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Meditation does not make you a better person, study finds

Meditation does not make you a better person, study finds | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Meditation does not make you a better person according to a new study despite widespread claims that meditation can make you calmer and more compassionate towards other people.

 

“A person may have the expectation of becoming a better person through meditating, and may believe that to be the case - but in fact this has not been proven.” 

 

Initial analysis carried out indicated that positive effects were seen by making people feel moderately more compassionate or empathetic, compared to if they had done no other new emotionally-engaging activity.

 

However further analysis revealed it played no significant role in reducing aggression or prejudice or improving how socially-connected someone was.

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The Empathy Series, Part 3 – Implementing Organizational Empathy 

The Empathy Series, Part 3 – Implementing Organizational Empathy  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The Impact of Organizational Empathy on Customer Service

An empathetic organization has many advantages over an emotionally detached company, especially when it comes to successful customer experiences. In the 2018 State of Workplace Empathy Report, Businessolver found that “87% of CEOs agree the company’s financial performance is tied to empathy.”

 

The report also found that “there’s a silent majority in U.S. workplaces who believe that empathy is lacking in their organizations and they’re willing to take action – even leave their jobs – to seek out employers who are more empathetic.” Employee retention is a top concern for the call center industry which, by nature, has high turnover.

 

It’s crucial for these organizations to cultivate empathy across the organization to obtain more engaged employees. Additionally, Forrester reported that “customer-obsessed companies report having happier employees, more loyal customers, and increased likelihood to exceed revenue growth expectations.”

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How Self-Compassionate Are You? - The New York Times

How Self-Compassionate Are You? - The New York Times | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

How self-compassionate are you? The following is an adapted version of the Self-Compassion Scale, which researchers use to measure how much self-kindness or harsh self-judgment we show ourselves. Read each statement carefully. Don't think about how others might see you. Focus on how you view yourself. Use the descriptions below to indicate how often you behave in the manner described.

 

I try to be understanding and patient toward those aspects of my personality I don’t like.

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How to Empathy Map  

A 5-step process for creating empathy maps that describe user characteristics at the start of a UX design process.
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Climate Change - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles

Climate Change - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Date:  Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM PT

Topic:  How do you feel about the issue of climate change?

Location: Zoom Meeting Room URL: https://zoom.us/j/9896109339
Click on the link to enter the Zoom video conferencing room.

An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process.  The process supports meaningful and constructive dialogue. The basic process can be fairly easily learned in about 15 minutes.  It increases mutual understanding and connection by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction.   

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Towards an Empathic Human Rights | Left History 

Towards an Empathic Human Rights | Left History  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
This article conceives of human rights as a tool for promoting the values of its users. It links human rights to a continuous pursuit of a dynamic equality, which is rooted in empathy. Highlighting issues including the problematic association of human rights with the judiciary and the tool’s co-optation by sources of power, the article calls for a re-evaluation of our institutions.

 

States are pre-eminent agents in providing human rights protections, but this must be challenged as the constitution of the state’s organs are reconsidered, specifically regarding how the colonial experience has shaped the modern state.

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New study suggests that MDMA users have greater empathy - News

New study suggests that MDMA users have greater empathy - News | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
A new study conducted by the Psychopharmacology and Addiction Research Centre (PARC) has found that MDMA users have more emotional empathy than other drug users who mainly use substances such as cocaine, cannabis and ketamine.

Over the past couple of years, scientists have made numerous breakthroughs that have shown us MDMA's potential usefulness for treating mental health problems such as PTSD and alcoholism. Between giving the drug to octopuses to examine the origins of social behavior and testing its ability to help people get over betrayal and build trust, the potential health benefits of this illegal party drug are becoming more clear with each passing study.
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MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than other drug users

MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than other drug users | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests.

University of Exeter scientists compared the empathy levels of 25 people who used multiple drugs including MDMA, 19 people who used multiple drugs not including MDMA and 23 people who used alcohol only.

