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Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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70+ True Stories About The Healing Power of Empathy - Mary Goyer and Edwin Rutsch

70+ True Stories About The Healing Power of Empathy - Mary Goyer and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

 Mary Goyer is Holistic Counselor, Trauma Specialist, & Executive Coach. She supports organizations in cultivating innovative, collaborative, and productive work cultures. Individual coaching and team trainings focus on peak performance, conflict resolution, effective collaborative and feedback skills, and managing personality challenges that impede employee engagement. 

She is editor of: The Healing Power of Empathy: True Stories About Transforming Relationships.

 


"Empathy is an essential leadership skill and a cornerstone of good relationships - but it can be hard to access when it's most needed. Luckily, empathy is also a learnable skill. With mindfulness, empathy has deescalated conflicts, combated loneliness, and built human connections in the most unlikely places."

 

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Work Group: How might we incorporate Empathy Circles, (Empathy Cafes, Active Listening) practice in the Extinction Rebellion (XR) community?

Work Group: How might we incorporate Empathy Circles, (Empathy Cafes, Active Listening) practice in the  Extinction Rebellion (XR) community? | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Proposal
Put together Empathy Circle training material for the XR Network Hub. Hold a series of Empathy Cafes, initially online with people interested in XR. An Empathy Cafe is any number of people coming together and then dividing into smaller Empathy Circles of 4 people to take part in mutual empathic listening dialogue.


Empathy Circles are based on mutual empathic (active) listening. These circles are perhaps the most effective gateway to learn and practice active listening. This skill and mindset is a foundation of many other practices.

For a moment like XR, it would be very beneficial for all participants to be able to do empathic listening and facilitate Empathy Circles.

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Empathy? In Denmark they’re learning it in school 

Empathy? In Denmark they’re learning it in school  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world. This is according to the UN’s World Happiness Report, an important survey that since 2012 classifies the happiness of 155 countries in the world, and that for seven years has placed Denmark among the top three happiest countries on a global level. The fact that teaching empathy has been mandatory since 1993 in schools in Denmark is a factor that contributes to the happiness of the country.

Empathy helps build relationships, prevent bullying and succeed at work. It promotes the growth of leaders, entrepreneurs and managers. “Empathic teenagers” tend to be more successful because they are more oriented towards the goals compared to their more narcissistic peers.
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What It Means to Have Empathy, as Defined by Kids 

What It Means to Have Empathy, as Defined by Kids  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

  In this very important workshop, students discuss times a peer was going through a tough time, and how it made them feel. Educating students about empathy—what it means and how it feels—is the goal. Learning how to relate to others at an early age is a great way to teach people how to “help someone feel better.”

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Studies Show Empaths Can Experience Dangerous Burnout And Compassion Fatigue 

Studies Show Empaths Can Experience Dangerous Burnout And Compassion Fatigue  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Being an empath certainly has its rewards, but if you’re not careful with how you use your energy, you could suffer from compassion fatigue.

Compassion fatigue is essentially a feeling of exhaustion that comes from over-empathizing. The tragic result of such a burnout is something every empath fears- a lack of empathy.

Compassion fatigue is a type of stress that involves “physical and emotional depletion” as a result of “caring for someone in significant emotional or physical distress.” People experiencing compassion fatigue usually display a lack of empathy or indifference toward the person they’re caring for. Sound familiar? Other symptoms include headaches, digestive problems, feeling overwhelmed and irritability.

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Applied Empathy: How to Innovate by Standing in Someone Else’s Shoes

Applied Empathy: How to Innovate by Standing in Someone Else’s Shoes | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Is it possible to more holistically innovate, by leveraging and actioning the perspectives of others, without getting lost in a sea of input?

Michael Ventura is the founder and CEO of Sub Rosa, a strategy and design practice that helps big organizations tackle existing challenges so they can go back into the world doing what they do, even better than before.

In fact his first book, Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership, offers up the agency’s operating methodology and gives shape to how empathy can be used as a very effective framework for problem-solving.

Ventura will further share learnings and practices from his work at Innov8rs New York on August 1st.
 

