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Paul Ryan's Distorted Definition of Compassion

Paul Ryan's Distorted Definition of Compassion | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Our budget offers a compassionate and optimistic contrast to a future of health-care rationing and unbearably high taxes. We lift the crushing burden of debt, repair the safety net, make America's tax system fair and competitive, and ensure that our health and retirement programs have a strong and lasting future.
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Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential & Endangered | Reviews - Books for Health, Mind & Body

Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential & Endangered  | Reviews - Books for Health, Mind & Body | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
From birth, when babies’ fingers instinctively cling to those of adults, their bodies and brains seek an intimate connection—a bond made possible by empathy, the remarkable ability to love and to share the feelings of others.

In this unforgettable book, award-winning science journalist Maia Szalavitz and renowned child-psychiatrist Bruce D. Perry explain how empathy develops, why it is essential both to human happiness and for a functional society, and how it is threatened in the modern world.
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Are Liberals and Conservatives Hard-Wired to Disagree? - Lane Wallace

Are Liberals and Conservatives Hard-Wired to Disagree? - Lane Wallace | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
The anterior cingulate cortex is believed to play a role in helping people cope with and sort through uncertainty and conflicting information, as well as affecting their levels of emotional awareness and empathy.

The "conservative" participants, on the other hand, had a higher volume of gray matter in the right amygdala region -- which is thought to play a big role in identifying and responding to threats. ..And, in turn, does that make them more likely to see the world in terms of threats and more absolute answers, with less tolerance for conflicting explanations or information, and less ability to feel empathy?
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April 18, 2011 1:01 PM
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Male vs. Female Empathy

Male vs. Female Empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
In The Age of Empathy, Frans de Waal answers some questions about male vs. female empathy that I had been wondering about. People everywhere perceive a considerable difference between male and female empathy:

"Cross-cultural studies confirm that women everywhere are considered more empathetic than men, so much so that the claim has been made the the female (but not male) brain is hardwired for empathy."
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Listening With Empathy by Lou Agosta

Listening With Empathy by Lou Agosta | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
You are invited to participate in this conversation about empathy, not only in the context of philosophy, but whatever aspect or dimension engages you, the reader. A substantial amount of research has been devoted to the concept of empathy.

However, empathy remains poorly understood, under-theorized, and subject to conflicting and opportunistic uses. Its systematic role in human experience has not been analyzed and interpreted from top to bottom.
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To Empathy Cafe Magazine Front Page

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Compassion, not punishment, is best response to workplace anger

Compassion, not punishment, is best response to workplace anger | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
“The trouble with sanctions: Organizational responses to deviant anger displays at work,” co-authored with University of Baltimore’s Lisa T. Stickney, stated that “when companies choose to sanction organizational members expressing deviant anger, these actions may divert attention and resources from correcting the initial, anger-provoking event that triggered the employee’s emotional outburst.”

Managers who recognize their potential role in angering an employee “may be motivated to respond more compassionately to help restore a favorable working relationship,”
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Empathy and the human brain: Lecturers: Prof Simon Baron-Cohen (audio)

Empathy and the human brain: Lecturers: Prof Simon Baron-Cohen (audio) | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
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 empathise and how empathy grows in typically developing children. We also know that hormones in the womb, specific genes, and your early environment all influence how much empathy you have. There are several ways in which one can lose one’s empathy, and this is clearly seen in psychiatric conditions such as personality disorders.
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PBS's Autism Now And Simon Baron-Cohen's The Science Of Evil

PBS's Autism Now And Simon Baron-Cohen's The Science Of Evil | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Simon Baron-Cohen is a controversial figure in the autism community due to his theories about what is behind autism and that there is a failure of theory of mind in autistic children (and a failure of empathy). He has a new book coming out in the US in May, The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty, which is already available in the UK under the title Zero Degrees of Empathy: A new theory of human cruelty
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Zero Degrees of Empathy - Review | A book that gets to the heart of man's inhumanity

