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Are Women More Emotionally Intelligent Than Men? | Dan Goleman

Are Women More Emotionally Intelligent Than Men? | Dan Goleman | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
some measures suggest women are on average better than men at some forms of empathy, and men do better than women when it comes to managing distressing emotions. Whenever you talk about such gender differences in behavior, your are referring to two different Bell Curves, one for men and one for women, that largely overlap.

What this means is that any given man might be as good or better as any woman at empathy, and a woman as good as or better than a specific man at handling upsets.

Let's look at empathy. There are three kinds: cognitive empathy, being able to know how the other person sees things; emotional empathy, feeling what the other person feels; and empathic concern, or sympathy -being ready to help someone in need.

Dan Goleman - Empathy Expert Page: http://bit.ly/jc7Dam
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Self-compassion: Be good to yourself

Self-compassion: Be good to yourself | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
We figuratively (and sometimes literally) beat ourselves up. In small doses, self-criticism can be helpful - it encourages us to take responsibility for our actions and motivates us to improve ourselves - but excessive self-criticism can be debilitating and self-defeating.

So what's the solution? Researchers have begun to examine the importance of self-compassion, which means treating yourself with kindness and understanding when you make a mistake or go through a difficult experience, just as you would treat another person you care about.
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Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg Supports Building a Culture of Empathy

Social Media Developers are talking more and more about how their products support creating more empathy. Mark says he and FAcebook value: Empathy, Openness, Transparency, Connection & Understanding.

"I had never really taken a step back to reflect on what were the core things that I really believed in.... I took a month and I traveled around the world and I reflected. A lot of the founding principles of Facebook are that if people have access to more information and can be more connected then that will hopefully make the world better. It will make it that people will have MORE EMPATHY.
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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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The Death of American Empathy? « Chase Wilson Education

The Death of American Empathy? « Chase Wilson Education | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
So how do we revive Empathy in America? It shouldn’t be difficult. Almost each and every one of us enter this world full of it, ready to give and accept love and not to “think” about what’s best for us as individuals.

Seeing ourselves in others and vice versa isn’t a burden or a version of community service — it’s a gift we give others and a reward we receive. Fixing this problem starts with a reminder — when you hurt another you are actually hurting yourself. If we could all see the greater whole and not just the individual goal — then empathy won’t only survive but it will flourish…
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Will mobile tools help turn empathy into action?

Will mobile tools help turn empathy into action? | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Perhaps the most anticipated keynote at last week’s Where 2.0 conference in California’s Silicon Valley came from D.J. Patil, the former chief scientist of LinkedIn who is now chief product officer of the hot Silicon Valley startup Color, which recently raked in $41 million in venture backing.

He said; “Technology should enable us to share each other’s experiences through each other’s eyes, helping us walk a mile in someone else’s shoes,” he said. “That leads to empathy, which in turns spurs people to take action. It changes the paradigm.”

Color is just one of the likely apps in this empathy arsenal of mobile and social tools that appear to be emerging. Let’s keep a close eye on this to see where this is heading — and whether this will bring philanthropy closer to home.
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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................