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10,000 Appleton Students Paint the Art of Compassion - video

10,000 Appleton Students Paint the Art of Compassion - video | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
If you had a blank canvas in front of you, how would you paint the word "compassion"? In this project, students have become the teachers. Here's something to think about: If you had a blank canvas in front of you, how would you paint the word "compassion"?

In Appleton, more than 10,000 students have taken on that task, and their work will soon be featured at the Trout Museum of Art.

"We suggested to challenge our students and teachers in the community to visualize compassion and figure out what compassion might look like," museum executive director Tim Riley said.
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Botox May Deaden Empathy As Well As Your Face - The Consumerist

Botox May Deaden Empathy As Well As Your Face - The Consumerist | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
When you shoot Botox into your face to freeze it into a mask of dispassionate youthful non-expression, you might also be harming your ability to perceive emotions in others, a new study says.

"if muscular signals from the face to the brain are dampened, you're less able to read emotions."
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Botox blunts emotional understanding, study finds LA Times

Botox blunts emotional understanding, study finds LA Times | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Why would Botox injections blunt a person's ability to interpret another's fear, worry, joy or sadness, while dermal fillers do not?

The study's lead author, USC psychology professor David T. Neal, surmised that it is Botox's hallmark paralyzing effect on facial muscles in the immediate vicinity of the injection site that would negatively affect a person's ability to read another's emotional state.
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Simon Baron-Cohen talks empathy, evil and justice at the Royal Institution

Simon Baron-Cohen talks empathy, evil and justice at the Royal Institution | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Baron-Cohen, whose book Zero Degrees of Empathy has just been published, wants to raise awareness of the human empathic system and the devastating consequences when it malfunctions. He wants society to progress from condemning people as evil and instead understand why they acted without due concern for the pain they would cause.

It was a full house and with the RI's 19th century clock reliably ticking, and its president His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent in attendance, the evening's lecture was introduced by Claudia Hammond
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Capital University | Empathy Experiment

Capital University | Empathy Experiment | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Welcome to the Empathy Experiment, a social experiment among six unique Capital University students and five community partners centered on a single issue (that will change every year) in an attempt to answer a basic question: Can empathy be taught? And if so, what are the effects?

Service helps us become more sympathetic. But empathy allows us to contribute in more thoughtful and compassionate ways. It can open minds, solve problems, and encourage people to become ambassadors for social change.
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Students emphasize empathy through experiment

Students emphasize empathy through experiment | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
The program called the Empathy Experiment went beyond text books and documentaries to make select students take on the issues facing working poor in Central Ohio.

All participants engaged in group discussions, immersion exercises known as a mile (in someone else’s shoes) and video journals posted athttp://empathy.capital.edu to better teach them how to move beyond sympathy and onto empathy.
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Listening by Meganne Forbes

Listening by Meganne Forbes | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
The act of compassion begins with full attention, just as rapport does. You have to really see the person. If you see the person, then naturally, empathy arises. If you tune into the other person, you feel with them.

If empathy arises, and if that person is in dire need, then empathic concern can come. You want to help them, and then that begins a compassionate act. So I'd say that compassion begins with attention. - Daniel Goleman
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The cultivation of empathy

The cultivation of empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is a psychological concept, and has been translated into sympathy, empathy and so on, first by the master of the humanist Carl Rogers proposed. It refers to a person for others feelings, emotions and aspirations of the degree of concern and sensitivity, used to evaluate a person for the position of the feelings of others and standing on other people perspective and problem solving skills.

Held in Kunshan in May this year the international scientific seminar on evaluation and education, countries in the field of education and evaluation experts have highlighted a culture of empathy. Indeed, in addition to learning ability, creativity, analytical ability, etc., the empathy for a student future development will play a crucial role.
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Empathic Concern - Wikipedia

Empathic Concern - Wikipedia | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathic concern refers to other-oriented emotions elicited by and congruent with the perceived welfare of someone in need. These other-oriented emotions include feelings of tenderness, sympathy, compassion, soft-heartedness, and the like. Empathic concern is often and wrongly confused with empathy.

To empathize is to respond to another's perceived emotional state by experiencing feeling of a similar sort. Empathic concern or sympathy not only include empathizing, but also entails having a positive regard or a non-fleeting concern for the other person.

Human beings are strongly motivated to be connected to others. In humans and other higher mammals, an impulse to care for offspring is almost certainly genetically hard-wired, although modifiable by circumstance.
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Empathy - Wikipedia

Empathy - Wikipedia | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is the capacity to recognize and, to some extent, share feelings (such as sadness or happiness) that are being experienced by another sentient or semi-sentient being. Someone may need to have a certain amount of empathy before they are able to feel compassion.