Users of MDMA reported feeling much more empathy - and were better at identifying the emotions of others on a computer task - than people who took multiple drugs not including MDMA.The other drugs were cannabis, cocaine and ketamine.
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Ecstasy users are more empathetic than those who take other drugs – even when not on it

Ecstasy users are more empathetic than those who take other drugs – even when not on it | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Recent trials have shown that when used alongside psychotherapy, MDMA can treat post-traumatic stress in people who have not responded to any other treatments, and these improvements can still be seen many months after treatment. It is thought that the effect of MDMA enables patients to think about very difficult memories that are often too painful to address, helping them to recover.
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What more empathy in business and artificial intelligence (AI) will look like | Adrian Swinscoe

What more empathy in business and artificial intelligence (AI) will look like | Adrian Swinscoe | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Today’s interview is with Minter Dial, keynote speaker and consultant on branding, new tech and digital transformation for blue chip companies, conferences and events around the world. Minter joins me today to talk about his new book: Heartificial Empathy, Putting Heart into Business and Artificial Intelligence, why the development of empathy is becoming so important, how we can develop it not only within ourselves but also the machines that we develop and what to watch out for when we do so.

This interview follows on from my recent interview – Building your positivity muscle and the impact it can have on customer experience – Interview with Matt Prowse of IAG – and is number 293 in the series of interviews with authors and business leaders that are doing great things, providing valuable insights, helping businesses innovate and delivering great service and experience to both their customers and their employees.
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Empathy and Changemaking

Empathy and Changemaking | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

n 2013, Maury was named an Ashoka Changemaker School. Changemaker Schools are a community of education institutions that prioritize the cultivation of empathy, teamwork, leadership, and changemaking in their students. Maury has chosen to concentrate on the skill of empathy and the school’s culture and curriculum is infused with this focus.

Empathy “The ability to understand what someone is feeling”

That’s the textbook definition of empathy. But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more. It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next.

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The Difference Between Reflective & Active Listening -  

The Difference Between Reflective & Active Listening -   | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Active and reflective listening both involve listening to a speaker without inserting opinions or judgments. Learn the definitions of activ
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Empathy in politics | The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper

Empathy in politics | The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
  • Does empathy have a place in the world of politics?
  • How should politicians lead? How should policies be shaped and implemented?
  • What role does empathy play when it’s time to make decisions for a multitude of people?

 

We are currently in turbulent times where issues such as immigration, political violence, and job security are currently on the line. In America, immigration issues have resulted in more problematic issues such as xenophobia, racism, and bigotry. It has resulted in the marginalization of minority groups in our society.

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How To Apply User Experience Research (UX) To Instructional Design (ID)

How To Apply User Experience Research (UX) To Instructional Design (ID) | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

1. Analysis: An Analysis Of The Organization's Goals, Learner Goals And The Problem Being Solved With Training

a. User Or Learner Personas
These are a visual representation of everything you know about your audience, from demographics to training goals. UX includes many categories outside of ID which I also find helpful when assessing what learners already know about the topic or what may prevent them from completing the training.

b. Empathy Mapping
It is another visualization exercise that captures research about your audience. Create an empathy map to highlight your learner's attitudes and behaviors about the training topic.

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Empathy Is 'One of Most Important Qualities' in a Leader, Goodwin Says – Bloomberg

Empathy Is 'One of Most Important Qualities' in a Leader, Goodwin Says – Bloomberg | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says President's Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson both displayed great empathy. She says that helped make them great leaders in the White House. Goodwin speaks on new episode of "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations." 
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The 5 Steps to Customer Journey Mapping  

Journey maps combine two powerful instruments—storytelling and visualization—in order to help teams understand and address customer needs.
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Empathy Training Module 1: Session 1: Empathy Circles, What, Why and How 

Empathy Training Module 1: Session 1: Empathy Circles, What, Why and How  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathy Circle Facilitator Training: Session 1
Empathy Circles: What, Why, & How 

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Reducing Mass Incarceration - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles

Reducing Mass Incarceration - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

DATE Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10 AM – 12 PM  PT
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TOPIC
In Collaboration with #Cut50,  #DayofEmpathy and the Empathy Network the topic is:
How do you feel about the high incarceration rates in the USA and what can be done about it?

And you can talk about whatever is alive for you or on your mind..

