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What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion

What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Mounting evidence of the impact of contemplative practices like meditation (which we now know can, quite literally, rewire the brain) are finally bringing modern science up to speed with ancient wisdom.

Mindfulness and compassion -- the practices of cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment, and extending a loving awareness to others -- are part of every religion and wisdom tradition, and we're at last beginning to understand the profound impact that they have on the brain, says psychiatrist and mindfulness expert Dr. Dan Siegel.
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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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Building a Culture of Empathy, Jamil Zaki | Stanford Reunion Homecoming 2019

Building a Culture of Empathy, Jamil Zaki | Stanford Reunion Homecoming 2019 | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
We evolved to connect with and care for each other, and such empathy undergirds human kindness. But the modern world makes empathy harder--through isolation, stress, and increasing tribalism.  Can we rebuild it?  Professor Zaki draws on his and others' research and practice--in the social sciences, peace-making, medicine, and technology--to argue that people can grow their empathy through practice, and build a culture of kindness along the way.

Jamil Zaki, associate professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory
Professor Zaki investigates how people respond to each other's emotions (empathy), why they conform to each other (social influence), and why they choose to help each other (prosociality). In his groundbreaking book, The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, he shares cutting-edge research showing that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re born with or not—but rather a skill that can be strengthened through effort.
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Nine Competencies for Teaching Empathy - Educational Leadership

Nine Competencies for Teaching Empathy - Educational Leadership | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The Empathy Advantage
In today's interconnected world, empathy gives students the edge they need to lead meaningful, productive lives, providing what I call the "empathy advantage." Once seen as a "soft" skill, empathy helps us understand and feel with others. That's why Forbes urges companies to adopt empathy and perspective-taking principles, and the Harvard Business Review named empathy as one of the "essential ingredients for leadership success and excellent performance" (Goleman, 2014).

Empathy—or the ability to understand others' feelings and needs—is also the foundation of a safe, caring, and inclusive learning climate. Students with high levels of empathy display more classroom engagement, higher academic achievement, and better communication skills (Jones et al., 2014). Empathy reduces aggression, boosts prosocial behaviors (Eisenberg, Eggum, & DiGiunta, 2010) and may be our best antidote to bullying and racism (Santos et al., 2011).
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What is an empathy map? A complete guide

What is an empathy map? A complete guide | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

So what exactly is an empathy map? 

In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about empathy maps. We’ve broken our guide down into the following sections:

  • What is an empathy map?
  • What does an empathy map look like?
  • Why do we use empathy maps?
  • Where does empathy mapping fit into the UX design process?
  • A note on the limitations of empathy mapping
  • Key takeaways and further reading
  • Ready for the ultimate introduction to empathy maps?


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Connection Practice Foundations Course - Rita Marie Johnson

Connection Practice Foundations Course - Rita Marie Johnson | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

The Connection Practice (15 hours)

  • The “How-To” of Hope: empathy + insight = connection
  • The Empowerment of Empathy
  • Rocking Your World with Insight
  • Connecting the Dots of the Connection Practice
  • Taking the Connection Practice to the World


Part 2 The Connection Path (15 hours)

  • Skillful Empathy Deepens Connection
  • Empathy First: Honesty Second
  • Empathy Under Fire
  • Healing Core Needs on the Connection Path
  • Celebrating Our Transformational Experiences


Part 3 Connection Mediation (15 hours)

  • Skillful Empathy Deepens Connection
  • Empathy First: Honesty Second
  • Empathy Under Fire
  • Healing Core Needs on the Connection Path
  • Celebrating Our Transformational Experiences
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Study: Blood oxytocin concentration positively predicts contagious yawning behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder. - PubMed 

Study: Blood oxytocin concentration positively predicts contagious yawning behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder. - PubMed  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Research suggests that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have reduced empathy, as measured by an impaired contagious yawn response, compared to typically developing (TD) children. Other research has failed to replicate this finding, instead attributing this phenomenon to group differences in attention paid to yawn stimuli.

A third possibility is that only a subgroup of children with ASD exhibits the impaired contagious yawn response, and that it can be identified biologically. Here we quantified blood concentrations of the "social" neuropeptide oxytocin (OXT) and evaluated yawning behavior and attention rates during a laboratory task in children with ASD (N = 34) and TD children (N = 30) aged 6-12 years. No group difference in contagious yawning behavior was found. However, a blood OXT concentration × group (ASD vs. TD) interaction positively predicted contagious yawning behavior (F1,50  = 7.4987; P = 0.0085).