The English word is derived from the Greek word ἐμπάθεια (empatheia), "physical affection, passion, partiality" which comes from ἐν (en), "in, at" + πάθος (pathos), "passion" or "suffering". The term was adapted by Hermann Lotze and Robert Vischer to create the German word Einfühlung ("feeling into"), which was translated by Edward B. Titchener into the English term empathy
Cathaven's comment April 27, 2011 3:22 AM
Working in such an environment that I do, within a psychiatric unit, it is quite common to be with patients who have absolutely no feeling of compassion, love or affection for anyone. Their whole world totally revolves around them and only them. It doesn't matter how hard you work with these people, more often than not they don't change. The most scariest thing of all, the number of people that are like this, is increasing. One only has to look in our jails as well.....I really don't know what the answer is.
Edwin Rutsch's comment, April 27, 2011 11:50 AM
Cathaven, I think we need to find more ways of teaching empathy and build a culture of empathy
Cathaven's comment April 27, 2011 5:14 PM
I totally agree but unfortunately this is something that I believe if people can't learn or are incapable of learning it doesn't happen. The psychiatrists's quick fix, give them another tablet, to an already chemically addicted body thus numbing all feelings that they have. Feelings that should be worked on by capable counsellors and therapists. Mental health is a very complex issue and we haven't even touched the surface here yet. There is a lot of focus on self unfortunately................
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30 Hour Famine brings empathy, hunger pangs

30 Hour Famine brings empathy, hunger pangs | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
For the 48 students who had spent 30 hours over the weekend voluntarily going without food as part of the 30 Hour Famine, the time wasn’t spent idly..

"I'm just really hungry," she said before her chair nap. She said she had learned a lot from the experience and gained empathy toward those who may be going hungry.

Jennifer Peterson, the program coordinator at First United Methodist Church, had an explanation for the sudden deflation around her. "It's the perfect storm," she said. "We hit our crash point."

She said that the students - depending on the individual - were learning valuable lessons about empathy and priorities.
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Empathy Erosion

Empathy Erosion | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Last night I was lucky enough to be at a talk by Simon Baron-Cohen at the Royal Institution. And it was a fabulous way to spend 90 minutes on a warm Spring night in London.

Professor Baron-Cohen is probably best known as an expert in autism, but he's also interested and works in the field of psychopathic behaviour. And in his talk last night, he proposed a fascinating idea: that we should think less about 'evil' and more about 'empathy erosion.'

The Professor's latest book Zero Degrees of Empathy is just out and his talk was one hell of an appetiser for it.
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Breastfeeding Tied To Stronger Empathy Response To Baby Cry

Breastfeeding Tied To Stronger Empathy Response To Baby Cry | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
A new study from The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds that mothers who feed their babies breast milk exclusively, as opposed to formula, are more likely to bond emotionally with their child during the first few months after delivery.

The breastfeeding mothers surveyed for the study showed greater responses to their infant's cry in brain regions related to caregiving behavior and empathy than mothers who relied upon formula as the baby's main food source.
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Botox May Deaden Ability to Empathize, New Study Says

Botox May Deaden Ability to Empathize, New Study Says | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
According to a study published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, Botox may not only numb facial muscles, but also – and for the same reason – numb users' perception of other people's emptions.

Taken together, the two studies seem to indicate a direct relationship between ability to express emotion through facial expression, and the ability to experience emotion oneself, or identify it in others.
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Botox Might Make You Less Empathetic. So What?

Botox Might Make You Less Empathetic. So What? | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
A new study has come out today saying that Botox may dull your ability to understand the emotions of others.

Why would a potential dulling of empathy necessarily be a cost, i.e. something valuable which is lost? Since women are the vast majority of Botox users and studies all over the world have concluded that women already have a superior ability to empathize and detect emotions than men do, might not Botox merely help level the empathy playing field?
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Botox users find it harder to read other people as they can't mirror emotions

Botox users find it harder to read other people as they can't mirror emotions | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Botox injections may smooth facial wrinkles but they may also hinder our ability to understand the emotions of others, according to scientists. Botox paralyses the facial muscles making it difficult to mimic other people's emotions.

Prof Neal said the disconnect happens because people read others' emotions partly by mimicking their facial expressions.

'When you mimic you get a window into their inner world,' he said.

'When we can't mimic, as with Botox, that window is a little darker.'
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The Empathy Experiment: Can Empathy be Taught? | Video

The Empathy Experiment: Can Empathy be Taught? | Video | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
English, Math, and Science are taught in the classroom, but has anyone ever taken a class on “empathy?” Probably not.

Dr. Denvy Bowman, President of Capital University, is trying to teach empathy outside of the classroom, with a program known as the Empathy Experiment. Beginning this past January, six Capital students will began exploring the condition of the working poor in Columbus by immersing themselves in different experiences designed by community partners.