LOCATION
Zoom Meeting Room URL: https://zoom.us/j/9896109339
Click on the link to enter the Zoom video conferencing room.

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6 Tips for Compassionate Listening

6 Tips for Compassionate Listening | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Compassionate listening is a critical skill for a strong relationship, so that your partner feels cared for and understood. Here are six key elements of listening compassionately to your partner when he or she wants to share their feelings.

Don't try to fix the problem or give advice unless specifically asked. Sometimes we just want to be listened to and have our feelings heard. When we're hurting we need empathy, not advice. It's natural to want to help and offer instant solutions to someone we love, but advice might not be what that person needs at that moment. Men, especially, tend to be problem-solvers but should bear this in mind and just listen to the problem sometimes.
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Researchers turn to newlywed couples to unravel questions about the chemistry of empathy and bonding

Researchers turn to newlywed couples to unravel questions about the chemistry of empathy and bonding | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
When participants felt a strong sense of empathy with the person in the picture, regions of the brain associated with emotion and emotional memory lit up. "It's almost like the brain is responding in a way that signals, 'this is important, pay attention,'" said Acevedo.

These areas of the brain—like the amygdala and ventral pallidum—have a particularly dense concentration of receptors for oxytocin and vasopressin, further implicating these neurotransmitters in empathy and altruism. What's more, individuals with genetic variations that made them more sensitive to these hormones exhibited stronger emotional responses across the board.
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The Empathy Gap: Why People Fail to Understand Different Perspectives 

The Empathy Gap: Why People Fail to Understand Different Perspectives  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The empathy gap is a cognitive bias that makes it difficult for people to account for the manner in which differences in mental states affect the way that they and other people make decisions.

For example, when it comes to misjudging your own perspective, when a person who is dieting feels full, they struggle to assess how well they will be able to handle the temptation to eat certain foods later, when they’re hungry. Similarly, a person who is feeling calm at the moment will find it difficult to accurately predict how they will act if someone angers them.
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MDMA is a powerful empathy booster, study shows

MDMA is a powerful empathy booster, study shows | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
In a new study, MDMA is shown to produce better cognitive and emotional empathy than users of cocaine, ketamine, and alcohol. This follows in the wake of criticism that MDMA use leads to social distress. Illegal in America since 1985, MDMA is showing positive efficacy rates in clinical trials for treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
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How Personal Tragedy Illuminated Business Empathy

How Personal Tragedy Illuminated Business Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
At first mention, the term “business empathy” may sound like a contradiction to the average consumer. For example, a person seen as cold and calculating can also be described as “all business.”

Business does take a level of calculation and rationality, but what Minter Dial argues in his new book Heartificial Empathy is that businesses should work to operate with more empathy. He states that empathy is both the basis of understanding your customer as well as operating with great ethics.
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MDMA users more empathetic than other drug users

MDMA users more empathetic than other drug users | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Long-term MDMA users have higher levels of empathy than cannabis and other drugs users, new research suggests.

University of Exeter scientists compared the empathy levels of 25 people who used multiple drugs including MDMA, 19 people who used multiple drugs not including MDMA and 23 people who used alcohol only.

 

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DO YOU OVER-EMPATHIZE? 5 TIPS FOR NVC STUDENTS TO PREVENT THIS - YouTube

In this video you learn about how in the process of learning NVC you might focus more on empathic listening that is joyful for you. What causes this? How can you interrupt someone when they speak more words than you like? Get my 5 tips to protect your energy & self-worth.
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Empathy in Leadership, Life, and the Hospitality Industry | By Kyle Cardone and Dr. Xiaoxiao Fu –

Empathy in Leadership, Life, and the Hospitality Industry | By Kyle Cardone and Dr. Xiaoxiao Fu – | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is one's ability to understand and share someone else's feelings, and in a time where machines replacing people in the workforce has become quotidian, stands out as uniquely, and beautifully human. This topic was chosen, because in the context of hospitality, empathy is observed as a fundamental part of becoming an effective leader in the industry, and in a broader context, anywhere. The lead author's course of action in moving up, and becoming more influential in the field, is largely based on the idea that empathy is lost upon a considerable amount of current managers.
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