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Five things you may not know about empathy

Five things you may not know about empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Can you feel that? It's called empathy and it's having a moment. Experts have discovered that putting yourself in someone else's shoes is not just an important life skill, it's also intrinsic to happiness.Author Brene Brown calls empathy a 'sacred space' where you climb down into another person's hurt.


This is crucial because it fosters connection – something sympathy alone can't do. If that seems a little touchy-feely, stay with me, because the virtue traditionally associated with shoulder squeezes and self-sacrifice is more powerful – and surprising - than you think.


Empathy helps you get ahead at work 

by Natalie Reilly


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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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How to Promote a Culture of Caring and Compassionate Leadership

How to Promote a Culture of Caring and Compassionate Leadership | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Increasingly, those involved in forging the next generation of leadership development believe that skills like empathy and compassion are the keys to connecting to, and motivating, employees in troubled times.

Empathy and compassion are generally considered founding principles within the whole area of Emotional Intelligence and Psychological Safety, which are redefining the approach to leadership that de-emphasises technical skills and amplifies the so-called “soft skills.” It expands the role of leader to act more like a coach and sounding board. Although those are simple concepts, they represent daunting new demands on leaders.
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Why Empaths Are Struggling in a World of Masked Faces

Why Empaths Are Struggling in a World of Masked Faces | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
“Empathy is the ability to ‘feel with’ another person, to identity with them and sense what they’re experiencing. It’s sometimes seen as the ability to ‘read’ other people’s emotions, or the ability to imagine what they’re feeling, by ‘putting yourself in their shoes.’ In other words, empathy is seen as a cognitive ability, along the same lines as the ability to imagine future scenarios or to solve problems based on previous experience.

 

But in my view, empathy is more than this. It’s the ability to make a psychic and emotional connection with another person, to actually enter into their mind-space. When we experience real empathy or compassion, our identity actually merges with another person’s. The separateness between you and the other person fades away. Your ‘self-boundary’ melts away, so that in a sense – or to an extent – you become them.” ~Steve Taylor Ph.D

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Empathic Conversation Structure

In this video John Kinyon describes and demonstrates his approach to bringing explicit structure and intentionality to empathic conversation.

See Empathic Conversation Structure handout and related resources at www.johnkinyon.com/resources

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Leading With Empathy Drives Success in Tough Times >

Leading With Empathy Drives Success in Tough Times > | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The Importance of Empathy

Only 48% of employees view their CEOs as empathetic, compared to the 87% of CEOs who see themselves as such. 92% percent of employees believe their organizations should be doing more for the overall well-being and needs of their workers. This state of affairs is a workplace crisis that doesn’t get the coverage it deserves. Empathy is vital to leadership.

This was true before the pandemic – but now, it is impossible to ignore or deny. The past few months have been a time when everyone has felt nervous, unsure, worried about their health and the health of their loved ones. Add to this constant anxiety, the mental load of trying to work remotely, homeschool kids, and in some areas, not be allowed to leave the house. Those of us who have been able to keep working have had to keep working – but we’re human. Even while fulfilling our responsibilities, the global catastrophe has been on our mind.
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How Power Erodes Empathy, And The Steps We Can Take To Rebuild It | Here & Now

How Power Erodes Empathy, And The Steps We Can Take To Rebuild It | Here & Now | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy and power have an inverse relationship, Zaki says. The more powerful people are, the less likely they are to have empathy because they're less likely to need other people.

People who come from a lower socioeconomic status or underrepresented backgrounds face disadvantages and vulnerabilities that “make it obvious how much people need each other,” he says. “As a result, people who are lower in status and power tend to practice or work on their ability to understand other people and get better at it.”
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An Empathetic Awakening

An Empathetic Awakening | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

What is empathy?  Empathy is a sense of understanding the feelings and experiences of another person. Many of us are empathetic towards our friends, coworkers, or family members’ experiences.  And we have some form of empathy this sense of every day in conversations or communication with others.  We may even experience empathy watching a movie, TV show, or listening to a

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Dump Trump: Redford slams prez's divisive rhetoric, endorses Biden in 2020 

“This November, unity and empathy are on the ballot. Experience and intelligence are on the ballot,” wrote Redford in an editorial published by CNN. “Joe Biden is on the ballot, and I’m confident he will bring these qualities back to the white House.”
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Fostering empathy in the workplace

Fostering empathy in the workplace | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
What is empathy and why is it important?

I define empathy as the ability to understand why people do what they do, what drives them, what their experiences are and how they see the world.

Empathy is critically important, now more than ever, as we live and work in a world of increasing diversity and opportunity, and we spend more time with people from different backgrounds and who’ve had diverse life experiences. The danger in that is that we naturally assume people see the world similar to what we do, but empathy allows us to step out of our world view and into a new mentality so that we can relate to and understand others better.
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What Is Empathy?

