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The latest news about empathy from around the world - CultureOfEmpathy.com
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Goodbye, Lone Ranger: Empathy and Sustainability, Part One

Goodbye, Lone Ranger: Empathy and Sustainability, Part One | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Reading about the tensions between collective and individual identity in Jeremy Rifkin’s bible-length tome, The Empathic Civilization, I realized I’ve lived most of my life with a Lone Ranger mentality...

I encountered Rifkin’s exploration of a civilization based on empathy at just the right moment, at the tail end of my time as a graduate student in the Urban Environmental Leadership program and just as I was wrapping up my final thesis exploring youth participation and urban agriculture. Rifkin paints a picture of humanity that binds us all together—from our earliest days to the present—in an undeniable arc toward greater awareness of “the other.”
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Book review: Simon Baron-Cohen examines the root of all evil: a lack of empathy

Book review: Simon Baron-Cohen examines the root of all evil: a lack of empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Baron-Cohen and his colleagues have developed a scale for measuring empathy and have identified “the ten major brain regions involved in’’ it. The book is an attempt to lay out this latest research, explain why it matters, and talk about the role of empathy in society. It succeeds on the first two fronts — albeit a bit dryly — but falters on the last.

Unsurprisingly, Baron-Cohen is particularly interested in people with “zero degrees of empathy’’ — that is, those who have “no awareness of how [they] come across to others, how to interact with others, or how to anticipate their feelings or reactions.’’
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Empathy in the Bedroom Related to Sexual Satisfaction | LiveScience

Empathy in the Bedroom Related to Sexual Satisfaction | LiveScience | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
People who can better communicate and understand another person's emotions are more likely to have a satisfying sex life, new research finds.

"Sexual health includes sexual well-being, and sexual enjoyment is an important part [of that]," said study researcher Adena Galinsky, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "How people interact and their ability to listen to each other and take each other's perspective can really influence the sex that they have." [Top 10 Aphrodisiacs]
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Forbes India - Bill Drayton on Empathy and Leadership

Forbes India -  Bill Drayton on Empathy and Leadership | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
He explains how empathy is key to effective collaboration in a rapidly changing world, and the art of listening... I have always been fascinated with the way the principle of collaboration works among self-regulated, and sometimes loosely connected, people and systems. At the core of the process of collaboration is empathy and I want Bill to tell me more about it...

These are very complicated skills. This is a world where you need a higher form of empathy, where you observe yourself, watch other people around you, and then you find yourself understanding and interacting with various combinations of people. So this goes to say that the system around you is changing. You need to contribute to the system and avoid doing damage. So, you require a very sophisticated set of skills.”..

From the idea of empathy, we now move to a conversation on the art of listening.

Bill Drayton Empathy Expert page: http://bit.ly/iIY5W9
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Noblesse Oblige? Empathy, Compassion, and Social Class in America - Michael W. Kraus

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Psychological Science: Social Class, Contextualism, and Empathic Accuracy
Recent research suggests that lower-class individuals favor explanations of personal and political outcomes that are oriented to features of the external environment. We extended this work by testing the hypothesis that, as a result, individuals of a lower social class are more empathically accurate in judging the emotions of other people.
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Live life with compassion - The Times of India

Live life with compassion - The Times of India | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Compassion is not an attribute of any one religion. It is a universal principle for happiness and peace.

Compassion begins with empathy. Empathy is the ability to feel for another. They who are sensitive to the motions of life, to the experiences of pain and pleasure are capable of empathy. They who have watched the movements of their thoughts, the burden of unnecessary thinking, and the pain of conflicting thoughts know it well. They, who have paid attention to their emotional upsurges, the unintelligent ways of anger, hurt or hate, the irrationality of fear, feel empathy for another who is going through a similar emotion. Hence, compassion begins with attention to one's own life experiences, be it physical or emotional.
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How Traveling Can Develop Your Empathy For Others

How Traveling Can Develop Your Empathy For Others | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Amanda Kendle explains how travel and new experiences can develop your connection - your empathy - with almost anyone... Fortunately, one big bonus of traveling is that exposing yourself to different cultures and experiences can certainly help you develop your empathy skills.'

Seeing Other Points of View
I’m the first to admit I’m not always that good at seeing other people’s points of view, but being able to slip into another person’s shoes became a lot easier once I started traveling. When you start to interact with people doing quite different things to you – even to the extreme of them being perhaps beggars on a crowded street or unscrupulous taxi drivers trying to rip you off in a large, unfamiliar city – you’ve got two choices: assume that these people are bad, or try and imagine their point of view on the situation and develop some empathy as to why they do what they do.

