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Online Course: The Stress Solution - Using Empathy to Reduce Anxiety & Develop Resilience. With Arthur Ciaramicoli & Edwin Rutsch. Aug 11, 2016
August 7, 5:29 PM
"Empathy calms the emotional brain so that we can perceive situations and interactions accurately and thoughtfully. With empathy, we produce our own natural stress-reducing chemicals that create calm, focused energy, allowing us to do and be our best."
Clinical psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli, author of The Stress Solution and Edwin Rutsch, founder and director of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy are developing an interactive course to address and resolve the growing stress, anxiety and fear in America. The role of empathy and how it changes brain chemistry and creates open-minded thinking versus how stress produces certain chemical changes that produces narrow, black and white thinking are central components featured throughout the book.
Edwin and Arthur will interact and discuss chapter 3, Empathic Listening with 5 individuals online and we are seeking many others to participate by writing in your reactions to the discussion or with any questions you may have about the content of the discussion in real time.
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(Oxytocin) The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity, *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Paul Zak
August 7, 4:26 PM
"The change in Oxytocin predicted their feelings of empathy. So it's empathy that makes us connect to other people. It's empathy that makes us help other people. It's empathy that makes us moral. This idea is not new."
Paul J. Zak is Professor of Economics and Department Chair, as well as the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University. "The Moral Molecule is a first-hand account of the discovery of a molecule that makes us moral.
The Empathic Brain and Mirror Neurons, *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Christian Keysers
August 7, 5:39 PM
"Mirror neurons “mirror” the behavior and emotions of the people surrounding us in such a way that the others become part of us. Knowing that such cells exist can explain many of the mysteries of human behavior. For instance, why it’s so hard to stick to a diet if you see people around you that eat the very thing you should not. Mirror neurons provide an answer."
Christian Keysers is professor and group leader of the Social Brain Lab at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. The lab explores the biological nature and neuroscience of empathy.
Organizing through Empathy. Empathy is the most important organizing mechanism, *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Keiko Krahnke & Kathryn Pavlovich
August 7, 11:59 AM
This book challenges the existing paradigm of capitalism by providing scientific evidence and empirical data that empathy is the most important organizing mechanism. The book is unique in that it provides a comprehensive review of the transformational qualities of empathy in personal, organizational and local contexts.
Keiko Krahnke is Associate Professor of Management; Business Communications at University of Northern Colorado in the Montfort College of Business.
Kathryn Pavlovich is Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self, *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Sim Van der Ryn
August 7, 11:55 AM
Van der Ryn advocates for a movement towards "empathic design," in which a designer not only works in concert with nature, but with an understanding of and empathy for the end user and for ones self. He stresses the need for all three connections in order to design for a more human, equitable, and resilient future.
Sim Van der Ryn has been a teacher, writer, researcher, and practitioner of design for forty years. A leading authority on ecologically sustainable architecture and design, he is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1961.
Entangled Empathy: From an Ethics of Justice to an Ethics of Empathy, *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Lori Gruen
August 7, 10:10 PM
"Empathy is also something we are taught to "get over" or grow out of. We learn to quash our caring reactions for others, and our busy lives and immediate preoccupations provide excuses for not developing empathy."
Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University where she also coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies. Her work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and practice, with a particular focus on issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animals.
Relationship Between Self-Empathy, Empathy,
Self-Compassion & Compassion. Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer.
Today, 9:18 AM
There is a great deal of confusion about the meanings and definitions of self-empathy, empathy, self-compassion & compassion. We might be talking about the same experience, but are using different words.
Kristin Neff is Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture, Educational Psychology Department, University of Texas at Austin.
Christopher Germer is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in mindfulness and acceptance-based treatment. He is a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School.
The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society. *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Frans de Waal
August 7, 4:23 PM
"Empathy is one of those traits that humans over-estimate the complexity of. And that’s why if you tell the average psychologist, you say that there is empathy in animals, they will say that’s not possible. Because they think empathy means that you consciously put yourself in the shoes of somebody else. Now we know from human research that is not the case. In human research we know that there’s a lot of empathy, automatic empathy responses."
Frans de Waal is a psychology professor at Emory University with a Ph.D. in biology. He is the author of many books, including Chimpanzee Politics, Our Inner Ape and The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society. The director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, de Waal was ranked among the World’s 100 Most Influential People of 2007 by Time.
Mirroring People: The New Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others, *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Marco Iacoboni
August 7, 11:37 AM
"Empathy plays a fundamental role in our social lives. It allows us to share emotions, experiences, needs, and goals. Not surprisingly, there is much empirical evidence suggesting a strong link between between mirror neurons (or some general forms of neuronal mirroring) and empathy."
Marco Iacoboni is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Marco Iacoboni Lab, UCLA Brain Mapping Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Roots and Seeds of Empathy, *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Mary Gordon
August 7, 4:19 PM
"When I talk to city officials, I speak of the fact that there is fluoride in our water supply to prevent tooth decay. I tell them we need empathy in the water supply to prevent social decay ."
Mary Gordon is the Founder, President and the inspiration behind Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy. Mary is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy. In 1996 Mary outlined the initial curriculum of Roots of Empathy and began piloting the program in Toronto.
The Ethics of Care and Empathy. *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Michael Slote
August 7, 9:54 PM
"Care ethicists often speak about empathy and its role in caring attitudes and relationships, but they haven't stressed empathy to anything like the extent that I shall be doing here. I shall, for example, be making use of the recent literature of psychology to argue that empathy is the primary mechanism of caring, benevolence, compassion, etc...
I argue further, that caring motivation is based in and sustained by our human capacity for empathy with others."
Michael Slote is Professor of Ethics at the University of Miami. He has taught at Columbia University, Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Maryland, where he was department chair for many years.
Practical Empathy: For Collaboration and Creativity in Your Work, *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Indi Young
August 7, 5:58 PM
"Conventional product development focuses on the solution. Empathy is a mindset that focuses on people, helping you to understand their thinking patterns and perspectives."
Indi Young is an expert consultant in user experience, offering her services in empathy research, strategy, and redesign to organizations around the world. She has helped with digital applications, services, process design, and content strategy.
How Empathy Can Close the Gap Created by Crime, *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Pete Wallis
August 7, 4:31 PM
"Victim empathy work helps them to acknowledge that it is real people that they have harmed. Empathy engenders a sense of shared experience, and an identification with and understanding of the other person's situation, feelings and motives. Empathy has the potential to profoundly change our interactions with one another."
Pete Wallis is the senior practitioner in restorative justice for Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service. He has facilitated hundreds of restorative meetings and written or co-authored several books and articles on the subject.
Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution. *Edwin Rutsch empathizes with Roman Krznaric
August 7, 9:59 PM
"I believe that empathy – the imaginative act of
stepping into another person’s shoes and
viewing the world from their perspective –
is a radical tool for social change and
should be a guiding light for
the art of living." Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living. He is a founding faculty member of The School of Life in London, which offers instruction and inspiration on the important questions of everyday life, and advises organisations including Oxfam and the United Nations on using empathy and conversation to create social change.
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