humanity spread and flourish around the world. However, without training and practice, it is a skill that humanity may lose. 

 

We are born with the capability to walk, yet if we do not use our legs, then they grow brittle, It is the same with emotional health. If we do not practice or utilize our ability to empathize with others, then we will be unable to render support when such an ability is necessary. To ensure the progression and stability of empathy in future generations, there are several steps we must take.

 

  • Education and Training For Kids...
  • Advancing Technology Empathetically...
  • Never Forget the Horrors of the Past...
  • The Future of Humanity...

 

 by ROBERT BURDSALL 

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Relationships First

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Unlike self-help quick fixes and pop culture “cures,” this methodology is proven, based on cutting-edge relational science.

 

Using a three-step dialogue process of

  • mirroring,
  • validating and
  • empathizing –


eliminating negativity from your interactions and approaching your partner with curiosity instead of judgment – you not only grow more present and intimate with each other, but begin to heal and grow the neural pathways in the brain.

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Service Learning Leads to Personalized Learning | PBS Education

Service Learning Leads to Personalized Learning | PBS Education | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Building empathy   I struggled with ways to build empathy in my students and provide them with lessons and projects to develop this skill. Reading textbooks is too abstract, and while literature and film can be moving, they too, remain removed from our students’ lives.

I learned from my production classes that the best way for students to internalize and truly understand concepts comes from doing something yourself, from experiencing a process first hand. If this is true for film and journalism, why not history, culture and literature?
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(Empathc Design) Exercises: Empathy Workshops - Tips to Promote Empathy in Your Designs 

(Empathc Design) Exercises: Empathy Workshops - Tips to Promote Empathy in Your Designs  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
But how can you promote empathy in your designs? Here, I’ll be running you through some of the ways we promote empathy among our designers and with our clients in workshops. 

 

EVIL UX

Therefore, it’s time to tap into your inner supervillain and think specifically about bad ideas. Turn the brainstorm on its head, and instead of searching for the one true good idea, ask yourself the following:

 

STINKY FISH

Stinky Fish is a short activity. It focuses on sharing fears and anxieties the group may have about a project – their smelly fishes – and laying them bare for all to see. Some people may find this uncomfortable at first but it’s worth it – trust me.

 

THE OBITUARY
The obituary is the final empathy-building workshop I’ll be outlining today. This one is a little more morose, but it’s a great way of meeting your users halfway.

 

by Matt Gibson

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(Empathy At Work) This One Surprising Personality Trait Is Critical for Success, According to Microsoft's CEO

(Empathy At Work) This One Surprising Personality Trait Is Critical for Success, According to Microsoft's CEO | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explains why empathy is so important for a successful career in his new book, 

 

In a recent blog post on LinkedIn, Nadella says he hopes readers see the book’s main takeaway as “the power of taking everyday action driven by empathy.”

 

Empathy might seem like a funny talking point for a giant tech company, but it's a common theme throughout the book. Nadella makes a compelling case for why empathy matters more than most people think in business.

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Building a Culture of Empathy in your life and work 

Building a Culture of Empathy in your life and work  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

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Most people think of empathy as a feeling you have for another's experience. In this interactive session, you will learn about empathy as communication, something you do, an intentional way of listening and speaking in conversation that brings greater connection and collaboration to your life and work. 

Like physical exercise, yoga, and meditation, a practice of empathy contributes to mental-emotional well-being, happiness and peace, and more optimal functioning. The skills and practice also bring compassion into difficult conversations, challenging situations, and conflicts, and inspire working together to discover new creative possibilities and solutions.

 

This work integrates the international work of Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication, NVC) with mindfulness and a mediation framework.

The skills and practice build:

     -  Mental peace and clarity

     -  Emotional intelligence and creativity

     -  Effective teamwork and decision making

 

 

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Aikido & Empathy: Breaking the Trance of Polarization

Aikido & Empathy: Breaking the Trance of Polarization
AIKIDO & EMPATHY
Breaking the Trance of Polarization

Or bring a friend for a special Friend’s Discount of $10 for each of you

Dealing gracefully with difference, uncertainty, and conflict is one of the great challenges of life. We live in an increasingly polarized and anxious society that generally teaches only two ways to deal with conflict: either avoidance and passivity, or bitter hostility. Yet both of these approaches, as we have all learned, do nothing to address the very real issues that lead to conflict.

