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Video: Do Violent Video Games Destroy Human Empathy?

Video: Do Violent Video Games Destroy Human Empathy? | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Overexposure to violent video games decreases empathy towards others and blurs one’s sense of what is right and wrong, according to a recent study at Brock University.


The results of the study showed that this was not the case for casual gamers, but that it mainly held up for teenagers who play violent video games for an excessive amount of hours per day. Lissette Padilla and Elliot Hill discuss how moderation can prevent these negative effects, in this clip from the Lip News.


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Empathy and Trust in Leadership 

Empathy and Trust in Leadership  | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Knowing these things is part of being a great leader and bringing out the best in the people around you.

Empathetic leadership
Leading with empathy and trust is a vastly overlooked skill. Knowing our people, understanding our team members, identifying with them and learning what inspires them. These are all vitally essential leadership traits.

Empathetic and trusting leadership is about showing you care and creating trust within your team…. trust builds an empowering, honest relationship with your colleagues. It opens the door for all to reach their full or unlimited potential. It breeds a culture of trust and inspiration across the team and the business.

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Empathy and Restorative Justice Tickets, Tue 6 Dec 2022 at 17:00

Empathy and Restorative Justice Tickets, Tue 6 Dec 2022 at 17:00 | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
This event will explore the role of empathy in restorative justice processes. How can developing and experiencing empathy affect how people engage in restorative work? Can empathy help people on both sides of a conflict understand the experiences and needs of the other? What difference does it make?

We will explore these questions by listening to the perspectives of three panel members with a variety of expertise in restorative justice. Wesley Grinham has lived experience of restorative justice and the criminal justice system, Kimia Saadatian studies issues surrounding punishment and empathy, and Pete Wallis is a senior facilitator and trainer in restorative justice.

Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussion with the panel members as we think about this topic together.

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What empathy is, and isn't, in journalism

What empathy is, and isn't, in journalism | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
To write honestly and meaningfully, with context and sensitivity, we must write from a place of understanding. And that understanding comes from the people themselves, those with the lived experience we are trying to capture. How do we do that?

I think the key is empathy.

Reporting beyond the cliché
Empathy is often described as the ability to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.”

This, of course, is a cliché. But more than that, it is just plain wrong-headed. Allow me to belabor this point.
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Latest Research Says That if You Want Someone to Extend Empathy To You, Stay Away From Feelings of Sadness

Latest Research Says That if You Want Someone to Extend Empathy To You, Stay Away From Feelings of Sadness | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Longstanding research has argued that empathy is typically reserved for the cases where negative emotion exists - a sense of sadness or pity for the plight of another. That may partly be true, but there's more to the story as it turns out.

A study published in the European Journal of Personality found that people are more empathetic during positive interactions when others are seen as warm and they themselves are expressing warmth.

Empathy is a broad social experience that can be divided into two primary types: cognitive empathy, which refers to your ability to understand another person's perspective, and affective empathy, which occurs when you're sharing in others' positive and negative emotions. 
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Michelle Obama's 'The Light We Carry' is No. 1 best seller

Michelle Obama's 'The Light We Carry' is No. 1 best seller | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
"That helped me create a protective layer around my life," Obama said. "I understood that I and I alone could protect my light. I had to protect it with how I reacted to what people said to me. I had to practice that time and again and tell myself, 'this is where empathy comes in.' Empathy is an important tool, especially in the White House. I had to ask myself, 'for the people throwing the arrows, what is going on in your world? Because this isn't about me – you clearly don't even know me.' " 
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Read Alouds That Develop Empathy and Perspective Taking in Young Learners

Read Alouds That Develop Empathy and Perspective Taking in Young Learners | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Books That Develop Empathy and Perspective Taking

In order to engage as a citizen in your community, nation, or the world, taking different perspectives is an essential skill (Colwell et. al., 2020). Empathy is a crucial social emotional skill that also helps students analyze texts and develop literacy skills applicable in multiple disciplines, especially social studies (Colwell et. al., 2020, Ziemke & Muhtaris, 2020).