There's a difference between sympathy and empathy. I didn't really understand this until I received awful news from my good friends.
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Are Men Really Lousy Listeners?

Are Men Really Lousy Listeners? | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Women have learned to listen with their whole body, not just their ears, and to use that information to understand and build relationships.

Men generally have learned to listen to get the facts, be direct, spit it out, not show emotions, make quick judgments, and fix the problem. A man hears what he thinks is enough information and interrupts with a solution. Problem solved. Let’s move along.

A woman wants someone to listen to the issues (preferably a few times), mull them over, and hear her voice as she contemplates the situation. She’s generally not looking for a solution; the emotional processing of talking it through is the solution. She just wants him to listen and hear her concerns and empathize a bit. Then she can move on.
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Adapting empathy maps for UX design

Adapting empathy maps for UX design | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

What is an empathy map?
An empathy map is a collaborative tool that teams can use to better understand their customers. It consists of an image of the customer surrounded by six sections.

 

These sections are:

  • Think and feel. What matters to the user? What occupies her thinking? What worries and aspirations does she have?
  • Hear. What are friends, family and other influencers saying to her that impacts her thinking?
  • See. What things in her environment influence her? What competitors is she seeing? What is she seeing friends do?
  • Say and do. What is her attitude towards others? What does she do in public? How has her behaviour changed?
  • Pain. What fears, frustrations or obstacles is she facing?
  • Gain. What is she hoping to get? What does success look like?
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Amazon.com: Mindful Empathy : The Mindset of Success for Leaders of the Future by Wayne Duncan

Amazon.com: Mindful Empathy : The Mindset of Success for Leaders of the Future by Wayne Duncan | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Mindful Empathy : The Mindset of Success for Leaders of the Future - Kindle edition by Rius, Dani, Duncan, Wayne. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Mindful Empathy : The Mindset of Success for Leaders of the Future.
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Why I Don’t Believe in Empathic Design  

Why I Don’t Believe in Empathic Design   | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
 

Human-centered design pioneer Don Norman, who coined the term ‘user experience,’ explains why he’s not convinced by the current obsession with empathy and what we should do instead.

 

I approve of the spirit behind the introduction of empathy into design, but I believe the concept is impossible, and even if possible, wrong. The reason we often talk about empathy in design is that we really need to understand the people that we’re working for. The idea is that, essentially, you’re in a person’s head and understand how they feel and what they think.

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What Is Empathy and How Do You Cultivate It?

What Is Empathy and How Do You Cultivate It? | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Why Empathy Matters

Making empathy a proactive practice can lead to a number of life-enhancing benefits for you on a personal level. Empathy is at the heart of the “Golden Rule.” You need to be able to have an understanding of what others are feeling and to be able to actually imagine yourself in their situation in order to be able to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
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What is Empathic Communication?

John Kinyon talks about what empathic communication means to him — an integration of mindfulness and language for experiencing empathic connection that enhances well-being, effectiveness, and cooperation.
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How to Teach Kids Empathy?

How to Teach Kids Empathy? | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Being empathetic in today’s times is a virtue only a few have. But it’s the most important quality that one should carry to make the world a better place to live in.

It's pertinent that we understand what empathy is since many people mix it with sympathy. ‘Empathy’ is the ability to put oneself in the same situation as another and feel the emotions that the person would perhaps be going through. This capability is the very basis that can help build sustainable relationships. It leads to building happy and content bonds between friends and family
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Working a desk job could keep your mind agile later on in life

Working a desk job could keep your mind agile later on in life | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The study started in 2011, when Peggy Mason, professor of neurobiology, found that rats consistently free their trapped companions, even giving up on a bit of chocolate for them. The empathy of rats has been demonstrated in several later studies, and it’s already a well established phenomenon.

But Mason also found that when rats are treated with anti-anxiety medication, they are less likely to free a trapped peer because they are less likely to feel its anxiety. In another study, researchers found that rats were hesitant to save strangers, and only freed trapped rats they were familiar with. Rat empathy is remarkably similar to human empathy, maybe in more ways than we’d like to admit.
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Empathy And Power; U.S. Military Confronts Racism | Here & Now

Empathy And Power; U.S. Military Confronts Racism | Here & Now | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Why did George Floyd's death spark a worldwide movement demanding social change? Stanford Professor Jamil Zaki says it has to do with empathy, how it's fostered and how it atrophies. He joins us to discuss the connection between power and empathy. And, the U.S. military is one of the many institutions dealing with the nation's current racial reckoning.

We speak with Retired Adm. James Stavridis about efforts to rename military bases that bear the names of Confederate generals. That and more, in hour two of Here & Now's July 9, 2020, full broadcast. You can find more at hereandnow.org — and follow us on Twitter, Instagram or join the conversation on Facebook.