Zero Degrees of Empathy - Review | A book that gets to the heart of man's inhumanity | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Baron-Cohen has made a major contribution to our understanding of autism. Autistic people lack any comprehension that other people have feelings. They do not understand what empathy is. Like most psychologists, he loves categorising and measuring. He describes how our degree of empathy can be measured, and how our scores form the familiar shape of the bell curve. If you want to find your Empathy Quotient (EQ), the questionnaire is in the book.
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Vicarious Embarrassment: Awkward Discomfort at Others Pitfall a Form of Empathy, Researchers Say

Vicarious Embarrassment: Awkward Discomfort at Others Pitfall a Form of Empathy, Researchers Say | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
"We are wired for empathy," says Dr. Marco Iacoboni, professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. "Human instinct is to be empathic. We can't help it." For centuries, he says, scientists thought of empathy upside-down: that we were animals fighting for survival and it was only our higher brain functions that allowed us to feel cooperative emotions such as empathy. Neuroscientists are now finding that our brains are wired on a very basic level to feel empathy for others, though obviously the capacity for empathy varies from person to person.

In general, however, neuroscientists are finding that the more empathic a person is in general, the higher the level of embarrassment and discomfort they feel for others when they see another's embarrassing situation.
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Ideas for modern living: empathy | The Observer | Roman Krznaric

Ideas for modern living: empathy | The Observer | Roman Krznaric | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
My five-year-old niece recently saw a girl bullying one of her classmates. The teacher intervened and made the bully put on her victim's pair of shoes. This curious punishment was a literal rendering of the Native American saying: "Walk a mile in another man's moccasins before you criticise him." It was also an instance of creating empathy – the art of stepping into the shoes of others and seeing the world from their perspective.

The power of empathy has been recognised for millennia, at least since theatre audiences in ancient Greece wept at the tragic suffering of the heroes on stage.
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Why observing others' flaws hurts us? - Vicarious embarrassment is linked to empathy

Why observing others' flaws hurts us? - Vicarious embarrassment is linked to empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
In two consecutive studies, using behavioral measures and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the authors show that the experience of vicarious embarrassment is linked to empathy and neural activations in brain areas constituting the affective component of the pain matrix: the anterior cingulate cortex and the left anterior insula.

The authors generated four kinds of everyday life situations eliciting vicarious embarrassment.
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President Obama, the compassion candidate - The Washington Post

President Obama, the compassion candidate - The Washington Post | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
President Obama has begun road-testing his 2012 campaign message this week in a series of speeches that can be boiled down to a single word: compassion.

“The America I know is generous and compassionate,” Obama said in his speech on the debt Wednesday .

At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday night in Chicago, Obama reiterated his “belief in an America that is competitive and compassionate,” contrasting that with a Republican Party that “is entirely sincere that says we no longer can afford to do big things in this country ... (that) we can’t afford to be compassionate.”
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Liberal, Conservative Related to Different Brain Structures | Psych Central News

Liberal, Conservative Related to Different Brain Structures | Psych Central News | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
A new study suggests individuals who call themselves liberals are more likely to have brains that have a larger anterior cingulate cortex while conservatives have larger amygdalas.

According to what is known about the functions of those two brain regions, the structural differences are consistent with some reports showing a greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information and a greater ability of conservatives to recognize a threat.
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More on Liberal vs Conservative Brains

More on Liberal vs Conservative Brains | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Another study from the University of Nebraska found that liberals and conservatives had different reactions to "gaze cues" — whether they tended to look in the same direction as a face on their computer screen. Liberals were more likely than conservatives to follow another person's gaze, suggesting that people who lean right value autonomy more; alternative explanations suggest that liberals might be more empathetic, or that conservatives are less trusting of others.
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Aging Parents, Adult Children: Caregiving and Empathy « As Our Parents Age

Aging Parents, Adult Children: Caregiving and Empathy « As Our Parents Age | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
When you have senior parents who need increasing support, empathy is critical. You try hard, and not always with success, to understand what they are experiencing. That’s called empathy.