Specifically, blood OXT concentration was positively related to contagious yawning behavior in children with ASD, but not in TD children. This finding was not due to delayed perception of yawn stimuli and was observed whether attention paid to test stimuli and clinical symptom severity were included in the analysis or not. 

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Three Tips to Help Increase Your Empathy - Thrive Global

Three Tips to Help Increase Your Empathy - Thrive Global | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
This blog explores three tips that will help increase your empathy when listening to another’s story (or perspective), even when you may not agree. These will help you form a deeper connection and understanding with the person sharing their story with you.

Tip 1. Active listening (but don’t interrupt)

This is something I actively work on, as I am guilty of interrupting people when they are talking, mainly because I agree with them or have been through a similar situation and can add value to what they are sharing, but I am aware that this can be frustrating to the storyteller. To help myself from interrupting, I like to use sympathetic responses, like nodding, and gestures of surprise or admiration to show that I am paying active attention whilst they share their story. Active listening is a key skill to continually improve, as it will positively affect all relationships in your life whether it is family, friends or colleagues.
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Will medical schools start testing for empathy?

Will medical schools start testing for empathy? | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

High empathy scores could become part of the criteria for getting into medical school, according to research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

The study gauged empathy levels of 16,149 new matriculants and first- through fourth-year medical students, establishing a set of national norms, which serve as a benchmark for assessing future applicants’ suitability to the profession.

Researchers say the national norms can help to distinguish between two applicants with similar academic qualifications and identify students who might need additional educational remedies to bolster their level of empathy.

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Designing Empathy-Based Professional Development That Teachers Will Use | EdSurge News

Designing Empathy-Based Professional Development That Teachers Will Use | EdSurge News | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Em·pa·thy /ˈempəTHē/ noun. The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

While there has been an increase in training around social-emotional learning (SEL) in K-12 classrooms, many professional development (PD) resources for educators treat SEL as a standalone subject rather than a foundational component of learning environments.

Truly incorporating SEL into classroom instruction is challenging—for both educators and students—because it demands continuous reflection and examination of everyday interactions and inclinations.

In adult life, empathy, compassion and the identification and management of emotions are integrated into everything we do. In education, empathy and compassion are paramount to student-centered learning environments and instructional design because they encourage educators to question their own assumptions while considering and supporting the demonstrated needs of students.

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Study skills: Why empathy should be treated as essential

Study skills: Why empathy should be treated as essential | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Progressing into the digital era, educators are questioning why empathy matters as a study skill.

A term that relates to the ability to understand, to sympathise and to have an awareness of another person’s feelings or position, it is a key element of what makes us human.

At least once in your lifetime, you would have caught a glimpse of empathy action.
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A meta-analysis of the relationship between empathy and executive function. 

A meta-analysis of the relationship between empathy and executive function.  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The current meta-analysis was designed to determine the relationship between executive function (EF) and empathy, as well as to identify any moderators. A search of Chinese and English databases yielded 18 studies and 67 effect sizes involving a total of 6006 participants. Results with the random effects model showed that EF was significantly positively correlated with empathy (r = .14, p < .001).

 

Subgroup analysis showed that EF was more strongly related to cognitive empathy (r = .20, p < .001) than to affective empathy (r = .09, p = .03). Looking at the two dimensions of empathy, we further found that cognitive empathy is closely related to subcomponents of EF, including inhibitory control (r = .23, p < .001), working memory (r = .20, p < .001), and cognitive flexibility (r = .15, p = .036), while only affective empathy was closely related to inhibitory control (r = .12, p < .001).

 

Results suggested that future research should consider that the relationship between empathy and EF varies depending on the division of specific subcomponents. This finding may help in explaining possible mechanisms of how EF affects empathy.

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The 1 Mistake You're Making When You Try to Be Empathetic

The 1 Mistake You're Making When You Try to Be Empathetic | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The memo is in--you can't lead like a robot anymore. Empathy matters.

Now, the definition of empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of someone else. You can feel sad for me if I stub my pinky toe, for example, if you've stubbed your pinky toe too. That is, empathy is largely experiential. The more you've done and seen and learned, the better the odds are that you really can "get" somebody else as they experience a similar moment.

 

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Study skills: Why empathy should be treated as essential

Study skills: Why empathy should be treated as essential | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Connecting empathy with technology, the research team highlighted how these two different concepts can merge and work in favour of young students’ progression.

Despite popular opinion, infusing tech and education can provoke feelings of empathy. Instead of fearing its disadvantages, an educator can make use of its benefits.