We’ll discuss the details of the program, and most importantly, whether or not it’s achieving its goal of teaching empathy.

Guests:

* Denvy Bowman (President, Capital University)
* Andy Grizzell ( Empathy Experiment Student Participant)
* Barb Packer (Food Pantries Corporate Director)
* Jeff Biehl (President, Access HealthColumbus)
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Capital students venture on The Empathy Experiment

Capital students venture on The Empathy Experiment | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
In November, the school chose six students to participate in The Empathy Experiment, an immersive experience designed to foster in-depth understanding of an issue affecting the community.

This year's project looked at the struggles faced by the working poor.

"I'm interested in, through service, having a bigger impact on our community," said Capital President Denvy Bowman, the project's driving force. "It occurred to me that the next logical question was to explore how we move from being sympathetic to empathetic. Empathy opens minds, solves problems and increases communication."
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Listening - The Lost Art in Relationships

Listening - The Lost Art in Relationships | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
If I were to pick the most important art in dealing with people it would be the art of listening. Nothing increased my ability to lead people as much as learning how to listen. No matter how powerful a speaker you develop into, it is not as effective as powerful listening.

I am hesitant to share this topic because I am aware of how much I need to improve in this area still! With that said, I can still remember the day I focused on listening to others before drawing wrong conclusions and solving the wrong problems. - Orrin Woodward
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The Empathic Brain « Inside the Brain

The Empathic Brain « Inside the Brain | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is a powerful interpersonal tool which is under-valued in our society. Ineed it is a skill that is frequently underutilised. Perhaps this is in part due to the misconception that em-pathetic somehow implies pathetic? It is often confused with sympathetic, but while empathy denotes a deep emotional understanding of another’s feelings or problems, sympathy is more general and can apply to small annoyances or setbacks.

In Deep Brain Learning: Pathways to Potential with Challenging Youth, Brendtro, Mitchell, and McCall summarize empathy as follows:

Empathy is the foundation of moral development and pro-social behavior. The original word began in the German language as Einfuhlung which is literally translated as feeling into. Empathy taps the ability of mirror neurons to display in our own brain the emotions, thoughts, and motives of another. Empathy allows us to share anothers joy and pain and motivates care and concern.
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Self-Compassion - Wikipedia

Self-Compassion - Wikipedia | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Self-compassion is extending compassion to one's self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering. Neff has defined self-compassion as being composed of three main components - self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness.

*Self-kindness: Self-compassion entails being warm towards oneself when encountering pain and personal shortcomings, rather than ignoring them or hurting oneself with self-criticism.

*Common humanity: Self-compassion also involves recognizing that suffering and personal failure is part of the shared human experience.

*Mindfulness: Self-compassion requires taking a balanced approach to one's negative emotions so that feelings are neither suppressed nor exaggerated. Negative thoughts and emotions are observed with openness, so that they are held in mindful awareness. Mindfulness is a non-judgmental, receptive mind state in which individuals observe their thoughts and feelings as they are, without trying to suppress or deny them.

Conversely, mindfulness requires that one not be "over-identified" with mental or emotional phenomena, so that one suffers aversive reactions.This latter type of response involves narrowly focusing and ruminating on one's negative emotions
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Compassion - Wikipedia

Compassion - Wikipedia | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Compassion (from Latin: "co-suffering") is a virtue - one in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnectedness and humanism - foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and personhood.

There is an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that individual's compassion is often given a property of "depth," "vigour," or "passion." More vigorous than empathy, the feeling commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another's suffering. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism. In ethical terms, the various expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule embody by implication the principle of compassion: Do to others what you would have them do to you.
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The warm blanket of empathy « theworkingcaregiver

The warm blanket of empathy « theworkingcaregiver | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy – the capacity to recognize and share feelings that are being experienced by others. This is what helps us get through the difficult times.

Maybe it’s just a hug from a friend or a note saying “I’m thinking about you and saying a little prayer.” Maybe it’s just a few words of encouragement and comfort, a cup of tea or coffee at the local coffee shop with a friend that helps us shift our focus and gives us what we need to continue our journey. To have one say “I know that what you’re going through may be painful at the moment but this too, shall pass.”
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Your Flaws Are My Pain: Linking Empathy To Vicarious Embarrassment

Your Flaws Are My Pain: Linking Empathy To Vicarious Embarrassment | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Importantly, the activity in the anterior cingulate cortex and the left anterior insula positively correlated with individual differences in trait empathy.

The present findings establish the empathic process as a fundamental prerequisite for vicarious embarrassment experiences, thus connecting affect and cognition to interpersonal processes.
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Real Police Interrogations using Empathy

Real Police Interrogations using Empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Watch as investigators give insight into techniques used to establish empathy with suspects and how they work to get the confession needed to close the case in this video from Investigation Discovery's "Real Interrogations.
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