“Empathy can be grounded in day-to-day life when we consider it in conjunction with getting to know each other’s stories” (Ziemke & Muhtaris, 2020, p. 94). Students can get to know other's stories through reading about others that are different and similar to them. Students can relate to characters that come from diverse backgrounds through shared feelings when they learn more about them.
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Minors Attack Dog With Bleach; Pushes for Empathy Lessons to Prevent Future Violence

Minors Attack Dog With Bleach; Pushes for Empathy Lessons to Prevent Future Violence | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Following reports that a group of children around the ages of 10 to 13 threw bleach on a dog named aXurii and robbed her guardian, TeachKind—PETA’s humane education division—has just rushed a letter to School District of Philadelphia Deputy Superintendent of Academic Services ShaVon Savage, offering to provide the district with “Empathy Now” (a step-by-step, trauma-informed guide to preventing youth violence against animals) and to host free empathy-building virtual presentations for students.

 

TeachKind previously urged the same district to take action after two students allowed their dogs to viciously attack a cat named Buddy last March.

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Empathy As Advocacy

Empathy As Advocacy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
What Is Effective Empathy?
Simply put, empathy is thinking about the needs of others as if they were your own. The golden rule of treating others as you would like to be treated is another way to think about it.

People are incredibly gifted at sensing when someone or an organization is acting selfishly or disingenuously; likewise, they are pleasantly delighted to work with someone or an organization that takes a genuine interest in them and their well-being.
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What empathy is, and isn't, in journalism

What empathy is, and isn't, in journalism | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Neither sympathy nor softness
Let’s get this out of the way first: Empathy is not a kind of softness, a squishy (read: unprofessional) attitude a journalist has toward a story, a source, a way of doing the work that undermines the veracity and clear-headedness of that work. Empathy is not agreeing with someone or being moved to tears or laughter by their experiences. It is not forging or experiencing an emotional bond. That is sympathy.

Empathy is the ability — or I would say the ongoing challenge — to try to understand another person’s point of view. This hinges on our recognition that we each see the world through a subjective lens crafted from the circumstances and experiences of our lives. If we don’t recognize this, if we think that what we see is the way it is, we have little hope of understanding others. Empathy begins with our acknowledgement of our own filter: the shoes we walk in, the shoes that are comfortable and comforting to us.
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Embrace Empathy to Build a Positive Company Culture

Embrace Empathy to Build a Positive Company Culture | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Putting empathy front and center requires placing ourselves in someone else's shoes to understand how that person is thinking and feeling. While empathy and compassion have always been important aspects of our healthcare industry, we're now seeing how critical it is across all work environments.

Research from Jamil Zaki, professor of psychology at Stanford University, said that empathy leads to increased morale, reduced stress and more effective feedback.
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Leading Healthcare Organizations Choose Qualtrics to Deliver Ease and Empathy to Patients and Caregivers | Business Wire

Leading Healthcare Organizations Choose Qualtrics to Deliver Ease and Empathy to Patients and Caregivers | Business Wire | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
“Empathy rooted in listening, understanding and acting has never been more critical in the healthcare industry,” said Qualtrics Chief Medical Officer Dr. Adrienne Boissy. "We cannot begin to fix the complex issues of access to care, disparities and purposeful connectivity with patients and caregivers without slowing down to listen via every channel available - a much more meaningful listening strategy for the emotions and values at stake.

 

Only when we understand those, can we operationalize empathy and act in ways that will make people feel seen, heard and valued - and as we combine that with quality, operational and financial data, we evolve the field itself.”

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Using Empathy to Drive Significant Global Change

Using Empathy to Drive Significant Global Change | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
When dealing with precarious global challenges, empathy is relevant and essential but can be elusive.


Designing for global challenges requires advanced empathy practices.


Four essential skills ensure people hold space for, gather information about, navigate, and understand multiple challenging perspectives.

