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Empathy School Spotlight: Prospect Sierra | Ashoka - Empathy

Empathy School Spotlight: Prospect Sierra | Ashoka - Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

“Empathy is at the core of academic programs. This is so incredibly important. We are not preparing our children well if we are not explicitly teaching it. We think about it as part of our responsibility.”


– Katherine Dinh, Head of School, Prospect Sierra

At Prospect Sierra, an independent K-8 school in the San Francisco Bay Area, learning has to do with engaging the heart just as much as it does with engaging the mind. It is a place where compassion is not a program or unit, but a cornerstone of the entire school community. Teachers, students, administrators, and parents are all deeply interconnected and dedicated to making school both challenging and joyous....

 

We recently spoke with the folks at Prospect Sierra to see what tips they had to offer about activating empathy in schools. Here are few:...

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Brenda Robinson's curator insight, May 13, 2015 8:52 PM

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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Two Sides of the Same Coin: Empathy and Schadenfreude 

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Empathy and Schadenfreude  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
It depends. Empathy may be the more pro-socially acceptable feeling, but Tiffany Watt Smith, author of Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another's Misfortune, says that there’s a bright side to this darker emotion. Inherent in schadenfreude is joy or pleasure, which while somewhat complicated, does, in fact, make you feel good. Further, it can help us deal with our own shortcomings and inferiority complex, while also strengthening our bonds with others. She explains,
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 Cultivating empathy  

 Cultivating empathy   | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Werdinger suggests that ideas are used to beat up the “other.”  But it is the identification of “self” with specific ideas, that is the fuel for conflict, not the ideas themselves.  This is made worse by a cultural devaluation of empathy.  We have only to look at our current president to see that our political system does not prioritize empathy, and in economics, rational analysis is considered a virtue, while empathy is considered a liability.
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Empathy Is the New Mindfulness 

Empathy Is the New Mindfulness  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is yesterday’s news. As a wave of recent books suggests, this moment is all about empathy.


“Empathy — at its most basic, the ability to imagine the feelings of another — is often described as a salve for divisions in American culture,” writes the author Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips in her new book The Future of Feeling. “In recent years, it has come to also be seen as a skill that can — and arguably must — be learned and practiced. It’s not just about social harmony; empathy makes us better people.”

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Active Listening & Empathy: How to Communicate More Openly Across Cultures –

Active Listening & Empathy: How to Communicate More Openly Across Cultures – | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
The Structure of Active Listening

Focus
When active listening, your focus should be on the speaker.
Put down your phone, look directly at the speaker, turn the part of you off that is already formulating your argument, and really listen to what the speaker is saying.
If you are multitasking or otherwise distracted, you aren’t giving your full attention and consideration to your partner.
Repeat
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Imagining a More Empathetic Politics

Imagining a More Empathetic Politics | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is a central theme of the United States elections. Former Vice President and Democratic nominee Joe Biden has made it a central feature of his campaign, and the recent Republic National Convention repeatedly emphasised examples of President Trump’s empathy.

Outside of the US other countries have championed empathy’s importance. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, for example, has regularly cited it as central to her politics. Yet what does empathy mean for politics? Why is it so important? And how can it help heal divisions within societies and contribute to better, more citizen-centric and inclusive politics?
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Full article: Medical students’ empathy positively predicts charitable donation behavior

Full article: Medical students’ empathy positively predicts charitable donation behavior | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is known to motivate prosocial behavior. This relationship, however, is complex and influenced by the social context and the type of prosocial behavior. Additionally, empathy is a complex psychological capacity, making it important to examine how different components influence different prosocial behaviors. The current study uses a unique longitudinal sample to assess how changes in cognitive and affective components of empathy relate to charitable giving.

 

Measures of empathy were collected from medical students in the fall and spring of students’ first three years of medical school. After this time, students had the opportunity to donate to charity. Positive changes in students’ cognitive empathy predicted their charitable giving, with students who demonstrated greater increases in cognitive empathy giving more money. This study points to an important role for cognitive empathy in generosity, and suggests that long-term changes in empathy influence individual differences in prosocial behavior.