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Jeremy Rifkin- Die empathische Zivilisation

Die Geschichte der Menschheit ist eine Geschichte von Aufstieg und Niedergang. Phasen großer Prosperität wechselten sich ab mit katastrophalen Rückschlägen. Bestsellerautor Jeremy Rifkin entwirft in diesem mitreißenden Buch ein grundlegend neues Menschenbild. Empathie war seit jeher prägend für das Schicksal der Zivilisation und sie wird für unsere Zukunft sogar entscheidend sein. Neue Erkenntnisse von Biologen und Hirnforschern zeigen: Kooperation siegt über Konkurrenz.
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Kristin Neff - Self-Compassion talk at Books Inc, Berkeley, CA

Kristin Neff at Books inc in Berkeley, CA (June 2, 2011) talking about her book, Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. Kristin teaches readers how to silence self-criticism and replace it with self-compassion in order to fulfill their highest potential and live happier, more fulfilled lives.
For more and transcripts http://bit.ly/m2rCN2
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Study finds testosterone levels may be linked to empathy, autism

Study finds testosterone levels may be linked to empathy, autism | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
The study found that changing testosterone levels affected the ability to empathize. The dose of the male sex hormone diminished their "mind-reading" aptitude.

In a bid to determine whether people with higher testosterone levels lack the ability to empathize, the researchers conducted a study.

They recruited 16 young females from the general population. Female subjects were chosen primarily because they tend t
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Empathy, Self-Esteem, and Autonomy Linked with Sexual Enjoyment

Empathy, Self-Esteem, and Autonomy Linked with Sexual Enjoyment | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Sexual pleasure among young adults (ages 18-26) is linked to healthy psychological and social development.

Among the young women, measures of self-esteem, autonomy, and empathy are positively associated with the three types of sexual pleasure. “These three developmental assets may enable young women, as well as young men, to experience higher levels of sexual pleasure,” said Galinsky.

Sexual enjoyment in the three areas is consistently associated only with empathy for the young men. “Our hypothesis is that empathetic individuals are more responsive to a partner’s needs, and thus initiate a positive feedback cycle,”

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Study links empathy, self-esteem, and autonomy with increased sexual enjoyment

Study links empathy, self-esteem, and autonomy with increased sexual enjoyment | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Sexual pleasure among young adults (ages 18-26) is linked to healthy psychological and social development, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The study is the first to use a representative population sample of heterosexuals to find a relationship between key developmental assets and sexual pleasure.

The findings are published in the June 2011 issue of The Journal of Adolescent Health.

Sacred Love and Profane Love'
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A Radical New Autism Theory - an excess of empathy, by Maia Szalavitz

A Radical New Autism Theory - an excess of empathy, by Maia Szalavitz | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking study suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy—rather they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope.

People with Asperger’s syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, are often stereotyped as distant loners or robotic geeks. But what if what looks like coldness to the outside world is in fact a response to being overwhelmed by emotion—an excess of empathy, not a lack of it?
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Babies prove to be effective empathy teachers

Babies prove to be effective empathy teachers | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
“We use babies to teach empathy because everyone loves babies,” The world’s youngest teachers are showing elementary students how to be better people.

Roots of Empathy celebrated its ninth year with a wrap party and presentation Thursday at Thunder Bay’s Kingsway Park School.
Students and the families involved with Roots of Empathy met at the school to give thanks and say good-bye to the babies who taught older children how to be more caring and compassionate.
Kingsway didn’t host a Roots to Empathy program; sister school Hyde Park did. Hyde Park’s gym couldn’t accommodate the large crowd.
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Marcus Brotherton - The Indispensability of Empathy - TEDx

Marcus Brotherton is a writer and a story teller. His profession brings him into contact with a rich variety of thinkers and his research into World War II.
1. invite people to tell their stories
2. Imagine the world through others eyes
3. suspend judgment
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Empathetic Individuals: Key to Better Sex Revealed in New Study

Empathetic Individuals: Key to Better Sex Revealed in New Study | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
People who can better communicate and understand another person's emotions are more likely to have a satisfying sex life...

Getting emotional in the bedroom
"Our hypothesis is that empathetic individuals are more responsive to a partner’s needs, and thus initiate a positive feedback cycle," said Galinsky. "These developmental assets may be more important to young women’s sexual pleasure since they help them break down impediments to sexual communication and exploration," he said, referring to the idea that women are more inhibited in the bedroom.