Valuing tools such as virtual reality (VR), educators may make use of technology by placing students in computer-generated scenarios that trigger empathy, mindfulness and sensitivity.

In fact, study skill lessons that are dedicated to the education of empathy can be improved with the assistance of tech.
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Create effective designs with design thinking empathy

Create effective designs with design thinking empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Develop empathy towards others
The five phases do not have to follow any specific order. Often they will occur simultaneously and be repeated several times throughout the process. The purpose of the design thinking empathy process is it enables you to:

capture the specific mindset and needs of your end-user identify and define the problem to form solutions around create opportunities based on the needs of your end-user find innovative solutions starting with quick, low-fidelity experiments provide insight into your end-users’ biggest challenges

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Barack Obama's summer reading list includes Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead and Téa Obreht

Barack Obama's summer reading list includes Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead and Téa Obreht | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Former President Barack Obama's reading list includes Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead and Téa Obreht

Obama shared a remembrance on social media. “Toni Morrison was a national treasure,” he wrote. “Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful — a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page.”

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To Depolarize or Not to Depolarize with Julie Kohler

To Depolarize or Not to Depolarize with Julie Kohler | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Julie Kohler, author of the Washington Post article “How Calls to ‘Love Your Enemies’ Enforce the Status-Quo,” joins Ciaran and John for a back and forth about her own past critiques of Better Angels, the proper place of empathy in political life, and the importance of depolarization to preserving the possibility for political progress in the long run.

Julie is a senior advisor for the Democracy Alliance, a progressive donor network. She has a Ph.D. in family social science and writes frequently on women and politics. You can find her on Twitter  

THE BETTER ANGELS PODCAST
The Limits of Empathy with Julie Koler
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10 Ways to Use #Empathy to Support #SocialEntrepreneurship

1. Understand the Power of Empathy

Empathy, or the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, is an essential quality in social entrepreneurship — and in business entrepreneurship, for that matter.

 

Familiarize yourself with your own personality, and understand the psychology of your staff, so you can better engineer social campaigns and initiatives that will get their buy-in. Simple employee surveys can help you determine causes that are near and dear to your personnel’s hearts, so you can commit resources where they matter.

 

 

Here is a great article and TEDx talk about overcoming apathy with empathy by a faculty at Claremont Lincoln University. In this article the author believes that new learning begins with the ability to empathize. That empathy is the most positively disruptive force on the planet — but only when it leads to emphatic action.

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Study indicates a brief mindfulness meditation exercise results in blunted moral reactions

Study indicates a brief mindfulness meditation exercise results in blunted moral reactions | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Mindfulness meditation appears to have beneficial effects on various aspects of life. But new research suggests that mindfulness doesn’t automatically enhance only the good side of people.

The study, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, provides preliminary evidence that brief mindfulness exercises can blunt moral reactions to harm.

“The reputation of mindfulness on moral behavior is immaculate. However, I have been doing Zen meditation for more than ten years and I wondered whether I became a better person,” said study author Simon Schindler, a research associate at the University of Kassel.
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Five Tips for Nonjudgmental Listening

Five Tips for Nonjudgmental Listening | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Use these Mental Health First Aid tips to be an effective nonjudgmental listener for those around you.

Reflect on your own state of mind.
Before approaching someone with your concerns, it’s important to make sure you are in the right frame of mind to talk and listen without being judgmental. Reflect on your own state of mind to make sure you are feeling calm, open and ready to help your peer in need.


Adopt an attitude of acceptance, genuineness and empathy.
Adopting an attitude of acceptance means respecting the person’s feelings, personal values and experiences as valid, even if they are different from your own or you disagree with them. Taking time to imagine yourself in the other person’s place can help you be more genuine and empathic.

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In Their Shoes: Practicing Radical Empathy in the Arts Classroom (Mini-Course) 

In Their Shoes: Practicing Radical Empathy in the Arts Classroom (Mini-Course)  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

This Mini-Course Will Explore: How can arts educators practice radical empathy and prioritize their connection with students while also achieving the arts learning outcomes set forth by the program?

Radical empathy requires educators to humanize the experiences of students by developing authentic connections aimed at not only understanding what they are facing, their challenges, and hopes, but to also strive to share their feelings and provide real support. In this three-part mini-course, facilitators will hone in on challenges specific to participants by tailoring the content of sessions to meet immediate needs.