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Empathy in Business Communication: Why It's Important

Empathy in Business Communication: Why It's Important | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

To demonstrate empathy means to do the following things:

LISTEN! You always hear the phrase, “you have two ears to one mouth – so you should be listening TWICE as much as you talk.” Be attentive to what you’re hearing. Don’t chime in unless you get the absolute truth behind information or experiences. You’ll absorb more information and perspective that’s beyond your own knowledge.

Ask Questions Be ready to investigate, not interrogate. Don’t demean the other person, but rather work together to identify different aspects of their side.

Challenge Biases Boyers says, “The door for empathy opens when we suspend our disbeliefs and openly engage new ideas.” By challenging biases and prejudices, you’re able to process outside information easier. Set aside your expectations and understand other ones to gain deeper insight on an issue.

Suspend Your Own Judgment You can’t understand another person’s point of view if you are judging it. Quietly consider all points then later take counsel with those you trust to determine what has merit and where thoughts and ideas can converge.

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The impact of empathy and perspective-taking instructions on proponents and opponents of immigration

The impact of empathy and perspective-taking instructions on proponents and opponents of immigration | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
In many societies, immigration is a conflictual topic, leading to heated exchanges between proponents and opponents of immigration. Such debates on immigration might benefit from the engagement of the discussants in empathy and perspective taking. Although empathy and perspective-taking exercises can be beneficial in some contexts, previous research shows marked differences in people with a rightist versus a leftist political orientation when it comes to their motivation to engage in empathy.

 

The degree to which this applies to perspective taking and to the context of debates on immigration has not yet been tested. The current study, conducted in Switzerland, tested how proponents or opponents of immigration react to instructions for empathy and perspective taking in debates on immigration. The results reveal that, compared with participants in the control condition who had no instructions, proponents of immigration who received instructions were more motivated or willing to engage in empathy and perspective taking.

 

Furthermore, proponents of immigration showed decreases in their positive and negative emotions under the perspective-taking instructions. Conversely, for opponents of immigration, perspective-taking instructions increased their perception of other’s competitiveness compared with participants in the control condition. Taken together, these results underline the importance of taking an individual’s views on immigration into account when implementing interventions for conflict resolution in immigration-related issues.

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Homo Supersapiens Manifesto: greater social inclusion is a result of stronger empathy.

One recent publication39 argues that greater social inclusion is a result of stronger empathy. People who perceive others more objectively are less prone to be swayed by public opinion and its prejudices, and thus more readily make contact with anyone. And this contact is very important because we are social animals. ..

 

 A “magic pill” is probably a long way off, but we shouldn’t consider our aim to immediately make everyone super-empathetic or enlightened superheroes like Buddha. Even a small increase of average empathy and mindfulness levels in society — even by just 10% — may bring significant changes and result in a snowball effect having an even greater impact over time. This doesn’t look like a far-off goal because there are already a lot of promising approaches and technologies, and if we put in enough effort we can probably reap positive benefits sooner rather than later.49

 

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Empathy prevents COVID-19 spreading

Empathy prevents COVID-19 spreading | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
We show that empathy for the most vulnerable is an important factor, and that it can be used actively to combat the pandemic. I believe that policy makers can use our new knowledge in their efforts to get more people to follow the guidelines—and ultimately save lives," says Stefan Pfattheicher, an associate professor at the Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University.
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Empathy in Leadership

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Empathy provides a pathway for productive leadership
The outdated belief that emotions are all too often associated with workplace weakness couldn’t be farther from the truth. Empathy is an essential professional ability apt to increase cooperation, inspire communicative collaboration, and engage employee commitment.

 

Empathy allows teams to trust one another and come together in a safe, collective community. Empathetic leaders also provide positive support, causing team members to feel secure and satisfied in their roles.

With empathy in your tool belt, you’ll be ready to tackle and take on anything.

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Workshop on Empathy

Workshop on Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
We will be running a free 2 hour-long virtual workshop on Empathy on October 14th at 3:30pm BRITISH SUMMER TIME. It will involve a lecture, some interactive exercises, and a Q and A.

They will be happening on the online platform Zoom, so you can join them from any quiet space with with a good internet connection.

