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The Bridge of Empathy: Connecting to Others Through Compassion & Awareness

The Bridge of Empathy: Connecting to Others Through Compassion & Awareness | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

As we open to the full range of experiences within ourselves, we become aware of what we perceive in each moment, no longer denying some feelings while clinging to others.

 

Developing Empathy: Building a Bridge to the Pain of Others
 

When we practice mindfulness, one of the qualities that we are developing is empathy. As we open to the full range of experiences within ourselves, we become aware of what we perceive in each moment, no longer denying some feelings while clinging to others.

By coming to know our own pain, we build a bridge to the pain of others, which enables us to step out of our self-absorption and offer help. And when we actually understand how it feels to suffer -- in ourselves and in others -- we are compelled to live in a way that creates as little harm as possible.

 

by Sharon Salzberg

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Ashoka: Empathy News Round-Up:

Ashoka: Empathy News Round-Up: | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathy in Design & Entrepreneurship, Tips When Your Child is the Bully, and the Perils of Politics | Ashoka - Empathy

 

It was a busy week in Empathy Land (appreciate the understanding, oh empathetic reader), but don't fret! Missed the latest news in empathy last week? We've got you covered.

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Fred Sly & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Prisons

Fred Sly & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Prisons | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

To build a culture of empathy, we need to dramatically transform the justice system and place empathy at the center of it. Part of that system is the prison system. I talk with Fred Sly & Vika Miller from the Oregon Prison Project about how to transform the prison system.
 

Fred Sly, Program Director & Vika Miller, Executive Director, The Oregon Prison Project. Working with Compassionate Communications to transform prisons and make them cultures of empathy.

 

Fred says empathy is like a puppy dog pile that no-one is embarrassed to play in and all are included versus coldness and mechanical robots. Vika says it's like a compassionate room where we can be everything that we are. There is room for all that we are as human beings. The opposite of empathy would be like a closed fist of disconnection, resistance and closed heartedness.
 

 

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Practical Compassion: An Interview with Karen Armstrong

Practical Compassion: An Interview with Karen Armstrong | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

"The historian has helped world religions unite behind a single principle. But can a worldwide charter for compassion become more than just a nice idea?

 

Heidi Bruce: One of the things that YES! Magazine covers is how to better bridge divides between seemingly opposed groups. What role can media play in helping people with very different beliefs engage one another in a productive manner?

 

Karen Armstrong: I think the media has a huge role to play—and has to take quite a responsibility for some of the more divisive aspects in our culture..."

 

by Heidi Bruce

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Empathy deficit gives Romney uphill battle

Empathy deficit gives Romney uphill battle | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

It is a Republican article of faith that the weak economy makes President Obama vulnerable in the general election. Yet, he enjoys a healthy lead over Mitt Romney in most polls, and, in particular, a 19-point edge among women. What Republicans don't grasp is that empathy may trump the economy this time around....

 

George W. Bush won the presidency campaigning on "compassionate conservativism" - which enlisted nonprofits and faith-based organizations to serve the disadvantaged and featured humane immigration reform. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent, gets elected in liberal New York City by forging partnerships with private philanthropists.

 

by Peter Morici

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Video: Empathy Study: Why Republicans and Democrats can't empathize with each other?

Video:  Empathy Study: Why Republicans and Democrats can't empathize with each other? | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Ed O’Brien - Graduate Student in Social Psychology, University of Michigan

Phoebe C. Ellsworth - Distinguished Professor of Law and Psychology, ISR Research Center for Group Dynamics. University of Michigan

Visceral States Are Not Projected Onto Dissimilar Others. "Our findings reveal the need for a better understanding of how people’s internal experiences influence their perceptions of the feelings and experiences of those who may hold different values from their own."

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Empathy doesn't extend across the political aisle

Empathy doesn't extend across the political aisle | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

The researchers chose to examine political differences because of the big divide perceived between people on opposing sides, as shown by earlier research. We can look beyond someone having a different gender or being from a different country, but if you're a Democrat and someone else is a Republican, that person seems extremely different. "Political values are emotionally charged. People get really fired up,"...

 

 This shows that the tendency to project your feelings onto others does not extend to people who are very different from you, even when the feelings otherwise overwhelm your judgments. This might reveal a surprising limit to our ability to empathize with people we differ from or disagree with.

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Empathy doesn't extend across the political aisle

Empathy doesn't extend across the political aisle | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

When we try to put ourselves in someone else's shoes, we usually go all the way, assuming that they feel the same way we do. But a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that we have limits: we don't extend this projection to people who have different political views, even under extreme circumstances.

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Dr. Fran Walfish On Empathy - How do we learn empathy?