 

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Build your active listening skills with reflective statements  

This video is a quick guide to using reflective statements to show empathy. Hear what a reflective statement – also known as an empathic statement – is. See how to create a reflective statement in three simple steps. Then get tips for combining empathic statements with active listening techniques. Watch people skills expert, Eleanor Shakiba, putting those three steps into action. Then work out how you can use reflective statements in order to become a highly skilled communicator.
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All About Empathy - Drama by George

All About Empathy - Drama by George | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Considering another person’s perspective is a difficult task for tweens, but it’s something they need to learn on their way to   considering another person’s perspective is a difficult task for tweens, but it’s something they need to learn on their way to becoming healthy adults.Real Life Drama equips students with reflective listening skills that they can use to become more aware of what other people are thinking and feeling.

Objective
By the end of this session, students will be equipped to listen to another person in a way that understands and honors their feelings.

Teaching

We begin with an activity where student volunteers try to help an actor who’s (supposedly) feeling blue. Then we discuss reflective listening, a technique for deeply understanding another person’s perspective.

Modeling

We show a short film called “The Wrong Crowd” about a girl who has a gift for reading people’s minds! Will she use her powers for good or evil? Discussion questions help students relate the lessons of the story to their own lives.

 

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(Teaching Empathy) Elements of Empathy: Six Minute Exercise

Explanation of the four Elements of Empathy and a two-person exercise to practice using these elements. Ike and John demonstrate the elements and exercise.

The Elements of Empathy are:
1. Presence
2. Silent Empathy
3. Understanding
4. Need Language


Based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC), the Mediate Your Life processes will help you create what you would like to experience in the world!
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A Healthy Empathy® retreat in November!

Join us for a weekend Healthy Empathy® retreat at the new 1440 Multiversity in the redwoods just north of Santa Cruz! This educational self-care retreat for health and healing professionals and caregivers begins on Friday, November 24th and ends on Sunday, November 26th, 2017. Learn more or register at 1440
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(Empathic Healthcare) (Teaching Empathy) Patients Are People First — Teaching Empathy To Jefferson University Students: 

(Empathic Healthcare) (Teaching Empathy) Patients Are People First — Teaching Empathy To Jefferson University Students:  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Jefferson University brings students and patients with dementia together for a lesson that’s often missing from healthcare: Empathy.

 

There are more than just feel-good reasons for teaching empathy to medical students. Doctors experience professional burnout at a higher rate than other American workers, partly because over time, they start to feel disconnected from what they’re doing, to lose the meaning of their work, the reason they started practicing medicine to begin with. Voeller says connecting more meaningfully with their patients, and with each other, has shown to reduce this effect.

 

And studies have shown that the patients of doctors who have high levels of empathy fare significantly better, including those with diabetes and the common cold. “When there’s an empathetic relationship between doctors and patients, there’s more trust,” says Mohammadreza Hojat, a Jefferson professor who has long studied empathy.

 

JUL. 26, 2017

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(Teaching Empathy) Leading with Empathy in the 21st Century | Brown University

(Teaching Empathy) Leading with Empathy in the 21st Century | Brown University | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

CEPY0946: “Leading with Empathy in the 21st Century” Course Syllabus July 10 – July 21, 2017

 

There is a recent groundswell of interest in empathy; CEOs, best-selling authors, and international leaders have identified empathy as one of the most important leadership skills of the 21st century. Generally understood as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another,” empathy will play an increasingly important role in our interdependent and hyper-connected world.

 

Whether your challenge is to build a collaborative team, become a skilled professional, or advocate effectively for social justice, empathy is a vital leadership capacity.

 

A. Knowledge:

  • − “Empathy” as a multifaceted concept.
  • − The underlying cognitive processes and neural structures related to cognitive empathy
    and affective empathy.
  • − Instruments for measuring empathy-related constructs.
    − The influence of individual difference, motivation, and situational contexts on empathy.
  • − The relationships between empathy, compassion, prosociality, and morality.