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How To Stop Fighting So Much: The Surprising Habit You Need

How To Stop Fighting So Much: The Surprising Habit You Need | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

What does it look like when couples infuse mindfulness into the way they argue? If a couple can shift to becoming aware of and focused on what their partner is saying and really trying to understand their perspective and feelings, they gain the ability to empathize with one another. And empathy can shut down any fight. When we feel the pain and emotions that our loved one is experiencing, we're better able to release our anger, resentment, or defensiveness and really work toward a mutual solution or understanding.

Now, empathy can only be achieved if both people are truly present and listening mindfully to what the other is saying. One way couples could do this, for example, is to choose a "talking stick" of choice to use whenever they find their conversation heading toward an argument. (This could literally be something they create together or simply something like the TV remote.)

The rule is that whomever is holding it is the only one who gets to speak. The other person cannot speak, no matter how much they want to. They have to wait and practice mindful listening before they'll get their turn to speak

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From Empathy to Compassion: Fleet Maull's Radical Responsibility

From Empathy to Compassion: Fleet Maull's Radical Responsibility | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Most of us likely know people who seem naturally kind and giving—who are always doing good deeds: bringing homeless people hot food, visiting the elderly, or reaching out to neighbors who are ill. We see these individuals perform these acts of kindness quietly, without fanfare, as if it were the most natural thing to do.

We might think that such people are the exception—even saints, in some cases. But the fact is that we are all wired for instinctual empathy, compassion, and altruistic behaviors; it’s just that other factors sometimes get in our way.

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Empathy Library: Top Ten Charts

Empathy Library: Top Ten Charts | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
What are the world’s most inspiring empathy books and films? Here are the latest Tops Tens, based on ratings given by members of the Empathy Library. Click each item for more details, and join the library to comment, give ratings and add new items you think should be on the lists.
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Self-Compassion Can Help Prevent Re-Victimization

Self-Compassion Can Help Prevent Re-Victimization | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

How Self-Compassion Heals Shame
Self-compassion helps prevent former victims from being re-victimized primarily because it helps heal their shame—shame that causes them to stop caring about their own safety, shame that causes them to punish themselves by being reckless with their bodies. 

Shame is the most damaging aspect of any sexual violation and is the number one risk factor for being re-victimized later in life. Most former victims are overwhelmed with shame.  

Why is this the case? The most straight-forward answer is that abuse is a horrifically shaming experience.

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Empathetic Problem Solving For Product Teams –

A framework for identifying problems with user empathy. A guide to understanding the impact of your product. And a mental model to build emotional intelligence.

Let’s start with a working definition of empathy.

Empathy is a biologically capacity that has a deep evolutionary origin, it’s the act of taking another individuals perspective, and then simulating the affective value of their experiences. It’s a capability that is innate and is often a sub-conscious realization for familiar scenarios. 

 

When we abstain from intervening our own emotional judgment, we are able to show a much more symbiotic understanding of individuals situation. It usually is much more effortless to be empathetic when we can share emotions with another person through a familiar or common scenario. Depending on our experiences, those familiar scenarios will increasingly become infrequent as we interact with a diverse population that challenges our identity.

 

Suketu Patel

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Is Empathy Your Greatest Strength and Greatest Weakness? 

Is Empathy Your Greatest Strength and Greatest Weakness?  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
I'm cultivating empathy for myself. Empathic people, especially ones that have “prosocial” values that emphasize other-centeredness and giving, can go too far in putting other people before themselves. They don’t treat themselves near as well as they treat others and they can overextend themselves emotionally, physically, or financially in service to others.

 

I’m learning to give myself a little bit of that compassion I’m so quick to give others so I can set the helping boundaries I need to preserve my well-being without guilt. I work to counter the thoughts that can support my helping martyrdom. 

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Listening Without Hearing, "I took part in an Empathy Cafe last night"   by Indra Adnan 

Listening Without Hearing, "I took part in an Empathy Cafe last night"   by Indra Adnan  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

By contrast, I took part in an Empathy Cafe last night that was entirely run through listening.
Here is how it goes:


In a group of 4-6, one person speaks for an agreed time (typically three minutes), either on an agreed theme or on whatever subject they choose. That same person chooses someone else in the group to reflect back what s/he has just said.

If that person has reflected back accurately what was said, that person will say s/he has felt ‘heard’. The reflector then takes their turn to speak, choosing another person to actively listen.  

There is no requirement to respond to what the first speaker said – in fact, it’s more important the second speaker gets to say whatever is uppermost in their mind. Again, either in relation to the theme or on what is burning for them.

