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Listening to Empathy: A Response to NYT David Brook’s Limits of Empathy

Listening to Empathy:  A Response to NYT David Brook’s Limits of Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Last week’s widely read and wildly simplistic New York Times article by David Brooks, The Limits of Empathy, dismissed empathy as “a delicious moral emotion” that does not lead us to moral action. Judging by the large and overwhelmingly negative comments on the site, his readers mostly disagree with Brook’s premise.

 

Cynicism and skepticism won’t take us very far – but our empathy has no limits.

 

by  Louise Altman

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Should empathy come out of the closet? / Historical Association

Should empathy come out of the closet? / Historical Association | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
What is historical empathy and why is it important? What has gone wrong and what had gone right in past attempts to develop students' empathetic understanding? What does progression look like in this area of historical thinking and what are the  preconceptions that can act as barriers to progression?

 

Lee and Shemilt address these issues, drawing on research and assessment data, in an article that continues their series of articles on progression in historical thinking 

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Inspiration about the most controversial of concepts: Empathy  

Inspiration about the most controversial of concepts: Empathy   | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

In Teaching History 143, in an article entitled, ‘The concept that dares not speak its name: should empathy come out of the closet?’, Lee and Shemilt turned their attention to historical empathy.

 

In the article, the authors explicitly state what they believe historical empathy is not. According to Lee and Shemilt, empathy is not ‘unfettered imagination’, it is not ‘sympathy’, it is not ‘a mysterious way of getting into past people’s heads’, it is not ‘sharing people’s feelings’, nor is it ‘a “skill” that can be practised’ (if we apply these criteria to the ‘slave diary’ activity, then we can see why many educators felt it was not appropriate). Instead, historical empathy can be seen as developing an understanding of people’s actions in the past through an understanding of the ‘collective mentalitiés’ (belief systems, societal structures, cultural conventions and such-like) into which people were embedded.

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Empathetic At-Home Learning | National Inventors Hall of Fame®

Empathetic At-Home Learning | National Inventors Hall of Fame® | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The power of empathy
Our children are building new capacity and adaptability as they explore academic concepts and ways to access these ideas from home. This may change how we teach and learn forever, even after our children reenter the classroom. We are finding so many positive attributes of this experience. As parents, it’s up to us to engineer new solutions.
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The world today needs younger change-makers: Bill Drayton, founder - Ashoka

The world today needs younger change-makers: Bill Drayton, founder - Ashoka | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
What are the core change-maker abilities required to be a Young Changemaker?

Conscious empathy is the foundational first.
Second, everyone must be able to live in and contribute effectively in the context of participating in many and constantly changing teams of teams. They need to be the leader now and a technical player 10 minutes later. They need to help all the other players become better players.

The third ability is the new leadership. A leader must understand the kaleidoscope of millions of teams of teams interconnecting and changing and spot areas of need and develop a solution that will serve the good of all. Once the new leader has found a purpose, she must carefully invite the right core team, and then the second and third levels of teams. While doing so, she must design the synaptic architecture that will allow these individuals and groups to work together well.
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Stop Talking About Empathy, and Start Acting On It

Stop Talking About Empathy, and Start Acting On It | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
During my last full-time job as an executive leader, my colleagues and I were asked to stand in front of the entire company and talk about which of the organization’s corporate values resonated with us the most

 

. Our choices: self-awareness, positive energy, judgment, intellectual honesty, and empathy. These values, along with others like integrity, courage, passion, and fun, might look familiar. They’re the list of company values taped up in corner offices and corridors around the world, even if most employees never know they exist. 

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Empathy: A Cross Disciplinary Guide

Regardless of your discipline (healthcare, social services, education, etc.) this is a brief video about the meaning of empathy in your helping relationships.
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20 pointers for weaving empathy through human centered design | by Lara Truelove | Jul, 2020

20 pointers for weaving empathy through human centered design | by Lara Truelove | Jul, 2020 | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

“Empathy is when you can feel what another person is feeling. Empathy is the foundation of a human-centered design process; by deeply understanding people we are able to better design for them. “ — Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford

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How Power Erodes Empathy, And The Steps We Can Take To Rebuild It  

How Power Erodes Empathy, And The Steps We Can Take To Rebuild It   | 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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Humans can run game per say on other humans deceiving them in all kinds of ways atleast some but there is no human that can deceive God even by using empathy to make Him feel sorry for them or to get what they want or are seeking God is not moved by the emotions of humans but He cares Jesus wept but He still had to go forward with that He was sent or given to complete God did not feel sorry for Him and change that which must be. Jesus endured all that was required with good cheer and gave up the ghost no human took His life from Him but He layed it down just as we all must lay things down because God has given us free choice He do not force Himself on any of us. Just know God has empathy but no human can run game on God, God is the game changer from beginning to the end and all up in between you think you coming one way and leave another signed sealed and delivered but Gods way. And when God check mate the game has a totally new meaning because its played His way not humans because humans brought their games into His playing fields so to speak and from there its all God's game He never faught a battle/game that He didnt win no matter who brought it they were and is defeated some before they started trying to play God. Just saying. 