B. Awareness:

  • − Appreciation of empathy as a skill spells success for the individual “I” and the  collective “we” in our interdependent society.
  • − Recognition of common cognitive errors and biases in interpersonal interaction and a conscious effort to correct such mental habits.
  • − Conscious effort to cultivate and utilize empathy in personal, academic, and
    professional life.

 

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Cultivate Empathy In Kids

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Cultivating Empathy In Kids Articles & Resources

[PDF]How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children - Making Caring ...
How can parents' ? The following are five ... empathize with our children they develop trusting, secure attachments with us. Those attachments.

[PDF]an empathy toolkit - Be Fearless Be Kind - Hasbro
educators, parents and students working to make empathy as essential as reading ... in their curricula and culture by distinctively cultivating empathy, leadership, ...

[PDF]Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen (PDF)
As parents, we all want our children to grow up to be responsible citizens and ...... others, and it allows us to empathize with them or to feel their suffering.

[PDF]A Discussion Guide for Raising Empathetic Kids and Building Caring ...
And once students grow up, a lack of empathy hampers their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve—all must-have skills for the global economy.

[PDF]Empathy - KidsHealth in the Classroom
To develop empathy, students can be encouraged to become aware of others' .... KidsHealth.org/classroom/3to5/personal/growing/empathy_handout1.pdf.

[PDF]Raising Caring, Respectful, Ethical Children - Greater Good Science ...
Research in human development clearly shows that the seeds of empathy, caring, and ... We should work to cultivate children's concern for others because it's ...

[PDF]Developing Empathy in Children and Youth - Education Northwest
This is something that education ought to cultivate and that citizens ..... students, the tutors must develop an empathic understanding of the tutees, show a certain ...

[PDF]A Toolkit for Promoting Empathy in Schools - Start Empathy
take to create a classroom where kids' social and emotional needs are met and how to cultivate the kinds of skills that are critical for success in today's (and.
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The Empathy Debate: Is Empathy an Impediment to Success  

The Empathy Debate: Is Empathy an Impediment to Success   | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
What is the role of empathy in Business? You decide in this Oxford-Style Debate
Does having empathy make you successful? Or is it a hindrance, smothering logic with emotions? This debate will expose how empathy affects our workplaces, our policy-makers, and which charities we choose to support.

In this Oxford-style debate, the audience will decide whether the statement ‘empathy is an impediment to success’ is true or false. Bring your pre-conceived ideas and cast your vote before we begin, but don’t be surprised if your opinion has changed by the time our four speakers have shared their insights.
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The Greens at Greenwich to Host ‘Empathy IQ Workshop’

The Greens at Greenwich to Host ‘Empathy IQ Workshop’ | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The Greens at Greenwich presents an Empathy IQ Workshop facilitated by Dr. Stephen Jones and Andrew Witter on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The interactive discussion will provide practical tips for building strong and engaging relationships at home and in the workplace by increasing your empathy IQ. The workshop is specially designed for families, care managers, healthcare professionals and individuals in the service industries.

Jones is Founder/CEO, EmpathyIQ LLC and Director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Greenwich Hospital. Andrew Witter is President & Co-Founder of Empathy IQ LLC.
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(Teaching Empathy) 10 Ways to Teach Your Kids Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) 10 Ways to Teach Your Kids Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
With the large number of natural disasters, I'm reminded about how important empathy is. Here are 10 ways to teach empathy.
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Camila Ávila's curator insight, November 1, 2017 1:28 AM
This is something that not only  should be taught at home, but reinforced in school. The lack of empathy lead to a phenomenom known by all of us and ignored by most. Bullying. Only the ones that live it, whether is being bullied or the bully, and the ones that observe know what it is like to experience it. It is not only about physical appearences, also religion, ethnicity etcetera. 
We all know how bullying has lead not only to self-harm but to an enormous rate of suicide in young children up to teenagers. How can we stop it? Starting from the younger generations which are the ones that will make the change. If we teach them at home and school to reinforce empathy every day, the tolerance and respect levels among them as they grow up will be higher, therefore the bullying will decrease.
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Listen Actively and Empathically | Beyond Intractability

Listen Actively and Empathically | Beyond Intractability | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathic listening builds mutual understanding and trust.

