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Discovering Empathy In Inclusion

Discovering Empathy In Inclusion | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is essential for advancing inclusion.

 

During our daily routine, between meetings and deliverables, often we forget that our organizations and our work is ultimately about being with other people. Yet, recognizing who is around us and how they relate to us can actually be key for combating burnout. According to recent research, expressing empathy can often have a calming effect and even has a positive impact on our nervous system. Taking the time to learn about others and walk in their shoes can be helpful, not just for building relationships, but for our own well-being.

 

Empathy is also essential for advancing inclusion. As Deloitte’s chief inclusion officer, I think about who I’m surrounded by, how my actions impact others, and how I can contribute daily to Deloitte’s inclusive culture.

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Can VR be an Empathy Engine?

Can VR be an Empathy Engine? | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
With the rapid expansion of VR technology into the marketplace, its prospect of living out the experience of another person or entity creates a much more substantial link with empathy.
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How to Use Active Listening with Children

How to Use Active Listening with Children | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Sometimes, parents think that they are listening but they may interject before their child has completed their thoughts in various ways. They may finish off a sentence for their child because they are in a hurry. They may reassure their child because they believe that is what the child needs to hear, “Everything will be ok.”

 

They may decide to provide solutions to a problem “Next time, try this.” They may start ask questions before the child is done finishing his or her thought. This moves the conversation down a completely different path.

Active listening is when the parent listens to the child with the intent to listen. So that means not jumping in right away. You want to make sure you completely understand what your child is telling you.

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The Virtual Search for IRL Empathy

The Virtual Search for IRL Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
It’s encouraging to know that empathy for others can be taught through literature and virtual reality—hopefully, all caregivers can be trained in compassionate ways so they can help their patients and our family members in ways that promote healing and tenderness. It’s also worth considering where else the impact of VR-fueled empathy could take us—and how pivotal being able to walk in women’s shoes could be in the fight to continue changing the world.
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Building Empathy with Teachers

Building Empathy with Teachers | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s thoughts and feelings  from their point of view, rather than your own. An empathy map is a tool that I like to use with teachers to take a human-centered approach when thinking about personalizing students learning. 

 

Originally designed for businesses to think about their customers needs, schools are now using them to think about their students needs. Empathy maps shed light on which problems to solve within your school or classroom through a protocol

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What Is An Empath? List Of Characteristics And Hidden Empathic Personality Traits

What Is An Empath? List Of Characteristics And Hidden Empathic Personality Traits | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Here is a professional definition of what an empath is, provided by Dr. Judith Orloff, a psychiatrist and writer and author of the book The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People:

"Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize feelings. Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you, world-class nurturers."
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Harvard Psychiatrist Identifies 7 Skills to Help You Get Along With Anybody

Harvard Psychiatrist Identifies 7 Skills to Help You Get Along With Anybody | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to understand how another person feels. According to new Harvard research in The Empathy Effect, it's a trait that can be taught and developed. Build empathy and you'll be a more effective entrepreneur and leader.

Author Helen Riess is a Harvard psychiatrist who has developed empathy training based on her research in neurobiology. Although her studies are done on health care professionals, the empathy traits she's identified can be used to make stronger connections between you and your employees, customers or peers in any field.
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Against Empathy: Why Design Thinking Demands More

Against Empathy: Why Design Thinking Demands More | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Design thinking comes of age, design thinking and empathy

 

There are other ingredients that should enrich the conversation about design thinking that are not fully represented in this human-centered approach.

  • Empathy Is Single-Minded
  • Empathy Lives in the Present
  • Empathy Is Only One Language
  • Design Thinking Culture Can’t Live within an Organization
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Four Reasons You, Young Designer, Should Read This Academic History of Empathy

Four Reasons You, Young Designer, Should Read This Academic History of Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy, you must know by now, is a major keyword in the design business. We empathize with our clients. We empathize with their employees and their customers. We empathize with outside experts. With humanity. We empathize, that is, with the people who most need it and seldom receive enough of it.

 

And yet, as I recently paged my way through Susan Lanzoni’s lavishly researched Empathy: A History, I realized that we never actually spell out what we mean by the term. Lanzoni’s volume reminded of when, in 2015, my former colleague Augusta Meill published an essay against empathy.

 

She didn’t define the term, but she did bring some necessary critical thinking to the subject: “Empathy’s great value as a design and business tool is that it offers palpable closeness to other people. This is by its nature singular and individualistic,” she wrote, adding that “our responsibility as designers (and, dare I suggest, as businesspeople too) should be not only to the individual but to the society.”