The concept of empathy has received a bit of a bad rap the past year or two with politicians actually taking the time to deliver statements against looking at the world through an empathic lens (I could write an entire post just on these tactless quotes). During some U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for judges questions on empathy played a central, and I think somewhat silly, role.
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Conservatives drop the compassion: Today's Republicans think we should soak the poor to aid the rich

Conservatives drop the compassion: Today's Republicans think we should soak the poor to aid the rich | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Remember compassionate conservatives? It wasn't that long ago when Republicans attempted to portray themselves that way. The phrase had a nice ring to it, but now it seems the GOP has given up on any nice-guy pretensions....

Soak the poor is an easy maxim to run against. Republicans might want to think about that and get a little compassion back into their message.
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Empathizing and systemizing in the Autism Spectrum Conditions (1 of 3)

Empathizing and systemizing in the Autism Spectrum Conditions Simon Baron-Cohen Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC), Cambridge, UK vice-president of vice-president of INSAR. (video is translated and difficult to hear, but you can see the slides)
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Zero degrees of empathy: a new theory of human cruelty

Zero degrees of empathy: a new theory of human cruelty | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Putting empathy under the microscope he explores four new ideas: firstly, that we all lie somewhere on an empathy spectrum, from high to low, from six degrees to zero degrees. Secondly that, deep within the brain lies the ‘empathy circuit’. How this circuit functions determines where we lie on the empathy spectrum. Thirdly, that empathy is not only something we learn but that there are also genes associated with empathy. And fourthly, while a lack of empathy leads to mostly negative results, is it always negative?
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Zero Degrees of Empathy: evil as empathy erosion

Zero Degrees of Empathy:  evil as empathy erosion | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
As a scientist, Baron-Cohen dislikes the term “evil” and proposes “empathy erosion” as an alternative. One has to confess that it doesn’t quite have the same resonance. “The empathy-eroded Count Dracula sank his fangs into her neck” lacks a certain elan. Why swap terms anyway? Because empathy erosion is more measurable than evil, and thus more congenial to the white-coated technicians of the mind. But why should being able to measure something in the laboratory be the key factor?
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Lessons in Empathy by Simon Baron-Cohen

Lessons in Empathy by Simon Baron-Cohen | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Children like David develop empathy effortlessly, and the benefits are both immediate and enduring. They tend to be more popular, better at communication, have higher self-esteem and do better academically. Throughout their lives they find socialising and relationships easier. The benefits of empathy affect others as well. Those in their orbit feel understood, appreciated, valued and included.

Further down the spectrum, children like Thomas have trouble developing empathy, and difficulties ensue.
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FastForward Radio -- The Age of Empathy

FastForward Radio -- The Age of Empathy | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Guest PJ Manney joins Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon in a discussion of how empathy may prove a critical factor in determining what sort of future we experience.

Topics include:

- What to make of recent findings concerning the physiological nature of empathy.

- Why empathy exists in so many animals, including humans

- Why as the world becomes more complex, we may need it more and more

- Empathy and Geek Culture -- there hope?
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Why watching 'The Office' makes us cringe

Why watching 'The Office' makes us cringe | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
The participants were also asked to rate how embarrassed they would feel if they were in the person's position -- and also whether they were feeling chagrined for that person -- and then took another survey intended to rate the participants' empathy. Not surprisingly, empathetic folks were more likely to experience secondhand embarrassment, proving what we already suspected:
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The Power of Empathy by Mike Robbins

The Power of Empathy by Mike Robbins | Empathy Movement Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is one of the most important aspects of creating harmonious relationships, reducing stress, and enhancing emotional awareness – yet it can be tricky at times. I consider myself to be quite empathetic, but notice that with certain people (especially those I don’t like or agree with and also with myself at times) and in particular situations, my natural ability and desire to empathize can be diminished or almost non-existent.