While any political actor might feel such an exercise lacks any prospect of advancing solutions, the effect on those taking part in almost always remarkable. People report feeling ‘heard for the first time’ - sometimes, for the first time in their entire lives. It stirs something deep inside about the possibility of ‘having a voice’, developing agency.

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Best Ways to Learn, Practice and Deepen Empathy:  Michele Borba and Edwin Rutsch

Best Ways to Learn, Practice and Deepen Empathy:  Michele Borba and Edwin Rutsch | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Michele Borba, is an internationally renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying, and character development. She is an award-winning author of twenty-two books translated into fourteen languages.

One of the foremost authorities on childhood development in the country, she is a regular NBC contributor who appears regularly on Today and has been featured as an expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, Dr. Oz, and The Early Show, among many others.  She is author of, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.

"Empathy is the root of humanity and the foundation that helps our children become good, caring people. But the Empathy Advantage also gives them a huge edge at happiness and success."

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Professional ethics education: studies in compassionate empathy: Journal of Moral Education: Vol 39, No 1

Despite some reservations, to which I shall return, I think that Bruce Maxwell's book makes a valuable contribution to the literature of educational ethics and moral education and merits wide attention from readers of this journal. Indeed, it may be said from the outset that the work is probably of wider interest and relevance to readers of this journal than its title might suggest. For, despite Maxwell's ostensible aim to examine the affective dimensions of the (moral) conduct of practitioners in such ‘people‐professions\’ as teaching, social work and nursing, it would seem that his key explorations of the logical grammar of empathy, sympathy and compassion have much broader implications for moral education.
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Designing for Empathy

Designing for Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
As part of the newly released book Designing for Empathy, Perspectives on the Museum Experience, Studio Tectonic’s principal, Seth Frankel, provided a chapter on the role of proximity. Edited by Elif Gokcigdem, the volume is a collection of twenty-three essays from multidisciplinary experts, exploring the state of design’s role in empathy-building within museums. It has been endorsed by the American Alliance of Museums.
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Avoiding burnout: empathy v compassion 

Avoiding burnout: empathy v compassion  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
EMPATHY and compassion are multifaceted, dynamic concepts that are often confused with each other as they are etymologically related. This perceived similarity and interchangeability is perhaps because their definitions have evolved differently depending on which disciplines (medicine, philosophy, psychology, counselling etc) refer to them, and is clearly demonstrated in the proposed umbrella term “compassionate empathy”.

However, differentiating between these distinctive concepts is imperative if we want to ensure our health care providers can offer better mindful “compassionate care” to their patients, and ultimately avoid the risk of drifting into emotional empathic distress and subsequent burnout. For the purpose of this article and for simplicity’s sake, both notions will be voluntarily differentiated between the ability — or not — to distance ourselves from another person’s suffering, and the impact of sustained emotional empathy versus compassion from a medical standpoint will be explored.
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Teaching Empathy In An Online Class

Teaching Empathy In An Online Class | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

References:

[1] The three types of empathy you need to strengthen your relationships 
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/types-of-empathy_n_56f171cde4b03a640a6bcc17

[2] Empathy Activators: Teaching Tools for Enhancing Empathy Development in Service-Learning Classes
https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1042&context=community_resources

[3] Virginia Standards of Learning

[4] McDonagh D, Thomas J. Rethinking Design Thinking: Empathy Supporting Innovation. AMJ 2010, 3, 8, 458-464. Doi 10.4066/AMJ.2010.391
https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/publications/rethinking-design-thinking-empathy-supporting-innovation-2
The authors have developed an empathic design research
strategy that builds on the capitals (e.g., background,
physical abilities, and education) of the individual and the
designer, to ensure that more intuitive design outcomes are
generated which meet real needs, rather than assumed
needs.

[5] Virginia Living Museum Bilingual Resources

[6] Collins Concise Dictionary definition of “empathy”

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Teaching Empathy In An Online Class

Teaching Empathy In An Online Class | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
In the world of education, we are confronting antiquated concepts of empathy and redefining it as a pre-requisite to mastering the 21st-century skills. While empathy has often been viewed as an attribute of someone’s personality, it is actually a skill; one that can and should be taught.

Daniel Goleman, who coined the term, “Emotional Intelligence,” has identified three types of empathy, and explains how the three together lead to interpersonal maturity. He begins with Cognitive Empathy, which comes from seeking to understand the perspectives of others.