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Top 7 Empathy Lessons in Leadership: The Video Replay

Top 7 Empathy Lessons in Leadership: The Video Replay | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

In the webcast the participants will engage how to:

  • Distinguish empathy from compassion, forgiveness, pity, and “niceness”;
  • Establish and maintain boundaries with bullies, slackers, difficult individuals, and friends while still honoring one’s commitment to empathy, to client service, to flourishing financially, to inclusiveness and community;
  •  Identify failures (breakdowns) in empathy and what to do about it; and
  •   Expand or contract empathy on demand by overcoming obstacles to empathy.


One More Thought: The same executives who claim to be empathic in the human resources meeting with the staff dismiss empathy as weakness on the earnings call with investors. Hmmm. Empathy is no guarantee against limited self-knowledge, false consciousness, hypocrisy, or snakes-in-suits; but, ultimately, empathy is an essential foundation for leadership that empowers all who engage with it. Find out how in this engaging discussion.

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Do You Have Too Much Empathy?

Do You Have Too Much Empathy? | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Do You Have Too Much Empathy?
 
For many empaths and highly sensitive people, their empathy is out of balance. They wear an invisible sign saying, “I can help you.” Then they absorb another person’s emotions and stress symptoms into their bodies and experience empathy overload. You can have too much empathy if you are exhausted from feeling too much.

Take the following quiz to determine if you have empathy overload:

Do You Have Too Much Empathy?

Do I often take on the pain of others and the world?
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Sparking Empathy in 2019: Fellowship Opportunity for Educators

Sparking Empathy in 2019: Fellowship Opportunity for Educators | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy Project Fellowship Experience
In this blog post, members of this year’s cohort took time to answer questions about their experience. If you are ready to learn more about the 2019 Empathy Project Fellowship, visit this page . First, click the enroll button which will ask you to sign in or create a free Participate account. Then, you can go to the application page which is set up as a course.

The application page has steps to follow. So you can fill out an application for the Empathy Project Fellowship. It is a three-month-long fellowship experience from Empatico and Participate for 2019. In the interview below, you’ll hear from two past participants. Brandi Miller (aka @bmilla84 on Twitter and Instagram) and Oluwaseun Kayode (aka @kayoluwaseundav on Twitter and Instagram).
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U.S. News & World Report: Am I an Empath?

U.S. News & World Report: Am I an Empath? | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
U.S. News & World Report interviews Dr. Judith Orloff plus members of her empath Facebook group on the characteristics of being an empath.
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Sadness, empathy, and the salvation of our political system

Sadness, empathy, and the salvation of our political system | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Having the empathy necessary to understand someone else’s sadness is critical to bridging partisan divides. For instance, rising levels of opioid addiction can be attributed to economic anxiety and declining mental health standards, among other things, but to say sadness doesn’t figure prominently into a discussion about drugs used to dull reality is, again, to miss the point.

 

We must empathize with the sadness that is consuming Appalachia or risk falling prey to the evils of its origin ourselves. Now, more than ever, empathy is irreplaceably vital.

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Importance and Benefits of Empathy

Importance and Benefits of Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
What Empathy Involves
Empathy involves the ability to emotionally understand what another person is experiencing. Essentially, it is putting you in someone else's position and feeling what they must be feeling.

The term empathy was first introduced in 1909 by psychologist Edward B. Titchener as a translation of the German term einfühlung (meaning "feeling into"). So how exactly do sympathy and empathy differ? Sympathy involves more of a passive connection, while empathy generally involves a much more active attempt to understand another person.
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Three-quarters of people in U.S. struggling with loneliness - UPI.com

Three-quarters of people in U.S. struggling with loneliness - UPI.com | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Spirituality and empathy help a person feel more connected with others, he added. "You know you are part of a much larger cosmos. You are never alone," Jeste said. "There is something else besides you that will always be there."

Julianne Holt-Lunstad is a professor of psychology and neuroscience with Brigham Young University in Utah. She said that while self-understanding is important, people fighting feelings of loneliness should not underestimate the importance of getting out there and interacting with others who share their values or interests.

Social connection can be thought of as a fundamental need for human beings, like food and water, Holt-Lunstad added. If so, loneliness is similar to hunger and thirst -- a motivator for people to meet that need.