Dr. Fran Walfish On Empathy  - How do we learn empathy? | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Empathy is the capacity to imagine how another person feels. Empathy is learned experientially. In other words, the way we learn to be empathic is by being empathized with. This must come early during infancy and toddlerhood. When we cry, the hope is that there is a consistent warm empathic response from a steady primary attachment figure, usually the mother.

 

People who are narcissistic, or have narcissistic traits, are missing the computer chip in their organized personalities to empathize with others. The reason empathy is a valued trait is that without it most relationships risk collapse. It is human nature to long to feel seen, validated, understood, and accepted. Without empathy this cannot occur.

InsidersHealth's comment, July 28, 2012 12:28 PM
A great post. Have you seen our latest Fran Walfish Interview? Talking to Children about Tragedy - tips for parents http://youtu.be/j4tkTKW7uHU
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Seeking the Roots of Autism and Antisocial Personality in the Brain | TIME.com

Seeking the Roots of Autism and Antisocial Personality in the Brain |  TIME.com | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Experts have long noted that both autism and antisocial personality disorder are marked by problems with empathy, yet the differences between the two conditions couldn’t be starker.

 

Autistic people are anxious and misread social cues, but they typically care about not hurting others; they are also often incapable of manipulation. Those with antisocial personality disorder, however, are masters of bending people to their will and tend to have little fear. They actually enjoy causing people pain.

 

By MAIA SZALAVITZ
http://bit.ly/HBA47C

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Video: Eric Bowers & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with NVC

Video: Eric Bowers & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with NVC | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Eric Bowers is a CNVC certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer through the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Eric is also life-long learner of Restorative Systems and is training in Restorative Circles. He has worked as a Children Who Witness Abuse Counsellor and Victim Services Worker.
 

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Video: Steve Taylor & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Spirituality

Video: Steve Taylor & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Spirituality | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Steve Taylor is a lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, and the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality.
Author: Out of the Darkness

 

"Just as the lack of empathy makes cruelty and oppression possible, the presence of empathy heals conflict. The ability to empathise makes us truly human, and the wider it stretches - from victims to offenders, from one ethnic group to another, from nation to nation and religion to religion - the less brutal and more harmonious a place the world will become."

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NBC's Curry Rips Ryan Budget: 'Where is the Empathy?' Won't Poor People 'Suffer'?

NBC's Curry Rips Ryan Budget: 'Where is the Empathy?' Won't Poor People 'Suffer'? | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

"Where is the empathy in this budget?... Do you acknowledge that poor people will suffer under his budget? That you have shown a lack of empathy to poor people in this budget?"

 

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Nothing is more important than teaching compassion

Nothing is more important than teaching compassion | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Teaching schoolchildren happiness, empathy, altruism and compassion has proven beneficial results for classroom learning as a whole, says Vinciane Rycroft...

 

Many teachers commented, that even with one of the best programmes we have seen so far - the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) - teaching empathy on the ground was difficult.  Teachers found that with the pressure from exam subjects, they couldn't make the time necessary to deepen their own understanding of empathy. What if compassion was something that we learnt together with our class? What if we openly acknowledged with our students the high and lows of the human condition, and explored how we could cultivate positive attitudes of mind?

 

by Vinciane Rycroft

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Foster Care Providers Desire Training to Help Children With Empathy

Foster Care Providers Desire Training to Help Children With Empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

A recent survey of foster caregivers found that they most desired training in helping their foster children develop greater empathy and social understanding to help improve their emotional regulation...

 

To determine what caregivers need most to increase empathy and understanding in foster children, Nikki Luke of the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex in England surveyed 10 foster caregivers and found that most believed that the lack of empathetic skills directly influenced the children’s emotional regulation.

 

... The caregivers expressed a strong desire to have additional training that would teach them strategies for increasing empathy and social understanding in abused children of all ages.

 

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Nonviolent Communication Teachings Bring Peace in Oregon Prisons - Prison Dharma Network

Nonviolent Communication Teachings Bring Peace in Oregon Prisons - Prison Dharma Network | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

Is there a way to handle criminal justice that is more effective and humane than the current approach being used in the U.S, with its focus on long, mandatory prison sentences? Do prisons even meet our collective need for long-term public safety? Fred Sly, director of the Oregon Prison Project, thinks there is a better way....

 

Empathy, which according to Sly, is “a felt sense of what is alive in another person, coupled with a holistic understanding of what these feelings mean to the person, all without becoming that person.” Empathy is very similar to compassion, which is for many Buddhists the essence of the Buddha’s teachings. Whereas compassion could be thought of as the heart’s natural response to suffering, empathy could be thought of as the heart’s natural response to whatever is alive in another person, whether or not it involves suffering....


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Six Hats – Empathy or Thinking?