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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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Feeling Exhausted? Maybe It's Empathy

Feeling Exhausted? Maybe It's Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy Overload
Empathy — the ability to tune into the feelings and perspective of someone else — is often seen as a prerequisite for compassion. And research suggests that feeling empathy can sometimes result in compassion fatigue. But not all types of empathy are created equal. And, accordingly, the consequences of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes can vary drastically.

Michael Poulin, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, has studied when empathy can be beneficial — and when it’s simply burdensome. “We use the term empathy in a lot of different ways,” he says. “Some people use it to mean, 'I feel concern for someone else. I understand what they feel, and it moves me to act. But some people use it to mean, 'I'm literally feeling what they feel. They’re suffering, and therefore I am suffering, too.
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The Empathy Economy

Are we driving to more empathy for customers? Several technology companies show how they are moving power and intelligence closer to the point of engagement. By giving front-line workers the ability to manage and automate business processes, could power be shifting away from the company ‘core’ to the customer-facing edge?
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Empathy & Perspective, an inspirational Speech By Simon Sinek

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Empathy & Perspective, an inspirational Speech By Simon Sinek
Everyone can be a leader. Everyone don’t want to be a leader. Everyone don’t have to be a leader. You need to love your people to be a leader.  As you listen to this inspirational speech, reflect on if you love being a leader. If not why not? What steps would you do?

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The Empathy Advantage: Coaching Children to Be Kind, Respectful, and Successful 

The Empathy Advantage: Coaching Children to Be Kind, Respectful, and Successful  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Children have always bullied, but now with social media, bullies have a platform where the message’s reach is exponential – a single post can shoot out humiliation well beyond the schoolyard fence and go viral. Racism and hate have always existed, but the arc that once bent toward greater tolerance is today pitting races and religions against one another.

Empathy is a first step toward addressing any of these problems. Best of all, it is a gift from parent to child that’s free and lasts a lifetime. Buying iPads and expensive clothes means nothing compared to giving kids the tools to grow up to be understanding, caring adults who not only have friends, but are themselves great friends.Also, they will make better co-workers, spouses and parents.

Empathy, simply, is the ability to “walk in someone else’s shoes.” Its value surpasses school subjects like reading and math in many respects. Research shows that children with empathy perform better in school, have lower rates of substance abuse, are less likely to show racial or religious prejudice, and do better later in life. Empathy also translates into better “people skills” – vital for team building, school, jobs, and success in life overall.

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The Self in Empathy: Self-Empathy

The Self in Empathy: Self-Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy helps to avoid misunderstanding
Take for instance misunderstandings. When people start to feel threatened, small cliques or alliances quickly form. Amongst those alliances, one starts to speak behind each other’s backs. Sometimes it even progresses to gossip and backstabbing.

Whether you are in the group that is doing the backstabbing, or are the one that feels gossiped about, the experience can be quite disconcerting. Trying to get a job done under these circumstances, you will probably find that it overshadows your ability to concentrate on the task at hand. In order to move forward and find solutions, you will need to engage with empathy.
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Reflective Listening

Understand the value of reflective listening.
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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
As an empathic person, I’m finding it very challenging to navigate this whole mask thing. I’m a tough SOB, too, by the way, but I feel lost and confused in this masked world. Kind of like a bumblebee buzzing around town with no antennae, trying to make sense of it all with what I’ve got left, but I can’t even rely on the power of a smile to make my way.

“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.
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The Kitchen: Video Viewing Room: “A Diagnostic of Whiteness: The Empathy Conundrum”

The Kitchen: Video Viewing Room: “A Diagnostic of Whiteness: The Empathy Conundrum” | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
“A Diagnostic of Whiteness: The Empathy Conundrum” was the second panel discussion in the event “On Whiteness: A Symposium” (June 30, 2018). The symposium was presented as part of The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness (June 27–August 3, 2018), a project that also included an exhibition and a series of performances and residencies. 
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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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