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Ashoka Careers - Empathy Movement Leader, Ashoka North America

Ashoka Careers - Empathy Movement Leader, Ashoka North America | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Ashoka is not setting out to teach every child empathetic skills. Instead, Ashoka is committed to act as a catalyst focused on creating a movement with partners such that demand for empathy and changemaking will grow rapidly in society.   Much like what we did with the field of social entrepreneurship, we are seeking to drive this mindset shift in society by helping people see differently.

 

We intend to work with co-creators (Ashoka Fellows and other leaders) to influence key actors including, parents, schools, government, media, and companies to see why empathy is key for their child’s success and their ability to contribute effectively in society. It will open opportunities to change how we parent, what we teach our children, what stories we write, how we hire, organize or report success.    

Metrics include – Do other key influencers now say empathy and changemaking skills are key? Are more parents prioritizing empathy and changemaking skills for their children? Are schools or governments now using pedagogy and curriculum to instill empathy/changemaking skills in teachers/children? Are big media platforms writing about empathy and changemaking skills for children?

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Empathic Consulting

Empathic Consulting | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

At Empathic Consulting, we work with leaders to drive result
We provide practical, evidence-based skills, tools and frameworks to develop empathy in Leadership & Culture. We challenge perceptions, inspire curiosity and transform behaviour to drive high performance and deliver bottom line results.

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Another reason why Donald Trump is going to lose in November

Another reason why Donald Trump is going to lose in November | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
This statistic exposes a fundamental flaw in the average Trump supporter. They lack both empathy and backbone. To my mind that summarizes Trump supporters I have encountered everywhere. They’re fine when bad things happen to other people — minorities, LGBQT, foreigners — but when it happens to them, suddenly, miraculously, they become “concerned.”
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 Learning Empathy Through Virtual Reality: Multiple Strategies for Training Empathy-Related Abilities Using Body Ownership Illusions in Embodied Virtual Reality | Robotics and AI

 Learning Empathy Through Virtual Reality: Multiple Strategies for Training Empathy-Related Abilities Using Body Ownership Illusions in Embodied Virtual Reality | Robotics and AI | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Several disciplines have investigated the interconnected empathic abilities behind the proverb “to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” to determine how the presence, and absence, of empathy-related phenomena affect prosocial behavior and intergroup relations.

 

Empathy enables us to learn from others’ pain and to know when to offer support. Similarly, virtual reality (VR) appears to allow individuals to step into someone else’s shoes, through a perceptual illusion called embodiment, or the body ownership illusion. Considering these perspectives, we propose a theoretical analysis of different mechanisms of empathic practices in order to define a possible framework for the design of empathic training in VR.

 

This is not intended to be an extensive review of all types of practices, but an exploration of empathy and empathy-related phenomena. Empathy-related training practices are analyzed and categorized. We also identify different variables used by pioneer studies in VR to promote empathy-related responses. Finally, we propose strategies for using embodied VR technology to train specific empathy-related abilities.

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Empathy and the Historical Understanding of the Human Past | Taylor & Francis Group

Empathy and the Historical Understanding of the Human Past | Taylor & Francis Group | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy and the Historical Understanding of the Human Past is a comprehensive consideration of the role of empathy in historical knowledge, informed by the literature on empathy in fields including history, psychoanalysis, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, and sociology.

The book seeks to raise the consciousness of historians about empathy, by introducing them to the history of the concept and to its status in fields outside of history. It also seeks to raise the self-consciousness of historians about their use of empathy to know and understand past people.

 

Defining empathy as thinking and feeling, as imagining, one’s way inside the experience of others in order to know and understand them, Thomas A. Kohut distinguishes between the external and the empathic observational position, the position of the historical subject.

 

He argues that historians need to be aware of their observational position, of when they are empathizing and when they are not. Indeed, Kohut advocates for the deliberate, self-reflective use of empathy as a legitimate and important mode of historical inquiry.

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Getting the feels: Should AI have empathy?

Getting the feels: Should AI have empathy? | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
In this episode of the McKinsey on AI podcast miniseries, McKinsey’s David DeLallo speaks with Minter Dial, an established speaker and author on the topics of technology and marketing and author of Heartificial Empathy. They explore the role of empathy in business and whether artificial intelligence should be trained to exhibit empathy for some applications.
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Empathy wins over compassion: implications for CSR

Empathy wins over compassion: implications for CSR | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

I’ve been advocating for leadership with compassion. Particularly since the lockdown I've been saying that compassion will save us.

Last week I read a book by Chris Voss that advocated empathy over compassion or sympathy. I asked my LinkedIn network for their advice and 82% of them decisively voted for empathy.

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