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Empathy And the Suffering of Others

Empathy And the Suffering of Others | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
In this podcast Eckhart talks about our growing awareness and how it can be used in service of others. He says when presence is the foundation of our lives, we are more available emotionally. He explains why this is when the pitfalls of the ego no longer block us.

 

Eckhart believes when we are confronted by the pain of others, if we have a clear channel connected to the source of consciousness, we will exercise empathy and compassion. In this state he says we will not be shaken when the winds of misfortune blow because we are rooted in the deepest part of our being.

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The Argument over Empathy

The Argument over Empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
In recent years, U.S. politics has become tangled up with a larger cultural argument about the nature and value of empathy. Is empathy a source of moral action, or a form of sentimental self-delusion? A product of strength, or weakness? Should it play a role in how we formulate government policy? Or is that inclination just a symptom of political decadence, a sign of American decline?

 

Writers have responded to this debate by turning empathy into a subject matter for fiction, something to be circled and examined rather than simply invoked. Ben Lerner’s 10:04 (2014), Johannes Lichtman’s Such Good Work (2019), and Karen E. Bender’s The New Order (2018) come right to mind. Those books are about many things, but at heart they are comedies of anxiety, inhabited by characters who struggle with their own lack of trust in their ability to truly know or help other people. One could argue that all three books are political fiction about the difficulty of writing political fiction in a culture where empathy looks like a fraught and uncertain proposition.

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Why empathy is today’s most effective leadership skill | Business Chief North America

Why empathy is today’s most effective leadership skill | Business Chief North America | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathetic leadership is nothing new, but in the wake of Covid-19, it has taken on fresh significance – and the benefits to business are compelling
While nobody would argue the Covid-19 pandemic was anything but terrible, we can say some things changed for the better when it comes to work. The necessity to work from home, for example, has delivered more balance and flexibility for employees. While pandemic-induced employee burnout has made mental health support a workplace issue.

Challenges like this are where an empathetic leader can truly thrive. Cheryl Fields Tyler, founder and CEO of California-based Blue Beyond Consulting, a management consulting firm that works with mainly Fortune 500 firms, says the pandemic thrust all of us into situations where we were suddenly in each other’s lives in ways we had never been before.  
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Empathy As Advocacy

Empathy As Advocacy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
What Is Effective Empathy?
Simply put, empathy is thinking about the needs of others as if they were your own. The golden rule of treating others as you would like to be treated is another way to think about it.

People are incredibly gifted at sensing when someone or an organization is acting selfishly or disingenuously; likewise, they are pleasantly delighted to work with someone or an organization that takes a genuine interest in them and their well-being.

So, why not delight the people you serve and work with by treating them as you would like to be treated?
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What is Freudenfreude? And How to Cultivate It. - The New York Times

What is Freudenfreude? And How to Cultivate It. - The New York Times | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Erika Weisz, an empathy researcher and postdoctoral fellow in psychology at Harvard University, said the feeling closely resembles positive empathy — the ability to experience someone else’s positive emotions. A small 2021 study examined positive empathy’s role in daily life and found that it propelled kind acts, like helping others. Sharing in someone else’s joy can also foster resilience, improve life satisfaction and help people cooperate during a conflict.
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Being Me Being You: Adam Smith & Empathy - Samuel Fleischacker

Prof. Samuel Fleischacker discusses his book, "Being Me Being You: Adam Smith and Empathy," delving into the work of Adam Smith to draw out an understanding of empathy that respects both personal difference and shared humanity.
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Being Me Being You: Adam Smith and Empathy a book by Samuel Fleischacker

Modern notions of empathy often celebrate its ability to bridge divides, to unite humankind. But how do we square this with the popular view that we can never truly comprehend the experience of being someone else? In this book, Samuel Fleischacker delves into the work of Adam Smith to draw out an understanding of empathy that respects both personal difference and shared humanity.


After laying out a range of meanings for the concept of empathy, Fleischacker proposes that what Smith called "sympathy" is very much what we today consider empathy. Smith's version has remarkable value, as his empathy calls for entering into the perspective of another--a uniquely human feat that connects people while still allowing them to define their own distinctive standpoints. After discussing Smith's views in relation to more recent empirical and philosophical studies, Fleischacker shows how turning back to Smith promises to enrich, clarify, and advance our current debates about the meaning and uses of empathy.