Please leave your name, email, and the days you can join below. You will get a confirmation email when your space is confirmed.
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The Power of Empathy

Join Rev. Lee Wolak of the Agape Center for Spiritual Living in Frisco, Texas as he shares a timely talk entitled, "The Power of Empathy." Enjoy and share this video with someone you love.
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Jacinda Ardern's leadership style is one of empathy.

Jacinda Ardern's leadership style is one of empathy. | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
In an interview with The Guardian, she summarised her thoughts on her empathetic leadership style. 

“We need our leaders to be able to empathise with the circumstances of others; to empathise with the next generation that we’re making decisions on behalf of. And if we focus only on being seen to be the strongest, most powerful person in the room, then I think we lose what we’re meant to be here for. So I’m proudly focused on empathy, because you can be both empathetic and strong.”
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Saturday Night Live: 5-hour Empathy  

A commercial advertises a product called 5-hour Empathy.

Saturday Night Live. Stream now on Peacock: https://bit.ly/3j1IRUk

f you’re tired, drink a 5-Hour Energy. If you’re tired of misunderstanding racism, try 5-Hour Empathy. In this weekend’s Issa Rae–hosted episode of Saturday Night LiveBeck Bennett promotes an incredible new elixir that offers him an eye-opening five-hour window of total insight into systems of oppression. As for whether he ever actually opens it … well, you know that saying about how you can lead a horse to water, but can’t make it drink?

 

Now, imagine the water also reveals to the horse its complacency in a binding web of societal subjugation.

Yeah, unfortunately, it’s not something everyone is going to pick up from the 7/11 and voluntarily drink. At least Beck Bennett’s character doesn’t, opting instead to bail, and bail hard. Oh, and in case you were going to ask: The effects of 5-Hour Empathy are not the same as just being a white lady or voting for Biden. But nice try.

 

 

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Frontiers | The Empathic Brain of Psychopaths: From Social Science to Neuroscience in Empathy | Psychology

Frontiers | The Empathic Brain of Psychopaths: From Social Science to Neuroscience in Empathy | Psychology | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is a crucial human ability, because of its importance to prosocial behavior, and for moral development. A deficit in empathic abilities, especially affective empathy, is thought to play an important role in psychopathic personality.

 

Empathic abilities have traditionally been studied within the social and behavioral sciences using behavioral methods, but recent work in neuroscience has begun to elucidate the neural underpinnings of empathic processing in relation to psychopathy.

 

In this review, current knowledge in the social neuroscience of empathy is discussed and a comprehensive view of the neuronal mechanisms that underlie empathy in psychopathic personality is provided.

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‎Class Dismissed: Harvard Professor: Here's how to bring empathy and SEL into your classroom on

‎Class Dismissed: Harvard Professor: Here's how to bring empathy and SEL into your classroom on | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

In K-12 education, there's a strong push for STEM education. It's for good reason, math and science are important. But where should social-emotional learning rank? Psychiatrist Helen Riess, MD, believes we're in a society that's ill-equipped to talk about emotion and feelings.

 

Riess thinks we need more than just information in this world to succeed. She believes we need to be taught how to have difficult conversations. We need to engage with people who are not like us.

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How To Practice Self-Compassion In Trying Times

How To Practice Self-Compassion In Trying Times | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
I recently spoke with Kristin Neff, author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself  and The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook, about the importance of self-compassion in these trying times and how to practice it. Neff describes in her book that compassion, by definition, is relational. It’s something we offer others, but we can also offer it to ourselves. Moreover, self-compassion is a muscle we can build that makes us more resilient over time and allows us to be more optimistic. It encompasses three main components.
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Teaching medical students to express empathy by exploring patient emotions and experiences in standardized medical encounters.

Teaching medical students to express empathy by exploring patient emotions and experiences in standardized medical encounters. | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Abstract:

 

OBJECTIVES:
To increase medical students’ ability to detect contextual and emotional cues and to respond empathetically to patients

 

METHODS:
a training course in communication skills and patient-centered care with different teaching activities (didactic, reflective and interactive: workshops and encounters with simulated patients) was delivered to third-year medical students just before their clerckships. The program was evaluated by an external observer (OE) and simulated patients (SP) in 2 or 3 videotaped encounters.