 

The next is Social Empathy, making a connection with the feelings of others or understanding how someone feels. Daniel Goleman says that the last, Empathetic Concern, is the most important. This is the desire to help someone [1]. The three together promote good interpersonal skills by building sensitivity to the feelings of others.

 

Being sensitive goes beyond acceptance and tolerance in that it is an action. In teaching empathy as a skill, we are teaching our students to act sensitively to others, a key component to developing social intelligence.

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Empathy is a skill that improves with practice, Stanford psychologist-author says

Empathy is a skill that improves with practice, Stanford psychologist-author says | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Much like our eye color or our hair's hue, empathy is sometimes thought of as a trait that's determined by our genes and fixed for life. If you believe this to be true, you may think that failing to empathize with another person means this kind of compassion is missing from your biological makeup.

Fortunately studies of empathy suggest this isn't the case. As Stanford psychologist Jamil Zaki, PhD, explains in a recent Stanford news story, empathy isn't doled out to us in a fixed quantity at birth, it's a skill that improves each time we use it.


Holly MacCormick
June 11, 2019

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Schools That Get Outside and Empathize

Schools That Get Outside and Empathize | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Reschool, a non-profit, partnered with hundreds of parents, youth, educators and community partners. What did they find? Everyone struggles to empathize with students’ lives. So, we propose the wrong solutions at first. “Make them work harder”, or, “Give them more homework.”

We need to cultivate empathy before proposing solutions. The place to start is using discussion catalysts (Suzie Boss):
  • Screening of a thoughtful school change movie eg. Most Likely To Succeed.
  • Sharing of thoughtful YouTube videos eg. Ted Dintersmith’s Innovation Playlist.
  • Conducting brief presentations at school events with thought-provoking questions, eg. What are grades for?
  • Organizing student-led conferences
  • Hosting a book club using books about school change
  • Shadowing students for a day
  • Planning school visits
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  How Empathy Makes Better Business 

  How Empathy Makes Better Business  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy-driven businesses
The more you understand the people dealing with a problem, the better position you are in to sell your solution. The more empathetic they see you are, the more likely they'll listen to you, and eventually buy from you. This approach is nothing new. You can see this being a movement and a backbone of digital transformation of well-known brands.
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Defining Restorative | Restorative Practices

Defining Restorative | Restorative Practices | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
5.2. Circles
A circle is a versatile restorative practice that can be used proactively, to develop relationships and build community or reactively, to respond to wrongdoing, conflicts and problems. Circles give people an opportunity to speak and listen to one another in an atmosphere of safety, decorum and equality.

The circle process allows people to tell their stories and offer their own perspectives (Pranis, 2005). The circle has a wide variety of purposes: conflict resolution, healing, support, decision making, information exchange and relationship development. Circles offer an alternative to contemporary meeting processes that often rely on hierarchy, win-lose positioning and argument (Roca, Inc., n.d.)
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Empathy leads to more wins with customers

Empathy leads to more wins with customers | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
According to psychology there are three types of Empathy; Cognitive, Emotional and Compassionate. My brother, the PhD Psychologist, could explain this better than I can, but here goes…

Cognitive is about perspective, knowing what another person is feeling or thinking.  It lacks the emotional component of the other two types and so is easier for us rational humans to understand and use.


Emotional empathy goes a layer deeper and is that sense you have about feeling someone’s pain or suffering. It’s the feeling you get when you see the advertising for starving children or displaced persons, then you go on with your normal activities.

The final layer is Compassionate empathy, where we not only feel the pain, but are compelled to act upon it. Mother Teresa is a model we could use to demonstrate the extreme of compassionate empathy.

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In a Family’s Shoes: Aligning the Paths Through Empathy and Understanding –

In a Family’s Shoes: Aligning the Paths Through Empathy and Understanding – | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
What I have also noticed is that the role-play evolves differently every time, representing the diversity and individuality of people and families. Follow-up debriefs and discussion and insight provokes rich insight and learning.

My most recent offering was at a leadership conference for early learning professionals.  Leaders of any sort are a critical audience, for leadership is all about inspiring others, which in my opinion, begins with empathy.  And I believe it’s empathy for the users of service, as well as for the professionals, the service providers.
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