 

Subjects explored in this interactive and practically-grounded mini-course will include a combination of the following topics:

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Research Shows That Rats Show Empathy, But Are Selective Regarding Fur Color

Research Shows That Rats Show Empathy, But Are Selective Regarding Fur Color | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
While for the longest time, scientists and philosophers argued whether animals are capable of emotions and empathy, some researchers set out to prove their point. And with the likes of Koko the Gorilla, it’s hard to deny that animals are capable of feeling and expressing human-like emotions.

In discussions about emotions in animals, people like to bring up their sweet dogs, elephants and a variety of primates, however, no one ever uses a rat as an example. After all, even linguistics show that rats don’t have the best of reputations in our world, with it being common to compare a horribly behaved person to a rat. However, researchers at the University of Chicago decided to see is these intelligent creatures not only have feelings but is they are able to feel other’s emotions too!
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Teaching Empathy in the Classroom @ Dubai

Teaching Empathy in the Classroom @ Dubai | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Teaching Empathy in the Classroom workshop enables participants to teach students to be able to learn the skills to understand themselves.

 

What will the workshop entail?

This two-day workshop will take participants through practical exercises, rooted in Drama and Mindfulness techniques to see how to develop the following skills:

  • awareness of self & others
  • awareness of the environment 
  • engagement & attention
  • showing compassion
  • focus & concentration
  • collaboration
  • ways of communicating
  • actively listening
  • use of the senses
  • see from other perspectives
  • using imagination
  • understand emotions
  • ways of reflecting 
  • constructive feedback
  • cooperation
  • responsible decision-making
  • perseverance and flexibility
  • problem solving
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Tech Startup hEARt Brings An Empathetic Ear To Students Everywhere  

Tech Startup hEARt Brings An Empathetic Ear To Students Everywhere   | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
What is hEARt?
We believe that hEARt’s strategy of providing peer support through online chat will help combat the crisis on campus. Communicating through online chat, a practice commonly referred to as “chat therapy,” has been proven to help treat depression and anxiety as effectively as in-person therapy, with the added benefit of being right in a user’s pocket. Peer support is another evidence-based technique, shown to engage hard-to-reach individuals, reduce hospitalization rates, and decrease substance abuse among users. 

hEARt is an outstanding preventative care measure that will be accessible, anonymous, free, and most importantly, localized. Peer supporters will be extensively trained in practices that will well-prepare them for difficult conversations, and they’ll be made fully aware of all the resources available at their university so that they are comfortable referring users to the appropriate resources if needed. 
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Empathy is a Technical Skill

Empathy is a Technical Skill | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Developing empathy requires practice
If there’s one thing you’ve learned about empathy from reading this article, I hope it’s that you’re starting to think of it more like a skill, and less like a magical trait that you either possess or you don’t. Acquiring new skills can be intimidating and scary when you’re just starting out, but don’t let that stop you from working at getting better. Adopting a growth mindset and recognizing that you are capable of building empathy is critical. Negative self talk, such as "I’m not good with people," can really hinder your progress. So, where do you start? Here are three resources that I recommend:

In her book, Dare To Lead, Dr. Brene Brown lists five skills that are important for building empathy:

To see the world as others see it, or perspective-taking
To be non judgemental
To understand another person’s feelings
To communicate your understanding of another person’s feelings
Mindfulness
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Art: An Empathy Movement

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A Mile in Its Shoes - About the Empathy Museum
Born from the old adage, "Never judge a person until you've walked a mile in their shoes," the Empathy Museum is the brainchild of renowned philosopher Roman Krznaric.

Roman first planted the seeds of what would eventually blossom into the Empathy Museum with his book, "Empathy," but it wasn't until he enlisted the help of award-winning artist and curator, Clare Patey, that the idea took root and the museum came to life. 

Four years and 200+ stories later, the Empathy Museum and its "A Mile in My Shoes" exhibit have been all over the world and across the Americas, cultivating greater societal compassion every step of the way.

Previous stops include Brazil, London, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Siberia, and now, Denver!

For more information about the Empathy Museum, visit www.empathymuseum.com
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It’s not an interview, it’s a listening session - UX Collective

It’s not an interview, it’s a listening session - UX Collective | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Discovering Practical Empathy

It was a fateful day when Aalap Doshi introduced me to Indi Young’s Practical Empathy. Folks, I don’t think it’s too dramatic to say it changed my life.

Designers throw the word “empathy” around left and right, and over time I built up a general sense of what empathy meant: understanding the user. But Young took it to a whole new level:
“Empathy is not about warmth and kindness. It’s about listening. It’s about having a frame of mind that is curious about the deeper flow of people’s thinking.” — Indi Young, Practical Empathy

 

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