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The dilemma of designers’ empathy delusions – Shaping Design

The dilemma of designers’ empathy delusions – Shaping Design | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Taking a bit of a reality check on how empathic you really are and for whom can help make you a more effective designer, not just an idealistic one.

I have been exploring competencies, qualities and skills of a designer over the past 13 years. During this time it’s been impossible to escape the E word.

Empathize is a step in the Design Thinking process.
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Key Characteristics Of AI Leaders

Key Characteristics Of AI Leaders | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Years ago, I came across a great book written by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish titled How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. They explain how we can get our children to talk by being an empathic listener.

Empathic listening includes reflecting back the emotions we hear. So if a child tells a parent, "I hate my teacher and my school," then the parent could say, "You sound angry or upset" or reflect back any other emotion that the child is expressing. This will show that the parent understands the child, and it encourages them to share their pain and frustration.
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Am I an Empath? | Patient Advice | US News

Am I an Empath? | Patient Advice | US News | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
It's very strong intuition," says Dr. Judith Orloff, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. Empaths enjoy many advantages. "You can have strong connections with people and love deeply," she says. "You value friendships and relationships.

 

You love nature. You can give to others, help others and make a contribution to the world. You really enjoy that. That's part of your spirit and your nature," according to Orloff, author of the "The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People," published in 2017.

[See: What Only Your Partner Knows About Your Health.]

Orloff, who is an empath herself, leads an online support community with more than 13,000 members. Several shared their perspectives on life as an empath with U.S. News. Excerpts from their written responses include:

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Roots of Empathy: Want to get rid of classroom bullies? Just add babies. 

Roots of Empathy: Want to get rid of classroom bullies? Just add babies.  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

This is a typical exchange in a Roots of Empathy class, started in Toronto by social entrepreneur Mary Gordon in 1996 and that has since spread around the globe. In each session, taught from kindergarten through middle school, a baby plays the role of “teacher,” showing children firsthand about triumph, failure, persistence, and character.

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What Is Your Empathy Quotient?

What Is Your Empathy Quotient? | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Just as intelligence can be measured with an IQ, empathy can also be assessed with an Empathy Quotient (EQ).

Empathy is when you care about others in both sadness and joy.

It is a skill that can be developed through mindful awareness. To avoid empathy overload, it’s important to learn to center and protect yourself and practice on-going self-care.  
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Insights on Human-Centered Design From Jane Fulton Suri

Insights on Human-Centered Design From Jane Fulton Suri | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
(19:05) Creating time for empathic work: Doing something is better than nothing. Make explicit the things you don’t know and seek out opportunities to go learn.

(22:58) A career in empathy: How empathy became essential to Jane’s design research methods.
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Why Being A Compassionate Person Is Good For Your Health

Why Being A Compassionate Person Is Good For Your Health | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
One of the best definitions comes from Dr. Barbara Vacarr, CEO of Kripalu, Center for Yoga & Health, who told SheKnows, “Compassion is a state of being in which we can feel from within our own experience sorrow, empathy, care for another human being. It becomes the vehicle that connects us.” And of course, the best way to have compassion is to take time to learn about others experiences, so that we can best connect with them on that intimate level.

But overall, compassion goes so much deeper because it plays a role in our everyday health. How does this work? When we take time to talk to others, it also brings out experiences, feeling, and emotions to the surface and helps us work through things that we are personally going through.
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Empathy on a Many-to-One Basis: Navigating Empathy When You Cannot Agree with Everyone User Experience Magazine

Conclusion
UX designers are charged with daily navigation of a many-to-one empathic ratio that runs counter to the accepted standard of how empathy works. My suggestions parse down to remembering to look at our empathy process from the standpoint of our internal audience, respecting that it is unfamiliar territory for them, and has an end state that is contrary to their unquestioned expectations.

By educating our internal audience, we can help promote a positive many-to-one cultural paradigm. As with all education, some people will get it more quickly than others, and some people will give up. The effort is still in the best interest of everyone involved.

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What Is An Empath Or Highly Sensitive Person? 5 Self-Care Tips & Activities To Helps HSPs Survive Holiday Stress | Kavita Melwani

What Is An Empath Or Highly Sensitive Person? 5 Self-Care Tips & Activities To Helps HSPs Survive Holiday Stress | Kavita Melwani | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

What is an empath and how can you tell if you are one?

According to Psychology Today, "the trademark of an empath is feeling and absorbing other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities."

If this sounds like you, you might be an empath — also known as a highly sensitive person (HSP).
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