Six Hats – Empathy or Thinking? | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

"Empathy is what we use to feel what others are feeling, and understand what matters to them. Here are some examples:

 

Collaboration: Without empathy, collaboration is just a collection of people arguing their point of view

Dialog: without empathy, conversations are just organised turn taking (Jeez, are they ever going to finish…I have something to say)

Conflict: without empathy, conflicts cannot be truly resolved…and are instead a series of cease fires

Creative Thinking: without empathy, our creative thinking is limited by our own experience and perspective


How to Develop Empathy..."

 

by Brendan Coram

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Have Some Empathy for the Entrepreneur

Have Some Empathy for the Entrepreneur | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Think about what it’s like to start and run a small business. You will understand why entrepreneurs have a natural dislike of lawyers, bureaucrats and April 15, Noam Neusner writes.

 

Jewish professionals, including rabbis, are increasingly taking the food stamp challenge. For a week or even a month, these individuals spend no more than what the federal government gives the needy in food stamps — $5 a day — for all their nutritional needs.


As exercises in empathy go, it’s impressive. I have known several individuals who have done it, and they are powerfully changed by the experience. 

 

 By Noam Neusner

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Why Republicans and Democrats Can’t Feel Each Other’s Pain

Why Republicans and Democrats Can’t Feel Each Other’s Pain | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it

A new study shows why empathy doesn't cross the political aisle.

 

.. Led by Ed O’Brien, scientists from the University of Michigan crafted a study on inter-party empathy based on prior data on the emotion, which finds that our ability to empathize is greatly affected not only by whom we’re trying to empathize with, but also by our own physical and emotional states...

 

History is filled with examples of warriors who were brutal to their enemies, but kind to their comrades. Biologically speaking, the hormone most associated with empathy — oxytocin — has been found to increase people’s feelings of warmth and generosity toward their friends and family while simultaneously increasing prejudice against outsiders.

 

by Maia Szalavitz - health writer at TIME.com

http://bit.ly/I25kK6

 

more empathy by Maia Szalavitz
http://bit.ly/mDhQpl

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Daily Maverick :: The politics of selective empathy

Daily Maverick :: The politics of selective empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Bleeding-heart liberals like to show the world they care about the downtrodden, and perhaps they do, but it now appears this is only true if the subjects of their pity hold a similar political ideology.
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Politics May Get in the Way of Empathy, Research Shows - US News and World Report

Politics May Get in the Way of Empathy, Research Shows - US News and World Report | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
A new study finds that empathy -- the ability to understand and share someone else's feelings -- vanishes when people have different political views.

 

U.S. researchers asked the study participants to read a short story about a person -- either a Democrat or a Republican -- who went hiking in winter and got lost with no food, water or extra clothes. People who had the same politics as the fictional hiker felt empathy for the hiker, while those with opposing political views did not.
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Empathy economy, meet the visionary architect | Washington Times Communities

Empathy economy, meet the visionary architect | Washington Times Communities | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
For the past fifteen years, Mike Klingler has been researching, coaching and leading a movement within Internet Marketing with the core emphasis on thriving in an empathy-driven economy. What sets him apart from all the other business marketers, self-help teachers and online schools is that Klingler’s intention is one of pure selfless passion with a business edge. He brings the best of both worlds together.

 

“Our world needs more empathetic marketers, coaches and business leaders to be financially empowered (and to gain influence by refining their communication & marketing skills). In fact, it’s among the most practical, “grounded” plans for securing a brighter future,” says Klingler.

 

by ROBYN LINN

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Video: Victoria Hodson & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Education

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Victoria Kindle Hodson, MA holds degrees in education and psychology and has been a classroom teacher in public, private, and Montessori schools—preschool through college. She is the co-founder and co-director of Kindle-Hart Communication and the Learning Success Institute. Victoria is an educator, author, consultant, curriculum developer, and co-designer of The No Fault Zone Game.

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Video: Ray Talyor & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy with NVC

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Compassionate Communication/ Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer. How we can build a culture of empathy? Use the phone and Skype to ask for good empathy when upset about a relationship (in order to support that relationship, not for bitching/gossip). Use social networking to set up empathy connections as well as share funny pictures of cats Don't forget to talk and listen to the neighbors

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Video: Nadine Dolby & Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Education

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I uploaded an interview with Nadine Dolby
Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Purdue University
Author: Rethinking Multicultural Education for the Next Generation: The New Empathy and Social Justice
 

In her wonderful new book, she writes about how to restructure Multicultural Education so that it's based on empathy!

 

'By drawing on breakthrough research in two fields—neuroscience and animal studies—Nadine Dolby argues that empathy is an underlying element of all living beings. Dolby shows how this commonality can provide a scaffolding for building an exciting new approach to developing multicultural and global consciousness, one that has the potential to transform how our students see and relate to the world around them.'

 

 

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