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SAP BrandVoice: Automation Is Helping This Company Inspire Its Employees And Customers To Be More Resourceful

SAP BrandVoice: Automation Is Helping This Company Inspire Its Employees And Customers To Be More Resourceful | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Customer Care Team Training For Empathy
From thorough product knowledge to the flexibility to make decisions, customer care team members need a lot of resources to do a good job. It’s important to train your team both initially when they join your company and routinely to make sure their skills stay fresh. Empathy is an essential skill for customer care staff. The ability to connect with customers and sincerely want them to have a positive experience with your product sets the right tone for any interactions with customers.

The world has changed dramatically during the past two years, and between shipping delays and rising prices, customers are more likely to be upset or frustrated when talking to customer service. Training for empathy can help your customer care team deal with customers’ problems and find creative ways to use your product to provide solutions in their lives or businesses.
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Empathy and compassion

Empathy and compassion | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy, whereby you put yourself in someone else's position and feel what they are feeling, is a much-appreciated virtue. But author Arthur Brooks in 'The Atlantic' argues that empathy is not necessarily a virtue. Desirable, yes, essential, no, is the opinion. This is an interesting argument.

Distinctions are also drawn between sympathy, which is feeling sorry for someone in pain, and empathy. As has been pithily said, it is the difference between 'get well soon' and 'I can imagine how ..
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Leadership: How to Develop and Practice Empathy

Leadership: How to Develop and Practice Empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Why is Empathy in Leadership Important?
It creates connections between leaders and those they lead. Connection is an important ingredient to establishing and growing trust. Empathy also helps to build strong relationships, it’s the currency a leader uses to navigate their organization. 


Lastly, empathy has the ability to scale throughout an organization. In fact, empathy is known to be contagious. And what better way to scale it, than to lead by example. 

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Four essential traits of inclusive leaders

Four essential traits of inclusive leaders | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
2. DEVELOPING AND NURTURING EMPATHY  

The narrowness of what is permitted at work prevents many of us from actually seeing others, especially when we don’t share the same identities or experiences. But if we have not personally experienced discrimination or inequities, it can be easy to misunderstand or minimize the challenges other people face.

Empathy is fundamentally the curiosity and willingness to learn more about the experiences of other people. It means taking the time to learn more about the identities of the people around you, and how that locates them—and you—in the world. It means understanding that people are having radically different experiences because of their identities and that the playing field is not level for everyone. When we wake up to the realities of other people’s lived experiences, we develop empathy and are motivated to get involved in the change effort.  
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Studies Show That Dogs Mirror Your Behavior As a Sign of Empathy

Studies Show That Dogs Mirror Your Behavior As a Sign of Empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
How do dogs show empathy?
When your friends and family show empathy, they say things like I know that’s difficult to deal with, or I understand why you’re frustrated, and they give you a hug. Dogs can’t speak, nor can they hug, so how can they express empathy? Primarily by mirroring our behaviors, according to research. See if your dog has ever exhibited these behaviors that indicate empathy.

They yawn after you. No matter how awake you feel, it’s almost impossible not to yawn after seeing someone else yawn. This behavior is involuntary and psychological, but scientists understand that we mirror behaviors as a subconscious sign of empathy, and that we tend to “catch” yawns more often from people with whom we have a close relationship.
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How can I become a more empathetic leader?

How can I become a more empathetic leader? | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Put another way, soft skills are now the bedrock on which rapidly changing technical skills grow and evolve. Effectively, this puts managers in the position of role models and amplifiers of soft skills, as they create the conditions which can either encourage or stifle key behaviors like learning and taking risks.

 

The way to do it, we believe, is to put empathy at the core and ambition at the edges. With clear and mounting evidence, we see that empathy at the core creates the psychological safety and trust necessary to take risks, especially in persisting past failure.

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