Even when the conflict is not resolved, empathic listening can have a profound impact on the parties, improving relationships and generating mutual respect.

 

How: The former ombudsman at the University of Colorado, Tom Sebok, used to give a lecture in my conflict skills class every semester on active listening.  He said it involved three actions:

  • 1) attending to the speaker,
  • 2) paraphrasing what the speaker said and
  • 3) summarizing the key points.

 

 

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Tao of Empathy: The Practical Art of Creating Empathic Connection through Natural Speaking and Listening

Tao of Empathy: The Practical Art of Creating Empathic Connection through Natural Speaking and Listening | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

The Chinese philosopher Chuang-Tzu stated that true empathy requires listening with the whole being: '… it demands the emptiness of all the faculties. And when the faculties are empty, then the whole being listens. There is then a direct grasp of what is right there before you that can never be heard with the ear or understood with the mind.'  —Excerpt from Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life


Empathy is connection between Self and Other in which we experience our differences from an underlying commonality. In communication, empathic connection is created by both Speaker and Listener, and leads to compassion that optimizes cooperation. Like meditation, yoga, and exercise, a regular practice of empathic speaking and listening contributes to health, wellbeing and optimal functioning.

 

 

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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing  

In this slide presentation I talk about the basic concepts of Motivational Interviewing (MI). After a brief definition, topics include: the Spirit of MI, The four basic OARS skills, and the "processes" of MI.
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 (Teaching Empathy) Empathetic Listening

This video explains how empathetic listening can be used to make people think more rationally.

This video is produced by PMSL and it is copyright, not to be used for commercial use.
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(Teaching Empathy) Alan Alda Hits The Empathy Gym

(Teaching Empathy) Alan Alda Hits The Empathy Gym | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy is key to communicating science. Coach Alan Alda is here to help you hit your reps.

 

He spends a lot of time these days with scientists at the Center for Communicating Science, thinking about how they can make their research more relatable to the public. One of the sources he draws from is his theater background. Turns out, the recipes for success on the stage and success in science communication share one key ingredient: empathy.

 

“This is a strange thing, and I don’t understand it,” he said recently on Science Friday. “We have the capacity for empathy. It feels good when we exercise it. Things go so much better … yet it wears off after awhile, and I need a booster shot.”

 

So pack your bag, gym rats. Let’s pump some empathic iron.

Coach Alda’s Training Tips

  •  1:  Warm up properly. Don’t head straight for the heavy lifting....
  • 2:  Play ping pong, not archery...
  • 3:  Find a workout buddy....
  • 4:  Take a break for some chatting and socializing—and storytelling....
  • 5:  Practice. And don’t cheat on your reps...

 

 

by Johanna Mayer

 August 10, 2017
sciencefriday.com

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Can Teaching Kids Compassion Change Culture?

Can Teaching Kids Compassion Change Culture? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Hofreuter said compassion training is basically physical and social-emotional intelligence training. The concepts are not new, but they are developing. She said students learn to self-regulate and identify emotions so that, instead of being ruled by them, emotions can be used as guides.

“You say to a child, calm down,” Hofreuter said, “but when do you teach a child what that means?”

Hofreuter’s compassion initiative also includes a variety of methods to learn conflict resolution.
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(Teaching Empathy) (Empathic Design) Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking

(Teaching Empathy) (Empathic Design) Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

1. Empathize

Empathy is the first step in design thinking because it is a skill that allows us to understand and share the same feelings that others feel. Through empathy, we are able to put ourselves in other people's shoes and connect with how they might be feeling about their problem, circumstance, or situation.

 

Some questions to consider:

  • What is the person feeling?
  • What actions or words indicate this feeling?
  • Can you identify their feelings through words?
  • What words would you use to describe their feelings?

 

5. Test

During testing, empathy plays a key role in shaping of the user's experience. Focus on showing and not telling. This helps the users to create their own experiences, and also helps us to identify how to improve their experiences next time. The opportunity for empathizing is important at this stage, because one is able to see the user's experience and hear his or her thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Testing also helps to shape our point of view in relation to the user's point of view.

 

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