 

RESULTS:
Students improved significantly from baseline to 3rd interview in all communicative skills and domains explored both in OE (32.4%) and SP (38.3%) measurement. At the end of the course students detected significantly more clues and made more empathetic expressions.

 

CONCLUSIONS:
The course seems to improve the ability of students to explore the illness experience, showing more empathy in a more genuine way. This was carried out in consultations lasting 10 minutes.

 

PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS:
The program is effective and feasible to be applied as a regular formative activity. Further research is needed to assess whether this training program is applicable to students in more advanced educational levels and if it has any additional outcomes.

 

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Empathy exacerbates discussions about immigration

Empathy exacerbates discussions about immigration | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Arguments over immigration have been in the public eye following recent debates about the initiative to limit the influx of political refugees into Europe or the Black Lives Matter movement. UNIGE psychologist and neuroscientist Olga Klimeckiand her colleagues have been trying to ascertain whether empathy-based interventions, which are known to help to resolve certain disputes, could help bring people together and ease tensions.
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Empathy exacerbates discussions about immigration

Empathy exacerbates discussions about immigration | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Arguments over immigration have been in the public eye following recent debates about the initiative to limit the influx of political refugees into Europe or the Black Lives Matter movement. UNIGE psychologist and neuroscientist Olga Klimeckiand her colleagues have been trying to ascertain whether empathy-based interventions, which are known to help to resolve certain disputes, could help bring people together and ease tensions.
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Empathy can be used actively to combat the COVID-19 pandemic

Empathy can be used actively to combat the COVID-19 pandemic | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy for vulnerable people in risk groups motivates us to use face masks and keep our distance, so that we help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the study, which has just been published in the journal Psychological Science.

We show that empathy for the most vulnerable is an important factor, and that it can be used actively to combat the pandemic. I believe that policy makers can use our new knowledge in their efforts to get more people to follow the guidelines - and ultimately save lives."

Stefan Pfattheicher, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
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Compassion Cultivation Training 

Compassion Cultivation Training  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
This is a virtual, 8-week program being offered through Zoom with CMEs/CEs available for professionals. In order to participate, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org with Brandel France de Bravo Compassion Cultivation Training 14 CMEs/CEs available for 16 hours of class time (8 Monday evenings on Zoom: October 19-December 7) Empathy and compassion… … Continue reading Compassion Cultivation Training© – Credit-Seeking
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Cultivating empathy: Selfless acts are good for others and good for you

Cultivating empathy: Selfless acts are good for others and good for you | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Through a range of teaching and learning experiences, University of Miami faculty members across different disciplines are cultivating empathy and exploring how the capacity to express compassion for others enhances our own sense of well-being and self-worth. 

“The fascinating thing about altruistic behavior is that we benefit tremendously from it in terms of our own well-being,” said Adam Carrico, a professor of public health sciences and psychology. “Through our ability to help someone, we feel good about ourselves, about the world, and our place in it.” 
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The Stoa: Mediation Campfire: Memetic Mediators: Empathy Circle Training

The Stoa: Mediation Campfire: Memetic Mediators: Empathy Circle Training
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Join The Stoa' Memetic Mediation team while they figure out how to memetically mediate the culture war. If we are wondering what the heck "memetic mediation" is, then check out his 101 article written by Peter Limberg: https://thesideview.co/journal/memetic-mediation-the-hard-problem-of-the-culture-war

For the month of October, we will be having Empathy Circle training. This is a conversational modality developed by Edwin Rutsch, who has used this technique on the front-lines of the culture war, e.g. the 2017 Berkeley protest, and has actively been used by memetic tribes such as Extinction Rebellion. There will be 4 sessions in total. If you attend 3 of them, you will receive a "certificate of completion,” and you will be eligible to attend the Empathy Circle Facilitator Training that Edwin runs, which may happen inside The Stoa. Attendance will be taken. These will be 2 hours, please review this before attending: http://www.empathycircle.com/how-to-empathy-circle

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