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‘The Science of Evil’ by Simon Baron-Cohen - NY Times

‘The Science of Evil’ by Simon Baron-Cohen - NY Times | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
“How can humans treat other people as objects? How do humans come to switch off their natural feelings of sympathy for another human being who is suffering?

As a scientist I want to understand what causes people to treat others as if they were mere objects. In this book I explore how people can treat each other cruelly not with reference to the concept of evil, but with reference to the concept of empathy. Unlike the concept of evil, empathy has explanatory power. In the coming chapters I put empathy under the microscope.

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Simon Baron-Cohen: Empathy Expert Page: http://bit.ly/jlHrf7
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The Science of Evil and Variations in Empathy | Psychology Today

The Science of Evil and Variations in Empathy | Psychology Today | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Simon Baron-Cohen's new book describes empathy and evil. Evil comes from empathy erosion and "turning people into objects." He gives graphic examples of this kind of evil throughout the book, from sadistic cruelty by soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the criminal in a supermarket line who robs a woman's ring, taking her finger with him.

What I liked about the book was the descriptions of different levels of empathy.

Level 0 represents a person with no empathy at all
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Sexual Health Linked to Self-Esteem, Empathy, Autonomy | Psych Central News

Sexual Health Linked to Self-Esteem, Empathy, Autonomy | Psych Central News | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
The findings include:
• Among the young women, measures of self-esteem, autonomy, and empathy are positively associated with the three types of sexual pleasure. “These three developmental assets may enable young women, as well as young men, to experience higher levels of sexual pleasure,” said Galinsky.

• Sexual enjoyment in the three areas is consistently associated only with empathy for the young men. “Our hypothesis is that empathetic individuals are more responsive to a partner’s needs, and thus initiate a positive feedback cycle,” said Galinsky.

• Young men are more likely to report the highest level of all three types of sexual enjoyment.
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Empathy and violence have similar circuits in the brain, research suggests

Empathy and violence have similar circuits in the brain, research suggests | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of Valencia (UV) have investigated the brain structures involved with empathy -- in other words, the ability to put oneself in another person's position -- and carried out a scientific review of them. They conclude that the brain circuits responsible for empathy are in part the same as those involved with violence.

"Just as our species could be considered the most violent, since we are capable of serial killings, genocide and other atrocities, we are also the most empathetic species, which would seem to be the other side of the coin," says Luis Moya Albiol, lead author of the study...

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Yehudar Tagar on "Empathy"

Yehudar Tagar describes how Empathy is finding the 'other' in oneself and how Psychophonetics cultivates this faculty as a resource for human understanding of oneself and others.
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Male Sex Hormones have an effect on Sense of Empathy

Male Sex Hormones have an effect on Sense of Empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
A study revealed that an excessive amount of testosterone would cut back a person’s ability to scan the emotions of others. The findings are expected to assist justify why autism is a lot of common in males than females.

The ability to scan expressions and thoughts are thought of as key components in measuring empathy, that may be a major weakness in autism. Testosterone theory suspect autism happens attributable to excessive exposure to testosterone since within the womb.
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Empathy Can Improve Your Sex Life « Better Sex Blog

Empathy Can Improve Your Sex Life « Better Sex Blog | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is the most fundamental building block of any relationship.

The concept is that if you are able to think about your partner and what they are thinking and feeling, it may make you feel more connected to him or her. It may take some practice.

It requires a bit of focus to think about things from his/her perspective. It also does not mean that you should negate your own feelings. It is about understanding yourself and your partner better.
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‘The nature of empathy’ | Wolfson College News

‘The nature of empathy’ | Wolfson College News | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Professor Simon Baron Cohen, of the Cambridge Autism Research Centre, is the guest speaker for the final Science Society seminar of the term. He will consider “The Nature of Empathy: Perspectives from Psychiatry” at 6.00pm on Friday 3 June in the OCR. All welcome!

Abstract: ‘Empathy is the drive to identify another person’s thoughts and feelings and to respond to these with an appropriate emotion. We now know quite a lot about which parts of the brain are used when we empathize and how empathy grows in typically developing children. We even know that hormones in the womb, and specific genes, influence how much empathy a person has.
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Empathy Needs A Better Rep In Sustainability

Empathy Needs A Better Rep In Sustainability | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is crucial to corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Making it a feminine trait hinders leadership, communication and progress.

Does empathy have a “touchy/feely” rep, or is it just me? What I mean is, do we as a culture – and by default – assign empathy a “feminine” or “soft skill” essence? Our need to nurture sustainability leadership, right now, makes this a very important question.

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